Making our own rainbow connection. After they did not come close in the election, after they were utterly shocked to see minorities voting in increasing numbers (what, again? really?), conservatives have got to change their politics. They’ve got to appeal to more than white people.
This will not be easy. Their long-held political beliefs don’t just say that white people are nice. They hold that white people are inherently better. They’ve constructed a whole mythology maintaining an equivalence between racial purity and political purity. To be white is to be a good conservative, and nothing makes a better Republican.
Mythologies this cherished don’t die easily. Here’s National Review’s Andrew McCarthy using this dogma to reject multi-culturalism and to ally Muslims with Hispanics:
Falling in love with your own high-minded rhetoric is no substitute for clear-eyed examination that takes the world as it is, not as we would have it. In point of fact, Islamists, like many Hispanic political activists (think: La Raza), are statists.
He’s talking about two billion people here. I guess we should listen.
Islamists revile finance capitalism, favor redistributionist economic policies, and endorse nanny state regulatory suffocation as well as an ever-expanding welfare state. This is not because Leftists made inroads while conservatives idled. It is because — though this often seems unimaginable to the Journal — Islamists, like many Hispanic activists, are the vanguard of a different culture that they passionately believe is superior to the culture of individual liberty.
Andrew walked the bazaars in Rabat, then the swap meets in San Pedro, California. After offering everybody 5 cents on the dollar, no one would bargain with him ergo no free market ideals. These two human races are so close to twins, it’s eerie. To be gratuitous, let’s throw it over to Bryan Fischer:
“Hispanics are not Democrats, don’t vote Democrat because of immigration,” the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer said in video posted by Right Wing Watch on Tuesday. “It has to do with the fact that they are socialists by nature. They come from Mexico, which is a socialist country.”
Give him credit, he named Mexico. That’s one country.
“Republicans can pander all they want to Hispanics, to immigrants and it will not work. There is no way on Earth you are going to get them to leave the Democratic Party. It’s one reason we got to clamp down on immigration.”
If we’re to hold this up to highest scrutiny, this isn’t racism. It misses the mark. It’s raw bigotry by other means. This is why those people, being mal-formed in the past, are beyond help. Nothing can change them now, so let’s throw ’em all on the scrap heap and call it a day. For this next example, I went back a few months. Selwyn Duke:
Would you expect a devout Muslim to relinquish his faith upon setting foot on American terra firma? Would you suppose that mere passage across a border could magically transform a committed communist into a fan of free markets? My point is that ideology is much like religion: It is something deep-seated. It becomes part of a person’s self-image and gives his life meaning.
They are who they are. So I ask you . .
. . what does it profit a nation to absorb the world but to lose its soul?
The fact is that the immigration debate is nothing less than a discussion about what kind of civilization we’re going to be. For the people make the culture — not the other way around — and the culture makes the government. In just the way that the Islamic invasion of Egypt in the seventh century turned it into a Muslim and Arab land when it had been neither, if you replace America’s population with a Mexican or Muslim one, you no longer have a Western civilization.
The amount of work that will have to be done to rehabilitate the wingnut mind is substantial. The task may be impossible, frankly. Many of these conservatives will have to die before they’ll relinquish either their disastrous views or their grip on the GOP.