“Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas.” – Edward de Bono
The Republican Party has succumbed to the influence of the Democrats. It’s official. There are certainly those who reflect the values of conservatism, but the majority of Republicans have become Democrat lite. The reason the once Conservative party has shifted so quickly and strikingly to the left is due to a warped perspective on the part of Republicans.
Republicans once had a philosophy by which they operated, and that philosophy was strong, and consistent. Over the last two decades, however, that philosophy has been watered down. The Republicans saw in Democrat voters an opportunity. They saw potential Republican voters. They have tried to seize this opportunity not through asserting the legitimate value of conservatism, but by appropriating the platform of the left. Aside from immigration, the most offensive way in which the Republican establishment has attempted to appropriate the beliefs of the left is in affirmative action.
Affirmative action is liberal gold; it is everything they hold dear. It is quotas, and racism, and white guilt all wrapped into one beautiful package. Unfortunately, Republicans have misconstrued the relationship between minorities, and the Democratic Party. They are under the misapprehension that blacks and Hispanics vote overwhelmingly Democrat because they think the left cares about them. The Republican establishment thinks that to gain more minority votes, they must advocate for affirmative action.
According to Breitbart, several Republican Senators have drafted a bill that advocates affirmative action in the interview process:
“Five GOP senators — including presidential hopefuls Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Rob Portman — think both commercial and nonprofit enterprises should, per the NFL and Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, interview up to at least two ‘minority’ candidates for every management or professional opening.“
There are two problems with this bill: first, this will not help the party gain any minority votes, and second, affirmative action is racist.
There was certainly a time when—due to racial animosity—affirmative action processes were necessary. That time is over. This is 2014. At this point, the legitimacy of affirmative action has transformed into extraordinary racism. Telling businesses that they must consider minorities in the hiring process is a slight against minorities. It’s essentially saying that minorities aren’t good enough to get to the top on their own, so they need to be thrown a bone.
By appropriating leftist ideas, the Republicans who drafted this bill have allowed themselves to perpetuate a racist system. They have given validity to an idea that tells blacks, and other minorities that they aren’t good enough, or that they can make it without much effort, because whitey will give them a leg up. It’s wrong, and these Senators should know better.
We cannot win the minority vote by becoming more liberal. Conservative ideals are ideals for everyone, and we need to make that known. Conservative ideals help minorities, because they help everyone. We need to tailor our message to show that we are inclusive, and we need to make the case that liberalism is not what it appears to be. Conservatism is the philosophy for everyone.