© Lee Judge
Message received, loud and clear.
© Mike Keefe
Exactly. This has been their strategy with everything from the beginning. All of it is subtle racism: let’s make sure the American people see once and for all that a black man can’t run the country, then we’ll never have to deal with another one ever.
Republicans are counting on the short memories of Americans who now have no memory of Bush/Cheney and believe Obama started the wars and passed TARP. Too bad he voted for it as a senator.
Honestly, Richard, I don’t believe that racism is playing a significant role in the Republican plans. The plans go back too far. This is the culmination of 25 years of action (read up on Grover Norquist) to create exactly this situation. Their plan:
Lower taxes to 14% to 15% of GDP from the historical ~ 19%, create a debt and deficti crisis, and use the crisis to dismantle social programs. And they have succeeded, they have everything exactly where they want it right now.
When the dust settles, repeat the process cutting the tax rate to 10% to 11% of GDP, force another debt and deficit crisis, dismantle more programs.
Their ultimate goal is to get taxes down to about 6% and have the fedreal government only taking care of Defense and a few things they do support.
It’s sickening, but that is why they are being so hard-line. They have things where they have been trying to get them for 25 years and they aren’t going to give up now, because if they do the opportunity will NEVER COME AGAIN.
And we, the people, have to stop them by throwing them out.
You can both be right. I think Arthanyel is correct that this has been part of a long term strategy. But I think Richard is right that they will use any weapon to achieve their goals, including racism. (After all, racism was a big part of the Republican “Southern Strategy”).
Classism, racism, and sexism in the US is so deeply intertwined that it is difficult to tease apart.
Remember that the goal of modern day conservatives is to return to some mythical past that also includes racial/ethnic and gender oppression. The kinds of proposals that are being offered will have severely disproportionate impacts on non-whites and women. From my perspective, this is all part of a campaign that has deep roots in bigotry.
I agree Arthanyel and Iron Knee, my calling it subtle racism is missing the deeper point of making a bigger wedge in class stratification.
However, in order for more main stream Republicans to fold in the fringe Tea Party folks I think they’ve got to turn the other way when it comes to “birther” issues and under the table racism both to keep their tent large and to better marginalize Obama.
But, you’re right and I’m not one who blames all of Obama’s problems on race.