America First Caucus: Doomed to Fail

Marjorie Taylor Greene Reportedly Joins Fellow Republicans in Forming’ America First Caucus’ for ‘Anglo-Saxon Political Traditions’

It seems like every day, the Republican party comes closer and closer to being truthful about what the GOP actually is—a white people party.

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) are reportedly behind it, with Reps. Barry Moore (R-Ala.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) signed on as early members. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who faces federal and House Ethics Committee investigations over allegations of sexual misconduct and illicit drug use, tweeted that he was joining Greene in the caucus.

A seven-page document that lays out policy positions for the caucus includes nativist language and perpetuates the falsehood that there was widespread fraud and corruption in the 2020 election. According to the document, the group says it seeks to advance former president Donald Trump’s legacy, which means stepping “on some toes” and sacrificing “sacred cows for the good of the American nation.”

In a section on immigration, the document describes the United States as a place with “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and argues that “societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country.”

So basically, the “America First Caucus” is exactly what it sounds like: It’s a white nationalist movement built on the fear that letting too many brown people in the country will threaten traditional American values such as baseball, apple pie, folk dances, salt and pepper-exclusive seasoning, lynching negroes, pretending slavery was really just a wholesome labor-for-room-and-board exchange and Columbus-ing Black culture.

Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar launch ‘America First Caucus,’ and it’s as bad as you imagine

Do not—Do. Not.—dismiss this as just a handful of Republicans: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar are starting an “America First Caucus” in the House of Representatives, and they might as well go ahead and call it the You Will Not Replace Us Caucus or get real honest and call it the White Supremacist Caucus.

The group is forming around a “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.” That string of words comes from the discussion of immigration, and apparently that common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions strengthens the border somehow.

While immigration may increase the nation’s “aggregate output,” they acknowledge, it’s still unacceptable because of “the long-term existential future of America as a unique country with a unique culture and a unique identity being put at unnecessary risk.”


Oh, and they have ideas about infrastructure. Yes, white supremacist ideas about infrastructure. “The America First Caucus will work towards an infrastructure that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture, whereby public infrastructure must be utilitarian as well as stunningly, classically beautiful, befitting a world power and source of freedom.” (Do they know that stunningly beautiful infrastructure costs money?)

The progeny of European architecture pretty much puts it right out there, just in case you’d missed the Anglo-Saxon bit: We’re talking about white people, and nobody but. The United States of America is unique … but in a very European way.

GOP Leaders Criticize Effort to Establish America First Caucus

A group of House Republicans scrapped plans to establish a caucus highlighting respect for Anglo-Saxon political traditions after meeting widespread resistance.

The effort led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R., Ga.) fizzled after sparking pushback from GOP leaders. The group hasn’t filed paperwork with the House Administration Committee to become an official caucus.

It wasn’t clear Saturday exactly who the members of the America First Caucus are. Many House GOP offices said they hadn’t seen the caucus document or been invited to join it. A spokesman for Mrs. Greene said Friday that she had never approved the document outlining the group’s policy positions on several issues including big technology, infrastructure and immigration.

Earlier Saturday, Mrs. Greene said in a statement that the document was “a staff level draft proposal from an outside group that I hadn’t read.”

The proposed caucus’s seven-page document contained several statements using language that House GOP leaders said were unacceptable.

Democrats called on Republicans to condemn the group and the language used in its materials.

“Every single House Republican must immediately denounce this toxic agenda—their failure to do so is a full embrace of Greene’s ugly politics of conspiracy and racism,” said Chris Taylor, a spokesman for House Democrats’ campaign arm.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) said Friday he had been considering joining the caucus, which he said was focused on addressing American needs before helping other countries.

“If we let our country go without taking care of America—making sure we’re viable for the future—then we’re not going to be in a position to help other countries,” he said. Mr. Gohmert said he had not seen the “Anglo-Saxon” language. “It’s not supposed to be about race at all. We’re stronger diversified,” he said.

Many House GOP aides and lawmakers criticized the language used in the group’s materials.

“The hatefulness of this statement is only surpassed by its ignorance of American history and values,” Rep. Ken Buck (R., Colo.) said in a tweet Friday.

‘Nativist Crap’: Critics Erupt In Fury Over New Conservative ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Caucus

Stunned critics erupted in anger Friday amid reports of the pending creation of a congressional Frankenstein with a Third Reich mustache: An “America First Caucus” aimed at pushing “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

The caucus calls for limiting legal immigration “to those that can contribute not only economically, but have demonstrated respect for this nation’s culture and rule of law.” It bizarrely supports infrastructure “that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), an immigrant, pointed out to reported caucus organizers Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) that he served in the military to “defend your right to say stupid stuff.” Nevertheless, he added, “Take your nativist crap and shove it.”

Surprisingly, the new group was quickly bashed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (and quickly endorsed by GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida). McCarthy is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Greene and her “traditions” right from the start. But McCarthy slammed Greene’s proposed caucus as a “nativist dog whistle.”

In a striking indication of what could be a devastating division among the hard-right Republicans in Congress, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) slammed the “hatefulness” of the new group’s perspectives.

Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said flatly: “Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil.” Republicans, she tweeted, “believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all.”

Rep. Greene tries to distance herself from ‘America First Caucus’ document denounced as racist

Marjorie Taylor Greene on Saturday tried to distance herself from a document published by Punchbowl News that purportedly outlined the goals of a new “America First Caucus” being formed by Greene and other hard-right GOP lawmakers. The document had received blowback from Democrats and some Republicans for promoting nativist policies and perpetuating the falsehood that there was widespread fraud and corruption in the 2020 election.

