Yep, We’re Talking Kleinheider Again, Probably for the Last Time, at Least for a While

Check this:

We are undergoing a rapid demographic shift in this country that will
eventually tilt this country’s politics leftward. If we do not slow it
down not only will the white majority in this country disappear but any
chance for a Republican or conservative majority will disappear as well.

Y’all, I give up.  No, I’m serious.  I give up on trying to tease Kleinheider into behaving himself because now… now we’re really beyond parody here.

I mean, look at this.  Here we have a conservative Catholic American of European descent bitching yet again about the arrival, in large numbers of people who are, by and large, culturally conservative Catholic Americans of European descent. 

Kleinheider, have you no sense?  Is your head so far up your ass on this issue that you cannot see the forest for the trees?

As long as the vast majority of immigrants to this country come from other American countries, chances are that they’re going to be very, very much just like you–socially conservative Christians of some mix of European stock.

 What the fuck is so scary about that to you?

Kleinheider, need I remind you that Catholics in the United States have faced and continue to face persecution from White Power groups?  Do I have to spell out for you what that means?  You’re not White.

You might have white skin.  You might have blond hair and blue eyes.  You might be able to quote from Pat Buchanan at length, but guess what?  He’s Catholic, too.  He doesn’t count.

 And it doesn’t matter how certain you are that you’re white, when the whities with the “right” beliefs about Jesus start drawing the circles around who gets to be White and who doesn’t, you’re on the outside looking in, buddy.

Can I just share with you my pet peeve about conservatives (speaking broadly and caveating the fuck out of this by saying that, of course, not all conservatives are like this blah blah blah), it’s that they’re so big into tradition–“We have to make a stand for traditional marriage.  Someone needs to take a stand for the traditional working man.  What can we do to keep this country traditionally white or Christian or whatever.”–but when you try to nail them down about when this fabulous time that everything was working so great was, they can’t tell you.

 Like, right now, I’m going to ask Kleinheider when this fabulous time was when Catholics were welcomed with open arms into the definition of “Whiteness” and he’s not going to answer.

Because there is no time.  There’s no time in the past when everything worked how it should and all white men were skipping gayly around the United States back before gay meant anything other than happy, back before when all women stayed home and raised the children, and no one got divorced or had abortions or was ever unhappy, and everyone went to church and you could trust the government and look up to politicians yippy skippy rainbows. 

That time did not exist.

The only way you can look back at our past and pretend like things were better back then than they are now is if you shut one eye and don’t look too hard with the other one.

We have no “traditions” that map neatly and unproblematically onto the things conservatives call “traditional.”  That doesn’t mean that many of the things conservatives stand for aren’t useful ideas; many of them are.

But to cloak them in the term “traditional” when anyone with half a brain knows we aren’t talking about the real past but some fairy-tale version of it is intellectually dishonest.

So, Kleinheider, I’m done with you.  Probably not forever, but for a while.  Because I like you and it hurts my heart to see you being such a dumb-ass.

Be conservative; I don’t give a shit.  But base your conservatism in reality, not in fairy tales.  That I can’t abide by. 

2 thoughts on “Yep, We’re Talking Kleinheider Again, Probably for the Last Time, at Least for a While

  1. But, B, you failed to point out that even if Kleinheider were white, this kind of bold-faced racism is evil. He talks about the demise of the Republican party in terms that suggest the demise of each Republican person. I don’t see how immigration is killing anyone, and I think that Kleinheider’s suggestion that the Republicans have to do something about it reads lots like other talk leading up to acts of war and genocide. His assertion that the Rupublicans can’t assimilate the immigrants coming in at this pace asserts a baseless claim that he thinks he – as a Republican? or as "white"? or as what I don’t know – has some natural right to not only live in America but to maintain a numerical and political majority. Of course he is here legally and so he can be upset at other here illegally, but to not separate their status as illegal from their ethinicity and political leanings is absurd and vile. If it were people supportive of Republican ideals, would be turn his back to the other problems?

  2. The time did exist! Mommy and Daddy were right, right? And they were always happy and never lied or cheated, and had all the answers. And everyone who came over for dinner was white, and everyone at church was Christian. And after church, when we watched football, we all knew what team was ours (though I thought Auburn was in Georgia).Wasn’t it so much better then? What’s wrong with wanting Daddy to take out his belt and shoo the world away? Every new face, language, idea is a step further from childhood, a step closer to the end.

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