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I have often considered 1930’s America, and the Americans who inhabit the States which made up that Union, as, on the whole, balanced in their happy ignorance of the world outside of their continental boundaries. America, before FDR and the happy coincidence of Pearl Harbour, would rather have checked the local headlines, talked about baseball, talked about Hollywood movie stars, talked about anything which did not touch upon a World in turmoil 3,000 miles away. The opinion of Congress was to sheer away from any talk about a War raging far away, and Isolation ruled.

America has moved on from those lazy days, when no-one listened to the sirens sounding in London, because America had to, but the old ways, the old beliefs, still hold some in their grasp; as can be seen in the words of Erbin Gamurot, 48, a handyman, said Pele, the volcano goddess, just wants to visit her sister, Namakaokahai, the sea goddess. “She gotta go see her sister. She gotta go say hi. You know how family are. It’s all good,” Gamuret said.

Before I am hauled before an ATW court for summary lynching, for my use of the term ‘happy coincidence’, allow me to expand. The dead, the terrible slaughter on that sunny morning in early November 1941 was not happy, not in the slightest; but it was a fortuitous event for Great Britain, because we gained the assistance and alliance  of the greatest Democratic Nation in the world when we stood virtually alone against the Nazi hordes, intent on their domination of a supine Europe, alongside their Allies in the Empire of Japan.


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10 thoughts on “Goddesses, and other superstitious crap

  1. You are another one with a romanticized and false view of the past.

    The 1930s was the time of the depression, hunger, the Dust Bowl as caused by the stock market collapse.

    The old days sucked. Ask anyone who lived through those hard days. I think that the thirties was much worse in England and Ireland BTW.

  2. Americans in the 1930s were a wise people, note the Repeal of Prohibition for example. I don’t believe they ignored world events but rather hoped not to be dragged into them. In hindsight we know that conflict with the Axis Regimes was really only a matter of when.

  3. //but the old ways, the old beliefs, still hold some in their grasp; as can be seen in the words of Erbin Gamurot, 48, //

    It looks like this is the man Mike thinks represents 1930s Americans.

  4. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…pretty much applies to all eras though some lean toward the best stuff and others toward the worst. Can’t find it now but I read an article recently on the nostalgia of times gone by — comparing those on the left and right who long for the past or otherwise idealize the times for different reasons…will post if I can find it. I know an elderly lady who just loves living now and is so sorry it won’t last much longer…love her to death (well I probably shouldn’t use the ‘d’ word under the circumstances).

  5. What a very english point of view, alone against the Axis, except for Canada. New Zealand, Australia, et al

  6. Yes guys

    America in the 1930s, what a land of milk and honey, so long as you was white. Lynching niggers was pretty common, even under FDR.

  7. Peter, you are correct in noting the racial imbalance, but by the 1930s lynching were rare. Still little effort was down to outlaw them from a federal standpoint which was a disgrace.

  8. the soup lines of today are longer than they were in the 30s the difference is you don’t have to get in line. It all gets handled by government debit cards.

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