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POLITICAL POSTERS - NOW AND THEN

I got this in an e-mail from a friend yesterday and it cracked me up. I wish I had thought of it and done it! It's an very funny parody on our current Presidential race. (I do not know who created this parody - I wish I did. Anyone that creative and funny is someone I would like to know!)

What is more interesting to me is what this image says about the current mindset of American voters. We are not our parents, we no longer have total faith or trust in our government and we are a generation that is used to protesting and airing our views.

Compare this to the World War II posters that abounded during the forties. Do you remember the phrase "Loose Lips Sink Ships"? How about "Uncle Sam Wants You!"

If you're a baby boomer you are familiar with these patriotic mottos and the artwork that appeared all over this country to inspire a patriotic ferver. You will recognize the Uncle Sam - it's the most famous patriotic poster in history. Have you ever seen this Norman Rockwell poster?








There were hundreds of posters generated by the Office of War and these are just a few. The images are linked to pertinent pages and you will find the information fascinating and a wonderful lesson in the history of World War II.

More to point, you will see a visual change in the political views of the Americans of yesterday versus those of today.

This is not the America of the 1940s and we are not the Americans of our parents generation. We are a sadder yet wiser nation. We are not innocent and we are not easily swayed.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I do not know. I wish we could have lived in simpler times, when black was black and white was white and we were right, God Bless America. Our parents knew who the enemy was. We are not so sure anymore.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for this great commentary on the state of politics in our time. Ambiguity is the name of the game and it's hard to know what or whom to believe in.
    Actually, I think it's time we boomers take back our power, throw our numbers and weight around, and change the country and the world for the better! That was our mission in the Sixties and Seventies and it still can be today. So, boomers, LET"S GO!

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  2. Amazing post! Funny, yet unfortunately true.

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  3. Not being in the US I'm not fully across all of what happens there politically but it was interesting to see the cereal packet. I expect that responses to politics in many countries have changed over the years and it's a shame that the general public do not seem to revere or respect their leaders any more. But then many leaders don't seem to command that type of response either - their behaviour is often not what it should be when in a position that is so public.

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  4. I don't know about you guys, but I yearn for a President like Martin Sheen's character in West Wing, or Harrison Ford's in Air Force One, or even Robin Williams in Man of the Year, lol. Instead I get Opie and Goober from The Andy Griffith Show.

    What seems to be missing for me in all our political figures is honesty and a real understanding of the average American's needs.

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  5. Anonymous9:12 PM

    There is no "we the people, for the people, by the people" anymore. Our politicians are all out to promote their own agendas, which in themselves are self-serving. There are no candidates who are interested in the people who elect them, except to have power over them.

    Since the children of America no longer have the pledge of allegiance every morning, they have no idea of the sacrifices were made to buy our freedom, then they are not patriotic to their country.

    Since prayer is no longer permitted in schools, there's no understanding of our "one nation under God".

    This will be the most important Presidential election in modern history, yet how many will abuse the freedom to vote by not exercising it.

    I certainly hope there is a "PRIZE" candidate hiding in that box of Corn Flakes.

    Pam Archer

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  6. Another candidate hiding inside the box? I think I'd rather just have a secret decoder ring, lol!

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  7. Oh Terri how hillarious!! lol Like kathie, not too familiar with many of the US pollies, but enough to recognise a fair few! LOVED the cereal box, and Gillian Anderson's little 'cloud'..hehe

    Always a colourful post!

    Cheers mate

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