Minority voters are key, and Republicans should do better at reaching out to these groups, right? Wrong! The GOP should not "reach out" to groups based on race or gender. In the wake of President Obama's recent re-election, and even throughout the campaign, the GOP has been "soul-searching" about their relationship with Black Americans, Hispanics, and women.
Z. Byron Wolf writes:
Mitt Romney aimed his candidacy squarely at white people and therefore lost the country, which is less and less white, according to an emerging narrative about how he lost.
It should be about the message, not skin color or gender. One of the reasons America is so polarized is that there is a relentless, continued focus on both.
Consider former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant. He told a story of his grandfather:
My grandpa, was a fine man, great man, but if you wrote his name on that screen, he would not have been able to read it. I stand before you with a very good education, but in my days when I was very Afro-CentricÂ—big Afro. Dashiki, that was me at one time back in the early '70s. Grandpa pulled me aside, and he was very upset, because I was black and proud then, but he said to me: "I didn't go through all that I went through so you could be Black. I went through everything I went through so that you can be free."
Sadly, there is a division in the Republican party. There are those who seem to have forgotten this message and just want to win. The Tea Party's message of limited government, liberty, fiscal responsibility, and restoration to the principles espoused by the founding fathers has become a small buzz in the background and vilified as "radical" even by some in the Republican party.
"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties." -Abraham Lincoln
The founding documents, which were not written overnight but were based on knowledge accumulated for a thousand years, has been diminished as outdated and dustyÂ—the work of slaveholders... old white rich men.
It is a lie.
The message is here, it applies to all Americans, and it matters:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
This message is what was used to justify ending slavery. History has been rewritten. The European enlightenment: All but forgotten.
"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generationÂ—enlightened as it isÂ—if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men." -Samuel Adams
If the GOP focuses on outreach to "Minority Voters," they will be missing the mark. All men are created equal; skin color and gender mean nothing.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." -Abraham Lincoln
America should strive for equality of opportunity.
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