Summer of discontent: Backlash to the browning of America

WASHINGTON — What a weird summer!

Average Americans, normally sober-minded citizens, came undone over exaggerated threats and imagined enemies; rallied here by the thousands to “restore honor;” and denounced mosques, minority rights and the 14th Amendment — all the while demanding strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution.

This is a tempestuous and irrational time, an era of economic gloom, eroding living standards and deep fears about the future. But economic uncertainty alone cannot account for this summer’s strange currents. The runaway inflation and  deep recession of the late ‘70s/early ‘80s didn’t produce a similar season of civic craziness.

Our long, hot summer needed another ingredient to induce a fever-like madness in the national psyche: demographic change. Over the last year and a half, many Americans have begun to see a deeper message in President Obama’s inauguration — the end of the white majority. For some,  especially those who are middle-aged and older, it’s a jarring and unwelcome message.

Before you assume that I’m stereotyping all of the president’s critics as racists, let me be clear: I’m not. Many voters have legitimate criticisms of the Obama’s policies. I’ m talking about something more subtle and yet more profound: a fear of minority status. (Actually, by the year 2050, demographers expect that whites will be a “plurality,” the largest easily- identified ethnic group.)

Most human beings are more comfortable surrounded by others who look and sound as they do. It’s innate. That’s why most of us attend churches, join clubs and look for friends who reinforce our sense of identity, usually along lines of color and class. Successful black and brown professionals have had to learn to be comfortable in a sea of white faces, but most white Americans have not experienced the reverse. And many are not eager to have that experience.

While some prognosticators were naïve enough to believe that Obama’s election signaled the beginning of a post-racial era, it prompted something altogether different: a backlash against the browning of America. The winds of resentment would have blown in even if the economy were booming, but an anemic recovery provided the perfect fuel for a summer of discontent.

Timing is everything. Just as many Americans came to understand that the nation they knew was undergoing a dramatic demographic change, the economy collapsed. Unable to account for the disappearance of jobs and financial security, they linked those developments as cause and effect. The backlash is now at gale force.

So we’ve seen a summer of fury over illegal immigration, despite the fact that illegal border-crossings have plunged in the last two or three years, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center. Islamophobia spiked as conservatives made a case against a proposed Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero, claiming that it would represent a victory for jihadists. It didn’t seem to matter that the imam proposing the center has publicly denounced jihadists.

The birthers picked up the support of a retired three-star Air Force general, Thomas McInerney, who filed an affadit in support of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin. Lakin, an Army doctor, faces a court martial for refusing to report for duty in Afghanistan because, he says, Obama isn’t a citizen and, therefore, can’t be commander-in-chief. And, just for good measure, nearly 20 percent of Americans now believe the president is Muslim — despite the 2008 controversy over his then-pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

To drain the vicious energy from the backlash, the nation needs a broad economy recovery — not just jobs but also good wages that will support a middle-class lifestyle. There would still be those among us who resent the changing face of America, but there would be less anxiety, less fear and less anger.

The return of broad prosperity would restore faith in the animating idea behind the American Dream: the promise of opportunity for all. That faith is fading right now, and citizens who ought to know better are looking for scapegoats. Those who call God “Allah” are easy targets. So are those who say “Dios.”

141 comments Add your comment

HDB

September 3rd, 2010
3:16 pm

People are going insane at the possibility of losing power….and need to find a scapegoat! It’s ALWAYS been someone that one side creates to bring forth FEAR!! From black men….to Hispanics…and now Muslims: someone always has to create a boogey-man!!

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
3:21 pm

YOU’RE A HATEFUL EVIL RACIST MS. TUCKER AND SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO WRITE SUCH DRIVEL IN THE FIRST PLACE. ONLY A LIBERAL RAG SUCH AS THE ATLANTA JOURNAL/CONSTITUTION WOULD EVER EMPLOY YOU, AND THE FACT THAT YOU WON A PULITZER ONLY GOES TO SHOW WHAT A SHALLOW AND MEANINGLESS AWARD IT HAS BECOME!

No offense intended, Ms. Tucker.

Just a preview of the posts to follow.

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
3:27 pm

“Average Americans . . . rallied here by the thousands to “restore honor;” and denounced mosques, minority rights and the 14th Amendment”

That’s what folks did at the Beck rally? Gosh – it didn’t seem that way to me. They just looked like a bunch of mostly white, polite older folks along with some families with young kids. I saw some anti-socialism T-shirts, but I didn’t see anythng about denouncing minority rights, the 14th Amendment, or mosques.

Nothing Is Free

September 3rd, 2010
3:28 pm

I understand that you make your living off of race.

But don’t expect everyone to see absolutely everything through the eyes of a race baiter.

Scout

September 3rd, 2010
3:30 pm

“Successful black and brown professionals have had to learn to be comfortable in a sea of white faces, but most white Americans have not experienced the reverse.”

The “fear” is not skin color but political philosophy (Al Sharpton vs. Herman Cain) or true freedom freedom (Judeo/Christian values/our Constitution vs. Islamic values/Sharia Law).

“For Islamists, democracy is a tool for acquiring power, not a culture of governance.”

Andrew McCarthy (Lead Federal Prosecutor – First World Trade Center Bombing)

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
3:30 pm

Mike K23:27, I believe you misread the sentence. Notice that semi-colons separate the various clauses.

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
3:31 pm

Kamchack@3:21, Yeah. You’re a realist.

Stonethrower

September 3rd, 2010
3:31 pm

Kamchak..

You are so correct. If her writings are so offensive and people respond with such negative and divisive comments against her then why do the keep reading her postings? Limbaugh stated he hoped the current president would fail and his followers (republican party) are going against any and everything he proposes.

AngryRedMarsWoman

September 3rd, 2010
3:31 pm

“Over the last year and a half, many Americans have begun to see a deeper message in President Obama’s inauguration — the end of the white majority.”

I still don’t get the hoopla about Obama and the “end of white America” or the beginning of “black America” or however people want to say it. Are we back to the old one-drop rule? “America is the only country in the world in which a white woman can give birth to a black baby but a black woman can’t give birth to a white baby”…or so I have heard. He is bi-racial, folks, and at the rate he is going pretty soon neither whites nor blacks will claim him as their own.

Hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend. :)

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
3:33 pm

As an aside, I read liberals like Cynthia Tucker blame white people for the economic woes of the black community all the time. While some whites fret about immigrants stealing jobs, most of the race-baiting I’ve seen has come from black liberals.

This piece is just another example. Cynthia doesn’t like conservatives, so she accuses them of racism and bigotry. Of course, she’s careful to say that not all conservatives are bigots, but she goes on to write an entire piece about conservative bigotry. Her message couldn’t be clearer.

Cynthia – get over the bigoted ‘conservative-a-phobia’.

Nothing Is Free

September 3rd, 2010
3:36 pm

Mike K

Hey. She has to make it into something evil. I believe there was a Muslim Cleric on stage at least part of the time, most of the speakers were Black and all of the music was Black.

Was anything at all said by anyone about the 14th amendment? I sure didn’t hear it.

This is why Beck Drives them crazy. It’s like the scene in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid when Paul Newman said, we’ll go straight. It will drive them crazy. It was a nice little religious service where Beck and the large group of religious leaders was just asking people to be good to each other, but this yahoo wants to make it into something evil.

Is there anyone left in the liberal camp that has an IQ in the triple digits?

At least some liberal propagandist had the decency to just attack in a general way, but some didn’t have enough sense to even watch the thing before writing a column in a newspaper about it.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

“For Islamists, democracy is a tool for acquiring power, not a culture of governance.”

Andrew McCarthy (Lead Federal Prosecutor – First World Trade Center Bombing)

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
Sir Winston Churchill

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
3:37 pm

@ctucker
Well, exactly whom are you saying “denounced mosques, minority rights and the 14th Amendment”. If you’re not accusing the Beck-rally folks of doing that, it seems pretty odd for you to mention them in the same sentence separated by a semi-colon (I also think it’s probably grammatically incorrect). It sure seems like you’re trying to paint those folks as racists.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm

This is why Beck Drives them crazy makes them laugh their asses off.

Fixed your typo.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

September 3rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Alriiiiiiiight, I win the bet!! I bet a friend Cynthia couldn’t go three days without playing the race card. It’s not “the browning of American” that’s the problem. Here’s the problem:

‘WE’RE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION’

UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPS TO 9.6%…

Economy LOST 283,000 jobs during ‘Recovery Summer’ months…

NPR: ‘Recovery Summer’ Ends With Economic Pothole…

Labor Sec. Declares: ‘There are jobs out there’…

TREASURY HEAD RUSHES BACK FROM VACATION; AIDES SEARCH FOR OTHER JOBS PACKAGE…

120 Days to Go Until Largest Tax Hikes in History…

President Claims Job Creation; Doesn’t Mention Net Job Loss of 54K…

HE NEEDS A VACATION: OBAMA TO CAMP DAVID…

Nothing Is Free

September 3rd, 2010
3:43 pm

In 50 years there will still be more White People in this country than any other race.

Second is Hispanic and Black People will be the third largest.

But isn’t it funny how they think that this is supposed to bother White folks.

Poor people with huge families make a demographic incredibly weak. Nobody gets an education and in the vast majority of cases, you end up with an underclass that is the service industry that supports kids who’s parents had children they could afford.

Even though there still will be plenty of White people, it isn’t the numbers that mater.

AngryRedMarsWoman

September 3rd, 2010
3:44 pm

Mike K – could be that Cin has some grammar issues, but I think she is stating that “Average Americans” did those things…not just people at the Beck rally, but rather the generalized “Average” American. What is an Average American? Having heard many black folks decry the “perceived” immigration problem, I have to guess she means to include them in her definition of “Average.” Have some brown friends who have an issue with the mosque/community center/trophy near Ground Zero so she must think they are “Average” too. So think she means non-media and non-political class taxpayers…yeah, that sounds about right based on my experience.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

September 3rd, 2010
3:45 pm

Are Hillary and her followers concerned about “the browning of America”?

Hillary Clinton’s one-man presidential campaign
By Liz Goodwin
Fri Sep 3, 11:40 am ET
While the rest of the political world is preoccupied with the midterm elections, Chicago dentist William DeJean is hatching plans for 2012. He shelled out $5,000 to create an ad encouraging Americans to back a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2012. He says the spot will run in New Orleans, Washington, New York and Los Angeles.

Stonethrower

September 3rd, 2010
3:46 pm

Mike K & Nothing is free

“You cry why and I the victim when the culprit is Y.O.U.” You see a racist agenda and plot by the writer when non exist. Stop crying for goodness sake! You’re still the majority and the black man is not coming to get you because you think he believes Mr. Charlie ruined his live as you so fear.

Scout

September 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

Kamchak:

Yep ……… the British before Churchill considered our founding fathers fanatics ………. and they were.

AngryRedMarsWoman

September 3rd, 2010
3:48 pm

“you end up with an underclass that is the service industry that supports kids who’s parents had children they could afford”

Hey…YAY for my kid, huh? Thanks for kicking off my weekend with a happy thought. Here I was worried that he would spend his lifetime slaving away to pay for all the entitlements that Obama (and those before him, let’s be honest) have doled out….but at least he too will have someone to mow his lawn. :)

barking frog

September 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Barack Obama was elected by ‘light’ people because
they liked his demeanor, his message and his family
values. He will be re-elected for the same reasons.
His economic policies are working, but as always,
slowly. The ‘illegal immigrants’ have been with us
for decades and will be here for decades more.
As Muhammad Ali was the best boxer I have ever
seen, Barack Obama is the best
Democratic politician I have ever seen.
He makes Bill Clinton and the
Kennedys look like amateurs
Demagogues, naysayers, and doomsdayers,
to the contrary, The Republic has weathered
a storm and is in better shape than most
of the world.
Excellent post.

Scout

September 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Bumper Stickers:

“Clinton ruined a dress but Obama ruined a nation.”

“I never thought the biggest threat to our American way of life would be our own President.”

