The GOP’s Demographic Decay

My Comments: I was born in England almost 78 years ago. I left when I was 6 or 7 when we moved to France. Then, at age 9, we came to the US. I have zero recollection of ever meeting anyone who was not white.

It wasn’t until we moved again, this time to India, that I became personally aware there were people who were not white. I also have no recollection of whether or not my parents noted this and whether or not it made any difference in their lives. I was their only child and I assume I absorbed their values.

When we returned to the US two years later, I think I became conscious of others using what we now refer to as the ‘N’ word. I also remember using it whenever referencing what we today think of as black people.

Today, as a self-declared progressive (a social-capitalist), I think I’m supposed to feel ashamed of this, but I’m not. In the world I inhabited, it was considered normal. I’m long since accustomed to not using the ‘N’ word because it is rightly considered inappropriate and suggestive of bigotry and racism.

It was a few years ago, during President Obama’s first term in office, that I ran into someone I considered an equal, who was also a white male. He asked “…how could I stand it we now had a n****r in the White House?”

Apart from being somewhat shocked by his language, much less his politics, I decided he was someone I didn’t want to be associated with. I’ve not spoken with him since. Unfortunately, there turned out to be others within my circle of friends with similar attitudes. I avoid them whenever possible.

Trump and his minions represent a decaying and dying demographic for which I’m grateful. That there are millions of Americans who follow his lead, and presumably share his values, disturbs me. Perhaps that word is not harsh enough.

This article from Axios gives some data points in support of the premise behind the title given to the article. Not shown is the known fact that of the people living in this country under the age of 20, whites are a distinct minority. As they grow older, I think it’s in the best interest of whites to embrace this reality, get used to it, and build one’s life inside a multi-cultural society that should strive to be beneficial for all of us.

by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen \ July 18, 2019 \

The single biggest threat to Republicans’ long-term viability is demographics.

The big picture: The numbers simply do not lie. America, as a whole, and swing states, in particular, are growing more diverse, more quickly. There is no way Republicans can change birth rates or curb this trend — and there’s not a single demographic megatrend that favors Republicans.

Why it matters: President Trump’s short-term calculation to stir up white voters with race-baiting rhetoric might very well echo for a generation.

About last night: Trump paused while speaking at a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., to savor supporters’ new roar: “Send her back!”

  • “I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” Trump said. “They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if you don’t like it, let ’em leave, let ’em leave.'”
  • The context, from AP: “Not since George Wallace’s campaign in 1968 has a presidential candidate — and certainly not an incumbent president — put racial polarization at the center of his call to voters.”

For any Republican thinking past 2020, here are numbers to fear, reported by Axios’ Stef Kight:

  • The Hispanic share of the population has grown in every state since 2000, according to Census data.
  • Hispanic people now make up a quarter of the population in Florida, almost a third of the population in Arizona and 39% of Texas — all Trump states in 2016 that are becoming more winnable by Democrats.
  • Florida and Texas, two of the big electoral giants that voted for Trump, are witnessing the fastest non-white population growth.

This wave is only accelerating, as Stef reported in “America’s majority minority future“:

  • Next year, the entire under-18 population will be majority non-white, according to Brookings demographer William Frey.
  • In less than a decade, the under-30 population will be majority non-white.