The Most Mainstream Of Mainstream Media Obliterates The GOP’s War On Whites Meme

tea-party-racist

 

In an op-ed published Wednesday by the New York Times, columnist Charles M. Blow destroyed the recent assertion by Republican Congressman Mo Brooks that Democrats and President Obama are waging a war against white people. During an appearance on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show on Monday, Brooks claimed that the Democratic Party is using a strategy to divide everyone by race and show that “whites hate everybody else.” After Ingraham had played a clip from Ron Fournier of the National Journal saying that the GOP has a real problem with Hispanics and that it is becoming the party of white people, Brooks made the following comments:

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

Brooks later double-downed on his statement in an interview with USA Today.

“It is repugnant for Democrats time after time after time to resort to cries of racism to divide Americans and drive up voter turn out,” Brooks said. “That is exactly what they are doing in order to drive up their vote and they are doing it when there is no racial discrimination involved.”

In fact, Brooks added, “if you look at current federal law, there is only one skin color that you can lawfully discriminate against. That’s Caucasians — whites.”

Brooks said he stands by his language accusing Democrats of a ‘war on whites’ because “I want Democrats held accountable . . . if Americans want a political party that regularly stokes unfounded racial fears, well then vote Democrat.”

Blow took Brooks and the Republican Party to task for these absurd statements. He highlighted the GOP’s disgusting history of demonizing minorities in an effort to gain a political advantage with white voters. Blow pointed out that ever since Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the Republican Party has resorted to several different tactics to stoke racial fears in an attempt to drive more white voters to the GOP. Whether it was Richard Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’ or his extremely costly and ineffective War on Drugs, for over 40 years Republicans have looked at ways to disparage blacks and other minorities to appeal to the prejudices of certain white Americans.

Blow also pointed out that this didn’t stop with Nixon. Ronald Reagan continued the tradition throughout the Seventies and Eighties. Reagan infamously gave rise to the ‘Welfare Queen,’ a made-up person created solely to get white voters to think blacks were gaming the system. Blow also highlighted the disgusting Willie Horton ads used against Michael Dukakis during the 1988 Presidential election that likely cost Dukakis the White House.

The column also featured many of the GOP’s awful race-baiting tactics in the past few years, showing that the GOP has been the one ‘playing the race card’ as of late, not Democrats or President Obama. Below is an excerpt from the article showing some of the GOP’s ‘greatest hits’ since Obama has been President:

It continues as Republicans trade racial terms for culture-centric euphemisms. Newt Gingrich, in 2011: “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works,” although most poor people of working age work. Paul Ryan, earlier this year: “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” And Bill O’Reilly said recently in a discussion about legalizing marijuana that the left’s position was that marijuana was harmless and “It’s blacks, you know, you get, you’re trapping the blacks because in certain ghetto neighborhoods it’s part of the culture.”

Blow also highlighted how Republicans have shot themselves in the foot with Hispanics.

As for Hispanics, Republicans seemed to make some headway when George W. Bush, who supported a pathway to citizenship, was in the White House. They shrank a 50-point Democratic advantage among Hispanic voters in 1982 to just 12 points in 2004. But, congressional Republicans destroyed that trend by passing an enforcement-only immigration bill in 2005, sparking nationwide protests, and leading to a 2006 midterm election in which the Democratic advantage among Hispanic voters for House races soared again to 48 percentage points.

Since then, we have seen further anti-immigrant legislation like Arizona’s Show-Me-Your-Papers law, Congress’s failure to move on comprehensive immigration and opposition to efforts to help the Dreamers. It has now culminated in an ugly conservative reaction to the humanitarian crisis of undocumented children from Central American arriving at our southern border.

In the end, the Republican cries of a “war on whites” is nothing more than projection. Republicans have been waging a war on blacks and Hispanics for years now and they finally realize it is going to cost them dearly for generations to come. The country is changing and there is nothing conservatives can do about it. Gerrymandering, voter suppression and intransigence in Congress can only work so long. If Republicans insist on being solely the Old White Party, nothing is going to save them from being a regional political party with no chance of ever gaining the White House.

