The early 1960’s certainly were not perfect but the vast majority of people in America led fairly honorable lives back then. The mid 60’s probably were the very last of the Happy Days of Richie Cunningham. That TV program and programs like the Andy Griffith Show or Ozzie and Harriet were not that far off the mark for small town white America in the 50’s and most of the 60’s. There were a lot of children in those days, birth control was limited, abortion was not legal or acceptable, and there was little confusion about the role of males and females. People in most of America were living pretty honorable lives in those days. My, how things have changed from the honorable toward the dishonorable in much of America in just fifty years.
If there is any one thing that changed our culture, it would be the destruction of the family unit. Fifty years ago people basically stayed married. The man of the house worked and the wife stayed home and raised the children. The family with an extended family of relatives in the same vicinity was something most of us had in common fifty years ago. The family and not government took care of those in need. The family had a stabilizing influence because most were held accountable to the values of their family.
The destruction of the family unit can be viewed from both a sociological and a religious perspective. Creeping socialism with its entitlement programs and big government social engineering is the major sociological reason for the breakdown of the traditional family and liberal teachings coming from our religious institutions was the major religious reason.
In just fifty years America has “progressed” from almost all of our children being raised by two parents to half of our children being raised by one parent. If that is not destructive enough, that one parent usually has to work so children are really being brought up by the social system and by peers. Without strong leadership in the family, the most influential people in many of the lives of American children are street smart punks and the bad characters of our “entertainment” media. They teach children to be disrespectful, foul-mouthed, and to emulate all that is dishonorable in any civil society.
Some Liberals will label me a racist for just giving the history of the family breakdown in America but nothing could be further from the truth. The real racists are those that put their race above the Human Race that most of the rest of us are in (psychopaths could be soulless exceptions). With that said, the breakdown of the family structure in America first started among blacks in the 50’s.
After World War II many southern black men that honorably served in the military looked for jobs in the industrial north. Many of the jobs that black men could only get hired for were the low paying jobs that white men would not do. Many black men lost self-respect and became frustrated and angry. It led to the downward spiral into hostility and behaviors that destroyed many two parent black families.
Some black fathers eventually abandoned their families with the rationalization and the reality that their wife and children could receive welfare benefits and government housing if they had no means of support. Rentals in the northern cities were scare and expensive in the 50’s. I know some of this firsthand because I lived almost a decade in a government housing project in Buffalo in the 50’s because my blue class father could not find a rental that he could afford. In the early 50’s, that housing project was all white and most had working fathers in the home, but by the early 60’s, it was almost all black and mostly single mothers. The same can be said for most housing projects in the big northern cities.
By the 60’s black absentee fathers became a major factor as to why black teens were becoming increasingly out of control in the big cities. The solution by the white Liberals of America was the Great Society promoted by President Lyndon Johnson but black anger still led to the riots of the late 60’s in many American big cities. Johnson’s Great Society should have been called the Great Socialist Society. These socialistic programs did not offer many employment solutions, instead they increasingly made blacks dependents of the state. The same white Liberals would also encourage black women to abort their babies as the ultimate solution to absentee fathers.
The welfare society soon spread to all the population as godless humanistic social engineers took over media, education, and government. In the late 60’s there was also the antiwar counterculture movement that led much of the baby boomer generation into hate and disrespect for everyone in authority. All who did not agree with their drug influenced paganism, sexual promiscuity, and Communist idealism became their enemy. Police officers were called pigs, war veterans were called baby killers and spit at, many women became whores, and marijuana was worshiped as if it was God.
The feminist movement that disrespected men and the hyper environmentalism movement that disrespected the needs of the human race played out not long after the hippies. The late 60’s and 70’s were a very disrespectful dishonorable period in our nation and all this rebellion contributed to the breakdown of the historical and honorable family unit.
By the early 90’s some of these disrespectful dishonorable people advanced within government, media, education and corporations. The Bill and Hillary White House and some of the people that were appointed by Clinton reflected the values of the counterculture movement more than traditional America. The Clinton’s pushed communistic socialism dressed in the garb of liberal or progressive programs and these programs continued to expand to this day.
I thought the honorable people of America would never have elected and certainly not have reelected the likes of Bill Clinton, yet they did. Many dishonorable Americans are still talking about putting his tyrannical and ruthless wife in the Oval Office. Bill Clinton gave away America’s jobs and secrets to the Chinese that eventually destroyed the American economy. Even after the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, I never thought that Americans would soon elect and reelect a Communist that would put America under the submission of dishonorable atheistic socialistic globalist billionaires, powerful world bankers, and Islamic ideologues, but that is what happened.
