“White America Died” on Election Night, or so says Pat Buchanan

Did you all hear about this? I can’t believe it wouldn’t have been heavily discussed, but somehow I missed it completely.

“White America died last night. Obama’s reelection killed it. Our 200 plus year history as a Western nation is over. We’re a Socialist Latin American country now. Venezuela without the oil.”

Stunned by his clear racisim, Liddy tried to walk his guest back from the ledge:

“With what you just said right there…You seem to imply that white people are better than other people. That’s not really what you’re saying is it?”

“Of course that’s what I’m saying,” Buchanan replied “Isn’t it obvious? Anything worth doing on this Earth was done first by white people.”

“Who landed on the moon? White people. Who climbed Mount Everest? White people. Who invented the transistor? White people. Who invented paper? White people. Who discovered algebra? White people.”

“… we’re led by an affirmative-action mulatto…”.

“Of course I agree with half of what he does,” Buchanan answered, “He’s half white! That’s not the half I’m worried about.”

Wow.

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James Hanley is Associate Professor of Political Science at Adrian College and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The views expressed here do not reflect the views of either organization.
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11 Responses to “White America Died” on Election Night, or so says Pat Buchanan

  1. JustSomeGuy says:

    Isn’t the Daily Currant a fake-news site, a la The Onion?

  2. James Hanley says:

    D’oh! It is. I was taken in. Good on them, and I’m glad to hear that Pat Buchanan at least isn’t that bad.

  3. Lancifer says:

    James Hanley,

    At least you didn’t get sucked into that whole Manti Te’o thing.

    And as a reply to the pseudo-Buchanan, Algebra was invented by Arabs in Mesopotamia and I’m sure the fake Buchanan (and perhaps the real one) doesn’t consider Arabs to be “white”.

  4. JustSomeGuy says:

    I think that was part of the joke, right? Paper was invented by the Chinese, algebra by Arab Muslims, Everest climbed by… white people assisted by Asians (who had likely been there before, right?)

  5. Murali says:

    2 things:

    1. Is there a defamation lawsuit to be made here? It seems like actually putting words into Pat Buchannan’s mouth that he did not say and which has a reasonable likelihood of damaging his reputation/character is somekind of libel/defamation.

    2. Western Civ boosterism has always made me uncomfortable because of the way in which it has the above kind of racist associations.

  6. Lancifer says:

    JustSomeGuy,

    Yeah, I guess that was part of the shtick.

  7. Matty says:

    This is what Poe’s law is for, the usage has drifted to the point where any parody on the internet is called a Poe but as originally used it meant cases where the parody is convincing enough to be taken for the real thing.

  8. “which has a reasonable likelihood of damaging his reputation/character”

    Murali: Not sure this is possible with Buchanan anymore.

  9. James Hanley says:

    Murali, the legal standard in the U.S. is whether a reasonable person would believe it’s supposed to be true. This one is a pretty subtle satire, but I don’t think the relevant legal question is whether a reasonable person could at first be fooled by it (the assumption here is that I’m a reasonable person, which may be doubtful).

    JustSomeGuy, I did catch some of that, but I really could believe Pat B., in a moment of pique, would forget it.

    I’m a bit embarrassed, but it’s kind of funny to have fallen for it. Next time I think too highly of myself…

  10. Matty says:

    I think “he’s half white that’s not the half I’m worried about” was the give away for me. Real racists tend to be more of the one-drop frame of mind.

  11. James Hanley says:

    But it’s a great line, isn’t it?

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