Those Were the Days
Today on Morning Joe, Rob Reiner kept it 100. When asked why some people support Trump the legendary director and activist said it’s because they are racists.
Now Reiner is no meathead – he knows a racist when he sees it. After all he played the beleaguered son-in-law of one.
No one represented the silent majority of fading white male patriarchy than that other sexist, racist, xenophobic from Queens, N.Y.
All in The Family’s Archie Bunker, that 1970’s flag waving, John Wayne-loving, loveable blue collar bigot became a powerful spokesman for those President Richard Nixon had termed the Silent Majority.
Resentful, Archie was fed up with intellectuals, women libbers, bleeding heart liberals, out-sourced jobs, and other elites intent on messing up a way of life that was working pretty well.
This blue color worker from Queens grappled with the big issues of the day- affirmative action, gay pride, women’s rights, the sexual revolution and his railing at elites has become the leitmotif of American politics ever since.
“I’m white, I’m male, I’m protestant,” Archie Bunker once declared. “Where’s there a law to protect me?”
Girls Were Girls and Men Were Men
Suddenly white male entitlement was being challenged, beginning its slow decline.
Like Trump supporters, Archie missed it and wanted it back. Just as Archie Bunker pined for the good ol’ days, Trump has fetishized the Good Old Days not just in rhetoric or sentiment but in policy that aims to take us back to them.
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