Democrats on Monday reacted with dismay and disbelief to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s release just three weeks before the midterm elections, of a DNA test showing she may have traces of Native American ancestry.
Jim Messina, Obama 2012 campaign manager, tweeted, “Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???”
Why did Elizabeth Warren want to know if she had any Native American ancestry? Was it something she was ashamed about? Did she want to prove that she was actually 100% British or European in origin, like the Founding Fathers aboard the Mayflower? And also isn’t it kind of racist to have such a DNA test done? Doesn’t it show that you care about what genes you’re carrying? And if you care about what genes you’ve got yourself, you’ll care about what genes other people have too. And if you care about what genes other people have got, you’re a racist.
But Elizabeth Warren isn’t in the least bit ashamed of having traces of a Native American ancestry. She’s proud of it. And that’s why she wanted the world to know that she counted herself as a Native American, and was wearing American Indian headdresses long before she had a DNA test done, if the photo at right is of her, and hasn’t been photoshopped.
But real Native Americans are incensed:
Cherokee Nation condemns Elizabeth Warren’s ‘inappropriate and wrong’ DNA test to prove her heritage
What’s clear is that Elizabeth Warren would like to be a Native American. She’d like to be not just 1024th Native American (which is what the DNA test showed), but a quarter or a half Native American. And that’s because she’s not proud to be an American of British or European ancestry. She really wishes she wasn’t one of them, although the DNA tests would seem to show that’s actually what she is. Elizabeth Warren is not proud of America. And that’s why she’s trying to distance herself from it.
What Elizabeth Warren is really is a self-loathing American. She’s ashamed of her own country. She probably ashamed of how her European ancestors conquered much of North America, decimating the native tribal peoples. And maybe she’s probably ashamed of lots more things in America history, like southern slavery, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Vietnem war, and maybe the Iraq war too. Maybe she’s ashamed of everything America has ever done.
There are quite a few of these self-loathing Americans around these days. They started appearing in large numbers in the 1960s during the Vietnam war. Most Democrats now seem to be self-loathing Americans (they used not to be). Hillary Clinton is one. Barack Obama is another one. And of course Elizabeth Warren too. They reject most of their heritage, which they regard as “deplorable.”
By contrast most Republicans are proud Americans. Donald Trump is the quintessential proud American. He’s pretty much the living embodiment of America and the American spirit. And he even wants to Make America Great Again. And that’s why self-loathing Americans like Elizabeth Warren hate him: he’s not ashamed like they are. He’s not looking for forgiveness like they are.
This connects to something else that I’ve said before: that antismoking is anti-American. For about the first thing that the deplorable colonists who arrived in America aboard the Mayflower did on arrival was to start smoking tobacco. And tobacco rapidly became America’s principal gift to the world. Tobacco is what made America rich in the first place. And so self-loathing Americans are not just ashamed of being descendants of European colonists, but ashamed that not only did these deplorables start smoking tobacco, but they also got shamefully rich by shamefully selling tobacco to the rest of the world. Shame. Shame. And yet more shame.
Why did smoking tobacco instantly become such a shameful thing to do? Because smoking was a Native American custom. And when the early colonists started smoking, they started going native. And their compatriots probably detested people going native, doing things the Indian way (even if it happened to be the best way). Smoking was something the Indians did, and the antismokers were essentially racists who looked down on American Indians and everything they did. So antismoking is disguised racism: underlying it is contempt for the Indian culture from which it came.
Of course it’s not just Americans who can loathe their own countries. Here in Britain there are lots of people who are thoroughly ashamed of the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution that began in Britain. And I once even came across a self-loathing Russian, who had emigrated to the USA. When I told him that Russia had won WW2 on the Eastern Front, he denied it vehemently, and said it was only thanks to US-supplied trucks and jeeps that they’d managed to win. And I suppose that it’s the same everywhere: you’ll either love the country in which you were born, or you’ll hate it. And maybe the more that some people love their country, the more others will hate it.
People like Elizabeth Warren make a living from calling proud Americans like Donald Trump racists. But Elizabeth Warren is the real racist. She’s a racist for wanting to know whether she had any Native American DNA in her genome: if she had not been a racist she wouldn’t have cared. And she’s also racist for hating Native American tobacco. So the charges of racism that she and her ilk throw at people like Donald Trump could be (and should be) thrown back in their faces.