Back in 1981, I was a young man raising a family, in Mid-City Los Angeles.
I was going to college and working at the Veterans Administration. I was very political and a staunch Democrat and a vivid sports fan. Dodgers and Lakers and Rams. I paid as much attention as I could to political news, as a person in their late 20’s could. I had a system to pay attention to news that was important. When Tom Brokaw had a serious worried face something was up.
In this case it was the results of the 1980 census. For the first time in U.S. History, The White Race in America grew slower than any other race.
These are the differences in the growth rates from 1970 to 1980 that I was able to research on Google.
White Race went from 87.5% in 1970 to 83.1% in 1980. Down 4.4 percent
(Google image)African Americans went from 11.1% in 1970 to 11.7% Up .6%
Hispanics went from 9.6% in 1970 to 14.6% in 1980 Up 5%
Judging by the coverage after the census was reported, The Right went crazy.
I began to hear from other sources including radio and TV talk shows, various reasons for the decline.
3. Biracial marriage
Same issues today.
There was a study that came out that stated, If the trend was to continue, by 2080 the White Race would be the minority race. Immediately, Abortion and Homosexuality went on all White Supremacist hate list along with race. Abortions killed white babies and homosexuals didn’t produce white babies. The Immigrants, particularity Hispanics, would out breed Whites and Interracial unions did not produce pure White children. This was their major hate filled complaints.
I began to unconsciously keep mental tabs on the actions of the Republican party and far right over the years. The progression was obvious.
They began to have problems because of the racist aspects of their concerns. Being connected to White Supremacist was politically incorrect.
This is when the moral majority and religious right got involved. They deemed Abortions and homosexuality as abominations to God. That gave the Republican party the license to politically oppose abortions under the guise of Pro-life when in reality their motivation was preserve the white majority in America.
Enforce the immigration laws to slow the tide of immigration from the southern borders.
Create statements and religious right arguments against Gay marriage.
I began to hear liberals and progressives wonder out loud,
‘WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE REPUBLICANS, WHY ARE THEY SO FULL OF HATE?”
Truth is they are not full of hate, they are full of fear.
Many whites particularly in the fly over states feel like they are in a fight for survival. They actually feel like they are in a war. They are in the Circle Wagon Syndrome. Us against the others.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was the election of Barrack Obama.
He represented all their fears come to fruition.
So when you hear a Republican say, ” You need to understand the motivations of the Rust Belt”
I’d bet a dollar to donut. This is what they mean.
This is what Steve Bannon means when he says, ““The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.” “
IN MY OPINION THE 1980 CENSUS, IS THE PRINCIPAL REASON DONALD TRUMP, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHY THE REPUBLICAN BASE WILL VALIDATE ANYTHING HE DOES INCLUDING TREASON.
TO THEM HE IS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST