Republicans and Minorities

Daniel Hannan has a really interesting blog post today about the “whiteness” of the Tory party.  Substitute “Republican” for “Tory” and it defines the same problem Republicans have reaching out to ethnic minorities.  Hannan makes two good points (but he’s always making good points):

  1. When an ethnic group becomes associated with a single party, they tend to become marginalized.  That party can ignore their interests because they’ve got their votes regardless, and the other parties ignore them as well because they believe it’s hopeless trying to get their votes.
  2. The Canadian conservative party has begun winning back ethnic votes because it reaches out to immigrants as soon as they arrive.  Normally, it’s the liberal party which does this, and immigrants immediately begin seeing life through the liberal-colored glasses.  It’s hard work and time consuming, and the work never ends, but by getting out there face to face and talking to ethnic minorities, they’ve begun to make inroads.

Republicans, are you listening?

About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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