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Will the Republicans Abandon Their Southern Strategy and Accept the Sea Change in America’s Psyche?

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"Whites" was chiseled an inch deep into the marble above the left side entrance to the doctor's office on Main Street in Shaw, Mississippi. Above the right side entrance was "Colored". The year was 1980, sixteen years after the passing of the Civil Rights Act, but nobody said anything because the marble slabs had a solid coat of green paint, and I guess some thought that was good enough to abide by what was now Federal law. But while the paint did cover the marble slabs, it did little to hide the words White and Colored.

I didn't say anything; my used clothing store was about six doors down the block, and while 98% of our business was from the blacks with whom we'd always had good relations, we knew that to raise the issue would have ruined our business — and perhaps worse, since people knew where we lived. That's just the way things were.

The two senators I knew from my youth were two of the longest-serving in the U.S. Senate, John C. Stennis (for whom the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is named) and James O. Eastland were both Democrats — Blue Dog Democrats by today's definition, since they were at least as conservative as today's neo-cons (and as I've often said, Eastland was the most powerful racist in America for a generation). Everybody knew their place and didn't dare disturb the status quo — with the exception of a few trailer-dwelling white trash families, the whites usually did pretty well, the blacks who worked for them got by, and the blacks who did own businesses struggled just to stay in business (a topic for another time). But every white was very patriotic, very Christian, and we only dealt with the blacks because we had to. Of course there were the occasional romances between blacks and whites – the blacks didn't get riled up about it, but the whites — you'd think Satan had just personally possessed the family whose son was caught with a black girl — but sooner or later everyone would settle down, the girl would have her child, the guy would be sent away, and there was never, ever any thought of marriage between the two. If a black guy were so foolish as to be found in a compromising position with a white girl, however — well, the readers can rest assured that the stories they'd heard of the racist South were no exaggeration.

The Mississippi Delta I grew up in had no place for liberal whites; you were either black, or you were a conservative white, or you were "just passin' through" on your way to the state line. When I joined the Navy, I left Mississippi a young conservative white male, hardly prejudiced at all by the standards of the time — but quite racist and homophobic by today's standards.

And that's precisely the point: the standards have changed. The American psyche as a whole today is radically different from that of my youth. Most Americans now accept those of a different color, of a different religion, of a physical or mental disability, and even of a different sexual orientation; and such acceptance will not go away. Barring some catastrophe such as a national coup followed by the implementation of a theocracy, the national tolerance of those who are different will only increase.

This is not news to the readers of Blogcritics.org. We all know this. But over the past eight years it has become painfully obvious that not everyone is accepting the change, and those people and organizations who refuse to do so are at risk of falling foul of Nature's maxim: "Evolve or die".

The 2008 presidential election is a wonderful example. At the rallies for Democrats — and particularly for Obama — we saw the entire rainbow, the complete diversity of the human animal (with the exception of some rallies in all-white areas like Iowa where Obama won his stunning first primary victory). However, at the Republican rallies the phrase raisin in the sun comes to mind. There were very, very few (and very often NO) minorities — and we know this is not because of Obama's color, because this pattern has been precisely the same for decades.

The Republican Party sees the danger, the trap they're in.  They know the demographics of the American electorate are changing. They know that by 2030, whites will comprise less than half the population. That's why they seem to go out of their way to support blacks who do join the Republican Party. In fact, it seems to me (without any hard proof) that blacks in the Republican leadership are overrepresented when compared to the number of blacks in the Republican rank and file; and if this is true, it would be either affirmative action, which is anathema to conservative dogma, or tokenism.

But in all honesty, I can't think of a way for the Republicans to escape the trap, unless they adapt to the continuing change in the American psyche. There are some facets of conservative dogma that are attractive to minorities (witness the blacks' support of Prop. 8 in California), and even some that I like (I strongly support nuclear power). However, as a whole, the minorities see which party's welcome is genuine, and which party's welcome smacks strongly of patronization — their votes evince their overall perception — they are genuinely welcomed among the Democrats, but the sincerity of the welcome among Republicans is certainly open to question.

To make matters worse, this unfavorable perception is only reinforced by current events like Barack the Magic Negro, Bush moving to a neighborhood where people of color were banned until 2001, a candidate for the RNC chair giving up his membership at a whites-only country club, etc., ad nauseum; and this is without people like David Duke and the popular perception that Neo Nazis support (if grudgingly) the Republican Party, if only because they flat-out hate the Democrats.