I always thought it was possible to elect a black President in America, white America is not as racist as Liberals and black race baiters like Americans to believe. However, I never thought a black Muslim leaning Communist President was remotely possible in America. Obama got elected on a message of hope and change after Bush became a failed presidency. Obama got reelected, but not because he delivered on hope and change, but because the Republican establishment bucked their own Conservative and Libertarian base of support and instead went all-in promoting a Liberal only pretending to be a Conservative.
It is rather ironic that the Democrat Party that once represented adequate waged blue-collar industrial workers, today mostly represents people working near minimum wage service jobs, government employees, and unemployed people on federal assistance. The Democrat Party today also represents multimillionaire and billionaire control freaks that wish to control the lives of all Americans. The party of small business and the Middle Class are the Republicans, but they are labeled the party of the rich by the Liberal main stream media. The irony of it all, is that the super rich promote and vote with the Democrats and it is they that control MSM.
The MSM has become very dishonorable and is now the mouthpiece of big socialist government and is the enemy of traditional America. The socialistic elites see nothing wrong with redistributing the wealth to help even out the incomes of others as long as they can continue to grow richer and gain more control over everyone.
The socialists control the American education system and the MSM, so most people in America get disinformation and socialist indoctrination even on regular entertainment programing. If it were not for talk radio and the Internet, you would only hear big government’s version of the truth. The government plantation poor do not even get educated enough anymore to even learn how to learn for themselves. What they are doing to the masses through government controlled MSM can be equated back to the days of slavery when blacks were not allowed to learn to read. Once again the plantation dependents have to get their information and marching orders from the very plantation owners that keep them enslaved.
Most do not have a clue how they are being oppressed by the super-rich. The complicit MSM tells people the top two percent make too much and do not pay enough taxes, but they never mention that the super rich in the top one thousandth of one percent control all MSM, run the world and escape almost all taxes.
Talk about irony, fifty years ago who would have thought that the USSR would dismantle their own Communist union and the United States would then embrace their failed communistic model. Now Russia is run by a strong President that promotes Russian Orthodox Christianity and morality, opposes the Islamists, and opposes the destructive influence of homosexuality in society, while the United States is run by a weak President who wars against Christian morality in America, embraces or appeases the Islamists, and promotes homosexuality in society.
Fifty years ago the honor of a man was sealed by a handshake, today many Americans promise anything but deliver nothing if they can get away with it.
Fifty years ago the Bible was the moral and spiritual guide to live by in America. Today the Bible is discredited by even Christian universities and is not allowed in the public square.
Fifty years ago Pastors in America taught a moral Biblical message to believers. Today many American pastors teach a prosperity message and how to find God within yourself so you can live a better immoral life now.
Fifty years ago homosexuals were in closets and their sex acts were outlawed by government, but today they are being promoted in public schools and on media and some are being married in American churches. They came out of the closets, started marching in parades and started acting out their perversions in public within just two decades. Americans went from respecting what was honorable in marriage to embracing what was dishonorable in any society in just twenty years.
Fifty years ago the governments in America had laws against gambling because the bookies gave unrealistic false hope to the poor who government viewed as victims. Today the government is the bookie and they promote unrealistic hopes to the poor using TV commercials. The odds of winning are worse than the days when the Mafia ran the numbers racket, and if against all odds you should win, they tax you to take away much of your winnings. That is a perfect example of “progressive” big government at its finest.
Fifty years ago porn was something that perverts watched, today it is something that half the men in America view regularly. In Richie’s days, porn was illegal and expensive; today porn is legal and free to almost everyone that can punch a few keystrokes.
Fifty years ago abortion was illegal in America, 55 million dead babies later, Americans are wondering who will support them in old age but their taxes are still paying to export this abomination to other nations.
Fifty years ago the federal government ramped up its war on drugs. Today the government’s war is more about government control over everyone than it is about stopping the use of illegal drugs. If the government really cared about stopping drugs, it would first enforce its national borders through which most illegal drugs come and outlaw any gangs in our cities that peddle them. The truth is that most of the politicians in Washington and their aides use illegal drugs. All the drug wars really did was enable gangs, fill prisons, kill people, and militarize all police forces in America.
It is quite amazing to me that America could make the transformation from a nation of mostly honorable people to a nation of mostly dishonorable people in just 50 years. That really should not surprise me. America has always been an exceptional nation, even if some world leaders say otherwise.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.