FATHER KNEW BEST!

By Jack Jodell, May 27, 2012

Aaahhh, the 1950s and early 1960s…those halcyon days when America stood almost unchallenged as the most powerful and richest nation on earth. When the nation’s Republican Party stood for common sense and moderation, and served as the LOYAL opposion to a solid Democratic Party majority in Congress. When the Democtatic Party itself was truly progressive, and fought hard for its union members and for fairer wages and better working conditions for all. When men ruled the roost (or thought they did) and most women stayed home, raising the kids, cooking meals, doing the laundry and darning socks as needed. When TV shows like Father Knows Best were wildly popular, and provided solid role models for their viewers to emulate. Such were the idyllic and mythical times many of us middle class whites grew up in. We were blind to many of the civil rights and economic  abuses then prevalent, as this was an era of steadily rising incomes for most and the nation was definitely moving upward. Our aspirations then were simply to make good money, buy a home, and repeat the cycle by eventually having our own families and amply providing for them.  The future looked rosy and secure.

We found out later in the decade of the 1960s that this image of the country was very flawed – that most families didn’t live the perfect suburban lives as were portrayed by the Andersons on Father Knows Best or the Cleavers on Leave It To Beaver. We found out that there was massive racial and cultural discrimination which permeated this country; that womens’ rights were being abused and they were being economically exploited at the few jobs they did hold. We found that our prosperity was largely dependent on and resulted from the exploitation of poorer peoples all across the globe. And so we liberals, progressives, and moderates alike, all rose to the occasion and passed laws to benefit the oppressed and to forbid foreign intrigues and proxy wars of aggression. This great era of  liberal politics in America wrought many needed and beneficial changes, especially in individual and civil rights, and permanently altered tthe political landscape here for the better.

George Romney, the father of de facto 2012 Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, fit the 1950s image of the successful American father figure. As president of American Motors and later as Republican governor of Michigan, he was wealthy and a strong leader. He boldly supported major civil rights legislation in the 1960s. While periodically critical of labor unions, he nonetheless supported their right to exist and even spoke out against anti-union laws, saying in 1962 “I am opposed to right-to-work laws…” While CEO at American Motors, he led 24 other corporate executives there to cut their own salaries by as much as 35%! As governor, he even raised taxes to help balance his state’s budget, sponsored a minimum wage law, and pushed for expanded unemployment compensation.  These were, of course, actions no modern day reactionary Republican or Tea Party extremist would condone.

George Romney even marched in solidarity with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on one occasion, and fought for open housing legislation. He was truly a man who stood up for and fought for his convictions; who clearly and unequivocally stated his real beliefs and stances on issues; and who straightforwardly did what he believed was right for all people, without regard for strict ideology. He rarely, if ever, contradicted himself, and certainly didn’t fish for votes by offering pandering and multiple choice stands on topics, as his son Mitt has constantly done his entire political life.

For 1968, there was talk of having Ceorge Romney run for President on the Republican Party ticket. But the straight-talking moderate Romney’s campaign was derailed by the cynically-conceived and deftly execured “Southern Strategy” of the eventual winner, Dick Nixon. By talking tough and conservative to anxious white southern voters who had formerly voted solidly Democratic but were by then angered at the Democrats’ solid push for civil rights, and especially in using the acid-tongued conservative-sounding running mate Spiro Agnew as an attack dog, Nixon was able to appear conservative to southern whites while posing as a gentler, more reasoned centrist to the rest of the country. It was a shrewd gamble, but one that worked. It not only deprived rivals Romney and Nelson Rockefeller of the GOP nomination, it also narrowly propelled Nixon into the White House. Now it appears that Mitt Romney is attempting to copy that Nixonian strategy of starting far to the right, talking in their current lingo about  “free market” economics and tax cuts for “jobs creators”,  and then gradually and sneakily moving more to the center. In the process, Mitt is proving he has abandoned his father’s solid vision and principles, and has absolutely nothing new or valid to offer this country in 2012 or beyond.

Yes, when it came to the Romney family, at least, it is clear that Father Knew Best. He knew that labor and minorities were both more than deserving of a seat at the American economic and cultural table. Mitt Romney: we knew your father George, and he was a sincere and principled man who was a true and reliable friend to millions. You, sir, are no George Romney! 

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I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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12 Responses to FATHER KNEW BEST!

