America's Loss of Innocence

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Over the years we've as a country and a society have seem to have loss our innocence.  Some ways this is a very healthy aspect, other ways its been extremely destructive.  Looking back at the 1960s and 1970s America was laughing and singing to what they didn't seem to know or grasp.  Let's take a peak.


In 1971 the music group the Kinks released what would become their smash hit Lola. Lola was about a horny young man desperate for his first sex finds seemingly what appears to be a prostitute.  Turns out that Lola the prostitute is actually a trans sexual.  Despite not having quite the proper "equipment" the young man falls in love with him/her anyway. No you could only imagine the stir such a song would cause today. But yet in 1971 America just sang along and never asked "isn't this a song about some young dude having sex with another dude appearing to be a woman." 


One of the funniest shows of all times was Green Acres.  The show centers around a rich big city lawyer named Oliver Wendell Douglas and his diva wife Lisa who move from Manhattan to a small farming town, Hootersville, in order to fulfill Oliver's dream of being a farmer.  Oliver and Lisa come across as two urban rich elites clueless to the more simple world around them.  They get taken by the local con man Mr. Haney into buying a run down farm and broken down tractor.  Oliver despite his suppose love of farming hasn't the first iota of how to farm.  He farms in a three piece suit, all his crops fail, and his tractor keeps falling apart (making you wonder if he's so rich why doesn't he simply buy a new one).  He can never catch onto the country life despite trying to fit in.  The local phone company won't even move his phone from the telephone pole into his house.


In essence it's a show about how the rich elite just can't seem to navigate the life styles of people much less educated and of lower social scale.  Oliver is the butt of all the local jokes for his unwillingness to dress and act more like people on a lower economic scale.  Oliver doesn't get the local culture and the local culture doesn't know quite what to make of these two rich city interlopers into their small rural farming community.  But the show also seems to put paint the farm community as a bunch out of touch imbeciles.  


The show also takes a page out of the "Lola" playbook.  Two local characters, a brother and sister, the Monroe "brothers" are two hapless and totally inept home builders.  They've been working on the Douglas home for years but nothing ever gets completed or properly done.    Ralph Monroe is the sister but comes across as either a Lesbian or trans sexual women stuck in a man's body.  Strangely, the actress Mary Grace Cranfield was a beautiful woman in real life.  Alph Monroe is the brother but comes across as possibly a gay man.  


Hank Kimball is the moronic local county agent, representing government in small farming towns.  He can't seem to remember what he was talking about 30 seconds ago. He portrays government as massively unable to handle the even most basis issues, like a local bug infestation eating away at the crops.


Despite the double entendres galore Americans don't seem to pick up on any of them.  No one screaming that Green Acres is about class warfare, income inequality, eliteness, closeted gays, trans sexuals, inadequate government despite the show showcasing all of it every week.


Later in the 1970s the band the Village People have smash hits that center around gay life for a young man living in NYC.  Despite the very blatant lyrics no one seems to notice or mind.  People singing YMCA or In the Navy apparently having no understanding of what the words are about.  More to the point, no one in media telling Americans "do you realize what these songs are about?"


All of this today would have create hours and hours of pundits from each side yelling at each other in both MSM and alternative media.  Why won't the directors allow the character of Ralph to get re-assignment surgery?  Why doesn't the town rise up and demand the county replace the bumbling Hank Kimball?  Doesn't Oliver understand that when he wears a suit around Hootersville its insulting to the poor Hootersville farmers?  Why is his wife Lisa the token blond bimbo that is subservient to her controlling husband?


We'd hear aren't the Village People forcing the "homosexual agenda" down everyone's throat?  Shouldn't the tranny in Lola be allowed the use the bathroom of his/her choice?


Unfortunately sometimes "knowledge" causes problems.  We as living organisms don't do well with handling the truth.  We seem much better off when we can't understand the real meaning and just stay with what's on the surface.


When the vast majority of Americans believed in GI Joe, the US as the good guys in the Cold War, the US as a defenders of freedom and democracy, our Presidents being noble, etc. society hummed along a bit better.  As much as we think we're so super advanced from 50 years ago I'm not so sure.  Its so much easier believing fairy tales and not looking beyond words.  


