Brad Torgersen on THE SEVENTIES
Regarding who was President at the time:
My wife and I watched some of that SEVENTIES series Tom Hanks helped produce, and I was struck by the notion that almost anyone sitting in the Oval Office (from January 1977 through December 1981) would have been completely sunk by events over which (s)he had little control. Ford would have had a terrible second term. Even Reagan would have probably been a single-term President.In fact, *not* winning the party nomination in 1976 was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to Reagan. Because the four years that followed on, pretty well guaranteed Reagan would find a ready national audience by 1980.
Which is not to say Carter is blameless. Just that Carter happened to be sitting in the big chair during a very rough four years, during which the hits just kept on coming. Including getting backdoored by his own party, in the form of an intra-party challenge from Teddy Kennedy.
Hard to believe that, in my lifetime, the Republicans and Democrats went from offering us Reagan and Carter, to offering us Trump and Hillary Clinton. That’s a grotesquely spectacular plummet. 😛
On the sexual revolution and abortion:
More on the SEVENTIES series: some of those selected to offer commentary, expressed frustration over the fact that the ERA got tangled up in abortion, and vice versa; thus setting pro-life Americans against feminism, and the ERA in particular. As if this was an inexplicable and needless turn of events.I find such deliberate obtuseness bleakly amusing. Perhaps if vocal activists like Steinem had not worshiped abortion as a kind of secular sacrament, placing it centrally on the altar of feminism, heartland Americans would not have pegged to the notion that there was something much more serious going on in feministland.
And I am a guy who thinks abortion *should* be legal, despite me being entirely sympathetic to all moral arguments against abortion-as-birth-control.
Seriously, there are millions of intelligent, decent Americans who view abortion as a heinous and awful thing, which has cost the lives of millions over the past few decades. The 60s and 70s feminist movement made abortion a pillar of their platform. And now, in their senior years, they have the nerve to act surprised and unhappy over the fact that heartland America “confused” the issues?
Still more on the SEVENTIES series: it seems to me that the most vocal advocates of the sexual revolution, aren’t around to acknowledge the fact that promiscuity and consequence-free intercourse have had a tremendous amount of negative fallout. Both for individuals, and for society as a whole.No, I don’t think the era of hypocritically prudish denial was preferable.
But the total shedding of traditional frameworks and taboos—while insisting that intercourse magically become free from responsibility—has produced a somewhat tragic societal hangover. Broken marriages. Broken families. Sexual abuse of all sorts. Children growing up without ever knowing what a stable, husband-and-wife relationship even looks like. Those children then becoming adults who plow through a hell of a lot of dysfunction and unhappiness.
Monogamy and fidelity have a lot going for them. And always did. Nothing says we can’t dial back on the excess, while still retaining the spice—inside the boundaries of true emotional and legal commitments. Indeed, future generations are depending on us to take our s*** seriously. We owe them that. Far more than we owe ourselves orgasms.
No, monogamy and fidelity aren’t easy.
But who told you being a grown-up was supposed to be easy?