On Saturday, Greene (R-Ga.) described the document as “a staff level draft proposal from an outside group” and claimed she had not read it. She blasted the media for “taking something out of context,” but did not specify to which policies in the document she objected.

However, Greene did not deny plans to start an “America First Caucus” and ended a lengthy Twitter thread by saying she supported former president Donald Trump’s “America First agenda.”

Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third-highest-ranking Republican leader in the House, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), one of Trump’s most vocal critics within the GOP, also denounced what the caucus stood for.

“Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage,” Cheney tweeted. “Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.”

Kinzinger called for anyone who joined the caucus to be stripped of their committee assignments in Congress. The House has already voted, mostly along partisan lines, to strip Greene of her assignments.

The language used in the “America First Caucus” document indicates just how comfortable some Republicans are openly expressing extreme positions in stark terms. The document calls to suspend all immigration, saying such pauses are “absolutely essential in assimilating the new arrivals and weeding out those who could not or refused to abandon their old loyalties and plunge head-first into mainstream American society.”

The caucus also criticizes U.S. foreign aid, blasts coronavirus restrictions as an overreaction, and suggests the country’s education system “is actively hostile to the civic and cultural assimilation necessary for a strong nation.”

Reports of the caucus and its stated goals also drew condemnation from numerous Democrats, who blasted Greene and Gosar for promoting dangerous and “blatantly racist” ideas rooted in White supremacy.

‘Conservative cancel culture’ is why Marjorie Taylor Greene abandoned ‘America First Caucus’

White pride might not remain as alive and well in the Republican Party as it appeared just one day ago, as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., was forced to walk back plans for a new House caucus meant to promote “uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions” after Greene’s fellow Republicans hit her with swift criticism.

Taking specific aim at Biden’s immigration policies, the caucus had argued only a day before that “societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country.”

It also put forth the notion that immigrants are less educated than they’ve ever been, a lie which Insider fact-checked with a recent Gallup poll that found “the estimated 44 million immigrants in the United States are better educated than ever, due in part to rising levels of schooling in many of the countries they came from and an influx of high-skilled workers to the U.S. in recent years, especially from Asia.”

The caucus’ platform additionally touched on President Biden’s infrastructure bill, the deliberations around which have devolved into a game of political football. The American First Caucus said it wanted to promote “architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture,” which is in keeping with Trump’s now-revoked executive order banning federal buildings from taking on certain modern styles.

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the project and Greene on Friday.

Rebranded white supremacy is blathering about Anglo-Saxons as it seeks to form an “America First” caucus. The Anglo-Saxons were invaders. Of Britain. Their heyday was known as the Dark Ages. The America First proclamation today: “America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.” Which Anglo-Saxon political traditions would they like to protect? Wikipedia: “An important racial belief system in late 19th- and early 20th-century British and US thought advanced the argument that the civilization of English-speaking nations was superior to that of any other nations because of racial traits and characteristics inherited from the Anglo-Saxon invaders of Britain.”

The Anglo-Saxon framework specifically excluded Irish Catholics and other “ethnic white” and of course Jews.But the actual Anglo-Saxons? History site: “When the Roman legions left Britain, the Germanic-speaking Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians began to arrive – at first in small invading parties, but soon in increasing numbers. Initially they met little firm resistance from the relatively defenceless inhabitants of Britannia.

Around 500 AD, however, the invaders were resisted fiercely by the Romano-British, who might have been led by King Arthur, if he existed – and there is no hard evidence that he did. “The Celtic areas of Britain regarded the Saxons as enemies and foreigners on their borders: their name became Sassenachs to the Scottish and Saesneg to the Welsh. The various Anglo-Saxon groups settled in different areas of the country. They formed several kingdoms, often changing, and constantly at war with one another….. By 650 AD there were seven separate kingdoms.”

Apparently these would-be modern Anglo-Saxons did not get As in English. The manifesto leaked today is full of sentences that amble all over the place: “The America First Caucus will work towards an infrastructure that reflects the architectural, engineering and aesthetic value that befits the progeny of European architecture, whereby public infrastructure must be utilitarian as well as stunningly, classically beautiful, befitting a world power and source of freedom.” Anglo-Saxon architecture: build wattle-and-daub pig pens? Thatch the White House?

Wikipedia: “Anglo-Saxon secular buildings were normally rectangular post built structures, where timber posts were driven into the ground to form the framework of the walls upon which the thatched roofs were constructed. Only ten of the hundreds of settlement sites that have been excavated in England from this period have revealed masonry domestic structures and confined to a few quite specific contexts. The usual explanation for the tendency of Anglo–Saxons to build in timber is one of technological inferiority or incompetence. Even the elite had simple buildings, with a central fire and a hole in the roof to let the smoke escape and the largest of which rarely had more than one floor, and one room.”

p.s. Heather Cox Richardson later tonight: “Anglo-Saxon” is an old-fashioned historical description that has become a dog whistle for white supremacy. Scholars who study the Medieval world note that visions of a historical “white” England are fantasies, myths that are set in an imaginary past.

This was a myth welcome to pre-Civil War white southerners who fancied themselves the modern version of ancient English lords and used the concept of “Anglo-Saxon” superiority to justify spreading west over Indigenous and Mexican peoples. It was a myth welcome in the 1920s to members of the Ku Klux Klan, who claimed that “only as we follow in the pathway of the principles of our Anglo-Saxon father and express in our life the spirit and genius of their ideals may we hope to maintain the supremacy of the race, and to perpetuate our inheritance of liberty.” And it is a myth that appeals to modern-day white supremacists, who imitate what they think are ancient crests for their clothing, weapons, and organizations.

~ Rebecca Solnit

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