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28 Points Of Comparison Between 1970s America And America Today – Which Do You Think Is Better?

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If you could go back and live in America during the 1970s would you do it?  Has the United States become a better place to live over the past 40 years or have things gotten worse?  Without a doubt there are arguments that can be made both ways.  For example, who really wants to go back to a time when you actually had to “dial” a phone or rewind a cassette tape in order to find your favorite song?  On the other hand, wouldn’t it be nice to live at a time when virtually everyone could find a good job, when television was not so filthy and when you didn’t have to worry about locking your front door at night?  Some would say that we have come a long way in 40 years.  Others lament how far we have fallen.  So what do you think?  Read over the 28 points of comparison between 1970s America and America today posted below and then share your opinion by leaving a comment at the end of the article…

1. In the 1970s we had Disco.  Today, we have Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.

2. In the 1970s we had Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter.  Today, we have Barack Obama.

3. In the 1970s, Americans fell in love with stupid fads such as mood rings, lava lamps and pet rocks.  Today, we have twerking, “planking”, crocs, wedge sneakers and pajama jeans.

4. In 1970, a gallon of gasoline cost 36 cents.  Today, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is about $3.27.

5. In the 1970s we still had rotary phones.  Today, we have iPhones.

6. In the 1970s, presidents were tapping the phones of their enemies.  Today, the government is recording all of our calls.  In fact, the NSA intercepts and permanently stores close to 2 billion emails and phone calls every single day.

7. In the 1970s, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.  Today, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has become so bad.

8. In the 1970s, you could sit down and watch television with your children in the evenings without being too concerned about what they were about to see.  Today, not so much.

9. In the early 1970s, Pong was the hottest video game in America.  In the late 1970s, Space Invaders took America by storm.  Today, the video games have become so incredibly advanced and so extremely entertaining that video game addiction has become a major problem.

10. In the 1970s, most of the products in our stores were made in America and we barely conducted any trade with China.  Today, it seems like almost everything we buy has “made in China” stamped on it and our yearly trade deficit with China is now about 300 billion dollars.

11. In 1973, the United States was #2 in GDP per capita.  Today, the United States is #13 in GDP per capita.

12. In 1970, the average woman had her first child when she was 21.4 years old.  Now the average woman has her first child when she is 25.6 years old.

13. In the 1970s, the “inactivity rate” for men in their prime working years (25 to 54) was less than 6 percent.  Today, it is up close to 12 percent.

14. For most of the 1970s, the average duration of unemployment was less than 15 weeks.  Today, it is more than 37 weeks.

15. In the 1970s, Star Wars was released.  It is still far superior to any movie that has come out so far this year.

16. In the 1970s, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.  Today, redistribution of wealth is the official policy of the U.S. government.

17. In 1970, about 18 million Americans had manufacturing jobs.  Today, about 12 million Americans have manufacturing jobs even though our population has grown far larger.

18. In the 1970s, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked at night.  Today, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at record highs.

19. Consumer debt in the United States has risen by a whopping 1700% since 1971, and today 46% of all Americans carry a credit card balance from month to month.

20. In the 1970s, most Americans still respected the U.S. Constitution.  Today, if you are a “Constitutionalist”, you may get labeled as a potential terrorist by the U.S. government.

21. Back in 1970, the five largest U.S. banks held 17 percent of all U.S. banking industry assets.  Today, the five largest U.S. banks hold 52 percent of all U.S. banking industry assets.

22. 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

23. In 1977, Elvis was found dead.  Today, the entire U.S. middle class is dying.

24. Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6 Americans is on food stamps.

25. In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman.  When you wanted to listen to a particular song, you had to rewind your tape to find it.  Today, everyone has iPods and it takes just seconds to sort through thousands of songs.

26. In the 1970s, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.  Today, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

27. In 1970, the U.S. national debt was about 371 billion dollars.  Today, it is more than 46 times larger.

28. In the 1970s, hippies were smoking dope, attending rock festivals and singing protest songs.  Today, they are running the U.S. government.

What would you add to this list?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth. His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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  • K

    Obvious the seventies were better in so many ways. O.K. I object to number 28. I knew some of those hippies, they were mostly nice, harmless people. I do not think you would call the current office holders in this Government, either nice or harmless.

