Deep down, we always knew it was true. Our votes are all that matters and votes from minorities are the best kind. It just hurts to have our noses rubbed in it by our own party.
The biggest abuse indulged by Democrats under Obama has been picking groups to benefit from party generosity that redefined the concept of what a minority is whenever it was advantageous for the Democratic cause. Clean energy companies battled big oil, unions battled employers, immigrants battled immigration laws, women battled Republicans, students battled the banks, and all felt the warm glow of Obama-style paternalism, sometimes from tax dollars and sometimes only from promises. Democrats defined minorities by their differences.
The GOP gets it wrong. Again.
Is the GOP foolish enough to push forward with its knee-jerk reaction to voter rejection? It seems party leaders have decided that the Obama divide and conquer strategy is a better idea than promoting Americanism and values that will move everyone in this country forward. Is using our differences to wage a partisan war over votes the best way to regain lost ground at the polls?
The Republican National Committee boasts Spanish on its website, something GOP leaders might want to take into account when they demand English requirements be part of a Democratic immigration bill. Democrats still haven’t resolved the contradiction in making national origin and ethnicity defining factors while they simultaneously argue for inclusion (see: If Republicans Sell Exclusion, the Middle Class Will Buy). Republicans will fall into the same trap as they seek support from minorities and what Democrats have helped them believe is the most important group of all, Hispanics.
Core values become divisive.
Rhetoric about Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative core values is good for convincing voters that they are part of something vital. Do we ever ask ourselves why those core values are so important when they keep changing to suit the needs of the party in power or the candidate on the stump? Republicans used to be the party of fiscal conservatism. What bright bulb in the GOP decided that the groups who supported Obama in 2012 will support Republicans without the same indulgent spending and policymaking?
Americanism has no room for minorities.
Recreating the concept of minorities in America, whether as a Democratic reason to spend lots of money or a Republican inspiration to regain lost ground at the polls, is an enormous step backward. Do we want to live in a country of minorities or a country of Americans? Pressure groups want it both ways, demanding inclusion while basing their cries for tax dollars on inequality and division. Americanism only asks that we work together because of the one factor that used to be important and used to unite us: a common interest in advancing our nation’s cause.
It took one election and one shameful defeat to convince the GOP to throw Americanism aside, take a new direction, and reinvent itself as the party for minorities. Divisiveness won’t make us great. Picking and choosing favorites and then battling for their favor creates division that won’t bind this country back together. Somewhere during its sad journey after last November’s defeat the Republican Party forgot that.