Pat Buchanan blames “militant gays,” people of color for his demise

One can’t be surprised at Pat Buchanan’s assessment of his situation at MSNBC. He told Sean Hannity about the campaign from marginalized folks to take him off the air. From The Huffington Post:

“Look, for a long period of time the hard left, militant gay rights groups, militant — they call themselves civil rights groups, but I’m not sure they’re concerned about civil rights — people of color, Van Jones, these folks and others have been out to get Pat Buchanan off TV,” Buchanan continued. “This has been done for years and years and years and it’s the usual suspects doing the same thing again.”

Yes, Pat Buchanan. It’s the usual suspects’ fault that your head on MSNBC’ shopping block, not your racist, sexist, homophobic rhetoric. Cry me a river.

Buchanan hasn’t been seen on MSNBC since October due to the release of his controversial book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” The book contains a chapter titled The Death of White America. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

For what is a nation?

Is it not a people of a common ancestry, culture, and language who worship the same God, revere the same heroes, cherish the same history, celebrate the same holidays, share the same music, poetry, art, literature, held together, in Lincoln’s words, by “bonds of affection … mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone”?

If that is what a nation is, can we truly say America is still a nation? The European and Christian core of our country is shrinking. The birth rate of our native born has been below replacement level for decades. By 2020, deaths among white Americans will exceed births, while mass immigration is altering forever the face of America.

Buchanan’s hate has rallied some groups to call for him to be sanctioned, such as the Human Rights Campaign and Color of Change. Of course, it’s not the first time Buchanan has positioned himself as the pundit who cares about the history and plight of whiteness in America. He once asserted that only white males died at Gettysburg. Media Matters has an extensive rundown of the history of Buchanan’s bigotry and it’s definitely worth a read.

And who can forget his infamous 1992 speech at the Republican National Convention about culture wars?

It’s really worth watching, but American Rhetoric has a transcript of the speech here. Here are some excerpts:

…Mr. Clinton — Mr. Clinton however, has a different agenda. At its top is unrestricted — unrestricted abortion on demand. When the Irish-Catholic Governor of Pennsylvania, Robert Casey, asked to say a few words on behalf of the 25 million unborn children destroyed since Roe v Wade, Bob Casey was told there was no room for him at the podium at Bill Clinton’s convention, and no room at the inn. Yet — Yet a militant leader of the homosexual rights movement could rise at that same convention and say: “Bill Clinton and Al Gore represent the most pro-lesbian and pro-gay ticket in history.” And so they do. Bill Clinton says he supports “school choice” — but only for state-run schools. Parents who send their children to Christian schools, or private schools, or Jewish schools, or Catholic schools, need not apply.

…Elect me, and you get “two for the price of one,” Mr. Clinton says of his lawyer-spouse. And what — And what does Hillary believe? Well, Hillary believes that 12-year-olds should have the right to sue their parents. And Hillary has compared marriage and the family, as institutions, to slavery and life on an Indian reservation. Well, speak for yourself, Hillary.

Friends — Friends, this — This, my friends — This is radical feminism. The agenda that Clinton & Clinton would impose on America: abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units. That’s change, all right. But that’s not the kind of change America needs. It’s not the kind of change America wants. And it’s not the kind of change we can abide in a nation we still call “God’s country.”

…Yes, we disagreed with President Bush, but we stand with him for the freedom to choose religious schools, and we stand with him against the amoral idea that gay and lesbian couples should have the same standing in law as married men and women. We stand with President Bush — We stand with President Bush for right-to-life and for voluntary prayer in the public schools. And we stand against putting our wives and daughters and sisters into combat units of the United States Army. And we stand, my — my friends — We also stand with President Bush in favor of the right of small towns and communities to control the raw sewage of pornography that so terribly pollutes our popular culture. We stand with President Bush in favor of federal judges who interpret the law as written, and against would-be Supreme Court justices like Mario Cuomo who think they have a mandate to rewrite the Constitution.

You get the idea…

First let me say this: Pat Buchanan doesn’t belong on any television network. Period. Not only do I think he’s past his prime, but his opinion that marginalized people and their population boom are a threat to whiteness and American values is something I believe no network should inherently embrace by welcoming him into their studios.

I also find the premise of his book laughable. Ever since the advancement of women, people of color and GLBTQ folks from the fringes of society into mainstream America, white men have been clamoring about the demise of America as they know it (here, here and here). White men for the past 30 years have been profiting from the latent racism and bigotry simmering inside the heterosexual WASPs of America.

Pat Buchanan is no exception to this rule. In the introduction of his chapter titled Disintegrating Nation (which can be viewed here), Buchanan does an excellent job of laying the blame of America’s floundering to what he termed ethnonationalism. He notes the “European and Christian” core of America is “shrinking,” succumbing to the rule marginalized unwashed, brown, black, red and  yellow people. He also points to the consistent cultural divide as one of the driving forces behind this country’s increased polarization. The book’s introduction pretty much sets the stage for whiteness to feel threatened by the rise of ethnic and racial pride, sexual diversity and progressive political thought.

Books such as these and pundits like Buchanan perpetuate the long-standing belief among advocates of whiteness, particularly white men, that the advancement of oppressed groups will inevitably come at the expense of the white man. They promote the hysteria that the demise of white people will give way to oppressed people running the country, thus jeopardizing the ideals many of these practitioners claim their forefathers fought for. They promote the racist belief that diversity, tolerance and political correctness ruin freedom of speech and intelligent thought among the populous. They promote the anti-progressive ideology that liberalism and left-wing activists are hell-bent on dismantling the social institutions that protects the interests of whiteness, heterosexuality, male chauvinism and cisgendered theology.

As long as the current power structure remains in place in the good ol’ U.S. of A., whiteness will remain the dominant force in society. As long as American whiteness is in a position of power to frame the issues of importance, there is no danger of this way of life falling at the hands of oppressed groups. As long as American whiteness is able to ghettoize and marginalize the concerns of oppressed groups, it will remain the driving force in U.S. economic, political and social institutions.