Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pat Buchanan: Working-Class Whites Losing "Their" Country

In his latest article, Pat Buchanan whines about white-working class voters losing "their" country:

In their lifetimes, they have seen their Christian faith purged from schools their taxes paid for, and mocked in movies and on TV. . . .They have seen trillions of tax dollars go for Great Society programs, but have seen no Great Society, only rising crime, illegitimacy, drug use and dropout rates. . . .

They see Wall Street banks bailed out as they sweat their next paycheck, then read that bank profits are soaring, and the big bonuses for the brilliant bankers are back. Neither they nor their kids ever benefited from affirmative action, unlike Barack and Michelle Obama.

They see a government in Washington that cannot balance its books, win our wars or protect our borders. The government shovels out trillions to Fortune 500 corporations and banks to rescue the country from a crisis created by the government and Fortune 500 corporations and banks.

America was once their country. They sense they are losing it. And they are right.

Excuse me, Pat, but the country belongs to all of us.

Pat comes across as desperate -- rather than passionate. Perhaps desperation caused him to ignore the truth more than usual. He mocks the Great Society as accomplishing nothing -- except for urban blight. But working-class people of all races benefit from Great Society programs like student financial aid. Also, most of the recipients of welfare are poor and white. And working-class people would not have adequate healthcare as seniors in the absence of Medicare -- another Great Society program.

Pat also says whites never benefited from affirmative action. Apparently, excluding people of color from jobs and educational opportunities for centuries never benefited whites, but using race as a "plus" in college admissions causes an emotional meltdown. Someone give this man a Valium laced with truth serum.

PS: I agree that the Bush and Obama administrations pumped money into the same banks that are among the most culpable parties with respect to the financial crisis. But catering to powerful societal interests is not a recent political phenomenon.


Alessandro Machi said...

I think there is a signficant wave of white citizens in their 40's, 50,'s and 60's that have been marginalized by Wall Street, Government, and a younger group of activists that are much much more diverse in ethnicity and tech savvy as well.

The problem is that it's just as much if not moreso a young versus old issue as a race issue, but that aspect is getting lost. Buchanan would be wise to play up the age issue instead of race, as other races and cultures have been marginalized in the history of this country as well, but everybody who lives eventually gets old.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Machi: I would say that is about wealth. Wall Street has power because it houses the wealthiest institutions in the country. No president can or will ignore these businesses. Ironically, many of Obama's critics that probably find Buchanan persuasive also probably believe Obama is a socialist. No self-respecting socialist would pump money into global capitalist banks! This is just another case of race and race prejudice obscuring an authentic discussion of wealth and power.

liberal dissent said...

From Pat's article:
Formed in March, they are ex-military and police who repledge themselves to defend the Constitution, even if it means disobeying orders. If the U.S. government ordered law enforcement agencies to violate Second Amendment rights by disarming the people, Oath Keepers will not obey.

"The whole point of Oath Keepers is to stop a dictatorship from ever happening here," says founding father Stewart Rhodes, an ex-Army paratrooper and Yale-trained lawyer. "My focus is on the guys with the guns, because they can't do it without them.

Who wants to bet this group has no intention of disobeying orders to violate the 1st, 4th, 5th, or 14th amendments?

liberal dissent said...

Also, one of the great paradoxes of American politics is the large mass of rural, conservative voters who will repeatedly and enthusiastically vote against their own interest. The funny thing is, the groups complaining about all this socialism tend to benefit disproportionately from this "socialism."

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

LD: I'm not betting!

Aeneas said...

I wondered when Buchanan will crawl out from under his rock. But this is a theme that's been lurking out there. Even Rev. Manning (ran across--don't ask-- one of his more obscure/obtuse rantings) was 'warning' the 'white man' that they're losing their country. This is an ugly, ugly call.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Hi, Aeneas! Good to "see" you again. Buchanan has been waging war against communism and socialism for some time now! I am afraid to read the Manning piece. Buchanan is about all I can stomach of this rhetoric at the moment.

Anonymous said...

LD does pose an interesting paradox.. but the reason the white power structure votes against "itself" is because of its age. The government needs a shakedown, because the system profits on exploitation of everybody for money. Exploitation is in human nature, and sure enough minorities are now exploiting the structure we have delivered them, and to our detriment. It's just ignorant to think it's ok for african americans to take advantage of the system and benefit, simply because "the facts are facts" or whatever sort of pseudo-excuse someone wants to give instead of admitting that they are happy that they're beating the whites at their own game. Get over yourself darren.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Scolion: Nonresponsive.

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