1993 is the date that our country no longer had a white Anglo Saxon Protestant majority. In the last two years white Christians are no longer a majority in our country and in 2042 whites will no longer be a majority. The ground is shifting. WASPs are losing their identity not because they are no longer in the majority but because they have abandoned their values to try to stay in power.
And the irony of this is this attempt to stay in power will be their undoing. The strong will always eventually fall. Their ideals do not have to if they adhere to the best of their traditions. But the WASPs are trying to take the kingdom by force and in so doing will find themselves on the sidelines as the new majority begins to sort out what their identity will be.
The WASPs have abandoned all of the precepts of the Social Gospel and replaced it with a new form of Social Darwinism. In essence the science hating right wing evangelicals have replaced a gospel with a theory of science. And even more grimace inducing is that Darwin rejected Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism is an effort to apply the evolutionary concept of natural selection to human society adapted by Herbert Spencer. The use of this theory has been debunked more than once over the years but has been refurbished by such atheist writers as Ayn Rand. Ayn Rand a darling of House Speaker Paul Ryan and others.
WASPs are now using a debunked social theory to interpret the Gospel to justify actions to maintain themselves in power. The theory especially as honed by Rand says the rest of the world should get out of the way of the wealthy and let them have total control. The poor are holding back the wealthy from making this a great country. Therefore the poor who are not measuring up to WASP standards must be punished or done away with by cutting insurance programs such as Social Security, Unemployment, or Healthcare. They also want to cut programs that assist others who are not prospering in the world’s richest country by cutting food stamps, subsidized housing, daycare, education, and the list goes on.
As far as immigrants go they only want the proven best from other countries and no one from shithole countries. And as far as those already in our country we do not want the immigrants without citizenship no matter how long they have lived here. They are not part of the WASP plan for greatness. The survival of the fittest cannot work if we are infiltrated with inferior groups.
This is why abortion rights and birth control must be denied or controlled. In fact there is a movement in the evangelicals for families to have as many babies as possible to stem the unwashed tide of non-Christian births. This movement has had the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Al Mohler, promoting it. The WASPs want to be sure that no WASP fetuses are killed or are prevented by birth control because of the declining birthrate of WASPs. They need all hands on deck.
Trump brings something new to the Social Darwinism. He brings us a foreign policy based on Social Darwinism. Why do you think he has a penchant for relating well to strong dictator types? They are the model of a foreign policy based on Social Darwinism. Democracies give too much power to the common citizen. Strong dictatorship type leadership allows the fittest to rule and control events. This also effects how we deal with our allies. Alliances and trade pacts must be in our favor because we cannot let lesser countries take us down. We according to this theory should not have alliances where the parties rely on us but instead they should assist us in becoming great.
Of course this attitude at home and abroad leaves the WASPs vulnerable to the Julius Cesar effect: Where all the minorities and former allies eventually see you as a threat to their well-being and in effect agree to put you out of your misery.
These and many other tactics such as gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, citizens united decision, and so on are the way the WASPs are clinging to power. But all these tactics are only slowing down the eventual tide of a country that WASPs will no longer have control. And the irony remains these tactics are going to be the death of WASP ideology having much influence in our country.
You see the very social gospel of welcoming the stranger in their midst, our obligation to the powerless and poor, democracy, freedom of religion not state ordained religion, leaving personal decisions as much as possible to the individual conscience is and has been the strength of the WASP ‘way’. All of this will remain but because the WASPs are currently found too often on the other side of these issues they will no longer receive credit for them in our society.
As our current president has tweeted on many occasions this is so SAD.