After the election, Fox News’ resident zeppelin opined:
The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff, they want things. And who is going to give them things? President [Barack] Obama.
He later “clarified”:
If you look at the exit polling, you’ll see that a coalition of voters put the President back into the oval office. That coalition was non-tradition, which means it veered away from things like traditional marriage, robust capitalism, and self-reliance.
Instead, each constituency that voted for the President — whether it be single women, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, whatever — had very specific reasons for doing so. [...]
Traditional American voters generally want a smaller government in Washington, more local control, some oversight on abortion, and believe in American exceptionalism.
Tom the Dancing Bug (a.k.a. Ruben Bolling) sets Bill straight:
First of all, suggesting that people vote for a politician because they want “stuff” has got to be the dumbest attack I’ve ever heard. Yes, everyone votes for a politician because they want something. Whether they want tax breaks, or a bigger military, or more control sent to the state level so they can exercise more political power, people “want stuff” from the government. That’s why they vote. That’s the whole purpose of voting.
Second, the idea that Republicans are “traditional” voters is stupid. America has always been a country in constant political struggle between competing ideas of the role of government. Most democratic countries share that heritage. It is no more “traditional” to vote for smaller government than it is “traditional” to support sweeping immigration reform and a repeal of the 2nd amendment. These ideas have existed in that country, in all countries, as long as we’ve had states.
Third, American exceptionalism is a dangerous and stupid lie. Nobody should believe in it. America isn’t exceptional, and nor are its people. The thing that is exceptional about America is the idea that people can self-govern without a monarchy or a military-backed junta – an idea that still has not been realized and is no longer unique to the USA (and hasn’t been for at least a century). America isn’t magically granted through Providence, it’s just a place where the first industrialized technologies arrived there late enough to exploit them more rapidly than happened in Europe.
Fourth, America is only about “self-reliance” if you have successfully re-written history in your mind to edit out all of the people who were enslaved, murdered, unjustly imprisoned, and lied to, in order for one class of people to reap the benefits. And considering the fact that many of those same people who are supposedly ‘voting for stuff’ are the ones who have been either coerced or forced into working to make America exceptional, all the while receiving less than their fair share of the products. So maybe there’s a reason they don’t believe in “American exceptionalism”, Bill. Maybe they know it’s a fucking lie that white men tell themselves to justify their exalted position, standing on top of a heap of dead bodies and broken promises.
Fifth, as the comic perfectly illustrates, Bill is pining for a “traditional America” that simply doesn’t exist and never has. The only thing that would make that era better for Bill than this one is the fact that people who weren’t white men didn’t have as many rights. But that couldn’t be what he meant, right?
Like this article? Follow me on Twitter!