I thought you wouldn't mind terribly if I used your words to ask Cal directly, so I went to his website:
and sent him the following e-mail:
I was hoping you could address your recent comment "We have been spiraling downward for some time, beginning in the ’50s." Specifically, I would like to know how you align your thoughts with the realities detailed below and conclude that the nation had a stronger moral sense then?
During the 50's we had Jim Crow, segregation, lynchings, redlining, and poll taxes; "pillars of society" could beat and rape their wives without fear of prosecution; desperate women risked their lives to obtain back-alley abortions (dying from an illegal abortion was just one of those "biological consequences" that helped women maintain their "moral sense" when it came to sex); smart and ambitious women were relegated to secretary pools until they were handed valium prescriptions and incarcerated with their children in the suburbs; anti-Semitism was still a respectable pastime ("restricted" country clubs, universities, suburbs); and gay people could be harassed, fired, and murdered with impunity.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond.