Tuesday, June 2, 2009

How times have changed

Going through the twitter tweets (try saying that rapidly three times) earlier today, I came across the trending topics and saw one that stated "China blocks twitter".
My first thought was big deal, they are a communist country the last I checked.
So I entered my "tweet" regarding this topic and moved along. Then I began to think that it has been 20 years since the massacres in communist China.
Who can ever forget the image of the lone Chinese student standing in front of that tank?
A lot has changed in the world since that time. The former Soviet Union is no more since that time.
Here in the United States, we have had three other Presidents since then... Clinton, Bush 43 and now Obama.
Being from Chicago and a sports fan, we actually saw a World Series champion in town since then when the Chicago White Sox won the title in 2005.
Anyone still living who was already alive at that time can probably attest to how much has changed not only in the world, but just in the United States alone the past 20 years.
Think about it and I am sure there are many recollections going through one's mind right now.
Three former Presidents have died since then... Nixon, Ford and Reagan. Carter and Bush 41 are still living.
The internet has come along as we bloggers can attest to. What an amazing change that has been in the past 20 years.
Reflecting on things, I did have to wonder about why we as a nation are now so in debt to China, a communist country.
General Motors just filed for bankruptcy and now China is looking to buy Hummer. Go figure!
Other thoughts since the massacres in China twenty years ago.
September 11, 2001... Barack Obama elected as first African-American President... The fall of the Berlin Wall... The Airlines industry bankruptcies... The Simpsons becoming a long-running network show (even if it is just a cartoon)... O.J. (Simpson)... Jay Leno and now Conan O' Brien taking over as hosts of the "Tonight Show"... The Oklahoma City bombings (4/19/95), the burning of the compound at Waco, TX (4/19/93)... The Columbine school massacres in 1999... the VERY CONTROVERSIAL 2000 Presidential elction... Iraq and Afghanistan... the list goes on and on.
I am sure as you read this, there were many more coming to mind.
It is funny though, that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Look at China.
Sure, that country joined the rest of the world with the so-called free trade agreements, but China is still a communist country.
At the same time, the United States has taken it in the rear end via the free trade agreements and global economy.
The hope is that the new Obama administration will help to bring about change that was so talked about last fall.
In the meantime, let's keep blogging and twittering right here in the United States and abroad, where we can do this.
It hasn't been blocked here.
Let's keep it that way.


  1. Hi Jim,

    Amen to all. I am adding the birth of my 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Why the relevance? In China families are only allowed to have one child. And it better be a boy. Girls are often aborted since they are insignificant beings.

    During this time a new generation has grown up. They need to be reminded of what they can lose if they don't protect their freedom now.


  2. Look up what China is doing to prevent their Citizens from learning about the masacre. They have blocked all internet content and texts from talking about it. Whether we agree or disagree on politics, at least we have the freedom to debate the issues.