It’s time for Americans to take a page out of an old All in the Family script and tell the GOP to “stifle.”
As a child of the sixties, born to two hippie college professors, some of my fondest memories of growing up were watching episodes of All in the Family with my parents.
Fast forwarding thirty-something years, like a lot of people I spend entirely too much time on YouTube getting lost in the songs of my youth, old television commercials, movie clips, instructional videos, old Carlin pieces, and the like. For some reason, I found myself trapped watching old pieces from All in the Family which aired on CBS from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979.
For those unfamiliar with the series, All in the Family was produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin and revolved around the life of a working class bigot, Archie Bunker, and his family. During its 8+ years on the air, the series became one of the most important programs of its time, taking on real-life conflicts (albeit in a comedic setting) otherwise considered taboo on American television at the time such as abortion, breast cancer, homosexuality, impotence, menopause, miscarriage, racism, rape, the Vietnam War, and women’s liberation.
What struck me as most interesting was the clear similarities between this ’70s representation of a right-wing bigot and the current Republican Party and – even more so – its Tea Party faction.
For instance, take a look at the clip below regarding equal pay and women’s liberation, paying particular attention to Archie’s reaction to discovering that he is earning the same wages as a woman.
And you are going to love how this next clip relates to the current national debate regarding firearms.
Didn’t it sound hauntingly familiar?
Now we all know that, for whatever reason, the GOP has become completely disconnected – even with its own base. But who would have guessed they would become a parody of a ’70s sitcom!
What are your thoughts?