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Not Since The Time of Slavery, Have Republicans Been So Far To The Right

April 29th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

There are more young women than young men in graduate school, more female breadwinners, and more women in high – level executivelibby2libby3  positions than there ever have been in the history of this country. We have gay marriage, a black president and there is a greater than fair chance that our next president in 2016 maybe a woman i.e. Hillary Clinton. Though the United States is still in the middle of a horrible recession (thanks to greed and sub-prime mortgages), this nation has made tremendous strides in terms of equal rights and civil rights.
Just try to imagine how unspeakably bad & unfair it was for blacks (separate water fountains & bathrooms, back of the bus nonsense, & scarily literal lynching), women were treated like Barbie dolls … etc. LOOK how far we’ve come in just a half a decade. It is nothing short of miraculous!!! We as a country have accomplished so much in such a short period of time, but … The irony (or maybe it’s no coincidence) is that the republicans are more right wing than ever – why ???

I am a white male, and I am a liberal, and I couldn’t be happier with the progress this country has made in terms of the aforementioned yet in some respects, there is some sort of appalling backlash afoot. On the other hand, perhaps this is just the natural order of things when profound change occurs.

I will certainly elaborate in the future on each and every issue but you know the under 500 word blog format. So, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Incidentally, over the weekend, as we all know… Donald Sterling, the owner of the L.A. Clippers, made the most hateful and racist remarks I’ve ever heard. So perhaps we’re in a 1 step forward, two steps back time – I hope not !! What do you think?

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8 Responses to “Not Since The Time of Slavery, Have Republicans Been So Far To The Right”

  1. magdalena Says:

    The world is changing but there are still some people that are not up to speed. I’m not sure that age has anything to do with why some are stubbornly set in their ways and refuse to let go of the reigns but clearly ignorance plays a part, ignorance and greed.The world must turn and in time everything will be as it should be. Or am I acting as the idealist? I certainly hope not.

  2. anonymous Says:

    Unfortunately, Magdalena I believe you are an optimist. I thought the younger generation was beginning to “act as they should”, but I still see (was a victim of) “the good ole’ boys club”; which reeks of an attitude that I thought was finally gone. I did my job better than anyone on staff, but when a younger, preppy ex financial type Doogie Howser type took over, my position (for which I was rated extremely favorably all along), was given to another ex financial guy who lost his job when his industry tanked. Now bear in mind that it was his shenanigans that helped create the deplorable financial mess we found ourselves in, but I get dumped and he gets rewarded with my position. So, I’ll answer your question with a question: “Do you really think things are changing for the better?”
    So it seems that world continues to spin, but the groups that have been persecuted will continue to be persecuted; how very sad and heartbreaking.

  3. magdalena Says:

    Anonymous, I never said we were there yet…..but given time, the majority will behave as they should. However, there will still be isolated instances, such as you have sadly experienced, where people, because they have the power to, will do as they please with no regard for the feelings or well being of a more deserving individual. It happens to all of us in this less than perfect world.

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Oh indeed, “The good ole boys club” is alive and well BUT I do think things are slowly but surely getting better. I’m listening to NPR as I write this and interestingly enough the topic of discussion is the hit cable AMC hit show – ‘Mad Men ‘. I personally have never watched it, but I have a good friend who loves the show and watches it religiously. If you think sexism and misogyny are bad today, just watch an episode of ‘Mad Men’ and it will make you wonder how women in the corporate world in the 1960s ever survived.

    Just a btw…. many folks have asked me why I am pro – feminist, when you consider the fact that I am a white male struggling to land a decent job, Do you think that perhaps a WOMAN has taken your job, I’m asked ??? This argument may hold some weight if one is talking about competing for unskilled, low – level, undesirable, low – paying jobs. However, a truly educated and competent woman/person doesn’t steal your former position, but rather creates jobs and opportunity. The more successful a company is, the more GOOD jobs there are – period !

    I hear the same sort of faulty reasoning when it comes to minorities in the workplace. Sure, if you want to clean toilets @ Taco Bell, then there are more bodies and more people from which to choose who are actually willing to do the most undesirable work imaginable for virtually zero $$$.

    Intelligent, educated, and talented human beings CREATE jobs not eliminate them.

  5. Rick Says:

    Mike,
    Its great we have a black president but its bad hes the wrong black man for the position. Its great there may be a woman president next but its the wrong woman for the job. As far as equal rights go it wont change until everyone is treated equal and the word minority disappears along with special government privledges. The problem with everything going on is too much government and its spending and lies. This president has caused a major divide in the country his agenda along with Harry Reid. Its not good Mike.

  6. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Rick – I do agree with some of the things you stated here, especially the point you made about this “labeling” nonsense that we all do e.g.1st black president, 1st black hockey player, 1st female anchor, 1st gay astronaut …..on & on. People are people – period !!! Colin Powell has always maintained that black folks do themselves a disservice by wanting to be labeled a “black” this or that. Calling yourself a minority HURTS not helps.

  7. Rick Says:

    Oh by the way Mike, a Republican president freed the slaves and the democarts are slaving them with entitlement again. So your opening title is hogwash.

  8. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Rick,
    BTW, I happen to think that Abraham Lincoln was perhaps this country’s greatest president. Of course, back in the 19th century & 1860’s, dem. and rep. meant 2 entirely different things from what they mean and represent 2day. Anyway, the basis of what I wrote was as the title states “Not Since The Time of Slavery … Far to the Right” has this country been so divided.So unfortunate, sad, and quite frankly Just utterly stupid.

    To digress a bit, just think about what courage this great man, Abraham Lincoln, possessed !!! Can you imagine the utter predicament Lincoln was in i.e. free the slaves and completely destroy the south’s economy or to state it somewhat differently – ‘ do what was obviously morally correct and do the right thing, despite the unspeakable consequences. I’m generalizing and over-simplifying matters just to drive home a point. And that point is the fact that this country was literally almost torn asunder some 150 years ago. Sadly, though the many issues are very different, the United States today, 2014, one may argue, is perhaps just as separated. In a nutshell, conservatives, well … are conservative and have an aversion to any sort of change that perhaps doesn’t jibe with their prodigiously rigid mindset – even if we’re talking about positive change.

    I know that Abe is hugely in vogue today …I mean everyone on both sides is either writing a biography, doing a movie, or making a documentary about this nation’s 16th president, but … I guess you can say that both parties today want to proclaim that Abraham Lincoln would have been on their “team” so to speak.

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