It is extremely important for the conservative movement in America to convince voters and would-be voters that corporate media, aka "lamestream" media, "drive-by" media, etc.....are biased in favor of Democrats and liberalism. It's not true, of course, but as we've witnessed in the Tea-GOP manufactured shitestorms over Fast and Furious, the IRS, and (my god) Benghazi....truth has nothing to do with today's conservative movement.
But it's the perception conservatives are after anyway, not reality or truth. Repeating, ad naseum, that corporate media is liberal is how perception is created.....right or wrong. And so, every big name in conservative circles plus every elected conservative and Republican are duty bound to repeat at every opportunity how the big bad corporate media are hopelessly liberal and are always trying to make Democrats look good and Republicans look bad.
With that backdrop in mind, consider the latest from the "liberal" Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen....
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
Is the "liberal Cohen correct here? Is the "conventional view" in 2013 America one of involuntarily gagging at the sight of a biracial couple with biracial children? Is it? Have you witnessed "conventional" (white) people suppressing a gag in public because they have seen biracial couples, families.....shopping in malls, grocery stores and the like? Have you? Do the words of the "liberal" Cohen sound accurate to you or liberal...or simply racist?
What Cohen's above paragraph is....is a sloppy wet kiss to the Tea GOP. A racism-filled sloppy wet kiss. You see, today's GOP. according to the "liberal" WAPO columnist, is not the least bit racist....instead, what the GOP is very concerned about is "the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde."
Translation: What troubles the GOP about today's society is the fear of loss of white, heterosexual Christian control of our nation.
"Taking our country back" has always meant, 'white, heterosexual Christians' retaking their country from those who have, somehow, illegitimately taken it away or are in the process of taking it away.....our first black (biracial) president one of the obvious leading indicators. Richard Cohen, "liberal" columnist, agrees.
"expansion of government" is code for giving free stuff to not-quite Americans, a disproportionate percentage of whom are not-white. Think: Romney's 47%. "immigration", as we've painfully seen, is code for keeping brown-skinned Latinos from helping Democrats win future elections. "secularism" is code for 'anything that isn't associated with Christianity.'
Cohen writes that the "not racist" GOP is oh-so-very-concerned "about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde." Other than the "gag reflex" reference, that phrase is Cohen's most offensive. Do you know what old conservative fuddy-duddies used to think was "mainstreaming what used to be the avant-garde?" Blacks sitting next to whites at lunch counters. Women entering a voting booth. Evolution.
In other words, democratic progress. Cohen has a sad for Republicans because, like him, Republicans are just so "deeply troubled" about America's slow but continual movement in the direction of democratic progress. Fear of the unknown can be a troubling fear.....and Republicans and Richard Cohen have been struck by the same fear. Fear of progressive change where white, heterosexual Christians no longer "own" America, where white, heterosexual Christians no longer dictate what is acceptable in American society.
In the end, Teas and Republicans are not really trying to "take their country back", as Cohen sympathetically claims. They are trying to stop democratic progress. That's why Teas are overwhelmingly disapproved of today and why the GOP will need to get over their aversion to "avant-garde" cultural realities, leave bigoted "conventional" thinking on the dusty shelves of history where they belong and reform their damn selves.....no matter what "liberal" columnists write, or how often "gag reflexes" must be suppressed.
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