Notes: The race for president is officially on now that both Al Gore and George W. Bush have been nominated. A theme they share is back to the future -- i.e., the 1950s family. Having grown up in the 1950s, this writer knows that simmering beneath the orderly conformity of the 1950s of Leave It To Beaver was a hotplate of hypocrisies and neuroticisms. Not that it was a bad time ... if you were a white male or at least white. Laura Bush and Tipper Gore are classic political wives without careers of their own even though this is a time when there are few single-income families with houswives who stay at home. Each helps her husband claim the mantel of being for the traditional nuclear family and so-called moral values. The real values they hold are power and wealth. 08.19.00

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