Back to the future

So what is this allergy that the Obots have about the 1950s?

This has been a recurring theme in the Obama campaign, and I really don’t understand it. It works because most Americans didn’t live through it and don’t know their history.

1950s: near full employment.  Married women didn’t HAVE to work (but could). Lower crime. Stable families. Much lower rate of divorce and out-of-wedlock births. HIgh point of the Catholic Church in America, and a better time for churches in general. Strong unions that weren’t Communist, and a Democrat Party that was not a wholly-owned subsidiary of the CPUSA. Real money made out of precious metals. Journalists who at least pretended to report. Millions of babies not being murdered in the womb. No War on Poverty programs creating a permanent underclass. A vigorous space program. Mail-order guns. Classical music on commercial TV and radio. Ven. Fulton Sheen. Few chain restaurants.

Negatives: segregation. Restricted access to birth control (not sure that’s a negative, but I’ll give it to them). The Cold War (we have one of those too, only it’s religious). High taxes to pay off WWII. Nightmares about mushroom clouds. More boring (but healthier?) food. The beginning of Richard Nixon’s career. Electric coffeepots that cost as much or more than the modern ones in fixed dollar terms, but brewed less good coffee (they did last longer though).

Technology doesn’t count. No society has ever willingly abandoned a technology, so if Romney takes us “back to the 50s”, we’ll still have Internet, cable, MRIs, etc.

Given that, just why again shouldn’t I regard this as a Romney campaign ad?

3 Responses to Back to the future

  1. crazylikeknoxes says:

    I suppose the worst thing you could say about the 1950s is that it was followed by the 1960s.

  2. jeffreyquick says:

    Indeed. And it cannot be held totally blameless in that.

  3. crazylikeknoxes says:

    Greetings, Mr. Quick. My name is William and I live down the way from you in Euclid (although in that part of Euclid sitting on top of the Portage Escarpment, so, at least in a geographic sense, I’m still in the heights). Anyway, I prefer blogs that are Catholic and local and just stumbled across yours today. If you know of any others, please let me know. Otherwise, Happy All Hallows’ Eve.

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