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This past weekend at a Latino conference, Priebus told the audience that the GOP has changed. We have? How so?
Republicans have “reshaped” their outreach, Mr. Priebus told the group, which represents some 6,000 officials. Republicans get community; they get neighborhoods and churches. They get immigration and educational reform plus economic opportunity. “In America, it doesn’t matter where you come from; it matters where you’re going,” Mr. Priebus noted.
This embarrassing RNC leader just accepted an unchallenged critique as truth and then proceeded to flog himself.
Somehow, the Republican party never ‘got’ community or neighborhoods and churches, or immigration and educational reform etc. until now. Now we get it. We’s jes been hangin’ around here in the corner with the dunce cap on, wonderin’ why nobody likes us. But we’s get it now, we’s get it.
“Republicans know we can’t truly represent America until we’re engaged in every community and every state. The old GOP didn’t do a great job of that. But the new GOP – the Growth and Opportunity Party – is doing things differently,” Mr. Priebus said.
Ah yes, the new GOP, the Growth and Opportunity Party, the one side-stepping all social issues and denouncing Reagan’s legacy. It’s a new world, don’tcha know, and in order to get with it, we are going to have to accept every tenant of the left so we can ‘have a conversation,’ and ‘find common ground.’
The party has had a difficult time getting pro-lifers, gun owners and veterans to vote for them, presumably because we didn’t engage in conversation and find common ground. But we are moving on.
At a training meeting sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party, I sat there in amazement as the speaker, in front of a roomful of grassroots leaders from all over the state, at least half of which were women, actually said that we as a party need to figure out how to be more inclusive of women. We are at a point in this nation where there is no reality anymore. There is simply perception, and it can kill you.
If we Republicans are to gain votes from sections of the electorate we have not had luck in, we are going to have to start being colorblind and speak to voters as Americans who hold a common view. That slavery in any form is wrong, that justice, not wealth, must be equally distributed, and that freedom comes with a heavy price. The nation is at a point that we actually need to describe and define America in order to stir the passions of people who either have no idea, or are adverse to the concept. We are actually at the point that we need to recruit people who think an idea such as America is worth the price we will have to pay. We actually have to sell a vision of a nation where men are free, rather than where we are at now.
The current leadership of the GOP must change. In all my observations of this party, it is not the grassroots person who is against reaching out to people in their communities and churches, it is those who are detached from the actual lives of regular people, those who look at data instead of into someone’s eyes, that come up with these cockamamie plans to serve people better. The way the current leadership can learn to make a better GOP is to stop assuming we are what the left tells them we are, and to stand on principle and core American values and define the other side as the one needed to change.
We are not against Hispanics or women or blacks or Asians or left-handed Albanians. We are one people seeking a better life for our children and our children’s children in the one nation designed to put us in charge of our destiny. We are reliant upon ourselves and refuse the yoke of a government so large it has become our slavemaster. Increasingly, Republicans at the grassroots level are speaking to this, what they always thought the Republican Party was around to show, yet almost as quickly, so many elected Republicans are failing to profess.
With the leadership accepting the argument that we are some kind of party for old white guys, and we must fix that perception, maybe they would do well to acknowledge that we are not, rather than agree with a lie, flog its own supporters, and accuse us of being a bunch of racists.
If the leadership will not fight back against lies coming from the other side, how do we at the grassroots level do so? We cannot, and for the life of me, I cannot understand why Priebus, a guy who I am positive is not a racist, would stand before an audience of Latinos and suggest his party is, but we are just now seeing the light.
If this is the grand plan of the Bushies and their ilk, to put down their own party members because of a false perception, based on feelings and not the true rule of law, they will find no pathway to electoral victory. It is because of this asinine posturing based on perception and not reality, that deflates the party members and tells us we must accept the injustice of being blamed for something we have not done, just because leadership has no idea how to win elections.
The GOP has a messaging problem alright, it begins with accepting lies and punishing itself rather than speaking the truth to anyone, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. The leadership has got it so wrong, and as they continue down the path of the ‘Growth and Opportunity Project’, they will find out that their messaging problem has lost them their own grassroots.
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