Can MAGA Be That Dumb?

Mike Weisser
4 min readFeb 27, 2024

I graduated from high school in 1962. At that time, if I wanted to go out and get a full-time job, the ads in the newspapers listed jobs for men and women in separate sections. A woman might get a job which usually went to a man, but the law allowed an employer to pay her a lesser wage.

The law also allowed someone who wanted to sell a home to advertise the property as being ‘restricted,’ which meant blacks and Jews shouldn’t bother to look at the house because they wouldn’t have an opportunity to buy it, even if they paid cash.

If you drove down the newly opened New Jersey Turnpike, it ended when you crossed the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The very first drive-in on Route 40 in Delaware had a sign which read: ‘colored in back.’ This wasn’t Alabama or Mississippi; this was in Delaware, okay?

And by the way, if you were driving to Florida and you were a black couple or God forbid a couple of mixed race, forget getting a motel room unless you got off the main roads and found some crummy, little place to sleep in a black town, or what they referred to in South Carolina as a ‘scrinchy’ town. Sleeping on a pull-out couch on some black family’s porch also worked.

A woman couldn’t terminate a pregnancy legally in any of the 50 states. Gay couples couldn’t get married anywhere in the United States and there were still lots of states which made it a criminal offense if a man and woman of different races wanted to get married and worse yet, have some kids.

And by the way, if you were gay or transgender or anything other than a straight woman or a straight man, you better keep your mouth shut on the job or you probably wouldn’t have a job and you wouldn’t get hired by anyone else.

My children were born in the 1970’s and came of age in the 1990’s. The first political thing they remember was whether Bill Clinton inhaled when he smoked a doobie in law school. They have actually no idea how things have changed in this country from one generation to the next.

And the reason they have no idea is because a Southern President named Lyndon Johnson rammed a civil rights bill down the throats of some of his legislative buddies from some Confederate states, and once the floodgates opened a crack, then eventually they opened just about all the way.

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