    • Steve Angell

      Some were nice people. Many were not at all nice. But they pretty much all were into whatever makes you feel good. When it is all about you then society ceases to exist.

      • lose

        You should ponder that last sentence a good while.

        • Steve Angell

          Have been for three times as long as you have lived most likely.

      • K

        Yeah, that last sentence sounds more like bankers than hippies.

        • guest

          The 80′s ushered in the whole ‘greed is good’ era.
          I’ma get all I can and can all I get. Screw you, it’s all about me.
          P.S. Disco sucked. It was an assualt on normalcy by the media and homosexuals.

        • Paul Robinson

          The truth is most of the hippies became the bankers and power structure that now exists. They were essentially self indulgent even when they were hippies. The ones that really bought into it but didn’t have family connections and educations ended up homeless and on the street some unfortunately for life.

      • Janet

        NAUGHTY ONES LIKE THE
        MANSON FAMILY OF DOPE HEADS.

  • mleblanc138

    Rewind that to the early 60s and I would do it. I would then convert all my wealth into Silver Coins at a bank, and then cash out in early 1980 at about $48 an ounce.

    • Steve Angell

      Except everyone else would also know that thus it would never get to $48. In fact coins would be recalled immediately.

    • hi!

      Jesus…selfish and greedy, much?

    • RealityBetraysUs@gmail.com

      hindsight is always 20-20, foresight that’s another matter, I would only trust the bible for future predictions or fullfilled prophesy. You know in the old testament prophets had to have 100% accuracy rate or they would and could stone you to death! Let’s see our financial prognosticators match that level of accuracy!

  • DJohn1

    Going back in time to when I was 25 or 26. Right around the age I first got married. Would I be tempted to do things different? I think so. I might have corrected the mistakes I made back then. But then I might not have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. That has to be considered too. Because knowing what I know now I probably would have stayed single back then.
    I would have bought a house just as I did back then.
    The money is not accurate because we really have a different currency now than we had back then. Anything prior to Nixon taking us off the gold standard should be calculated at roughly 10 to 1. Meaning that gas at 3.60 is the same as gas at 36 cents a gallon. The value of the money was that different back then.
    You need to read Finance and Appraisal if you want to understand exactly what has happened. It is mandatory reading for all Real Estate Agents after five years of practice in the State of Ohio. It really defines the market place and the currency we use.
    I think I would have saved my money and invested it wisely knowing what I know now. But that may or may not have worked out. Too many complicated factors involved there. How do you invest in Microsoft in 1987 or 1988?
    We learn from experience and mistakes we make over a life time.

  • Rodster

    I grew up in the 70′s and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. The music era of the 70′s was without question the greatest era for music. Some of the most advanced music came about in the decade. And in order to get play time on the radio you had to be good and most of all YOU HAD TO HAVE TALENT. There weren’t 15 Miley Cryus’, Katy Perry’s, etc.

    Nope most bands had their unique sound. Chicago, Led Zeppelin, War, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, The Osmond Brothers, The Carpenters, The Temptations, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Blue Oyster Cult, ELO, Doobie Bros, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Miles Davis and that’s just a few.

    I will always have fond memories of the 70′s for it’s innovative music and back then we still had a level of decorum and civility and neighbors had respect for you and your property.

    • hummus

      You can tell a lot about society from the it’s art appreciation, or lack thereof.

      • phil

        Maybe we should fund art programs then instead of cutting them? Just a suggestion.

        • Frank Castle

          GOOD ART sells on it’s own….

  • Bob74

    The last number, 28 is very scary and unfortunately it’s so true. God help our once great nation!

    • love

      We stole this land and almost entirely wiped out the millions of native inhabitants. We killed their cultures. We forced them to think, act, live, and believe like us. That’s frightening to think about.

      You must admit we’ve come a long way. Things are still awful in many respects, but I urge you to consider that maybe the best is yet to come.

      As bad as things are, it’s commendable to think that today is always going to be better than yesterday and that tomorrow will be even better.

      Be positive.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        “Be positive.”
        I find this grotesquely ironic coming from the person who drug up the worst aspects of two different eras in history ala manifest destiny and segregation.

      • guest

        Your ignorance and blatant propaganda is embarrassing.
        Unfortunately you are of a time when shame and embarrassment are a source of pride.

