We already knew this, but Republicans have admitted it recently, although apparently inadvertently.
Two stories that have had news coverage recently illustrate the point. The less notorious story involved a local official in Tennessee who complained about a “queer running for president,” referring, no doubt, to Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay man running for the Democratic nomination for president. Mr. Hurst, the local official, complained, in his best Trumpian English, “I’m not prejudiced, a white male in this country has very few rights and they’re getting took more every day.”
Exactly what rights Mr. Hurst has lost recently is not at all clear. One doubts he could specify if anyone asked him. No doubt Mr. Hurst genuinely dislikes “queers,” but it is also highly likely that his rant about the queer running for president also serves as a psychologically gratifying proxy to Mr. Hurst for the similar sentiments he would like to express about African Americans, but knows he cannot. Note that it is “a white male” who supposedly suffers from deprivation of rights “every day… in this country.”
The much more notorious story came from Washington, D.C., where Mr. Hurst’s accomplices who serve in Congress invaded a closed deposition for an official from the Department of Defense that had the purpose of learning what she knows about the infamous effort by the so called president to browbeat his fellow president, of Ukraine, into investigating spurious allegations of misconduct by former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The elder Biden is also running for the Democratic nomination for president. The point of this petty display of juvenile behavior was to act on the complaint — not to say “whine” — by the so called president that Republicans in the House are not fighting hard enough on his behalf against the impeachment inquiry.
Their objections about the process Democrats are using to conduct their impeachment investigation ring distinctly hollow, however, given that the Democrats are using rules that the Republicans passed for this purpose in 2015. Then there is the important point that the Constitution grants to the House of Representatives “the sole power of impeachment.” The current crop of whiners are mostly members of the House, so they do have some right to whine on that basis, but the House operates on the principle of simple majority rule and the Republicans are the minority now, unlike 2015, when they held a majority of seats and significantly reduced the power of the minority Party to influence the details of investigations in the House. We call this being hoist on one’s own petard.
They have no one to blame but themselves.
What these two sets of events have in common is that they show how too many of the presumptively heterosexual, white men in the United States only like their facially universal rules when they are in charge of deciding how to interpret and implement them.
Their frustration has been building since 1948, the year that Democratic president Harry Truman ordered the racial desegregation of the U.S. military as part of his plan to use African American civil rights for a key component of his difficult reelection victory that year. He won, to the surprise of many, and started the abandonment of the Democratic Party by the “white supremacist” rump in the United States, as indicated by Strom Thurmond of South Carolina’s decision to bolt the Democratic convention that year and run for president himself on the “States’ Rights” platform.
“States’ Rights” is the constitutionally plausible, ostensibly non racist, excuse “white supremacists” have consistently relied on to oppose any advance for African Americans. They used it to justify continuing slavery and seceding from the Union at the beginning of the Civil War and have whipped it out again any time the subject comes up, in 1948 and again in 1964, when Democrat Lyndon Johnson led the charge to enact major civil rights legislation.
Much to the chagrin of post Civil War white boys, the words and logic of the U.S. Constitution and its ideological preface, the Declaration of Independence, are annoyingly universal, and thus admit of appropriation by those pesky African American civil rights protesters, who want to diminish the value of having white skin, taking away from the “white supremacists” the precious privilege of always having someone to look down on. What is life without that? White males having their rights “took” [sic] indeed! On top of the African Americans, women got into the act, then the queers! What is this world coming to!??! Poor, put upon white men!
The white boy mob in the Republican Party knows they still have to pay lip service to respecting the U.S. Constitution, but their new favorite president, Donald Trump, has given them a golden opportunity to honor it only in the breach, given his absurd claims about the powers it gives to him as president and his even more ridiculous assertion that the impeachment is really a coup that will have the effect of robbing the people of their votes and their freedoms more generally.
Far from draining the swamp, Trump has worked like sewage leaking into the swamp, steadily spreading his noxious contents and smell over the Republic.
The white boy mob chooses to wallow in Trump’s sewage, proving that they only like rules when they are in control.