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Friday, May 27, 2016

Patrick Buchanan Is Wrong On White Males

I just finished reading a blog post written by Patrick Buchanan.  It was entitled "The Great White Hope" and it can be found here if you are interested in reading it.  Just looking at the title made me believe that the article was just another racist rant by an angry white male.  I too am an angry white male and I have written several racist rants for this blog.  You can find two of them here and here.  That is why I was interested in reading what Buchanan had to say.  That is also why I was surprised by what I read in his article.  Here is a partial quotation from the piece, see if any of the content surprises you:
“'Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group … death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.  The big new killers of middle-aged white folks?  Alcoholic liver disease, overdoses of heroin and opioids, and suicides.' So wrote Gina Kolata in The New York Times of a stunning study by the husband-wife team of Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case.  Deaton could cite but one parallel to this social disaster: 'Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this.'  Middle-aged whites are four times as likely as middle-aged blacks to kill themselves. Their fitness levels are falling as they suffer rising levels of physical pain, emotional stress and mental depression, which helps explain the alcohol and drug addiction.  But what explains the social disaster of white Middle America?  First, an economy where, though at or near full employment, a huge slice of the labor force has dropped out. Second, the real wages of working Americans have been nearly stagnant for decades.  Two major contributors to the economic decline of the white working-class: Scores of millions of third-world immigrants, here legally and illegally, who depress U.S. wages, and tens of thousands of factories and millions of jobs shipped abroad under the label of 'globalization.' Another factor in the crisis of middle and working class white men is the plunging percentage of those who are married. Where a wife and children give meaning to a man’s life, and to his labors, single white men are not only being left behind by the new economy, they are becoming alienated from society. 'It’s not surprising,' Barack Obama volunteered to his San Francisco high-donors, that such folks, 'get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them…'"
Wow, that was a mouthful!  I would like to consider some of the things written above in a bit more detail today.
White middle Amerika, whatever that is, is a "social disaster" according to Buchanan.  I am a member of white middle Amerika, or at least I think I am but I am also aware that some people believe the Welsh are not members of the white race at all.  We are far too ruddy and hairy for the tastes of some white folks who make what I believe is an irrational decision to label us as a separate race more closely related to Bigfoot or Yeti.  Be that as it may, I still believe I am a member of the latest victim group in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika and I want what is coming to me, I want my fair share, I want some government money!  Why?  Because I am a member of a special interest group that only makes up 31% of the Amerikan population, a minority group larger than both the homosexuals and the transvestites, that is the only group in this deadly country that is experiencing a drop in life expectancy.  If anyone deserves compassion, care, special government privileges and transfers of taxpayer money it is white males like me.
Buchanan explains that the social disaster that I am a part of is caused by a couple of factors.  Those factors are the reason why I decided to write this blog post.  Buchanan believes, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the SDA is in a period of economic decline.  Is that belief correct?  Here is a chart of real (inflation adjusted) Gross Domestic Product for the past ten years.  Notice that the current level of economic production is the highest in the history of this country and, except for the impact of the Great Recession, shows a steady rate of growth:

                      

If white middle class males are killing themselves off because of economic conditions they should probably first consult with me so that I can show them the error in their reasoning.  Who knows how many lives I could save?
After falsely declaring that the economy of the SDA is shrinking Buchanan goes on to gives two reasons why the economy is shrinking, both of which allegedly directly impact white middle class males like me.   Here are his two reasons:  "Scores of millions of third-world immigrants, here legally and illegally, who depress U.S. wages, and tens of thousands of factories and millions of jobs shipped abroad under the label of globalization."  Let's consider each of these arguments for a moment.
How do third-world immigrants "depress US wages?"  All these poor people are doing is coming to this county in search of employment.  When they find employment they accept the terms of the job and they work.  How does that simple fact cause white Amerikan males to kill themselves?  The typical response to my question is that these stinkin' foreigners are "stealing Amerikan jobs" because they are willing to work for a lower wage and greedy corporations want to increase their immoral profits by paying less for labor.  The question that is never asked, it is simply assumed that all profit seeking corporations are immoral and only concerned with making a profit by the most immoral means possible, is why do profit seeking corporations seek the lowest rate for the labor they employ?
Profit seeking corporations compete with other profit seeking corporations to deliver goods and services to consumers at a price the consumers are willing to pay.  The company that can deliver the same good, other things being equal, for a lower price will sell more of those goods and earn higher profits.  Other corporations that deliver the same goods for higher prices will either suffer lower profits because of decreased sales or go out of business entirely.  Because most of the envy-filled citizens in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika are philosophical socialists they believe corporate profits to be evil.  According to them, companies should be willing to pay above market wages to their employees and operate as non-profits if they truly wish to be deemed moral.  What is never considered in this little fantasy world is that profit seeking corporations do not set the terms for their profits.....consumers do.
The reason a corporation seeks to pay the least possible amount in labor is directly related to the fact that consumers demand the lowest possible price for the goods the corporation produces.  Any company that does not deliver the goods for the lowest price will go out of business, potentially destroying thousands of jobs and doing incalculable harm to economic growth.  What is crucial to understand, and what is always ignored in these types of discussions, is that the consumer sets the terms by which corporations may operate.  It is the consumers, people like you, who demand low prices.  It is the consumers, people like you, who put middle class white males out of work in favor of third-world labor. If the finger is to be pointed at anyone for what is happening to white middle class males it must be pointed at those evil consumers who always demand the lowest price.
The exact same situation exists with the globalization of jobs.  In their never ending search to satisfy the desires of the consumers, profit seeking corporations are forced to ship their jobs all over the world in order to find the lowest price for labor and, thus, provide the lowest cost goods to the all powerful consumer.  Buchanan does not like this but I wonder.....does he voluntarily pay more for the goods and services he purchases in order to allow less efficient corporations to remain in business and pay above market wages for their labor?  I rather doubt it.  I have known thousands of people who complain about evil profit seeking corporations but I have never known anyone who willingly paid more for the goods he purchased in order to support the workers he allegedly cares about.  And I have most certainly never heard any consumer confess to the absolute fact that it was his actions as a consumer that forced profit seeking companies to hire third-world laborers and ship jobs overseas.  Economic ignorance is a terrible thing and it makes so many socialists say so many stupid things.  If you really want to help white middle class males then start paying much more for the goods and services you purchase.  Only then can the genocide be stopped.
Before I go I cannot help but mention the quote of King Obama at the end of Buchanan's post.  He quotes our King as saying this to a group of contributors to his cause, "It’s not surprising that when such folks get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them..."  Buchanan's stupid arguments were just that, stupid arguments.  King Obama goes beyond stupidity and takes up a personal assault against the God of the Bible.  That does not surprise me since the SDA is a post-Christian society and attacks upon Christians and Christian beliefs are encouraged by the God-haters who rule over us.  Notice what our King said.  According to him, white middle age males, as a result of their pathological anger, believe that they have the right to bear arms and practice Christianity in this country.  Imagine that!  Because white middle aged males like me are angry for one reason or another (my reasons are well chronicled in this blog) we believe that the Bill of Rights actually applies to us.  How foolish we are.  How absurd our beliefs are.  Don't we all realize that the Bill of Rights was abolished long ago?
King Obama clearly equates belief in Christianity with mental illness.  You know who else did that?  History is resplendent with tyrannical groups who believed that Christian doctrine and practice was indicative of mental illness.  From the Romans to the Nazis, all sorts of manifestations of the Beast have sought to destroy Christianity and install themselves as the supreme god of the universe.  They are all long dead and gone and Christianity is still here. 

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