  • Chey Barnes

    good one Miike

  • johnny

    this news has been famous even in asia. i used to read this for many months. since reading this news that i can learn english more fluently. but i wonder that only this news pages that i can find in here, they always use many times of that grammer… However, in other ways to find for that grammer .. for example yahoo news, etc and others donot use that so much… i cannot know what is being right….

  • johnny

    why you have been banned me to write on here?

  • Tom

    Michael, excellent job as usual. You may be interested in writing a different comparison. How about comparing things from the 1920/1930′s to today. History may not repeat but it certainly rhymes. For example the Jewish people aced persecution back then. Today we see Christians going through all kinds of attacks. Look at the political climate of nationalism then and now. Economics too.
    Anyway keep up the great work. I enjoy reading and sharing your articles

  • Anonymous

    #6-NSA: Have you seen even one American peacefully in the streets with picket signs that say “Protect the 4th Amendment?” Who is the NSA? Is it neighbors, family members, etc. that work there? If the NSA is staffed by Americans that live next door to us, how many Americans are asking their neighbors “Why are you making your living off of spying on my private phone calls? Why are you comfortable with being used as a tool to violate the 4th Amendment?”

    #10-Trade with China: Didn’t we have a “Cold War” in the 1980s with Russia? During that time, wasn’t it said “We don’t want to trade with Russia because they are Communist and we don’t want to further the cause of Communism by financially supporting it?” Perhaps my politics are rusty, but isn’t China Communist? If so, why did we refuse to trade with Russia due to Communism, yet it is o.k. to trade with Communist China? Also, how many toxic and poor quality products has the USA ended up with from China? That alone is enough to stop trading with China, in my opinion.

    #18-Left the car unlocked: I can remember people leaving the car unlocked with the keys in the ignition and the engine running. Americans trusted one another back then, and they were able to.

    #19-Debt: I think this is directly linked to #22. Many Americans could not pay basic bills without using credit cards. The cost of living has soared while wages have stayed low.

    #22-Minimum Wage Jobs: Americans are told they should be grateful that they are even allowed to work for minimum wage. Some politicians have even suggested that Americans work for free through internships and volunteering. I have met Americans that work full-time jobs that are unable to afford electricity (due to the cost of electricity), phone, food (they have to go to a food pantry due to food costs), new clothes (they have to go to thrift stores to have clothing), rent (they have to stay at homeless shelters because they can’t afford rent prices). Yet, in the 1970s an American could work pretty much anywhere and they could afford to raise a family and support a spouse that stayed home with the kids, they could afford to save money and send kids to college, they could afford to retire (some employers even offered a pension as part of the pay package/the employee wasn’t expected to pay for retirement), some employers paid 100% of medical, dental, vision benefits/health insurance, unions fought for good wages and working conditions for workers which produced a large middle-class and trained the workforce (even someone without a college degree could find a good job).

    #24-Americans on Food Stamps: Again, something I feel is linked to #19 and #22. I read a booked titled “Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat.” In that book, the author tells they story of how she ended up a single mother on welfare. She also stated that welfare sent her to college. Why did welfare stop sending people to college? Why has education/college gotten so expensive that many Americans cannot afford college (as evidenced by the $1 trillion + student LOAN DEBT)? Why does the USA spend so much on education but rank so low in the world?

    I was surprised there was no mention of eight tracks. How much more 1970s can you get than an eight track? What about vinyl records?

    I would add “Sitting down to eat a meal face to face.” Remember when the whole family was expected to sit down, eat together, and discuss what happened during their day? Remember when Americans had time to eat a meal sitting down at a table, instead of having to eat while they drive to work, then eat while driving to their lifelong education/college classes (Americans are expected to remain in school for life and earn degree after degree (if they don’t, they are made fun of, and they get to work the minimum wage job that nobody wants).
    When I went to Canada, I was shocked to see almost everyone still sitting down at tables to eat lunch, and dinner, and actually talking to one another (they looked happy and seemed to enjoy it). When I was in Canada, life seemed to move a little slower, giving people time to actually enjoy nature, family, friends, hobbies, etc. I was shocked to learn that many Canadians still get holidays to spend with friends and family. I was shocked to see Canadians with time to picnic, play sports, and rest. Those are things I would bring back to the USA.

