The myth is America as it used to be.
The myth is actually a memory of America before the arrival and triumph of antiracism, modernism, cosmopolitanism, secularism, feminism, multiculturalism, gay rights and political correctness between the 1920s and 1980s. It is the country that existed before the rise of New York, before the rise of the Jewish cultural elite, before the rise of the “mainstream media,” before the rise of the professional class and the postwar expansion of academia and the cultural dominance of a few coastal metros.
We used to live in a great country. It was ruined in a relatively short amount of time too. It really only took about a century.
“The White Christian nationalist myth dates to the founding and maps onto the idea of “republican motherhood.” In the Revolutionary era, the ideal woman was a married White Christian mother who would raise her children to be worthy, educated citizens. This meant raising sons who would lead the new republic, and giving daughters the tools to serve as mothers for the next generation. Women had few legal rights themselves, but their domestic and maternal roles were supposedly responsible for securing the survival of the new American experiment. This construct did not apply to women of color and to other mothers whose sons were not seen as future American leaders.
Building on these ideas, 19th-century society viewed married White Christian women as the moral center of the family — and of American life more broadly. Their alleged greater morality and gentle nature acted as a bulwark at home against the external world of vice and corruption. But this construct also reinforced the notion that these women belonged at home, lest their morality be scrubbed off by wading into the corrupt (male) realms of politics and the economy. …
The myth of American women as domestic beings and the moral center of their families and the nation continued into the 20th century — surviving the achievement of women’s suffrage and the increasing number of women forced into the workforce by the Great Depression and World War II.
In the 1950s, these traditional gender roles were amplified as part of the United States’ Cold War competition with the Soviet Union — a nation where many women worked for the state alongside men, as their children went to state-run day cares. To demonstrate that the United States was different from (and superior to) its archenemy, old ideas about gender and family were rebranded. Government and media alike idealized what became called the “nuclear” family in this new atomic age: the White family headed by a heterosexual married couple with a male breadwinner and a female homemaker living in a suburban home with their children.But the government did more than idealize the White nuclear family — it helped create more of them. The GI Bill offered predominantly White male veterans of World War II entry into a comfortable middle-class consumer lifestyle with a free college education and cheap, government-subsidized mortgages. White families, in turn, used those mortgages to purchase single-family homes in suburbs that excluded families of color. As a result, millions of White women who had worked outside the home were now out of jobs, with limited opportunities beyond child-rearing and homemaking. …”
The country was shockingly decent just a few generations ago. Especially until around World War I. The 1960s and 1970s were another turning point. It is amazing how much it has culturally deteriorated since then.