Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Twilight of the old white guys

If it's Wednesday it must be Morford on 21st Century America.

Is it not the most astonishing thing? The country is not getting any whiter, older white bigoted people are helpfully dying off, and we now have a messy and nearly incomprehensible Catherine wheel of assorted nonwhite minorities (and women) all spinning, dancing and surging into the limelight – not to mention the cross-breeds, the already mixed, the racially unidentifiable who are, say, a quarter black, a quarter Chinese, a quarter Indian, a third polyamorous and a tenth Cuban kinky hipster lesbian schoolteacher, with a no-religious-affiliation kicker. Sweet.

This is your new American majority, each and every one of whom terrifies the old guard, the rich white guys, Ted Nugent, Bill O’Reilly, and the way it used to be. And this is why the Republican party threw every repulsive weapon it had at Obama to try and avert the inevitable; deep down, they sensed their own imminent obsolescence, even if they didn’t quite believe it was possible.

And oh, they tried everything. Racism. Birtherism. Sexism. Abortion, birth control, “legitimate rape” and irresponsible “sluts.” Religious intolerance, homophobia, xenophobia, Socialism, Communism, Nazis, Kenya, monkeys, Big Bird, gun rights, tax laws, welfare, elitism, oil shortages, health care reform that would secretly herd up and kill the elderly. Just for starters.

Nothing worked. Check that: It all worked. Just not as well as it used to. As one distraught fundamentalist Christian activist said, “It wasn’t that our message didn’t get out. We got the message out. But our message was rejected.”

Only because your message sucks wet monkey ass and folks finally got sick and tired of it.

Read the rest of this. Good one, young Mark.

And by the way, not all of us old white men are scared of The Other. They're here, they're black and brown and queer. We're all children of whatever gods there are or aren't. Enjoy it or live in misery and rightly so. Your call.


BadTux said...

Ya, but you got to go overseas on Uncle Sam's nickel and meet interesting people. The (possibly) killing them part was a bit harsh, but that is of course a Marine's job if called for.

Now look at some old white guy from Des Moines who hasn't been more than 40 miles from the house he was born in for his entire life, whose only exposure to non-white people has been as perps on Cops... dude ain't got a clue, mon. Just sayin'.

Gordon said...

Sadly so.