Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yeah, Back to the 1950's. That's Where we Want to Go

Lawrence Martin wrote a sort of almost satirical column about Stephen Harper wanting to take us back to the 1950's, but then suggests that might be a good place to go.
Yes. In the 21st century we want to go back to the 1950's when men could legally beat their wives. In fact it was almost a right of passage.

Or when no blacks were allowed to be seen on television, or anywhere else for that matter. Where clubs had signs 'No Jews Allowed' and non-whites had to move to the back of the bus.

Or women with jobs were radical fem Nazis and even when they were doing the same job as a man, which they were rarely allowed to do, they got paid about half the wage, yet were expected to do twice the work.

Oh, and let's not forget that "nigger" babies were a candy and children should be seen and not heard. And if they did step out of a line, a good whacking was the norm.

Divorced women were "divorcees' with a scarlet letter on their forehead, and had to be kept away from "the husbands".

But maybe Martin is right. Maybe Puritanism is a better goal. We'll keep "fornication" lists and burn witches.

Martin suggests that someone in Harper's inner circle said that everything went wrong because of Trudeau. Forget that at the time, the Baby Boomers were growing up. They had the benefit of an education and wanted more out of life. But then Stephen Harper doesn't believe in public schools either, referring to them derivatively as "union run schools". Only the wealthy should be educated. If everyone has an education who's going to shine his shoes?

Pierre Trudeau called for a Just Society. But what the hell. We've gone this far with this government, why not go all the way. Send all the women back to the kitchen, and if she burns the dinner smack her across the mouth. It won't happen again .. until the next time ... but a few more smacks she'll get it right.

You'd better be kidding Lawrence Martin. You were always one of my favourite columnists.

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