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

AngryRedMarsWoman@3:44, My grammar — and punctuation — are just fine. Mike K may have problems with reading comprehension. BTW, you don’t think black people are “average Americans,” too? If you don’t, well . . .

AngryRedMarsWoman

September 3rd, 2010
3:56 pm

CTucker – Mike K said your grammar was at issue, I wasn’t judging but rather saying it might be the problem. In any case, I think I read it right. Of course I think black people are Average Americans…so are brown people….so I guess you mean that all of us, black, white brown and other (red) have a problem with illegal immigration, the mosque at Ground Zero and the application of the 14th Amendment.

At the Switch

September 3rd, 2010
3:58 pm

The browning of America, who cares white folk will still own everything. And you Ms. Tucker are a racist.

Peadawg

September 3rd, 2010
3:59 pm

Summer of discontent: Backlash to the ILLEGAL browning of America.

Fyt. Just thought I’d throw that in :) . Sorry if I don’t like lawbreakers…what the hell’s wrong with me!!!!!

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
4:00 pm

@Stonethrower
“You cry why and I the victim when the culprit is Y.O.U.” You see a racist agenda and plot by the writer when non exist. Stop crying for goodness sake! You’re still the majority and the black man is not coming to get you because you think he believes Mr. Charlie ruined his live as you so fear.
—————————————————————-
I don’t know exactly what your first sentence means since it was written in broken English. I think that you’re suggest that white people shouldn’t complain about black racism because they are the ones (the only ones) who perpetrate racist acts. Well, that’s not true.

I don’t think that Cynthia is engaging in a racist plot (that sounds like something from a bad, big-budget movie). I just think she smears people with whom she disagrees politically by calling them racists and bigots. You appear to be doing the same thing.

Bob

September 3rd, 2010
4:03 pm

Why does the left have to lie about the people at the DC rally ? Now Tucker wants to jump in and tell us about those evil ignorant racists at the rally. No, not Sharptons, but Becks.

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Bob@4:03, You, too, have problems with reading comprehension? Or did you even trouble yourself to read the post?

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Mike K@4 p.m., It’s clear you didn’t read the post.

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

AngryRedMarsWoman,@3:56, Not all average Americans lost it over the summer. But many did.

Peadawg

September 3rd, 2010
4:09 pm

“Not all average Americans lost it over the summer. But many did.”

Tired of out of control spending
Tired of illegal aliens
Tired of illegal aliens having babies here
Tired of a bad economy
Tired of high unemployment

OH THE NERVE OF THOSE PEOPLE!!!

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
4:11 pm

@ctucker
Mike K may have problems with reading comprehension
—————————————————————
You’ll excuse me, but I do not. If my interpretation is incorrect, please tell us what is the proper interpretation?

You wrote the following: “Average Americans, normally sober-minded citizens, came undone over exaggerated threats and imagined enemies; rallied here by the thousands to “restore honor;” and denounced mosques, minority rights and the 14th Amendment”

If you’re not saying that the people who “denounced mosques, minority rights and the 14th Amendment” are the same people who “rallied here by the thousands to ‘restore honor;’” then you should not have placed the conjunction “and” between the two sentences.

This was clearly intended to smear Beck’s supporters, as well as the “[a]verage Americans” who aren’t pleased with the liberal agenda.

Halftrack

September 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

CT, When whites become a minority, then all the all the affirmative action laws, racial profiling etc. will then apply to them. Will you then be prepared to treat whites the way the laws call for minorities to be treated? What is keeping folks from treating each other in a civil way now?

Scout

September 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
4:12 pm

I don’t care about immigrants (I agree that they offer intellectual capital this country will need), I don’t care about Obama’s religion or birthplace, (he will be gone in 2 years, companies are flush with cash, once he is gone, we will have a great economic boom).

I am interested in the Muslim situation though.

The question is, can the Koran and Constitution peacefully exist? Or are they diametrically opposed? Will those how follow the Koran ever except Homosexuality? Womans Rights? Non-Believers?

Will American live peacefully knowing that the leaders of a growing movement want to force submission, or kill them?

It will be fun to watch.

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Sorry when I wrote “then you should not have placed the conjunction “and” between the two sentences.”

I meant to refer to clauses not sentences.

granny godzilla

September 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

hopefully this weekend I’ll finally officially earn my moniker…

and my new grandson will most likely have the beautiful olive skin of my handsome and hardworking son in law.

our family will be blessed with a new color on our palette.

it’s a very good thing.

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

@ctucker
I think you may have misinterpreted what I was saying. I was stating that Stonethrower’s sentence “You cry why and I the victim when the culprit is Y.O.U.” was broken English that I couldn’t understand. While I take umbrage with what you have implied in this piece, I did not mean to imply that you use broken English.

However, I do think you smear conservatives as racists and bigots unfairly, while ignoring the racism and bigotry of liberals and blacks in particular. I did read your piece, and I always do before I comment.

barking frog

September 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

The only question about Obama’s birth is whether he
was on U.S. dirt. This is only germane if you interpret
‘natural born’ as meaning born on U.S. soil. If interpreted
this way John McCain is not Natural born either and
this will probably change to get rid of anchor babies.

AngryRedMarsWoman

September 3rd, 2010
4:16 pm

“The question is, can the Koran and Constitution peacefully exist? ”

Oh, I can answer that one. That would be a big fat resounding NO. Same answer if you substituted Torah or Bible for Koran. You see, religion really doesn’t have a place in the general operations of a nation, in its politics. Some would say that Islam is really a political ideology masquerading as a religion…

Luhgnut

September 3rd, 2010
4:20 pm

How can Obama “Ruin the Nation” while GOP blocks every attempt to bring his policies to happen? Who has consistantly voted against Small Business since Obama? The GOP. The same small businesses that would create thousands if not millions of jobs. After the GOP blocks it, they then scream Obama doesn’t do anything for small business. Since most American’s (which is sad) don’t understand how the balance of Government works, they just climb right on aboard the “Obama ruined the nation” bandwagon. GOP is just mad because they aren’t the ones borrowing the money from overseas like they did the previous administration. But man, do they blame Obama for borrowing. BUSH and the GOP congress with their rubber stamps, crushed us. Not Clinton, Not Obama. If we can handle 8 years of Bush, we certainly can handle 2 years (so far) of Obama.

