Friday, July 17, 2009

Tell me again why Pat Buchanan is still relevant…

Have you guys seen this video yet? It’s crazy (I know it's a little long, but it's worth it).

I think white men were 100% of the people who wrote the constitution, 100% of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country basically built by white folks.
First off, I have to say I just love Rachel Maddow. The fact she was able to keep her cool in the face of Buchanan’s idiocy and blatant racism is testament to her awesomeness. (Though I do wish she would have laid the smack down a little more aggressively.)

Second, Buchanan’s effort to compare the nomination of Supreme Court judges to Olympic track runners or hockey players is a blatant straw man argument. With sports, there is a clear way to measure who the fastest runner is or the stats of a hockey player, but with judges there is no clear qualifier.

Also, in all of the Republican arguments against Judge Sotomayor they’ve failed to mention what equally qualified person was overlooked for this position (not to mention how we’re supposed to even begin to quantify who’s more qualified) or why they believe that Sotomayor must automatically be an “affirmative action pick.”

At least beyond the reason that she’s brown.

President Obama may have set out to nominate a judge that was a female minority, but that doesn’t necessarily make his pick of Sotomayor a lesson in affirmative action. Obama’s single goal was to diversify a court that is supposed to represent all of the people of the United States. I don’t understand why the idea that a court made up of 98% white males may not be the best representation of the people of America is such a hard concept for some people to grasp.

I also find it interesting that in Pat’s mind there weren’t any other races in the 1960’s besides white and black. Maybe he’s just hoping we’ll return to the “good old days” when white made up 90% of the American population (though when that was ever historically correct I have no idea), but defying the facts of history to try and rationalize his racism is a poor move on his part.

(I should point out though, that this is coming from a guy who claimed that, ‘no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans,” and that “America has been the best country on earth for black folks.”)

The sad thing is Buchanan doesn’t even realize that pointing out the racial inequities that this country was founded on doesn’t make people more sympathetic to the poor downtrodden white male. If anything, it makes the white male privilege even more obvious.

See, when a person of color (or a woman) is accomplished it must be because society gave him/her a leg up. They are simply seen as being incapable of having any achievements based on their own merits. But when a white male is accomplished, they are seen as doing so in face of “reverse racism” and therefore exalted to an even higher level in the eyes of other white males.

It’s all bullshit.

The fact MSNBC continuously gives Buchanan a platform to spew this sort of nonsense makes them no better then Limbaugh or Beck. I wonder if any other MSNBC anchor will call them out on it.

Update: I just want to add this video of Maddow where she re-addresses this issue.

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