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The High Price of Cultural Change

William Murchison, The American Spectator

The Doris Day era — which I recall keenly — wasn’t perfect by any means. Is any era perfect? There would never be growth, if so. The thing about the Doris Day era that should remind us of Doris’ entitlement to significant news coverage, is its general — I say general, not total — lack of personal rancor or contempt for the otherwise-minded: meaning those yahoos who don’t agree with me! Even Republicans and Democrats kind of, sort of, got along. That was in part, I think, because government in the Doris Day era mattered much less than today, and cost less: offering fewer occasions for dispute.