Bob Murl Bearden
Though the election is over the Republicans are going blithely about their business as if nothing happened. They are determined to take us back in time to those ‘Golden Days of Yesteryear’ and public opinion be damned. They long for a time when minorities were beholden and held in virtual serfdom to the white majority. They long for a time when women stayed home and made babies, handed men their slippers and smoking jackets at 5:30pm and generally didn’t speak unless spoken to. For them the 60’s didn’t happen. Civil rights didn’t happen. Women’s lib didn’t happen. They are kind of like the old Ronnie Milsap song, “Lost In The 50’s”.
Well, them ‘Golden Days of Yesteryear’ didn’t ever exist. The Lone Ranger rode off into the sunset long ago when they took away his mask and forced him to wear dark glasses. People today are wondering who was that masked man anyway? Civil rights did happen. Women went into the work force and now women and minorities rule! Get over it and drag yourselves into the 21st Century.
The election is over and the people have spoken. We are fast becoming the true melting pot nation we were always intended to be. Rich Cranky Old White Guys are going the way of the Dodo! We have elected a Black President – twice. Get over your shock! He’s smart, articulate and a generally good guy. He’s American as mom and apple pie. That’s what America is and has always been meant to be, diverse!
Denying the rights of workers to bargain collectively is an outdated outmoded idea. It was the Unions who built the middle class. It was the middle class that fueled this nation’s progress. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was a Union Activist. He died standing up for the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively. That’s something else that is as American as mom and apple pie. Taking away rights doesn’t cut it. It’s wrong on so many levels. It’s as wrong as trying to deny minorities, seniors and students the right to vote. It’s as wrong as trying take away a woman’s right to contraception and to control their own bodies.
This is the 21st Century not the 50’s. I lived through the 50’s and they weren’t Golden.” —– Bob Bearden
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