It’s impossible to resist responding to Mr. Steve Marcinko’s Nov. 17 letter about today’s “amoral party of the counterculture.” That would be the Democrats, in his humble judgment.
So nice of him to admit that some of today’s Democrats might have morals, although our leaders don’t.
But those 1960s counterculture hippies, they ruined our country, right?
Today, I’m a senior citizen and a Democrat, Mr. Marcinko.
In the 1960s, I was a college student and a Democrat. John F. Kennedy was one American leader in my youth. Richard Nixon was another. Neither party had a monopoly on morality then, and that remains true today.
Like you, I know about the Good Old Pre-1960s days. Those were the days, weren’t they?
Those were the days when if you were black in the wonderfully moral South, you were not allowed to vote. And that was just one of your many serious troubles in those lovely times.
Those were the days when women faced all kinds of discrimination. We couldn’t get credit cards or buy kitchen appliances or cars or homes. You just couldn’t trust women with money in those days.
Those were the days when women couldn’t dream about becoming corporate executives or doctors or lawyers or judges or cops or scientists or politicians or clergy.
Those were the days when husbands could beat their wives and there were no remedies or shelters for women who had been badly injured by their men. Escape wasn’t an option.
Those were the good old moral days when men could rape women and never worry about being convicted. Boys will be boys. If women got raped it was their fault.
Those were the days when colleges and universities openly discriminated against smart, hard-working women and minorities. So did employers.
Those were also the days when if you were gay, you had to keep it a secret.
If you were handicapped, that was just too bad.
Those were the days, too, when industries were free to dump sewage into our waterways and poisons into our air and to generally junk up our beautiful land.
So, like many 1960s liberals, I supported the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Movement, the Gay Rights Movement and the Environmental Movement. Let’s not forget a Gray Movement started up, too, which of course I support even more today.
And, Mr. Marcinko, we liberals would do it all again because those 1960s movements were struggles against injustice and immorality.
Those struggles resulted in progress. America is more moral now. More just.
It wasn’t just Democrats. In addition to his illegal, deceptive acts, Richard Nixon did some good things. He signed the Environmental Health Act into law and he promoted anti-poverty legislation.
There’s still more to do, Mr. Marcinko. We Democrats along with many Republicans and Independents continue to seek better new days ahead. Instead of spawning silly attacks, why not join the struggle?