The end of “traditional America,” of course, is Tea Party code for the end of the political success of its Fox News constructed, eccentric, and childish narrative about America from 1789-2012. The perceived crisis of America is not actually in the 50 stars, but in conservatives themselves.
I like this from David Simon. Clear, concise, nice:
Change is a motherfucker when you run from it. And right now, the conservative movement in America is fleeing from dramatic change that is certain and immutable. A man of color is president for the second time, and this happened despite a struggling economic climate and a national spirit of general discontent. He has been returned to office over the specific objections of the mass of white men. He has instead been re-elected by women, by people of color, by homosexuals, by people of varying religions or no religion whatsoever. Behold the New Jerusalem. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a white man, of course. There’s nothing wrong with being anything. That’s the point.
This election marks a moment in which the racial and social hierarchy of America is upended forever. No longer will it mean more politically to be a white male than to be anything else. Evolve, or don’t. Swallow your resentments, or don’t. But the votes are going to be counted, more of them with each election. Arizona will soon be in play. And in a few cycles, even Texas. […]
We are all — all of us, every last American, even the whitest of white guys — special interests. And now, normal isn’t white or straight or Christian. There is no normal. That word, too, means less with every moment. And those who continue to argue for such retrograde notions as a political reality will become less germane and more ridiculous with every passing year.
America continues to be, at bottom, a progressive country, not a reactionary one, and is moving in fits and starts, as it has always done, more and more each and every year in the direction of what the rest of the world is also gravitating to, which is this:
The above video, it seems to me, represents the real “traditional American” narrative going back to the Founding Fathers. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, after all, is the Anglo-French Enlightenment come to global fruition.
I understand that the devil is in the details, but you would think that, not just Democrats, but Republicans, could readily embrace the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the general platform for their politics, and then compete for diverse American constituencies in the embracing of it.
Instead, Republicans have been hurting themselves politically by trying to, in essence, re-litigate key aspects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
What’s up with that?
Notice, by the way, that the above video is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi and that President Obama visited her in Burma yesterday. A coincidence, but fitting: