Lee Atwater once said, " You start out in 1954 by saying, n*gger, n*gger, n*gger" by 1968 you can't say "n*gger"- that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like "forced busing", "states' rights" and all that stuff. You are getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all those things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites".
The Republicans have been brilliant in their execution of their "blacks get hurt worst then whites" strategy. Mr. Atwater's statement was not only for the consumption of white racist people it was meant to be the corporate blueprint to deceive middle class and poor whites into believing and supporting policies that would ultimately bring down their middle class way of life by framing it in a "blacks get hurt the worst" motif.
If you consider the deeper context of the Atwater pronouncement, one would think that black citizens had done some unforgivable grievous wrong to whites in this country. The ease in which the Republicans have normalized hatred of black life using the Atwater strategy, one would think somewhere in white American history blacks put whites in chains and raped the white out of their gene pool or gave to their ancestors smallpox infected blankets. There has to be some sophisticated analytical explanation for the kind of racism in the vitriolic Atwater declaration.
The Atwater doctrine was part of a "southern strategy" to use race hatred and white insecurities to usurp the power of the federal government. The most misunderstood thing about the Atwater doctrine, I don't believe Mr. Atwater gave a damn about race, however racism was a valued tool to oppose federal protection for poor and middle-class American citizen for the enrichment of the corporate class.
Mr. Atwater's dirty little secret, the Republican true goal was corporate empowerment over the American people through unregulated abusive capitalism. Mr. Atwater was about "States Rights", the right of the state or corporation to do anything it pleased to any group or citizens within its purview. Atwater clearly defines who should be blamed as whites lose their perceived privileged hold on our representative democracy.
The end game seems to be standing on America's doorstep. The Republican, corporate sponsored Tea Party seems to be more concerned about how a Black guy got into the White House instead of any tangible political grievance. The TP Republicans seem to be supporting the corporate rape of our constitution and the raiding of the public coffers in the name of their spurious conservative values.
The true intended byproduct of the centuries old states' rights dogma was / is to lull some working class whites into a false sense of exclusive ownership of this democracy by nefarious corporate interest. These interests will never allow ordinary American citizens to look behind the curtain and see who receives the master's share of American political and economic booty.
Those who have advocated for "State Rights" before and after the civil war have a pathological resentment to federal protections against state or corporate sponsored harm to ordinary American citizens.
Many on the Right are still fighting the civil war for corporate (plantation) control of America. Race, sex and religion have been the time honored corporate tool to rally the huddled masses into drinking the Kool-Aid of their own destruction.
The Atwater doctrine has worked. The philosophical underpinnings of modern day Republicans to cut taxes and shrink government down to the size you could "drown it in the bathtub" denotes the disciplined adherence by the Republican party to continue a doctrine that says, if whites perceive that national policy hurts Blacks the worst, then many whites would remain silent while our democracy suffered the death of a thousand corporate cuts.
When you shrink government and cut taxes you create a lesser, weaker union. The revocation of federal protection would hurt all Americans. The de-facto repeal of the Commerce Clause in lieu of States Rights would leave our citizens vulnerable to the unethical whims of corporate enablers.
Less government turns the whole damn country into Mississippi. Mississippi and most southern states are ranked amongst the worst states in quality of life for its citizens. Due to the successful efforts of State Rights advocates, most of America is racing Mississippi to the bottom in almost every category of quality of life issues amongst the industrialized world.
This nation's economic and social wellbeing has been under attack by a corporate owned Republican party and a acquiescent Supreme Court since the Reagan administration.
Sadly the corporate influence on both political parties and the media has produced a willfully ignorant and uninformed populous. The media nor the body politic has served the public good, they have only become another tool of a seditious corporate need to remove " we the people" from our federally protected rights.
The Media helped facilitate the manipulative, racist corporate propaganda that has become normalized in American life. The success of the late Lee Atwater or his prote'ge', Carl Rove would not be possible without a compliant media. The media is most responsible for the state of our less perfect union.
Too many in today's media have reduced investigative journalism into "some people say" without supplying truth or context to if what's being said is true.