anybody watch that ww2 in color special? they quoted an article questioning the ability of the kids to give up their cushy life and fight a war. the article wondered if that generation of kids was not to soft to fight.
we all think the kids are soft, but maybe we all have seen a trend? just saw a recruitment stat (i'll look for link if i can remember where i saw it) and they said around 50% of the kids that try to enlist are not physically qualified. that was not as troubling as the reasons. it wasn't flat feet and bad teeth like the old days, it was obesity, high BP, high blood sugar, and respiratory problems.
keith, you are correct that as the generations pass, we become soft and complacent. it is important that we remember that we all, except for lenapi13 :-), came from somewhere else. the key is to have people come for the right reasons. if they are coming to make a better life, that is fine. if they understand that making a better life is hard work and sacrifice, more power to them.
the problem is that we are becoming more like europe. people go to european countries to take advantage of the social welfare programs. this is about to become more of a nightmare for them, as the EU laws will supersede the immigration laws of individual countries.
my great grandmother was an immigrant. she and her sister came with nothing to find the father that had come over before them. they worked hard understanding that there was no safety net, no bail out, and no instant gratification.