There seems to be two types of people in the United States: those who understand that the brilliance of Norman Lear's All In The Family comes from laughing at the bigoted main character, Archie Bunker, and those who don't understand the show and agree with Bunker. President Donald Trump and NRA head Wayne LaPierre appear to be in the latter category, considering recent statements that the solution to solving school massacres is to have teachers strap on a Glock and play shoot-em-up in classrooms across the country.
Watching this clip from 1972, one might think Trump, in a late-night TV and Twitter binge, may have gotten his gun policy from Archie Bunker.
Lear made the connection between Archie Bunker and the NRA with one huge difference: Bunker’s “plan” was meant to be laughed at in the show.
Lear has said:
Can we possibly have any other reaction to Wayne LaPierre’s similarly insane idea to provide armed guards for every school but to laugh? Or cry. I find myself doing a lot of both lately.
It turns out he's not alone:
At least Archie Bunker was an angry old racist white man who actually possessed a degree of empathy...also, Meathead is far superior to Jared.— Drew Gibson (@SuppressThis) February 28, 2018
Exhibit A why there will never be a better sitcom than All in the Family. Masterful social commentary still relevant decades later.— Spencer Fordin (@SpencerFordin) February 28, 2018
People thought maybe they had gone back in time:
There are striking similarities between the two of them, actually.— Dennis Alley (@therealDRAlley) February 28, 2018
It's amazing how many of the Nixon/Watergate episodes EXACTLY mirror what's happening today— Christopher Campbell (@Off_trak) February 28, 2018
Funny because people thought we were so past that outdated way of thinking, but if we're not careful it always finds it's way back again.— Michelle D. (@chelleinchicago) February 28, 2018
Are we doomed to keep repeating ourselves?
H/T: Huffington Post