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Old December 17th, 2015, 01:29 AM   #1
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Make America Great, Like It Was — When?

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It’s easy to buy into this trope if you’re an older white man, because perhaps those really were your good old days. The post-war years in which America had a “strong middle class” were the days of a strong white middle class.

If you’re African American, looking back to the 1950s means looking back to the days of lynching, Jim Crow, and legalized discrimination. How can that inspire nostalgia?

In the South before the Civil Rights movement, it was open season on African Americans, with white terrorists lynching whomever they chose with impunity. And to secure the white racist vote for his New Deal programs, FDR excluded farm workers and domestic workers from basic wage and work protections. Back then, those segments of the labor force were largely black.

There were problems in the North too. Housing discrimination against blacks was federal policy — not just a simple, organic process of “white flight.” Policies like redlining systematically denied African Americans wealth, which still harms their families and communities today.

Nor was life peachy for women in this time.

This was the era that spurred the feminist Betty Friedan to write about “the problem that has no name.” She torpedoed the presumption that all American women ought to rejoice that their roles as cooks, house cleaners, and baby machines were now made easier with modern conveniences.

No doubt modern women are grateful they’re no longer expected to greet their husbands with a warm meal, a cocktail, and a come-hither look when they come home from a long day of work.

Trump’s “Make America Great Again” sloganeering — combined with his anti-Muslim, anti-black, and anti-Mexican rhetoric — makes it apparent that he and his followers don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic. But it’s wrong to whitewash history.

Surely, America isn’t perfect today. We haven’t solved our problems with racism (Donald Trump is Exhibit A) and women still earn less than men. We’ve also got the specters of mass shootings, terrorism, and the climate crisis to boot.
Time to ask them what they are talking about. But, you need to stand back, as sometimes heads explode.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 06:41 AM   #3
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Old December 17th, 2015, 06:45 AM   #4
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Trump just picked up an endorsement.

Putin praises 'bright and talented' Trump
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The fact that so many people from other countries have come here to ruin America is testament to the fact that it's one of the best places to be.

How many multiculturalists are moving to Liberia or Congo?
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Yeah, what "good old days"? Whatever.
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Trump just picked up an endorsement.

Putin praises 'bright and talented' Trump
They are two peas in a pod
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I haven't heard of too many citizens denouncing their citizenship and moving out. On the other hand, millions of illegal alien parasites, and legal immigrants are doing everything they can to come here.
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Back in the "good ole' days" you could actually talk without offending someone.
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Back in the "good ole' days" you could actually talk without offending someone.
But you didn't have the internet allowing you to offend people instantly all around the world.
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