Many people, in their dealings with Conservapedia in general and Andrew Schlafly in particular, tend to think that his brother Roger is imbued with slightly less insanity than his kid brother. This is mostly due to the fact that Roger takes one look at Andrew’s anti-relativity dribbling rants and goes “WTF?” and generally shows his kid brother that he’s wrong. Not that Andrew listens, of course.
However, do not be lulled into a false sense of security by this – Roger is every bit, if not more, reprehensible than his kid brother. Remember, this is the man who says that the Trail of Tears wasn’t all that bad and certainly wasn’t genocide nor ethnic cleansing and one man’s eyewitness account of the horrors was merely “just one man with an opinion.” This is the same man who writes off marital rape as a “communication problem.” So it should come as no shock when he ventures forth with one of the most blatantly racist posts I’ve seen in a long time.
Ordinarily, I suppose I should just ignore a bottom-feeder like this. However, the opinions he’s expressing are – sadly – felt by many of his ilk and result in such things as Sheriff Joe Arpaio ignoring claims of sexual assault against children of illegal immigrants. In addition, he’s not posting on some backwater WordPress or Blogger page. No, he’s turned up on Mother Phyllis’ own Eagle Forum to vent his spleen. Then again, given that one of their goals is:
We support immediate border security to stop the entry of illegal aliens, illegal drugs, women seeking to give birth to “anchor babies,” Third World diseases, criminal gangs, and potential terrorists.We oppose all variations of amnesty and guest-worker visas. Our first task is to assimilate the millions of non-English-speaking foreignborn who are legal residents.
it’s not as if his drivel is out of place.
So what exactly is this nasty little bigot blogging about? Well, he’s lamenting the fact that America is becoming non-white. It would appear as if the minority groups in the US had more babies in 2010/11 than whiltes – by 50.6% to 49.4%… so hardly a tsunami.
However, this is a disaster for Schlafly, because:
The immigrants do not share American values, so it is a good bet that they will not be voting Republican when they start voting in large numbers.
Wow. Whatever happened to “”Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me”?
Oh… wait. Those were white people, which makes it ok. Of course, given that Schlafly himself is of immigrant stock, his bitching about immigrants is really ironic. If he was a Native American I would understand… of course, then he might not have access to a PC on his reservation, so we might not know about his bitching.
That said, his main gripe is that these people won’t vote for a political party that has no interest in them, is not interested in their welfare, and would happily shoot any of them it saw heading towards the border.Why on earth would any of them vote for the Republican Party? Of course, in what passes for Schlafly’s mind, it can’t possibly be due to any shortcomings by God’s Own Party, it must be the fault of the filthy Democrats:
Instead, the USA is being transformed by immigrants who do not share those values, and who have high rates of illiteracy, illegitimacy, and gang crime, and they will vote Democrat when the Democrats promise them more food stamps.
Well, given the choice between a party that will look after them and a party that wants to chase them into the sea, I’m amazed that Schalfly is even surprised they won’t vote for the party that also wants to ensure that every baby is born, but couldn’t give a stuff what happens to that baby afterwards.
However, where it gets really bizarre is what Schlafly uses as his model for traditional American values: the 1950s TV show Ozzie and Harriet. As this little bigot puts it
The TV characters were happy, self-sufficient, autonomous, law-abiding, honorable, patriotic, hard-working, and otherwise embodied qualities that made America great.
Yes, Roger. You could include that Waltons, the Nelsons, the Cleavers, and the Andersons in that list too. They were all hard-working families where Daddy bought home the dough and Mummy stayed home and cooked and cleaned, just like your Mummy, hey Roger/ Oh, no, wait… she was out on the road, telling other women to stay at home. Silly me.
Know what else those families had in common, Roger? They were all lily white. In fact, looking at the period you envision as the golden age of American values, black people rarely appeared on TV, unless they were singing or dancing. If they were in a show, it was in a serving or comedic role. Not to mention the wide-spread segregation that was a fact of life for many Americans during that time.
For for rabid little bigots like Schlafly, this was a good thing. Once again, it’s another prime example of a right wing fuck head being unable to recognise that people enjoying the same rights as he’s enjoyed all along, is not a reduction of his own rights.