They yearn for the ‘good ol’ days’
It appears to me that many of the “MAGA-Types” are white males who would take us back to the “good ol’ days,” the 1950s.
You see, back then the United States did not in the least resemble a pluralistic society. White males ruled, pure and simple. The economically disadvantaged, people of color, women, and those of a different sexual orientation “knew their place” in ‘merica. That “place” was the bottom of society and they knew better than to hope or strive for more.
Over time, however, these marginalized folks began to secure the rights theoretically guaranteed them in our Constitution. That’s right, women, Native Americans, Hispanics, blacks, the economically marginalized and the LGBTQ folks fought to come out of “the closet.” Recognizing that they were individually and collectively people of value, they began to clamor for and achieve a piece of the social, economic, and political pie in the United States. Now look at them! They act like they are as important and valuable as any white American.
Frightened older white dudes find this situation intolerable. They yearn for the “good ol’ days” when the marginalized “knew their place” in ‘merica, and the concepts of political, economic, and social equality were an illusion. Trump has given them hope that we can revert back to the ‘50s, when minorities were kept in check and there was none of this foolishness about equal rights and equal opportunity.
Robert Horne, Pine