I was lucky enough to be one of the millions of kids who grew up in the 1950’s. If you are into nostalgia, the 1950’s was probably one of the best of times to grow up. Aside from everything costing practically nothing, there was just a feeling of good times. For instance, my mother would give me a quarter, with that quarter I bought a soda for 10 cents, a bag of potato chips for 10 cents, and a Chunky candy for 5 cents. What is a quarter worth today? Not even 25 cents. Also back then, I was a big collector of comic books, which you could buy for 10 cents. One of my favorite comics was Superman. Like every red-blooded American boy back then, I looked forward to every new issue. In one issue, I remember they introduced the crazy Bizzaro World. For those of you who are fans of the T.V. show Seinfeld, you will remember a whole episode based on the Bizzaro World. In the Bizzaro World everything is the complete opposite, up is down, the garbage men throw trash on the ground instead of picking it up, day is night, and night is day, and so on.
If I fell into a coma in 1970, and just awoke today, I would swear I was living in the Bizzaro World. America today is the complete opposite of what it was back then. It seems what was once good, is bad, and what was once bad, is good.
*It seems that God has become a four-letter word these days. You cannot pick up a newspaper or watch the news without a story where someone is suing to get God out of their face. If you say God in school or the work place, you almost risk being thrown in jail. Teaching kids about God, bad. Handing out condoms to 12 and 14 year olds for sex, good. We can’t pray to God, can’t Trust in God and cannot post his Commandments in Government buildings: Religion was good, now bad: Bizzaro World.
*There was a time when the natural order of things was to get married, have children and raise a family. Now that type of life is demonized, because same sex families are the norm now. In addition, if you are pro traditional marriage, and against same sex marriage. You are demonized: Bizzaro World.
*I remember when men had tattoos and women wore earrings. Now women have tattoos and men wear earrings. Men used to curse and fight now women curse and fight: Bizzaro World.
*It seems like everyone spoke English when I called a customer service number, now it takes me 45 minutes for a call that should have taken 2 minutes. No one speaks English: Bizzaro World.
*I remember when unwed teenage girls got pregnant; it was a shameful thing, now we celebrate unwed teenage mothers by giving them a T.V. show: Bizzaro World.
*It used to be that working hard, and becoming rich, is what people strived for. Now being rich is a bad thing and evil: Bizzaro World.
*When I was a kid, we used to study hard so we could get a passing grade at school. Now at school they pass everyone so not to hurt their feelings: Bizzaro World.
*As a matter of fact, just about anything that was good then, is bad, and what was bad is good. And that, is truly the Bizzaro World.
There is one thing that has not changed. Rising gas prices. Politicians refused to drill then, saying that it would take ten years for oil to reach the pumps. Funny they are still saying the same thing today. When will they shut-up and just start drilling? Maybe another 40 years.
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