a2a_linkname=”The Last Good Republican”;a2a_linkurl=”https://timvalentine.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/thelastgoodrepublican/”;
In memory of Sec. Jack F. Kemp, July 13, 1935 to May 2, 2009
It may not be proper protocol for politicos of an opposing party to speak kindly of a member of the opposition, but I feel that I should in regards to Jack Kemp.
I can say with confidence according to my experiences that I have a litany of issues with the conduct of the Republican Party in its approach to communities and individuals who are not White, Southern, Male and any combination of the three. This sort of indictment wouldn’t apply to Jack Kemp. He was in my opinion, the last good Republican.
Today the Republican Party is in mourning, and they should be if only it was for the right reasons. It has lost its soul in more ways than one. When you really look at the career of Jack Kemp you have to conclude that he really was the quintessential essence of what it is to be a Republican. Not the Republicans that we see today, but a true Republican.
I’ve never been a Republican and have no intentions of becoming one. Jack Kemp understood why that is. Its the same statement many minorities can confidently express that sentiment so easily. It’s something that I can’t even beat it the heads of some today, because their minds are too closed to receive it. Believe me, I’ve tried and have almost resigned to continue on, thus the previous post titled, “Let the MF Burn” and many more examples from moderate Republicans themselves. I can just stand outside of the burning house screaming inside to the Moderate Republicans to, “Save yourselves” now.
Jack Kemp was reasonable and was a living political oxymoron by today’s Republican standards, because he was an inclusive and compassionate conservative. You’re very hard press to name one that fits that description today. Possible Charlie Crist, but he’s still no Jack Kemp.
In my opinion, Jack Kemp was a throw-back Republican from the days before Kennedy when the constituency you have within the Democratic Party of today identified with the Republican Party of then. The time before Jack Kennedy called favors to get Martin King release from Reidsville. Before Nixon’s use of the now backfiring Southern Strategy that was fueled by the Dixiecrats and Johnson’s Civil Rights Act. That what I mean by a throw-back Republican.
With much respect to Jack Kemp, I can only imagine the constituency of notable American politicos he now is among from all across the political ideological spectrum. The politics of today has changed. Diplomacy, reconciliation and honesty may be on a respirator now, but we’re pinning our hopes on a new President to help restore it back to life once again.
I only can hope that the Republican Party of today dutifully considers the words of one of its own when Jack Kemp offered these words regarding the future of the Republican Party.
“Our nation doesn’t require uniformity or unanimity; it does require putting the good of our people ahead of what’s good for mere political or personal advantage. The Party of Lincoln needs to rethink and revisit its historic roots as the party of emancipation, liberation, civil rights and equality of opportunity for all.” – Rep. Jack Kemp, 11/12/08 “A Letter to my Grandchildren”
I hope they do Jack, but have my doubts that they’re even listening.
You must read the entire letter referenced below to get a glimpse of why this Democrat thanks a Republican for being fair and considerate. I still distrust many Republicans, but will continue to extend my hand each time it’s slapped away, because eventually someone will understand the message I’m trying to offer. It’s essentially the same message Jack Kemp offered, respect, consideration and friendship.
My sincerest condolences to the family of Jack Kemp, truly the Last Good Republican.References & Inspirations MSNBC: Hardball with Chris Matthews – 05/04/09 “Tribute to Jack Kemp” Kemp Partners – 11/12/08 “A Letter to My Grandchildren” Wikipedia – “Jack Kemp“