The Republican Idea of Diversity

What is the Republican Party of today idea of diversity?

Some will cite the handful of Black, Asian or Latino Republicans, but let’s really think about this. Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Michelle Malkin, Mel Martinez, Colin Powell, Bobby Jindal or even Alan Keyes are often among those mentioned. OK, that’s fair, they are not White Men. But lets add some perspective to this question here. Why don’t we do the same with the Democrats, but that would take too long wouldn’t it?

Diversity is such apart of the Democratic Party that it is not an issue, it is just apart of what it is. Many Republicans have and will criticize the DNC for its racist and exclusionistic past, while ignoring the present and likely future of their own party who practice it today. Your problems will continue until you address and actively change your behavior, policies and language when it comes to addressing diverse issues.

The only diversity the Republican Party appears to have today is only found in the application of its ideology. Everything is black and white with no possibility for any grey areas.

I’m sure someone doubts me, so lets test this statement out to see how well it fits. I’ll call this section “Ask a Republican“.

Ask a Republican how to deal with illegal immigration and you see how diverse their views are on how to handle it.One only has to observe their stance on the issue in Arizona to understand their position.

Ask a Republican about their Party’s position on the Mosque being built in Manhattan (WTC) and they demonstrate how diverse their views are on how they would handle it.

Ask a Republican about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and some will tell you how they feel about diversity and others will question why you even ask.

Ask a Republican about civil rights and many are limited to recalling a Dream they don’t fully understand the context of. Some will have the nerve to say that “It’s the Party of Lincoln, the one who freed the slaves” without understanding the truth behind why Lincoln did it.

I’m not saying there isn’t some diversity in the GOP, but it is now primarily contained in their applications and practices, not so much in membership or policies.

The Republican idea of diversity is also found in their application of accountability. When the outcome is not in the conservative’s best interest accountability is freely given to someone different than them. When the circumstances shows them in a brighter light you see they want to be included, even when it is not entirely or remotely true.

The issue of diversity within the GOP is the reason for why they can not see how race is an issue. Keep in mind that the continuous avoidance of it is apart of the reason for the lack of diversity of ideas, people, policies and political practices. So it should be no surprise to you when we witness their reactions when challenged by diverse issues. Diversity is only found in the list of antonyms of the definition or ideology of a conservative.

Definitions:

Conservative
1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low.
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness.
4. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.
Diversity
1. one who favors differences or inclusion.
2. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness.
3. variety; multiformity.
4. a point of difference.

PS: Republicans, I know it hurts but someone had to say it. Curse me if you like, but you will just further illustrate my point 🙂

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4 thoughts on “The Republican Idea of Diversity

  1. Hi Tim!

    Another great post sir! As much as I don’t like to admit it, yes, your assessment of the present state of affairs within the Republican Party ranks are on target. Where you and other Democrats would readily concede that you or your party don’t have all the answers to every situation, that’s something Republicans are having a differcult time accepting, thus, the quagmire we find ourselves in presently. Keep up the great posting, Tim. I agree wholeheartedly with you that our issues we face as a nation aren’t Democratic or Republican problems, but problems that need real solutions and not more partisan politics. Have a great week sir!

    1. I take swipes at the GOP, but it’s because I see how far it’s strayed from how it began. Democrats are not perfect at all either. They actually have a group they really need to pay attention to in Rhode Island, because this political party could come at it in a different angle that it’s not expecting.

      Each time I’ve pointed the problem out I get the typical backlash. I’m actually trying to tell them if they correct this issue they would be surprised with the gains they’ll make. It’s what holds so many back from the GOP. Their position on race and social issues.

      I know what I had to say hurts, but it’s unfortunately true. I would love to lay it out to Congress on what many of them are doing of both parties discourages potential voters on this issue, but someone would probably scream, “YOU LIE” and others will categorize the other as fringe groups and back and forth while nothing is the only thing that is accomplished.

      I know you’re a good guy. It’s not the entire party, but enough of them that gives it a bad name to so many people who doesn’t fit its typical demographics that it doesn’t see what it’s doing to discourage those demographics.

  2. Tim,
    I found your site via your “There is no damn Santa” post nearly two years ago. And it is really that post that I wanted to address in my comment.
    Two years ago I would have had much the same attitude. There is no question that most often the depiction of Santa is one of commercialism, so it is easy to be cynical and cry foul. As my wife and I raised our family, we tried to instill the attitude that you have at the top of your masthead, “Consider Others Beyond Yourself.” This was a common theme and teaching over the more than three decades in our home and it’s purest form is the Christian Golden Rule of Jesus which actually tells His followers that they ARE responsible to do for others as they would want done to them, as opposed to the more common do for others AS they do for you.
    Your masthead is all the more poignant when one considers who the original St. Nicholas was, as depicted in the role of today’s Santa. Fourth century St. Nicholas gave of his inherited wealth to those in need to the point he had given it all away as a very young man. As a priest, he defended the falsely accused, continued to give generously, cared for the poor, defended the faith, and even took risky stands to provide for the regions food in time of famine. There is a very good website at http://www.stnicholascenter.org that has studied out many of the remaining documents and accounts from that time and has organized them for us to review.
    The history of Santa however is open to much more cynical or criticism of it’s fabrication. Santa was initially a Protestant response to a man usually associated to the Catholic church, although the Catholic church never recognized him as a saint. By the 1800’s when Santa was fictionalized as a ridiculous icon for commercial purposes, much of his former associations with who St Nicholas was were discarded, in my mind, to great loss.
    The mythical person of Santa is someone who should be held up, not as a commercial puppet, but rather as one who defends the poor and oppressed, who gives generously and in secret, who rises up to defend the falsely accused as a current day representation of the past St Nicholas. St Nicholas was a real man who was commonly known to do the very things your masthead champions.
    It was because of my own readings on St. Nicholas that I took on the role of Santa myself, and have been actively trying to represent and model these very attributes.
    We have sports ‘heros’ who cheat on their wives, and cheat with steroids. We have entertainers who also jump from bed to bed, pay no attention to their children, are frequently arrested for DUIs and so forth, and politicians who cheat, take bribes, misrepresent the will of their constituency and break all manner of ethical rules. Our society idolizes people like this, and then creates comic super heros which deceive children all the more (my one son thought for 2 or 3 years that the movie “Independance Day” was true, that it really did happen. Obviously we corrected that).
    So what is the harm in recognizing the man Santa as a representation of the real man who did “Consider others beyond [himself].” As a ‘representation,’ he makes an excellent example of this very thing.
    Now of course, not all ‘mall’ Santas take this position, but there are many who are turning it around. But it does begin with the parents.
    We don’t need to lie about whether there is a Santa or not. All we as parents need to do is recognize Santa as that representation of the original.
    One last thought about Santas relationship to Christmas: St. Nicholas died on December 6, 343 A.D. For centuries, people around the globe honored him and his character on December 6. This is merely an opportunity to consider someone who was a believer in Jesus Christ and walked the walk in ways that are worth of honor and recognition.

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