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  • Is Mayberry Really "Republican?"

    The Republican party as been making a lot of noise about "representing the real America." As such, they like to point to the old "Mayberry, RFD" television series as an example of "Real American Values," what ever that means. Nice try, guys, but have you ever considered what the people in "Mayberry RFD" think? It's not what you expect...

     

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    Mayberry RFD was the name of the post Andy Griffith show that starred Ken Berry.

    The South was mostly conservative Democrat until the late 60s-mid 70s, so Mayberry probably would have been also.

    Mayberry didn't have any non-whites, which was pretty odd for the south. But at least they didn't ever mistreat people because of their ethnicity.

    Andy Taylor was a very patient, empathetic, merciful and reasonable man who made a point of getting all the facts before making any decisions, he solved problems by bringing people together to better understand each other and find a resolution that was acceptable for all, and he only used violence as a last resort to protect himself or others. He was clearly a liberal by temperment.

    Barney Fife was the opposite. He liked asserting his authority unnecessarilly, could be fearful and cowardly, had trouble coping with ambiguity and was quick to panic and make judgements without all the facts and  was quick to pull out his pistol. He was definitely a conservative.

     

     

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    • The Badger
      The Badger commented
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      Hard Truth wrote:

      Mayberry RFD was the name of the post Andy Griffith show that starred Ken Berry.

      The South was mostly conservative Democrat until the late 60s-mid 70s, so Mayberry probably would have been also.

      Mayberry didn't have any non-whites, which was pretty odd for the south. But at least they didn't ever mistreat people because of their ethnicity.

      Andy Taylor was a very patient, empathetic, merciful and reasonable man who made a point of getting all the facts before making any decisions, he solved problems by bringing people together to better understand each other and find a resolution that was acceptable for all, and he only used violence as a last resort to protect himself or others. He was clearly a liberal by temperment.

      Barney Fife was the opposite. He liked asserting his authority unnecessarilly, could be fearful and cowardly, had trouble coping with ambiguity and was quick to panic and make judgements without all the facts and  was quick to pull out his pistol. He was definitely a conservative.

       

       


       

      Thanks, I get "Mayberry" and "Mayberry RFD" confused.

      When it came to "southern democrats," they were as "conservative" as the Republican party is now. In fact, many "southern Democrats" became Republicans, somewhere betwen Lyndon Johnsonn's administration and Richard Nixon's.

      I also like your comparison of calm, rational, thoughtful Andy Taylor and jittery, nonsensical Barney Fife; I didn't know they were such good parallels between the current Democrats (Andy) and the current Republicans (Barney.) Though for all his jitters and nervous leaping to conclusions, Barney at least wasn't a gonzo religious fanatic who worshiped and served extremely rich people, to the detriment of his own wallet.


    • Just Me
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      Hard Truth wrote:

      Mayberry RFD was the name of the post Andy Griffith show that starred Ken Berry.

      The South was mostly conservative Democrat until the late 60s-mid 70s, so Mayberry probably would have been also.

      Mayberry didn't have any non-whites, which was pretty odd for the south. But at least they didn't ever mistreat people because of their ethnicity.

      Andy Taylor was a very patient, empathetic, merciful and reasonable man who made a point of getting all the facts before making any decisions, he solved problems by bringing people together to better understand each other and find a resolution that was acceptable for all, and he only used violence as a last resort to protect himself or others. He was clearly a liberal by temperment.

      Barney Fife was the opposite. He liked asserting his authority unnecessarilly, could be fearful and cowardly, had trouble coping with ambiguity and was quick to panic and make judgements without all the facts and  was quick to pull out his pistol. He was definitely a conservative.

       

       


      lol, if only we could limit them to 1 bullet.

       


    • guido61
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      Hard Truth wrote:

      Mayberry didn't have any non-whites, which was pretty odd for the south.

       


      Actually, they did.  We just didn't get to see them much.  But I was watching a couple of episodes from the first season a while back and was struck to notice a black guy in a couple of group "townsmen" extras shots.  Actually pretty progressive for a TV sitcom in 1960.

      And in an episode in a later season, Opie had a black football coach.

      We've come a long ways though, for sure.

       

      http://www.bookguy.com/Mayberry/BlacksInMayberry.htm


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