Obama II: It's the End of the White People's World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

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Tons of talk on the interwebs yesterday about the inauguration and what it all meant (racism is undead, Obama won't have a waltz, presidents can't change the weather, other unexciting true facts). But, look. It did mean something. This is not 2008. We can debate what road we're down, but we're four years farther down some kind of a road.

For a lot of people like me (old white people), the big shocker in 2008 came when Obama was nominated, long before he got elected, and it had to do with old white people like me. For whatever reason, race had been off our table for at least a couple decades as a topic of casual social conversation. All of a sudden it was back on, for better or for worse.

Nah, take that back. For worse. The shocker for white libtards like me was that so many of our white-faced non-libtard brethren had somehow managed to survive from the post-World War II era to well into the 21st century with very little or no meaningful experience of diversity. How did they miss that memo? I do not know. That's a job for some very bright social historian someday.

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But here was the deal: The real pain inflicted on those folks by the emergence of Obama had to do with a very critical chapter in the saga of diversification -- the part where white people confront for the first time black people of a higher social class than their own. Take it from me, an old white guy, that is a major light bulb moment for us, because it is the moment in one's personal social evolution where class is decoupled from race.

You say to yourself, "Wow, these guys went to Harvard, and they've had all these big positions, and they hang with all these people who would never talk to me, so I guess they're farther up the ladder than I am. And they're black. So I guess class doesn't go by that anymore."

Everybody should have had that moment somewhere back in the '90s. But tons of older white people somehow never did. And because of the way America media stack the images, all of a sudden in 2008 here was this high-class black family right in their faces all day long.

Then the next piece. We all know this one by now. After the 2008 election, Republicans were in deep despair, fearful their party was off the charts and out of power at least for a generation and maybe forever. But they regained their mojo when Republican congressional leaders resolved to organize the entire party around Obama-rejection.

And how could that work? Even if the guy is president, how can you organize a national political party around opposition to just one dude? It worked because Obama-rejection was only symbolic and only a triggering mechanism for older white anger and disorientation from a world they did not recognize, understand or in any way accept. And really that was not new.

Republicans have been the White People's Party since Ronald Reagan. Southern strategy? Please. It was the white strategy. That's why all of this sudden post-2012 GOP outreach to Hispanics is so laughable. The real headline is, "White People's Party Seeks Non-white voters to Shore Up Chances." It's an appeal that is basically loony at its core.

So where are we now, on this day after the inauguration, and how is it different from 2008? For one thing it's hugely different because in the 2012 campaign the party of Mitt ("47 Percent") Romney cranked up the racial air raid warnings full volume for as long and as hard as they could crank, and it did not work. Old Forty-Seven lost. Obama won. In trying to comprehend its defeat, the Party of White People has focused, of course, on all those non-white votes. It's not a bad thing for them to focus on. Just about everybody black voted for the president, three-fourths of Latinos and even a large plurality of the one minority Republicans thought they could count on, Asians.

Forgive me, however, if that is not my own personal focus today. I am gazing back at the 39 percent of whites who voted for the president, a share that nipped up toward 44 percent when you looked at 18- to 29-yard-olds. Those numbers say two things.
One. White people don't run national elections any more. The decisive votes in this election were non-white. But, two. Four out of ten white people rejected the racial identity appeal of the Republican Party. It didn't work for them. Why? Well, technically we have arrived back at that point where things are above my pay grade. I really do not know.

But I can guess. I guess that four in 10 white people looked at the new diverse world in front of their eyeballs and said, "You know what, this is how it is, and I kind of like it. I don't believe that class and opportunity and privilege should be the unfair legacy of skin color, or, while we're at it, gender or sexual preference or whether or not you're in a wheelchair or any of that other old ugly mid-century crap."

This is 2012. This is better. We're all headed for better. Even four out of 10 white people are headed for better. As for the other six, I can tell you where most of them are headed, because I feel their pain. They're headed for bed.

Tempered expectations, global warming, fiscal cliff, gun control battles, yeah, yeah, yeah. Things are tough all over. We all get that. But this was a damned good day anyway, and we need to grab our damned good days when we can. Hurray for him, hurray for us, hurray for the nation, hurray for a better tomorrow. Hurray! OK?