Another, and perhaps the final, nail in the coffin is the Republicans' refusal to accept LGBT's. For here, as with race, the American psyche is changing. With every passing year, America is becoming far more tolerant of those with different sexual orientations, and again, as with race, this tolerance will only increase over time. I've heard it said that perhaps ten percent of the general population is either gay or bisexual (or simply ignores/endures the attraction), and the Republicans can ill afford to alienate yet another ten percent of the electorate.

In summary, if the Republicans do not adapt to this sea change in the American psyche in the coming years, they will find themselves increasingly marginalized by their inability to sincerely, genuinely, and wholeheartedly accept those different from themselves. This marginalization will be slow, but it will happen, barring some catastrophe that ends the America we now know.

The theory of evolution is hated and disparaged by a large segment of conservatives; but as in nature, those who do not adapt to great changes in the political environment will find themselves increasingly isolated, their power and influence increasingly diminished.

My advice to the Republican Party: Evolve or die.

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  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    addendum – I last saw the ‘white’ and ‘colored’ signs in Shaw, MS in 1984 – the year that The Cosby Show first aired.

  • http://www.fontcraft.com/rod/ Dave Nalle

    You paint with an awfully broad brush there, Glenn. Lumping all Republicans into one category is convenient, but incredibly biased. The party is characterized more than anything else by how unmonolithic and diverse it is.

    Even before the last election at least a third of the GOP held much more socially liberal beliefs than you acknowledge in your article, and those elements of the party are growing in numbers and power after the debacle of 2008.

    The GOP has always been accepting of minorities in a very authentic way. And the reason minority political figures do well in the GOP is not tokenism, but because those who have the strength of character to survive the harassment they get from non-republican members of their ethnic group for joining the GOP often have the qualities it takes to lead.

    There’s also a lot more acceptance of gays than you realize in the GOP. Ever heard of the Log Cabin Republicans? Are you aware that in a CBS News poll last year 46% of the Republicans polled favored civil unions or gay marriage? Not much lower than the percentage among Democrats.

    This is kind of a “when was the last time you beat your wife article.” Perhaps we should start talking about Democrats and their hatred of jews and desire to sell the US out to international socialists. I mean you all want that, right?

    Dave

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ Roger Nowosielski

    I basically agree with you, Glenn, except that it’s not a rebirth so much as continuation of old values, I think. The Left is like a sleeping giant and it needs to be energized from time to time. Obama’s election served as a catalyst. As to the Right, I happen to think it would be good for the country if it remained as is – if only for the fact that the Left needs a foil and a worthy opponent. I think this tension is good (a very delicate but much needed balance in our fragile democracy) because it keeps both ideological wings in check and honest. Too many gains by the Left would result in statism, which would be self-defeating in the long run because it would be usurped then by the official position and the Left would have lost its independence and voice; as to the gains by the Right, I don’t think we have much to worry about. Let it be!
    I don’t want to get ahead of myself too much here, because I’ll discuss these matters in the follow-up to my last article. But those are my comments so far.
    Roger

  • Doug Hunter

    The left has certainly done good in regards to race, they have successfully turned 90+% of blacks into lemmings mindlessly voting democrat in every election. Nevermind that blacks actually line up socially with republicans, they’re so damn scared of the evil righty whiteys that have been propagandized into their heads. Say a lie long enough and loud enough and it becomes the truth.

    Thanks for contributing to the lie with this article.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ Roger Nowosielski

    I guess it’s kind of funny that Dave refers to 2008 as a debacle before the Obama term has even started. How is that for open-mindedness and giving our president-elect the benefit of the doubt? I would say that it comes awfully close to prejudging the matters, unless of course one is a prophet and can foretell the future.
    Interestingly though, our now departing President had gotten as much popular support as he could possibly hope for, in U.S. and worldwide, right after 9/11. The fact that he squandered it all was a matter of his own doing.
    If I understand it correctly, GOP is supposed
    to excel in such qualities as fair play and objectivity? But perhaps it’s just a myth.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ Roger Nowosielski

    The Left hasn’t, Doug. The Democratic Party and the politicians may have, and you may be right on that. They’re not the same thing, though.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    That’s right Doug; black people are obviously not capable of thinking for themselves at all and should be returned to slave status…

  • Jordan Richardson

    Nevermind that blacks actually line up socially with republicans

    How do you figure that, Doug? Or do I even want to know…?