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

ctucker,

Shall we continue our dance here or the last blog? You’re choice!

AngryRedMarsWoman

September 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

“and my new grandson will most likely have the beautiful olive skin of my handsome and hardworking son in law. ”

Mediterranean? That is the most common region for people with olive complexions. My father has primarily a German heritage and is very olive skinned and in researching today I have learned that it is not wholly uncommon in people from there and Austria. hmmm…learn something new every day, huh?

Mike K

September 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

@ctucker
Mike K may have problems with reading comprehension.
——————————————————
Actually, I take it back – I did misread that sentence. You’re right; I’m wrong though I wonder why you would suggest that rallying to “restore honor” represents people “coming undone.” Also, bringing up the Beck rally in the same sentence as you accuse “[a]verage Americans” of denouncing “mosques, minority rights and the 14th Amendment” is a sneaky way of implying that the folks at the rally did that without explicitly stating it.

barking frog

September 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

Scout 4:12 In my youth i would paraphrase that song

Red and Yellow Black and White
They’re all precious in my sight
All the lovely ladies of the world.

Hootinanny Yum Yum

September 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

CT, you are sooooo old news. SOS different day.

Your commentary is no longer blog-worthy.

Buh Bye…

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

Mike K.@4:22, You surely don’t think I have a problem with saying — quite explicitly — what I mean.

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

Obama – Not Natural Born — TRUTH MATTERS

www . youtube.com/watch?v=MwhKuunp8D8
remove the spaces…
Obama admits in the first few seconds he was born in Kenya! Tell me I heard it wrong?

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
4:24 pm

Granny Godzilla

Good wishes and blessings to you and yours this weekend.

Brings new meaning to “labor day weekend.”

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Mike K@4:14, I didn’t think you were accusing me of using broken English. I knew you were accusing me of “smearing conservatives as racists,” though I was quite explicit in the post that I wasn’t calling Obama’s critics racist. There is a sentence in the post to that affect.

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

granny@4:13, My heartiest congratulations! And I must say, you must be the most admired commenter on here, since you have so many namejackers! (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.)

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Halftrack@4:12, What laws are you talking about? City contracting laws? I’m opposed to those and have been for years. Don’t know of any other such “laws”

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

CT, you yourself have called for Obama to produce his birth certificate right here on this blog. Are you not the least bit curious as to why he will not produce it?

For the record, I thought birthers were nuts, but as time goes on, even you start to wonder.

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
4:31 pm

ctucker,

You’re silents from the previous blog is leading me to believe you have surrendered and are now on-board about ObamaCare. Right?

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
4:32 pm

CT, when we become the minority, will you support the NAAWP? Can we start holding Mrs White American pagents? You get the drift.

Scout

September 3rd, 2010
4:32 pm

Mr. Charlie:

“To begin with, Islam is not merely a religion. It is a comprehensive socio-economic and political system, which believers take to be ordained by Allah. Islam and the West, distinct civilizations, can neither assimilate nor co-exist harmoniously.”

“The disposition that we must not critically examine Islam is both unneccessary and self-defeating. It is unneccessary because the Framers gave us a Constitution that guarantees freedom of conscience, not freedom from examination. You can believe whatever you wish to believe, but you do not foreclose your beliefs from inspection by labeling them ‘religion’ – even if the label is accurate.”

Andrew McCarthy

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
4:33 pm

Mr Charlie
September 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

CT, you yourself have called for Obama to produce his birth certificate right here on this blog. Are you not the least bit curious as to why he will not produce it?

For the record, I thought birthers were nuts, but as time goes on, even you start to wonder.

DID YOU see my post at September 3rd, 2010 4:24 pm?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

CT, my last comment disappeared. have I been banished to the kids’ table? racism, xenophbia, have long been staples of the political equation in the USA (see: anti-immigrant – Italians and Catholics, anti-Chinese – after they build the railroads, and Jim Crow laws. See internment of Japanese during WWII, and anti-Islam post 9/11 – hey, remember when a Sihkh 7-11 employee was killed in September 2001?). the actually percentage of white Americans, or the amount of pigment in one’s skin has never been the issue. Political brokers need “bad guys” or “boogeymen” so they appeal the base fears (as you point out, anyone who is “different”). ergo, racism/bigotry/xenophopbia, etc. are not the driving forces; they are opportunities to exploit fear.

Scout, are you saying (bumper sticker) America is “ruined”? I think the people who own the country kinda like things the way they are, and maybe, just maybe they’re behind the bumperstickers and the anti-mosque stuff, and the rallies to “restore honor”? just a hunch.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

I’m here… forget about the kids’ table, you’re off to remedial spelling. did you just spell silence SILENTS?

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:39 pm

paleo@4:35, I haven’t banished you. Did you link?

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

I’m Here@4:33, I facetiously suggested he donate it to the National Archives. But even if he did, the birthers would declare it a forgery.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

Can we start holding Mrs White American pagents[sic]?

What, specifically, is preventing you from doing that now?

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
4:43 pm

paleo-neo-Carlinist
September 3rd, 2010
4:38 pm

I’m here… forget about the kids’ table, you’re off to remedial spelling. did you just spell silence SILENTS?

YES, TEACHER I DID. Please be gentle with the discipline. My daddy whipped my ass last night and I still can’t sit down. It hurt real BAD!!! :)

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
4:44 pm

no ma’am (and not the Grand Forks variety). no worries I summed up the vanishing post in my succesful post. I did suggest Scout read the Andrew Bacevich column abouy Bush/Iraq and Obama/AfPak in the July New Republic (I believe the title is “Non-Believer”).

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
4:44 pm

To All My Gentle Readers: I’m SO glad most of us have a three-day weekend coming. Having just read a couple paranoid conspiracy theorists who believe tree-huggers/Obama are setting fire to rigs, I know we all need a break.

