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10 things you could do in 1975 that you can't do now

The bad old days, when people were more responsible and less afraid. Can you imagine where we will be 35 years from today?


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That was the

year I got married, it will be 40 years next year.

I could Disco in 1975, I can't do it anymore the body just doesn't move like it used too. LOL

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You could

settle your differences after school. "Chuse" a kid out, get a bloody nose and a black eye, shake hands and none of it was reported to the police or uploaded on youtube.

After reading all these things....don't forget to thank our military for keeping us Free!

Yes...banks would actually give you a toaster

for putting money in their bank with pretty good interest. Of course now we know money isn't paper.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I know major allies who fund them" Gen. Dempsey

Way too many things to list here but, here's just one:

I used to be able to go to a store and not have to read every damn label before determining which clothes, small appliances, and food NOT to buy.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Would it be nice to know if formaldehyde is in your food?

But sorry to say you have no right to know!

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed



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In 1975

I was in the USAF, and the USA had just got unceremoniously booted out of Vietnam, Nixon resigned in disgrace - well, thereabouts time-wise. I don't remember the exact date; I was in No. CA when Nixon resigned, but I had been in Thailand when Ho Chi Minh ousted the US from the 'Nam; Thailand said, "Thank you so much for your visit, but I see it's time to put the kids to bed now, so, please don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out." and that was the last of the Thai Stick. )-;

When I'm elected by write-in landslide, I'll put things right, primarily by firing the damn bureaucracy and letting people go about their lives without Big Brother dragging you down.

Freedom is my Worship Word!

1975 started my first job

at age 13 cutting weeds from soybeans at $2.50/hr. (min wage was $2.10) also started driving on public roads.
1976 age 14, driving a farm tractor for $6.00/hr working 6 days x 16 hours (min wage was $2.30)
1978 age 16, took a gun to school every day during coon season and built a smoker's shed at school.

I wish today's kids had those same opportunities. Don't think I worked because my family was poor or that I was forced to by my parents. I worked because I wanted to and my friends were working.

Those beans,

were most likely "NON-GMO" and good for ya!
I grew up on a farm so child labor was expected as a member of the family. Wouldn't trade that for anything.


Every job I had as a kid, pre 1975. Can't do that anymore!

I was raised in poverty in public housing projects in Pittsburgh, Pa..
I'm sure that Barracuda Trader is familiar with my old stomping grounds of North View Heights and the McKees Rocks Terrace. These places are/were true inner city ghettos. The projects.

My first job was shoeshine boy. At age 11, I bought a kit and went to work.
Bar to bar, tavern to tavern, I could even work Sundays as we had plenty of private clubs like the VFW, Lithuanian Club, German American Club and so on.
An unacompanied 11 year old in a bar would not fly today! Working or not!

I worked at Pete Mazereeses' tire yard in McKees Rocks loading truck tires onto box cars at 13.
In the freezing winter with ice and water splashing out of the old tires as we rolled them up the ramps.
I'm sure a kid wouldn't be able to do that today. Not that I would recommend it, it was hard and dangerous!

Pin setter(bowling) Yep, before they all went automated! Another dangerous job! But league bowlers were always good tippers if you worked hard and fast setting the pins and returning the balls.
That job was eliminated by technology, but even so I doubt that a minor would be allowed to do it now.

Washing windows for tips at the Sunoco gas station. They actually allowed us minor kids to roam the station and work for customer tips only. I highly doubt their insurance policy and regulations would allow that anymore.

All these jobs built the character and discipline I needed to be one of the few to escape the circle of poverty and dependency.
A kid cannot work those jobs now. Except my last job as a minor...

At 17, I joined the US Army. A hard and most dangerous of all jobs.
But a kid can still work that job.
Can't shine shoes in a bar but can shoot people as a minor. Sad.

And yes, I can still spit shine a shoe with the best of them!
But due to inflation and corruption, I can't do it for a quarter anymore...

Exercise Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

My first job was at age 12 working for a dairy farmer,

farmers can't hire kids this young anymore. And most kids today won't do what we did anyway.

We also had our own farm and our friends would like to come out and help from time to time, until they got tired of working and left us to finish the job. Even to this day I am known to finish the job long after everyone else has left.

Some people get upset when they are the only one left standing to finish the job. To me it's just the way the world is, you just never go home until your work is finished, and done right.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

priceless lessons

My first job was at 12. A rough framer on track houses. Not legal at the time. I made about $2.75 an hour doing piece work. Lessons learned were priceless.

"You only live free if your willing to die free."

You got me thinking...

Lessons learned are priceless.

