History Lesson For A Fox News Guy
Todd Starnes is a commentator on Fox News Radio, one of the people behind the offensively racist and factually challenged Fox Nation, and an occasional pundit on Fox News Channel. He’s also kind of dumb.
Starnes’ gimmick is that he’s a “traditional values” guy from mythical small town America, who is just bewildered at all these liberals who are trying to include all these gays, blacks, and latinos in his world. He wants none of it!
In a recent radio commentary for Fox News Radio, Starnes was very very upset at Vice President Biden:
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SPEAKING AT A SEATTLE FUNDRAISER LAST NIGHT
ATTACKED AMERICAN VALUES.
OF HAVING A SOCIAL POLICY RIGHT OUT OF THE FIFTIES.
SO WHY IS THAT SUCH A BAD THING, MISTER VICE PRESIDENT?
IT WAS A TIME WHEN RIGHT WAS RIGHT AND WRONG WAS WRONG.
IT WAS A TIME WHEN BOYS AND GIRLS COULD PRAY IN SCHOOL.
IT WAS A TIME WHEN MEN WERE MEN AND WOMEN WERE WOMEN.
IT WAS A TIME WHEN PLANNED PARENTHOOD MEANT WAITING UNTIL YOU GOT MARRIED TO START A FAMILY.
IT WAS A TIME WHEN THE LIFE OF AN UNBORN CHILD WAS TREASURED, NOT ABORTED.
IT WAS A TIME WHEN CHILDREN RESPECTED THEIR ELDERS
IT WAS A TIME WHEN FAMILY MEALS WERE SHARED AT THE TABLE.
IT WAS A TIME WHEN AMERICAN INGENUITY WAS CELEBRATED.
THOSE WERE THE VALUES OF THE NINETEEN FIFTIES, MISTER VICE PRESIDENT
AND THOSE DAYS ARE LONG GONE.
I’M TODD STARNES
Like many conservatives, Todd Starnes believes that the TV version of the 1950s was the real thing. Todd Starnes exists in a reality where Mayberry and Ward Cleaver’s home were real things.
Todd Starnes simply can’t conceive that for many Americans, this was the 1950s (and ’40s and ’60s):
For a lot of conservatives like Starnes the longing for an idyllic America that never existed comes out of absolute ignorance. They can’t conceive of an American experience for anyone other than an upper middle class white male. They can’t even take for a second to imagine what the past in America was like for someone who doesn’t look like them.
They’re blissfully ignorant that the world is more than them, and they strike out and snarl against anyone who makes the indisputable point — as Vice President Biden did (an upper class white male who actually lived through the ’50s and ’60s himself, by the way) — that we don’t want to go back to that world.
It is the height of stupidity, and standard issue for the right.