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Letter to a future Republican strategist regarding white people

9:54 am - 11/13/2012
To whom it may concern regarding the United States federal elections of 2014, 2016 and beyond:

Allow me to introduce myself to you, the existing (or aspiring!) strategist for the Republican Party. My name is Eric Arnold Garland and I am a White Man. Boy, am I ever – you need sunglasses just to look at my photo!

If I read the news correctly, I fit a profile that is of extreme importance to the GOP, as I embody the archetype that fits your narrative of Real Americans. Just how much should my profile interest you? Are you sitting down?




  • My family lineage goes back to the MAYFLOWER, BOAT ONE!!! (Garland family of New England-> John Adams -> Howard Alden -> Plymouth colony ->KINGS OF MUTHAF***IN’ ENGLAND)

  • I am a heterosexual, married to the super Caucasian mother of my two beautiful children who are, inexplicably, EVEN WHITER THAN I AM.

  • I am college educated (Master’s degree!) and affluent.

  • I am a job creator and small businessman.

  • We pay a lot of taxes! Every year!

  • I grew up in a rural area and despise laziness!

  • Having started my own business, I have complained at length about the insanity of federal, state and local bureaucracy – and its deleterious impact on the innovative small businessman.

  • I currently live in the suburbs in a historically Red state.



HOLY WHITE PEOPLE, BATMAN!!! Wow, you’re thinking – this is not some Mexirican in the Sun Belt we need to attract via harsh anti-Castro policies or appeals to “valores de familia” - this is the BREAD AND BUTTER OF THE GRAND OLD PARTY, a Mayflower-descended small business owner, burdened by taxation, looking out for his beautiful White family in the suburbs of a city (St Louis) surrounded by racial tension and urban blight!

How can I put this gently? My wife and I are not sensitive to your messaging, nor did we vote for the candidates you proposed for us this past Tuesday.

B-b-but, what? Aren’t we investors, hard-workin’ white folk surrounded by same in a manicured cul-de-sac, scared by a vision of economic collapse amidst the takers in a land of fewer givers? Didn’t Mitt Romney’s strong family, wealth, leadership history and chiseled chin give us the uncontrollable urge to high-five him into the White House?

No.

May I explain why not, purely for your education, such that you might be interested in winning an election on the national level at some point in the future? It bears pointing out that I should be your Low Hanging Fruit, the easy vote to get as opposed to, say, African-Americans, Latinos, or Asians – and you’re not even speaking well to me. The reasons why ought to concern you deeply.

As a Card-Carrying White Male I love expressing my opinion irrespective of whether people care to hear it, so let’s get started.

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Science - One of the reasons my family is affluent is that my wife and I have a collective fifteen years of university education between us. I have a Masters degree in Science and Technology Policy, and my wife is a physician who holds degrees in medicine as well as cell and molecular biology. We are really quite unimpressed with Congressional representatives such as Todd Akin and Paul Broun who actually serve on the House science committee and who believe, respectively, that rape does not cause pregnancy and that evolution and astrophysics are lies straight from Satan’s butt cheeks. These are, sadly, only two of innumerable assaults that the Republican Party has made against hard science – with nothing to say of logic in general. Please understand the unbearable tension this might create between us and your candidates.

Climate - Within just the past 18 months the following events have come to our attention: a record-breaking drought that sent temperatures over 100 degrees for weeks, killing half the corn in the Midwest and half the TREES on our suburban property – AND – a hurricane that drowned not New Orleans or Tampa or North Carolina but my native state of VERMONT. As an encore, a second hurricane drowned lower Manhattan, New Jersey and Long Island. The shouted views of decrepit mental fossil Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma that this is a fraud perpetrated on the American people by evil, conspiring climate scientists is belied by such events and is looking irresponsible to even the most skeptical.

Healthcare - My wife and I are quite familiar with America’s healthcare system due to our professions, and having lived abroad extensively, also very aware of comparable systems. Your party’s insistence on declaring the private U.S. healthcare system “the best in the world” fails nearly every factual measure available to any curious mind. We watch our country piss away 60% more expenditures than the next most expensive system (Switzerland) for health outcomes that rival former Soviet bloc nations. On a personal scale, my wife watches poor WORKING people show up in emergency rooms with fourth-stage cancer because they were unable to afford primary care visits. I have watched countless small businesses unable to attract talented workers because of the outrageous and climbing cost of private insurance. And I watch European and Asian businesses outpace American companies because they can attract that talent without asking people to risk bankruptcy and death. That you think this state of affairs is somehow preferable to “Obamacare,” which you compared ludicrously to Trotskyite Russian communism, is a sign of deficient minds unfit to guide health policy in America.

