It’s actually a good question. I suppose the answer is somewhat up in the air. RR writes:
Do you really believe that US Whites are horrifically rightwing? This 2 years after 44% of Whites elected a Black president. Are you being hyperbolic? Is it your opinion that White political opinion has drifted rightward since 1960?
Well, look at all of these insane Tea Party lunatics. A bunch of them are going to win. Those are the craziest bunch of rightwing nuts we’ve seen in a long time. The Tea Partiers are essentially John Birchers. The John Birch Society has taken over the Republican Party! Married with some seriously insane Christian fundamentalists.
Tea Party lunatics may well take over the House and possibly even the Senate. There is no way that could happen in any other White country on Earth. In fact, US style radical rightwing politics hardly exists anywhere on this planet, though to some extent it does in Chile and the UK.
There are some other radical rightwing regimes, but they don’t campaign on minimal government, near-Libertarian neoliberalism. They mostly campaign on “Kill the Commies,” or something like that. The only regimes I can think of like that are Colombia and Guatemala.
Elsewhere, the Radical Right usually campaigns on populism, poverty reduction, etc. You hardly see the US rightwing, “kill the poor,” fuck the middle class, minimal government, celebration of inequality stuff anywhere else on Earth, with a couple of exceptions above. Neoliberalism is hated all over the globe, for good reason. Only in the US do people actually campaign on this shit.
And nowhere on Earth to my knowledge does the Right campaign on batshit nuts Protestant fundamentalism, with the possible exception of Canada. Protestant fundamentalism is hated all over the world, with good reason.
One of the problems with the US is that rightwingers all over the world flock to the US to escape whatever brand of socialism they are living under.
Most Indian immigrants to the US are high caste. Vietnamese, Lao and Hmong immigrants are fleeing Communism, and all vote Republican. South American immigrants in the US, especially from Venezuela, are typically from the elites. The Venezuelans are hard rightwingers fleeing Bolivarianism. Most Nicaraguans in the US are hard rightwingers who fled Sandinismo. Cubans in the US are hard rightwingers fleeing Castro.
Many immigrants (such as some of our commenters) from Russia and the East Bloc are rightwingers fleeing various types of socialist and Communist regimes. Even most British immigrants to the US seem to be Tories. Many or most Filipino immigrants seem to vote Republican. They mostly come from the Filipino middle class. After the Iranian Revolution, Shah’s hard right supporters fled to the US. They flavor the Iranian community to this day.
Rightwingers around the world properly see the US as a rightwing anti-socialist paradise and leading light of anti-Communism. Hence, wealthy and reactionary elites have been fleeing progress, running backwards, all over the globe to the seek their dreams in rightwing America.
This has been going on for a long time now, and it’s about time the Democrats put a stop to it. If you’re fleeing a Left regime, you usually get to flood into the US no questions asked. People fleeing murderous rightwing death squad governments, as in Guatemala and El Salvador in the 1980’s, have high rates of rejection. Over 98% of such folks were rejected as possible Leftist sympathizers. They were put on planes back to El Salvador. The US Embassy would tell the Salvadoran government when the planes were coming in. The army would be waiting while the planes landed. They would go through the passengers and pull some of them off. They would usually end up tortured to death.
In some cases, the US government would check names against databases of the Guatemalan and Salvadoran governments. They also tested palms to see if guns had been fired recently. Results were reported to the governments down there, and these folks would be pulled off the planes and murdered.
The upshot of this bullshit is that we have allowed millions of hard rightwingers to flood into the US since we have decided we are the world’s destination for anyone fleeing the Left. All this does it create millions of permanent Republicans when they get citizenship. This exacerbates the already frighteningly reactionary character of US politics. Why the Democrats go along with this is beyond me.
To give you an example of how out of it the US is, all of Europe has been electing socialist parties of one type or another since WW2, with the exception of Thatcher in the UK. Even Europe’s so-called conservative parties are to the Left of the Democratic Party, and they refuse to dismantle the social democracies already in place. Even Thatcher barely touched the social democracy, and she is probably one of the most hated UK politicians of the past century.
Even backwards Mexico has been governed by an openly socialist party since the Civil War. The PRI is a member of the Socialist International. The PAN, a conservative party, won recently, but they are only social conservatives. They have not dismantled Mexico’s social democracy – free healthcare for everyone, free education for all through university level, etc.
So even Mexico is ahead of the US. How embarrassing.