  • Anonymous

    Is there a list of all of your websites and blogs somewhere? I always enjoy the article that you write and the discussions and opinions that the articles inspire.

  • amongoose

    In the 70′s kids played, got bumps, bruises and were toughened up for life.
    Today they are overprotected couch potatoes , not tough enough to face the real world.

    • English Kev

      I’ll second THAT emotion. I’d go as far as to say they are totally dysfunctional and totally unprepared for the future fun and games.
      And who’s made sure of that?

    • guest

      “not tough enough to face the real world”
      That’s the plan. Weaklings – physical, emotional and mental do not revolt.
      They become willing slaves having been fed lies, propaganda and misinformation their whole lives.

    • laura m.

      Because they are raised by loser parents, which is why many boys grow up into sissy cowards.

    • bingbingwa

      I agree. Recently saw a priceless picture of a baby crying… the caption was,”If I posted something on Facebook that offended you, then blame your parents for having raised a pussy!”

  • stingray

    i like old timer

  • Hornet

    Here’s one you might want to add. In the 70′s the typical politician was generally considered a straight shooter-public servant type and probably (for the most part) likely an honest person. Of course there were bad apples but they were most likely (in our minds) the exception. Today most politicians would be more than likely nefarious, self centered, and “on the take”. So much so that our current administration is at a point where they’re mindset is… Hey, it’s part of the way things are done now and “what are you going to do about it ehhh? … Go ahead, try and Prove it”.

  • Cheryl Merrill

    How many websites does one need and how many people should you employ with this new organization your forming of an enormous amount of websites to promote your writing? Advertising revenue must be nice, share the wealth, and give credit to those who assist your operation, stop taking all the spotlight like an octopus.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Cheryl: If Michael T. Snyder can make some advertising revenue from his blogs, more power to him. He deserves it. The problem with The Banana Republic of America is not people making money, it’s that not nearly enough people are making money. While a criminal like Jamie Dimon gets millions in corporate welfare, the deck is totally stacked against small businesses in this Third World hellpit. So if Signore Snyder can turn a profit with his sites and sell some books as well, good for him.

  • Cheryl Merrill

    The 1970′s produced the parents of the young 20′s adults today. They passed on their morals and values to today’s younger generation.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Careful about the generalization. Not everyone grew up mind numbed and apathetic. I take much pride in my children every time I get the compliment, ‘You’re children are so well behaved’ or whatever.

  • amongoose

    In the 70′s we played outside, unsupervised in the neighborhood, cause all the parents looked out for us.
    (we were to be back for supper and homework)
    Today your children play outside,
    You get a citation for child neglect.

    • Annette Smith

      I guess I elaborated in another comment about how we all played at night after dinner. No one was abducted or molested. We played securely. It was an amazing, innocent time. Glad I lived it.

      • EdWatts

        Although I agree with you in principle, many millions of kids play outside today and are not abducted nor are they molested. We have been fed a steady diet of “Be afraid!” for fifty years, and THAT is the primary difference between then and now.

        I’m sixty years old, and I remember when we were, mostly, free. Today, everything is regulated, and they will send the gestapo if anyone steps out of line.

  • Rick

    Surprised you didn’t mention the quality of the rock music. And families ate more at home together – instead of picking up fast food between way too many activities. No cell phones disturbing family dinner time. No work e-mails or voice mails to check from home – once you were home you could stop thinking about work until the next morning! More family game nights, more family activities outside particularly for the kids. Cars were simpler to fix mechanically. More hobbies like building model airplanes, train layouts or buiding radiosPeople actually answered their phones at businesses and you could talk to a live English speaking person for customer service issues. Neighbors knew each other. Kids rode bikes more, built forts, built go carts, played sports spur of the moment with the neighbor kids in the front yard, played hide and seek – and exercised their imaginative to develop creative things to do when they were bored. Bring back the 70′s – I can live without the video games, computers, iPhones and all the TV/cable channels. The 70′s was a special era in this country!

  • Chris

    Good article, Michael. The 70s was a better era than the 2000s.

  • Carol

    I came of age in the 70′s, got my first real job that I loved. Then got married, bought our first home(not mansion, starter home) and added two children to our family. For me it was the best. I stayed home with my children and it was the best years of my life. 80′s everybody got greedy for money, to me that was the beginning of the end.

