Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tommclaughlin@fairpoint.net

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Multicultural Miasma


We’re devolving into tribalism. Americans vote for members of their tribe, or for those their tribal chiefs tell them to vote. Ninety-tree percent of blacks voted for Barack Obama. In Philadelphia, fifty-nine wards voted 100% for Obama. There wasn’t a single vote for Romney or anybody else. The Hispanic-American organization called “La Raza,” (translated, “The Race”) told its tribespeople to vote for Obama and 71% did. La Raza’s loyalty is to Mexico, not the United States and their affiliated organization MEChA sees our southwestern states as the province of “Aztlan” and Mexican sovereign territory.

Time was when Americans were proud to proclaim themselves part of the great “Melting Pot” to which immigrants from all over the world came because they valued what America stood for: One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all - not for someone of this race or that gender. For all. We were Americans first - and that trumped every other affiliation we may have had.

Today, however, we hear endless breakdowns of how single, white women voted for Obama while married, white women voted for Romney. We learned that the Obama campaign wrote off white, working men because they could never be persuaded to vote for Obama - unless they belonged to unions, because those guys were already in the sack for him.

Leaders of the “Congressional Black Caucus” claim criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice for lying about Benghazi is motivated not by her lies, but by racism because she is a black woman. No black politicians questioned her erroneous statements about what happened on September 11th in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were murdered by Arab Muslim radicals.

Black entertainer Jamie Foxx called Barack Obama “Our lord and savior” on “BET” - “Black Entertainment Television.” After turning out to vote for their tribal leader earlier this month, blacks are now asking for their spoils according to an article on Breitbart.com called “You Owe Us.”

Demographers tell us that Hispanics are the fastest-rising segment of the US population and that, if Republicans don’t start pandering to them fast, there won’t be any more Republican Party.  Some Republican “leaders” are caving. Rather than educate the electorate in the effectiveness of conservative principles and the flaws of so-called progressive policies which have brought us to the edge of the cliff, they would pander and compete with Democrats for tribal alliances.

Author Tom Wolfe, who has been chronicling American societal trends since the 1960s, just published his latest: “Back To Blood.” It’s set in Miami where there is no majority, but race and ethnicity trump everything. His characters are Cuban, black, white, Russian, or Haitian, etc. Their identity as Americans - as citizens of the United States - is secondary or non-existent. What bonds them instead is some combination of race, sex, status, or pornographic licentiousness. For fifty years, Wolfe has been showing us ourselves, with all our carbuncles. First he used non-fiction with “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and “The Right Stuff.” Then he used the novel with “Bonfire of the Vanities”; “A Man in Full”; “I Am Charlotte Simmons”; and now: “Back To Blood.” In an interview for the “Telegraph” Wolfe said: “Miami is a melting pot in which none of the stones melt. They rattle around. A lot of Russians are there now, Haitians, Nicaraguans. Miami is plan B for everyone in Latin America at this point. And everybody hates everybody . . .”
Americans who champion Multiculturalism also cheer for open borders and world government. Obviously, they think all these tribes can smile and hold hands as they celebrate diversity, but Wolfe and this writer tend to disagree.

Abraham Lincoln called America “The last, best hope,” but that hope is fading once again. He called us “a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Then he wondered aloud “whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”


I’m wondering too a century-and-a-half later as I watch our “Great Melting Pot” devolve into Multicultural Miasma. I have to watch as our once-great republic declines further and faster because things have to get worse before they can get better. I have to hope that a majority of voters eventually realize that big government is the problem - not the solution - that the limited government outlined in our Constitution by the founding fathers is indeed the last best hope of mankind.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

The New America

In spite of my shock and depression over election results, I banged out a short piece titled “Reckoning” the day after the election. It focused on our looming financial disaster and voter ignorance about Obama’s responsibility for it, but there are so many other aspects of this electoral disaster. It showed us so much about what our country has become, and I’ll deal with another part of it here.

Those last three Obama campaign commercials really shook me up. They were appalling, and I thought: “Who would vote for a president whose campaign put these out?” I believed he would be defeated, soundly and deservedly, because Americans were much too decent to approve this sort of thing. They would be as appalled as I was.

But, alas, I was wrong. Obama was reelected.

The commercials were for internet viewers, not for television, and they were detestable. The first featured a young woman with a tattoo on her shoulder saying coyly: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy . . . Before, I was a girl. Now, I was a woman. I pulled back the curtain and I voted for Barack Obama.”

I thought: “Wow. The Obama campaign is really misreading the American voter. This is going to backfire on them, big-time.”

But I was wrong. Obama reads America better than I do. How depressing - not because I’m inferior in my perception, but because of what America has become. I knew it was bad. I didn’t know it was this bad.