If we are going to accept that the world as a far more complex and difficult place than we've been accustomed to believing, we need to put on our big boy pants.  Understanding the "gray" is much harder than seeing a sharp black and white.  Or we can just go back to calling a woman "Ralph" and laugh about it.



Katharine Otto Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:04pm
Is it a loss of innocence, or a loss of levity?  It seems we have lost humility in the sense that we take ourselves much too seriously and have become more judgmental of others.  
I didn't know about the alternative sexual overtones of the music and shows you mention.  Like others, I possibly wasn't paying attention, but it was not so much in-my-face or political then.  
There's nothing new about not wanting to face uncomfortable truths.  That's not innocence.  In fact, in the 60s and 70s,  the US was riding high from its economic and military superiority and loathe to see any chink in its self-image.  My recollection is the Vietnam war changed all that, and that's when the sexual issues also began coming out of the closet.
George N Romey Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:11pm
I agree Katharine the Vietnam War and the hippie movement of the 60s began the destruction of the facade.  We used to be able to more easily laugh at one another.  Lisa Douglas was the dingbat wife of a stuffed elitist lawyer.  Ralph was a girl named Ralph.  Today we'd hear the "victim" card about these two characters.
Two many people want to change the world in their image and beliefs.  Its why the idea of global government is satanic in its own.  The idea that some stuffed shirt born with all the privileges is going to dictate your life.  
goldminor Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:26pm
You raise some good points. I was born back in the time of innocence, the year 1950. Growing up at that time was very much like Leave it to Beaver. San Francisco at that time was more like a big town than a city. One great aspect of growing up in SF though was that you met people of all sizes and shapes, from many different nations around the world.
Mostly, people congregated in their own neighborhoods. The Italians on the north end, Polish Russian Jewish out in the Richmond District by Ocean Beach, Japan Town and China Town which is mainly where most Asians lived, the wealthy up in Pacific Heights, the blacks in the Fillmore District and out by Hunter Point Naval Shipyard area, the Irish out in the Sunset District.
There were kids running all over the place. Wounded and otherwise damaged WW2 vets were on the streets. I remember the yearly field trips to the big Veterans Hospital on the southern edge of the Presidio of SF which was still an important US Army base.Then all of that started to slowly change mainly in the late 1960s, and on into the 1970s. That change picked up its pace in the decades which followed.
There is certain;ly no going back to that time. The City has completely changed since then as have most cities and towns across the nation. The times of openness and trust have given way to a somewhat harder society. I stopped picking up hitchhikers a long time ago. In my teenage years I would often have the Country Squire station wagon packed with hitchhikers/strangers. Especially when I traveled into the mountains to fish the northern rivers and streams. There were even fish to catch in the waters back then. Now it is not so easy. Counties to the immediate north and south of SF still had plentiful fish back when I was young.
Jobs were plentiful and rents only took about a weeks worth of wages. My how times have changed.
Jeff Jackson Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:47pm
George, I agree that Green Acres, one of my favorite shows then and now, portrayed knowledgeable people as bumbling idiots. It also portrayed people we think of as bumbling idiots and rather clever people who took advantage of people who considered themselves smart. Mr. Haney, an ignorant hick from the sticks always had a con game up his sleeve and offered "deals" that looked good on the surface, but were cash-drainers in reality. 
The show also showed the inefficiency of big government and the bloated bureaucracies that could barely accomplish anything, and then, even when they did something, it was completely the wrong thing. It was the opposite of "The Beverly Hillbillies" where the country hicks move to the high-end city. In Green Acres, the high-end city folks moved to the country. The double-entendres were many. I was always entertained by how Mr. Douglas would try to bring big-city thinking to the rural environment, and his college-educated big-city reasoning never worked. Also, the patriotic music that would play whenever he would launch into why he wanted to be a farmer and "get back to the land." 
Also, it was funny when Oliver Douglas wanted to sue Mr. Haney, and it turned out that the relatives of Mr. Haney were all judges who would rule against anyone challenging Haney. Talk about reality! The nepotism was rampant. Obviously, I could write a long essay on that show, its relevance and its examples of the absurdity of American life. I still love that show. 
P.S. Eddy Albert was a true WWII hero: "He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his actions during the invasion of Tarawa in November 1943, when, as the pilot of a Coast Guard landing craft, he rescued 47 Marines who were stranded offshore (and supervised the rescue of 30 others), while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire.-