  • Steve Angell

    Totally agree. Music hit a high point in the 70′s but society was defiantly at a high point prior to 1964. Free love of the 1960′s was death to America. Johnson and Welfare and Medicare was death to Religion as people no longer went to church to get help.

    • Janet

      welfare & Medicaid.
      MEDICARE WAS BEFORE JOHNSON

      • Steve Angell

        My grandparents voted for him for medicare benefits. He vastly grew them.

  • cosmos

    Some of these are just hilariously arbitrary. You mean Star Wars is better than all movies today?! Oh no!

    All this doom and gloom tailor made for us to react a specific way. You don’t always have to be so afraid. There are things worth worrying about, of course, but you need to have a more reasonable way of assessing it.

    Take care.

  • love

    Yeah, segregation and repression of women was great. :/

    That’s enough for me to never want those days back. Sure, times were probably great for white males, but the best is yet to come for all people.

    • Paul Robinson

      Keep dreaming! The worst is yet to come for everyone.

    • bingbingwa

      WOW. I had to read your comment twice to take in the full scale of delusion. Did you READ the article, or are you one of the Nintendo illiterates?

      • Paul Robinson

        No nitwit I lived through the earlier times and have seen the changes in our economic strength and the constant rise in crime and murder rates. The trend is probably towards total economic collapse and large scale chaos and destruction. I have no idea how old you are but I probably bought my first computer when you were in diapers if you were even born. My apologies bingbingwa I thought that the comment was directed towards me I realize that it was directed towards love. So you are apparently not a nitwit. Sorry.

        • bingbingwa

          No worries… I should of prefaced it with “Love”

      • guest

        She / it is the product of ‘womyn’s studies’. The whole make believe ‘oppression’ and ‘subjugation’, womyn as chattel, rapey menz, menz are evil brutes, etc.
        Having actually lived through the era, my recollections are more realistic.
        I remember women and they were a great thing.
        What passes for women today is a piss poor facsimile. Disgusting, filthy, vile little things.

    • guest

      “repression of women”
      Yeah and the music of the time reflected it – Ain’t to proud to beg, When a man loves a woman, Sugar, most all of Motown, etc and so forth.
      All extolling the loveliness and beauty of genuine womanhood.
      We have all heard your religion of man hate and perpetual victim hood’s lies and propaganda. We all realize it is rubbish. You clearly have no personal experience of those times so do everyone a favor and take your ‘talking points’ back to the coven, where they belong and are appreciated.
      I remember those times and they were not as you have claimed. Women were lovely, feminine and desired. Chivalry was expected, help, protection, etc.
      Contrast that with today.
      Songs, degrade females. Womyn strive to be masculine ‘boys’. Men have little, if any regard or respect for females. Females slaughtered 55 million babies. Females, like blacks have become wards of the Government. I would trade one genuine woman from that era for all of the cheap, disgusting facsimiles that exist today.

    • Semilogical

      Women, then and now, seem to have found the ability to degrade themselves to an all new low.

      The touchy feely society of today is just part of the reason that we have wholesale killing of babies for the sake of … what the hell is abortion all about? Choice? didn’t the guy and girl make that choice when they decided to make a baby?

      People are corrupt, men are corrupt and women are no better when they play in the world that they complained about when men were in charge. I’m all for taking a step back and keeping momma at home, barefoot and pregnant.

      • laura m.

        semilogical: gen. advice for all: No guar. women don’t ditch men and run off; I know several men who raised kids, got custody. Men got to pay child spt even if women remarry. Why should women be stuck at home as breeders and unpaid house slaves when men ditch out too-what a crock of crap!. Women need to be in the work force and earn a paycheck for self esteem. We are in the 21st century folks, not the 19th when women were breeders. Whores, dopers, lowlife street trash, get abortions instead of using birth control. They need to be sterilized since they get repeated abortions probably under medicaid..

    • bingbingwa

      Yeah, it is so much better now with ‘women’ like Miley Cyrus. True role models for future women everywhere…. [I am saying that with a great deal of sarcasm, in case your women’s studies course didn’t cover that).

    • Bill

      Get ready for your Fema Camp number.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    Some good stuff…

    Betamax and VHS were invented in the mid-late 70s. Today we have blu ray.

