Message to the GOP

Giving Up on God
By Kathleen Parker
Wednesday, November 19, 2008; 12:00 AM

 

As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.

I’m bathing in holy water as I type.

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we’re setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.

The choir has become absurdly off-key, and many Republicans know it.

But they need those votes!

So it has been for the Grand Old Party since the 1980s or so, as it has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners.

Short break as writer ties blindfold and smokes her last cigarette.

Which is to say, the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents, including other people of faith (those who prefer a more private approach to worship), as well as secularists and conservative-leaning Democrats who otherwise might be tempted to cross the aisle.

Here’s the deal, ‘pubbies: Howard Dean was right.

It isn’t that culture doesn’t matter. It does. But preaching to the choir produces no converts. And shifting demographics suggest that the Republican Party — and conservatism with it — eventually will die out unless religion is returned to the privacy of one’s heart where it belongs.

Religious conservatives become defensive at any suggestion that they’ve had something to do with the GOP’s erosion. And, though the recent Democratic sweep can be attributed in large part to a referendum on Bush and the failing economy, three long-term trends identified by Emory University’s Alan Abramowitz have been devastating to the Republican Party: increasing racial diversity, declining marriage rates and changes in religious beliefs.

Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can’t have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.

With the exception of Miss Alaska, of course.

Even Sarah Palin has blamed Bush policies for the GOP loss. She’s not entirely wrong, but she’s also part of the problem. Her recent conjecture about whether to run for president in 2012 (does anyone really doubt she will?) speaks for itself:

“I’m like, okay, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is…. And if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, and if it’s something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”

Let’s do pray that God shows Alaska’s governor the door.

Meanwhile, it isn’t necessary to evict the Creator from the public square, surrender Judeo-Christian values or diminish the value of faith in America. Belief in something greater than oneself has much to recommend it, including most of the world’s architectural treasures, our universities and even our founding documents.

But, like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian. The change Barack Obama promised has already occurred, which is why he won.

Among Jewish voters, 78 percent went for Obama. Sixty-six percent of under-30 voters did likewise. Forty-five percent of voters ages 18-29 are Democrats compared to just 26 percent Republican; in 2000, party affiliation was split almost evenly.

The young will get older, of course. Most eventually will marry, and some will become their parents. But nonwhites won’t get whiter. And the nonreligious won’t get religion through external conversion. It doesn’t work that way.

Given those facts, the future of the GOP looks dim and dimmer if it stays the present course. Either the Republican Party needs a new base — or the nation may need a new party.

Kathleen Parker’s e-mail address is kparker@kparker.com.

Corporate CEO Daily Check List

 

 A daily roundup of editorial cartoons

1. Wake up in 5 million dollar home.

2. Make sure prostitution errrrrrrr “spa” bill is paid, but that the details are kept on the down low.

3. Take Mercedes SL500 company car to the office.

4. Pinch concubine errrrrrrr secretary on the behind.

5. Go to high level meeting to decide how many employees to lay off.

6. Lay off employees.

7. Make layoff announcement and cry broke to the media.

8. Ask congress for bailout money and threaten that the whole company will fold if you don’t get it.

9. Receive bailout money, fill personal coffers with more loot and promote the virtues of the “free market”.

10. Visit the “spa” again for more “treatments.”

A Great Day In America

 Well Familia,

What is there to say?   It still hasn’t quite sunk in for me yet.  My mind knows well and good that our next president will be Barack Obama.  Logically I understand what went down last night.  At the same time it still seems surreal.  So much so that I didn’t have quite the emotional reaction I thought I would.  It was there at the tip of my spirit, but it couldn’t break through because it’s so amazing. 

