I always did hate Meathead. Even as a kid. He whined, he free-loaded, avoided the draft; he was arrogant and he thought it was all about peace, love and sharing- all the trademarks of the socialist propaganda machine. Archie was raw, but by God Almighty, he went to work everyday in a job that wore him down. He risked his life as a soldier in WWII and hated the Age of Aquarius. He never asked for governmental charity, nor did he ever even think about it. He was rude to his wife, but he loved her- he would never even think to leave her. He disagreed with his daughter’s politics, friends, and her choice of husband- but he never kicked her (or them) out. He spoke in racist terms, but was never did a racist thing. His actions, and not his words, defined him. The rants that used to take place between him and Mr. Jefferson were the healthiest discussions on race, politics & culture this country has ever seen. They were downright sophisticated- if you could stop laughing long enough to think about them. His show, All in the Family, spoke to the American Family. It showed both sides of the spectrum, mocked them both and then showed the humanity of both. The resolutions were often tear jerking and always kind. I miss that show- as I miss Little House on the Prairie. I wonder, if I did a little research, would I find the dates of their demise to correspond to the dates when the six elite families & groups purchased all the movie studios?
As a child, I didn’t know why I liked Archie because he was so…..so….mean! But as an adult, I realized that Jesus was right about children. They are still close to God and uncorrupted. In essence, they have excellent instincts. When I watched this clip of Archie today, I look back and simply realize that the reason I liked Archie was because he was right.