Why the 1950s were the best time in A...

Why the 1950s were the best time in American history.

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Since: Apr 09

Philadelphia, PA

#1 May 4, 2009
Back in the 1950s, times were truly more wholesome. When you came home, you had a good snack and did your homework and went out to play. These days, the kids come home, eat these sugary fat-filled snacks and get on them video games.

School was better too. Learnin' was hard business. Today, its a joke in them schools. Everyone focuses on testing and whatnot. That is why kids these days don't have a brain.

Back then, you knew your neighbors and in general they were always nice people. If someone new moved in, your mom made them a pie or a jell-o and welcomed them to the neighborhood. These days, hardly anyone can say they know their neighbors and if someone new moves in, everyone is always suspicious of them.

Entertainment was way more wholesome. Radio shows were where it was at. It encouraged the use of imagination and they always had good programs, not like TV today. Even the TV shows in the 1950s were awesome. Leave it to Beaver, anyone?

Movies were better too. Singin' in the Rain can beat any new fandangled Hollywood movie with their computer effects.

Anyone else agree or have anything to add?

“Success Is Just A Hurdle Away ”

Since: Mar 09

Connersville, IN

#2 May 4, 2009
Well, I don't know, cuz I was born at the very end of the 50's. I can't talk more freely about the 60's and 70's......Flower Power and Peace Out!!

“Success Is Just A Hurdle Away ”

Since: Mar 09

Connersville, IN

#3 May 4, 2009
can't talk more freely = can talk more freely
typo

Since: Mar 09

Connersville, IN

#4 May 4, 2009
comsen wrote:
Back in the 1950s, times were truly more wholesome. When you came home, you had a good snack and did your homework and went out to play. These days, the kids come home, eat these sugary fat-filled snacks and get on them video games.
I wasn't around for the 50s, but...
Sure, all the things you pointed out were true. On the other hand there are improvements.
But there were some things about the 50s that we don't really want back: a guy could give his wife or his kids a black eye and get away with it. Restaurants and most other places were segregated. And kids were learning to hide under their desks in case the Russians bombed us, even though everyone knew it wouldn't help. I could go on...
Some things are better, some things are worse. That's how life goes.
Sarcastic Bastard

United States

#5 May 4, 2009
Evidently education was pretty poor in the 1950's, if your spelling and writing is any indication.
50s Rocked

United States

#6 May 4, 2009
Some idiot in cyber space couldn't insult you in the 50's.
Sarcastic Bastard

United States

#7 May 4, 2009
Mouth-breathing retards couldn't embarrass themselves on such a massive scale in the 50's.
lazy mom

Greenwood, IN

#8 May 4, 2009
you could send your kids to store and get your smokes
memory tricks

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#9 May 4, 2009
kids could enjoy playing with mercury from the broken thermometer, chew on the peeling lead paint and play 'grenades' with their friends by lobbing handfuls of asbestos at each other. enjoying a smoke filled car while bouncing around the back seat unencumbered was pretty fun too. of course all of us who are still alive and not sick, can claim that since we didn't get killed that proves it was safe and wholesome. the only bad things that happened were the things that could be fit into 15 or so minutes of cbs evening news. money wasn't wasted on girls sports. it was all good.
50s Rocked

United States

#10 May 4, 2009
Mom was there when you got home from school, not working to by you a car, TV, DVD player, X-box and all the latest games and gadgets. She kept you safe. Nobody did drugs.

Since: Nov 07

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#11 May 4, 2009
"Gee Wally." Dad's gonna be mad when he reads this thread!" "Huh, Wally?"

“GO LITTLE VETTE”

Since: Mar 08

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#12 May 4, 2009
I was in grade school in the 50's but do remember like -Memory Kicks -says: we played with MERCURY in the classroom at Grandview school. Not just a little bit of it but big globs and we passed it around to everyone. Mr. Scotts class. No one knew how dangerous it was then. My dad would spray cloradane all around our house never knowing how dangerous it was. Cloradane is now off the market.

No one seemed to care that the government was blowing up ATOM BOMBS in the deserts of New Mexico and making service men and woman stand close to it and watch. In the 50's they were also experimenting with different drugs on our servicemen and women too. Maybe we were naive but the government was not.

The government letting in vegtables and fruits from Mexico knowing they used ARSENIC and vegtables and fruits from Canada knowing they used DDT. OOPS we used DDT too then. Shame on us.

I guess things then were good and bad just like we have today good and bad. Yin and Yang

I remember the 60's a little more vividly.

“ Warrior With A Million Smiles”

Since: Jul 08

God's Country

#13 May 4, 2009
The 50's were fantastic, that's when I arrived in this wonderful world.....*giggle*

Since: Apr 09

Philadelphia, PA

#14 May 4, 2009
I also forgot we had Eisenhower in the White House. Now there was a President.

Since: Nov 07

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#15 May 4, 2009
Ask combat veterans of the Korean War how they think about the '50s.

Since: Apr 09

Philadelphia, PA

#16 May 5, 2009
Connersvillian wrote:
Ask combat veterans of the Korean War how they think about the '50s.
Heck, we've been in a war every decade since the end of WW2. But it still remains that the 50s were pretty good times.
Two Tokes

Severn, MD

#17 May 5, 2009
Connersvillian wrote:
"Gee Wally." Dad's gonna be mad when he reads this thread!" "Huh, Wally?"
June said to Ward you were really hard on the Beaver last night dear!
Sarcastic Bastard

United States

#18 May 5, 2009
comsen wrote:
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Heck, we've been in a war every decade since the end of WW2. But it still remains that the 50s were pretty good times.
Yeah, that big war we had in the 80's was awful.

Since: Apr 09

Philadelphia, PA

#19 May 5, 2009
Sarcastic Bastard wrote:
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Yeah, that big war we had in the 80's was awful.
Well, we did invade Grenada and Panama.

Looks like you forgot.
William Johnson

Morro Bay, CA

#20 Mar 31, 2012
Pastor Alan wrote:
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I wasn't around for the 50s, but...
Sure, all the things you pointed out were true. On the other hand there are improvements.
But there were some things about the 50s that we don't really want back: a guy could give his wife or his kids a black eye and get away with it. Restaurants and most other places were segregated. And kids were learning to hide under their desks in case the Russians bombed us, even though everyone knew it wouldn't help. I could go on...
Some things are better, some things are worse. That's how life goes.
You didn't live through the 50's, did you? I can tell. A man could not give his wife and kids a black eye and get away with it. Other men would get involved and set him straight. And segregation was not a bad thing, people, including blacks, wanted to be segregated. This kept crime down and people felt more safe. You think segregation is over? If you're white, try walking down a black neighborhood, see how long you last. I went into a Korean bar by accident here in Los Angeles and was told to leave. It didn't bother me, people want to be with their own kind and there's nothing wrong with that. You've been brainwashed to believe otherwise. Do you live in a black neighborhood? No, you sure don't. So don't lie to yourself. You prefer segregation.
Kids doing air raid drills? Yes, I remember them. It was scary, I admit that. But how is that different than the terrorism scares after 9-11 that are still going on today? Or scares of a Japanese invasion in the 40's?
The original poster has a great point. Life was better in the 50's. More wholesome, more socialable, and people enjoyed better lives. The family stayed together, women were treated with more respect and an honest man with a high school diploma who worked hard could raise a family on his own.
Now you have both parents working, probably not even married, in debt up to their eyeballs, no savings, kids are ignored and obese, interracial crime all around, and our country keeps raising spending and taxes to the point of insanity and it's getting worse and worse.
Open your eyes and look around. I'd give my left nut to go back and live the 50's all over again.

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