War - Nations do have to go to war sometimes, but that Iraq thing was pretty bad, to put it mildly. Somebody should have been, I dunno – FIRED for bad performance. Aren’t you the party of good corporate managers or something? This topic could get 10,000 words on its own. Let’s just leave it at: You guys suck at running wars.

Deficits and debt - Whenever the GOP is out of power, it immediately appeals to the imagination of voters who remember the Lyndon Baines Johnson (!) administration and claim that the Republican alternative is the party of “cutting spending” and “reducing the deficit.” The only problem with your claim is that Republican governments throughout my entire 38 year life (Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43) have failed to cut spending and deficit and debt EVEN ONCE. I hope you understand that your credibility suffers every time you promise one thing for three decades and do the EXACT OPPOSITE. Egads – if you actually were the party of fiscal responsibility – you might win our votes despite your 13th century view of science!

Gay marriage - As the child of Baby Boomers who got divorced (as was the fashion!) in the 80s and 90s, and for whom 50% of my friends had their homes broken by divorce in the critical years before age 18, I sure am unsympathetic to your caterwauling bullshit that “gays will destroy the sanctity of marriage.” Perhaps if everyone in your generation didn’t take the period of 1978 – 1995 to start surreptitiously banging their neighbors and coworkers, only to abandon their kids because “they just weren’t happy,” I would take your defense of marriage more seriously. The institution of Middle Class suburban marriage was broken by the generation of aging white Baby Boomers who populate what is left of the Republican Party, so your defense is wrongheaded and disingenuous. And moreover, as someone who got called “faggot” about 127 times a day from the years 1985 through 1991 – guess what – I grew up to be pretty good friends with actual homosexuals, whose sexual orientation is usually the least significant thing about them. The Republican perseveration on homosexuals as any sort of threat consigns them to history’s trough of intellectual pig dung.

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That’s quite enough for one essay, wouldn’t you say? Now, given my initial description as a wealthy, hard-working, job creating, heterosexual, married suburban White Male – doesn’t your current platform look woefully insufficient to the task of gaining my vote? This doesn’t even get into the demographic tensions that show that people of my exact profile are going away permanently in America. You can’t even win on what you perceive to be “home field advantage.”

Uh oh, wait, I can already hear you through the web browser, dismissing all of my above points because THAT GUY WAS NEVER GONNA BE A REPUBLICAN ANYHOW, CUZ HE’S A LIBRUL WHO HATES AMERICA AND…

All right, let’s do one last point:

Meanness - Your party is really mean, mocking and demonizing everyone who does not follow you into the pits of hell. You constantly imply – as Mitt Romney did in his “47% speech” – that anybody who disagrees with you does so not by logic or moral conviction, but because they are shiftless, lazy parasites who want “free stuff” from “traditional Americans.” Wow, you guys managed to follow up a stunning electoral defeat with insulting the very people you wish to attract for a majority in the political system! Brilliant! You are losing elections because being angry and defensive and just-plain-mean is more important than being smart and winning elections – and thus you deserve everything happening to you.

If you want to know exactly where you failed in 2012, and will continue to fail, here it is. Look you assholes, I’m as traditional an American as it gets, and I do not “want free stuff.” I am a taxpayer, and ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. I got my first job – dragging bags of cow manure, horse feed and fertilizer around a farm store – when I was 12. I started my first company when I was 28. I have followed the vast majority of the rules set out for middle class white males (for good and for ill.) And if it weren’t bad enough that your policy positions are a complete clusterfuck for the reasons I lay out in great detail, you manage to follow up the whole exercise with insulting me, my wife, and my friends of every stripe who didn’t vote for your political party – all of whom are hard-working, taxpaying, job creating, law abiding, great AMERICANS of EVERY COLOR AND CREED.

From this white, Mayflower-descended strategic analyst, allow me to offer you the three strategic options you have before you:

1. You drastically moderate your platform to harmonize with the policy positions I present above

2. You disband the party and reorganize it to reflect current realities

3. You kick and scream and stamp your feet and call me and my friends names – and submit to several decades of one party rule

While I do not want a one-party system, I also don’t particularly care which of these options you choose. If you look carefully at the numbers on Tuesday, nobody else cares, either.