opher goodwin Added Nov 16, 2018 - 12:49pm
George - seems to me that it is more a loss of tolerance. This is a new age of prudery too.
Cullen Kehoe Added Nov 17, 2018 - 4:52am
Before my time...but interesting that by about 1970, the "rural purge" happened on T.V. dictated by all the television exec's. Many shows about rural life all removed from air, almost overnight (Mayberry, Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, all the many Westerns, Petticoat Junction, one of the Lassie incarnations, even Gomer Pyle). 
Apparently the hippie Baby Boomers rejected all these programs as being irrelevant to moderns times. Funny that the format came back in different ways in the 70's, from HeeHaw to the Waltons to Little House on the Prairie to even Dukes of Hazard by the early 80's. 
Cullen Kehoe Added Nov 17, 2018 - 4:54am
Sorry, I got HeeHaw wrong, that was canceled during the 'rural purge' too. I just remember it showing in reruns in the early 80's and assumed it ran during the late 70's (nope, canceled in 1971). 
Cullen Kehoe Added Nov 17, 2018 - 5:02am
We had some degree of innocence growing up in the 80's (depended on your parents and what they let you watch and listen to). 
But growing up in religious schools, we learned by junior high that many things about society weren't right and that we weren't supposed to engage in (listen to or watch). We learned that the abortion decision was wrong (and 'wink wink' we should probably support candidates that sought to get rid of it--but they never overtly talked politics in church or school). 
So there was some tension I suppose and Rush Limbaugh came along (and later Foxnews). 
Even A Broken Clock Added Nov 17, 2018 - 11:29am
George, my favorite things from Green Acres were Arnold the pig, and the abysmal "Hotchcakes" that Eva Gabor kept trying to make. I still wonder what kind of mix was in the batter to get the huge bubble to blurp up when it was on the stove.
I'll disagree with you on the sexual content of the songs, though. I think it was well known by the time YMCA came out that there was sexual content in there. Lola was just a bit mysterious, though, and it took me a while before I figured it all out.
I actually saw Eddy Albert on Broadway. He played the patriarch of the family on a reprise of You Can't Take It With You. That show also had one of the lesser characters from the Andy Griffith family in it as well. That would have been now 35 years ago.
Bill Kamps Added Nov 17, 2018 - 12:43pm
George, we knew all that stuff about Green Acres, we just thought it was funny.  These days, it cant be funny, because it isnt PC.
Eric Reports Added Nov 17, 2018 - 1:55pm
According to the Bible, "There is nothing new under the sun."  When's the last time you read the Bible?  You should read it.
George N Romey Added Nov 17, 2018 - 2:12pm
I have no desire to read a book of old fantasy.
Bill, your right. We’ve become so wound up even many comedy clubs are suffering. Supposedly we can’t laugh at our own faults.
Leroy Added Nov 17, 2018 - 9:13pm
It was a time of don't ask/don't tell.  A local businessman and a pillar of the community was gay.  Everyone knew it.  And this was in the Bible Belt.  No one asked.  He didn't tell.  He didn't assault young boys.  A couple of my friends growing up worked for him.  We all got along.  There might have been racism in a community that was 70% black, but it rarely boiled over to the surface.  We all got along.  
Concerning Green Acres, maybe you are right, George, in your analysis, but I always had a different take.  I'm not wealthy, but I related to Mr. Douglass a sane man in a world where everyone else was insane but thought they were the normal ones.  I still feel like I am the only sane people in an insane world.
George N Romey Added Nov 18, 2018 - 10:07am
Leroy the world is some aspect is going insane.  After awhile you have to laugh at it.  Ultimately the social justice warriors are going to be marginalized to the far corners.  
For those in the "know" at the time there was meaning within the double entendres of the show.  This was before the days of "All in the Family" in which social issues were full on throttle.  Beverly Hillibillies the same, particularly as it came to class and manners versus wealth and greed.  The writers spoke to social issues in a comedic means albeit done in a clandestine way. 
I suppose today these shows would have been called racists, misogynistic and hate speech.  CNN wouldn't be able to shut up about how the characters were encouraging violence.  Despite all the technology within the past 50 years we as a society have become dumber than Hank Kimball.
Lindsay Wheeler Added Nov 18, 2018 - 10:55am
What these songs/shows exhibit is the changing of the guard in America, from WASP America, rural and white, to the growing nihilism of the Marxist/communist class now beginning to run America. 
"All In the Family" is the signal show that interprets Green Acres. It is over all the continuing slide into degradation of the West.  
Green Acres was anti-Western. Amazing that you don't mention the Rifleman--which portrays a Strong Male; Green Acres prefigures the Simpsons and Al Bundy. It's Hollywood's attack upon the European Male. Jay Sommers who created Green Acres is possibly Jewish. It is the continuing war of the Jews against the European. This was the central aspect of All In The Family. 
