Pat Buchanan, the man who in the past has said that black Americans should be thankful for slavery, that it was Poland’s fault that the Nazi’s invaded them in 1939, and that Hitler was really a man of peace, has a new screed up at World Nut Daily bemoaning the plight of “traditional” Americans:
“Whites are not only more anxious, but also more alienated. Big majorities of whites say the past year’s turmoil has diminished their confidence in government, corporations and the financial industry. … Asked which institution they trust most to make economic decisions in their interest, a plurality of whites older than 30 pick ‘none’ – a grim statement.”
Is all this due to Obama’s race?
Even Obama laughs at that. As he told David Letterman, I was already black by the time I was elected. And he not only got a higher share of the white vote than Kerry or Gore, a third of white voters, who said in August 2008 that race was an important consideration in voting, said they were going to vote for Obama.
With black voters going 24 to 1 for Obama, he almost surely won more votes than he lost because of his race.
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 their factories shuttered in the thousands and their jobs outsourced in the millions to Mexico and China. 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 watch on cable TV as illegal aliens walk into their country, are rewarded with free educations and health care and take jobs at lower pay than American families can live on – then carry Mexican flags in American cities and demand U.S. citizenship.
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.
Where Buchanan gets it wrong, of course, is in his assertion that America somehow belongs to any specific racial group, or even that it was “traditional” white Americans who built America on their own:
Black Americans have shed blood in every American war since the Revolution. This country, even the very Capitol building in which today’s legislators now demand to see the birth certificate of the first black president, was built on the sweat and sinew of slaves. Before we were people in the eyes of the law, before we had the right to vote, before we had a black president, we were here, helping make this country as it is today. We are as American as it gets. And frankly, the time of people who think otherwise is passing. If that’s the country Buchanan wants to hold onto, well, he’s right, he is losing it.
And that’s not to mention the immigrants from Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa who have contributed to making America what it is today and what it will be in the future, a future that isn’t the exclusive property of any racial group.
In the end, of course, Pat Buchanan is little more than a tired old crank at this point, and his racist screeds are increasingly recognized for what they are. And, it’s no surprise that this latest column appears only at World Nut Daily, and not any of the far more credible news That doesn’t make him any less wrong, or the media outlets that continue to treat him like “one of the guys” any less wrong. (Are you listening MSNBC ?)