The Noble 'I Want My Country Back' Thing
By Robert J. Elisberg
They want to go back to an earlier time, a friendlier time, a better time in America of our youth, a time when everything was taken care of for us by our parents, and the time of our grandparents. A time of that mythical Shining City on the Hill. A warmer time that we see in old movies. A happier time.
"I Want My Country Back," they say.
Back. To that good, gracious wonderful time in America back where there were--
Pride of country.
A handshake was your bond.
Blacks knew their place.
Mexicans knew their place was in Mexico.
Muslims were invisible.
Street cleaning. Garbage collection. Mail service. Public schools. The food supply protected. Water supply protected. Police protection. Firemen. Road repairs. Air traffic safety. The military.
But no taxes.
And a budget surplus.
And no black president.
This is a fairly accurate statement of what today's conservative/libertarian/teabaggers want. It's basically the fictional world of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, and Leave It to Beaver.
In those days, women served men and were happy about it. Blacks were maids or porters. Asians were gardeners or launderers. Latinos were farm workers or handymen. Indians were dead and gone. A white man was president, we looked our Commie enemies in the eye, and Elvis wasn't seducing our children into the nightmare of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
For more on the subject, see:
Why we believe in Columbus
Culture war over who's American
Obama smeared as Luo tribesman
Bigots protest brown-skins on 9/11
Book Burners for Christ
Below: The "real America" of Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, et al.