Three years after the "most comprehensive post-election review" and Republicans are still all about the wealthy white man
Some things will never change. To a collection of politicians who call themselves members of the Grand Ole Party, that statement is more apparent than ever. It’s never been clearer that Republicans, one of the two major American political parties, represent a very narrow demographic of the American populace.
Since Republicans turned conservative in the 1960s, the GOP has been the party of wealthy white guys for wealthy white guys. The age of information however, with the help of Fox News, the Koch Brothers and their Tea Party kin, has brought their moniker out of the shadows and into forefront of America’s collective minds.
It’s a truth that even Republicans themselves admit. Following Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama in 2012, in what they called the “most comprehensive post-election review,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus concluded that the Republican Party has to reach out to women, African-American, Asian, Hispanic and gay voters in order to win.
That same post-election autopsy report also suggested no change in actual policy. And yet they are expecting a different result in 2016? The problem isn’t that Republicans don’t reach out to minorities, woman or the poor (although it doesn’t help). Republicans don’t just shut these people out, they push them out and hold them back. Their policies toward women, African Americans and immigrants are oppressive, not passive.
Voter suppression of African Americans and Latinos, hundreds of new and humiliating abortion laws, continued hostility towards immigrants, the poor, birth control, gay marriage. These policies haven’t just stayed the same over the years, they’ve gotten worse thanks in part to the delivery system of choice, Fox News.
Fox News’ key demographic is old white men and Fox persistently plays to their audience. Hannity and O’Reilly for instance, both wealthy white and male, would have you believe that blacks and other minorities are lazy, unmotivated thugs dependant on the state.
They do everything they can do defend white privilege while denying its existence. If you actually believe their rhetoric, it’s easy to see why you could come away with a feeling of superiority over those who are different or less fortunate.
After centuries of white male supremacy, conservatives like Hannity and O’Reilly still fear losing their societal advantage. They already have every advantage in the world, but that isn’t enough, they take it upon themselves to make sure it stays that way.
Perhaps that’s why the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls look like they would fit right in at Augusta National Golf Club. Of the 17 Republican Candidates, 16 of them are men, 16 of them are white and at least 13 of them are millionaires. In fact, the wealthiest and most misogynistic of the bunch is in the lead.
Whether they realize it or not, the Republican Party is now made up of promoters of wealthy white male supremacy. That’s not to say that all Republicans are white supremacists or woman haters who want to kill the poor. They just give similar people a voice and a party to vote for. Too bad it won’t be enough to win the presidency in 2016.