  • Clavos

    How do you figure that, Doug? Or do I even want to know…?

    Though not comprehensive, one example is the overwhelming anti gay marriage Black vote in California.

    Blacks (especially lower class Blacks) do tend to be socially conservative and belong to Fundie religions.

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    Dave –

    Apparently, you missed the point of the article – and Roger did not. Whether any of us Democrats like it or not, we need the Republican Party, as Roger said, if only as a foil.

    My article was NOT meant as a “when was the last time you beat your wife” diatribe. My article was meant as a warning! Why? Because of the corruption of power. If the Democrats become too powerful, they’ll become every bit as corrupt as the Nixon administration (but I doubt we’d ever reach the depth of Dubya’s).

    And my warning – “evolve or die” – wasn’t an off-the-cuff remark – and the dearth of support by minorities in the past two elections should be absolute proof of the matter, of the Republican Party’s failure to adapt with the radical changes in the American psyche and with the American general population’s public PERCEPTION of what the Republicans stand for.

    You must agree that politics is often not based on facts, but on perception…and the Republicans are losing the war of public perception. For example, while the Republicans ‘own’ the platforms of “patriotism” and “defense”, the Democrats have successfully gained ownership of “civil rights” and “equal rights”, and you see the result in the electorate.

    Lastly, I stated that the Republicans see the danger, and they’re trying to do something about it – but as long as the PUBLIC PERCEPTION remains that the Republicans are the party that accepts neo-Nazis, prefers “whites only” neighborhoods and country clubs, and has a leadership singing “Barack the Magic Negro”, the Republicans will continue to diminish in greater-than-direct proportion with the changing racial makeup of the American electorate…and whatever you may say about 45% of Republicans favoring civil unions for gays, the PUBLIC PERCEPTION is that Republicans think LGBT’s are perverts unworthy of the same rights as ‘normal’ Americans.

    As much as we DO need the Republicans, their continuing failure to adapt with the changing of American PUBLIC PERCEPTION presents a danger to them, and to the American political tradition in general. My warning remains: “Evolve or die”.

  • Baronius

    “the minorities see which party’s welcome is genuine, and which party’s welcome smacks strongly of patronization”

    Come on, Glenn! Both parties patronize everyone. At least the Republicans do it personally, by appointing high-level blacks. The Democrats patronize blacks collectively by talking about illiteracy and welfare as if those are “African-American issues”. Far more insulting, if you think about it.

    The prominent conservative blacks are by-and-large smarter people than their white counterparts. The black conservative had to see through a greater number of stupid cliches than most white conservatives did. Likewise, black conservatives are doubly smarter than black liberals. So while Marshall and Thomas both got on the court partially because of their skin color, Thomas has emerged as an independent mind, where Marshall was a run-of-the-mill liberal.

  • Brunelleschi

    Don’t kid yourself Dave N.

    We know where the bigots hang out. GOP, their home.

  • Brunelleschi

    Glenn-

    The GOP can’t evolve. They don’t believe in it. Instead, they have to pray.

    :)

    I guess they didn’t pray hard enough in Nov.

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    Baronius –

    You’ve GOT to be kidding. Despite the ABSOLUTE fact that majority-African-American areas have poorer schools, far less access to affordable health care, far less opportunity for jobs that pay a living wage, and the endemic problem of broken households, you think the issues of illiteracy and welfare are an INSULT to them?

    Baronius, gone are the days of ‘welfare queens’, of those who would simply sit at home just collecting a paycheck commensurate with the number of kids they had. However, the SOCIAL SERVICES are still crucial. These include food stamps, affordable (or free) health care, reduced or free school lunches, job training and assistance…the list goes on.

    Maybe you’re sitting there fuming about all your oh-so-precious tax dollars going towards all this…but without these services the crime rate will skyrocket…and then MORE of your tax dollars will go down the drain.

    However, if the education available to them is brought up to equal that which suburbanites enjoy, and if those social services – which are so often derisively referred to as ‘welfare’ – continue to be offered, you often do see improvement over time. I remember my mother being on food stamps – just as Obama’s mother was – and taking advantage of many other social services. These kept us going until I was able to provide for me and mine…

    …and I ASSURE you that the American taxpayers have made a significant profit on the investment they have made on me.

