Ward and June Cleaver were characters in the American television sitcom Leave It to Beaver. Ward and his wife, June, are often invoked as archetypal suburban parents of the baby-boomer 1950s. The couple is the parents of Wally, a thirteen-year-old in the eighth grade, and seven-year-old (“almost eight”) second-grader Theodore, nicknamed “The Beaver”.
A typical episode from Leave It to Beaver follows a misadventure committed by one or both of the boys, and ends with the culprits receiving a moral lesson from their father and a hot meal from their mother.
Parents Ward and June, and older brother Wally, try to keep Theodore (‘the Beaver’) out of trouble. However, Beaver continued to end up in one kind of jam or another. These situations are easily resolved to the satisfaction of all involved.
Instigator and troublemaker Eddie Haskell is an older kid who always manages to avoid being caught. The following snippet provides a glimpse of Eddie’s two edged tongue.
Eddie Haskell: Wally, if your dumb brother tags along, I’m gonna – oh, good afternoon, Mrs. Cleaver. I was just telling Wallace how pleasant it would be for Theodore to accompany us to the movies.
The Beaver’s friend Larry got into a little bit of a problem. Beaver could have been helpful in exhorting Larry that he was on the wrong path. Beaver chose to remain silent.
Ward Cleaver: Beaver, you know what Larry was doing was wrong. You could have stopped him.
Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: Gee, Dad, I have enough trouble keeping myself good without keeping all the other kids good.
Yes, this was a popular TV show in the 1950s; however it represents the values of the times. Eisenhower was President. Prayer or Bible readings started the school days. Five then Nineteen inch Black and White TV went off the air for the night. If a bra was shown in an advertisement, it was on a mannequin. Telephone line wires were relied upon to set up coast to coast reports.
Today there isn’t much you can’t see on the wall size flat screen TVs. With instant Satellite coverage world wide you can see inside each hair follicle of each newsmaker.
You may see a bra on today’s TV shows in a string of clothes on the floor leading to the next sex scene in the bedroom.
The values today have changed, morals have not. Too many today do not believe there are any absolutes. Consequently too many have a sliding scale of right and wrong. Those who have sliding scale of right and wrong built their morals on quicksand instead of upon a Solid Rock.
This sliding scale of right and wrong has flipped our society on its head. Those with a sliding scale of right and wrong are bullying, demeaning, and trying to silence those who have a rock solid absolute understanding of right and wrong.
Traditional Ward and June Cleaver families are called old fashion, sexist, homophobic, racists, and even hateful. Traditional Ward and June Cleavers are having their businesses ruined by those who have sliding scale of right and wrong as their foundation. There have been too many recent news stories of bakers, photographers, florists, to name a few who have faced persecution for their faith.
Many who warn those living in a house built on quicksand are brought to court, jailed or confined in a Mental Health facility. A recent news report of a decorated Marine comes to mind. The Marine Combat Veteran had his life forever changed by those with a sliding scale of right and wrong for making comments on Facebook. He was forcibly arrested, without a warrant and committed to a Mental Health facility because of his comments. The Supreme Court recently refused to hear his case against the Police Department. I have published previous articles about the weaponizing mental health to silence opposition.
Traditional Ward and June Cleavers are not going to change their values to accommodate those with a sliding scale of right and wrong, they are certain in what they believe and in whom they believe. There are not enough chains, bars or drugs that will deter traditional Ward and June Cleavers. They may be criminalized and they may be what is needed to turn this society around.
The next quote from Beaver reflects what is missing in many people today: Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver: “You know something, Wally? I’d rather do nothin’ with you than somethin’ with anybody else.”
It is true you can prevent a forest fire; it is also true that you can prevent a conflagration committed by those with sliding scale of right and wrong. The criminalization of traditional Ward and June Cleavers can be stopped by you.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org