A perfect portrait of modern conservatism: hatred, paranoia, intolerance, and ignorance — and of course, shooting first and asking questions later, because being a trigger-happy menace = heroism. Go Team GOP!
That’s not how you deal with charges of racism.
Rep. Paul Ryan has been taking some fire for telling a talk radio host that lazy “inner city” men are responsible for poverty in America and for accepting the writings of racist author Charles Murray as evidence of the claim. All of this skirts the dividing line between dog whistle racism and blatant racism, which means the criticism Ryan has been receiving is well deserved. It’s starting to haunt him at townhalls — as it should.
The way Ryan and the rest of the GOP have been dealing with this controversy has been entirely dismissive; Ryan continuously denies that “inner city” is code for “black” and throws around victim cards whenever confronted with his racism. Someone needs to sit him down and force him to describe these inner city whites he wants us to believe he’s talking about. The energy generated by all the squirming would be enough to power a small village.
Meanwhile, National Review’s Rich Lowry has a piece up at Politico defending Ryan by arguing, as Ryan does, that the clearly racist things he says aren’t racist in the least. But people who’ve grown up hearing the dogwhistles know better and Lowry and Ryan aren’t fooling anyone other than those who want to be fooled. This makes the whole exercise much worse that pointless, since it only makes matters worse. They aren’t winning any new voters with this stuff and they’re continuing to push minority voters away. In the end, the numbers are a loss for Republicans.
If Republicans really want voters to believe they aren’t racist — and I don’t mean just Republican voters, I mean all voters — then they’re going to have to stop being so goddam racist. Offending people, then trying to convince them they aren’t really offended, is ridiculously dumb. They know racism is a loser, so why don’t they just knock it off?
The answer seems to be that they can’t. The racist tropes of lazy “inner city” types waiting for a handout, the “urban” welfare queens soaking up the welfare, is too deeply ingrained in the GOP psyche. For them, racism is merely bad manners — you don’t say these things aloud in public, you wait until you’re alone with the enlightened elites before you start talking about the lazy and shiftless ways of the lesser races.
Until they somehow manage to exorcize the racism from their souls, Republicans will keep getting this sort of entirely deserved flack. Their answer to “I’m offended” will continue to be “No you’re not!” until they actually learn to give a damn about the racism not only in their ranks, but in the blood vessels of their entire ideology.
If I were to draw up a list of America’s most morally reprehensible pundits, Stuart Varney and John Stossel would be neck and neck for the top slot. These are terrible, terrible people.
Note that I didn’t say “terrible pundits,” I said “terrible people.” It was deliberate.
Crickets chirp as tumbleweeds roll through — and somewhere, the long, lonesome howl of a wolf is heard. That is one ghost town of a panel.
“CPAC organized a panel on minority outreach – an ongoing problem for the Republican Party and its base – and few thought the subject was worth their time,” explains Steve Benen. “…This is no way for a movement or a party to deal with a demographic problem that’s only going to get worse for the right.”
That picture is a Kirlian photo of the racist soul of the GOP. No one showed up, because no one cares. And no one cares because they’re all certain that minorities are mostly welfare queens and food stamp shoppers, Mitt Romney’s 47% makers-not-takers, and the fewer there are at the polls, the better. If there was a panel on voter ID (and there might be, I didn’t check) it’d be busting at the seams.
The base isn’t interested in voter outreach, because they want to keep minorities away from the polls. And if that means the impending demographic doom of the Republican Party, then no one deserves that doom more. If they only want white voters, then they’re only going to get white voters.
That’s not going to work out well for them.
I can’t bring myself to link to this shit, so here’s a screenshot. Go ahead and track it down in the notes, if you have the stomach for it.
Here’s modern conservatism and gun worship in one perfect example: a bunch of baseless speculation pull straight out of the ass in order to support one predetermined conclusion: that Adrian Broadway, shot dead a 15 for the high school prank of egging another kids car, got what she had coming to her.
Because guns can do no wrong.
Fuck these people.
Lol you ought to go to work for MSNBC…
It’s telling when you have to splice together clips to deal with me.
Here’s my actual post.
Not everything’s about you, Mr. Big Important Tumblr Blowhard. The post is about Conservative Rationality’s comment — obviously.