The remote happened to land on one of the channels that airs vintage TV shows from another era. Dad’s new car and the tale of a broken headlight when Wally used it on a date was the episode showing on “Leave It To Beaver”. What a trip back in time that was!
The boys were dressed and groomed neatly, and so were their parents. June and Ward Cleaver behaved like parents, not bosom buddies of their sons. While they were good to the boys, they also had high expectations for them that the boys knew and respected. Boys will be boys and so were Wally and Beaver. However, they actually obeyed their mom and dad without arguing or trying to reason their way out. They feared the consequences of their misbehavior, too. And what was most noticeable was that when all was said and done, Beaver was able to figure out from the outcome how to prevent a similar occurrence from happening in the future. Logic and reason prevailed.
It’s true that “Leave It To Beaver” portrayed a middle-income family as the ideal American model to follow. But back then life really was similar to the TV sitcom of the day. Kids obeyed and respected authority whether parents, teachers, law enforcement or civil. It was peaceable and refreshing, free from gutter talk and cursing, anger and threats. And, adults did not fear children!
Because the story line that began in 1957 brought the brothers to graduation from middle and high school with the inevitable separation that Wally leaving for college would bring, the show ended in 1963. What a loss!
While dates sometimes seem coincidental, it is noteworthy that also in 1963 Madalyn Murray O’Hair won her case at the Supreme Court to strike prayer and Bible reading from public school life. And with them went American family life and “Beaver” behavior.
It didn’t happen suddenly. Rather, family values and moral behavior in our society eroded steadily, until in 1973 Roe v Wade legalized abortion. It feels now like the floodgates are wide open and every value we have held dear in our society is on the chopping block!
That being true, we must not throw in the towel, so to speak! Some things we must go along with. Others that go against moral principles that are Biblical and violate God we must resist. But, are we willing to resist? Are we so grounded and firm in what we believe is right and good that we are willing to put our life on the line to defend them? It’s easy to do right and well when everyone else is doing it, too. It takes a back bone of steel to stand for what is right when the world is opposed to you!
You can’t wait to take a stand until your back is against the wall. Learn the facts now. Do some research on the internet and see what the issues really are and decide what your position will be. Then study up, learn where your allies are and stay in the battle. It is a battle, folks. But, only fighters win!
— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance