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Brown v. gray: "The real fight under way isn't primarily about the size of government but rather who benefits from it."

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Ron Brownstein wrote an op-ed that was in today's L.A. Times, but true to form, the Times failed to post it online. Here's a link I dug up that takes you to the National Journal instead.

He makes a point many of us have been emphasizing for some time about the white majority becoming the minority, one that ironically discriminates against current minorities.

Brownstein refers to the loudest and clashiest conservatives, the reckless Rafael "Ted" Cruz radicals, as the desperate "kamikaze caucus." This group includes those who are convinced that America is being transformed into "something unrecognizable."

Back in 2010 Rachel Maddow described the growing clamor among older, white, fearful Republicans as "Negrophobia." Here's the video: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”

That doesn't sound very outreachy, does it?

The fight we're seeing over the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown is not about Obamacare or Big Government. It's about who gets what.

Here are a few excerpts from Brownstein's op-ed:

Veteran Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg... concluded that the roaring sense of embattlement among the almost all-white tea party and evangelical Christian voters central to the GOP base draws on intertwined ideological, electoral, and racial fears. [...]

Greenberg's analysis echoes the findings of other scholars, such as Harvard sociologist Theda Skocpol, whose studies have concluded that the tea party's most ardent priority is reducing government transfer payments to those it considers undeserving. Earlier United Technologies/NJ Congressional Connection polling has found that the older and noncollege whites now central to the GOP coalition mostly see health care reform as a program that will benefit the poor rather than people like them (though, in fact, many working-class whites lack insurance). [...]

[O]ur latest polling shows older and downscale whites overwhelmingly resist changes in Medicare or Social Security, which they consider benefits they have earned—and pointedly distinguish from transfer programs.

Those findings suggest that the real fight under way isn't primarily about the size of government but rather who benefits from it. The frenzied push from House Republicans to derail Obamacare, shelve immigration reform, and slash food stamps all point toward a steadily escalating confrontation between a Republican coalition revolving around older whites and a Democratic coalition anchored on the burgeoning population of younger nonwhites. Unless the former recognizes its self-interest in uplifting the latter—the future workforce that will fund entitlements for the elderly—even today's titanic budget battle may be remembered as only an early skirmish in a generation-long siege between the brown and the gray.

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"Modern conservatism has relied on white resentment for political power and success"

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Another Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Rand Paul's paleo pal," Opinion, July 16

According to Jonah Goldberg, Jack Hunter — the aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who toasts John Wilkes Booth on his birthday — is just a throwback to the "paleolibertarian" movement, a pragmatic attempt to bolster support for libertarianism through kinship with white supremacists and neoconfederates.

As Goldberg frames it, Hunter represents an old mistake, an attempt to connect two movements that really have nothing in common.

In other words, now that the most racist examples of white resentment have become too embarrassing, conservatives want to pretend they were never a meaningful part of their movement.

In reality, modern conservatism has relied on white resentment for political power and success. The vigor of conservative voters and their anti-government posture has its roots in fear and resentmentfear that government is supporting equality for all social groups, and resentment over the diminishing social superiority of whites.

Mark Pyle

Lakeside, Calif.

I once again turn your attention to this video from the Rachel Maddow Show: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”

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Post-racial? Group posts "Official Race Baiters ID Card," "#Trayvon Martin protests against white gun owners" alert

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Al Sharpton race baiter card via Liberty Federation

So today, this happened: VIDEO: Obama speaks out on #Zimmerman verdict, race ” #Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” It was a powerful, sensitive, heartfelt effort to have a meaningful dialog with
America about race, keeping our kids safe, improved communication, and how to be more pro-active in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict.

This happened, too: The so-called "National Liberty Federation" posted the above image on their website. They also felt the need to include this panicky, paranoid alert (bolding mine):

Trouble is brewing.  Stay away from these areas.  This is the latest list of locations for the Trayvon Martin protests against white gun owners, American courts, jury verdicts, and the Rule of Law. [...]

PLEASE TAKE ALL APPROPRIATE AND LEGAL STEPS TO PROTECT AND PROVISION YOUR FAMILIES DUE TO THE HIGH PROBABILITY OF NATIONAL CIVIL UNREST CAUSED BY AL SHARPTON.

Then they listed a number of locations around the country and warn their readers urgently to "avoid these areas." Here are a couple of comments left under the post:

Jane Scroggins:

They are determined to start a race war. A Hispanic kills a black thug and it is the white gun owners fault? And the jury said the Hispanic was innocent! Sure beats Obama having to answer for Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA and the economy!

Joe Fioretti:

Just saw obama the instigator on TV. Instead of warning the gangsters not to riot, he empathized with Black males and in essence condoned their violence. If I were a Black male and listened to his “speech”, I would feel compelled to take to the streets and act out violently. At 12% of the population, this idiot is advocating a race war and the annihilation of his people.

See how outreachy these "patriots" are? They really ought to take a peek at this video from the Rachel Maddow Show: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!” 

Post-racial America, my ass.

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Nearly a Third of Americans Believe Armed Revolution Against Government May Be Necessary: Return of the KKK

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Remember this video  from the Rachel Maddow Show? “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!” It's worth another look.