This is a recurring idea throughout shows. The Old Westerns show European men as highly competent, masculine, and virtuous. Green Acres, All In the Family, the Simpsons, Married with Children, showcase incompetent bumbling White men who don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. It is about deconstructionism which is based on Nihilism. 
Bill H. Added Nov 18, 2018 - 11:20am
I saw society really begin the "dumb-down" process in about the mid '80s. I began to start seeing job applicants showing less practical experience and less logical thinking abilities, but still having the required level of college education for the electronic engineering positions that I was interviewing for. It also seemed that they were becoming more and more self-centered and "uptight" as we progressed into the mid/late '90s, finding that many of the applicants were involved heavily in IRC (Internet Relay Chats) at that time, and "real" social life began it's decline. By that time, the effect of the loss of real learning stimulation classes in junior high and high school was beginning to show big-time.
Right after the turn of the century and the influx of online social media and cell phones, I began to see a real downhill spiral that almost exactly tracked the increase in technology use. By right around 2005, the "Phone Zombies" began to emerge, and many applicants began showing a lack of abilities to interact with others, loss of personality, excessive egos,  and the constant habit of glancing at their phones (yes, even during job interviews), along with almost a total lack of practical experience and problem solving skills that were required for the positions.
I suggest that the increased lack of real human interaction and discussion between people, and the substitution of electronic "interaction" behind screens via controlling algorithms has played a major part in where we are today.
Reality has been tampered with, and molded into something that is no longer real, but merely fits the desires of those in control to fulfill their requirements and profits.
Ian Thorpe Added Nov 18, 2018 - 11:28am
We all knew what Lola was about in Britain George and the biggest talking point was "Why had the non - commercial BBC forced the record company to change the line, "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca Cola (C-O-L-A colaaa)" to "Where you drink Champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola," because of over officious rules about advertising.
I remember Green Acres but not much detail about the show. But your mention of the siblings of dubious sexuality made me think of how small communities handled homosexuality before it was acceptable to shout about it from the rooftops. In Mary Wesley's novel Dubious Legacy she has two male characters, The Jonathans, who live together and say they are brothers. Unusual for bothers to have the same given name, but though most people in the village where they live the true nature of the relationship is generally known. They don't bother anybody and nobody bothers them, they are just accepted as local eccentrics. That story was set in the 1950s.
In the mid 1960s I worked in a computer centre sited in a public transport depot, one of the admin staff who had to come to the computer room frequently was ... well nothing was ever said so let's just say he wasn't the man most fantasised about by the girls who punched the Hollerith cards, but he was funny, intelligent, loaded his conversations with innuendo, in his late twenties had never had a girlfriend and was liked by everybody despite the obvious.
A storekeeper at the same place had been to prison for propositioning schoolboys in a local park. He was shunned.
Both these examples, one real the other fictional, relate to small communities. If we believe mainsteam media everyone in the 1950s who was not homosexual was rabidly homophobic, but while the law was pretty oppressive in Britain, but communities were quite accepting of people who observed the mores. And it wasn't just gays who had to keep quiet about their sex lives, such things just were not discussed.
For all that, people seemed able to get along better.
Leroy Added Nov 18, 2018 - 12:24pm
"I saw society really begin the "dumb-down" process in about the mid '80s. I began to start seeing job applicants showing less practical experience and less logical thinking abilities, but still having the required level of college education for the electronic engineering positions that I was interviewing for."
That would have been me.  Ha. Ha.  Ok, I was actually early 80s so maybe it wasn't me.  In my second job after college, I worked in a group referred to as Central Engineering Research Digital (CER-D).  We had a sister group called Analog (CER-A).  The analog group was old school.  The digital group, as the name implies, involved computers and microcircuits.  We were new school.  They were both small groups of five, including the manager.  Ultimately, we merged under one manager.  That's when the conflicts emerged.  There was on--probably of your generation--always bitching about the younger engineers.  His complaints mirrored yours.  Most of his comments were aimed directly at me.  He had some beef with me that lasted a couple of decades before he mellowed out.   He seemed to be jealous of my success and felt it was due to luck more than skill.  Who knows; maybe he was right.  He was theoretical.  I was more of a blend.  He needed a sidekick to implement his ideas.  I could take a project from beginning to end by myself.  In general, there wasn't much of a difference between his generation and mine.  We had similar work ethics.  The work ethic didn't seem to change until the early 2000s.
