Pat Buchanan revealed himself as a Racist! (at least he is saying it out loud vs those that pretend they are not.)
During a seemingly rational discussion of America's relationship with Mexico on Andrea Mitchell's MSNBC show on Tuesday, Buchanan turned it into a Latino-bashing bigotfest:
Mexico is the greatest foreign policy crisis I think America faces in the next 20, 30 years. Who is going to care, Andrea, 30 years from now whether a Sunni or a Shia is in Baghdad or who’s ruling in Kabul?
We’re going to have 135 million Hispanics in the United States by 2050, heavily concentrated in the southwest. The question is whether we’re going to survive as a country.
Buchanan is not talking about "illeeeegals." He is talking about "Hispanics." Today, the census bureau tells us we have 50M Hispanic citizens in the U.S. In 2050, the census bureau tells us we will have 135M Hispanic citizens in the US. Pat Buchanan is demonizing Hispanic citizens.
Here is what Kos said about Buchanan's comment:
Not just the Southwest, Pat, but in California, in Idaho, in North and South Carolina, in Virginia, in New York, in Florida, in Georgia, in Alaska, in Wisconsin, in every f'ing place in this great country of ours. Maybe even inside your own house!!! (Seriously, who cleans your house and tends your yard, Pat?) And don't look now, but Asians are the second-fastest growing minority group in the country, what with their chop sticks and tofu further destroying your idyllic vision of what American is supposed to look like. I mean, who can recognize Minnesota anymore with their Hmong community, or Michigan, with its large Arab population, or east Texas with its Vietnamese expatriates, or Orange County with its huge Iranian contingent? And look what happened to South Florida when the Cubans took it over! Or are they okay, Pat, because they're "anti-communists"?
Damn foreigners ruining everything! And there's even some like me who put their kids in Spanish-language schools! Egads! People talking foreign! Yes Pat, your paranoia is justified. When we talk Spanish around you, we're talking about you.
Of course, xenophobic retrogrades (like Buchanan) are nothing new, and there's definitely nothing new to Buchanan's racism. It's been long documented. I give him props for at least being open about his beliefs (voicing them out loud), which is more that can be said about most of the rest of them.
But this country will do okay, just like it always has, assimilating wave after wave of immigrants, further enriching our culture, our music, and our cuisine. It's bred into our country's DNA, allowing families like mine to make this great country their home, and breeding immigrant success story after success story, the likes few other countries (if any) can boast.