Resident Asshat Pat Buchanan was on Hannity and Colmes to discuss his new book wherein he writes, "How is America committing suicide? Every way a nation can. The American majority is not reproducing itself. Its birthrate has been below replacement level for decades. Forty-five million of its young have been destroyed in the womb since Roe v. Wade, as Asian, African, and Latin American children come to inherit the estate the lost generation of American children never got to see."
Angry Asian Man says it best: "Ah, I see. So us Asian, African, and Latin American children don't really count as true American children. In fact, all we're here doing in the United States is taking the so-called inheritance of aborted American babies. "American" meaning white, I suppose..."
This man is such a racist a**hole I don't even know where to start. I mean, wasn't it Archie Bunker who used to say, "Blacks, Jews, Mexicans...and then there's your regular Americans" meaning "whites"? How can Pat Buchanan have any credibility whatsoever when he's espousing Archie Bunkerisms 30 years later?!
Media Matters has a whole piece on it. My favorite part is this from the H&C show where he's asked if he really really really thinks the fabric of America is being rended by immigration:
BUCHANAN: It is. It is. But take a look at the unity we had, say, in the 1950s and early 1960s. What have we gone through? You had a culture war that's divided us completely on matters of morality. You've got a wholesale invasion, the greatest invasion in human history, coming across your southern border, changing the composition and character of your country. You've got the melting pot that once welded us all together, which has broken down. All of these things are happening, Sean, and, frankly, I don't think we got the kind of solid, firm, strong national leadership you need to deal with this crisis.
Okay. Let's take this rhetoric piece by piece:
The "unity" of the 50's and 60's???!!! You mean back with Ozzie and Harriet when black people couldn't eat in your restaurant or vote? Or when it was perfectly acceptable to use words like "chink"? You know, that kind of "unity"? When people knew what a "joke" was?
A "culture war." Started by whom, Mr. Buchanan? Or have you forgotten your tirade in 1992 at the GOP convention that most people credit with finishing George Bush Sr's re-election chances? The only war being waged here is in your own diseased mind, Pat, where straight, white and Christian = American. Anything else is not.
"The greatest invasion in human history"? That would be Mexicans and Latin Americans immigrating to the US? How about the Europeans immigrating to the Americas--you know, the Pilgrims, Jamestown, etc? How about the 3 MILLION Russians, Poles and Germans who left for parts elsewhere during the Russian Civil War? Are you REALLY saying that the greatest, largest, most profound "invasion" in HUMAN HISTORY involves Mexicans coming to the US in the year 2007? And, while we're discussing it, why the pejorative "invasion" reference? Mice and roaches invade and infest your house. Nazi Germany invaded Poland. The US invaded Iraq. Are people immigrating here (the majority of whom are doing it legally, by the way) really to be painted with the broad brush of "invasion"?
"Melting pot...has broken down." It hasn't broken down, Pat. It's just less white. Which is what seems to be your issue. I can't imagine we'd have all this harrumphing from you if a million Irish Catholics and Scottish Protestants were streaming across our borders, bagpipes blaring to the tune of "We're Illegal and We Don't Care." Not unless those bagpipers happened to be brown.
Which gets us back to Angry Asian Man's point. Perhaps the most offensive aspect of Buchanan's tirade is his implicit assertion that children of Asian, Latin American and African descent are not actually American. I have friends of various ethnicities, born and raised in, like, New Jersey who are constantly asked where they're from. They answer, "New Jersey" and get asked, "No, I mean where are you originally from?" And they answer, "New Jersey," only to be met with a confused stare as if we don't grow 'em brown in America. People like Pat Buchanan contribute to that mindset, that someone of a different race must be foreign. Or as my Dad used to say while living in San Antonio, home to thousands of 8th generation Americans of Mexican descent, "I'm the most recent immigrant in town!"
In any case, I wish I could characterize Pat Buchanan's latest outburst as nothing more than the desperate ramblings of a sad act flailing against the inexorable tide of progress and posterity, but I can't. Not as long as there are people who will listen to this xenovomit and wonder if they aren't really, after all, in need of some "lebensraum."