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Friday, June 1, 2007

McCain (R) Agrees with Bill O'Reilly That "White, Christian, Male Power Structure" Must Be Protected

The bigotry underlying the right's objection to the proposed immigration overhaul is laid bare in this exchange between presidential contender Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Fox "News" host Bill O'Reilly, the video of which was posted on YouTube by the McCain campaign. The relevant part is about one minute into the segment:

Here is the text (emphasis added):

Bill O'Reilly: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you're a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you've got to cap with a number.

John McCain: In America today we've got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need addition farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don't need so many.


O'Reilly: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don't know, I don't know. We've got to cap it.

McCain: We do, we do. I agree with you.

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At June 1, 2007 10:22 AM , Jill said...

Poor Bill. There are a lot of women, and men I imagine, who would read that part about removing white male power structures (not the part about using immigrants to do so) and say, uh, yeah - sounds about right? I would be fine with removing the Christian part - I don't really care so much about the religious homogeniety as much as the gender and the age and the being in power and interpreting the needs of everyone else through their lens.

At June 1, 2007 2:09 PM , PBH said...

Oh no! Old rich white males are being oppressed again! Sound the alarms!

Males - As of the 2006 congress, 83.7% of the Congress is male, while the percentage of males of the voting age population (18 plus) is only 48.4. If this is further evaluated to include the over-representation of white males, the figure is even more staggering: 36.3% of the voting age population are white males, yet there are 79 White Male senators making up the Senate (79%).


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