wsucram15 Added Nov 18, 2018 - 1:21pm
There were different types of people those that watched tv and the news (still this way really), those that paid attention to the music because change was happening, you used YMCA when a much better and just as popular example would have been "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed or Arlo Guthrie's "Alices Restaurant" to name two that gave a different meaning to what was happening then.
There were so many of my all time favorite songs is "I Dont like Mondays" by Boomtown Rats which was in fact about a mass shooting in 79.
How about "Born In the USA"?  Big protest song against how Vietnam vets were treated, Billy Joel did one as well called "Goodnight Saigon". On a note from him, how about "We Didnt Start the Fire" or any number of songs about NYC?
Dont even get me started on movies that predicted stuff, especially the internet and govt overreach with war and citizenry.  All of these are forms of protest (that made money, but protest just the same).
Then there is another category of people that actually get involved..on the ground, either in the  actions themselves or in protest.   TV and music cannot encapsulate that although they do at least put those moments in history for those who are astounded at the world around them constantly changing, which it always was and still is.  The past two years was phenomenal change and rebirth on the ground, expect to see more of the same.
People at one time chose not to understand that fact-living in the baby boom bubble.  I think things like the McCarthy hearings and communists being exposed, and then Ike entered the WH which put and end to him.  Also he was also exposed by Edward R Morrow, although it cost him. So those people that had a brain learned something even then. Then there was Kennedy, Nixon, and the like who with some people things just never sat well and they investigated.  
Are people less innocent, no..I really think most people are ignorant of how the government works STILL, and why we have the problems we do today.   People dont want to deal with this mess, thats why they elect people.   They want to be told what is going on,  unfortunately, they dont understand it is their duty as a citizen to not be innocent and understand, perhaps get involved.
 That is slowly changing...lets hope it continues.
George N Romey Added Nov 18, 2018 - 2:17pm
I think people want and expect easy answers and of course they never want to sacrifice. Today a show like All in the Family would never make it onto television. People simply couldn’t grasp the idea of making humor over human ignorance.  
Most people  think it’s the President that’s all powerful when that has never been true. Presidents at one time could influence the system but now they are nothing more than pawns of the Deep State.
wsucram15 Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:15pm
Im going to differ with you on Trump...most Presidents yes they are nothing more than diplomats, except for the executive order and Congress along with judicial could have curbed that and should have long ago.
However, he takes his rhetoric to a public platform which empowers people, the true power behind our government. Problem is, the only ones getting this are trying to shoot or blow people up.  We do agree on his motives however...he has always been about himself, if the deep state helps him out...he could care less.
There is a HUGE movement going on that is rarely reported on and caused a good bit of the democratic movement this midterm. Its not showing any sign of slowing down so far. Lets see what really happens from all this work.   Because it was work.
wsucram15 Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:21pm
problem with no sacrifice, is its not democracy. Nothing comes for free.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:37pm
I saw plenty of Green Acres episodes but have no recollection whatsoever of the transgender person to whom you refer.  I wasn't clear from what you wrote how the show treated that person:  it was comedy/satire, but if that was the object of jokes, I missed it.  (I was pretty young in its early seasons, when I watched it.)
I don't think it has ever been true that in its relations with the rest of the world, America was naive.  Our people, maybe so--I should perhaps see the growing popular skepticism toward our mission in the world as increased maturity, even if the content (sandbagging our allies and our international responsiibilities, assisting our antagonists) is totally mistaken. 
George N Romey Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:39pm
But what did nice orators get us?  Johnson lying about the Vietnam War.  W lying about the Iraq War.  Eisenhower that let the Deep/Surveillance state run wild and morph into the boondoggle its become today.  Even FDR that sent the military to Puerto Rico in 1940 that ended up in the deaths of innocent women and children with FDR covering it up.
Actually I think its a blessing to have someone so vulgar and verbose as Trump.  He's not smart enough to put up a good PR campaign.  If he's doing something that is not in our citizen's best interests we'll know about.  The other guys were just bold face liars that knew how to run a good propaganda program.  
