re-processed screenshot of a 1947 civics lesson, Don't be a sucker

Great-Great Grandfather Knows Best: Don’t Be a Sucker

This short is an example of why we call the generation that came
of age in the 1930’s and 1940’s the Greatest Generation.

They were horrified by fascism so they used education to prevent
it from happening in the United States.

Were they a perfect generation without prejudices?

No.

But they never questioned the need for a fully funded system of
public education

Did they make a perfect democracy?

No.

But they understood why we pay taxes and used those taxes to
create the largest Middle Class in human history.

They strove to be the best people they could be and the standard
for the best was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

They were as vulnerable to corruption as all people are but
because they set high standards for themselves and their
Government the United States became one of the most
respected Nations in the World.

Watch the people of West Berlin cheer John Kennedy on June 26, 1963:

 

 

“All — All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin.
And, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words –Ich bin ein
Berliner.”

John Kennedy, June 26, 1963

A scan of Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Specch
A scan of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech

Video and Rockwell poster found on the Internet Archives

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