Then, I read pieces such as one written recently by Patrick Buchanan, and it makes me think that, if anything, I’m going soft on the criticism of the ideologues who spew their nativist tripe.
THE GIST OF the thoughts that Buchanan (himself a former presidential candidate who has run unsuccessful bids for office that tried to appeal to all the people who have hang-ups about ‘all those Mexicans’) expressed on the WND.com website is that he doesn’t think much of efforts to appeal to Latino or black or Asian or any other ethnic-sort of voter.
He sees the modern-day Republican Party as the one that has an overwhelming composition of white people, and should probably focus its attention on turning out as many of them as possible come future Election Days in order to achieve electoral victory.
Buchanan reminds the readers of the “Southern Strategy” – the campaign tactic of 1968 in which Republican Richard M. Nixon appealed to those southerners who were disgusted with the Democratic Party for going so hard in favor of civil rights.
His strategy was to make Republican voters of them by making it clear he wouldn’t hold it against them that they had their objections to civil rights for all.
SO IS BUCHANAN hoping to get all the people who have a hang-up about immigration reform united against the Democratic Party to the point where they will vote Republican?
All too believable.
Yet also all too foolish. Because even by Buchanan’s own admission, the number of white people who cast ballots for president dropped between 2008 and 2012 – a trend that is only going to continue in future years.
After all, President Barack Obama only got 39 percent of the white vote in last year’s elections. A record low, but he still won re-election by an overwhelming margin.
BUCHANAN CALLS IT, “the crisis of the Grand Old Party.” I, and the real majority of our society, call it the coming of the 21st Century.
The sooner that he, and all the ideologues, accept that reality, the sooner they can become a part of the solution to the problems that afflict our society.