The second, put out by Moveon.org, started innocently enough at a nursing home. “A Message From the Greatest Generation” appeared in text. Then five elderly residents appeared and the camera zoomed in on one: “Marie, 97 years old.” She said she was born during World War I and first voted for FDR in 1940. Then she said: “If your voter suppression throughout this beautiful country enables Romney to oust Barack Obama, we will burn this motherfucker down.”

Then another old lady said: “If the Republicans steal this election, I’m going to track down Mitt Romney and give him the world’s biggest cock-punch . . .” Then she paused and looked to her side saying: “What’s the matter sonny? You never heard that phrase ‘cock-punch’? Hah-hah.” Then she grimaced, held out her hand as if to squeeze something and said: “Right in the nut-sack!”

Then an old man said he was a veteran of World War II and that if their offspring let the Republicans steal the election again, they’re going to look down from heaven and watch them have sex.

There was a sick comedic attempt in this second one, but the third was deadly serious and the most shocking.

In it, a series of young girls begged their mothers: “Please, please, please vote for President Obama. Otherwise, your vote is a vote against me.”

If mothers were to vote for Mitt Romney, they would be voting against their own children, the commercial purports. Why? Presumably because Romney would appoint judges not supportive Roe vs Wade - the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court decision preventing individual states from outlawing abortion. Neither Romney nor Roe are mentioned, but the implication is clear.

Each of the girls depicted, ranging in age from about five-years-old to twenty-something, all beg: “Please make the right choice so that when I grow up, I can still have one.” What each aspires to have, of course, is an abortion. They’re begging their own mothers who didn’t kill them in utero to vote for Obama so they can kill their own babies - who would be their mothers’ grandchildren - when they grow up.

This is what my country has become and it’s why I’m so depressed. I’ve always known there were lots of Americans who think like the people in the commercials, and that their numbers were growing. What I didn’t realize was that they’re already in the majority. America has changed, perhaps irretrievably. The concrete of our Brave New World had set while I wasn’t looking.

My view had always been that when people became cognizant of what we were turning into and why, they would choose to reverse course - but that’s not what last week’s election showed us. Now I realize that most of my countrymen believe it’s wonderful and they want more of it.

The commercials may be repulsive to me, but they’re not to the new majority. They’re not ephemeral zeitgeist. They’re what we are.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Reckoning

    My friend was being too pessimistic - I thought.

    Months ago he said the country will continue its downward slide because those who depend on government have become the majority, and will always vote to keep those government benefits coming no matter what.

    Yes, those people who depend on government for everything are increasing, I acknowledged then, but even most of them weren’t stupid enough to believe those benefits would keep coming forever. They understood the simple arithmetic that we could not continue indefinitely borrowing 42 cents of every dollar we spend. If conservatives only pointed out that - even if we took all the income of the richest Americans - we could only continue funding our nanny state for a few months, people would understand. They’d know the whole thing would collapse if we stayed on the road we’re on and they’d vote for fiscal sanity instead of four more years of President Obama’s pie-in-the-sky promises.

    No they won’t, he said. Most Americans are not that smart, he insisted - and he was right. Tuesday’s results proved him right. They proved me wrong and I have to adjust my thinking.

    The wagon-riders have become the majority. Most Americans don’t want real liberty - the liberty to succeed or fail on their own - they want to remain attached to the government umbilical cord and stay home watching “Dancing With The Stars.”

    For quite a while now, commenters on my blog have been deriding me as out of touch with mainstream Americans. I guess I am. I’ve overestimated the common sense of the average American voter.

    Thirty years ago I got to know a wealthy family as I took care of their property. The matriarch’s grandfather made a fortune in shipping during the late nineteenth century, but by the fourth generation, it was all gone. Rags to riches to rags in four generations. How long has it taken the United States to go from the richest nation in history to the biggest debtor nation in history? About four generations.

    My father-in-law is on his death bed as I write this. He’s a twice-wounded veteran of World War II and went on a morphine drip Tuesday - election day. The family is around his bed waiting for the end.

    What strikes me is how analogous that is to our nation’s condition. We just reelected a president who has promised to continue for another four years with the policies that have increased our national debt by 50% and stagnated our economy. Whereas the family waiting for my father-in-law’s death is fully cognizant that he’s dying, the electorate that put President Obama in for another term Tuesday doesn’t understand that America as we know it is dying too. My father-in-law will be gone inside a week, but our country may limp along for months or even years.

    The fiscal cliff looms for January. That budget problem our government put off dealing with? It’s coming up soon. Does President Obama realize that he’s inheriting a much bigger mess for his second term than he did for his first?

    Who is he going to blame it on this time?

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