Letter to the editor: Movements of 1960s helped make country a better place
November 22, 2013 01:17 AM | 1653 views | 3 3 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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?

Sue MacFarland

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Yolanda Lyons
November 25, 2013
Thank you so much, Sue MacFarland, for a wonderful reminder of what the 60's were about and how so many of us helped to changed our world. I would never want to go back to that era, even though it was a great time to be a child then. Things might have been simpler, but we didn't know that we were killing the rain forests and causing the extinction of certain animals. We didn't know about fracking then and how it would destroy our ground and our water reserves. We didn't worry about buying things made in China and how they might be stripping jobs from people in this country. We didn't buy American flags to put on our veterans' graves that said "Made in China".

The 60's were a time of naivete. Each generation since has taken stands on various environmental and social issues, but the 60's were the "beginning". Thanks again for your thoughtful letter.
November 25, 2013
Excellent answer Sue, comments like Mr Marcinko, hurt a lot our society, we are not better or worse for belong to a political party, what we need is sensitive and tolerant people.
Patrick Thompson
November 22, 2013
Right on...and there was also another very unpopular war going on that we were stuck in while our blood and treasure kept a few in power and politicians committed crimes like Watergate while journalists supported the people (not corporate ownership)...
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