    But then, I think I might be wasting my time discussing this matter with someone who makes a blanket statement that anyone in group A is ‘doubly-smarter’ than anyone is group B…which is by definition a prejudicial statement.

  • Lumpy

    What is this bizarre obsession lefty writers have with redefining the right based mostly on their own prejudices with little or no reference to reality. A syndrome ably demonstrated here.

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    lumpy –

    I guess these are just made-up events having no reference to reality:

    “Barack the Magic Negro”
    Bush moving to a neighborhood where people of color were banned until 2001
    a candidate for the RNC chair giving up his membership at a whites-only country club

    Yeah, that’s EVIL to assume that such acts by the LEADERSHIP of the Republican party says anything at all about Republicans. Oh, silly, silly me!

  • http://jetssciencepage.blogspot.com/ Jet

    GLENN!!!!! I’m SHOCKED that you’d think such a thing. The elephant prejudiced?

  • Baronius

    Do you know what “Barack the Magic Negro” is about? It’s a parody of Al Sharpton. It makes fun of the left-wing claims that Obama doesn’t represent the authentic black experience. The thrust of the comedy is that liberals can say almost anything about blacks and get away with it, but conservatives would be dragged across the coals. Of course, that’s what’s happened in the past few weeks in the supposed scandal about the song. And here you are, Glenn, proving it again.

    For a look at the orginial concept of the “magical negro”, you can read film criticism or the article in the LA Times that inspired the parody song.

  • Clavos

    But then, I think I might be wasting my time discussing this matter with someone who makes a blanket statement that anyone in group A is ‘doubly-smarter’ than anyone is group B…which is by definition a prejudicial statement.

    Pot.

    Kettle.

    Black.*

    *For confirmation, read the article.

  • http://www.fontcraft.com/rod/ Dave Nalle

    I guess it’s kind of funny that Dave refers to 2008 as a debacle before the Obama term has even started.

    Roger, was Obama president in 2008? I was referring to the election itself, of course. It was a debacle for the Republicans, obviously.

    I’d say you’re the one jumping to conclusions and prejudging here.

    If I understand it correctly, GOP is supposed
    to excel in such qualities as fair play and objectivity? But perhaps it’s just a myth.

    So far the GOP seems to be bending over backwards to support Obama. It’s actually kind of creepy to see them all kissing the butts of Obama appointees in the confirmation hearings. They’re not even bothering to ask the most basic questions about many of them.

    Dave

  • Cindy D

    I guess that means no one is asking Dave.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    I love white guys telling black people what’s in their best interest.

  • http://www.fontcraft.com/rod/ Dave Nalle

    ou must agree that politics is often not based on facts, but on perception…and the Republicans are losing the war of public perception.

    I agree with this, and it’s a great accomplishment of the disinformation machine of the left. The problem is that when you put people that manipulative and dishonest in power the result can be pretty grim.

    For example, while the Republicans ‘own’ the platforms of “patriotism” and “defense”, the Democrats have successfully gained ownership of “civil rights” and “equal rights”, and you see the result in the electorate.

    Which is ironics, since their idea of civil rights and equal rights are the forced equality of slavery and ‘rights’ which are just entitlements granted by their masters.

    The following statement from your article, which I’m quoting again, is a perfect example of how twisted and biased your reasoning is.

    the Republicans are the party that accepts neo-Nazis,

    Really? Where can you find some evidence of a policy of recruiting them? The truth is that no party has a policy of recruiting neo-nazis, and they can just as easily join either party if they want to. And in fact, most of them have no party affiliation. David Duke ran for the senate and for president as a Democrat. Only later did he try running as a Republican, so I guess he saw the Democratic party as the natural first choice for a racist.

    And ultimately this is a ludicrous accusation. If Jeffrey Dahmer voted Democrat would that mean that the party welcomed serial killers? Your fallacious logic is pathetic.

    prefers “whites only” neighborhoods and country clubs,

    You have evidence of this? Legally there haven’t been any whites only neighborhoods since the late 1960s as the result of the Fair Housing Act which was sponsored by and overwhelmingly supported by Republican legislators. And I know for a fact that this claim is bullshit. My deed at my old house said the same thing. I looked into it back then and the fact is that all deeds and covenants containing that restriction were universally made invalid in Texas under the Texas Fair Housing Act in 1973, but in many cases the wording itself was not changed. Here’s an article about this by a lawyer.

    and has a leadership singing “Barack the Magic Negro”

    So Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party now? Because his show is the only place I know of that song being played. Plus the idea of the “magic negro” is an established concept in academic literary/dramatic criticism which predates Obama’s rise to prominence and was never considered negative towards african americans in any way, and is only a criticism of writers (particularly screenwriters) who used it as a Deus ex Machina.

    the Republicans will continue to diminish in greater-than-direct proportion with the changing racial makeup of the American electorate…and whatever you may say about 45% of Republicans favoring civil unions for gays, the PUBLIC PERCEPTION is that Republicans think LGBT’s are perverts unworthy of the same rights as ‘normal’ Americans.