I didn’t think I would have a lot to say today.  So much is being said already.  But I will document some thoughts just so I can remember how I felt today and what crossed my mind last night.  In no particular order:

What a convincing victory huh?  It started to get real when he won Pennsylvania.  PENNSYLVANIA!  And that came pretty quickly.  But then you add in Ohio, Michigan, Iowa,Wisconsin and Florida!  FLORIDA?  Missouri and Indiana are close and even if they go for McCain at the end of the day, considering the last few elections and the divide caused by ultra conservatives who touted the three G’s (God, Guns, & Gays) they were unsuccessful in high jacking this election.  Just on a side note; In spite of what the NRA said, President Obama is not going to take your guns from you.

Keys to Victory~

First and foremost to Barack Obama and his campaign staff who fought two vigorous campaigns with a first class dignity not seen before.  When Hillary Clinton was predicting assassination attempts and her supporters vowed to not support him, he remained steady, respectful and smooth.  They never wavered but held steady throughout the fire and brimstone.  There were times many of us including myself wanted to see him be more aggressive.  But that’s why he is president now and not me.  Obama surrounded himself with great people, and was able to keep those people unified and focused on the goal.  That says a lot about what his presidency should be like.  This allowed the fund-raising to be that much easier – and he was able to bankroll the message that he wanted to get to the American public with ease.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean for his belief that the Democrats should attempt to campaign significantly in every state instead of focusing on those where liberal interest were favorable. 

The forerunners – Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.  Regardless of what you think about them – (I happen to have great respect) none of this would be possible without their blood sweat and tears.  If Barack were the first face of color America would have seen for the highest office – this doesn’t happen.  I am convinced of that.

Black radio – especially the likes of Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden.  Baisden was the most vocal day in and day out in bring the issues to bear and keeping young and old potential voters up to speed.  Joyner was responsible for singer Joe getting registered.  They continuously informed of the facts and we responded. 

YOU the voters who got politically involved and searched the issues as opposed to falling for the okee-doke of scare tactics and Joe The Plumber nonsense.  Many of my white brothers and sisters saw past their trepidations and fears of being led by a black man.  You saw his ideas as favorable to our nation while not ignoring his color.  I imagine for some of you a reverse of the Bradley affect took place.  While you felt you had to tell some friends or family you were voting for McCain, you got in the booth and did what you thought was right at the end of the day.   Much love to whites in the heartland who normally think color first (after all what else were you taught but to trust what looks like you?) and for Hillary’s supporters specifically who buried the hatchet to think “country first.”

Speaking of country first, let me give a shout out to Senator McCain who gave a very gracious speech recognizing the times and taming the boos that marred his campaign previously.  He really did go “country first” and though he didn’t campaign at all to people of color – from his speech last night it makes me think he is more afraid of us than he was merely ignoring us.  I am sure he got some very bad advice too.  He really took this thing for granted similar to Senator Clinton and felt that because he was white he was going to win regardless.  Unfortunate.  Still if he goes back to Maverick-ism, I think he can help work with our new president on some great ideas going forward.

This is not merely a victory for Black America.  It’s a victory for all of America.  This man will be a strong president.  He has a strong woman by his side who will lovingly support her husband while still offering a wisdom that dates back ages from the foundations of strong families.  Michelle Obama will do this nation well and represent us in a way that has never been done before.  Barack and Michelle Obama together are like having two great entities for the price of one to both represent and lead our nation.

Later as it gets closer to the inauguration I will share what I feel we should expect from President Obama.  In what ways we should hold him accountable and how he should hold us accountable.  Its a two way street.  More than ever we have to learn to pull together as a nation and be a part of the solution for all that makes us the nation we think we are.  Again that’s for later. 

For President Obama, there is a lot to do in terms of getting up to speed and transitioning to the White House.  But for today, heck for the rest of the week, and maybe the rest of the month – I just want to celebrate, reflect, and be thankful that I as well as my children are alive to see this day.  Thankful that many of the civil rights leaders of all races got to see this day.  Glad to share this moment with you… fellow Americans.

