When America was first born it was a place of survival. As we approached and inhabited this new land, we encountered the Indians (who were here first), illness, extreme weather, and shortage of food. That's how "America was" in the beginning. Immigration had begun, I guess you could say, and the land began to be populated.
War came and went. War with Indians, war with Spain, war with the Redcoats, and finally war with each other.
Time passed, America entered the Industrial Revolution and the days were ripe with discovery. Think it up, build it, produce it. Anyone could invent something. This new world was wide open.
We finally let women vote, decided alcohol was not totally evil after all, and fought a couple more really big wars. When they were over, our soldiers came home, built homes, and had families. Moms all stayed home, cooked family dinners, raised children, and most everyone went to church on Sundays and Wednesday nights. But eventually birth control pills changed the world, sexuality loosened up, moms went to work, found their voice and their rights.
And sexuality continued to loosen up more and more and more and more. Church changed from two days a week to 24/7 streaming on laptops and cable TV. Fewer family dinners, more eating out and latchkey kids. The Information Age bombarded us with more than we ever needed to know...but isn't it fun.....and maybe more bizarreness and images than we ever needed to see.
No doubt you like some of the changes but not all of them. The "bad changes" are no one person's fault. Not President Obama, not President Bush, not President Clinton either. No one gets all the blame or all the praise.
So yes, America has changed. Yes, America will never be the same. It never has stayed the same. Why would we think we could put our kickstands down now...and just keep it the same because we "like it this way". It's up to each of us to make our little sphere as good as we can make it. To deal with the changes and help each other along the way. But let's not think that blaming and shaming will help. It won't. We live in a dynamic country, a dynamic world. The only constant, they say, is change. Change what is around you for the better. Teach your children to do the same. And don't lament change. Work with it and know it is as normal as breathing.