The Last Gasp of White Supremacy

The Last Gasp of White Supremacy

It seems that the this election, besides being about Everything, is also really about the last gasp of white supremacy in this country.

Take a good look at the above image. If the editors at the National Review weren't so dead set on pretending to be extremely serious, this could almost be considered a joke. But it's not. It's real and it's nostalgia for a time that has never existed except in the stories of old, white men who don't care about the future, much less the present. These old white men who populate the Republican Party hate women, hate progress, and hate everyone who doesn't look like them.

The country is no longer majority Protestant, and soon, whites will no longer be in the majority at all. But take a listen to the raving madness on talk radio and it's almost exclusively white. Take a good look at the lunatics in the Tea Party: a sea of whiteness. And let's not kid ourselves here: these incessant calls to "take our country back" are indeed about race and nothing else. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such an evil spectacle as what is playing out in American politics right now. It's unbridled, really, and certainly unprecedented. The right-wing can barely disguise their racist hearts, made worse by the denial of such. You might point to Dinesh D'Souza as the colored exception, but he's a rarity, even if his pathological Obama fixation and libel isn't. (And add him to the pantheon of Republican hypocrites who like to talk greatly about Jesus and morality, but also keeps a mistress on the side.) No, those calls to "take the country" back are more about the threat of a black president and a growing Hispanic majority than anything else.

But what about the Republican convention, you ask, where all the coloreds were brought out to show how "diverse" the party is. A freak-show of the first order, and a transparent attempt to make this party that's dominated by the cranks and losers of the Tea Party contingent seem reasonable. Nothing of the sort. Neither a thousand Bobby Jindahls or Nikki Haleys can put a civilized gloss on a party that's became enamored with race baiting, dog whistles and outright bigotry. The Republican Party is no longer a political party of conservatives but a screwed up shadow of its former self, hell bent on fighting any progress that threatens its whites-only rule. Just pay attention to Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Republican:

"My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people -- not all of them, but most of them -- who are still basing their decisions on race," Wilkerson told MSNBC's Ed Schultz. "Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander in chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicable." (source: The Blaze)

That National Review cover sums it all up: whiteness is to be extolled. It's correct and right. It has all the answers. It can protect us from the hordes of Mexicans who are pouring across the border, diluting the American stock, infecting the purity of the American Dream while refusing to speak English. It can also "take the country back" from the not-really-American-black-American president, who is simultaneously a socialist, a communist, Hitler and an Islamist conspirator. This blind hatred against Obama should give even the most honest and strident critic of the president special pause, but you notice that it's not. There never have been moderates in any party, only those who know how to make deals to get things accomplished. This appeal to "Republican moderates" might as well be appealing to Santa Claus or unicorns: they simply do not exist, nor are their voices merely being drowned out. The GOP has lost control of whatever better angels might have been there. It does not include anyone, but defines itself in opposition to blacks, Latinos, gays and women and anything that smells like progress. It's no mistake that so many Republican men have come out in favor of rape in terms of opposing abortion, or that 31 states make it possible for rapists to assert parental rights. How's that for a family reunion?

About That Social Engineering
It seems to be lost on right-wing supporters that everything the GOP has accused Obama of is precisely what they are guilty of. Newt Gingrich, in one of his rare moments of clarity when he was seeking the Republican nomination, let it slip that right-wing social engineering was just as bad as left-wing social engineering. He immediately backtracked on that one, but the truthfulness of his statement should have been glaringly obvious. All across the country, Republican controlled legislatures have sought to keep their grip on power by making the opposition weak with laws designed to break up unions and collective bargaining rights. These same legislatures and governors are trying to keep the opposition from voting and you know what? That's precisely what totalitarian regimes do when they are in power. The right-wing keeps calling Obama a dictator and accusing him of "naked power grabs," all the while making laws that disenfranchise voters, prevent workers from bargaining, raiding pension funds and seeking to deny millions of people from receiving health care. The right-wing rails about big government, but likes it to interfere with a woman's health, doubly so when the state can shove a device inside a woman's vagina or force her to undergo medical procedures against her will. But yet it's Obama who's on a mad power trip. The outright stupidity of this position is amazing not because of its outrageousness, but because so many GOP supporters are turning a blind eye to what their party is doing. I've lost count of the times I've thrown my hands up in dismay when I see GOP tools boasting of blocking voting but right-wingers insist on what a tyrant Obama is, and how they've "lost their freedoms" under his administration. These are people who vote based on those lies.

This is all about keeping the status quo: protect the white power structure at all costs by making life miserable for ordinary people. Just like the office supervisor who hides his incompetence with innumerable rules that everyone must follow, so it is with the Republican Party, which has become morally bankrupt and ethically dead in the drive to protect its bastion of power over people, especially when used against minorities. What a contrast it is with Obama's campaign slogan "Forward!", when all these people want is "Backward."