The Conscience of a Realist

Making the Republican Party inclusive; Can it be done?

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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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Joseph Cotto

Joseph Cotto is a nationally syndicated columnist. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he wrote for The Washington Times Communities and Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications.

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  • Patrick

    You know, if you ignore the parts that mention race (meaning the first two thirds of this article), there are a couple viable ideas for conservatism buried in here. Shifting focus from corporate interests to the working class would be a good step, although it would be hard to make that transition without supporting labor unions. A minimally interventionist stance (since you don’t seem to like isolationist) could also be quite popular.
    The challenge is that making either of those changes is probably going to mean getting to the left of Democrats. There’s definitely an opening there, but exploiting it would entail provoking the ire of the radical right.
    Of course, all this is assuming conservatives learn how to talk about race. Keep talking about white supremacy, I mean ethnocentrism, at all and the radical right is all you’ll ever have.

    • kyrifles

      In other words, the future of the GOP is European-style socialism?

      • Patrick

        How do you get “European-style socialism” from suggesting a greater focus on the working class? Seriously, how do you make such an absurd leap of logic?

    • DissidentRight

      The interests of the working class, you say?

      Surely you mean, other than:

      1) denying visas to all poor migrants and deporting the ones who are already here, especially the ones who are culturally and linguistically alien to the American working class, especially the ones who qualify for welfare and entitlements,

      2) returning public education to the ~1950’s,

      3) reforming divorce and family laws to give men some kind of incentive to get married in the first place,

      4) simplifying the tax code and the regulatory regime for small businesses to something that could be understood by a highschool dropout while reducing taxes on upwardly mobile members of the working class,

      5) reforming welfare and entitlement handouts so that they don’t encourage illegitimacy and general dysfunction,

      6) break the cycle of white flight and black blight by allowing working class communities to actively discriminate. (I saved the best for last.)

      It is always amusing to hear progressives opine on the problems faced by the American working class. I can hardly think of a single such problem that progressives themselves did not create.

      So…left of the Democrats. Of course, definitely. Because the only problems faced by the American working class are minimum wages and a lack of government-run health care. Clueless, haughty: disingenuous white liberals. God bless ‘em. (And may God have mercy on working class Americans, since nobody cares about them but “white supremacists”.)

  • Mike Smith

    1) End all foreign wars and station troops on the border to stop illegal drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
    2) Amnesty coupled with massive reduction in legal immigration.
    2) Replace all welfare programs and the income tax with a flat tax combined with guaranteed minimum income.
    3) Withdraw from the WTO and replace all trade agreements with a flat tariff on all imported goods (10 – 30 percent).
    3) Immediate debt forgiveness for student loans owed to the government.
    4) End all forms corporate welfare (bailouts, ag subsidies, energy subsidies, etc.)
    5) End the Fed.
    6) End mass surveillance.
    7) End the federal war on drugs and allow states to determine drug policy.
    8) End all foreign aid
    9) Pirate Party-like reforms to intellectual property laws

    • DissidentRight

      Just say No to amnesty.

  • rdlynn

    The GOP could hand out Obama Phones. That’s very popular.

  • Sun

    America was always a European country. I admire the Republicans who tell you to f yourself preserving they find of value.

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