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Winging It Without Nancy, Harry, and Barry

In Back in the Day on 11/03/2010 at 08:19

If you can’t remember a world without McDonald’s, or a time when you could pull into a gas station and have your windshield washed and your oil checked with your fill up, then you probably don’t understand what all the hubbub is about. Why some of us are so upset about increasing government intrusion in our lives.

There was a time in this country when the simplest things in life, things that are now so often spoken of derisively in the pop culture, were the most important. Not everyone was happy but we knew that life isn’t always supposed to be happy. The pursuit of happiness was the incentive.

The drive-in movies were the excitement we looked forward to on Friday nights. Our girls didn’t have to apologize for not sleeping with us on the first date. I remember how great those lousy pizzas were. It was a time when boys were not only allowed to play with cap pistols, but there were almost as many guns in homes as there were bibles, and we hardly ever used them on each other. I had a buddy who shot a burglar. We almost pinned a medal on him. We executed Carol Chessman, not for murder, but for kidnapping and raping women. There wasn’t a lot of rape.

We went to church on Sundays and we didn’t feel embarrassed about it. This, mind you, was before the Beatles landed, and the Supreme Court started legislating from the bench, and pot went mainstream. Certainly evil existed in American households and sometimes it went unnoticed by society, but there wasn’t nearly as much of it. One girl got pregnant in a class of 500 in my senior year of high school. That was before they taught us sex education.

Contrary to what the media would have you believe, we weren’t naïve. I went to Hollywood to cut a record, and I knew immediately why that old guy who hung needlessly around the studio wanted to take me to dinner. The boys and I didn’t hurt him too much.

Somewhere along the line we turned our children’s lives over to the NEA, and the PTA became a place to discuss hiring school psychologists. Nowadays the school nurse can’t give your kid an aspirin but she can take her for an abortion without your knowledge.

It was a different world and we, most of us, thought we didn’t need a lot of help from the government to get by. If something cost too much we waited. I could go on forever but I’ll end here.

Anyway, if you’re wondering why so many of us are upset about ObamaCare, and stimulus packages, and cap and trade, and $12 trillion deficits … well, you had to be there.


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