The Good Old Days

I know it’s somewhat cliché to say that conservatives want to return to the “good old days,’ of the 1950s—when (the great, white) father knew best, and everybody else knew their place; women in the kitchen, gays in the closet, blacks in the back of the bus, etc.—but is it OK to point it out when they explicitly say so themselves?

Quoth the new Sheriff of Marshall County, Alabama:

I am proud to be an American and that I was fortunate enough to be born in Alabama. The state that has its motto “We dare defend our rights”. I was raised in era, the 1940’s as a child and the 1950’s as a teenager, which I remember with great affection.

During this era, love of God, family, and country abounded. Men were men and women were women and there was no mistaking which was which. Both were proud of their individual roles. Homosexuality was very queer and a despicable act… an abomination.

…A man’s word was his bond. My word and bond to you, the citizens of Marshall County, is to do my very best to devote all my energy to do my part to return our society to the values that we once held dear.

What is it with these people wanting to turn back the clock? Has anyone told this guy that some of what went on in that era isn’t any thing many o fus wish to return to? Some of us know that the good old days weren’t always good, and the “good old boys” weren’t necessarily good to everybody.

Whatever vision these people have for American, it’s one that doesn’t include a good many of us. To borrow a phrase from Moms Mabley, “Things sure ain’t what they use to be. And I’m damn glad.

Via Atrios.

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3 Responses to The Good Old Days

  1. Tom Armstrong says:


    One redneck in Alabama isn’t all of “they,” “these people,” “the conservatives.” And I don’t know that Mac quite deserves the club you’re hitting him with.

    All people idealise their teenage years — those halcyon days. The sherrif’s life back then probably was like Ricky’s on the Ozzie and Harriet Show. There were blacks and gays and poverty back then, but young Mac didn’t notice since he was going to meet Betty Sue over at the malt shop.

  2. Paul Weir says:

    I disagree. I think that most of “they”, “these people” and “the conservatives” would happily agree with the sentiments expressed by the Sheriff – he is just stating what other conservatives have continually stated publically.

    What is simply a crazy suggestion, though, is the idea that this Sheriff could have grown up without noticing poverty, homosexuality and African-Americans. Only if he was blind !!

    Not only would he have seen these things, but he would also have been exposed to the homophobia and racism of his fellow townsfolk – neither was an “underground” thing in the 1950s. They were a part of daily life, and going to meet Betty Sue at the malt shop could easily have meant that the Sheriff travelled there on a segregated bus.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Seems that Mac Holcomb isn’t the only crooked person in the high places of Marshall County.  Apparently, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Marshall County has been accused of solicitation.
    Now that in itself isn’t that bad I know.  The bad part is that he was apparently soliciting young men who work for him at his local business.
    Now you and readers tell me how guiltly this sounds…  He has gone to court to get gag orders on the young man and his family in order to prevent them from telling anyone or talking to the press.  If it isn’t true, wouldn’t you just come out with a statement that it isn’t true and sue the family for Defamation?  I think you look even more guilty going to court to issue the gag orders.
    I look forward to more to come of this story in the very near future.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more.

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