There are so many crazies in and around the GOP that it’s hard to pick the craziest, but Pat Buchanan is certainly up there with the craziest of them. In a piece published on Town Hall, Buchanan has declared that the GOP is doomed because of the dwindling white population. The problem, you see, is not that the Republican party is completely and utterly out of touch with reality and has become mean and nasty, but the fact that whites are a fading majority. Go figure.
We all know, or we should all know, that Pat Buchanan is a bigot and a racist. If you aren’t convinced of that, take a little trip through his last book, Suicide of a Superpower. That ought to be enough to convince you. Here’s an excerpt from the chapter entitled “The End of White America”:
The white population will begin to shrink and, should present birth rates persist, slowly disappear. Hispanics already comprise 42 percent of New Mexico’s population, 37 percent of California’s, 38 percent of Texas’s, and over half the population of Arizona under the age of twenty. ……. Mexico is moving north. Ethnically, linguistically, and culturally, the verdict of 1848 is being overturned. Will this Mexican nation within a nation advance the goals of the Constitution—to “insure domestic tranquility” and “make us a more perfect union”? Or has our passivity in the face of this invasion imperiled our union?
And another from the same chapter:
Those who believe the rise to power of an Obama rainbow coalition of peoples of color means the whites who helped to engineer it will steer it are deluding themselves. The whites may discover what it is like to ride in the back of the bus.
Really? Ride the back of the bus? Oh yeah, Pat, I forgot that seating arrangement belongs strictly to the non-whites in the population. Silly me.
In the same book, Pat yearns for the good old days of segregation…you know, the whole separate but equal thing:
Perhaps some of us misremember the past. But the racial, religious, cultural, social, political, and economic divides today seem greater than they seemed even in the segregation cities some of us grew up in.
Back then, black and white lived apart, went to different schools and churches, played on different playgrounds, and went to different restaurants, bars, theaters, and soda fountains. But we shared a country and a culture. We were one nation. We were Americans.
The only one “misremembering” the past is Buchanan. That’s right, Pat, the blacks rode the back of the bus and had to eat, play and learn in different places than the white population. Lynchings, Klan terrorism, church bombings, and being murdered and buried in shallow graves was reserved strictly for the blacks as well. Lucky them. But hell, we were one nation. We were Americans. Yeah.
Poor Pat. He clearly doesn’t “get it.” What will ultimately doom the Republican party is the fact that they only want to be the party of the “whites.” In fact, they’ve even narrowed it down further. They only want to be the party of the wealthy “whites.” Here’s a little list of things that just might doom the Republican party and, be advised, this list is not complete by any means:
The continued War on Women. Even though the GOP insists that this is all in our minds, women know that’s not the case. Even the GOP women in the Senate know that’s not the case. The assault on women is a multi-headed serpent. It’s not just about abortion anymore. Now the GOP is taking aim at contraception. In essence, the male-dominated GOP is telling women that they are incapable of determining their own health care. If that isn’t enough of an assault, Buchanan should keep in mind that every single member of the GOP voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act which would have ensured that women are paid the same of their male counterparts.
The continued War on the Poor and Middle Class. Despite the GOP’s insistence that it simply isn’t true, its members are indeed the party of the wealthy. In spite of the deal Obama made with the devil (read: GOP) in exchange for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the GOP is now balking at extending the tax cuts for the poor and middle class. Hell, the GOP doesn’t even want to talk about the middle class because they really don’t matter. Here’s Arizona Senator Jon Kyl dumping on Obama for spending so much time talking about the middle class:
If that isn’t enough, every single Republican plan calls for raising the retirement age, while cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. This is, of course, the only way to solve the deficit issue, according to the Republicans. That’s simply a lie. It’s estimated that the wealthiest Americans have stashed anywhere between $21 and $32 trillion in overseas accounts to avoid having to pay their fair share of taxes. We could take care of the national debt pretty quickly if they were forced to bring the money onshore. And let’s not forget that one of those wealthy Americans is none other than the GOP nominee for the presidency, Mitt Romney.
The only class that exists for the GOP is the top 2% in our nation. Screw the other 98%. Incidentally, in the event that the GOP brainless trust doesn’t get this, there are a lot of middle-class Republicans out there (and I’m trying to understand that voting dynamic, folks) struggling along just like the middle-class Democrats.
The Tea Party. Forget about today’s version of the GOP. It isn’t the Dwight D. Eisenhower version of the GOP. Far from it. This is the Tea Party’s GOP. Democrats like Russ Feingold aren’t the only ones losing seats to the extremist Tea Party candidates, so are the more moderate members of the GOP. Richard Lugar lost his primary this year to Tea Party candidate Robert Mourdock. Yet the GOP continues to embrace the Tea Party as if it doesn’t have a choice.
So, Mr. Buchanan, as you can see it’s not as simple as the death of the white race. Basically the GOP is hard at work committing suicide.