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
4:45 pm

Ct, it that any worse than saying GW was responsible for the 911 attacks?

andygrdzki

September 3rd, 2010
4:46 pm

LOL…LOL…LOL…LOL… you liberals will place the race card whenever you can.. what is sad,, you criticize the right for being fear mongers and spreading hate… YOU ARE ALL A JOKE… Ms. Tucker,,, YOU MY DEAR MADAM BRING OUT THE WORST IN PEOPLE FOR YOU CANNOT PRESENT THE TRUTH, OR DEBATE THE TRUTH.. SO YOU DISTORT…. No wonder you lost your editorial job and the AJC has declined in readership… you turned a once good newspaper into a liberal rag…. Due to your distorted concepts…

HDB… I REALLY THOUGHT BETTER OF YOU.. YOUR COMMENT WAS IRRATIONAL AT BEST . Play the blame game…..

With the above said,, I don’t think I will ever come to this blog again…. THERE IS VERY VERY LITTLE INTEGINET LIFE HERE

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
4:46 pm

ctucker
September 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

I’m Here@4:33, I facetiously suggested he donate it to the National Archives. But even if he did, the birthers would declare it a forgery.

NOT what we were discussing but let’s go there. 1. Did you see the video link I posted. 2. Does Obama HIMSELF admit that he was born in Kenya? Should I start now holding my breath for you’re answers?

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
4:47 pm

Kamchak
September 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

Can we start holding Mrs White American pagents[sic]?

What, specifically, is preventing you from doing that now?

BEING CALL a RACISTS period. Any other dumb questions?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
4:52 pm

any current or former Boy Scout knows you can’t burn an oil rig (they’re metal). I guess this is further proof Obama is a socialist Muslim from Kenya (ipso facto; he was never a Boy Scout!). I wouldn’t put it passed GreenPeace, but I’d have to see more evidence.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

Mr. Charlie, Bush wasn’t “responsible” for 9/11, but it happened on his watch, and he is responsible for invading Iraq. but if he is responsible for 9/11, we shouldn’t let the GOP build any community centers in lower Manhattan, agreed?

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
4:57 pm

I’m Here@4:33, I facetiously suggested he donate it to the National Archives. But even if he did, the birthers would declare it a forgery.

I don’t know CT, this thing has gathered momentum over the years. 911, blown levies, conspiracy theories tend to go away, but for some reason, this one won’t, as I said, even you “fastiously” called for it.

It just keeps hanging around for some reason nobody can seem to explain, oh no, I forgot, you explained it, it is due to the browning of America.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

BEING CALL a RACISTS period. Any other dumb questions?

Commie…Commie…Commie….

Are you trying to convince me that you would be deterred from any endeavor simply because someone called you names?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

Kam, can I handle this? I’m here… you really need to let go of your (unfounded, baseless) fears. Schedule and hold the Miss White America pagent (as is your Constitutional right), THEN cray foul IF (very important word), you are labeled a racist. chances are you won’t because finding women of one race or another attractive, or not attractive is not evidence of racism (’cept maybe when they ask the geography questions)>

Mid-South Philosopher

September 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

An excellent article, Miss Cynthia, and one that begs the question…When “white” is no longer the majority, and “brown” has become the dominant political and social force in American society, wonder how sensitive and receptive it will be to the concerns of “blacks”, “reds”, “yellows”, and “others?” I will not be around to see it, of course, but for those who are, especially among the declining minorities, it may make for an interesting interlude.

Scout

September 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

Mr. Charlie:

Ms. Tucker won’t let us link but Google this organization and check them out. It appears to be a breath of fresh air but they will become “marked” as well by Islamists who seek to change this country by ideology or force.

“The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD’s mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state.

Many Muslims believe that they are able to practice their faith more freely and more Islamically (in a personal and secular fashion which is most suited to preserve one’s faith) in America than in any other place in the world. AIFD seeks to make a small contribution to the body of thought which articulates an understanding of Islam which separates religion and state and is in complete harmony with the U.S. Constitution and our citizenship pledge.

Through these founding principles of constitutional, secular (religious freedom free of theocracy and government coercion, and Islamic hegemony), AIFD would also serve as an example of an American Islamic institution which can be a leading voice for liberty-minded Muslims in America in the war on terror. Through regular commentary AIFD will intellectually stand against the religious fanatics who exploit the religion of Islam for a nihilistic, anti-American anti-Western war.

For more information on AIFD, please visit our website.”

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
5:02 pm

Neo, there are people who say Bush covertly set up 911 for an excuse to go into Iraq, as there are those who say Bush blew the levees in New Orleans to flush out the residents. Point is, there are wackos on both sides.

Finally, I support the mosque, but I am curious. What are you going to do when you realize the people who’s rights we are protecting ultimately want to submit to them, or kill you?

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

Kamchak
September 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

BEING CALL a RACISTS period. Any other dumb questions?

Commie…Commie…Commie….

Are you trying to convince me that you would be deterred from any endeavor simply because someone called you names?

HAPPENS everyday!

barking frog

September 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

If america is browning, it will soon be done then we
will all be in the gravy.

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

paleo-neo-Carlinist
September 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

Kam, can I handle this? I’m here… you really need to let go of your (unfounded, baseless) fears. Schedule and hold the Miss White America pagent (as is your Constitutional right), THEN cray foul IF (very important word), you are labeled a racist. chances are you won’t because finding women of one race or another attractive, or not attractive is not evidence of racism (’cept maybe when they ask the geography questions)>

Like you’re ass, we all have our opinions. We just will never agree. Get over it! I have and will gladly debate facts. So keep using no facts to rebut them!