    The point is that these are false perceptions which can be changed. If the disinformation machine on the left can spread the lies then Republicans ought to be able to counter that propaganda with propaganda of their own.

    My warning remains: “Evolve or die”.

    And I still maintain that it is the perception which needs to be changed more than the party.

    Anyway, thanks for providing me with some great material for my next article about how bigoted and mendacious the left is.

    Dave

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “So Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party now? Because his show is the only place I know of that song being played.”

    Google RNC candidate Chip Saltsman

  • http://www.fontcraft.com/rod/ Dave Nalle

    I believe Saltsman is polling fifth at under 10% in the RNC contest. That doesn’t make him a leader of the GOP. I can call myself leader of the world and it doesn’t make it so.

    Ironically the winner of the RNC chairmanship is likely to be black – either Michael Steele or Ken Blackwell.

    Dave

  • http://www.fontcraft.com/rod/ Dave Nalle

    I love white guys telling black people what’s in their best interest.

    What do white and black have to do with anything? Peoples interests are all the same. Your race doesn’t magically make freedom feel better or slavery feel worse.

    DAve

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    Dave –

    Michael Steele might win the RNC chair? Is that the same one who apparently made up a story about “Oreo cookies” raining ‘thick as locusts’, supposedly being thrown at him by Democrats at a meeting? If you want to support his contention, go ahead – but the evidence is fairly strong against it.

    Frankly, his and Ken “I love Diebold” Blackwell’s likelihood of gaining the RNC chair are in MY opinion obvious tokenism, and will happen only in response to Obama’s election.

    But back to your reply #23:

    …[the Democrats’] idea of civil rights and equal rights are the forced equality of slavery and ‘rights’ which are just entitlements granted by their masters.

    Hunh? No offense meant, Dave, and maybe it’s my own lack of comprehension, but I really am not sure what you mean by that statement. Please either expound upon it in a reply or in your next article.

    [Dave] The following statement from your article, which I’m quoting again, is a perfect example of how twisted and biased your reasoning is:

    [Glenn] the Republicans are the party that accepts neo-Nazis,

    [Dave] Really? Where can you find some evidence of a policy of recruiting them?

    Dave, you COMPLETELY took the quote out of context and used it in a DECEPTIVE manner. You know better than this. LOOK AGAIN at what I said: “but as long as the PUBLIC PERCEPTION remains that the Republicans are the party that accepts neo-Nazis, prefers “whites only” neighborhoods and country clubs, and has a leadership singing “Barack the Magic Negro”….”.

    I did NOT make an accusation of such, but pointed out that such was THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION. Please do not take quotes out of context or use them in a deceptive manner again…but perhaps that was NOT your intention. Perhaps you – as I sometimes do – was reading too quickly and subsequently did not understand the context as it was clearly written. I hope that’s the case.

    [Glenn] prefers “whites only” neighborhoods and country clubs,

    [Dave]You have evidence of this? ….
    [Glenn] and has a leadership singing “Barack the Magic Negro”
    [Dave]So Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party now?

    Again, Dave, you took my point completely out of context, posting as if I’d made accusations rather than observations.

    The point is that these are false perceptions which can be changed. If the disinformation machine on the left can spread the lies then Republicans ought to be able to counter that propaganda with propaganda of their own.

    Is it a lie that the public sees one of the two most powerful Republican pundits and a potential RNC chairman endorsing the song, “Barack the Magic Negro”?

    Is it a lie that the public sees Bush moving into a neighborhood where, though legally invalid, the HOA covenant restricted blacks from living there until 2001?

    Is it a lie that the public sees a potential RNC chairman oh-so-graciously giving up his membership in a whites-only country club so he could run for the RNC chair?

