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Bill O'Reilly's Summer Of Love

Reported by Deborah - July 1, 2007 -

Bill O'Reilly looks back to 1967 and "The Summer Of Love" with sincere nostalgia for the way things were before that cultural turning point. According to O'Reilly's weekly column things were much better back in Levittown when "most Americans were still tied to the traditional values of their parents."

Bill looked back fondly at the plight of pregnant teens who had no access to birth control and no help dealing with the consequences of unprotected sex.

"For example, in my heavily ethnic neighborhood of Levittown, New York, if an unmarried girl got pregnant it was a huge scandal. Rarely was abortion even discussed because most of us were Catholic. The young girl usually got married to the father quickly and quietly. This happened to my cousin and two of my friends. An unwanted pregnancy was a major deal."

Abortion was rarely discussed openly in '67' because it was illegal. Yes, pregnancy was a huge scandal back then, driving many young women to illegal and often deadly abortions. I almost lost my best friend that way. Pregnant young women were not permitted in school and were sent to distant relatives or special homes for "unwed mothers". Babies were usually given up for adoption leaving women with life long guilt and longing for the child they would never know. Does O'Reilly actually think all that was better?

Back in utopian Levittown in '67', his crowd " drank beer whenever they could" but pot and drugs were off their radar.

"Drugs, also, were not acceptable. Addicts were shunned like lepers, and even marijuana was considered way out of bounds. In 1967, while some of my high school friends were drinking beer whenever they could, nobody in my crowd was even thinking about dope."

Oh yes, I remember that enlightened time when excessive drinking and cigarette smoking were not only condoned, but encouraged creating throngs of closet alchoholics and lung cancer victims. Since " addicts were shunned like lepers", people denied their problems ruining their lives and damaging their families. Bill claims it was just great back then when he was secure in his traditional Levitown womb where boys drank too much beer and had unprotected sex. Now that's the way things should be in traditional America.

From Bill's vantage point all those wonderful traditional values were ruined in the summer of '67' when young people gathered to wildly indulge in drugs and sex in his favorite spot, San Francisco.

"But out in San Francisco the "summer of love" was unfolding. Young people streamed into that city and congregated in the parks, where they were introduced to pot and hallucinogenic drugs by local dealers. According to a recent series of reports by the San Francisco Chronicle, thousands of young Americans spent the summer stoned and having sex with a variety of their compatriots. This led to an epidemic of overdose situations and social disease problems."

In BOR's mind it was all downhill from that point and he, of course, blames the media for glorifying the counterculture. Then he makes a giant leap from Haight Ashbury to present day African-American birthrates for unmarried women. Maybe he thought nobody would notice the flimsy connection.

"But you'd never know that by the media, which generally continues to glorify our permissive culture. There's little mention that 70% of African-American babies are now born out-of-wedlock, while the overall birth rate outside of marriage has gone from eight percent 40 years ago to 37% today. Single mom homes, of course, are the major driver of poverty in America."

O'Reilly's hypocrisy is staggering. He's against unmarried women having babies openly yet he objects to sex ed, condom ads and of course abortion. So what's his solution? It doesn't seem to matter to him as long as he can rile up his base and keep those ratings up.

Speaking of BOR's hypocrisy, his list of favorites on his site includes The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Easy Rider.