Originally Posted by Musicinabottle
There once was a time in America?
When big companies cared as much about people as they did profits?and they made profits anyway;
When people who started out as janitors and stock clerks, dishwashers and busboys could spend a lifetime working their way up to department heads and store managers, directors and corporate executives?because they knew that the company they worked for promoted from within and would be around long enough to do so;
When consumers could count on buying high quality goods and services made in America?without going broke in the process because companies knew they had competitors and needed repeat customers to stay in business;
When people took pride in the most menial of labor?because that labor earned them an adequate living along with society?s respect;
When consumers patronized a company?because their grandparents did;
When company executives cared about their personal reputation?because customers knew their name and their company?s reputation was inextricably tied to their personal reputation;
When business owners kept their establishments immaculately clean and in good repair?because they knew their customers could easily shop at their competitors;
When a company?s customers were treated like customers and not guests?because the company knew that customers, not guests, were the people who spent money;
When teenagers had manners?because their mothers insisted that they had manners;
When you knew a woman was a woman by the way she dressed...and not by the way she looked;
When daycare did not exist?because society thought it was more important for children to have mothers than it was for women to have careers;
When Americans could disagree with each other and still remain civil with each other?because they cared too much about their country to do otherwise.
Sadly, that America is not today?s America- and too few Americans care anymore. But candidates for office who do care will stand a good chance of getting my vote.