House Republicans have already made so many questionable choices this year, it’s hard to know where to begin. So instead of going all the way down that rabbit hole, I’m going to take the opportunity to make fun of this absurdly stupid Facebook post from Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona, who wants to end the “War on American Suburbs” (a term that I believe was coined by Breitbart, because that’s the world we live in now), and hates on Obama for being “utopian.”
The full post (above) includes this absurd sentence:
The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule marks President Obama’s most aggressive attempt yet to force his utopian ideology on American communities disguised under the banner of ‘fairness.’
He’s absolutely right. How DARE Obama try to force us to live in a utopia?? I’d much rather live in a dystopia!! (Oh, wait…)
What’s next, Dems? Ethics committees? Healthcare for poor people? WHERE DOES IT END???
In all seriousness, this is embarrassingly, nakedly racist. They can try to couch it in “overreaching” all they want, and I’m sure some Republicans are actually worried about that (although they don’t seem to mind government regulation when it comes to abortion or drug use, just saying). But “War on Suburbs” is as hilariously stupid and offensive a complaint as “War on Christmas.” Just as “War on Christmas” is openly admitting that you think Christians should be the privileged class in society, “War on Suburbs” openly admits that rich white people in suburbs don’t want to live with people of color.
If all they cared about was overreach by the federal government, then they would make other suggestions on the state level to combat the lack of diversity in wealthy neighborhoods. Or, more conservatively, they would vow to improve education for young people in the inner cities in order to indirectly combat income inequality. But they’re not decrying that lack of diversity at all.
Instead, they’re very explicitly trying to Make American Suburbs White Again. I can just imagine Gosar defending himself against accusations of racism: “People of color are welcome to exist somewhere, I’m fine with that, I suppose. Just as long as they’re nowhere near me or my family. Everyone wins!”
And this isn’t a blind attempt at defending Obama, because I’m not actually his biggest fan. I like him a lot more as a person than as a politician, if only because he’s much more moderate than me. But if the most scathing critique that Republicans can come up with is that Obama has a “utopian” vision, then they need to take a good long look at their choices.