Paul R. Lehman, Why Pat Buchanan thinks President Obama “killed white America.”

November 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Posted in African American, American Bigotry, American Racism, Bigotry in America, blacks, Congress, Democrats, equality, Ethnicity in America, European American, GOP, integregation, Media and Race, minority, Prejudice, President Obama, presidential election, public education, The Daily Currant, the Republican Party, whites | 5 Comments
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For a number of years in my books and lately in my blog the question of American bigotry has been discussed. An important part of America’s history and heritage is involved with ethnic bigotry. We know that the ruling class in society created race as a vehicle to accomplish control of society. Because slavery was necessary to America’s economic success and slaves came in many different shades and colors, a distinction had to be made to guard against organized protest against the ruling class. The best way society thought to accomplish this was to make everyone of European ancestry and of fair complexion, superior in every way to all other ethnic groups. So, the society gave itself the gift of race, and color—black and white. White or the so-called white race became the symbol of superiority and normalcy regardless of the social or economic status of the citizens. These characteristics were constantly re-informed through all the institutions of government. The end result was that all Americans knew their status in America; if they happened to not be European American, then they knew they were not considered first-classed citizens.

The fact that American society consciously created ethnic bigotry as a consequence of slavery, it also was aware of the hypocrisy that was created in its creed of “all men created equal” or “life and liberty of all,” and the idea of a democratic society. The ruling class knew they were in the minority, so they placed in the Constitution the right to abolish the government if they believed their rights were not respected by the government. Over the years, the word “minority” changed and came to mean something the founding father did not consider—ethnic Americans and women. So, for three hundred years or so, European American males were led to believe that America belonged to them and the other people living here were only here because they allowed them that privilege.

After the passage of the various civil rights acts as well as many social changes in America that favored the ethnic Americans, a degree of concern began to sweep over the European American conservatives that they were slowly loosing control of their country. The one event that brought this point home to them was the election of Barack Obama, an African American, as President of the United States. Obama’s election in 2008 came as a complete surprise to many European American conservatives.  That election was proof positive that the country was changing and they were losing control. So, they put into process efforts to undo the damage that had been done by the election. Now, however, they were motivated by fear and dread of actually losing their country through the loss of power and political control.

After four years of fighting to hold on to their country, the verdict came in early Wednesday morning—they lost. Obama had been re-elected. No one epitomized the reaction better than Pat Buchanan, a conservative political pundit, when he noted that Barack Obama has “killed white America.” Buchanan, in an interview with G. Gordon Liddy, reported by The Daily Currant, stated that “White America died last night. Obama’s reelection killed it. Our 200 plus year history as a Western nation is over. We’re a Socialist Latin American now. Venezuela without the oil.” We are told that Liddy recognized this statement as biased, and tried to get Buchanan to re-do his statement: “With what you just said right there…You seem to imply that white people are better than other people. That’s not really what you’re saying is it?”

To that question the article noted: “’Of course that’s what I’m saying,’ Buchanan replied ‘Isn’t it obvious? Anything worth doing on this Earth was done first by white people.”

In the course of Buchanan’s lamenting the loss of so-called white control he states that “I cried last night for hours. It’s over for all of us. The great white nation will never survive another 4 years of Obama’s leadership.

Buchanan’s reactions are not an isolated experience; many conservative European Americans across the country expressed the same sentiment. The problem with Buchanan and all his like-minded citizens is that they try to operate in twenty-first century America and world with a nineteen-century perception. They never bought into the concept of democracy. With society and its institutions telling the European Americans that being white was superior to all other ethnic groups, what were they to believe? With history books telling them that God gave this country to the European Americans to do with as they saw fit, and with the laws making certain that white skin received public privilege and political power, what were they to believe? They thought that their power and control would last for many more years.

Too many people like Buchanan failed to realize that America is a constantly changing society and has been since it beginning. Unfortunately, America has not been very attentive to its responsibility of keeping everyone aware of the many changes that have taken place regarding our changing demographics and our history. The mere fact that Buchanan considers America as “Great White Nation” is proof enough that he has little grasp of reality. As a society, we must do a better job of educating ourselves concerning who and what we are as a nation. The fear and dread of losing the power and privilege usually associated with being white is at hand for many social conservatives; they cannot take the country back because it never was their’s in the first place. That idea was a social creation as was race. Both concepts have been debunked.

Having to come to grips with reality when reality is contrary to what one has believed for all one’s life is devastating. But, how can one live in a society where changes in all its institutions have occurred and not be aware of those changes? Whatever one might call Buchanan because of his outdated social perspective, please do not refer to him as a racists. By doing so, one would be endorsing his false concept of multi-biological races of human beings existing. Bigot is the accurate term for him. He needs to know that only one race of humans exist, and it come in many colors.

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  1. Very well written! I didn’t see the interview but read about it shortly. There was little doubt in my mind what Buchanan believed before but that moment certainly should prove it to everyone. Keep up the work!

  2. Buchanan’s been saying these things for years in books like THE DEATH OF THE WEST from 2002. He’s also the one who told Richard Nixon about an up-and-coming governor named Spiro Agnew, who hated when people protested for civil rights.

  3. My conclusion parallel much of yours in this blog. The one thing I had come to a conclusion about is that many political leaders who call themselves conservative and of the Political Right in fact do not believe in Democracy. This was confirmed to me when I heard a conservative political leader, I don’t recall his name, I heard him say he did not believe in Democracy, and then I began to think of the Koch Brothers and others like them.

    The realization hit me that these people and many more like them do not believe in Democracy. Democracy is an anathema to how they view themselves and the world in which they live as superior. Capitalism is what they believe in. Capitalism – winner takes all. Democracy cannot exist in that way of thinking. Democracy is only for the weak.

    Many revelations came into being when Barack Obama was elected in 2008. These revelations now compounded with his re-election in 2012. White America (not all) see, as you have said, there world disappearing in which they were in near total control.

    Unfortunately for blogging, I cannot release all revelations I have witnessed. Revelations that maybe even you have witnessed, so like you, I use my website to release what brews in my mind. Pitting what I think squarely against the non-realities and realities that people live in everyday to justify their existence, or their social stature in life and socially, using race as their measure of who they are.

  4. Buchanan is not worth the space you have given him. When his statements go as far as to startle Liddy, it is extreme indeed.
    I can remember being on vacation in Missouri in 1992 when Buchanan addressed the Republican convention. His remarks almost made me ill. I left the hotel room and went out on the balcony to get away from the TV and to recover. Nowadays I don’t watch the GOP confabs.

  5. The DAILY CURRANT article which “reported” on Buchanan’s alleged statements on the G. Gordon Liddy show was fiction. The Liddy radio show went off the air in July. I cannot believe all this discussion about the fictional report. True enough, Buchanan has said a plethora of ignorant and offensive statements in the past, but can we please do our own fact checking?


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