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  •  The 50's were a liberal era? How so? (0+ / 0-)
    •  History shows it quite clearly. (0+ / 0-)

      People trusted their government to solve problems that the market failed to solve, and social changes were very much afoot. The political changes we associate with the 1960's actually began in the late '40's.  They gained steam in the '50's and the ones that became part of law did so in the early-mid 60's.  

      Eisenhower, for instance, was a Republican, but expanded New Deal programs, created the Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, openly fought the right-wingers in his party (except on fighting Communism, which everyone was for, though he himself leaned towards peaceful measures), ran on ending the war in Korea. He almost picked a Democrat VP candidate in '56--- after having had a heart attack in office.  And of course, he beefed up the government, the military, and started the interstate project.   His campaigns sought women's votes like no one had before (and he won them handily)

      The Democrats held Congress for most of the '50's, and built on that going on into the '60's, and most of the major moments of the civil rights movement--- the Bus Boycott, Emmett Till's death, Brown v Board, Little Rock, took place in the 50's, and there was no signs of changing momentum.

      We associate the '50's with Ozzie-and-Harriet wholesomeness, and to an extent there was a lot of that. But that image was really just sweeping ugly truths under the rug.  And in the '60's, most people were just as wholesome, and just as conservative.  The mid-'60s were the apex of the liberal era, when Civil Rights and the Big Society were enacted, and LBJ won the biggest landslide ever.  But it didn't just happen--- the '50's led right up to it.

      Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

      by nominalize on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:31:40 PM PDT

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