The anti-anti-colonialists strike back.

Jed Lewison flags notes something odd that the people photographed for the Pledge to America have in common.

Newt Gingrich and Dinesh D’Souza find nothing more fearful than the possibility that President Obama might be anti-colonialist.

Jed Lewison’s alert collation of all the photographs of ordinary Americans appearing in the GOP  “Pledge to America” pamphlet (.pdf) suggests what the opposite of an anti-colonial America might look like.  A copy of his collage, and a slight correction, appear below the fold.

Jed Lewison collage of photographs from the Pledge to America

Two slight amendments. First, one of the GI’s in camouflage appearing above might, just possibly, be Latino. Second, the pamphlet contains (but Lewison omits) several photos portraying politicians: Republican congressional leaders, the heads on Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty.  They’re all white too.

Update: the first comment below is right: there’s also an African-American woman in the second photo from the bottom.  And the guy at the lectern in the photo above that might also be such.  So make it three nonwhites out of 213 plus however many (perhaps 100)  are in the huge group photo second from the top (not counting the Congressional leaders, dead Presidents, and Lady Liberty).  A diverse crowd.

Author: Andrew Sabl

I'm a political theorist and Visiting Professor (through 2017) in the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. My interests include the history of political thought, toleration, democratic theory, political ethics, problems of coordination and convention, the realist movement in political theory, and the thought of David Hume. My first book, Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics (Princeton, 2002) covered many of these topics, with a special focus on the varieties of democratic politics and the disparate qualities of mind and character appropriate to those who practice each of them. My second book Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England was published in 2012; I am currently finishing a book on toleration, with the working title The Virtues of Hypocrisy, under contract with Harvard University Press. A Los Angeles native, I got my B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. Before coming to Yale I taught at Vanderbilt and at UCLA, where I was an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor; and held visiting positions at Williams, Harvard, and Princeton. I am married to Miriam Laugesen, who teaches health policy and the politics of health care at the Mailman School of public health at Columbia, and we have a twelve-year-old son.

13 thoughts on “The anti-anti-colonialists strike back.”

  1. Seeing this makes me think that 2012 will be a watershed moment for the Republican coalition. It is probably the last competitive election the current Republican coalition will field. After that the demographic dead end begins to set in. How many more elections can the current coalition win?

    It makes me wonder if we might get a better Republican coalition by 2014. Any thoughts?

  2. But come on, this is a white, upper-middle class, conservative, heterosexual, gender binary, authoritarian Christian nation! You will ride horses and your meat while praying to Jesus, pussy!

  3. One Af-Am guy in the back of the front row (second from the end) in the large auditorium picture. One large Af-Am woman at the table in the penultimate picture. One Asian woman–perhaps singer–in the picture in front of two guitarists. One Hispanic or Asian male soldier, next to another soldier (it may be a real stretch but the other soldier may also be Hispanic, but likely not). There may be a couple of others who may cause some ambiguity, although I could only find one. But there is some species diversity–four horses, cowboy plus two in front and one more hiding behind them. Otherwise, it's just plain vanilla all the way. Also note that most of the pictures represent largely (although not exclusively) sausage fest. That is typical of Republican gatherings (except those geared toward women). An old woman once approached me when I was attending one such meeting and asked me–where are all the women? She was married to one of the local head honchos so I would have expected her to know better. But she was right–it was a gathering of about 400 people with scarcely three dozen women and exactly one African American–a reporter. Ah, yes, the master race!

  4. Also notably skewed upwards in terms of age. My not at all scientific guess is that the median age of the people in these photos is about 50, the mean closer to 60. They know who their voters are, that's for sure.

  5. 'If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping out the Chicken Dance on a human face–for ever.'

  6. I haven´t done a proper check, but Buck´s right: the gender ratio looks to be at least 60-40 in favour of men. In authority figures, 80-20.

  7. Large groups of white people send a chill down the spine, don't they? Notice the glares and sinister grins of the group in the last photo. Just imagine what they are plotting.

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