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It's Not About Losing the 'White Establishment'; It's About Losing America
On election night, the moment that Bill O'Reilly stated on FOX News that the "white establishment is now the minority", I knew the mainstream media would latch onto that quote and not let go. I knew they would completely disregard the point he was trying to make, and attribute his concerns to that of people's skin color, rather than the loss of traditional American fundamentals for achieving prosperity. After all, that's what the left does. They disintegrate serious issues down into their lowest common denominator.
How many times have we heard dopes in the media insist that conservatives aren't rejecting President Obama's policies, but rather the color of his skin? How many times have we heard them insist that conservatives are against illegal immigration, not for security, education, and economic reasons, but rather because they don't like Hispanics? How many times have we heard them insist that when conservatives point out how far our welfare programs have been stretched, they're really pointing out how African Americans are a strain on our society?
Heck, there's an entire cast of intellectually-deficient nuts over at MSNBC who've staked their careers on racist dog-whistles only they can hear.
To them, Bill O'Reilly suggesting than an Obama victory was an end to the "white establishment" was like free porn. It gave every hard-left nitwit something to play over and over again to confirm their own shallow, instinctive belief: Conservatives (aka old, rich, white guys) have been stacking the deck against minorities in this country.
If O'Reilly had it to do over again, my guess is that he would have argued his point a bit differently. Regardless, let's look at the real problem for a minute...
Our country is in an absolute crisis. We've saddled our children with a national debt they'll never be able to pay off. Trillion-dollar, annual deficits and chronic unemployment are the new norm. Gas prices are through the roof. Our economy's barely growing. Our safety-net programs are lunging toward insolvency. The budget-busting, quality-healthcare-killing Obamacare is our new reality. Inflation's about to explode. People aren't able to retire. A record number of Americans are on food-stamps and other welfare programs. Half of college-graduates can't find work. Another recession is now a real threat. We continue to enact policies that discourage innovation, private investment, hiring, hard work, self-reliance, personal responsibility and practically every other uniquely American fundamental that made this country what it is.
For the media to largely gloss over all of this chaos, and fixate instead over the notion that conservative-thinking people are worried about the dwindling percentage of white people in this country... Well, it's beyond pathetic. Conservatives aren't the ones who obsess over race. Liberals are - especially those in the media who feel compelled to inject it into practically every discussion.
Conservatives are worried about real problems, and the real consequences that come from not fixing those problems. We're worried about our country's move toward a European economic model where wealth-creation, individual success, and self-sufficiency are viewed as immoral and unhelpful to society. We're worried about a complete collapse of the U.S. economy. We're worried about the rejection of everything that is unique about America, and the freedoms that led us to become the world's greatest success story.
No one's stressing out over skin color.
But if the media wants to have an honest discussion about the "white establishment", a far more interesting debate would be its use as cultural boogieman for the modern Democratic party.
For years, the Democrats have been pushing the narrative that the GOP is the party of old, rich, white guys - the inference being that such people are obviously worthy of our disdain. They've done this, not just to pander to the changing demographics in our country, but because they need a scapegoat to explain why their own policies, over the past several decades, haven't bettered the lives of people in minority communities. Unemployment, poverty, and high school drop-out rates in these communities continue to soar (as they did even before the economic meltdown in 2008) in Democratic strong-holds throughout the nation. Things aren't getting better. They're getting worse. Thus, an excuse is needed.
It's not all that different than how leaders in the Middle East use America as an all-purpose propaganda tool to explain to their people while their lives are so terrible. It keeps the public's anger directed away from the real source of their problems: The actions and decisions of their leaders.
The reality is that the biggest obstacle standing in the way of the success of racial minorities in this country isn't the "white establishment." It's the pompousness and condescension of the modern liberal movement. It's these people who work diligently to convince minorities that they simply can't succeed in America, based on their own merits. It's these people who advance the idea that the deck is firmly stacked against them. It's these people who have such little faith in minorities to achieve greatness through individual success, that they promote victimization and dependency as their only salvation. They are the ones who sell the idea that the betterment of minorities' lives can only come at the expense of wealthy people. For many, the envy-fueled argument is a compelling one.
It's this the culture that is worthy of a serious discussion. It's this culture that conservatives worry about.