Still unstifled after all these years

It’s the meatheads who never catch on, really:

Funny thing about Archie Bunker. As I understand it, he was built to be the bad guy, but people related to him. He was a traditional, albeit crude and poorly spoken, member of the old generation that was out of touch with the modern, sixties person. But people related to his problems in understanding the changes going on in society and with those who would compel him to change. And somehow that gruff character carried a sitcom twelve seasons. Kind of like the modern day Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation. Although this latter character was originally intended to be a foil for the star’s character, he was a man’s man Libertarian, and he’s the one from whom Internet memes are made. Because people even in the twenty-first century relate. And the sitcom writers and producers are shocked by what sells. Because they’re professionals or something.

These are the days, guys. Even if you’re still obsessed with the Summer of Love and all that horsepuckey.

And while we’re at it, can we declare a moratorium on that “right side of history” meadow muffin? History takes no sides, and wishful thinking won’t make it do so.


  1. McGehee »

    27 March 2014 · 5:51 pm

    History doesn’t need to take sides. Like the vulture, it knows that everybody comes to an end sooner or later.

  2. Jess »

    27 March 2014 · 6:12 pm

    While they attempted to vilify Archie Bunker, they couldn’t erase the staunch demand for family, which is so lacking with many in today’s society.

    The close confines, demand for respect and order of a family continues, when those involved leave the nest and move to exist in society. Families honor a healthy society and only families can teach what is necessary.

  3. Roger Green »

    28 March 2014 · 4:03 am

    History is written by the victors, so it IS a slippery slope…

  4. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    30 March 2014 · 12:50 am

    After the 911 attack, my reaction was to quote Archie Bunker: “Arm all passengers.”

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