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

Mr. Charlie, like I’m here… you need to let go of your fears, or refrain from speculating as to how conspiracy nuts think. re: 9/11, I think (my opinion) there are two camps, the “Bush and Cheney planned and executed the while thing, including rigging the explosives on the twin towers and WTC 7″ and the other, who feel that maybe the 9/11 commission (like the Warren Commission) created more questions than answers. I wasn’t paying attention when the Warren Commission published its findings (I think I was 6 years old), but isn’t odd how some 20 or 30 years later, the government said; “well, maybe Oswald was part of a team”, which by definition, confirms a conspiracy. so then you ask yourself, “why did the feds cover it up, or withold info?” my guess is, the Warren Commission felt it was in the best interests of the United States to present the narrative that the POTUS could not be murdered by rougue (or full-time employees) of any mysterious government agency. ergo, with 9/11, maybe like Pearl Harbor, Bush knew and attack was immindent (August 2001 memo)? again, do I think he signed some secret memo saying; blow up WTC and blame al Qeada, so I can invade Iraq”? no, but until the government is more forthcoming, who knows who knew what , and when?

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

September 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

POKER TIME!!!!

Vote Republican to CHANGE the HOPE!

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
5:11 pm

Scout, I have thought that the Muslims want to practice their religion and escape the persecution that the extremists in their religions put upon them.

However, as we see in Europe, that does not seem to be the case. The less conservative Muslims have never shown the willingness to stand up againt the extremists.

Regardless of the end result, the expanding muslim population in America will become very bloody long before anything is resolved. I believe that is what people truly “fear”.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

I’m here… do you mean MY ass or I am (you’re) an ass? ever see Pulp Fiction? to paraphrase Jules, “that’s not the first time somebody has called me an ass.” why do you use the word “debate”. when you spout out speculative nonsense about your fear that you will be labeled a racist, it is not evidence of dialogue or debate. it’s just some person blurting out an irrational thought.

Mr. Charlie, I did not read your response before responding. I agree, I don’t think anybody “blew the levies” during Katrina – anyone who’s been to New Orleans knows the city is below sea level. I think Bush “underperformed” in terms of the federal response to Katrina, but I don’t think there was a conspiracy to flood the city. I base this on the fact that there are still areas which have not been rebuilt or repopulated. as far as 9/11, I said what I said. I think Bush “underperformed” pre-9/11, and I think it was because was obsessed with Iraq from day 1, but that’s just a hunch. either way, you have to wonder why he and Cheney were so adamant to establish a link between Saddam and 9/11, so maybe the conspiracy surrounding 9/11 was not in the planning and execution, but rather the attempts to justify invading Iraq after 9/11 (reverse enginering).

barking frog

September 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

pnc 5:08 or maybe some jihadnuts came to the U.S. bought
some flight training, commandeered some airliners and flew
them into the WTC and pentagon. Oswald a former marine
went into a library opened a window and emptied a clip
into the President’s Limo then walked outside and went
to a movie.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
5:24 pm

HAPPENS everyday!

I have and will gladly debate facts. So keep using no facts to rebut them!

Bait. Cast. Strike!

I offer as exhibit “A”, Bob Loblaw, despite three pages of name calling you were not deterred one iota.

jconservative

September 3rd, 2010
5:25 pm

Wonderful column Cynthia.

I am not sure that I completely agree with your premise that the dread (my word) of the loss of the white majority is a major cause of this summer of discontent.

I have felt for over a year now that it was due to people finally realizing that they had been duped for the past 30 years.

All the middle class heard for the last 30 years was that if we just lowered taxes, millions of jobs would be created, trillions in excess taxes would roll in, and any deficit spending being done would be paid off. As Reagan said, “I am not worried about the deficit, it is big enough to take care of itself.” And Vice President Cheney said “Reagan proved deficits do not matter”.

Now people have realized that they have been duped for 30 years. The jobs are gone; gone overseas to Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and other strange places. The excess taxes did not roll in, in fact, they dried up. And the deficits did not get paid, they are now larger than ever.

So people are teed off. They are not going to blame themselves; that is not human nature. Who to blame? The guys currently in power; it is what we have always done and will continue to do. Again, human nature.
So you have long time Republican office holders unable to win a primary.
The latest to bite the dust was in Alaska this week. Democrats are going to take it on the chin this year.

Now the browning of America, as you call it, and I like the phrase, is an established fact. It is happening and will continue to happen. I would hope that the American people are mature enough to handle the coming age of “no majorities”. That various groups will find common ground so the country can be governed. We have never been able to govern this country without compromise, and we never will.

This year if Jesus personally intervened and said “do this”, you could not get a majority to agree to his proposal.

As I said, wonderful column Cynthia.

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Kammi, such effort on such a pointless debate.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
5:32 pm

Kammi, such effort on such a pointless debate.

Aw, c’mon Commie—I’m giving you your props. Those three pages were some of your best work to date. Ol’ Wootie doesn’t monitor his site, so you and DEWSTAR went at it tooth and nail.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
5:32 pm

barking frog. check out my follow-up. I agree that 9/11 was executed by al Qeada (the UAL 93 team spent the weekend before in my home town in NJ). as I said, I think the after-the-fact attempts to link 9/11 to Iraq is suggests the possibility of a “retroactive” conspiracy. you ever been to Dallas, Dealy Plaza? I have. You can look out the window of the Book Depository (not a library, it was a warehouse). You can walk the grassy knoll. the magic bullet alone refutes your “what if”? and as I said, in the 90’s the feds all but endorsed the conspiracy (more than one person) theory? do I think LBJ hooked up with the Chicago mob and Castro? no, but the very fact that the “official story” keeps being tweeked suggests there is more to the official story. Google JFK/Woody Harrelson’s dad and see what comes up. again, I am not saying I know or we will ever know, but when there is a cover-up, it’s usually for a reason.

Silent Majority

September 3rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Mr. Charlie @ 4:45, Boo-yow

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm

jconservative@5:25, Thanks so much for the kind words. Just to clarify: I think economic disillusionment is a prime cause of this summer’s distress. Unfortunately, as you said, the causes of our current economy have been in the works for 30 years.

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

Kam, DEWSTAR? is all this talk about conspiracy getting to you?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

September 3rd, 2010
5:37 pm

jcon, as a parting shot, check out George Carlin’s “the American Dream” rant from November 2007 or March 2008 (a couple months before he died). he also cites how the American middle class was “thrown overboard 30 years ago”. if you can handle the bitterness, contempt, and language, it’s a sobering and prescient moment.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
5:47 pm

Kam, DEWSTAR? is all this talk about conspiracy getting to you?

