Rightbloggers Pay Their Respects to Socialist Obamacare Shill Andy Griffith
With some, though, their hearts didn't seem to be in it. It wasn't like a few months earlier, when a less politically controversial member of the show's cast, George Lindsey, passed on. ("Character matters in the building of a culture," lectured James Michael Pratt at RedState at that time. "Simple minded Goober and Gomer Pyle showered us with the quality of character; the ability to transform wisdom into meaningful action." Shazam!)
Nonetheless some came through, and celebrated Mayberry for its special mix of characters -- by which some of them meant, it was all white.
"If I make it to heaven," said Jack Ryan at Occidental Dissent, "I hope that heaven is half as nice as the all White Southern world of Mayberry North Carolina."
"It was the one show that reflected the reality of small-town America where few if any Blacks or ethnic minorities lived," sighed his colleague Cooper Sterling; "one could roam freely without fear of assault, rape, robbery or homicidal gang violence..." Cooper was also pleased that "implicit White adjectives laced the Mainstream Media coverage of Andy Griffith's passing. The Washington Post referred to his 'homespun mix of humor and wisdom' and how fans mourned 'the loss of a simpler time' (...when the NBA was half-white)..."
"It wasn't a simpler time, it was a Whiter time," elucidated Some Guy at Ex-Army in a post called "Sheriff Taylor -- Aryan Archetype?" "It wasn't about old-fashioned virtues, it was about White virtues. Barney Fyfe wasn't comically incompetent because he was White, he was comically incompetent because, in a peaceful White society, he could be incompetent. He wouldn't have been funny on Hill Street Blues or the Shield, he would've been tragic." Actually, we think Barney Fife would have vastly improved both shows.
Others left race out of it, though not to great effect.
At Freedom Outpost, Tim Brown ("Christian and lover of liberty") lamented that "The Days Of Andy Griffith Are Long Gone... I know that he was a liberal and that came out the most in his later years, but the show itself took us back to a time when there was real community and people looked out for one another and shared things, without being mandated by the government to do so."
Later Brown explained himself: The citizens of Mayberry "had their own sins, but they did not put them out in public and declare that the public accept them. Now fast forward to today. The nuclear family is disintegrating before our very eyes and has been doing so for decades. Sadly it is just as bad in the Church as it is in the world. We now have in the public school system the idea that we should teach children about little Johnny's two moms or two dads. The public school system has become the indoctrination system of the state. No longer is God allowed in it." Not only that -- Johnny's two moms and/or dad are now on health insurance!
At the Daily Caller, Matt K. Lewis said, "I hope liberals don't exploit the timing of his death" -- how, one wonders? -- and claimed, "I try not to let politics ruin entertainment. Even still -- the top notch quality of the show aside -- there is much for conservatives to like." He then described an episode in which Opie learns that a hobo he befriended is nothing but a freeloader ("rather than work, the hobo runs off into the woods") whom he was foolish to help. "It was just one of the many lessons Sheriff Taylor would teach us over the years," reflected Lewis -- one that would be repeated years later by John Stossel.
As longtime readers might expect, god-botherer Rod Dreher got in there, too, telling Brits in a BBC column that here in ObamaAmerica "we are instructed to spite Mayberry as a kind of ironic inoculation against the supposed unrealism of a traditional, square way of life." Dreher, however, knew better, having recently returned to his little old hometown, where a drunk used to lock himself up in the local jail just like Otis used to on the show. Q.E.D.: "By deriding it as nothing more than an illusion, critics make the perfect enemy of the everyday goodness which we can and should work... we mock the Mayberry ideal, and yet wonder why contemporary life is so often harsh, noisy, lonely and disordered." Because man lost touch with his roots, and now uncooperative urban drunks refuse to lock themselves up, that's why!
But our favorite of all these deep-think pieces come from sources new to us, such as Michael Smith: "What I saw with the people of Mayberry was (with the exception of Otis...) a higher level of personal responsibility than I see when I look around at our culture today," Smith wrote. "In some ways, we (and I know I'm painting with a very broad brush here) have become a nation of people who have abdicated some personal responsibility..."
Further down: "So, what do Andy Griffith and disability cases and personal responsibility have to do with financial planning and personal financial behaviors? EVERYTHING!!!" The post is from the Financial Finesse Blog, and Michael Smith, MBA, CFP, is clearly gunning for your business -- as is Dan Kennedy at the GKIC Blog, who wrote in his own reminiscence, "Mayberry, the fictional town, represents what life used to be like in many ways. Just as I describe in my book, No B.S. Grassroots Marketing...".
We'll stay this for them: Unlike our other subjects, they seem to have some useful object in mind.