    Is it a lie that the public sees a 19 year-old son of a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan elected to a Florida county Republican executive committee? It doesn’t matter that the committee is refusing to seat him and the party as a whole is rejecting the guy! What DOES matter is that the public sees that fifty-eight percent of the Republicans in the election voted for him!

    In the same article linked above, it mentions a Republican committee member in Arizona who had marched under a swastika with brownshirted neo-Nazis. Again, it DOES NOT MATTER that the Republican Party tried to get him off the committee and disavowed everything he stood for, because he must have been elected to the position in the first place by the Republicans in that district!

    The public will probably see either Steele or Blackwell elected to the RNC chair – and that’s good, I guess, for regardless their personal character (good or bad), it will help at least to some extent to reform the Republican Party’s image…

    …which is currently NOT helped by the fact that NOT ONE of the GOP senators or representatives is African-American – and only four are Latino (four Cuban-Americans from Florida).

    Dave, you claim the left is ‘bigoted and mendacious’…but what lies did I post? I posted NOTHING against the Republican Party platform or against party issues in the main article or in any of my replies. WHAT I DID POST are warnings of how and why the Republican Party WILL be marginalized in the coming years (bar national catastrophe) if it does not evolve and adapt to the changes in the American psyche, the public perception, the changing of the racial and social properties of the electorate.

    Ah, but I’M the one who’s bigoted and mendacious for saying so, I guess.

  • http://www.fontcraft.com/rod/ Dave Nalle

    Very slippery, Glenn. The reason those false public perceptions exist is because you and people like you on the left actively promote them. You say that the public perception is X while not explaining why that perception is based on falsehoods, which is EXACTLY what you did in this article. You contribute to creating the bogus public perception which you’re making an issue.

    Did the article include just a description of the negative perceptions, or did it include the explanations of why those perceptions are incorrect which I brought up later and which you have now acknowledged and expanded on? And in fact, you continue to build up the lie when you discuss the neo-nazi issue, by suggesting that Republican party members elected these neo-nazis, when in fact any independent voter who happens to vote in the Republican primary can vote for them in those states — states where there are no primaries for fringe parties so they vote in the Republican primary and then voted for Chuck Baldwin or some other crazy in the final election.

    Michael Steele might win the RNC chair? Is that the same one who apparently made up a story about “Oreo cookies” raining ‘thick as locusts’, supposedly being thrown at him by Democrats at a meeting? If you want to support his contention, go ahead – but the evidence is fairly strong against it.

    Actually, the Oreo cookie story was corroborated at least in part by an AP reporter who was at the event, and the “thick as locusts” quote didn’t actually originate with Steele but with another eyewitness who may have been exaggerating. Steele originally claimed that they had been handed out and that some rolled onto the stage, which is close to what other eyewitnesses confirm.

    Frankly, his and Ken “I love Diebold” Blackwell’s likelihood of gaining the RNC chair are in MY opinion obvious tokenism, and will happen only in response to Obama’s election.

    They were rising in the party well before Obama became a viable presidential candidate, but I’m sure Obama’s election played some role. His win certainly motivated the party to look for leaders with a new perspective, and both Steele and Blackwell are allied with reform elements of the party. Remember, Alan Keyes ran in the GOP primary years ago with primarily white supporters and no one blinked an eye – except at his lunatic ideas. But I agree that your ill-informed outsider opinion that they are tokens will gain much traction, even if it’s based on bias and misconceptions.

    But back to your reply #23:

    …[the Democrats’] idea of civil rights and equal rights are the forced equality of slavery and ‘rights’ which are just entitlements granted by their masters.

    Hunh? No offense meant, Dave, and maybe it’s my own lack of comprehension, but I really am not sure what you mean by that statement. Please either expound upon it in a reply or in your next article.

    You can find explanations in my past articles. The ultimate goal of the Democratic party is to make people equal by forced reduction of opportunity and the creation of a huge underclass dependent on government.

    I did NOT make an accusation of such, but pointed out that such was THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION. Please do not take quotes out of context or use them in a deceptive manner again…but perhaps that was NOT your intention. Perhaps you – as I sometimes do – was reading too quickly and subsequently did not understand the context as it was clearly written. I hope that’s the case.

    Piffle. Your attribution of these things to “public perception” is merely a convenient way to give yourself an out for your blatantly deceptive accusations. Unless you acocmpany your statements with some explanation of how the public perception is incorrect, you imply that the public is perceiving correctly and certainly that you share their perception.