Pro Life! (Across the Board)

As the election draws near I am hearing more and more from my conservative friends regarding the pro-life vs. pro choice argument.  The Catholics and Evangelical Christians are especially vigilant on this issue.  They feel as they did the last 8 years that to vote for someone who is pro-choice is a vote for a pro abortionist or a baby killer.  Some are even saying now that to vote for Senator Obama is to bring eternal damnation upon ones self. 

© Roger Derin - NYI Student

Someone asked my opinion of the abortion issue recently.  And I have debated with my right leaning Christian friends for years.  What gets me most in this debate is the fact that rarely is there any balance in the discussion… especially from my Christian and Catholic friends.

I can say for sure I am totally pro-life.  I don’t believe that abortion is a good thing for anyone – certainly not as a form of birth control as some have practiced.   I believe these people are rare however.  The abortion rate outside of reasons for the health of a mother, or in cases of rape and incest is horrible.  I honestly feel that most people who are pro-choice would agree with me on that.  Most Americans are not pro-abortion.

Where my right wing friends miss it however, is the narrow scope in which they focus on the unborn exclusively.  If one is to be truly pro-life, he has to be pro-life across the board.  In the scriptures Jesus himself said that He came to give life… and to give it more abundantly.  This is to say that the act of living is not the end all.  Quality of life is also important.  So to protect the unborn is great, to help promote and preserve the lives of the living once they make it past the womb is even better.

And yet how ironic is it that most so called pro-lifers are for government stepping in to control the womb, but are against government helping to promote and preserve healthy living standards for poor or lower enconomically developed families.  How ironic is it that when it comes to public education, most of the Christian right do not fight for better schools and better teachers.  How ironic is it that these same Christians and Catholics are against goverment providing or helping with the cost of health-care?  Basically what they are saying is:

“This unborn child is a gift from God and should be allowed to live by any means!  But once the child leaves the womb, the mother and child are on their own and it is not our responsibility to make sure that child has every opportunity to make it.” 

Now pardon me – but that is some dumb backwards ass shit!  

 How to Take Great Baby Pictures.

We need a holistic approach to the situation.  Let’s not look at this thing from the view of the womb alone.  That is putting the proverbial cart before the horse. 

Let’s start with sex education.  Palin and McCain are against sex education in schools.  Palin in particular is in foolish denial for being against sex education, as if that would encourage kids to have sex.  Funny thing is, her daughter certainly found a way to knock boots regularly and came up pregnant.  Sex is a natural desire as well as a natural act.  No sense in denying the obvious as if it’s going to go away.   And yes it should be taught at home first, but too many parents don’t.  So again if the child in the womb should be a governmental concern, so should the educating of the youth so that they can at least help prevent unwanted or premature pregnancies in the first place –  Let alone helping to prevent the spread of STDs or HIV.

How about healthcare?  Millions of children are uninsured and use the emergency room as a heathcare provider.  When they can’t pay, we as citizens and tax payers pay anyway.  So why not have a system where proper healthcare can be obtained.  That five thousand dollar credit McCain is offering, that is he going to turn around and tax anyway, is not nearly as good as Obama’s healthcare plan.  Again this is especially important for the less fortunate children that we wanted to protect in the womb in making sure they were allowed to live in the first place.

Adoption: A good friend of mine adopted two girls a few years ago.  I attended her ceremony when she became certified by the state to adopt.  When I looked in the book that had the list of kids who were on the state rolls for pending foster care in need of adoption, I started crying from the thousands and thousands of young faces I saw.  They each had pictures and portfolios about their virtues.  This one likes bowling, the other loves math.  It was as if they were “selling” themselves to some perspective parents who would “pick” them as if they were picking a puppy dog.  What was most disturbing was the older faces I saw of kids who were 5-17 years of age.  Basically from what I was told at the agency, most of the teen-aged kids can forget it.  Couples tend to want the young cuddly types.  Babies are cool, but teens are a pain with baggage. 

