We are headed towards America’s first Culture War and possibly it’s Second Civil War.
I never for a moment believed that the GOP could win the White House, much like many of the pundits in the mainstream media. I was furious that so many Americans could not see, or would not see, that this political party had a platform and a supporting base that could be so highly dangerous to the future of the country.
Even now, the GOP base and the media insist upon normalizing the GOP and are saying that they won the presidency in fair elections, but I believe history will prove they are wrong. The GOP has a swath of supporters that will never back down or back away that we know about, because their base of support includes a lot of people who will never admit publicly that they are rooting for total GOP control of the country, but who are, nonetheless.
From the beginning of the election, I was disappointed that so many people resonated with the GOP candidate. The GOP candidate was, and is, crude and rude to the GOP base. The GOP candidate was disrespectful to women; characterized all Mexicans as rapists and criminals and disrespected all veterans. The GOP candidate parodying a man who was developmentally disabled made many Americans sick. The fact that their candidate said nothing of substance at rallies appalled many Americans. The arrogance of the GOP candidate at saying he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico and would make Mexico pay for it was hateful, and the GOP plan to deport millions of illegal immigrants out of this country made many Americans shake my head.
This is the GOP’S America?
The GOP’s dog whistle language concerning Black, Brown, Gay, and Muslim people was hardly subtle; GOP calls to “get them out of here” when they showed up at GOP rallies, and the GOP reminding their base that there was a day when the GOP would have been able to take care of these protesters in a way that they would be taken out on a stretcher…was…well, really white.
But it wasn’t the fact that the GOP was and is so narcissistic and arrogant that bothered so many Americans. What bothered many Americans was the blind following they seemed to have of white people, who seemed to think the GOP could do no wrong. They did not care that the GOP did not have any viable foreign policy; the GOP seemed to project a feeling they would be able to act unilaterally and just …get rid of people or nations they didn’t like. The GOP ramblings about how they would just sort of magically fix the economy made no sense to many Americans. The GOP made their base believe that they and they alone could bring jobs back to this country. The base believed them.
The question is “why” the GOP base believed in this platform. So, the white working class GOP base was angry. So what? What made their anger so different, so virulent, and so strong and so much more worthy of totally supporting the GOP? Why was their anger more important than that of all the other people in this country who had been marginalized? Why wasn’t more of the country upset that what seemed to be the unifying thread holding the GOP base together was white supremacy, racism, in their most ugly forms?
Why was the anger of the GOP base more important than the anger of everyone else?
Could it have been that the GOP base discovered that white supremacy loved no person who was not only not white, but who preferred people who were white with money? Could it be that they realized that the phrase in the Constitution, “all men are created equal” really did pertain to today, as it did in the past, primarily to those wealthy, white landowners? Could it be that, as they had looked around, that they saw how they were now no better off economically than Black, Brown, Gay, or Muslim people, in spite of their being white?’
Don’t accuse me of playing the race card here. It was the GOP and the media who had made it clear that it was angry white men who were behind the GOP in the biggest numbers. It was the angry white men who no longer had the manufacturing or construction or mining jobs they used to have so they could make a decent living. The pundits pointed out the fact that the demographic that was most responsible for the Rise of the GOP …were angry white men.
The angry white men are tired of being “politically correct,” meaning, they can’t say the nigger, spik, faggot or towel-head word publicly whenever they want. They cannot openly discriminate against Black, Brown, Gays or Muslim people like they used to. The Black Lives Matter movement has been steadily dismantling their false confidence that the police take care of “the bad people,” who happen to be …”the Black, Brown, Gays or Muslim people.” Police officers are being called to accountability, things are changing …and it is making some white people angrier.
They want “their country back.” They want to “make America great again.” That greatness included free-flowing racial violence by whites against all minorities and rampant discrimination; it included white people being able to have jobs when many minority people were denied those same jobs. That America included having trials where a minority person could and would be tried by an all-white jury for a crime he or she might not have committed, and nobody could do anything about it.
The GOP America is changing.
Now, to add insult to injury, there are too many brown people here, brown people who have done the work for white people that neither white nor minority people would have done themselves because the pay is so low. Brown people in the form of Hispanics, and now, brown and black people in the form of Muslims…are all over the place …and some white people are not only angry, but they are afraid that they are losing the power they always had.
These people believe that the GOP would make everything all right. The GOP would build that wall. The GOP would “get the Muslims and minorities out.” The GOP would reset the American equilibrium and return things to the way they used to be. And that’s why they did not care what the GOP said or did. They did not care who the GOP berated or put down. They did not care if the GOP said one thing and did something entirely different.
The GOP wanted America back. Their America.
The GOP began to mumble when Barack Obama was elected president. The GOP and their base vowed, even as Obama was being inaugurated, that they would make him a one-term president and fight everything he attempted to accomplish. While there were many people who believed his election meant that America was a post-racial country, the GOP and their base vowed that the country would be post-racial over their dead bodies. That’s when Americans began to hear the cry, “We want to take our country back!” They were intentional about what they meant. And they are intentional now.
We are now headed towards America’s first Culture War and possibly it’s Second Civil War.
Follow other articles in this series at:
Article 1 Titled: “This is a fight we have to win!” https://republicandirtytricks.com/taking-control-from-the-gop/
Article 2 Titled: “We must change what we are fighting for!”https://republicandirtytricks.com/we-the-people-must-change-our-form-of-resistance/
Article 3 Titled: “You can forget waiting for the Mid-Terms we have already lost!”https://republicandirtytricks.com/we-the-people-have-already-lost-the-mid-term-elections/
Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.
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