For those who share these memories and those who wish they did ;-)
In a nutshell ... a lott'a psychological health in those sentences
Even with regular Air Raid Drills and gruesome descriptions of nuclear war (”Don’t look at the flash or your eyeballs will melt!) I STILL felt more secure and safe in my Beloved America in the Fifties than I do now.
Remember Khrushchev banging his shoe on the desk? LOL!
The Good Guys were Good and the Bad Guys were BAD. I Loved the Fifties!
I remember when my brother and I were told to be in before the street lights went on guess what we were or else.
It was a privilege to grow up in the 50s.
During my period of great despondency immediately following the stolen election, I was lamenting the loss of our republic, when one of my elder sisters stated, “We got to live in the best part of it”. Still makes me tear up to type that, as it reminds me of what my grandchildren will never have.
As we have been told, the cause of all of the current shootings is ‘the easy availability of guns.’
Well let me let everyone in on a little secret:
GUNS WERE ONE HELL OF A LOT MORE AVAILABLE DURING THE 1950'S THEN THEY ARE TODAY.
Most of the households back then had a father that had been in World War II. There were three M1 Garands in my neighborhood alone. One owner would load up all the kids in the block and take us out to the range to shoot his. Many houses had a 1911 Colt or some kind of wheel gun. None were locked up, and most were loaded.
And if you wanted to buy a gun, who here remembers, “Service Armament”? They were one of many MAIL ORDER gun companies. Just a money order and the Postman walked right up to your door and delivered.
My Dad said if I made all Bs in my sophomore year I could buy a pistol.I picked and Astra 9mm (I thought it looked neat, but it is really a poor design). I filled out all the paperwork and saved my money. To make a long story short, I still have the gun, and somewhere I may even still have the box it came in, addressed to me - a 15 year old.
If easy availability of guns was the problem, the 50’s should have seen daily school blood baths. It didn't. And that alone PROVES that the availability of guns has NOTHING to do with the causes of the current madness.
I firmly believe that *everybody* was better off,overall,back then...even the perverts (AIDS was unheard of then).
I remember there was the Korean war, lots of tobacco related deaths, polio vaccines, beginning of VietNam problems, communism, women had fewer rights, pollution, no seat belts, McCarthyism, atomic bomb drills, LSD treatments for psychiatric problems, TB hospitals, lousy tv.
I think every decade had good things and bad things.
We’re all a bunch of knuckle-dragging neanderthals just for clicking on the thread title.
The fact that liberals are always howling about what an evil time the 50s (and early 60s) were is proof of how good they were. TV shows with names like Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, and Have Gun Will Travel were on the air and nobody had a cow over it. Little boys openly played with toy guns.
I saw an old commercial on youtube for a cereal called Kellogg’s Sugar Corn Pops. The child actor (actually, the guy who grew up to be Micky Dolenz of the Monkees) had toy guns in the commercial and said, “bang, bang,” and the slogan was “shot with sugar through and through.” Yes, they bragged about the cereal having sugar, and guns and shooting were the theme of the ad! But there were few if any school shootings then, and less obesity.
I’ve even heard of high school kids in the 50s leaving guns openly visible in their cars in school parking lots because they planned to go hunting after school. Yet if two kids got into a fight, nobody ran out to the parking lot to get their gun. They settled the fight with fists. I’ve even heard of kids bringing guns on the school bus because they’d brought them for “show and tell”!
People are nostalgic for the safety and the morals of the 50s. I get email forwards all the time saying, “Remember the good old days when we didn’t have to lock our doors and the schools didn’t have metal detectors?” But nobody ever discusses why things aren’t that way anymore. That’s the elephant in the living room!
The 50s were the peak years of our republic. The USA 2012 is a very different country....
They should read Cold War historian Paul Kengors The Communist to learn how outrageously Barack Obamas mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was treated because he was black.
Seriesly? However FMD may have been treated, I would hope it was awful based on his being a pronographer. Or a communist. Or any number of horrible things he was known for.
I lived in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 00’s. Yep I’ll take the 50s. It’s not even close.