One would think that the Republican Party would be less divided than it is. After all, we’ve just had a really contentious presidential election. Still, it’s rather curious that none of the leading candidates has committed themselves to changing the party’s ban on racial discrimination.
The GOP’s antiquated policy on civil rights is both counter-productive and somewhat disgraceful. The more we promote an anti-discrimination attitude among its members, the more we alienate potential allies. We must move away from the dogma of “racial purity” and instead work towards an anti-discrimination policy that emphasizes mutual respect and the belief that no one deserves to be treated differently because of their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
On the surface, American conservatism promotes a commonality of interest between those of differing ethnicities. Each group wants to preserve its culture, heritage and way of life. Yet, this does not mean that those who belong to one group don’t deserve to be treated equally with those who belong to another. In fact, in times of crisis, we should always consider all of our options.
Those who belong to one ethnic group may be using us as leverage against another. But to treat them as less deserving of respect because of their race or ethnicity is to have a double standard, one that is unhealthy and counterproductive.
It is amazing how many people on the Republican Party’s national stage believe they are above scrutiny. That’s a shame, because they have a tendency to “talk big” about diversity issues but often do little to work for diversity in their own party.
Unfortunately, some of those same Republican candidates are running for president in 2020. We all know that all too often, it’s good for us to elect the best-qualified candidate who will solve our problems. But how much we need those within the party to prioritize diversity and not make their group feel guilty for not doing enough to correct the problems within their own ranks?
The left and liberal media will continue to point fingers at everyone in the party until such time as the political class abandons their refusal to address the problem. They know exactly what they’re doing. They want to protect the power of those who hold real power, and they know that if they do not get their way, the Republican Party will collapse.
Yet, it is also interesting that most liberals and journalists who will not even look at the reality of racism within the party will gladly attack anyone who points out the problem. Their agenda is simple: they want to keep minorities in their place by stoking fear and ignorance. It will be interesting to see if they try to take the issue up again in the near future.
We are seeing in America today, what has been happening throughout much of the world for centuries – the formation of countries that believe in the superiority of the white race. In many cases, we see that fear of the “other” has spawned a kind of violence that is unparalleled in history.
Many minority groups within the country have tried to apply for minority groups within the party to bring up the issue of prejudice, and have been turned down repeatedly. So much for diversity and equality!
A strong candidate with a proven record of accomplishment may be the only solution to this issue. If Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee were to run, they would be able to demonstrate real leadership through their actions and comments.
It is really amazing that so many people are still voting for the other two candidates who are not really good choices. The outcome of the election might depend on how this issue is handled from this year forward.