Making the Republican Party inclusive; Can it be done?

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It takes all kinds - by Jessica Lucia for Flickr CC

OCALA, Fla., February 28, 2014 – Making the Republican Party more inclusive is a big goal of center-right politicos these days. Nonetheless, minorities are still not flocking to right-of-centercandidates. What can be said about this delicate matter?

John Derbyshire tells Communities Digital News that he is “(d)eeply pessimistic”.  One of America’s more notable conservative commentators for decades, Derbyshire became a virtual household name in early 2012. This is when he was fired from his longtime post at the National Review.

To make a long story short, his termination came about after alleged anti-racist activists took issue with one of Derbyshire’s articles. The piece dealt with black race relations and human intelligence. Although it was not published in National Review, the publication’s editors let Derbyshire go all the same.

Such a development prompted extensive criticism, and for many highlighted the increasingly waffling nature of center-right institutions.

Derbyshire continues: “‘Not flocking’ is putting it mildly. Practically all educated black Americans, for example, are communists. And white conservatives are the **only** people in the U.S.A. trying to ‘transcend contentious racial issues.’  Everyone else is keenly exploiting them for group advantage and personal enrichment.

“Integration has occurred in some of the upper strata of our society, but everywhere else ethnic disaggregation proceeds apace.  I’m an integrationist personally (very personally) but the trend lines are plain.

“I am reluctantly coming to agree with my friend Jared Taylor of American Renaissance: whites may as well start asserting themselves and join in fighting for the spoils.

“If that’s right, ‘colorblind conservatism’ is a dead end, and the future of the conservative movement is as a home for white ethnocentrism.”

Dr. Paul Gottfried is an outspoken paleoconservative intellectual who recently retired from Elizabethtown College. His observations of the human condition have generated both accolades and animosity. Having befriended such figures as Richard Nixon and Herbert Marcuse, Dr. Gottfried’s views are not always easy to pin down.

Perhaps the only constant is that he calls the shots as he sees them — with no apology.

“Years ago I began to suggest (in a politically incorrect fashion) that the Republicans practice ‘benign neglect’ in relation to those minorities they’ve courted but who seem to hate them nonetheless. I’ve also suggested that Republicans try to take the place of the old Democratic Party, which I hated as a kid but which may have been right about a lot of things,” Dr. Gottfried says to CDN. “The GOP should cut its ties with corporate capitalists (like Romney and the WSJ-crowd) and start to champion the American working class. In his emphasis on this point Buchanan may have been prophetic.”

What is the single biggest difference is between today’s conservative movement and the pre-Reagan right?

“Forty years,” Derbyshire remarks. “A great many things change in forty years.  Probably the biggest **single** thing that changed was the fall of the USSR.  The Cold War was a unifying factor for the Right, a reason to sink differences.  It’s an awful thing to say — I mean, when you remember how people suffered under communism — but the end of the Cold War was a body blow for American conservatism.”

Dr. Gottfried advises that “(t)he GOP should….try to dump the neoconservative warmongers, who outside of the Murdoch media empire probably don’t have many allies. I’m not an ‘isolationist’ (since the term has now become pejorative), but I’d like to see the GOP adopt a foreign policy as far removed as possible from the bellicose rhetoric of John McCain. Prudence, not some kind of global democratic mission, should dictate our relations with other countries.”

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