Welcome to the loud, obnoxious and obscenely-expressive Ugly America.
Those of you who embrace the vulgarity of America must, of course, genuflect to the grand poopah of Ugly Americanism — Presidential wannabe Donald Trump.
Trump, the ego-driven and celebrity-seeking real estate conman and former reality show host has turned vulgarity, racism, bigotry and hate into political assets.
His latest comment about Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton and her loss in 2004 to Barack Obama for the nomination: “She favored to win, and she got schlonged.”
For those of who who don’t know the meaning of “schlong,” it is a slang-based vulgar reference to something long and hard between the legs of men.
Not unusual words for a man who bragged about thinking about “banging” his young daughter because he thinks she is very attractive and sexy.
Trump, as a matter of course, attacks women, blacks, Muslims and anyone else who does not fit his view of an all-white America.
He is the darling of white supremacists.
Rachel Pendergraft, national organizer for the Knights Party, calls “The Donald” her “Trump card” in regenerating the white power movement.
Pendergraft’s party is part of the Ku Klux Klan and says brining Trump into a conversation “electrifies” her party.
“They like the overall momentum of his rallies and his campaign,” Pendergraft told The Washington Post. “They like that he’s not willing to back down. He says what he believes and he stands on that.”
Trump appeals to the bigotry and racism that continues to exist in America and appeals to those who want to return to a whites rule and everyone else is subservient.
Psychologists, economists and political scientists say Republicans win elections because they appeal and capitalize on racial biases in America.
“There’s a great deal of evidence that white resentment of minorities is linked to support for Republican candidates, their policies and conservative ideology in America,” says Robb Willer, a political psychologist at Sanford University.
“Trump is forcing Republicans, at long long last, to finally decide, ‘Are we going to be the party of racism and lose the White House forever?’ ” says Bruce Bartlett, a senior economic official under Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Courting racism is not new for Republicans. In 1963, journalists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, wrote:
Substantial numbers of Party leaders from both North and South see rich political dividends flowing from the Negrophobia of many white Americans. These Republicans want to unmistakably establish the Party of Lincoln as the white man’s party.
Says Eric Knowles, a political psychologist at New York University:
Race is inevitably going to become a more and more important part of Republican strategy as it becomes more and more a party of whites and especially white men. Demographically, that’s where their base is.
Research by Knowles shows tea parties draw membership from racists who disparage foreigners and those of color.
“The shift we’re seeing right now in politics is really an unselfconscious and unabashed reintroduction of racial interest and racial rhetoric in campaigns,” Knowles told The Washington Post.
David Frum of The Atlantic says Republicans are in a class war:
The angriest and most pessimistic people in America are the people we used to call Middle Americans. Middle-class and middle-aged; not rich and not poor; people who are irked when asked to press 1 for English, and who wonder how white male became an accusation rather than a description.
That political base, however, is shrinking. Whites are no longer majorities in a growing number of states across a diverse America.
White racists, bigots and haters may be a loud minority but they are just that — a declining and segment of a more open and tolerant America that has no use for them in a more divergent and adaptive society.
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