Republican Leaders: Don’t Ignore Race Issues

I was in a Facebook discussion recently with a friend who wondered why Republicans are so quick to be labeled racist (by some in the media and Democratic leaders, especially) when they are simply trying to provide alternative solutions to difficulties faces by some minority communities.

One of the things I pointed out in my article for The Christian Post, “Is the Media Too Quick to Imply Republicans are Racist,” is that it partly has to do with the Republican’s “Southern strategy” in the 1960s in which they actively sought to include racists in their coalition.

My friend said she understood the poor judgment used by Republicans who embraced the Southern strategy, but asked if it is the “political equivalent of indefinite detention.” After all, Republican leaders today played no role in the Southern strategy.

It is a fair point. And, my friend’s frustration is felt by many, including myself. I have personally felt the sting of being called racist. It hurts, deeply.

I could use this time to go on complaining about how horrible Democrats and the media are for doing this, but I think the time would be better spent talking about what Republicans should do about it. Because, the honest truth is that Republican leaders often do a poor job speaking about issues of race and ethnicity, and explaining why they think their policies would benefit minority communities.

So, with that in mind, here are two pieces of advice to Republicans and one policy proposal. Continue reading

David Cameron for President

In 2012, Republicans have an opportunity to nominate a presidential candidate that can clarify a message for voters that is both conservative in principle and innovative in practice. Someone who can re-imagine a new social contract between Americans and their government. A contract that would demolish the liberal model of top-down bureaucratic decision making and replace it with a decentralized approach that empowers local governments, private groups, and individuals to provide solutions that best address their unique circumstances. This new approach would recognize a role for government in providing a modest, affordable, and effective social safety net that seeks to promote, rather than discourage, personal responsibility and community activism.

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Inaugural Post: Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to the first post of my new blog. I hope to use this blog to share my thoughts about religion, evangelicalism, theology, politics, and culture. I also maintain a political blog, learningaboutpolitics.com. That blog is intentionally non-partisan and intended to serve those looking for a basic understanding of politics. My intent for this blog is to write on a wider variety of topics and to be more forthright about my political views. Continue reading