Much has been written about the Third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Most commentators on both the right and left opined Obama to be the most aggressive and condescending throughout the debate. We all remember the patronizing remark: “Governor…. we have these things called Aircraft carriers that planes land on them, and ships that go underwater called nuclear submarines…” We also remember the continued interruptions and name-calling on the part of the President. However, one of Obama’s biting comments demands answer even now. It was intended as a put-down and yet gave a window into the President’s soul we must recognize. In misconstruing Mitt Romney’s earlier remarks about Russia, Obama exclaimed: “But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.” The comparison of the “social policies of the 1950s” with the “economic policies of the 1920s” tells us a great deal about distain for certain values and policies. Let’s think about the 1950s in America and why the President picks this time period for particular derision.
The decade of the 1950s was the last for public school children to be influenced by the Bible and School prayer. Two landmark Supreme Court decisions in 1962 and 1963 ended, for all time, Bible reading and school prayer in the United States. The 1950s was the last decade before “no-fault” divorce swept the nation in the late-60s and early 70s. The 1950s was the last decade in which children raised by single parents remained in the single digits in the United States. The 1950s was the last decade before states began to legalize abortion and thirteen years before Roe v. Wade gave Constitutional protection to abortion. The 1950s saw the greatest industrial/manufacturing growth and greatest (percentage) growth of family income. The President, throughout the bulk of the 1950s, was General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the former Supreme Allied Commander of Forces invading Europe during World War II. A President respected by both parties and the international community. Crime during the 1950s was only a tiny percent of what it would become just over a decade hence.
The social changes when America left the 1950s into the 1960s and 1970s left much to be desired. The US divorce rate went from single digits to almost 50% by the late 1970s. Babies born out of wedlock went from single digits in 1960 to around 40% today. Violent crime rose by almost 500% from 1960 to 1990. Abortion sky-rocketed to over 60 million babies aborted from Roe v. Wade in 1973 until the present. By almost any measure of mental health (suicide rates, depression, etc.), Americans were happier in the 1950s than they are today. The so-called “Great Society” programs (welfare, food stamps, Medicaid) Lyndon Johnson pushed on America in the 1960s led to government dependency- the same government dependency that has almost bankrupted the nation. Many credit those same “great” programs with encouraging the breakup of theAmericafamily by making it more financially advantageous to have children out of wedlock.
From Barack Obama’s autobiography, we learn of his distain for traditional America and his associations with those seeking to overturn “1950s”America. Even in his seemingly benign political comments, we pick up on this antipathy for traditional American values. I have always found the President’s slighting comment about John Wayne, a man universally loved for what he represented on the big screen, to speak volumes: “You know we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations.” “Collective action” and “collective institutions and organizations” are part of American values, but only in a voluntary and private sense. Collective action, institutions and organizations forced by the government, which was the President’s clear meaning, are what we fought against during the Cold War of the 1950s.
It is time Americans realize what Barack Obama truly believes, what he truly disdains, and where his vision will take America. If he is reelected, America could become something those in the 1950s would never understand. Is that what we really want? Is that what our founders would want?
Bill Connor - of Orangeburg SC is an Attorney, a decorated Army Reserve LT. Colonel (Airborne Ranger), and is an expert in counterinsurgency combat. He served as Senior US Advisor to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he received the Bronze Star. Connor is a graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Law. He is a former candidate for S.C. Lieutenant Governor (making the runoff election in the Republican primary 2010.) Connor served as National Security Advisor for presidential candidate Rick Santorum. He currently serves as GOP Chairman for South Carolina’s sixth district, director of the Army’s Command and General Staff College (ILE) in S.C., and a is member of the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team. Connor, along with partner W. Thomas Smith Jr. recently founded National Defense Consultants LLC, a partnership providing clients with military analysis ranging from geostrategy to special operations; counterterrorism; ground, Naval, and air combat; military leadership and military law. Connor is also the author of the book “Articles From War” He became a contributor for the South Carolina Conservative Dot Com in 2012.
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