Good point. Archie Bunker was a very effective straw-man. In part I would agree that the right romanticizes the past too much. But if they're guilty of romanticizing the past, the left is guilty of romanticizing "progress". For example, no one denies that pre-marital sex has always been around. However, in past generations, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy was stigmatized. Now it's almost applauded. Back then you had two choices - get married to the father or give up the child for adoption. I think that was better for the child. Now women opt for abortion or making the government the breadwinner.