America 1956 vs. America 2016

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Is America a better place today than it was back in 1956? Of course many Americans living right now couldn’t even imagine a world without cell phones, Facebook or cable television, but was life really so bad back then? 60 years ago, families would actually spend time on their front porches and people would actually have dinner with their neighbors. 60 years ago, cars were still cars, football was still football and it still meant something to be an American. In our country today, it is considered odd to greet someone as they are walking down the street, and if someone tries to be helpful it is usually because they want something from you. But things were very different in the middle of the last century. Men aspired to be gentlemen and women aspired to be ladies, and nobody had ever heard of “bling”, “sexting” or “twerking”. Of course life was far from perfect, but people actually had standards and they tried to live up to them.

So how did it all go so wrong?

Could it be possible that life in America peaked back then and we have been in decline ever since?

Before you answer, I want to share with you a list of comparisons between life in America in 1956 and life in America in 2016…

In 1956, John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world.

In 2016, our young people look up to “stars” like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

In 1956, Americans were watching I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show on television.

In 2016, the major television networks are offering us trashy shows such as Mistresses and Lucifer.

In 1956, you could buy a first-class stamp for just 3 cents.

In 2016, a first-class stamp will cost you 49 cents.

In 1956, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.

In 2016, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has gotten so far out of control.

In 1956, children went outside and played when they got home from school.

In 2016, our parks and our playgrounds are virtually empty and we have the highest childhood obesity rate on the entire planet.

In 1956, if a kid skinned his knee he was patched up and sent back outside to play.

In 2016, if a kid skins his knee he is likely to be shipped off to the emergency room.

In 1956, “introducing solids” to a baby’s diet may have meant shoving a piece of pizza down her throat.

In 2016, we have “attachment parenting” which advocates treating children like babies almost until they reach puberty.

In 1956, seat belts and bicycle helmets were considered to be optional pieces of equipment, and car safety seats were virtually unknown.

In 2016, millions of us are afraid to leave our homes for fear that something might happen to us, and if something does happen we slap lawsuits on one another at the drop of a hat.

In 1956, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked.

In 2016, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at all-time record highs.

In 1956, about 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.

In 2016, more than 40 percent of all babies in America will be born to unmarried parents.

In 1956, one income could support an entire middle class family.

In 2016, approximately one-third of all Americans don’t make enough money to even cover the basics even though both parents have entered the workforce in most households.

In 1956, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.

In 2016, the federal government systematically redistributes our wealth, and two communists are fighting for the Democratic nomination.

In 1956, there were about 2 million people living in Detroit and it was one of the greatest cities on Earth.

In 2016, there are only about 688,000 people living in Detroit and it has become a joke to the rest of the world.

In 1956, millions of Americans dreamed of moving out to sunny California.

In 2016, millions of Americans are moving out of California and never plan to go back.

In 1956, television networks would not even show husbands and wives in bed together.

In 2016, there is so much demand for pornography that there are more than 4 million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.

In 1956, the American people had a great love for the U.S. Constitution.

In 2016, “constitutionalists” are considered to be potential terrorists by the U.S. government.

In 1956, people from all over the world wanted to come to the United States to pursue “the American Dream”.

In 2016, 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

In 1956, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

In 2016, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

And there is one more thing that I would like to share with you before I wrap up this article.

This is what the New York skyline looked like on March 31st, 1956…

New York Skyline 31 March 1956

And this is the kind of thing that we are seeing displayed on the Empire State Building these days…

New York Skyline Kali

For those that don’t know, that is an image of the Hindu goddess of death, time and destruction known as Kali. And next month a reproduction of the 48-foot-tall arch that stood in front of the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria is going up in Times Square.

So now that you have seen what I have to share, what do you think?

Has America changed for the better, or has it changed for the worse?

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on*

13 thoughts on “America 1956 vs. America 2016”

    • The REAL rot started when the blacks were brought over here and then not sent back after they were freed!!

    • First, it would be where, not were…..that being said, I feel you are missing the point. As entertainment idols of the era, I do not recall ever seeing either one of them in a scene, whether in a movie, on a stage, or in real life that they appeared all but naked, or naked, as many entertainers do today. As for Elvis, he had about as many Hymns that were “hits” as he did rock and roll songs. I never saw a movie of John Wayne’s that he swore other than perhaps a rare damn, or hell….but never anything close to an F word. I never saw Monroe in any really sleazy movie, perhaps suggestive, but not sleazy as today’s “standards”. So, please, before you make another stupid, random statement, …back it up with some facts, ok ?

    • I agree with you dawith. It is generally agreed to by historians that the US started it’s decline right after the end of World War ll. The 1950’s were the precursor to what we have now.

      • Having lived through the 50’s as a teenager, and not being able to discern from your pic if you are much younger or not I must say that it wasn’t really the 50’s. Historians aside, which we all know how they select statistics, etc, to suit their biases and prejudices, so essentially most are worthless and at best not the least bit objective, I witnessed the real slide beginning in the 60’s and accelerating through the 70’s. I believe it slowed some during the 80’s, maybe even the 90’s, but has been accelerating at breakneck speed since the fine examples of ethics that Bill Clinton demonstrated to the youth of our country with his behavior as President of this once great country.

        • I was born in the early 80’s, but the 80’s and 90’s did seem tamer to me, in comparison to various TV and film footage that I’ve seen from the 70’s.

          This past decade has been astonishing in just how fast this nation has morally degenerated.

  1. It makes me sad to think the disgusting world that my kids have to grow up in. Love the part about “attachment parenting” lol. I see people pushing 3 year olds around in a stroller while they suck on a pacifier. Ridiculous.

  2. Looking back, I’m glad I got to spend at least a few years of my childhood before America turned antisocial and disconnected from eachother.

  3. Having been part of the 50’s and now the 2000’s, I can definitely make the statement that life then was so much better. What you point out in this article is absolutely valid. I almost continually see things that indicate how much society has degenerated in the last 60 years. This degeneration has occurred in every aspect of society, governmental, educational, religious, business, especially entertainment, and society in general. As a country, yes, I totally agree….we have had our peak in so many ways. I am still amazed, however, how many values I see in young people today that in some ways may even be better then ours were in my youth. Actually, I have a realistic hope that it will be these youth that will turn this around and take it back to somewhere close that we were in the 50’s. I think it is the Boomer generation that has taken us down in our standards that their children and grandchildren will reverse the trend. Let’s HOPE !!….because that is about all that is left at this point.

  4. My, how far we’ve tragically fallen.

    We’ve gone the way of Old Testament Israel…from king David…to king Solomon…and now to king Rehoboam. Will king Ahab or Manasseh be next? That depends on whether or not we hold fast to II Chronicles 7:14 and repent.

    One thing’s for sure: We’re overdue for judgment.

  5. Why not go back to 1946,a time before itemized deductions turned our cities into war zones and led to Saudi Arabia holding a sword over our economy.

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