Just a word to the wise from one White Man to (presumably) another.



Sauce: Eric Garland.co

I know a few people that NEED to read this. Sadly, they wouldn't be able to comprehend it due to the 'WHARRRGARBL' in their own heads, and would dismiss the writer as having a severe case of 'White Liberal Guilt'. -_-
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ceilidh 13th-Nov-2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
We are really quite unimpressed with Congressional representatives such as Todd Akin and Paul Broun who actually serve on the House science committee and who believe, respectively, that rape does not cause pregnancy and that evolution and astrophysics are lies straight from Satan’s butt cheeks.

all of this is awesome but this is my favorite part.
compost75 13th-Nov-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the NEW Republican candidates for the Chairmanship of the House Science Committee are also anti-science diehards.
tinylegacies 13th-Nov-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
this is really fantastic.
shortsweetcynic 13th-Nov-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
for the second time in five minutes: i need a "standing ovation" button. THIS WAS AWESOME.
ultraelectric 13th-Nov-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
I wish I could print this out and post it all over my county. Also, spam FOX NEWS with this.

I was watching MSNBC and some Republican strategist was like ~we lost cuz we didn't appeal to white blue class workers~ uh, no...
qable 13th-Nov-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
OT - Your icon is putting me on the childhood nostalgia train. One day I'll rewatch that show.
moonshaz 13th-Nov-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Your party is really mean, mocking and demonizing everyone who does not follow you into the pits of hell.

Haven't read every word yet, but this is my favorite line so far.
moonshaz 13th-Nov-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oooh, this one is even better:

The Republican perseveration on homosexuals as any sort of threat consigns them to history’s trough of intellectual pig dung.
hilsongirl 13th-Nov-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
to summarize;

GOP, STOP TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN
rainbow_fish 13th-Nov-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
lol mfte.
kristendotcom 13th-Nov-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
I kind of want to print this out and slap my dad in the face with this.

Just heard him a few hours ago tell my Uncle that he has given up on politics because this election has shown that Americans just want "free stuff" and that Obama put 47 million people on welfare (like he personally signed them up, I guess? It surely can't be because the economy has been bad and people need help!) and soon mostly everyone will be on welfare and America is now a socialist country.

Idek, I shut the door so I didn't have to hear the bull.
bmh4d0k3n 13th-Nov-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
My dad sent me this shitty article about how Obama won the election because Americans want "free stuff" ("How can you compete with that?!"). They're really hanging onto this narrative, aren't they?
jessyryan 13th-Nov-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
He's awesome. I wish he would have mentioned the anti-choice, misogynist stuff but alas you can't have everything.
moonshaz 13th-Nov-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
I know, that is the one flaw in this thing. Otherwise, it's pure brilliance.
mskye 13th-Nov-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
I was laughing my ass off through the whole article. A+++, would read again, would email to everyone I know, ect, ect.
jojo342 13th-Nov-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
eh. no one is listening to this guy pat himself on the back for being a white democrat, especially not white republicans lbr
halfshellvenus 13th-Nov-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
I don't believe he ever state that he was NOT a Republican. Simply that he isn't buying into the GOP's current unkind and false messaging.
skellington1 13th-Nov-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
That you think this state of affairs is somehow preferable to “Obamacare,” which you compared ludicrously to Trotskyite Russian communism, is a sign of deficient minds unfit to guide health policy in America.

[insert standingOvation.gif here]
halfshellvenus 13th-Nov-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
my wife watches poor WORKING people show up in emergency rooms with fourth-stage cancer because they were unable to afford primary care visits.
Going for the ultimate 'random' here, this makes me so strongly miss Ted Kenneday. He was a tireless champion of the working poor, and one of the few politicians who seemed to understand that you can work your ass off and not get ahead, and that this is not good for anyone in the long run. It's also painfully inhumanitarian.

The only problem with your claim is that Republican governments throughout my entire 38 year life (Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43) have failed to cut spending and deficit and debt EVEN ONCE.
This, SO MUCH THIS. I've lived through the Reagan Recession and watched it last into Bush 1.0, then witnessed the miraculous rebound and removal of the national debt under Clinton, only to have Bush 2.0 piss the whole thing away and tank the economy even worse. The theory of not taxing rich people simply cannot balance our funding model, and running a two-front war on borrowed money? Pure, freakin' insanity.

