The American Family Association Longs for the Good Old 1950s
We often say in jest how the social conservatives want the US to go back to 1950s. But it took the “American Family Association” (a hate group according to SPLC) to spell it out:
Would you rather live in the America of 1950 or the America of 2012? Has the United States changed for the better over the last 62 years? Many fondly remember the 1950s and the 1960s as the “golden age” of America. We emerged from World War II as the wealthiest and most powerful nation on the planet. During that time period, just about anyone that wanted to get a job could find a job and the U.S. middle class expanded rapidly.
One would expect at least some lip service condemnation of things like segregation. Indeed, the article starts saying that not everything was ideal:
Of course there were a lot of things that were not great about America back in 1950, and there are many things that many of us dearly love that we would have to give up in order to go back and live during that time.
Surely they will mention racial discrimination? Any moment now. But here’s the bad thing they have in mind:
For example, there was no Internet back in 1950. Instead of being able to go online and read the articles that you want to read, your news would have been almost entirely controlled by the big media companies of the day.
That’s it. You read it right. The main bad thing about 1950 was lack of the internet. The article continues with a long comparison sheet that goes like this:
So which version of America would you rather live in?
America 1950 vs. America 2012 - you make the call….
In 1950, a gallon of gasoline cost about 27 cents.
In 2012, a gallon of gasoline costs $3.69.
In 1950, you could buy a first-class stamp for just 3 cents.
In 2012, a first-class stamp will cost you 45 cents.
In 1950, more than 80 percent of all men were employed.
In 2012, less than 65 percent of all men are employed.
In 1950, the average duration of unemployment was about 12 weeks.
In 2012, the average duration of unemployment is about 40 weeks.
In 1950, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.
In 2012, the U.S. government redistributes more wealth than anyone else in the world.
It concludes by asking a rhetorical question:
So is America 2012 a better version than America 1950 was?
Have we made progress since then or are we going backwards?
And the first commenter on that page still thinks that the article’s approach is just not radical enough:
William Rooks · Top Commenter
The conditions in Detroit is not a symbol of our economy. It’s a symbol of something else. And until we recognize what that is, and can say it aloud, we will have more Detroits. I can name at least 12 cities which are close to becoming detroit in this decade - or sooner.
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