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And with that, here's your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Farleigh Dickinson University conducted a poll released on May 1 that implies that much of the pro-gun sentiment has nothing to do with self-defense, but rather with anti-federal government rage:

Overall, the poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years [...]

But let's be clear that the willingness to take up firearms allegedly "to protect liberties" is occurring after a long right wing-fomented Tea Party siege against a black president. Furthermore, it is – as BuzzFlash at Truthout has often noted – a rebellion of whites who can't separate the image of America as a Caucasian-ruled nation from the legal basis of a democracy as enshrined in the US Constitution.  Theirs is a racist fantasy that a democracy should look like the skin color of the "founding fathers," not about the legal framework of the nation that they created.

As the demographics of the United States have changed, the white Alamo contingency has come more and more to define the empowerment of a multi-cultural society as the alleged "taking away of their liberties."

What is in their head is a return to guaranteed white sovereignty.  It is the clash of a vision of a white patriarchal society versus the constitutional guarantee of rule by the majority.

It's starting to feel like the US has a solid 1/3 Afrikaner mentality contingent, and the gun has become the symbol of defiance.  Most of them, according to the poll, are in the Republican Party. [...]

So get ready for more militia, NRA, gun guy and survivalist brandishing of firearms on behalf of white supremacy (because that is what it amounts too, only in coded words).

Please read the entire post here.

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NRA Responding to Newtown Massacre Is Like Clint Eastwood Talking to an Empty Chair

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Your Daily Dose of Buzzflash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Eastwood is the iconic image to many gun owners as the man who can "make your day" with the wide barrel of a .357 Magnum cocked to your head. [...]

Nate Silver analyzed figures the other day in the New York Times and discovered that more Republicans than Democrats own guns – and the gap is increasing [...]

Exactly who or what are white males claiming to defend themselves against?

Since Obama was elected, we have heard many extremists on the right shout out slogans such as "to the bullet, if the ballot box fails" – and "if we keep moving toward socialism, I won't rule out war."  You recognize the verbal threats and their variations. Given America's legacy of assassinations and violence – how our dreams and dashed and the course of history changed in the '60s by gunfire – it would be naïve to regard these as idle carping.

Although the NRA and other gun advocacy organizations most often play upon the emotional need for a gun to use in self-defense against alleged criminal blacks and latinos (although they would never admit to playing the race card – but trust me, it's a broken record in the coded appeals of the pro-gunners), they combine that with an anti-government agenda.  [...]

But the real fear of the generally aging white males who are the core of the "you'll have to pry my gun from my cold dead fingers" cult is being psychologically threatened by a multi-cultural, multi-gender society in which the white patriarchal model (that implicitly includes white male privilege) is under siege. [...]

The explosive, vitriolic, sledge hammer opposition to gun control (and we are now, in this day and age, talking about firearms that are hi-tech weapons of war, not revolvers) is due to a fear that the age of white male dominance is in decline. [...]

As time progresses, however, the worship of guns as a religious objects is losing its appeal as the US population becomes more diverse [...]

That is why 82-year-old Clint "Dirty Harry" Eastwood was representative of the revered figure of a "locked and loaded" masculinity so appropriate for a Republican Convention.  That is also why his farcical interrogation of a phantom President Obama was symbolic of a masculine state of mind that may have finally lost its grip.

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Powerful VIDEO: "It's not a dog whistle. We can HEAR you. And we're calling you on it."

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The words "powerful" and "effective" don't do this short segment by Melissa Harris Perry justice.

"This may be practical political strategy: fear of the 'dangerous black man,' resentment for the mythical 'welfare queen.' It has worked before, but it will not work much longer, 'cause it's not a dog whistle. We can hear you. And we're calling you on it."

Related post here.  And back in 2010, Rachel Maddow covered the fears of the GOP feeling threatened by a white minority here: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”

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African American delegate at GOP convention: "I walked out there, I looked around, and I couldn't count any black folks."

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The L.A. Times' Mitchell Landsberg has a good article about the demographically challenged Republican party, and how their monochrome-itude was painfully obvious at their convention. The country as a whole is changing, and nonwhites will soon be a majority, and whites will be a minority, which clearly drives some people totally crazy.

Back in 2010, Rachel Maddow covered the fears and feelings of being threatened by that shift beautifully here: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”

Meantime, back in Tampa, an African American delegate from North Carolina named Phillip had this to say:

The day he arrived, Phillip said, "I walked out there, I looked around, and I couldn't count any black folks." [...]

According to unofficial figures compiled by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, blacks accounted for slightly more than 2% of the delegates at the convention. [...]

By contrast, the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week is expected to feature delegates who hew much closer to the demographics of the nation at large. [...]

Prime-time television audiences saw speeches by, among others, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is black, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation's first Latina governor. But as the camera panned over the crowd, black and Latino faces were rare.

Yes, the GOP is great at creating illusions, on stage and off, but the "big tent" facade is as empty as so many of their slogans and promises.

Speaking of pandering:

Romney has spoken to minority groups, including the NAACP, and is about to announce formation of an African American support group. Until that happens, black visitors to his campaign website will find links for coalitions of Latino, Asian American and Polish American supporters, among others, but none for African Americans.

Just another empty chair.

Via Mother Jones

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