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My VDARE article "GOP Future Depends on Winning Larger Share of the White Vote"—which demonstrated that if George W. Bush had merely won 57% instead of just 54% of the white vote, he would have earned an Electoral College landslide of 367 to 171—continues to elicit strong reactions.

A supporter tried to post my article on the conservative discussion website, which played such an heroic role in exposing the Clinton scandals. Alas, the owner, Jim Robinson, deleted it. He claimed it was "divisive" and "promoting racism." Eventually, a more open-minded citizen sneaked it past the vigilant Mr. Robinson. Numerous people then responded in a rational manner. Despite Mr. Robinson's fears, all this free speech did not bring about the end of the world as we know it.

A few comments on the self-defeating mindset of conservatives like Mr. Robinson.

  • Elections are supposed to be "divisive." Hell, in the British House of Parliament, a vote is called a "division." Dividing the electorate to see who gets more votes is the essence of democracy. In contrast, keeping the people united is the essence of fascism. That's why Mussolini chose the name. A "fasces" is a bundle of rods that is weak when divided, but strong together.
  • "Racism" is to the current era what "unAmericanism" was to the Fifties: a curse word that provides a handy substitute for logical thought.
  • Mr. Robinson implicitly endorses the liberal mythology that delegitimized the victories of Nixon, Reagan, and Bush I because they were built on a "Southern Strategy" of maximizing the GOP's white vote. In the aftermath of Bush I's easy 1988 victory over Dukakis, the liberal media managed to transform the catch phrase "Willie Horton"—from shorthand for the kind of brainless liberalism that would lead Dukakis to veto a bill preventing first-degree murderers like Horton from being let out of the slammer on vacations, into a catchphrase for evil Republican racism. Stupidly, the Republicans have been apologizing for "Willie Horton" ever since. As you may have noticed, once they started letting the Democrats define "Willie Horton" for them, they haven't yet won the popular vote for President.

  • The current American racial system (e.g., affirmative action and political correctness) rests on the assumption that the majority will continue to behave more generously and more disinterestedly than the minorities. What happens, though, when mass immigration transforms our society so everyone is a minority? If you don't want whites to act like a 21st century American minority group—e.g., racially conscious, bloc voting, biased, prickly, and lead by racial racketeers quick to proclaim their group's victimization - then don't make whites a minority.

In contrast to Mr. Robinson, the participants in the Free Republic forums tolerate heretical thought. Shortly, I'll respond to them.

[Steve Sailer [email him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and movie critic for The American Conservative. His website features his daily blog.]

January 03, 2001

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