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Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

WHEEEEEEEE - the endless carousel ride of myside am smarter/better/prettier than your side while the carnie just keeps taken money from all the riders

joedell.at
joedell.at

there are other places in the world where people enjoy full freedom, they don't have to defend it with an ak47 assault rifle everyday. A place where there're not school shootings.

30 day payed vacation. fair enough!

Universal health care for all.

A democrat would become a republican in just a second..interested?

come to europe

we can help


www.emigrarjuntos.com


brl001
brl001

Dear Jim: Your article is stupid on nearly too many fronts to mention. First of all, Obama won by1.4%. That is hardly a windswept change. Second, if you change the vote in three counties in the country, Obama would have lost. Third, Democrats have the media on their side. People read stupid shit like your articles and actually believe it. Fourth, the Republican Congress was also reelected.

The real issue has nothing to do with his skin (remember he is half white) and everything to do with his unsustainable socialists policies. Economic ruin is in the future. A country cannot have never ending $1.3 trillion deficits without economic disaster. Obama has made being a loser acceptable and celebrated. If you are uneducated, living on welfare and foodstamps, that is now a perfectly acceptable lifestyle. Personal responsibility has vanished. It is now OK to live on unemployment for 2 1/2 years!

BurtonCooper
BurtonCooper

Doesn't your heart just bleed for all these poor old white people?

They have ruled the world with a murderous, iron fist for over 400 years and they're just plum tuckered out.

monawashington62
monawashington62

Wow are you for real? The world has never belong to the white man alone. The world belongs to the Almighty Creator. God just allows mankind to think we own something. Besides what do you the Native Americans were saying the the white man came a took over their lands? The only thing mankind,(white, black, red, yellow, pink) belongs to is the thought of how we can hate and kill each other. That's what America is built on murder and hate. Now the white man needs to claim that. Since white people are the most likely to murder, rob and then hide their faces and hands. Then want to blame all non-whites for the problems they are living through. Weak I say, just weak and white. May God have mercy on the white man's evil and sinful soul too.

betsycamp
betsycamp

On election day, a Facebook "friend" (white, male, republican) posted this status update,"Just voted and everyone in line looked like me.  Good news!"  Jebus.

leftocenter
leftocenter

Even four out of 10 white people are headed for better. As for the other six, I can tell you where most of them are headed, because I feel their pain. They're headed for bed.

@JimSX MY FAVORITE PRINT MEDIA LINE EVER!

What bothers me is that the "Tea Party" call themselves that -- as if Obama's election reflects lack of representation.  It's so under-pinned with racism it turns my stomach...

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

Let's cut to the quick: you're a shameless fucking idiot.

rbeez
rbeez

JIm, just exactly whom do you think elected Obama? Especially this go around?  White people. I wish you would think more often. But I guess that would make for boring columns in the world of the Observer. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

I didn't vote for President Obama the first time around.  A lot of people did, and he won (obviously).  Of course, I always vote for an off-party candidate with real ideals that closely match my own.  I wouldn't vote for a Republican or a Democrat to be the head of the student council, much less for a real government post.  Through the last 60 years of our country's existence two things have been constant; The political duopoly of Dems/Reps and a decline of our standard of living.  Einstein stated the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I held a lot of hope for President Obama.  While I against many of his far left ideals and policies, some of his moderate ideals were appealing.  I was supportive of a national healthcare system.  If government is going to fix healthcare, it has to run it.  If it isn't running the show, it needs to stay out of the way, because it will only mess things up with bureaucratic nonsense.  President Obama stopped halfway and gave us a bigger healthcare mess than we had before.  Between democrat and republican bickering in Congress, my taxes went up.  Now my healthcare costs me more (about 34% more as of Aug 2012), my taxes cost me more, and the government offers up only more heartache and more fruitless ways to waste my money.  Not all of this is directly the fault of the President, and I place equal blame on the republicans and democrats in the Congress and on a court system that has slowly but surely made a mockery of the 'inalienable rights' we're supposed to have.

But where does the responsibility lie?  Do we blame affirmative action? How about blaming minority welfare recipients?  Old white men? Young black men?  Give up?  The answer is the person you see every morning (no Jim, not Mrs. Schutze), mugging at you from the mirror.  WE the People continue to vote for these parties that are raping our society.  We the People go complacently along with whatever the media and the party pundits tell us is the truth.  We can fix it, but we won't.  We're too lazy to come up with our own ideals, and the Party gives them to us in easy to digest soundbites.  Discover the independent parties out there folks.  There were a lot more than two parties on the ballot last November, any number of which could better represent any one of you than either Romney or Obama did.  (besides there's also a lot of very entertaining kooks running in those parties)  Want to send a message to Washington that the country is tired of their bullshit?  Give them a Congress that has 4, 5 or more parties with no clear majority.  Make them work with bipartisanship or be irrelevant.  Make a difference, not a statement.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

I expect better from Mr Schutze - this is just a sad attempt to be purposefully provocative.  Even sadder it appears to have worked.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

If the President wants to hold on to the police and military, he needs to provoke the gun-toters into some kind of terrorism prematurely.  They are beginning to go wobbly on the usurpations.

red72zcar
red72zcar

@joedell.at say...didn't we save your shit twice in the last century.  The EU is going down hard if it doesn't reject its socialist ways.  First Greece, then Spain, likely France not far behind.  Thank God the Atlantic is wider and deeper than the Rio Grande.

joearpaio
joearpaio

@brl001 The GOTP almost didn't lose!  Whoohoo!  Lost seats in the Senate, lost seats in the House!  Whoohoo!  I like the part where you celebrate loosing ground.  You are deluded.

1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

Evil and sinful souls are color blind, and will be found in persons of all ages, races, colors, ethnicities, nationalities, religious persuasions, sexual orientations . . . . hopefully, you get the point.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@clevertrousers

Just curious: how did you choose your blog name?

casiepierce
casiepierce

@rbeezPretty sure he's saying that: "...four in 10 white people looked at the new diverse world..." Reading comprehension 101.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@holmantx The gun maniacs don't need provocation.  This afternoon another college, in Houston this time, was shot up.

joearpaio
joearpaio

@JimSX Obviously, the name was chosen because clever bought a size up to accomodate for the Depends.

gollyrojer
gollyrojer

@TheCredibleHulk @rbeez Not sure what Jim is getting at here, but if 59 qualifies as "OLD" then I'm an old white guy. Voted for Obama both times. Not because he's black (actually half-black), but because he was the best of the choices. Not all of us are mired in the prevalent mentality of the decade of our birth.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx You put it perfectly.  The maniacs don't need provocation (nor do they need a gun).  However, law-abiding citizens who responsibly own firearms, yes, even those super scary semi-automatic ones, are mostly extremely patriotic people who love this country and many of whom serve this country will need extreme provocation to become a menace.  Just like every woman who owns cats isn't bat-shit crazy.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx

Ft. Hood shooter - Registered Democrat

Columbine shooters - Too young to vote but both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals.

Virginia Tech shooter - Registered Democrat - Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff.

Colorado Theater shooter - Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal.

Connecticut School Shooter - Registered Democrat; hated Christians.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ shooter – Leftist, registered Democrat.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel So as long as erroneous information is offered in support of your point of view, it makes little difference.  Uh Huh.  Got it.  Marvel you disappoint.  Have YOU gone and checked the facts?  Or are you solely relying on elizabeth morgan's 'facts'.  

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel @elizabethcmorgan Actual Facts??? What is the voting age in the United States?  Marvel?  Elizabeth?  It is 18, in every state, including Connecticut.  26th amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@elizabethcmorgan Voting age in CN is 21?  In violation of the 26th Amendment of the Constitution?  I think not dearie.  If you are going to accuse someone of spreading malicious lies, it really doesn't help your case to have your argument based on lies as well.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@red72zcar I think we can safely say that wherever on the political spectrum white "supremists" --it's "supremacists," by the way --  are found, it isn't on the liberal or progressive side.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@red72zcar My point remains. Let's see the evidence that those shooters were Democrats or liberals. I haven't seen the evidence yet. Have you? Has holmantx, who started this thread?

The blogs overflow with misinformation and just plain lies. Why should it be held to any lower standard than any other medium?

