by Stan Coffey

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Dan Quayle, Murphy Brown, And Family Values In America (20 Of 26)
Issues of the 90's
Dr. Stan Coffey
Deuteronomy 6:1-9

One of the major campaign issues of the 1992 elections is family values. It does not take a genius to see how family values have changed over the last forty years. Somebody was reminiscing and this is what two grandparents were saying one to another: "We were born before TV, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the pill. We were born before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ball point pens. Before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioning, drip dry clothes, and before man walked on the moon. We got married first, and then lived together. How quaint can you be. In our time closets were for clothes not for coming out of, bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not small Volkswagens. Designer jeans were skinny girls named Jean. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with our cousins. We were born before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and computer marriages. We were born before day care centers, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, processors, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us time sharing meant togetherness not computers or condominiums. A chip meant a piece of wood, hardware meant hard ware and software wasn't even a word. In 1940 made in Japan meant junk and the term making out referred to how you did on your exam. Pizza, McDonalds, and instant coffee were unheard of. In our day, grass was mowed, coke was a drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was grandma's lullaby and aids were helpers in the principles office. We were certainly not born before the difference of the sexes was discovered but we surely were born before the sex change. We made due with what we had and wer ...

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