Monday, May 3, 2021

How today's GOP leaders are very old-school PC

The term "PC" these days usually stands for "politically correct" and is often a conservative grievance complaint launched at  liberal critics, but when we were kids back in another century you were branded "PC" if you behaved like a "privileged character," and it stung.

So it's ironic that some of the loudest and most "PC" conservatives are so at ease arrogantly and breezily displaying -without a grain of doubt or shame - for the basest of their base voters a judgmental superiority over entire communities and cultures.

We heard Wisconsin's GOP Assembly Speaker - and very PC Robin Vos - attribute COVID19 cases in his district to "immigrant culture," a cruel and ignorant finger-point that helped absolved Vos of any public service obligation to legislative lead against the pandemic.

Perhaps Vos felt entitled to disparage immigrant culture because Wisconsin's rightwing Supreme Court Chief Justice had a few weeks earlier opined that COVID19 cases among meatpacking workers - a heavily-immigrant population - were of less concern to her than whether so-called "regular folks" were at risk.

And the career of US GOP Cong. Glenn Grothman has been built on putting down other people's practices and culture, including the Black family, same-sex preference, single-parenting and more, noted here.

H/T to Vox media's Aaron Rupar Twitter account:

Glenn Grothman brings up Black Lives Matter and then says, "I know it's a group that doesn't like the old fashioned family."

Maybe Rick Santorum saw Grothman's shameless slam at the Black family and thought, 'hey, I'll trash all of Native American culture' - and, so far, get away with it - because this particular iteration of conservative PC keeps white bigots on the job.

Santorum made his remarks at a forum sponsored by Young America's Foundation, whose President, Scott Walker, has performed a superiority dance or two on the public stage because his audiences loved to hear minorities and the less-powerful get put down and this particular PC/GOP politician could effortlessly give his people what they wanted: 

People do not want to see Wisconsin "become another Milwaukee," Walker said.

And during a campaign two years later, this

In the final month and a half of the campaign, Gov. Scott Walker is making a blunt promise to voters — that he'll ensure jobless workers aren't on drugs, or their recliners.  
"My belief is we shouldn't be paying for them to sit on the couch, watching TV or playing Xbox," Walker told cheering Republican campaign volunteers last week in West Bend. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ironically these are the same comments spewed in the late 1800s and early 1900s against hiring the Irish.