Monday, November 24, 2014

From Walter Russell Mead

Obama’s Big Miscalculation - The American Interest: "Latinos are the new blacks: a permanent racial minority or subgroup in the American political system that will always feel separate from the country’s white population and, like African-Americans, will vote Democratic. On this assumption, the Democratic approach to Hispanic Americans should be clear: the more the merrier. That is a particularly popular view on the more leftish side of the Democratic coalition, where there’s a deep and instinctive fear and loathing of Jacksonian America (those “bitterly clinging” to their guns, their Bibles, and their individualistic economic and social beliefs). The great shining hope of the American left is that a demographic transition through immigration and birthrates will finally make all those tiresome white people largely irrelevant in a new, post-American America. 
Of course, this is perfectly true. But if that is true aren't the members of the ethnic group scheduled from elimination from history in their own country right to be somewhat hostile to the new arrivals? Or, more precisely, to the elites that hope to use the new arrivals as a path to elimination of the bitter-clingers and their reactionary influence?

But that is the genius of modern liberalism, picking fights where any punching back from the other side is delegitimized as racism or sexism.

This is what makes the situation so reminiscent of the English Civil War.

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