This entire essay was awesome, and there were so many good places to quote that I could be here all day. But I have a science-based profession to get back to...

Thanks for this great link!

layweed 13th-Nov-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Haha this is fricken awesome but it won't get read (or it will get read but not absorbed) by those who desparately need to read it. But hey, that's fine. We can do without the Republican Party. We'll just make the Democrats the new Republicans and move left!
saitheisonfire 13th-Nov-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
amen. let me buy this fine understanding gentleman a drink. or a cupcake.
moonshaz 13th-Nov-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
And cookies



And puppies

bella_cheval 13th-Nov-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
I think I'm gonna print this out and hang it up in the office kitchen when no one is looking, then wait to hear heads exploding.
deborahw37 13th-Nov-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful!
pleasure_past 13th-Nov-2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh good. I am so glad that this was written so that now the Republican Party will be able to mend its relationship with straight white rich dudes. Clearly the problem with the Republican Party is that it is out of touch with straight white rich 20th-generation-American men.

As a Card-Carrying White Male I love expressing my opinion irrespective of whether people care to hear it, so let’s get started.

Funny, this is pretty much what I was thinking throughout that whole letter. "Whelp, PoC and women and gays and gay WoC have been calling the Republican Party out on its shit for months years decades now, but now that the heat is temporarily off I think I'm going to write a self-congratulatory piece about an election that won't happen for two more years, and it'll be really important, because I'm a straight white dude and everything I do is important."

and for whom 50% of my friends had their homes broken by divorce in the critical years before age 18,

Dear ~SUPER WHITE~ straight male rich dude,

Go fuck yourself.

Without Love,
—The lesbian child of a single mother, who was herself the child of a single mother.

Also, fellow white people, jsyk rambling on for long paragraphs about how white you are really is not endearing. You are basically trying to prove that you aren't racist by saying some incredibly racist shit. That doesn't work. Don't listen to that hipster boy down at the laundry mat. Seriously, absolutely no one but the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan wants to hear about how white you are.

Idk I guess I'm just too bitter for this. If you need me, I'll be stealing Christmas somewhere in Prague.

Edited at 2012-11-13 09:37 pm (UTC)
liret 13th-Nov-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
On the divorce thing, I took it a an example of why the Republican focus on married hetrosexual couples being the only goal is ridiculous - I mean, he outright says he thinks their 'sanctity of marriage' talk is bullshit.
belleweather 13th-Nov-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Seriously loving this, but it needs to come with a "do not read the comments" warning.
seishin 14th-Nov-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
When I posted it, the comments were alright. Guessing they've taken a nosedive? :(
lamardeuse 13th-Nov-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, someone give this guy all of the cookies.
rkt 14th-Nov-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
decent human cookie
anamatics 13th-Nov-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Different branch of the Alden family, but I'm distantly related to this guy. Lol small world.
mercystars 13th-Nov-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Egads – if you actually were the party of fiscal responsibility – you might win our votes despite your 13th century view of science!

really tho?
kaymyth 14th-Nov-2012 02:09 am (UTC)
No, not really. But they'll never budge if you don't dangle a cookie in front of their noses.
ferriludant Brilliant14th-Nov-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Perfect.
the_glow_worm 14th-Nov-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
I grew up to be pretty good friends with actual homosexuals, whose sexual orientation is usually the least significant thing about them.

I dunno, I'm not gay or anything, but I would never dream of describing my LGBT friends' gayness as the least significant thing about them, any more than I would describe my Asianness or femaleness as the least significant thing about me. The rest of this is pretty funny, I guess.

rkt 14th-Nov-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
BUT GAY PEOPLE ARE JUST LIKE HETERO PEOPLE AND HE HAS GAY FRIENDS SO HE'S NOT A HOMOPHOBOE.
yndigot 14th-Nov-2012 05:25 am (UTC)
I like a lot of it -- and I like that he at least attempted to check his privilege (sort of), but I also feel like there are places where his privilege shows through thoroughly unchecked in icky ways. Mixed feelings.
roseofjuly 14th-Nov-2012 06:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, personally I'm not overly feeling it either. He's another privileged white guy saying things we already know...why are we giving him cookies for this?
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