Instead, Republicans need to reach out to all voters, regardless of race, and aggressively make the economic and, especially the moral case against Democrats and for the GOP.
Since my 2000 conservative epiphany, after 18 years an activist and official of the Democratic Party, I have been adamant in encouraging my grand new party to reach out to Blacks and take the gloves off in defending themselves against Democrats’ false charges of bigotry and lack of concern for the poor.
I still favor all of the above and, inspired by recent Frederick Douglass Society discussions bemoaning the lack of an adequate reach out effort for Black votes (but mostly failing to describe how to so reach out) I want to offer a specific strategy below.
Leave Mob-like reach outs based on envy to the Democrats
But first, can’t we all agree that any voter, regardless of race, with the proper view of the goal of politics and the history of the past 45 years ought not need to be reached out to? By proper view, I mean citizens that understand that we elect chief executives and legislative representatives to enact and execute laws that work for the Common Good in keeping us safe and in maximizing Liberty, with the economic fruits same produces.
After all, at least a plurality of voters experienced Carter/Dem-super-majority malaise and the Reagan Recovery Newt and Clinton continued. Obviously, a majority of voters have been harmed by the policies of the majority Democrat Congress since 2007 and what President Barack Obama’s administration hath wrought over the last three years.
And can’t we also agree that we would not want to reach out to those that view party politics as a way to take from others in order to feather their own group’s nest, use government as a public sector jobs program, or have their envious motives acted out in the public square, except to say to those voters that they should be ashamed of themselves? I think so.
Reach out by refuting the Democrats’ claim to be the Party of the poor and the working man
Amorphous references to the Party of Lincoln’s need to reach out to Blacks due to their “unique culture and history” need to be made specific, especially given not just the abolitionist founding and pro-civil rights history of Republicans culminating in their majority support for the Civil and Voting Rights Acts of the mid-1960s; but also due to their governing history from 1965 through today.
Blacks have fared better, as have all Americans, under conservative and Republican policies. Moreover, given all the years of GOP presidencies and congresses since 1968, shouldn’t perennial Democrat warnings that Republicans will take food and checks from Blacks, widows and orphans fall on deaf ears? Obviously so.