When former governor Willard “Mitt” Romney repeats his campaign catch phrase, “Take Back America,” and reminisces about how wonderful America was before it all changed for the worse, I wish somebody would ask him exactly what year he was waxing nostalgic about.
Not 2012, apparently.
Probably not 2001.
Maybe 2000, the year it became clear that the Republican Party (or the billionaire overlord contingent) owns SCOTUS lock stock and barrel. But, my gosh, women and people of color are awfully uppity in 2000.
So probably not 2000.
Probably not 1984.
People might look too closely at Reagan’s disastrous policies. Or actually reread 1984.
Probably not 1973 (Roe v. Wade).
Probably not the Summer of Love.
Probably not 1965 (Griswold v. Connecticut).
But 1953, now there was a good year. If you were a rich white guy. It was good even if you were “only” a middle-class white guy. Eisenhower had beaten Stevenson, the Cold War was nicely in progress, HUAC and Joe McCarthy had people either terrified or blacklisted. Women had been kicked out of jobs they’d been performing with complete competence; women were told they were no longer competent to do any of those jobs; women should stick to cooking and having as many children as physically possible (or, in some cases, impossible).
In 1953 if you were a four-eyed tomboy science geek (that would be me), all you heard was “Girls can’t do that.” “Girls don’t do that.” “Girls shouldn’t do that.”
“You shouldn’t even want to do that.”
Yeah, the year Willard “Mitt” Romney wants to take us back to has pretty much got to be 1953.