One of the more entertaining habits of white Christian conservatives is to cast themselves in a Christ-like light; not in terms of deeds, because try as they might, there's simply no reconciling cutthroat Randian capitalism with the preachings of Jesus. Rather, Republicans like to think of themselves as Jesus in his final moments, when after being condemned and beaten, the man who said he was the son of god was nailed down, hoisted up, and slowly asphyxiated to death.
That is how many conservatives like to envision themselves, which perfectly explains the otherworldly blabbering of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Laura Ingraham's radio show on Monday. Responding to concerns that the Republican Party is further alienating Hispanic voters by taking a hard line on immigration, Brooks flipped the narrative on its head, saying,
"This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else.
"It's part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true."
Incredibly, Ingraham wasn't sold on Brooks' hypothesis, calling it "a little out there."
Sure, Brooks' claim is in fact "out there" objectively speaking. But this sentiment is hardly controversial among conservatives. Recall Glenn Beck's infamous salvo against Obama, saying he has a "deep-seated hatred for white people" or "white culture," whatever that latter thing is.
And a couple of months back I pointed out the absurd position assumed by many Christians (including Ingraham), that the advance of gay marriage amounted to their outright religious persecution against them.
Of course, much of this has to do with the election of African-American Barack Obama, which almost immediately gave rise to the perverted Tea Party. And with the ascent of that dubious faction, the cult of white victimhood has returned with a vengeance. Given the trends in perceived discrimination among white people, this is hardly surprising. According to a 2011 study, over the last several decades, white people believe that they are being subjected to increasing amounts of racial discrimination.
At a time when white people are still generally better off than racial minorities in the U.S. in virtually every quality of life category, it still can't be a surprise that the Mo Brookses of America think they're under attack. However ridiculous the idea may seem, for them it's as evident as the "fact" that Obama is hiding something unsavory about his upbringing.
h/t: Huffington Post
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