'Electile' Dysfunction: Why the GOP is the Party of White Supremacy and most Politically Hypocritical
In the wake of the tumultuous 2016 Presidential race for the 'White' House, one thing has become abundantly clear, the GOP has been dubbed the quintessential "Political Party of White Supremacy"... and arguably the most politically hypocritical.
Yet the media, and some naive Americans seem to think that this is a new phenomenon sparked by the recent endorsement of Donald Trump by former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, David Duke and other white supremacist groups in recent days. However, Americans need to realize this is not new, but has been the case for several decades.
Let's set the stage in an effort to assert the historicity of the Republican Party as the party of choice for white supremacy.
But before doing so, let me state for the record, I am neither a Republican or a Democrat; I am registered as a "Non-Affiliated" voter; which means I personally have no ties with any specific political party. Biblically, I am a conservative on social and moral issues; politically I'm a moderate on economic and foreign policy issues.
And unequivocally, my intention in writing this article is by no means suggesting that all Republicans, or that all white people are racists. Unfortunately however, many of them are and most that aren't don't realize that despite their best intentions not to be, they are and sadly don't even know it. We'll address this fact at the end, but let's pause for a moment and check this out.
When Republicans became Democrats and Vice Versa
Before proceeding I think voters of all ages need to stop and retake a brief history lesson not taught very much in junior high and high school, and unless you major in Political Science in college, you won't hear it there either.
During the 1860's, the general political position of Republicans and Democrats were polar opposites from what they are today. The GOP at the time controlled the northern states, wanted an increase in federal power, they helped to fund the transcontinental railroad, a public state university system and the settlement of the West by homesteaders.
Democrats on the other hand, dominated the South and were against these measures. After the Civil War, Republicans passed laws to protect African Americans and advanced social justice; while Democrats largely opposed these initiatives. Again, does this not sound a lot like polar opposites of today?
Shift gears to the 1930's, when Franklin Roosevelt, a Democratic, was president. He won reelection in 1936 on the strength of the New Deal. He instituted a number of reforms to help remedy the affects from the Great Depression, including regulation of financial institutions, founding of welfare and pension programs, infrastructure development and more. Roosevelt beat Republican Alf Landon in a landslide, who opposed these endeavors by the federal government.
"So, sometime between the 1860s and 1936, the Democratic party of small government became the party of big government, and the Republican party of big government became rhetorically committed to curbing federal power. How did this switch happen?" (Natalie Wolchover, LifeScience.com)
American history professor, Eric Rauchway, of the University of California, at Davis, says the transition came during the turn of the 20th century, when a highly influential Democrat named William Jennings Bryan blurred party lines by emphasizing the government's role in ensuring social justice through expansions of federal power — traditionally, a Republican stance.
Republicans didn't immediately adopt the opposite position of favoring limited government. "Instead, for a couple of decades, both parties are promising an augmented federal government devoted in various ways to the cause of social justice," Rauchway wrote in a 2010 blog post for the Chronicles of Higher Education. The Republican rhetoric drifted gradually to the counterarguments of today. The party's small-government platform cemented in the 1930's with its heated opposition to the New Deal.
So why did Bryan and other turn-of-the-century Democrats start advocating for big government? According to Rauchway, they, like Republicans, were trying to win the West. Adding new western states to the union in the post-Civil War era created a new voting bloc, and both parties were vying for its attention. Now back to the future.
The Trojan Horse in the Room: GOP Phobias, the Southern Strategy and 2016 "Dog Whistle" Politics
Since the 1930's this new Republican rhetoric of curbing federal power has grown increasingly intense, and more 'phobic' in nature, yet if they are in the Oval Office or controlling the majority of Congress, they want to maintain the federal power of inciting fear among their base of constituents.
"Fear," a great Jedi master named Yoda once said, "leads to anger," which leads to hate, which leads to suffering, which, of course, leads to the Dark Side. — Thom Hartmann
Amanda Taub, Senior Sadness Corespondent on Vox.com, said it best in her March 2016 article The Rise of American Authoritarianism, "...many white Americans are confronting race in a way they have never had to before. Those changes have been happening for a long time, but in recent years they have become more visible and harder to ignore. And they are coinciding with economic trends that have squeezed working-class white people.
When they face physical threats or threats to the status quo, authoritarians support policies that seem to offer protection against those fears. They favor forceful, decisive action against things they perceive as threats. And they flock to political leaders who they believe will bring this action.
If you were to read every word these theorists ever wrote on authoritarians, and then try to design a hypothetical candidate to match their predictions of what would appeal to authoritarian voters, the result would look a lot like Donald Trump."
- GOP Xenophobia has raised its ugly head at many times throughout American history since the 1930's.
- Fear of Communism since World War II to this very day.
- Fear of, and the forced internment of, Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (while President Roosevelt was a Democrat, remember the party was in transition at the time, as noted earlier).
- Fear that the first African American president was not born in this country.
- Fear of Mexican immigration.
- And, of course, the fear of Islamic immigrants and Muslim Americans in general.
Since 9/11, a grand total of 93 people have been killed in terrorist attacks on American soil, and of those 93 people, the majority of them were killed by [domestic] white conservative terrorists. — Thom Hartmann
And believe it or not, according to a $3.6 billion dollar super computer built by the NSA, the Republican Party poses a bigger threat to America, than ISIS or any other terrorist group or country! — Matt Rock
2. GOP Negrophobia is event by the fact that they do not seek to win the hearts of African American voters, and by the sheer numbers—or lack thereof—of black conservatives in the Republican party.
- Republican candidates don't campaign in African American communities.
- The Republican Party is not willing to make any concessions in their basic policies to earn black votes.
- According to Gallup, only 2 percent of African Americans identify as Republican.
