Who is Phyllis Schlafly and the Eagle Forum? She’s the original Ann Coulter. Sort of. The EF has been active in conservative circles for decades and is one of the leading “anti-feminist” groups. Schlafly is also a blatant racist and the Eagle Forum has wholeheartedly embraced the idea that the browning of America is the worst thing to ever happen:
“It is not a good thing. The immigrants do not share American values, so it is a good bet that they will not be voting Republican when they start voting in large numbers.” But immigrants cannot vote until they become citizens meaning that they jumped through hoops those of us born here do not. They had to work for that right which makes them arguably more American. Or are we talking about their children? The ones born and raised here? I wonder if EF thinks that the children of Irish or German immigrants do not share American values? Oh wait, those are white people. You know, REAL Americans. – FLS
“Instead, the USA is being transformed by immigrants who do not share those values, and who have high rates of illiteracy, illegitimacy, and gang crime, and they will vote Democrat when the Democrats promise them more food stamps.” Not that the right wing’s war on public education could POSSIBLY have anything to do with that and we all know that only dirty brown people use food stamps, anyway. – FLS
These people are deeply embedded in the conservative movement and have guided its evolution for a very long time. They are not fringe players. Seriously, how blatant does it have to be? Does Mitt Romney have to put on a pointed hood and burn a cross? Does John Boehner have to dress up in black face? What, precisely, will it take for people to stop denying that racism is inherent in conservative politics in a way it could never be in liberal politics?