Military Monday: Call to Glory

by Crocker on June 18, 2012, 4:56 pm

in Culture,History,Politics

A bit of cultural history.

One of the legacies of the Vietnam War was a vocal disrespect for the U.S. military. Not by ordinarily folks, mind you. It was largely a function of the self-congratulatory chattering classes who betrayed South Vietnam, ran Nixon out of office and ruined the economy. Sort of like the Obama supporters of today.

During the 1970s, this poison went largely unchallenged. The media and communications certainly weren’t what they are today, where modern conservatism has a powerful voice and an instantaneous response.

But when Reagan took office, the culture shifted and it was possible once again to speak of the military with respect. And media portrayals changed at the same time. The first such positive portrayal I recall was ABC’s “Call to Glory”, which portrayed an air force family as normal and well adjusted.

The father – an air force colonel and career officer – was played by Craig T. Nelson. The show also starred the young Elisabeth Shue as the family’s adventurous older daughter. Set in the early 1960s, the screenwriters placed Nelson and his television family at the center of events like the Cuban missile crisis and the beginnings of the Vietnam War.

I remember being startled at the show’s positive depiction of a military family. Being the son of an army officer myself, I never doubted that military folks were ‘normal’. But that was not the media message at the time.

Here are the show’s opening credits, captured from someone’s VCR.

What a change over the years – for the better. Any leftist toady slagging the military today would instantly experience the country’s wrath. That’s because this republic’s military is not some alien nation; rather, it’s us.

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