To Make America Great Again, Trump must return the United States to the 1960s.

In 1900, 40-percent of Americans lived in poverty, 7-percent graduated from high school, and 3-percent from college. Women were chattel. That means they belonged to a man: father, husband, brother, etc. Children as young as seven could be sold into a form of slavery called servitude and in some states that included legal prostitution.  Even in states where prostitution was illegal, few ever did anything to save those children sold into that life by their poor parents.

How educated is the United States today? In 2014, 90.83-percent of Americans had a high school diploma or GED, and 44.08 percent had an associate and/or bachelor’s degree.

Since Trump doesn’t read, he doesn’t know this or doesn’t care, and that there is no time in American history that we were greater than we were in the 1960s.

If we look at the chart in this Atlantic piece, we discover America was greatest between 1960-1970, the Civil Rights Era; and when labor union membership was at its highest.

In fact, “Middle-Class Decline Mirrors The Fall of Unions In One Chart” we discover that the middle class was best off at the high point of union membership in 1967.

Now imagine if Trump was a reader and he was actually educated and knew all this and his make “America Great Again” was to return the U.S. to the 1960s, but without a war like the one in Vietnam.

That will never happen, because the malignant narcissist in the White House links his presidency to America Being Great Again. Nothing else counts to Donald Trump. He thinks that once he was elected and sworn in, the United States was Great Again.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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4 thoughts on “To Make America Great Again, Trump must return the United States to the 1960s.

  1. I had an old Look Magazine from January 1970 in which they described a poll as to what people expected to happen in the 1970s. I gave the magazine to my cousin so I am only going from memory. Middle class Americans thought they would be working less hours and have more leisure time. Why? Their wages would continue to increase and they would be getting more benefits from their union jobs. They expected to be working at the same job until they retired with a good pension as well as social security. They expected greater equality in our nation and more people getting a higher education. Obviously, there were no questions about gay rights or abortions. There was no questions about a sexual revolution in which we were at the cusp. My parent’s generation expected so much economically and we boomers who ranged from being teenagers to people in their mid twenties at that time thought we would change the world. Boomers said, at that time, never trust anyone over thirty. The irony was that those not to be trusted were a mirror’s reflection away. And it is one of those boomers who is the antithesis of everything many of us believed in at that time now sitting in the Oval Office trying to implement a reactionary ideology that will not return us to the 60s but to the Gilded Age before even the Progressive Era. I puke every time I see his face.

    • I don’t puke every time I see his face or read about him. I get angry and frustrated that I don’t have a well-equipped army to start a revolution. I want to follow in the footsteps of America’s Founding Fathers because the malignant narcissist in the White House is worse than the British Empire’s King George back in the 18th century. Trump’s supporters are equal to the colonists that stayed loyal to King George and they deserve the same fate.

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