Just Jeepin' last edited by Just Jeepin'
Finding this old ad led to a thought about rationing during WWII. Were people sending threats to their governors and mayors, and showing up in front of the statehouse with protest signs, after a WHOLE MONTH of rationing?
(I transcribed the ad below.)
This article on rationing is an interesting read; note the reference to Kraft macaroni & cheese, too.
It would be spectacular if we could come together to make sacrifices for a few years to win the war on COVID-19. It’s been a long time since a president has asked all of us to make genuine sacrifices.
I just said “So long, Son”...
“He’ll be in uniform tomorrow. And God knows where six months from now. But I was proud to see him go.
“Of course I had a lump in my throat. I guess Larry did, too. But he had a look to his eyes that was good to see. That look in the eyes of our boys will keep America free.
“I’ve seen that look before—in the eyes of my buddies, 24 years ago. They knew what they were fighting for, just as Larry does. And you know what a job they did.
“If you heard some of them recently asking why we went to France, they didn’t mean what you thought. It wasn’t that we lacked a cause. But that we went soft in the hearts and heads afterwards, and let the peace we’d won dribble thru our fingers...
“So that Larry and ten million like him have to start from scratch and do the whole job over again.... Or live from now on like the people of China and Singapore and Manila are living now.
“Maybe Larry won’t come back. I realize that. But Larry would rather die a free man than live a slave. He’s better off with something worth dying for than with nothing worth living for.
“So he’s gone. Last thing he said was, ‘Keep those shells coming, Dad. You make ‘em. I’ll shoot ‘em!’
“Well—there hasn’t been a machine in the shop busier than mine since this started. But I can squeeze thru a few more shells an hour now—for Larry.
“And I can do more than that. I can see that no one who’s making things for Larry and the rest of our boys will run short of material—or power—or shipping space—because of me.
“I can take care of the things we have. Our car—our refrigerator and washing machine—our house—our garden tools. So no neglect of mine will use up repair parts, or waste vital material or fuel, or add to the war load on our railroads or machines or highways.
“The way things are, some of us can’t do more than that. But no one who calls himself an American can do less.”
Just Jeepin' last edited by Just Jeepin'
I was motivated by @CB's lament to re-construct this from Kinja .
jminer last edited by
@Just-Jeepin The communal sacrifice attitude that once existed here is long gone. It'll pop up every now and again like folks coming together at the beginning of the pandemic but it doesn't stick. Far too many folks think that freedom means 'I've got mine - fuck you' for their own good now.
I'll freely admit to selfishness on my part as well, but there is a thing as the common good - which doesn't mean socialism, it is just good old fashioned decency.
krustywantout last edited by
@jminer You better stop with all that logic. I don't see any conspiracy theories in there.
DipodomysDeserti last edited by
@just-jeepin Much of the same protesting going on today was going on during WWII. Why else do you think the state department was buying ad space. Go look up some of Charles Lindberg’s rantings if you need a high profile example. Companies like Ford and IBM were making good money letting the German Virus run rampant.
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@jminer that's an attitude that is all too prevalent in our society and something that needs to change at the heart of our country.
ZHP Sparky - the 5th last edited by ZHP Sparky - the 5th
It all comes down to leadership. I can accept conservative positions that the federal government shouldn't be dictating restrictions - OK, fine. But just imagine having a president who truly showed compassion and leadership, and led a PR campaign from Day 1 for doing the right thing to keep our fellow Americans safe and healthy. Just imagine where we'd be today if even wearing a mask wasn't still a matter of debate (let alone the existence of the virus itself).
His disgraceful attitude especially after the election says it all. Not a word about the horrific number of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations we're seeing right now. Instead just fixated on his stupid little problem that the fools around him are too scared to tell him is futile. Not only is he not leading the country in this time of huge suffering, he's also actively creating mayhem for years to come given the amount of division and distrust being created. If only at least on his way out he started acting like a leader for the entire country instead of the victim he never stops seeing himself as.
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@zhp-sparky-the-5th The pandemic doomed his presidency, but it could have assured him reelection, had he not been who he is.
Like Nixon going to China, he was in a unique position to rally those who inherently distrust science & government. He could have led, and sympathized with the suffering.
But he couldn't, and wouldn't, because he's not a leader. He's a rabble-rouser.