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To: JohnBDay
That's the impression I got from reading Francis's columns too. Undoubtedly Francis was a very intelligent man and correct on a number of issues. But I couldn't help but get the feeling that he was a strong racist. Many of his columns had a decidedly anti-Black or "minority" tone to them. He sounded like an arch-segregationist/anti-miscegenationist from forty to fifty years ago. If any "minorities" read his column and assumed he spoke for all conservatives, then Republicans would have to forget about getting anything but the all-white vote.

Because someone is correct on a number of conservative issues doesn't make them someone to listen to. Francis had too many unfortunate white-supremicist beliefs to be taken seriously. Our cherished political foundations may have been created by all-white settlers. But the beliefs, benefits, and laws were not just meant for white Europeans...they're for all Americans of whatever ethnic background or skin color.

34 posted on 03/09/2005 3:07:54 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless
I have a lot to say on this, since this man's death,(far too early BTW) has brought out some of my concerns about the Republican party, Conservatism and how the two relate today and in the future.

I am of the opinion, that like the term Liberal, the "C" word has been rendered nearly meaningless, and unfortunately assisted by Francis and others with certain single issue passions that distort the meanings of Conservatism.

If we are not careful, we will be looking dumber than Democrats. We need to take that word back and reinforce it's definition before radicals destroy it, and the Republican party with it.IMHO.

35 posted on 03/09/2005 3:28:04 AM PST by Cold Heat (This space is being paid not to do anything.)
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