Traditional Americans are white. That’s Pat Buchanan’s term. Sarah Palin preferred to use ‘Real Americans.’ That’s probably because until 1920 it was traditional in this country to deny women the right to vote. Whatever, we get it. There are a lot of white people in this country who don’t like to see people of color immigrating here, legally or otherwise. A half-black president freaks them out. Even if they’ve always been dirt poor at least they had a leg-up in their citizenry rights and knew they had the darkies outnumbered. They feel like they’re losing their country. They can’t send their kids to public schools or colleges without them being taught about tectonic plates, evolution, and comparative religion. It’s a bummer.

The question is, why would a major American political party tie themselves to this bitter and shrinking demographic?

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