Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mayberry: The old American dream

Andy reunites with Barney Fife, Floyd the Barber, Goober, Howard, Otis the Town Drunk and Aunt Bee.
Mayberry is a fictional community in North Carolina that provided the setting for two American television sitcoms, The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.  

The town based on Andy Griffith's hometown, Mount Airy, North Carolina, but it was a mishmash of many American communities in the east, south and mid-west in the 1950s. 

In a song by Rascal Flatts titled "Mayberry." the lyrics say:

Well I miss Mayberry sitting on the porch drinking ice cold Cherry Coke where everything is black and white.

Andy Griffith has now died and towns like Mayberry have disappeared a half century ago.

Americans celebrated their neighborhood schools and footballs teams then.  World War 2 was over and a building boom was on to provide houses for the returning war vets and their new families. 

Many returning GIs were using VA benefits to go to college and better themselves, It was  a period in our history in which there were many opportunities. 

Few Americans could be described as wealthy, since Roosevelt  had taxed the affluent to pay for the recovery from The Depression and World War 2. At that time only 1:30 Americans were wealthy, but the middle class was very robust. 

Most Americans throught the US won World War 2 , but there were fears of the Red Menace and half of the defense budget was spent on a nuclear deterrents like the Strategic Air Command bombers armed with nuclear weapons.  

It was a time in which the two political parties worked together and the Republican Party was more centrist.

But the war clouds were gathering and the US blundered into Vietnam and into many other expensive military adventures that created a huge national debt by the end of the century.  

Mayberry and similar town are now memories of the Baby-boomer generation. Most of  the Baby-boomers are now retired seniors.  

America needs a new American Dream, a resurgent Mayberry, 

picture by pcrdds  

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