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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Maureen Dowd's Dreams of Genocide

Maureen Dowd has set pen to paper once again to spew forth nonsense and vitriol. In this case, she writes:
The Mayans were right, as it turns out, when they predicted the world would end in 2012. It was just a select world: the G.O.P. universe of arrogant, uptight, entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys.

Just another vanishing tribe that fought the cultural and demographic tides of history.

Someday, it will be the subject of a National Geographic special, or a Mel Gibson movie, where archaeologists piece together who the lost tribe was, where it came from, and what happened to it. The experts will sift through the ruins of the Reagan Presidential Library, Dick Cheney’s shotgun casings, Orca poll monitoring hieroglyphics, remnants of triumphal rants by Dick Morris on Fox News, faded photos of Clint Eastwood and an empty chair, and scraps of ancient tape in which a tall, stiff man, his name long forgotten, gnashes his teeth about the 47 percent of moochers and the “gifts” they got.

Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count.

As the historian Will Durant observed, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”
Where should I begin?

First, notice the blatant racism and sexism--in her sick and twisted world, the GOP and Romney represented only "retrogressive white guys," when in fact (notwithstanding her remonstrations to the contrary), Romney handily won the votes of the majority of married women, the rural vote, and even won the majority of white young voters. When you take away those demographics, what Dowd apparently applauds and supports is a future devoid of whites, married women, and rural people--only single parent "black people and brown people" apparently matter to her--oh, and gay people, unless they are Republican. Of course, the white liberal elite, which she represents, will still be in charge, living in their upscale neighborhoods and apartments with nary any "black people and brown people" in sight, unless they are mowing the lawn or doing the cleaning; but that is okay, because the government will be taking care of them).

Second, notice the cultural divisiveness. In her mind, there is no "United States of America." Instead, there are two incompatible civilizations or tribes, stuck in a zero sum game, and her "tribe" is winning (except that it isn't, but we'll get to that in a moment).

Third, this isn't just harmless "hey, we won an election." Dowd looks forward to the day:
[When] history will no doubt record that withering Republicans were finally wiped from the earth in 2016 when the relentless (and rested) Conquistadora Hillary marched in, General Bill on a horse behind her, and finished them off.
Does she expect that all the men, women and children she rails against, when faced with Hillary, will simply shrug their shoulders and declare that they are now part of the "true faith"? No. Look at the martial terms she uses: "wiped from the earth" "Conquistadora" (i.e., the Spanish that slaughtered the Aztecs and Incas), and "finished off." She is talking about a pogrom against anyone that is in any way remotely conservative. She is full of hate, pining for genocide.

But, as I mentioned above, the Democrats aren't really winning. Sure, they won the Presidential election and gained a handful of congressional seats. Yet, overall, the House and the Senate pretty much look the same. The Democrats lost on the local and state levels overall. And while they have a short term demographic win, it is far from clear that they will continue to enjoy their demographic advantage. The liberal base simply isn't having children and immigration from Mexico is starting to fall.

Her dancing on the grave of Republicans is premature.

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