I don't mind arguing politics. What I mind is people pulling "facts" out of thin air. It's disrespectful to everyone on the blog.


red72zcar
red72zcar

@elizabethcmorgan Harris and Klebold's diaries only mentioned that they wanted to 'outdo' McVeigh's 'event', no discussion of his political leanings.  They did not mention any motivation beyond bullying.  They wrote about 'events 'such as Oklahoma City, Waco, and Vietnam.  No political leanings were noted in their diaries.

red72zcar
red72zcar

@elizabethcmorgan Wade Michael Page may have been a white supremist but that doesn't make him a rabid right-leaning Conservative any more than being a muslim makes you rabid left-leaning Communist.  Like Hasan or John Allen Muhammad.

red72zcar
red72zcar

@elizabethcmorgan while Virginia is an open primary state, your are restricted from voting in both primaries, same as Texas.  The poll workers control this by stamping your registration with "Voted XXXXX Primary", thus it is fair to assume that a voter is of same party as the primary he/she voted.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantx Hey, holmmtx. Got that list of sources yet for the "Democrats are mass-shooters" comment you posted three days ago? Some cynics here are starting to think you made that stuff up. But I say, no, you wait. he'll come up with it. Don't disappoint me.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantxA seemingly reasonable person recently commented on this very blogsite:  "The easiest way to source any statement or assertion on a blog is to "paint" the discourse..."

So I'm wondering, holmantx, did you "paint" any of these claims, then right-click and do all that good stuff? Or is it your practice to pass along any old thing -- like a sneeze or a cough in A crowded room?

bmarvel
bmarvel

@elizabethcmorgan Thank you for bringing actual facts to this discussion, Elizabeth. Because it's only  blog, and because they're cloaked in anonymity, commenters feel free to say any old thing that pops into their imagination. That is, they lie.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantx

"Ft. Hood shooter - Registered Democrat...Columbine shooters - Too young to vote but both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals..."and so on.

Three days, now, holmantx. Still can't find the sources for this stuff? Could it be that you made it up?

brl001
brl001

@holmantx @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TheCredibleHulk .....Jim is a moron!

elizabethcmorgan
elizabethcmorgan

@holmantx

Your accusations that the shooters were registered Democrats is false. These were rumors planted by Alex Jones and the loonies at Breitbart.

Nidal Hasan was a registered voter in Virginia before coming to Texas and there is no partisan registration in that state. 

Ditto to Seung-Hui Cho who was a resident of Virginia which makes it impossible for him to be a registered Democrat.

James Holmes wasn't even registered to vote AT ALL. The first claim was based on another individual with the same name.

How could Adam Lanza have been a registered Democrat? He was only 20 and the voting age is 21 in Connecticut.

There is no evidence to suggest that Jared Loughner was a Democrat.

Klebold and Harris worshipped Timothy McVeigh so it is doubtful they were Democrats. 

Noteworthy, however, is your omission of several mass shooters in the recent news that were rabid right-leaning Conservatives and even white supremists.  Wade Michael Page and Dr. George Tiller are two that come to mind immediately.

Don't believe everything you read or hear on any extreme website or radio show; right or left.





bmarvel
bmarvel

@holmantx @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz STILL waiting for your sources on this, holmantx. Not doubting, mind you. But this information hasn't appeared anywhere else, so it would be interesting to know where you found it.

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx gee, I didn't know the republicans were killing Jews.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@TheCredibleHulk 

Who's the Nazi?

In a May 27, 1964, taped telephone conversation, President Lyndon Johnson said to his national security adviser, McGeorge Bundy: "I don't think it's worth fighting for and I don't think we can get out." Johnson also said: "What in the hell is Vietnam worth to me? What is Laos worth to me? What is it worth to this country?"

At the time, there were only 16,000 U.S. forces in Vietnam, where there had been only 266 U.S. deaths. 

The U.S. deployment would peak at more than 500,000 in 1969 and 58,000 would die there. Estimates are that 2 million Vietnamese were killed in the same period.

From a George Will column last week in the DMN.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TheCredibleHulk

Black Guerrilla Family

Symbionese Liberation Army

Black Liberation Army.

Black Militant Front

The People's Army

Black Panther Party

Revolutionary Action Movement

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Then Mr. Schutzes kind pacified us with Great Society legislation.

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