Will Americans ever "sacrifice" again?
Back in the 40's, World War II was something that galvanized our country in a way that I don't believe has been seen since. It was considered patriotic to sacrifice your own needs so that more material could be allocated to the troops overseas. Goods were rationed, and people were encouraged to buy war bonds to finance the effort.
These days, the average citizen is completely disconnected from any "war effort" that may be going on. Other than to follow the news and have opinions as to the rightness/wrongness of it all, nothing much changes in the lives of John Doe, unless Mr. Doe was called up from the National Guard and Ms. Doe and children are now left on their own. There's no thought as to conserving for the war effort, nor do we give financially in a way that ties directly to the war effort. Yes, I know we give in terms of "national debt", but it's not as if we go out and buy bonds like they did back then.
I'm curious... will America ever voluntarily sacrifice like that again? Will there ever be a movement in our culture that calls upon everyone to pitch in and contribute to a greater good? Is there any connection any more to what we spend/do and what the government does? Or do we all just assume that the government will spend as they please, and we really don't need to do anything different? Could it be that we've not had an enemy since World War II that *truly* threatens our shores with armed conflict and battle? Or have we just become so jaded and cynical as a society that we really are more concerned about "getting ours" than "giving to others"?
Just one of those things that always run through my mind when I see photos from the 40's, and try to imagine how Americans would react to being told they *had* to ration goods in order to win a war somewhere.