Maybe it’s better this way, with no more fig leaves and blushing, and the GOP giving lip service to not being racist when the fact is everybody knows who’s who and what’s what. Marjorie Taylor Greene has taken up the mantle of George Wallace. He must be beaming at her from the beyond, along with the Jewish space lasers. Maybe she can’t tell the difference. In all events,
“A nascent ‘America First Caucus’ in Congress linked to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has been distributing materials calling for a ‘common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions’ and a return to architectural style that ‘befits the progeny of European architecture.’ Reps. Barry Moore (R-Ala.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) have also agreed to join the group,” Punchbowl News reported Friday, citing an email invitation it obtained.
I have to admit to confusion over the reference to architecture. Is this some put down of the tradition of Spanish stucco, Mexican tiles, interior courtyards and Moorish arches that pervade architecture in Mexico and throughout the American southwest, brought by the Spanish conquistadores? Because if that is the case, Greene is even whackier than I would have thought possible.
Say what you will about the Catholic church, but they knew a good thing when they saw it, and they built remarkable missions all throughout California and the western United States based on Spanish design. Universities also picked up on this great look, not to mention governmental offices. Is that Greene’s beef?
In all events, the architectural reference may be vague but the racism plays out loud and clear.
“We’ve been covering Congress for a long time, and this is some of the most nakedly nativist rhetoric we’ve ever seen,” Punchbowl noted.
“America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” the group argued. “History has shown that societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country.”
The “imported en masse” is the tell here. That’s the talking point. This is Trump’s caravan from the south, redux. It looks like once again, racism is the cracked foundation upon which the stability of the nation rests. What’s new is old and what’s old is new.