    We didn’t get our first VHS until they were affordable and more common around 1985ish.

    There was no microwave oven in the 70s.
    We got our first microwave when we returned from living in Germany in 1988.
    The Sony Walkman that would play a cassette tape was first available around 1979-1980. Today you can put 1000 times the music on a device 1/10th the size. How many kids today don’t even know what a cassette looks like?

    • RKae

      Toys. All toys. And all based on computers, the downside of which is that you’re losing Constitutional rights. There is NO WAY to stop government spying, since it’s so easy. When things become easy they automatically become ethical.
      I would gladly trade in this computer I’m typing on for a Sony Walkman and get back my right to privacy.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Sadly, we lost constitutional rights long before any of this stuff came along. But you’re right.

        • RKae

          Science provided the tyrants with all the tools they had ever dreamed of.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            It sure made them much more efficient.

  • Alleged Comment

    In the 70′s when God just scolded us he sent us Mork & Mindy.

    Today, I know he is serious, because when he wants to DESTROY a nation he sends women and children to be your leaders.

    AKA, the man/child sodomite negro, and his army of women, Hillaryous Clinton, Valerous Jarret, Butch Kagan and Sotamayor, MEchele, Deadly Wasserman, Nancense Pelosi, Dying Feinstein, etc.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      I thought her name was spelled Venereal Jarrett

    • Ben Name

      ha ha. and your last “great” leader, GW, got caught reading children’s books.

      When are you going to say anything that is remotely intelligent?

      • Alleged Comment

        As soon as you can understand something remotely intelligent. That’s why we read you children’s book.

        • Ben Name

          I’m glad that you are using the present tense and included yourself in that reading level.

      • EdWatts

        Reading children’s books…

        …to a first-grade class.

        • Ben Name

          yes. First grade reading level. That says it all.

        • Thomas L. Stafford

          On the last “normal” day they would have for a long time. I remember the loss of innocence and birth of fear in so many children and young adults that was brought about that day. I suppose the critics would have had him jump up and say “The Country is under attack and I have to go”.

  • RKae

    Why, oh, why do people ALWAYS associate the ’70s with disco? The disco craze was a hiccup – two years at best – and then it was over.

    The great thing about ’70s music was the variety. The folkies had John Denver; country/western was popular, but so was metal like KISS and Black Sabbath. Pop was very light: The Carpenters, Captain & Tennille. Rock was Elton John, Wings, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon. There were brilliant story songs from Harry Chapin and Al Stewart.

    Best of all: the prog rock of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Genesis!

    • bingbingwa

      AGREED. I preferred the 80s music myself, but the 1990s and 2000s are pretty much forgettable.

  • Seen2013

    The 70s people fixed what was broken; they didn’t break what worked.

    To paraphrase, ‘a strong person stands up for themselves, a stronger person stands up for the defenseless’

  • Frank Castle

    your pops was right. it WAS like that.

  • Emmasita

    People love to reminisce about the low prices back in the 1960s and 1970s. Well, what about hourly wages back then? People weren’t making $30.00 per hour. Forty cents for a burger and five cents for a chocolate bar, but my monthly gross income in 1966 was $600, which was enough to live on. Or back in the 1940s when a dollar was a lot of money and people were bringing home $50-$80 per week. Things are relative.

    • RKae

      Not always relative. In 1985 I lived alone in my own apartment, bought all the music my little heart desired, bought several guitars (not cheap!), paid for lessons, had my own car… all paid for with salary from working in a pizza parlor. I defy anyone to try that now.

  • hp b

    Uncle Sam has been (‘retired’) and replaced by Uncle Tony S. The neo-foreign/domestic policy motto as well.
    The new motto is – BadaBing! BadaBang!! BadaBOOM!!!

  • Dooley

    Growing up in the 70′s on Long Island, even as a poor kid, was truly magical. Take a typical family: My Uncle’s: He was a blue-collar worker. He always had a few nice cars in the driveway; a stay-at-home mother for his 4 kids; a horse for his daughter; and plenty of time to spend with his family, enjoying what was truly the pinnacle of the American dream. My cousin and I would ramble through the nearby woods for hours. Our families ate breakfast and dinner together every single day, and ate good food, prepared at home (real cooking!). We didn’t have to fear the cops/the state if we did wrong…our PARENTS would be the ones after us.

