Pat Buchanan “White Folks Built This Country”
Pat Buchanan is a long-time opponent of affirmative action, but tonight on the Rachel Maddow show, Buchanan let loose some of his most regressive ideas about saving white males from the scourge of women and people of color that victimize them. You can watch Rachel Maddow’s interview of Pat Buchanan here.
Here’s an excerpt from Pat Buchanan’s Human Events column, in which she notes he is actively urging Republicans to use the Sotomayor nomination as race bait to appeal to white, working class voters that Maddow quoted during her show on July 15th:
“These are the folks whose jobs have been outsourced to China and Asia, who pay the price of affirmative action when their sons and daughters are pushed aside to make room for the Sonia Sotomayors. These are the folks who want the borders secured and the illegals sent back.”
Buchanan’s last line about securing borders and sending illegals “back” certainly implies that Sotomayor, like all Hispanics, is only an inch away from being an illegal alien because of her ethnicity.
Maddow suggested several times during the segment that Buchanan was “dating himself” by advocating what is basically Nixon’s 1968 Southern Strategy all over again. “Dating himself” was Maddow’s polite way of noting that Buchanan’s views are at best ignorant, and at worst, racist.
What struck me most about Buchanan’s appearance on Maddow this evening is his continued insistance on the idea that white men, and only white men, built this country and are responsible for all historic constributions–effectively erasing the contributions of white women and non-white men and women who for the better part of American history couldn’t even vote, let alone have access to the kind of education and professional advantages that white men enjoyed in this country for so long.
When asked why he thought that 110 out of 108 Supreme Court justices where white, Buchanan launched into a tirade about how this country was built by “white folks,” and when Buchanan says “white folks” he means “white males” as he repeated over and over during the segment. What Pat Buchanan sees when he looks at America are non-white men and women (not to mention white women) usurping the authority of the white men who “built this country.
Maddow concluded the segment by telling Buchanan:
“For you to priviledge race and to say that what we really need to tap politically is white people’s racist grievances, well you’re playing with fire.”
Indeed. It’s time for Buchanan to stop speaking in public. He’s part of a fast disappearing America and I for one can’t wait to see him gone.
I won’t even begin to address Buchanan’s sexist arguments against Sotomayor. I’ll save that for another day.
And if that weren’t enough, Buchanan was on Hardball with Chris Matthews saying that Hispanics aren’t eligible for affirmative action because there were never enslaved. From Media Matters:
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