First they Came for the WASPs

18 May

I think I’ve put my finger on at least part of the reason why the right wing – both establishment and tea party – has gone completely insane.

In the olden days, government was a restricted club favoring white men whose last names don’t end in vowels. Ethnics were, for the most part, to be governed – not to govern.

Well, that’s not altogether true.

Names like “Scalia” and “Alito” are ok, because they’re conservative ethnics. They play on the same team as the WASP elites, and support the same things. It’s when you have names like “Sotomayor” or “Kagan“, well then all hell breaks loose. The former was accused of being a La Raza anti-white bigoted socialist klan-esque terrorist. The latter is accused of being an anti-gun socialist inexperienced lesbian Jew.

Buchanan’s channeling of Julius Streicher aside, this piece from a paper owned by Scottish Australian (since we’re keeping track) Rupert Murdoch, is astonishing in its pathetic WASP nostalgia.

In old-money enclaves like Palm Beach, Fla., Nantucket, Mass., and Greenwich, Conn., WASPs are being priced out of their waterfront estates and displaced on their nonprofit boards by Jewish, Catholic and other non-Protestant entrepreneurs.

The United States has always been a heterogeneous country – hardly a “nation” in the truest definition of that word, but a conglomeration of nations within one state who have consented to live together under a new governmental construct. Not for nothing Serbs and Croats lived side-by-side in Queens while their countrymen fought each other bitterly back home in the 90s.

And while people like to denigrate “political correctness”, it has become politically incorrect for the WASP establishment that ran this country to attack the nouveau powerful for their ethnicity. And that’s objectively a good thing. New York in particular has only ethnics running for Governor. Levy, Cuomo, Lazio, Paladino – that fact is something that Americans should embrace, not bemoan. That this country has attracted people from around the world to escape ancient hatreds and get ahead on merit rather than heritage may no longer be unique (see Canada, Australia) but was revolutionary.

The conservatives want to “conserve” the vestiges of WASP lordships in business and politics, but that’s a fight that’s long been lost.

13 Responses to “First they Came for the WASPs”

  1. Brian Castner May 18, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    I think the label “conservative” means little in your analysis here – you say the main stream right has gone insane, but significant portions of the main stream right (i.e. The Weekly Standard) is overwhelmingly Jewish. Srsly, have you ever read the magazine cover to cover? You’ll never learn so much about Jewish culture and historical figures. Unless there is a degree of self-hate here (there’s not), then “conservative” is far too broad a brush for your critique.

  2. Buffalo Girl May 18, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    The way you think sometimes reminds me of Jon Stewart.

  3. Ward May 18, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    And then there’s all the “Waspish”, “right-wing”, “Tea Party” disdain for the Jewish candidate for the Senate from Connecticut.
    It couldn’t have anything to do with his lying repeatedly about having served in Vietnam. Nah–just “completely insane” snobbishness. Yeah, whatever.

    • BrianS May 19, 2010 at 9:37 am #

      There’s the rule….and then there’s the exception to the rule. Learn to tell the difference, unless you’re refusing to just becasue it serves your purpose. Gee, what are the chances of THAT?

      • Ward May 19, 2010 at 11:08 am #

        OK, here’s the “rule”:

        Republicans screw up (have an affair with an aide), they quit.
        Democrats screw up (say they fought in Vietnam when they did not), they dissemble and stay until the electorate tosses them.

        And the “exception”:

        Democrats have an affair with their underage interns (Gerry Studds) and they turn their back on the dais when their censure is being read to them–then stay on for a decade more because they’re from Massachusetts.

      • Rob May 19, 2010 at 11:37 am #

        That’s some rule. I guess Jim Gibbons, John Ensign, Mark Sanford and David Vitter (among others) didn’t get the memo?

        Ward if you ever post anything that makes any sense it’ll be the first time.

      • Eric Saldanha May 19, 2010 at 11:46 am #

        Gerry Stubbs? Why not rev up the time machine all the way and bring up Wilbur Mills dancing in the Tidal Basin with Argentinian stripper Fanne Foxe?

        And, also. What Rob said – Gibbons, Ensign, Sanford, Vitter, Michael Steele’s House of Lesbian Bondage Sex Parties, etc.

      • Ward May 19, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

        Exception to the rule for all politicians in Louisiana and Nevada, of course. I think we can agree on that, Rob. (The self-proclaimed “Eddie Edwards Rule” — he said he could get re-elected unless he was “caught in bed with a live boy or a dead woman”.)

  4. Mike in WNY May 19, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    The total disconnect between reality and this blog post is astonishing.

  5. Starbuck May 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    The conservatives want to “conserve” the vestiges of WASP lordships in business and politics, but that’s a fight that’s long been lost.

    Another great example of what Pundit’s talking about is how many completely insane conservatives – both establishment and tea party – so strongly supported WASPy Methodist Marco Rubio’s primary campaign for Senate against Charlie Crist who’s a Roman Catholic Latino son of immigrants.

    Obviously “the conservatives” are a bunch of bigoted racist xenophobes who want to “conserve” the vestiges of Rubio family lordship in our nation’s business and politics.

    • Alan Bedenko May 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

      Conservatives tolerate Cuban emigres, or as Rubio calls them “exiles” because they are above all anti-Communist.

      Somehow, other Latino “exiles” – political and economic – are disposable. Weird.

      • Starbuck May 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

        Yes, if Rubio’s parents had been from anywhere in Latin America other than Cuba, undoubtedly “the conservatives” would’ve supported Charlie Crist against him because they’re such bigots except toward Cubans.

        It’s the same reason why Louisiana, so full of conservatives, refused to elect Gov. Jindal. Oh wait, he won. Well, his skin is white so that doesn’t count. Oh wait, it isn’t. Well, he must be secretly Cuban.

        Not only are the conservatives mostly racist bigots, but they do it in such complicated ways. Damn them!

  6. hank May 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    Boy, this one made me just about eject my stomach feeding tube laughing.
    I have never made a distinction about a politician by their ethnicity. The Left does, especially in WNY. Remember the Snooze article “It’s time Buffalo had a black Mayor?” I do. Like the amount of melanin in one’s skin(or the lack of ) has some kind of effect on ability to govern, build consensus, or administrate. Dr James Williams knows how to administrate, though he does lean towards the Pattonesque. Byron Brown couldn’t build a house out of lego’s, much less a consensus, or run the city.

    I am a student of National Socialism. In the words of Adolf Eichmann,”there are places in the world such as Britain and America, wherer Judism is merely considered a form of religious practice, and not as a racial group, therefore there may be many more uncounted Isrealites in the rest of the world (At the Wansee conference in 1942).

    That’s certainly the way I see politicians. They’re religious practice, or lack of doesn’t matter one bit. And for both sides—we have a cross to bear. People who are drawn to public service normally have ego’s bigger than Niagara Falls, and power corrupts all but the very very cautious ones. Both Parties have their scumbags, and way too many of them. Which keeps people of high moral values, high self esteem and who live their lives with honor from going into public service.

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