Skip to comments.Kathleen Parker on Race and the Republicans
Posted on 09/04/2012 12:15:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Kathleen Parker wrote a column lamenting the Republican partys lack of racial diversity. I dont have any quarrel with her thesis Id like the party to do a better job of attracting blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, too but I found one remark of Parkers puzzling.
>>>>Republicans can honestly boast of having once been the party of firsts. The first Hispanic, African American, Asian American and Native American in the Senate were all Republicans. But that was before the GOP went south, banished its centrists and embraced social conservatives in a no-exit marriage.<<<<
In 90 percent of political commentary, the phrase social conservatives means people who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage. Hispanics have been slightly more likely, and blacks much more likely, to be social conservatives by this definition. Social conservatism polls better among both groups than does economic conservatism.
The Republican partys notable minority stars, some of them mentioned in Parkers column, are slightly more likely to be socially conservative (again using the standard definition) than white Republican officeholders. There are a lot of reasons Republicans tend to do badly among minority groups. If theres any evidence that the partys social conservatism is one of them, I havent seen it.
Parker is a “David Brooks Republican” - - more interested in getting invited to cocktail parties and sounding “reasonable” to her Learjet liberal friends than writing anything that would indicate she actually has a clue about “limited government” and economic freedom. She and Peggy “talks like she’s balancing a plate on her head” Noonan jumped the shark long ago when they got their claws out and screeched at Sarah Palin for ...being Sarah Palin.
Republicans need to stop complaining they do a poor job in attracting blacks and Hispanics-and recognize where the problem really lies. Truth is every time a prominent black becomes a conservative (Clarence Thomas, Adam West, etc), they are demonized and called “Uncle Tom” by racist blacks and liberals. This Jim Crow thuggery keeps the others in line.
Fact is, most blacks and Hispanics live in cities, and a high percentage of them depend on those "dirt-road sweeper" kind of government jobs. And if they have no connections and no ambition and no job, they depend on getting "free" stuff, confiscated for them from taxpayers ("Republicans") by Democrat politicians and handed over in exchange for votes.
The Republicans have no shot at the cities, and therefore no shot at significant minority support. Thinking about it, whining about it, and puzzling over it is counterproductive and a waste of time. Actually seeking support of the cities (and therefore, minority voters) is ludicrous.
Adam West is a Black Conservative ?
Fiscal and social conservatsm go together like a hand in a glove.
KP is a moroness. She will find another reason to support BO, again
HOLY POSTING MISTAKE BATMAN-THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLEN WEST.
...But that was before the GOP went south, banished its centrists and embraced social conservatives in a no-exit marriage...
I know, I was just having a little fun with ya. ;-D
This is why Democrats (like Algore) continually call for the demise of the Electoral College.
Me too. I wonder if tough love would be a good approach amongst others. IE Allen West gives a speech to a mostly Black audience and tells them it's a two way street and to open their minds. Or would that backfire?
GAG ME! What an imbecile. I made the mistake of going to her column and reading it - until I almost spit up.
She has her directions screwed up. The GOP went left. Enter the Tea Party where the GOP left off.
There’s no real downside. I mean, what will they do if it doesn’t resonate ? Still vote over 90-95% Democrat ? Frankly, I think the GOP establishment has a great fear of even trying to ask for their vote in a real and substantive way. We’ve seen it for a long time. They just yield time and time again to the Democrats. Nobody is expecting they’ll jump all the way back over to the GOP again en masse, but even if we got 1/4th of them voting that way, it would be enough to have a serious impact for the long run.
Just WHO is Kathleen Parker? Am I supposed to know her?
What does that mean exactly? Do we have to speak to blacks as blacks? Hispanics as Hispanics? I thought we were colorblind and it is only ideology that matters? Looks like another diversity lie.
i don’t like parker and would not waste two seconds reading her BS....that said the GOP has missed golden opportunities, as has the Romney campaign, by not fully embracing the likes of Project 21 and people such as Starr Parker....were i running the RNC i would have had at least one member of Project 21 up there speaking Thursday night...these are brave, patriotic, intelligent, articulate black Americans not afraid to tell it like it is about the disease of liberalism....
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