Wankeriffic column 'o the week
From the original wanker himself, Richard Cohen:
Today's GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde.
People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn't look like their country at all.
Right. Nothing racist or bigoted about that. It's just that they want to throw up at the sight of interracial marriage and biracial kids, especially when one of the negroes in question is a deviant. And can you blame them? Their world is changing and it's upsetting to them. Look at their president. He's one of them. It's enough to make them projectile vomit just thinking about it. What could be more conventional than that?
We should feel sorry for them. Back in the good old days we had Operation Wetback and Jim Crow and we made little children to participate in religious ceremonies for their own good. This was before Big Government decided that the "avant-garde" had all kinds of special rights. They're understandably upset because there are only so many rights to go around and every "right" assumed by these other people is a right that's taken away from conventional people who deserve them. Why they hardly have any rights left at all.
Thank goodness we have compassionate, understanding liberals like Richard Cohen out there explaining their needs and wants to the avant-garde (even though they hate him too.) Where would they be without friends like him?