The lessons learned shape our character and make us who we are.
Without those lessons, who are we?

Exercise Liberty.

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

I had my first job at 11, too--

I'm really grateful for that experience and, looking back, the poverty.

I have at least one sibling who is really bitter about it, though.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I'm not bitter and I'm somewhat grateful, however...

It was a hard, cold uncomfortable life.
Abject poverty.

Bitter, grateful.
It's a conundrum.

Telling a friend once about having to sleep in box cars and abandoned buildings,
he found it exciting and adventuresome. He wished he could have done the same.
And I understand his romantisizing. He had to be home before the street lights went out.
I wanted parts of his life, he wanted parts of mine.
He wanted the Liberty and adventure. The uncertainty of it all.
I wanted a Dad, and a home. And the stability of it all.

There was something closer to the Brady Bunch out there.
And I longed to be closer to it.

But we play the cards we are dealt.
How we play our hand forms our unique individual experience.

I have come to accept my individual experience.
And the lessons learned.

Exercise Liberty...and motivate thyself!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

the sibling who is bitter . . .

is now very wealthy and not really a very nice sibling to any of the rest of us--

I did have parents; one was very ill, and the other was horribly burned out and on edge, but I had parents, and they hung together--

and there was a roof over our heads. Roach infested and holes in the floors and plumbing that was rusted out, and the food was bottom rung but not from out of garbage cans--

bless your heart--

I can see a child romanticizing that, but I'm sure as an adult that friend has changed his/her tune.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Good times,

1975 was a special time for me as it was the year I graduated from High School.
It was post “Gas Shortage” of 1973 so fuel prices had began their manipulated rise.
Aside from those things, life seemed good.
As others have wrote, going out and having fun was low impact to the security of our now paranoid society.
Our police force, Township and County officers were local neighbors and friends. Most were known by their first names. ( A major problem we have today as the community is so disconnected )
We had a town cop that was known by all. He was a quiet spoken man who many times used common sense in his daily efforts. If he pulled you over and you were too impaired, and if you were a local person, he would tell you to park the vehicle and he would take you home.
The County police if you were pulled over and you were stinking of weed or beer, most the time they would make you pour out the beer or dump the weed or take the weed for themselves, and that was better than getting busted. Those days, living your life wasn’t a potential security threat as it is today.

Just living your life today is getting to be a criminal act.


Let's change the words a little bit.

One thing you could do in 1975 that you couldn't do before.

How about dodge ball?

Is that still played in school?

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Nope, the fat kids who were the first ones out

grew up and became school superintendents, they ended dodge ball.


Would this be more accurate: "10 Things You Could Do Prior to 9/11/2001 That You Can't Do Now"?

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

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....in 1975:
Auto Insurance was "optional" in many states....
Gasoline was rumored to be approaching $1/gallon...(Horrors!)
Coffee came in a 16oz "Tin Can"....
A "Lid" of marijuana was $10.....
A semester at a Community College in NYS cost only $234.50
(Note: New York was relatively high-priced compared to other states)
JAPANESE "stuff" was "crap" and "cheap"......

You could take a ride in your car....smoke a doobie, and pull into a
"beer-garden" and enjoy a pitcher of beer, a pizza, and some clams
with your friends without going broke....and...everybody had a job!

My one-bedroom apartment cost $175/month, heat, H/W included and
the electric bill was $33./month.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

And when the police pullled you over

after you had a few, they would ask, "how far away do you live kid? Take it easy and slow down, this is a warning".

How many hijackings of American planes were there in the 70's



Do you want to go back to that world, where some guy without ID gets on the plane and hijacks it?

Just an honest question, looking for an honest response: Do you want to go back to the days when your airplane was more easily hijacked than today?

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"You only live free if your willing to die free."

Really the question is

"Would you rather have an extremely low but slightly higher chance of being hijacked OR a medium chance of you, your spouse or your kids being molested by tsa agents?"


When common sense was the rule that people used.
Today you are poisoned
Today you are financially insecure
Today you are suspect
Today YOU can't think for yourself!


I think more planes were

I think more planes were hijacked by people with ID, than people with out ID.

Pilots and stewards can be armed (with pistols or tasers).

Control and tracking of movement of is any authoritarian's wet dream.

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I don't remember any DUI checkpoints in 1975

I could use my finger as a gun in school and not be arrested and strip searched

I thought cops were the good guys

SWAT was only a TV show

TV was actually entertaining back then

Nobody was fined for the wrong food in a packed lunch

Growing your own food was viewed as a good thing, now we're terrorists


And you were not considered mentally unbalanced if you expressed normal human emotion “requiring a prescription of psychotropic drugs“

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