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It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

It’s racial politics. And you don’t beat them by adopting them.

by
Mary Grabar

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November 10, 2012 - 11:39 pm

Sadly, racial identity politics, originated as a divide-and-conquer propaganda campaign by the Soviets in the 1920s, and then picked up again in earnest in the 1960s by those like communist history professor Howard Zinn, determined the election. Today, Weatherman founder, terrorist, and former professor of education Bill Ayers continues the Soviet disinformation campaign of attributing racism to capitalism.

To my dismay, not only did the usual suspects, like George Stephanopoulos, promote this old propaganda line, but many “conservative” analysts fell into the trap on the day after.

The George Soros-funded site AlterNet celebrated with an article titled “What Propelled Obama to Victory and Sent the Plutocrats and Racists to a Brutal Defeat”:

The diverse, creative, younger coalition that propelled the first black president — a guy whose middle name is Hussein — to the presidency, beat back what may well have been the last stand of Ronald Reagan’s coalition of plutocrats, white working-class men and religious conservatives.

The GOP’s most reliable supporters remain white, married couples who identify themselves as Christians, a group that continues its sharp decline in numbers.

The same site fulminates at the large size of Christian families, and hyperventilates about overpopulation. But the celebration over a “sharp decline in numbers” reveals an ideological callousness. I think of Bill Ayers’ plans to eliminate about 25 million Americans who would refuse to be reeducated after the revolution.

But celebration over changes in ethnic and racial makeup happens in more respectable venues. Back in September, at the last Decatur, Georgia, Labor Day Book Festival, a political science professor and author of The Polarized Public? Why American Government Is So Dysfunctional predicted to the almost all-white audience that Democrats would prevail this election season. Political polarization was attributed to “extremism” on the part of conservatives, whose numbers were thankfully diminishing due to demographic changes. The fact that audiences at Obama rallies consisted of large numbers of minorities (according to the slides shown) was heralded.

What struck me about the audience, many of whom wore Obama insignia, was the applause and sighs of relief upon hearing that the Democrats were going to win on the basis of demographics. These middle-aged, college-educated book lovers had no qualms about the fact that their winning strategy did not rely on ideas or even ideology. An air of moral self-congratulation, carried over from the “marches” of the 1960s, was displayed in the facial expressions and comments.

This audience may not consciously register that they are using minorities (and therefore stereotyping them) to advance progressive politics, but the late Howard Zinn did. In 1969, he wrote in an essay titled “Marxism and the New Left”:

In the United States, the traditional idea that the agent of social change will be the proletariat needs re-examination, when the best-organized of the workers are bribed into silence with suburban houses and automobiles, and drugged into compliance with mass entertainment.

Presaging the Obama strategy, Zinn suggested that “unorganized workers,” like “white collar workers, domestic workers, migratory and farm laborers, service industry workers,” may play a part in social change.

Then he tellingly posited:

Recent experience suggests that Negroes — and perhaps Negroes in the ghetto — may be the most powerful single force for social change in the United States. Marx envisioned the industrial proletariat as the revolutionary agent because it was in need, exploited, and brought face to face in the factory. The Negro is in need, exploited and brought together in the ghetto.

Zinn then suggests that students are also viable members of such a coalition:

Perhaps some peculiar combination, unpredictable at this moment, will be formed in a time of national crisis.

Change will come about, Zinn predicts:

… by tactics short of violent revolution, but far more militant than normal parliamentary procedure.

It will take systematic, persistent organizing and education, in the ghettos, in the universities, plus coordinated actions of various kinds.

The middle class was the hurdle, a la Karl Marx — until Obama’s rhetorical appeals and after decades of reeducation in the schools. Changes in immigration and the War on Poverty that placed massive numbers on welfare roles finished the job. The educators made sure that the new immigrants received an education steeped in anti-Americanism. Today, Howard Zinn’s Marxist A People’s History of the United States is assigned in high schools and college classes, and is adapted for middle school and even elementary school. Bill Ayers’ books are widely used in colleges of education, and he often speaks on college campuses.

In the Election Day postmortems, many fell into the progressive/Marxist trap. Erick Erickson wrote that Mitt Romney’s “conscious decision to blow off Hispanic voters” made Republicans sound like a party that “hates brown people.”

Ron Radosh speculated that with a “position” like that of the Wall Street Journal and most of the business community that was “more flexible and less dogmatic than the anti-immigration position of many conservatives,” Romney might have done better.

But J. Christian Adams goes back to the George W. Bush administration to make the point that “GOP Outreach to Hispanics Won’t Work.” The Left has been working hard to demonize conservatives, of all races and ethnic groups. In 1953, Communist Hugh Bradley demonized NAACP President Walter White for “red-baiting.” Last summer, Mother Jones lambasted Allen West for — guess what — “Red-baiting.”

What needs to be pointed out is how progressives, for political and personal purposes, have used these groups. We need to point out Zinn’s exploitative use of “ghetto Negroes” (by 1969, a term considered offensive). As Diana West reveals in breaking down the post-election numbers, the Obama voters were “the graduate-degreed and the uneducated; the Marxist elites and the wards (masses) of the federal state, the grand old Leninist coalition all over again.” In other words, Howard Zinn and Bill Ayers and their gullible victims.

I am one of the last wave of immigrants who received a good, basic pro-American public education in elementary school. That was in the 1960s; today’s immigrant children, along with the poor and disenfranchised minority children, will not learn the skills and receive the knowledge they need to succeed. Their “urban school” teachers will shirk real lessons and fill up the school day with Marxist lessons on “social justice,” building up resentment and perpetuating a sense of victimhood and racial blame.

To see how the Obama machine appealed to them, take a look at a photo at TinaTrent.com of a 1911 United Super Pac bus that ominously says on the side: “Stop Disrespecting My President!” with a threatening giant photo of Obama — an insult to the dignity of the office of president. For these voters, it’s not the “economy.” They have no economy other than the public benefits they receive. They have no clue about the motives of their teachers and how they are being trained as foot soldiers in their Marxist revolution.

For the Left, it took “systematic persistent organizing and education,” as Howard Zinn advised back in 1969.

Are Republicans willing to do the same thing?

Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at www.dissidentprof.com. Her writing can be found at www.marygrabar.com. Subscribe to dispatches here.
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