- In 1964 (just 52 years ago) Republican senator, Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign decided to oppose civil rights legislation.
And by 1968, the Republican party fully committed to a Southern Strategy to appeal to white southerners and their brethren in the north who were hostile to civil rights and African Americans in general. — Heather Digby Parton
However, it's very unfortunate that many Americans of every ethnicity and race, either forgot when it was taught, or are completely clueless and unaware of the facts about the "switch" in party position platforms described earlier. And in their ignorance thereof, many still succumb to the GOP rhetoric spewing out of the mouth of 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
But when anyone supports Hitler's position on issues they think are from today, because they believe they're coming from Donald Trump instead of Hitler, it truly demonstrates ignorance personified; I'm sure most people would agree.
Nevertheless, when a Harvard Professor can make the following statement, the idea of him becoming the 45th President of the United States is very frightening.
The Southern Strategy
During Lee Atwater's infamous 1981 interview, he explains how Republicans can win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves, by using coded language, known as "Dog-Whistle" Politics: "Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup." — Wikipedia
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”— that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites... “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.” — Lee Atwater
Just as only a dog can hear a dog whistle, Republicans have used this strategy to speak to each other, while having the audacity to think that most people in this country are too stupid to recognize it; especially uneducated black people.
In a March 2014 article entitled, "How the GOP Became the White Supremacy Party and Got Away with it," author Chauncey DeVega, at Alternet stated, "The Southern Strategy has been the cornerstone of Republican politics for at least five decades. While former Republican National Committee chairmen Ken Mehlman and Michael Steele admitted (and apologized) that Republicans use racist appeals to motivate white voters, the Southern Strategy remains central to their party’s electoral logic and approach."
No wonder when you fast forward to last week, Donald Trump declined three chances to disavow himself from David Duke and the KKK during an interview with CNN's Jake Taper, just one day before Super Tuesday; March 1, 2016.
While much of the stupidity that comes out of the mouths of politicians can be overt, a lot of it is skillfully and strategically designed to convey a more covert message. Let's take a look at some of the Dog-Whistle statements made by the survivors of this week's Super Tuesday primaries, besides Mr. Trump.
The Utter Nastiness of Ted Cruz
For Cruz, “New York” is another way of saying “Jewish.” After winning the Iowa caucuses, Cruz was asked about money he borrowed from Goldman Sachs, and deflected by saying, "Trump had upwards of $480 million of loans from giant Wall Street banks,” and “For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it’s the height of chutzpah.”
However, “chutzpah” is not a “New York” term, it’s Yiddish — a Jewish — term. And let it be known that using “New York” as a euphemism for “Jewish” has long been an anti-Semitic dog whistle.
“Here is the simple and undeniable fact – the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats,” he said recently on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” one evening. Cruz conveniently ignores the fact that black and Latino Americans are grossly disproportionately among those charged with felonies—violent or not in large part—because of their race. Not to mention the fact that the majority of blacks and Latinos are Democrats.
The not so nice Marco Rubio
After a recent Democratic presidential debate on gun control, institutionalized racism, and what America’s leadership proper role should be on these issues, all Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) heard was political bribery.
“It was basically a liberal versus liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff,” Rubio said on Fox News. “Free college education, free college education for people illegally in this country, free health care, free everything.”
The translation of his Dog-Whistle comment: As president, I will care less about education and healthcare for citizens in this country who can't afford it, of whom are among the most disenfranchised—American people of color.
Ugliness of Former Republican Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan
When Congressman, Ryan agreed to an interview on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, he unleashed this racists comment:
"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 so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."
The translation of his Dog-Whistle comment: "...in our inner cities in particular" is a coded way to refer to impoverished people of color. These a just a few examples of the kind of covert language used by members of the GOP today to incite anger and mobilize their predominately white base.
The Tacit Approval of Decent White People
It has been said that perception is often more powerful than truth, and this is certainly the case when examining the political fabric in America in general, but quite obvious when looking at the Republican Party in particular.
As stated at the onset, while most people in the GOP are white, this article is by no means suggesting that all members of the Republican Party are racists. Unfortunately however, many of them are and most that aren't don't realize that despite their best intentions not to be, they are and either don't care, or even worse, they sadly don't even know it.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.” — Edmund Burke
We all can agree that "it’s dangerous to make blanket assertions, and this is not intended as such; however, though all Muslims are not terrorists, it is true that all Middle Eastern terrorists are Muslim, which begs the question, How do you tell them apart?” asked Ben Kinchlow in a September 2012 article he published on WND.com.
By the same token, the Ku Klux Klan is a domestic terrorist organization that has influenced political and public policy with violence against blacks, since its inception more than a hundred and fifty years ago. For African Americans and other people of color in our country, the dilemma is very similar. Absent of the hood and robe, how are we to tell them apart?
Law abiding 'decent' white Americans, "the good people" may not deliberately participate in racism and discrimination. In fact, they may even have passionate discussions about it among themselves, and I've personally debated with a few of my white friends online publicly via Facebook.
In private, they may be adamantly opposed to it, but their failure to vigorously oppose it with words and with actions as they see it and encounter it in the public square—and in the ballot box during elections—has ultimately allowed it to continue to prevail.
And in closing, how much more hypocritical can it be for presidential candidates in the GOP, who have viciously attacked one another during this campaign more than any other in recent history, vow to support their nominee despite the evil they know such an administration will bring on our country?
Moreover, how can any truly decent person, regardless of race, vote for someone to be the next leader of the free world knowing the danger he poses, just because he happens to be the last GOP candidate standing in the race for the Oval Office?
It's no wonder why there hasn't been a Republican in the White House for the past 12 years. And at this rate, given its legacy, we may never see another one ever again. To underscore this point, here is what a Republican intellectual had to say about the demise of the GOP.