Commie, I’ve been diligently reading these blogs for over a year now and while I don’t know all of your sock-puppets, your obsessive style is unmistakable.

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
5:50 pm

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
I was brain-dead, locked out, numb, not up to speed
I thought I’d pegged you an idiot’s dream
Tunnel vision from the outsider’s screen
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
5:51 pm

You think DEWSTAR could do that? I don’t think so.

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
5:57 pm

Obama’s election…prompted something altogether different: a backlash against the browning of America.
————————————-

No, it prompted a backlash against idiots in high office who want to spend us into oblivion and create a permanent majority of folks dependent on government for their paychecks or welfare checks.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
5:58 pm

You think DEWSTAR could do that? I don’t think so.

Do what?

Deter you?

Of course he couldn’t—which is exactly my point.

If you wanted to produce a Mrs White American pageant, no amount of name calling from any/all of the 6 billion people on this planet is gonna stop you.

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
5:59 pm

lil Barry Bailout@5:57, What exactly are you talking about? What permanent majority of people dependent on welfare checks has Obama created?Or tried to create? Pls be specific.

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm

Enter your comments here

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
6:05 pm

CT Said

j”conservative@5:25, Thanks so much for the kind words. Just to clarify: I think economic disillusionment is a prime cause of this summer’s distress. Unfortunately, as you said, the causes of our current economy have been in the works for 30 years.”

Well then, the question has to be asked, why did you write the article you wrote today? Why not point out that economic disillusionment that had been in the making for 30 years had led to the political climate that is has been today? Why the whole “browing” theme?

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
6:05 pm

ct, please note that I said “paychecks and welfare checks”. Obama is growing government like crazy and sending billions to states so they can continue the otherwise unsustainable growth in state governments. He’s bailing out folks who can’t pay their mortgages (which will eventually hurt those who responsibly paid their bills), created a new entitlement costing tens of billions a year, spent hundreds of billions on other supposedly temporary stimulus programs…it goes on and on. You can’t really be that blind, can you?

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
6:09 pm

Almost forgot, Obama also stole the auto companies from their owners and gave them to his union thug buddies–more paychecks dependent on taxpayer largesse…

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
6:13 pm

Let’s not forget the failing union thug pension plans that are about to get dumped on the taxpayers…

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
6:17 pm

“I’ve been diligently reading these blogs for over a year over a year now”

I am right about that conspiracy thing.

I suggest you take a deep breath, remove your hands from the keyboard, and slowly back away from the computer.

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
6:19 pm

Now Kammy, lets have some fun, I asked CT a question, at 6:05. Can you tell me the answer?

Mr Charlie

September 3rd, 2010
6:32 pm

OK, I gotta to, the answer to the question:

Why the whole browning thing?

That is what sells papers, well, if they even publish a paper anymore.

Have a nice weekend.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
6:43 pm

I am right about that conspiracy thing.

I suggest you take a deep breath, remove your hands from the keyboard, and slowly back away from the computer.

C’mon Commie, I’ll admit that I’ve had a lot of fun at your expense, but I’ve never insulted your intelligence. Please show me the same consideration. For what it’s worth, Communist AJC has always been your finest hour, with every re-invention of yourself you seemed to have dumbed down. LA is/was a buffoon and beneath you.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now Kammy, lets have some fun, I asked CT a question, at 6:05. Can you tell me the answer?

Okay

Why not point out that economic disillusionment that had been in the making for 30 years had has led to the political climate that is has been we see today?

I took the liberty of cleaning that up a bit. Is it accurate as to what you mean?

If so, then my answer is why not indeed?

Why the whole “browing” “browning” theme?

I think the clue can be found in this paragraph:

Timing is everything. Just as many Americans came to understand that the nation they knew was undergoing a dramatic demographic change, the economy collapsed. Unable to account for the disappearance of jobs and financial security, they linked those developments as cause and effect. The backlash is now at gale force.

It’s about “timing” and how it can be seen as cause and effect when it isn’t necessarily the case.

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
7:10 pm

Well done, Kamchak, @6:43

Zoey

September 3rd, 2010
7:11 pm

Unemployment on the rise again and there is nothing on the front page of the AJC and Tucker wants to distract from Obama’s failures with race baiting.. Yawn

TGT

September 3rd, 2010
7:13 pm

What an asinine premise. So all of these (white) Americans are angry with the current administration because of a demographics prediction that lies 40 years in the future?! It has nothing to do with: 1.) the lousy economy 2.) crushing debt 3.) high unemployment 4.) bowing to foreign leaders 5.) apologizing for America or (most importantly) with the fact that Obama/Pelosi/Reid/etc. are pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-global warming, anti-gun, anti-military, anti-Christian, big spending, big government LIBERALS???!!!

This is just another stupid and sorry attempt to try and explain away (and is more evidence for) why the Dems are going to get it handed to them come November.

The Manchurian-Kenyan Candidate

September 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

As an Asian-American, I find the title of this article to be dismissive of Americans of Asian descent and completely racist!

The Manchurian-Kenyan Candidate

September 3rd, 2010
7:18 pm

Funny how Asians have generally assimilated much better in America, where as “the blacks and browns” as Ms. Tucker calls them have not. Just sayin….

Jethro

September 3rd, 2010
7:21 pm

One thing to be considered – I do see the sense of your words, though I must them further – is that the threats the we as society perceive are brown by nature. 9/11. The drug cartels in Latin America. Gang violence among African Americans and Hispanics – and no, I absolutely do not let whites off the hook (motorcycles, anyone?)

The fear that is raised within society is ascribed to a darker color. Justifiably? We can have tea and discuss it. What is innate, as you eloquently put it, is that this “fear” has a color, and that visual persuasion – rightly or wrongly – is inherent to our perceptions.

My parents brought to believe that people were people. I didn’t notice until I was 8 that there was something different about color (though I’m still not sure what that is). I don’t think that way today, and yet a difference exists, be that difference artificial or no. We live in a strange world, Ms. Tucker. Human beings are interesting animals.