    Again, Dave, you took my point completely out of context, posting as if I’d made accusations rather than observations.

    When you repeat falsehoods you’re just as much at fault as the originators, even if you hide under the “public perception” ruse.

    Is it a lie that the public sees one of the two most powerful Republican pundits and a potential RNC chairman endorsing the song, “Barack the Magic Negro”?

    It’s a lie that he has the potential to be RNC chairman and it’s a lie that the song is offensive or racist. But when you repeat this public perception you don’t address those facts, do you?

    Is it a lie that the public sees Bush moving into a neighborhood where, though legally invalid, the HOA covenant restricted blacks from living there until 2001?

    Actually, just as you did, a great many on the left repeat this story without mentioning that the covenant was invalid prior to 2000 and rewritten in 2000. And the fact that you even repeat this ridiculous story is reprehensible. Neighborhoods all over the country have these out of date covenants. Why is it an issue at all?

    Is it a lie that the public sees a potential RNC chairman oh-so-graciously giving up his membership in a whites-only country club so he could run for the RNC chair?

    This is another bullshit story which you repeat and give more cedibility. The country club in question is being called “whites only” because it is on land covered by another of these old and legally meaningless “whites only” deeds, and while he was there Dawson had worked to try to recruit African Americans into the club, before he ran for RNC chair. But do you mention any of this. No.

    Is it a lie that the public sees a 19 year-old son of a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan elected to a Florida county Republican executive committee? It doesn’t matter that the committee is refusing to seat him and the party as a whole is rejecting the guy! What DOES matter is that the public sees that fifty-eight percent of the Republicans in the election voted for him!

    Yes it DOES matter that actual party members who are not part of the voting base which likely includes many who identify themselves as independents are trying to block him. The story here ought to be that the GOP is actively trying to fight off an attempted invasion by racists, not anything else. Same for your story from Arizona. If you’re aware of these stories you ought to have the decency to point out that the Republcian party cannot control who can vote in their primaries.

    The public will probably see either Steele or Blackwell elected to the RNC chair – and that’s good, I guess, for regardless their personal character (good or bad), it will help at least to some extent to reform the Republican Party’s image…

    Except that you and people like you will be out there sneering and calling it tokenism.

    …which is currently NOT helped by the fact that NOT ONE of the GOP senators or representatives is African-American – and only four are Latino (four Cuban-Americans from Florida).

    For which I blame the smearmongers of the left who make sure that they will be ostracized within their own communities if they support the GOP, so most of them end up in behind the scenes positions where they deal mostly with party insiders rather than the public

    WHAT I DID POST are warnings of how and why the Republican Party WILL be marginalized in the coming years (bar national catastrophe) if it does not evolve and adapt to the changes in the American psyche, the public perception, the changing of the racial and social properties of the electorate

    What you basically did was repeat a bunch of lies as public perception and then suggested that the party must change because these perceptions are reality.

    I agree the party needs to change, but not in some servile way to satisfy the smears of the hatemongers whose lies you repeated.

    The Republican party needs to stand up for itself on its own merits and see that its true beliefs get publicized to counter the lies you bring up.

    Dave

    Ah, but I’M the one who’s bigoted and mendacious for saying so, I guess.

  • Brunelleschi

    Dave N-

    Grow the hell up already.

    The world is not flat. Santa Claus does not slide down the chimney, and the GOP is and never has been a place for racial tolerance. You look more and more like a stubborn child protecting an errant parent every time you defend conservatism’s nasty, bigoted legacy.

    Live in the real world.

  • Clavos

    the GOP is and never has been a place for racial tolerance. (emphasis added)

    Well.

    Ol’ Honest Abe, were he alive today, might, just might, mind you, take issue with you on that point.

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    To back up Clavos, back in the mid- to late-1800’s, the positions of the Republicans and Democrats are almost 180-out of what they are today.

    But that doesn’t excuse the Republicans of today, for to modify Brunelleschi, the GOP is not much of a place for racial tolerance today.

  • Clavos

    Perhaps, Glenn, but that’s not what Bru said; I was addressing his wild exaggeration.

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    Ah.

    Okay – point taken. Thanks.

    To Bru, on another note – even you are wrong sometimes, and even the people you hate the most are right sometimes, so let’s please try to refrain from insulting language. There’s an old saying, “You draw more flies with honey than with vinegar”…and old sayings become ‘old sayings’ for a reason.