Skip to comments.Romney as Alexander the Great! He’ll have to do more than just play Reagan to Obama’s Jimmy Carter…
Posted on 10/31/2012 9:54:36 AM PDT by Starman417
Sadly, this summer Andy Griffith died. Growing up in the 1970s, watching the Andy Griffith show was simply part of our day. Between episodes of Howdy Doody, The Brady Bunch and Gilligans Island, the Andy Griffith Show was just another show where life lessons played out on TV. Together these shows were Americana incarnate, where stories about honesty, hard work and community were on display daily.
My wife, who was born and raised in France, recently stumbled across Andy Griffith reruns and decided to record them. She finds them quite entertaining and Im happy to watch them with her as I find great pleasure in explaining the subtleties of life in the United States that one might not pick up if they did not grow up here.
I often find myself thinking about the 1970s in a very nostalgic way, which is probably not unusual for anyone who spent their early teens growing up then. Of course from the perspective of an adult the memories of the 1970s are probably a bit less sanguine. New York City almost went bankrupt in 1975, went black in 1977 and its stories of the Son of Sam and the killing of John Lennon shocked the nation. And things werent much better in the rest of the country with lines at gas stations winding around city blocks, labor unrest rampant, and smokestack industries choking the United States was an economic basket case. By the end of the decade the misery index was at a record high (inflation + unemployment) and interest rates were sitting at 15%. To put a bow on it, the decade ended with Love Canal, Three Mile Island, a coming Ice Age and 52 American hostages in Iran scaring Americans into thinking the world was coming apart at the seams. Things looked dark indeed.
Thankfully, in 1980 Americans threw out the dour and clueless Jimmy Carter after he scolded them the year before:
In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning....
I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel....
Carter was right about part of that for most of the United States history Americans have indeed been proud of hard work, strong families and close-knit communities. And a belief in God too. Fundamentally they felt that, in America, anything and everything was possible. Anyone, regardless of their background, could be successful, or could at least work hard and set their children up for success. Why? Because America was, well free.
In 1981 Ronald Reagan rode in on a white horse and saved the country. More than the tax cuts, more than his building up the military and the breaking the Soviet Union, more than shrinking the rest of government, Reagan made Americans believe again that they could succeed, that they could once again find prosperity and they could once again live in the Shining city on a hill to which he so often referred.
Fast forward 30 years and the United States finds itself in a similarly dire situation where the economy is in the midst of an economic malaise, a befuddled president is clueless as to how to successfully direct the nation out of its storms, either domestic or foreign, and a wide swath of the nation feels like the countrys best days may indeed be behind it.
The question is, can Mitt Romney reprise the roll of Ronald Reagan to Barack Obamas Jimmy Carter? Maybe, but in all reality, Mitt Romney will have to do far more than was ever asked of Ronald Reagan.
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Andy Grffith Show ran from about 1960 to about 1968. It was on in reruns in the 70s.
The Andy Griffith Show was pure Americana and it reflected American values and traditonal Christian ethics and morality. Unfortunately, Griffith himself had little in commonon with the character he played. He was a stupid RAT.
Anyway, I love the show, but I can see what he and his commie writers were trying to do when I watch it now.
Romney will have to reform the tax cut as much or more than Reagan and then cut government spending by amounts never before attempted. I’m not real hopeful he will get much past the senate, they’ll play their little partisan points game as the dollar implodes and our economy crumbles.
I hear what your saying—I guess I’ll have top take another look at it. Thanks!
You have to look at it in the context of the early 60’s, and what was allowed on the heavily censored TV networks. His folksy ways allowed him to make social commentary, just as Rod Serling’s use of fiction allowed him to do the same thing without explicitly seeming to.