Assuming the economy remains strong (which granted most of it is superficial or fake, but then most Americans can't think beyond that) the Democrats won't be able to touch him in 2020.  He will not be defeated on the other guy being a nicer person.  And the Democrats will only put up a neoliberal candidate like Corey Booker that will tow the Wall Street line.  
Lindsay Wheeler Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:46pm
"Trump is not smart"
He beat 16 other Republican candidates. He beat Hillary Clinton. But he is not smart!
Hey, George, Fidel is missing his class idiot, please return to Cuba. 
Doug Plumb Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:49pm
When people figured out that the Village People were singing about homosexuality, they stopped listening, or at least my group did and I was around 12 at the time.
George N Romey Added Nov 18, 2018 - 3:50pm
And you must consider those others smart?  Trump is savvy but not particularly smart.  The are smart in an Ivy League sense but have not one clue of the real world.  
Bill H. Added Nov 18, 2018 - 4:08pm
George is correct. Trump is in no way smart. He simply learned to play the system from his Daddy.
George N Romey Added Nov 18, 2018 - 5:38pm
The character was Ralph and while the show obviously didn’t say Ralph the tranny it clearly showed a woman with a man’s name that had a likeness of a man. The show’s gay writers actually wrote her character in but the network executives never got the joke.
Jim Stoner Added Nov 18, 2018 - 6:23pm
George,  Thx for that Gr. Acres follow-up. 
Trump is not smart in an Ivy League sense.  Dubya was not considered smart in an Ivy League-graduate sense, and Trump makes him look learned. 
After a couple decades of roguish behavior, Drumpf scion got kicked upstairs and has been flying by the seat of his pants since then.   
I do agree with you that I prefer that we always know whatever moronic acts Trump does with other nations, rather than him doing something hidden from plain view.   What he says seems transparently what he does, also favorable from that point of view. That way there is some hope to restrain something existential he might be inclined to do--invade Africa to get the resources? 
Jim Stoner Added Nov 18, 2018 - 6:37pm
I disagree with you on the Democratic nomination, though--there is no indicated lead candidate at all.  I think it is the most wide-open Democratic nomination campaign since 1976.  And I think the party Establishment is greatly weakened, as much as since 1972. 
That suggests that a George McGovern-type candidate who challenges established viewpoints might get through, though hopefully one, unlike him, who has more than a ghost of a chance of winning against an incumbent. 
Doug Plumb Added Nov 18, 2018 - 7:07pm
I do not believe that the PTB want a president that is too smart.
moonrocker Added Nov 18, 2018 - 11:45pm
For those who keep insisting that Trump is an idiot, or just not all that smart or whatever, I invite you to take a look at his appearance before congress back in 1991.  He was invited by the House budget committee to speak and answer questions as an expert on the economic issues confronting the nation at the time.
He was the same Trump we see today.  He skillfully laid out his points with no noticeable references to notes and then gave detailed answers to questions from committee members without hesitation and with full confidence in his perspective.   He had full command of the economic situation, causes and effects, recommendations and attributions of blame.  The committee was duly impress and suggested that if the real estate and construction industry had more representatives like him, they wouldn't need a lobby.
And this is why the left and their mouthpieces in the media have worked so hard to disparage Trump's intellect and portray him as a hapless dunce--because they're afraid of him.  They know he's not stupid.  They know he knows what's going on.  And they know he's determined to do something about it.  In short, they're terrified that he'll do what he suggested in '91 and what he promised during his campaign. 
Trump has the potential to disrupt their power structure and the many schemes they've devised to maintain the status quo of power in Washington. 
They've decided the best way to fight him is to obstruct his every move on the grounds that he's illegitimate; a fool who has no business wielding the power obtained through an election that everyone knows was a fluke.
You may not like Trump, his mannerisms or his policies, but don't be misled by the contrived ridicule.
He's not an idiot and he's nobody's fool.
Flying Junior Added Nov 19, 2018 - 4:06am
Everybody loved the Kinks.  They were a great band.  But Lola wasn't their only risqué song about walking on the wild side.  I guess only the Brits remember Dedicated Follower of Fashion.  You didn't have to be a sociologist to understand that the song was about the gay clubbing thing.  I was ten years old and I got it.  It just made me think.  Gay faggots are just people like anybody else.  I thought that it was a nice message.
But in a certain sense you are correct, George.  I just thought that it was a way of saying that gay people are okay too.  As far as the innocence lost, that would be the way that the religious zealots came out in force in the late 1970s to condemn the homosexual lifestyle.  Jerry Falwell.  Jimmy Swaggart.  Westboro Baptist Church.  Pray away the gay.  All of that shit is drenched in sin and death.
The end of innocence began with the emergence of the religious right in the United States.

