David Duke said this at a Senate candidates debate in North Carolina last night: "We're being out-numbered in our own country."
Duke, along with Donald Trump and his supporters who keep shouting about making America "great" again, believe this is the country of white people. They want to return to the time when white people, and, let's face it, white men, had all the power and privilege and none of the messy necessities of a diverse population like compromise, willingness to get along, and ability to see another point of view.
Historically, this attitude was - although artfully masked by the word "People" in the Preamble to the Constitution - made manifest in the fact that women and people of color had no voting or property rights, and were not even persons in the eyes of the law and of the powerful men who owned them.
So I cringe when I hear that we should make America great again, because it is the rallying cry of people who believe they have a rightfully superior claim to this country, its resources, and its governance. And there's no arguing with them because, in their view, they're white and so they're right. No wonder Trump sounds appealing - even if you're not so bold or self-aware to say what Duke said, you must be really gratified that someone, anyone, is finally speaking your truth. Telling it like it is, they say, is why they like Trump.
And so the borders must be closed and universal health care must be repealed and a regressive, rude, cruel, elitist white man must be President. Because we own this country.
I surely don't have to point out the Grand Canyon of difference there is with Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan and her longtime dedication to equality and justice for all.
Those of us for Hillary need to make a committed and intelligent stand against both Trump and the guiding principle of conservative ethos to make this a white man's country once more.
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