Bonnie Bucqueroux retired from Michigan State University's School of Journalism to experiment with online publications, including Lansing Online News. She is also co-president (with Susan Masten) of Lansing Area NOW.

2 responses to “Not a good week: I want my country back, too”

  1. Fredrik Urshgur

    Cheer up Bonnie. You can’t have your country back, because you never had it in the first place. I’ll spare you going back to Father Coughlin, Jim Crow and McCarthy, but the 60’s NOT the glory days of yore.

    The Vietnam War not only lasted the entire decade, it took up 5 years of the next one. We also had assassinations, murdered civil rights activists (as well as citizens and children), rioting urban populations overwhelmed by poverty and oppression, George Wallace, Nixon, and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap in the 60’s.

    Not exactly a decade to be proud of, even without considering the legacy the baby boomer generation that came of age during this period. On second thought, let’s consider it: as you say – “High unemployment. Crumbling schools. Climate change.” Yep, that’s them (us). Selfish and self-absorbed to a degree unprecedented in history. Yeah, the generation of the 60’s cares deeply about progressive social change, as long as their retirement annuity remains strong. Oh, it tanked by 40% in one month? Goodbye progress.

    What’s really sad is there are ever-fewer places on the margins where people – especially young people – can live and breathe outside of the corporatist culture we’ve constructed. Spaces on the side of the road to smell the wildflowers, so to speak. Debt slavery locks our youth into the blood-sucking clutches of our omnipresent grids, no hippie lifestyles or backpacking trips around the country or world for them, much less art for art’s sake.

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but things were fucked up then (in the 60’s), and they’re fucked up now too. And cheer up. After all, Glenn Beck is just the latest crying man-baby postmodern clown. There’ll be more…

  2. Melissa Dey Hasbrook

    Yes inequality in this nation state has been around since its establishment. The rallying cry of American Revolutionaries took place amidst slavery of peoples and genocide of Indians. But there have been individuals and movements that stand up in the way you’re describing, Bonnie. I hear your call for empathy and equality, and sound out to it. Keep loud and proud!

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