  1. Hello Jack,
    LOVED the Closing Line!! Mitt is not even a shell of a man his father was. Those today of the Working Middle Cass who are supporting Mitt, more to the fact of against President Obama, will do so under the detriment of their own well being and their families futures. I have to bring up the misguided Ultra Conservative Religious supporting Mitt because the President has the presence of mind to recognize the Civil Rights of ALL people, Gay and Lesbian not to be a factor.

    I remember well, as I am sure many of your readers’ do the uproar of many when the Civil Rights Law that was passed and signed by LBJ.

    I am seeing a “Déjà vu” today with the masses recognizing of Gay and Lesbian marriages today. It is the same people, (no matter the generation they fall into) that are spewing the exact same hate across the country. Just as it was back then and today of their statements and proof given that GOD was empowering their HATEFUL views. (Bottom line, GOD has nothing to do with it. It is just their own HATE that is the only factor. I am sure GOD is ashamed that this group is using his name to their HATEFUL effect.)

    When I encounter someone wanting to get my opinion of Maryland’s recent legislation recognizing Gay and Lesbian marriages, I present the lesson and comparison of the same discomfort or even outrage of Civil Rights legislation of 1964 and how it is not even thought today as even being an issue. In the next 10 to 20 years, Gay and Lesbian marriages will not be given a second thought nor being an issue.

    Just as the great German Philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860) noted:

    “All truth passes through three stages.
    First, it is ridiculed.
    Second, it is violently opposed.
    Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

    The Progressive Views will out last the Conservative Political Power that tries to hold down, stifles progresses; that which rules through lies and fears. Either way, the progressive viewpoints of man will win. That is why it is called Progress. It is the length of time to reach this obvious outcome that is the only factor.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Emgineer of Knowledge,
      I’m glad you liked this…I thought of you as I put it together. You say “I am seeing a “Déjà vu” today with the masses recognizing of Gay and Lesbian marriages today. It is the same people, (no matter the generation they fall into) that are spewing the exact same hate across the country. Just as it was back then and today of their statements and proof given that GOD was empowering their HATEFUL views. (Bottom line, GOD has nothing to do with it. It is just their own HATE that is the only factor. I am sure GOD is ashamed that this group is using his name to their HATEFUL effect.)” – how totally correct you are. I enjoyed that quote on truth you provided, too.

  2. Max's Dad says:

    You are so right, Jack. And even though it pains me to even think old style Republicans are looked on with admiration, they should be compared to this bunch of cynical kooks that run things now. Everytime Mitt speaks, George spins.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Max’s Dad,
      George is definitely spinning. I see your point about speaking with admiration about the old time Repubs – I would still vote against them, too, if they were still around now. But at least they were far more civil, reasoned, and willing to compromise a bit. This current batch of Tea Party kooks and reactionaries are completely off their rockers, and none of them belong on the public payroll!

  3. Darlene says:

    Too bad the apple didn’t fall from the tree. Mittens Romney is the product of having things come to him too easily and being a spoiled brat.

  4. tnlib says:

    The GOP has the ultimate ho running for president but I guess every family has to have at least one bad seed. How sad that so many people are so filled with hate and prejudice that they would vote for a man who has no principles whatsoever and no qualifications other than some nonsense about his being a successful businessman. Yep, by screwing the very people who are supporting him and who will screw them even further should he become the president. Pathetic.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      tnlib,
      I agree with you completely. Tune in for my next post, which will be out soon. It’s “Romney’s Lies Roundup for May, 2012″, and I credit you in it. Beware, fhough: bring your barf bag – you’ll need it!

      • tnlib says:

        I can’t wait. I hesitated to provide that link because I didn’t want to knock the wind out of your sails but then decided it would come in handy.

  5. George Romney’s inability to win the GOP nomination in 1968 has been attributed in large part to his August, 1967, statements renouncing the Vietnam war and saying he had been brainwashed by the military when he visited that country in ’65. By 1967 public sentiment was turning against the war, but not to the runaway extent of 1968, after Tet. Romney’s strong statements weren’t welcome in many quarters. He took a principled, honest stand, but laid himself open to charges of being soft on communist expansionism, a quitter and too willing to make the sacrifices of our troops a futile waste.

    In any case, your point about Mitt not having a shadow of his father’s honesty and integrity is excellent. If Mitt had been running in ’67, he would’ve put a wet finger in the wind and then denounced all those rag-tag anti-war protesters as draft-dodging potheads and America-hating leftist cowards.

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