posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 08:23 PM
Opinion Piece: Our current political and cultural environment and how it is drastically changing.
The Republican Party is alienating Hispanics and Muslims just as they have alienated African-Americans in the 1960's with Goldwater opposing the
Civil Rights legislation. They have only relatively recently, judging by their actual lifespan, been a party of alienating minorities. Until the 'New
Right' came about during the 1960's era the Republican Party was popular among the minority population.
But with the 'New Right' came new ideals and goals, it transformed the party from a rather 3 way divided party of Moderates, Conservatives and
Liberals rotating their control into a one block party of Conservatism alongside the Democrats of two blocs Moderate and Liberal. With a conservative
domination came a Southern domination of the party.
The south, known for its highly social conservative values and traditions transformed the party away from minority interests to southern and Christian
interests. Eventually after 40 years the party is now apparently aiming towards the alienation of minorities as well, seeing how their base is located
in the Mountain West, Great Plains and Southeast which is heavily white and rural, minorities are not part of their base.
An increasingly separatist tendency is occurring as a reaction to what many whites are seeing as a rejection and transformation of our national
political and cultural identity away from Christian, Pro-Business and Anti-Internationalism values to a more Secular, Pro-Government and
They equate this change away from our historical past as a threat to their way of life and their reaction is not directly to be separatist, but to
reject the notion of anything 'progressive'.
This new found fear and rejection is now being stirred by politicians, media personalities and the conservative elite who see this as their way of
shaping the political discourse in their favor by redirecting anger and frustration. It has been known throughout history as Scapegoating or
Right-wing Populism and it could easily be a mix of both.
With this change the Republican Party sees this as a way to reinstate a Conservative Doctrine in America. Knowing that Hispanics do not make up a
majority of our population and is not a pivotal voting block of theirs anymore they can now easily alienate them as part of a larger goal.
What we are seeing now is more than what the media is letting on, it goes further than racism and bigotry and further than cutting taxes and smaller
government. It is a new Conservative Consensus which is building, a rejection of everything Liberal, Progressive, Obama and Democrat(ic).
Unfortunately part of this revolt includes the feeling that these minorities are given more rights than the majority which brings about hostility.
After analyzing the current political and cultural climate we are in I am beginning to see a trend. The Tea Party, Christian Fundamentalism and Racism
is growing and it is not separate movements it is actually one. It is an actual Reactionary effect and mood.
Libertarians, they want the government to get out of their business because they see government as more of a threat than a help. After two
wars, huge invasion of privacy, massive budget deficit and a staggering unemployment rate they feel that the government has abandoned liberty and
capitalism and they see that as the cornerstones of American society.
Christian Fundamentalists, they are angry that the government, elite and highly educated are turning our government and society more secular.
They see evolution becoming more widely accepted, support for Israel dropping, church attendance dropping, rise in crime, more people denying god and
a less Protestant Christian demographic, all of which they see are the heart of America.
Many ordinary Americans, they see the rise of Wall Street and the death of Main Street and they see this as government working against their
interests in favor of lobbyists, special interests and corporations. This has led them to believe that government is not trustworthy which causes them
to be more wary of what government does or proposes to do.
All of this is coming together now, they are no longer separate movements, but are morphing into one movement and they all have one thing in common,
they see the America that they know and love disappearing before their eyes. With the fears of Socialism, Islamization and Secularism screeching
across the American landscape they see that it is now their jobs to take back the country the way they see fit for them and their children and their
This will be a very rocky decade. I suspect that the Small government and Socially conservative movements will work out their differences and come
together to reclaim America and build a new party system.
JUST MY TAKE ON THE SITUATION.