Granite

September 3rd, 2010
7:23 pm

A good old rule in journalism is to attach “she said” or “he said” to every quotation or indirect quote. Thus one does not write “he believes in lower taxes.” You write instead “he said that he believes in lower taxes.” The reason for this is because people do lie.

The same is true in polling, and polling professionals will tell you it is increasingly a problem in polls. People rarely lied in polls in the 30’s through the 70’s. Now they do it fairly frequently.

A mental exercise will show that we already know that this is true. Say that we were to ask a large and representative polling sample; “Is the statement 1+1 = 2 correct Yes/No.”

We all know that the response is not going to be 100% “Yes.” It may not even be 95%. In fact, it may be considerably lower. Why so? Well one reason might be that people have been polled to death, and “Yes” is a boring answer to the question, so to shake things up a little, maybe I’ll just try ” No.”

In the answer to the Moslem question, we do not know that the respondents really believe that he is a Moslem. We only know that they have found a reason for saying that they believe that he is a Moslem. Their actual belief is only one of the possible reasons for saying that. Earlier in the year a survey found that some percentage (I forget what, and it was said to be a flawed poll) said that they believed that Obama was the Antichrist.

Why? Pollsters and sociologists will be looking into that for years to come. But, I suspect, that if the economy were to suddenly get hot, and unemployment was significantly reduced, Moslem and Antichrist “belief” would also fade.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
7:37 pm

Aw shucks, Ms. T.

:oops:

Tommy Maddox

September 3rd, 2010
7:46 pm

I was down @ Clayton Superior Court one day – my client is black. We were waiting around to start and got to talking about politics. When I asked him about Obama he said something very poignant:

“I’m ready for a black President but I don’t think he’s the one I’m waiting for.”

Truly prophetic.

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
7:50 pm

Where’s Colin Powell when the candidate he supported needs him? In the tall grass.

jconservative

September 3rd, 2010
7:52 pm

paleo-neo-Carlinist

Thanks for the Carlin tip. I will check it out.

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
7:53 pm

The ump just made a questionable strike call on Jason Heyward. Clearly another manifestation of the backlash against the browning of America.

Tommy Maddox

September 3rd, 2010
7:54 pm

Colin’s hiding.

Wow, that's Pulitzer material

September 3rd, 2010
7:57 pm

CT, of your last 7 columns, 3 have a racial context. Well done. So much for 25%. You really need a 3 day weekend to get you stuff together. I hope you enjoy your weekend and come back with some fresh ideas. Race is so tired, try a different subject. Maybe something that we could actually debate for a change.

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
7:57 pm

Sometimes I forget that half my family is brown. But then, I’m a conservative and therefore not interested in counting folks by race.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 3rd, 2010
8:04 pm

I think it would be a fair allegation to say that Muslims and Latinos are the unfortunate objects of indirect anger, arising from revulsion to leftist policies generally.

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 3rd, 2010
8:06 pm

Cynthia, your examples of this so-called “backlash” are extremely weak. Of the two items you cited, your best case is the anger over illegal immigration, but it’s always been the case that during bad economic times, whatever nationality of folks is doing the immigrating catches hell. Just so happens it’s Hispanics at the moment

I suspect that the real animating factor behind your post is the fact that Obama’s popularity has dropped and you are grasping for any straw other than his own failed, disastrous, economy-wrecking policies.

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
8:22 pm

…but it’s always been the case that during bad economic times, whatever nationality of folks is doing the immigrating catches hell.

Funny, I’ve been in construction since the late 70’s, and I don’t recall any “anger over illegal immigration” until 2009.

Scout

September 3rd, 2010
8:47 pm

Mr. Charlie:

You are correct sir. Most of them are living in their enclaves and refusing to assimilate (which is what their Imams command them to do).

Why?

It’s easier to introduce Sharia law that way. First the “enclaves” and then expand from there. Anyone who thinks that won’t happen has forgotten Justice O’Connor and her use of foreign law in interpreting our Constitution.

Moderate Line

September 3rd, 2010
8:51 pm

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
5:35 pm
jconservative@5:25, Thanks so much for the kind words. Just to clarify: I think economic disillusionment is a prime cause of this summer’s distress. Unfortunately, as you said, the causes of our current economy have been in the works for 30 years.
++++++++++++
I will take you at your word but when the headline of your article says, ”
Summer of discontent: Backlash to the browning of America” I believe a reasonable person would believe you are indicating that the you contribute the main cause to race.

Also I believe in something a little more troubling is occurring in our economy. We now have a situation were the economy can grow without producing jobs or a better living standard for working people. I believe the main reason jobs have not sprung back quickly after the last two recessions is primarily to the lack of manufacturing jobs. The service industry tends to recover later than manufacturing.

Moderate Line

September 3rd, 2010
9:00 pm

Kamchak

September 3rd, 2010
8:22 pm
…but it’s always been the case that during bad economic times, whatever nationality of folks is doing the immigrating catches hell.

Funny, I’ve been in construction since the late 70’s, and I don’t recall any “anger over illegal immigration” until 2009.
+++++++
The Davis-Bacon act which sets wage rates came into being because the North did not like black southerners from going North to work on public works projects.

kayaker 71

September 3rd, 2010
9:05 pm

CT,

Admit it, Bozo is a great disappointment to you and most of the black community. Only the ones who who blindly vote for someone because of his race are exempted but for the most part, people with education and means are sorely disappointed with this president. He had a chance to do great things. Just think of the opportunity that this guy had to begin to heal the racial divide in this country. I really don’t think that he gives a tinker’s damn about how bad racial relations are in this country. He had taken this great opportunity and blew it. To him, his government agenda is more important than racial harmony. He could have carved his name among the greats of American presidents with an effort to eliminate the hate, divisiveness and mistrust of both sides. But he didn’t. And I think you and most people like you are shaking their heads right now and bemoaning the fact that this opportunity will not present itself anytime in the near future, if ever.

ctucker

September 3rd, 2010
9:11 pm

Moderate Line@ 8:51, I expect any reasonable person to read the entire post. And good night to all.

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