    40 Years later: The professional couple who now occupy his old house both have to work just to afford the outrageous property taxes. Their 2 children spend most of their waking hours with strangers; all of their “play” is supervised by/structured by/spent in the company of adults. No horse. No woods to walk in/play in; few meals together; No “real” food. And if their kids do something “politically incorrect” (Like playing outsiode by themselves or calling someone the wrong name) they may well need a lawyer.

    Western culture has died! God, and the morality of Thou-shalt-not-steal and the idea that humans were created in God’s image, has been replaced by the the redistribution of wealth and the idea that huimans evolved from pond scum. Therein lies the crux of the matter. Today it’s about money, but money can not replace the things ofr value we once had.

    RIP America.

  • kenfrombayside

    A tragedy for the present: massive legal and illegal immigration.Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    - Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    - after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    - go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    - use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    - join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    - go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    - Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
    - text everybody in your cell phone queue now.
    IF YOU DO OR SAY NOTHING, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM….

  • Capt Jack Obvious

    #16 is spot on. # 28 is dead wrong- Rich Socialists are not hippies, they are bonafide NAZI’s(the old world term for National Socialist) disguised as commies. Hippies are more Constitionalist than the National Guard during the Vietnam protests.

    • So CAL Snowman

      NAZIs (as you call them) fought AGAINST the communists. Today’s government “leaders” are out and out Marxists and communists. The wrong side won World War 2.

      • Capt Jack Obvious

        Let’s compare nazis with commies. Both rule by force, both have state controlled economies and both have tendencies toward genocide. Both control everything about everyone’s lives. I’ve yet to find a concrete definition that draws a line between these two synonyms for dictatorship. All the actions taken by these two, supposedly, different types of government in history show that they are mirror images. Gulags vs. Concentration camps; State owned vs. State Controlled; Herr Fuhrer vs. Chairman Blank.

        A dictatorship by another name smells the same as a plutocracy.

  • George Bailey

    Michael – in trying to respond to your premise, I’ve evaluated your list according to my opinion, and come up with: #s 8,9,12,15,25 better now than in 70s; every other item I vote for the 70s as being the better situation. And to be honest, I wouldn’t be all that bothered about giving up the modern conveniences to get the better society. They haven’t made me Happier, only provided more choices or made some things easier.

  • usmcmailman

    I think the 60′s were the very best of times! I am so sorry that
    my grandchildren will never see America as it once was !

    • bingbingwa

      The 60′s were the mostly hypocritical generation. They became the CEOs that stuck it to the middle class, or idly sat by when their government went to war with Iraq. I guess bombing the crap out of Iraqis was much more acceptable than bombing the vietnamese.

  • Scott Freewell

    It’s amazing how the rich are so opposed to redistribution of their wealth to the poor but they have no problems with the redistribution of the wealth of the poor to them.

  • RealityBetraysUs@gmail.com

    bY the 70′s we had already put a man on the moon and we thought that there was nothing America could not achieve if we put out minds to it, today with a loss of millions of jobs to China and shutdown of the space program and layoff of millions of tech workers, we wonder if America will ever have a tech industry or manufacturing economy again.

  • RealityBetraysUs@gmail.com

    Yes you will note that the mid sixties was the height of our standard of living in the USA when it took the least hours to earn the maximum wage. Since then we have taken the dollar off the gold standard and it has been downhill ever since.

  • wxman2001

    in the 70′s kids played outdoors from after school to dinner…getting well needed exercize. Now, kids, even if they happen to be outside, are texting or playing video games, and obesity has skyrocketed.

    In the 70′s, kids thought nothing of riding their bike a few miles to visit a friend…now they won” go unless you give them a ride in the car. Candy bars were a dime, which could be had by gathering a few soda bottles… now they are a dollar or more.

  • Mary Brown

    In the 70′s I could have my rifle or shotgun in the back window of the pickup in the school parking lot and not trigger a lock down…

  • JustanOguy

    I was just a little kid and living in Germany (West Germany at the time) during the 70′s so can’t really compare it too much to today.

    Regardless, I find it interesting that you pick out the best things of the 70′s (a decade primarily defined by the generation of “Baby Boomers” …. that eventually grew up and screwed everything up along the way and made the country what it is today….) and comparing it to the worst things going on today.