Cullen Kehoe Added Nov 20, 2018 - 3:25am
"The end of innocence began with the emergence of the religious right in the United States."
How can you say this? The country was so religious during the late 20's and early 30's that the religious folks enforced a code of ethnics onto Hollywood that was in place for 30 years. (Nicknamed "the code".) Hollywood voluntarily followed this. 
By the late 60's, it was replaced with the rating system we have today. can the very era George says was innocent was also the era BEFORE all these "good" social changes we had (and before the 'religious right' needed to become a political force because BOTH parties were religious). 
George N Romey Added Nov 20, 2018 - 9:23am
No the end of innocence began with the Vietnam War and the truth that our government was a pack of liars.  For those of you my age or older you remember the "energy crisis" in which supposedly the price of gas and oil were soaring because the world was "running out of oil."  It was nothing more than a con job by the big oil companies. 
The culture began to shift throwing aside the 1950s ideas that we were to be loyal to our government and that politicians were these noble figures that fought for the good of the citizen.  We also began to see through the facade of the morality police.  No surprise over the past 50 years leaders of the religious right screaming morality are often caught doing the same things they preach against.  
The 1970s also saw a change in corporate leadership.  There was a definitive conclusion that the 1930s New Deal legislation and union membership in this country needed to be busted.  Labor was seen as taking away from what should have been going to shareholders and management.  Again no surprise that for 40 years the shareholder and executive management class has seen unimaginable gains while everyone else has been sucking wind.
The corporatoracy and plutocrats decided to exploit the religious right for votes.  They were successful in tying religion and faith to a system that increasing rewards solely the blessed birthright.  Its comical when you think about. The religious right has done the total opposite of what Jesus preached and gotten away with it.
By 1970 we were forced to acknowledge the Emperor had no clothes and its only intensified since then.  In general I think we were a much happier people, at least on the surface when we as a society were far more ignorant of the truth and lived in a state of blissful naivety. 
Stephen Hunter Added Nov 20, 2018 - 2:58pm
George, excellent article and these old TV shows are incredible when you break them down the way you have. I think it is quite simple why these shows aired with no social chatter. The majority just did not get it back then. Sexuality was dealt with by ignoring it, so was just never talked about, and many went through life not knowing about the gays in their village.

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