by Matthew Boose
Tucker Carlson sent the Left into a predictable frenzy of self-righteous rage this week by making a true, but politically incorrect, observation.
The invasion that is unfolding at the southern border, Carlson said, is purposeful. Joe Biden and his Democratic allies have embraced open borders because they want to change America’s racial demographics. They see their political destiny in replacing white conservatives with poor, non-white dependents from the Third World who will remain loyal to Democrats. By doing this, Democrats hope to secure permanent control of our political system.
Carlson, of course, was immediately denounced by the usual media hall monitors for promoting the “Great Replacement Theory.” Except Carlson was not saying anything that prominent Democrats do not already discuss, very publicly, and with unabashed enthusiasm. His only sin was suggesting that the Great Replacement might not be a good thing.
As Carlson correctly pointed out, the Left gets so rattled when the Right talks about the “Great Replacement” not because it is false, but precisely because it is true. Not only is it true, but it is an incredibly important goal of the Left, which is why, more than almost any other topic they consider verboten, it excites them so much.
When it comes to demographic change, Democrats try to play it both ways. On the one hand, they brag constantly about the imminent, irrevocable “browning” of America (or, if they are a little more subtle, the “blueing” of red states through mass migration.) But they condemn anyone who points out their gloating as a racist.
Michael Anton has a term for this: the “celebration parallax.” The Left is permitted to celebrate their success in radically transforming the country, but anyone who objects to their designs is forced to pretend that change is not happening at all. They are mocked as paranoid conspiracy theorists for noticing the very things the Left hopes, vocally, to accomplish. If anyone dares to notice the Left is winning, the Left passionately reminds us all that they are actually struggling underdogs fighting against “structural racism”—regular freedom riders.
Whatever you think of the Great Replacement, almost nobody, Right, Left, or center, believes any longer that it is not happening. It is widely acknowledged that, within a few decades, whites will become a minority in America. The only people required to pretend that this is not the case, oddly, are white people.
Whether this demographic shift is a good, bad, or neither, Democrats are not withholding judgment. For them, having fewer white people around is definitely a good thing. It’s their political Rapture. Here’s Joe Biden in 2015:
“Folks like me who are Caucasian, of European descent, for the first time in 2017 we’ll be in an absolute minority in the United States of America, absolute minority,” he said. “That’s not a bad thing, that’s a source of our strength.”
Biden is not alone in his belief that white displacement is an inexorable destiny worth celebrating. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in July said pointedly that the Republican Party is doomed because the “the new voters in this country are moving away from them.” When the latest census found that the white population is shrinking for the first time, Jennifer Rubin called it “fabulous news.”
There is no need to belabor the point with more examples, which are plentiful. That white replacement is laudable is a basic assumption of the Left and our leading institutions, widely shared by journalists, academics, most Democratic and Republican politicians, and the court jesters we still call “entertainers.”
Since when did we, as a country, agree that white people should be replaced? This is a strange and obviously racist belief, but one that is now predominant in our culture, owing to its importance to the Left.
Part of what makes their gaslighting on “the Great Replacement” so tiresome is that replacing whites is such a logically coherent, even necessary, part of their philosophy on race and justice. A core belief of the Left is that the Europeans who founded the United States were racist “colonizers” whose progeny continue to oppress nonwhite people today.
If you believe this, then open borders is not an attack on America’s sovereignty, because America, a nation founded by wicked Europeans, is not legitimate in its current form, and neither are its borders. Instead, opening the borders is righteous, a reversal of fortune. It is History’s pendulum swinging the other way—the nonwhite, rightful claimants to the land taking their inheritance back from whites, who stole it from them.
If you truly believed that whites are evil, rotten people living on occupied land, why would you not want to see them replaced?
This belief, in the wickedness of whites and the illegitimacy of the European settlement of the Americas, is obviously the governing belief behind the Democratic Party’s open border policy. It is insulting we are asked to pretend otherwise.
If the Great Replacement really were a “conspiracy theory,” we would expect Democrats to support at least some form of border enforcement. But they don’t. Why? What reason could there be, if not the belief that white people are bad, America currently is too white, and open borders will make America less white, and therefore, better?
Can anyone seriously deny that Democrats believe this? At this point, overpowering hatred for white people has become the single unifying thread of the Democratic Party and its fractious coalition.
The Great Replacement is not some wacky theory dreamed up by the Right. It is a project that aligns with what Democrats believe, desire, and profess publicly. Candor, on a topic like this, is obviously against their self-interest. But no society that calls itself free can be expected to stomach lies this big forever. The consequences of the Great Replacement are profound, and if we are still a republic, we must be able to discuss them openly.
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Matthew Boose is a Mt. Vernon fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a staff writer and weekly columnist at the Conservative Institute. His writing has also appeared in the Daily Caller. Follow him on Twitter @matt_boose.