Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oh, how times have changed...

     Gone are the days when businesses were concerned about how their customers felt about them.  I remember hearing stories about how it was back when my parents were young.  People felt a sense of loyalty to the places they shopped, the owners and their families.  You were known by name and they actually asked you how the family was.  When did big business get so big that they stopped caring about the people who, without them profits would be lost? 
 My grandfather built the home he raised his family in.  As the family got bigger, he built more rooms.  He took pride in his land, his home and the family he "raised up from seedlings", as he'd say.  People were proud to be a part of this great country.  They were willing to fight for the rights and freedoms we now take for granted. Not because they were called to do so but because it was the right thing to do.  It's often said that this country isn't the same as it used to be. I can't agree more.
 We seem to be more concerned about offending those who are 'visiting' or how we look, when we should be concerned about strengthening the bonds to the very people who helped make this country as strong as it is today.
     We, the American people, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   We have the right to want whats best for our families and the fundamental needs of life; food, clothing and shelter. In the late 90's, the government decided to campaign that everyone should have the right to the American Dream of owning their own home.  When did they change their minds? When did they decide that it was alright to rob the American people by forced foreclosures, stealing equity and withholding the very assistance that was designed to help them. I must have missed the news broadcast.
     More and more people are losing faith in this country. When you are a victim of things like identity theft, predatory lending, mortgage servicing fraud, and home equity theft you can't just call the police and report a robbery.  You're left alone in your battle. It seems like the only support we have comes from those who are going through it also.  We will stand up and fight back regardless of the outcome... Because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO.