Minorities and Women.
Race, Gender, and Republicans
So, apparently the GOP is holding a panel on “how to successfully communicate with minorities and women.” Here are some tips I’d give to them:
1) Be yourself. There’s nothing worse than hearing a parade of white Democrats going through black churches suddenly sounding like Bishop T.D. Jakes. In fact, it’s downright embarrassing! We should go to those places but we should be ourselves. We should feel comfortable in our own skin.
2) Be confident. “First you win the argument, then you win the vote.” Lady Margaret Thatcher’s admonition to her conservative party through the 1980s rang as true now as it does now. The fact is – our policies are the absolute best policies for ALL Americans, some of them specifically for African Americans, Hispanics, and Women. You can win an argument if you’re not confident in it. It seems like a large swath of the moderate wing of our party seems to believe our policies suck. These people should take a note from former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani or former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, both of these Republicans are moderates don’t feel the need to bash conservatives in their party and they choose to focus on the common ground they have with conservatives and they argue the conservative case with passion while also defending us against lame MSM attacks. We can openly disagree, but we must be united and confident in our message!
3) Be smart. Focus on common ground with the audience you have. Just because our policies are consistent and help ALL Americans doesn’t mean we have to have the same message promoting those policies for every audience. Every successful salesperson will tell you every customer is different, so the message is going to be slightly different for every audience. If we have boots on the ground who can do the listening part, our politicians can do the messaging part. Ideally, every congressional district would have a Republican candidate, and that Republican candidate would know the ins and outs of the district, so if a presidential or gubernatorial candidate came through, they could meet with that candidate and get a rundown on what the message needs to be.
4) Be congenial. Our talk radio talking heads have done more for the conservative movement than I will ever do, so please do not take this as me bashing them. But there seems to be a knee jerk reaction to buck our politically correct culture. So when someone calls something “offensive.” Their reaction is to go ahead and say it again. We need to learn to be a little bit more congenial. Let’s assume the best of every American. When someone is on welfare, most of the time, it’s most likely not because their lazy (which is , it’s probably because they’ve run into hard times, they’re suffering an addiction, or they’re caught in a terrible cycle of government dependence. Let’s assume those Americans want to better themselves, want to work, want to break free of any addiction. This is where we can be “compassionate.” Let’s not assume Latinos sneaking into the US want our social services, let’s assume they’re here to work hard, to provide a better future for their children. Let’s lay the blame of the massive, bloated social welfare state at the feet of the people responsible: The Democrat Party, not the people who’s votes we’re trying to win.
5) Call the Democrats Bluff. When the Democrats go into black neighborhoods and say, “We want to make sure everyone’s vote is counted.” Let’s call their bluff, “I want to make sure your votes are counted and I want to make sure their not voided by voter fraud.” When they say, “Voter ID is suppressive because minorities can’t afford them.” Let’s propose a policy that would guarantee every American who can’t afford an ID a free one. Democrats can’t resist a federal government program right? Let’s not let Democrats control this conversation any more.
My guess is that the GOP consultants are going to suggest changing policies. While I think we can be a little flexible and give small adjustments here and there, let’s not forget freedom and liberty is a message that has inspired people for millennia. We shouldn’t suddenly dump it because we lost a couple of elections. There’s a lot we can do that we haven’t been doing.