16 Replies to “The Most Mainstream Of Mainstream Media Obliterates The GOP’s War On Whites Meme”

  1. That was an excellent article and it may have off the topic Mr. Blow was talking about but he really would have dropped the bomb if he would have added what Rmuse did this morning.

    The baggers war on poor whites. While time and numbers are on our side if the poor whites who vote republican can see what we now there will be no more GOP

  2. “and they finally realize it is going to cost them for generations to come.”

    That is true, but, more importantly, it will cost them November 4 and the Presidency in 2016.

  3. If these people really wanted to “Save White America”, they’d educate themselves rather than marinate in hate and fear while listening to the machine that easily manipulates them. The Dumbing Down of America applies to the once intelligent white population who now celebrates guns, God and NASCAR and turns their back on Science.

  4. White Tea Party ready to revolt if they don’t get a choice parking space.

    Biggest bunch of spoiled whiny babies ever.

  5. At what point do poor and struggling Republicans look in the mirror and ask themselves, “what does a woman having an abortion have to do with me being able to feed my kids?” Or, “what does gay marriage have to do with me being able to go to the doctor?” Or, “what does the man who wants to carry an assault rifle in Target have to do with my kids receiving a quality, public education?”

    My point?

    What will it take for the poorest of this nation – most of whom reside in GOP-controlled states and vote for GOP candidates – to realize the folks whose water they carry don’t care about them or their families? What will it take for them to see past the politics of fear and propaganda and actually vote their own self-interests? How many of their kids have to go hungry or have rotting teeth falling out of their mouths or be subjected to a sub-par education before they wake up and be honest about who the REAL enemy of the state is?!

    If that day ever comes, the GOP will be DOA.

  6. In my Opinion….White America does not need to be saved. What’s needed is to diminish the Racial views and animus a percentage of White people carry in their DNA. These are the Whites who perpetuate the bigotry that pisses off all the “minorities” they come into contact with. Then a pushback from the minorities is inevitable, then we have this constant bickering about who’s superior, better educated, smoke less marijuana, who goes to jail more often, blah, blah, blah. If you lift the cover, those whites will see blacks and other minorities with a different set of glasses (perspective). The stereotypes are embedded in their minds and they refuse to see the “good side”, hence they are stuck with their preconceived notions and biases. Just saying.

  7. “It is repugnant for Democrats time after time after time to resort to cries of racism to divide Americans and drive up voter turn out,” Brooks said. “That is exactly what they are doing in order to drive up their vote and they are doing it when there is no racial discrimination involved.”

    Or, just by changing several words you can get to the truth: “It is repugnant for Republicans time after time after time to resort to cries of racism against white people to divide Americans and drive up their voter turnout. That is exactly what they are doing in order to drive up their vote and they are doing it when there has ALWAYS been racial discrimination against non-whites involved.”

  8. Rand Paul lays down some truth:

    “The party can’t become the opposite of what it is. If you tell people from Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia, ‘You know what, guys, we’ve been wrong, and we’re gonna be the pro-gay-marriage party,’ they’re either gonna stay home or — I mean, many of these people joined the Republican Party because of these social issues. So I don’t think we can completely flip.”
    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/08/07/bonus_quote_of_the_day.html

  9. Nobody knows how I am sick & tired of being sick & tired of these psychotic,brainless,racist hatemongers and we can end this misery…REMEMBER NOVEMBER!
    We gotta dump this hefty bag of garbage & its time for the trash to go! Trouble don’t last always…Just VOTE!!

  10. Nobody knows how I am sick & tired of being sick & tired of these psychotic,brainless,racist hatemongers and we can end this misery…REMEMBER NOVEMBER!
    We gotta dump this hefty bag of garbage & its time for the trash to go! Trouble don’t last always…Just VOTE!!

  11. There’s no justification for saying that white people are discriminated against. It’s the old “blame others for what you do.” No one race is worse or better than anyone else. I just don’t get it and never will.

  12. All that proves is that affirmative action doesn’t work. A system designed to boost non-Whites significantly by giving them “equal opportunity” is backwards. There is no mention of Indian and Asian income which also much higher than Blacks and Mestizos.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.