In the Wall Street Journal, William McGurn draws attention to the escalation of the Kulturkampf between the Reds and Blues in the United States. Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was rebuked for describing the Soviet Union as the “evil empire,” but it is now commonplace for the political class to say far worse things about the plain people.
The mutual contempt between the Reds and Blues has been on prominent display for over a year now. In California, Judge Vaughn Walker concluded that opposition to gay marriage could only be motivated by bigotry. In Arizona, Judge Bolton gutted SB 1070 to protect illegal aliens from law enforcement.
Earlier this year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed Obamacare protestors as an astroturf mob “carrying swastikas.” Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, described them as “evil mongers.” The Tea Party was accused of spitting on the Congressional Black Caucus and screaming racial slurs without evidence.
More recently, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said New Yorkers opposed to the Ground Zero Mosque should be “ashamed of themselves.” The NAACP accused the Tea Party of “racism.” Andrew Breitbart returned fire and the Shirley Sherrod scandal followed.
The Red vs. Blue paradigm explains many other stories that happened this year. The Hutaree militia story was blown utterly out of proportion to its actual significance because of Blue paranoia over a Red uprising. Similarly, the Journolist exposé confirmed the Red’s worst suspicions of Blue media bias.
Newsweek is selling for a dollar because Reds have deserted the newsmagazine. Michelle Obama is being ridiculed as a modern day Marie Antoinette over her recent lavish trip to Spain. Analogies to the French Revolution are now being made because of White America’s loss of faith in established institutions.
The Red backlash is the other side of the story: Scott Brown’s upset in Massachusetts, Missouri nullifying Obamacare, Arizona vs. Washington over immigration, Republican candidates like Nathan Deal challenging the federal government to “sue us too,” the rising tide of opposition to birthright citizenship, the anti-Mosque movement, etc.
The Blues are furious with the Reds for playing defense on “racism.” Reds are increasingly willing to hoist the banner of White victimization. This has been decried as a “50 state Southern strategy” and “Willie Hortonism” and “scaring White people” to gain political advantage.
In the 2008 election, the John McCain campaign downplayed the Rev. Wright story, but now Republicans eagerly hang the New Black Panthers around the neck of Democrats. John McCain himself has retreated from his former position on amnesty for illegal aliens.
The new aggressiveness of the Reds has the Blues pining for the good old days of the Bush administration which the New York Times calls “another eon of Republican politics.” George W. Bush was dedicated to building a multiracial coalition that included Hispanic voters. He called Islam a “religion of peace.”
Since that time, the Red uprising has forced Republican politicians like John McCain and Lindsey Graham to fight for their survival. Republican Senators who voted for amnesty have been forced to retire, change their positions, switch parties, or have been defeated.
Heading into the 2010 elections, the Red uprising continues to reconfigure the political landscape. Conservatives and Independents have joined forces in a populist backlash against the status quo. There has a solidification in the White vote which the two parties have traditionally divided.
White America now has a greater sense of unity and consciousness of itself. It feels more like an outsider and has grown more assertive about airing its grievances. It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary aberration brought about by an economic downturn or a sign of a longer term adaptation to changing racial demographics.
Note: The term “Red” doesn’t refer to Whites in general. It refers to a specific class of White Americans, namely, the “Implicit Whites” who are content to quietly live their own lives, but who increasingly find themselves under attack by the “Blues,” or the political class, which of course includes most of the Jews.