Another Step Towards National Perdition
Is anyone satisfied with the current state of our national politics? The tragic answer is that there are many partisans on both sides who are not only satisfied, but gleeful. Both the Progressives and Populists appear to think that “their side” has gained political advantage from the recent debate about “The Squad.” The Progressives think that President Trump and his supporters have been convincingly unmasked as racists. The Populists believe that the Democrat Party has tied themselves to an electoral anchor.
Both of these positions imply that the obtaining of fleeting political advantage is the most important metric by which to assess the situation. My belief is that the two opposing groups have inadvertently collaborated to move our nation a large step further down the road to perdition.
A Quick Review
Recall that this whole catastrophe began when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to isolate/minimize The Squad by pointing out that they were a tiny minority of votes in the Democrat Caucus. Speaking about the border funding bill passed by both the Senate and House, Speaker Pelosi said about The Squad’s opposition:
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
This didn’t sit well with The Squad, who hit back on multiple fronts. But the most surprising counterattack came from their leader, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC, D, NY).
“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post. “But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
There is no real alternative to interpreting this statement as a thinly veiled accusation of racism against her own Democrat Speaker! While I’ve previously reported on radical Progressives outside her congressional caucus accusing Speaker Pelosi of racism, this is the first time (to my knowledge) that a House member appears to have done so.
It’s at this point that, for reasons that remain murky, President Trump decided to inject himself into he fray. The most convincing theory is he was concerned that Speaker Pelosi would be successful in marginalizing The Squad, thus preventing him from hanging them around the Democrat’s necks come the 2020 election.
The tweets set off a firestorm of debate, with mixed opinions on the Right and uniform condemnation on the Left. The focus was on his statement/question about why they don’t “go back” to their countries of origin.
There are numerous lines by which these Presidential tweets could be criticized (e.g., xenophobic, nativist, crude, callous, etc.). However, the main line chosen by the Democrats was that they are racist.
So, we ended up with the ludicrous situation that on the House Floor the Speaker who had been recently accused of racism by AOC accused the President of the same and then was rebuked for breaking House rules. In both cases the charge of racism arose not from anything said that was objectively racist, but rather because criticism was voiced about “people of color.” That is, regardless of if you are the long time Progressive Democrat Speaker of the House or Republican President of the United States, it was interpreted as racism to voice criticism of The Squad because of their skin color.
Although this isn’t a new concept, it is new (to me at least) that it was deployed equally on political allies and opponents by sitting members of the House of Representatives.
Clearly the concept of racism has been unbound from its traditional dictionary meaning and is now being deployed an a new and disturbing way.
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
We need to take note and seek to understand what’s happening.