    What about Vietnam and Veterans coming back getting spat on and treated like trash?

    Yeah… let’s not forget about that from the ’70s.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Today, without question. Why? Science is much more advanced. For example, there is now reason to think that a faster-than-light drive is possible as a direct extension of General Theory. Robots can now understand human speech. Genetic disorders are starting to be cured genetically.

    Science always wins, hands down over everything else. Period.

    • Paul

      GOD always wins hands down period!

  • Mike and Ainslie #

    The music may be a lot worse today (by far). But the bands listed below were sold out to Satan and his agenda as well.

  • Semilogical

    Luis, you must be a child of the 50′s!

    • Luis

      I was born in 1960. I know about the 50′s from my Dad. He talked about the pride Americans had back then, how clean the streets were, etc. Back then, people used to dress with class… if you go into Google images and type 1940′s or 1950′s America, you will see what I mean. Even the so called unemployed ‘street bums’ during the great depression dressed well… have you noticed all the pictures of them standing in line with collared shirts, nice slacks and a jacket? In the old days, people used to get dressed up to even get on a plane or train. Now people don’t even dress up to go to church. It’s a sad state of affairs… just one of the many symptoms that shows America is going down the drain. I love this country… it’s painful to watch what has and still is happening.

      It’s the principles of Protestantism combined with our Republican form of government that made America great. The further away we move from that, the worse off we are going to be….

  • Anonymous

    I recently learned that in the 1960s it was free to attend UC Berkeley. How has the USA gone from offering free higher education to $1 trillion+ in student LOAN DEBT? If higher education is so important, why is the USA discouraging some Americans from going to college through the cost of college? College is unaffordable for many Americans (as evidenced by the $1 trillion + in student loan debt). How many Americans are missing their true callings because they can not afford the required education to reach their dream?

    I would bring back free higher education.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Here’s a late ’70s anecdote that shows how much The Banana Republic of America has changed economically. A WW2 generation woman I knew back then had a secretarial job in a law firm and quit because she couldn’t stand her new boss. Just up and quit. She was home less than a week before she got a call from an employment agency urging her to apply for a new secretarial job. She interviewed for the new job and got hired at higher pay than the one she quit. Compare that to 2014. These days, you don’t even think about quitting a job with decent pay unless you have something else lined up. Just up and quit a good-paying job because you don’t like the new boss? Not in this economy. But it was a different world in the late ’70s, and we weren’t the washed up Third World hellhole we’ve since become.

  • Anonymous

    This probably would not have happened in the 1970s:

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2014/02/04/scenes-from-a-militarized-america-iowa-family-terrorized/?print=1

    Move over USSR, North Korea, and Communist China. The “most free” country in the world, the USA, has a thing or two to teach you about being a police state.

  • Patriot502003

    We were a very PROUD country under Ronald Reagan in the 1980′s. Ironic how a strong defense is inherent in the mood of a free society.

  • Janet

    I LIVED AND WORKED INTHE 70′S
    AND WE HAD CHEAP GAS. LOW RENT AND THE BEST MUSIC {EXCEPT FOR THE 40′S}
    WE DID NOT HAVE GOVERNMENT LISTENG TO OUR PHONES O OPENINBG OUR MAIL TO SEE WHO OR WHAT WE KNEW. WE WERE AS LOT BETTER OFF THEN
    EVEN THOUGH WE HAD THE HIPPIES WHO SMOKED POT.
    BUT NOW THOSE DOPE HEADS ARE RUINING OUR
    COUNTRY AND STILLSMOKING POT.

  • tom

    It was a good way of life…today people demand instant gratification. Patience is a virtue.

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez

    While the time period 45-63 was great for the expansion of the US economy and America had emerged from WWII as the undisputed superpower, it was also a time of the Jim Crow laws.

    Of course it was the time for the beginning of overcoming such bigotry. We saw new opportunities opening for minorities and women in the American workforce and in higher education as well.

  • William

    In the 1970′s I lived in England, Miami, Texas, Virginia. I got around. I graduated high school in 1973.

    It was much better….far better than today. We didn’t need cell phones and Facebook. We actually talked to each other face to face. Our girlfriends were our play stations. Not some mindless video game.