So! Is Traditional The New White?

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Wise politicians take words very seriously and are quite fond of speaking in “code.”  The problem with speaking in coded language is code-breakers; the upside, of course, is deniability. 

For example, when Paul Ryan spoke, a few months back about young “inner city” men who are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work because they rely on government assistance,” . . . just about every man, woman and child in America was uncomfortably aware of whom Ryan was speaking.

Nevertheless, Paul Ryan was able to put on his shocked face, exclaim:

This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.

and walk away unscathed.  What? me racist?

Republicans are fond of extrapolating that, since Lincoln—a Republican—freed the slaves there is NO WAY that a Republican can be a racist.  Many white Americans are proud to point out that they no longer buy and sell human beings and have successfully curbed their primal urge to take the law into their own hands and string up people who don’t show enough respect for their whiteness.

Thom Tillis is a Republican who figures he’s ready for prime time.  He is currently Speaker of the North Carolina State House of Representatives but just won the Republican primary aimed at unseating US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC).  Speaker Tillis has served some seven years in the state house accruing lots of political acumen and some pretty awesome code-speaking skills of his own, along the way.

And now that Speaker Tillis is in the national congressional limelight we’re getting to know a lot more about Thom Tillis and what type of senator he might be.

For instance, Talking Points Memo recently disinterred a little chat that Tillis had, back in 2012, about the effect of demographics on the shifting fortunes of his political party.

That interview was conducted by Carolina Business Review and went something like this—CBR’s host, Chris William, asked Tillis why Hispanics that voted for President George W. Bush were not supporting then-nominee Mitt Romney.

Tillis coughed up the stock GOP hairball that the change was “less about the GOP message, and more about shifting demographics in the United States”:

“The traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable.  It’s not growing.”

In comparison with the “traditional population,” Tillis noted that the “African American population is roughly growing but the Hispanic population and the other immigrant populations are growing in significant numbers.”

Furthermore:

If you take a look, you mentioned the Hispanic population — the African American population, there’s a number of things that our party stands for that they embrace. He went on to say that Republican need to do a better job reaching out to minority voters.

And I’m here to tell you that I, for one, CAN.NOT.WAIT. to hear what fascinating things the Republican party stands for that Hispanic and African-American voters are anxious to embrace.

When this story first surfaced one Daniel Keylin, of the Tillis Damage Control Unit, tried to convert Tillis” fumble thus:

. . . “traditional” meant “North Carolinians who have been here for a few generations.”

“A lot of the state’s recent population growth is from people who move from other states to live, work, and settle down in North Carolina. Thom Tillis for example.”

And see, that doesn’t quite work for me because I’ll just bet that a large number of those “non-traditional” African-Americans have been in North Carolina for as many generations as can be packed into the 200 years or so since their “resettlement.”

Still, Tillis says he has a lot to offer “non-traditional” Republican voters so let’s click through the skeletons in his legislative closet which is “busting at the seams” with ALEC designer numbers.  [Thom Tillis’ received ALEC Legislator of the Year Award in 2011 and his seat on ALEC’s Board of Directors means there will be no end of creative legislation flowing through the Senate if Tillis wins a seat.]

Let’s see, now . . . here’s Tillis on the Federal minimum wage hike:

“I have serious concerns with the discussion around the minimum wage because it drives up costs and it could harm jobs.  Obviously we want people to be paid a wage that can help make ends meet. But when you increase artificially the cost of labor to do a job, then oftentimes those jobs will just go away. And I think this is at least what’s been proposed in Washington is a dangerous idea. I think there are better ways to create more jobs and more opportunities for higher-paying jobs.”

Sounds fairly Koch-ian and not all that traditional-wage-earner friendly.

And, of course, there’s Tillis’ famous “divide and conquer” strategy for eliminating the safety net by pitting the disabled against the poors.

There’s Tillis: Climate Change Denier [from a coastal state, for an extra two points]

Always a traditional population pleaser . . .

There’s Tillis the Crusader for Voter ID laws and repeal of the Racial Justice Act.

That’s bound to spark interest in the African-American voter.

“We call this restoring confidence in government,” Tillis said. “There are a lot of people who are just concerned with the potential risk of fraud.”

He added a voter ID law “would make nearly three-quarters of the population more comfortable and more confident when they go to the polls.”

I have to assume that it is the “traditional population” that is uncomfortable and less confident as they go to the polls these days.

And, then of course, there is Tillis’ direct approach to the problems of “traditional population” stagnation—defunding Planned Parenthood, banning the use of certain contraceptives and person-hood legislation.

As God said to the “traditional population” of the Garden of Eden [i.e. Edenites “who have been here for a few generations”]

“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  Genesis 1:28

Adam and Eve were white . . . right?

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Republicans and blacks both tend to be pretty unfriendly towards LBGTQ people. And I’m pretty sure that Tillis thinks all Hispanics and Latinos come from Mexico and are Catholic, so they share his love of fetuses. Well, white fetuses, anyway.

Republicans and blacks both tend to be pretty unfriendly towards LBGTQ people.

Myth.

“We call this restoring confidence in government,” Tillis said. “There are a lot of people who are just concerned with the potential risk of fraud.”

There are a lot of people, like me, concerned that clowns roam free through the night, unfettered, drooling, honking their noses, dancing funny, collecting vertebrae. There are a lot of people, like me, concerned that ceramic dolls are the purest of evils, the Ivory Soap, as it were, of terror, unleashed, like a thing without a… ummm… leash.

Thommy baby, I’ll vote republican if you can deal with those issues. And give me an APC.

Adam and Eve were white . . . right?

I mean, shyah, of course, like Santa Clause and the albino rabbit with the glandular problem and embryo fetish.

Well, Eve, anyhow. Maybe. Probably tan. Adam was likely greenish due to the gangrenous wound in his side with the missing rib. Real pleasant to be around - Eve attempted to invent Febreze but major schools with degree programs in research chemistry were reluctant to allow women entry in those times. The only reason they were capable of having little Cainie and Abe was the incredibly serious willpower that Eve applied to the task of getting absolutely plastered on hard cider.

. . . “traditional” meant “North Carolinians who have been here for a few generations.”

Once you’ve grown that partial chromosome you’re in. They have a big party called a Bar-Getsome, you get 21.75 spankings, one for every twisted, or at leased vaguely dreadlocked, pair of DNA, they pass around 2 live stoats, a can of mace, and your sister, and everyone does the ceremonial Pukeah-In-The-Holding-Cell dance in the morning.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I ain’t'nt right…

Somehow I don’t think he had in mind the Choctaw and the Cherokee.

@DJohnston   Right you are! at least, in my life-long, first-hand experience of the demographics of gay haters, no one can touch white hyper-religionists.

Nor I, @Origuy.  But, since so few of that particular brand of non-traditional population survived the onslaught of white tradition, I suspect Tillis doesn’t worry much about electoral repercussions.

Letting an ALEC board member into the senate is a bad, bad idea.  So bad that it makes me suspect that my friend who is moving to Uruguay may not be so crazy after all.

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