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Hi Bill O'Reilly.
Thanks for watching us tonight the USA and Mickey Mouse that is subject of this evening's talking points memo the death of seven year old -- -- -- -- yesterday.
A red flag to the baby boom generation.
And it gained fame at age thirteen.
One in the leading members of the iconic.
Mickey Mouse club.
And yeah yeah yeah.
-- -- me game one.
I'm not even.
By the way.
About fifty years after the Mickey Mouse club -- it is still ash steeply in the memories of many Americans.
The question tonight though is this.
Were we back in the 1950s and early sixties a better country a better people than we are today.
So question that for minority Americans things -- generally awful back then you don't believe me read my book killing Kennedy where I document that in vivid detail.
So on the civil rights issue America is much improved today.
The economic -- on the unemployment rate averaged four point 5% in the 1950s very low.
Even though the high school drop out rate -- back then was 27%.
Or -- Today only 7% of Americans -- not complete high school poverty rate in 5922%.
-- -- income 171650.
When adjusted for -- inflation 2012 per capita income 43700.
Dollars it's -- that Americans have more income today.
But the big ticket items like homes.
Take a lot more money.
On social issues in 1959 only 5%.
Of American babies -- born out of wedlock 5% and abortion very rare.
Today about 41%.
That's shocking turn of events.
1950s drug use was rare although the alcoholism rate is about the same as it is today.
-- other existing category innocents.
In the fifties and sixties premarital sex and explicit behavior even in the media.
Was kept kind of quiet.
As a net -- -- demonstrated social interaction.
Was kind of innocent.
-- -- And never got wet yeah.
-- dumb no question.
With the fifties work hole so.
Especially by today's -- those stamps.
American baby boomers tend to glorify their -- we all know that.
Even the turbulent late sixties and early seventies.
But there was a different attitude in America after World War II.
Because we had -- -- hellacious war white America was coming unify the standards of behavior we're very similar.
That unification made it easier for society to function.
-- was respect for teachers for cops for clerks.
Now that's gone.
-- today being.
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