Then you got couples who take their asses clean out of the county to Honduras or some place like that to adopt little foreign kids… like that shit is hot or exotic or something – leaving the American born kids here to rot.  Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t hatin!  I know a couple who adopted a kid from South America.  They are good people and at the time they didn’t think they could have kids naturally.  Later they were successful in having one of their own.

We had lunch before the 2000 election.  They had not adopted yet and were considering their options.  As far as the presidency was concerned, abortion was the key reason they were voting for Bush.  I said to them however, “You care so much about abortion, and rightfully so.  But I guarantee you there are some kids you can adopt right here who need a home.  Or there are some kids in church or in your neighborhood who need a good man and woman in their lives to be a mentor for.”  I told my friend’s wife, “Take some teenager under your wing who doesn’t have a mother and teach her how to be a woman.  Show her how to take care of her body and eat right.  Help her with her education.  Don’t just look out for those kids in the womb, do God’s work as well by tending to the sheep He has here on the earth who are less fortunate or have special needs.”  They both looked at me with blank stares.  Needless to say they didn’t do either.  They adopted abroad, had their own and kept to themselves.  That is a typical picture of the Christian and Catholic communities when it comes to this subject.  

So I say to all you pro-lifers who are passionate about protecting the unborn… Hooray!  But step your game up and stop being a half-assed pro-lifer.  There are many more ways to help prevent abortion.  To work from that angle alone, or to back a canidate in an attempt to reverse Roe V Wade is shortsighted at best.  Believe me, there are many many other issues that concern life.  Each of the important things on the table, education, healthcare, jobs, oppertunities to gain wealth or live in a safe neighborhood are all issues of life.  And hell I didn’t even touch the wickedness and injustices of the death penalty. 

No way you can tell me it’s godly or Christian to put so much energy in protecting unborn children, only to turn a cold heart to those same kids who may not have the resources to live a healthy life.  Don’t forsake the one goal without neglecting the other.  All of the children of this nation of ours are important and we each have a stake in taking some responsibility for their welfare and success.

Village Idiot of Election 08

Campaign attack victim, COLOR

Talk about the dummy of the week!  What’s she gonna do with that “B” on her face now?

May as well keep it for other ways of describing herself…

Bullshitter – as illustrated in the cartoon

Bogus Beeeach!

Bumbling IIIIIIdiot!

Bumfuc*%# for Blaming the Black guy!

Broke as hell and can’t post Bail!

Why Should African-Americans Vote for John McCain?

Sen. John McCain says he will consider a second economic stimulus package if he is elected president.

I have been trying to figure this out.  Its one thing to be a black republican.  We need representation in all areas of the political arena.   I’ve always believed that.  Certainly the Republican party has not been a friend to blacks in the recent past.  Sure they like to talk about Lincoln but that was way back in the day when the parties stood opposite their current positions.  They merely switched from Dixiecrat’s to Republicans and vice verse. 

Anyway, during the Reagan era the Republicans really embraced their anti-ethnic reputation.   They were able to ride that momentum to get Bush Sr. in office with the help of some pretty racist Willie Horton political ads.   

After Clinton ran the White House for 8 years, the Elephants reached out to minorities including the Latin community in some forms.  Personally I knew it wasn’t legit.  Karl Rove was no dummy though and he devised a strategies and target the black prominent preachers with talk of morality and faith ba$ed initiatives.  They knew that many of these pimps would get their congregations in line and get them to vote for folks who voted against a MLK Holiday.  (Speaking of John McCain)  Some of those chicken grinning preachers have wised up now since Katrina, the war, the economy etc.  But it’s too late now as we’ve had 8 years of incompetency and the nation was ran in the country.  Guess what preachers… if people don’t have jobs they can’t pay tithes or fund new building projects.  Hmmm… and to think I didn’t hear of any homosexuals taking jobs oversees.  Go figure.. but I digress.

What I am trying to figure out is why any self respecting black man or woman would support The Mav.  I mean when has this dude reached out to any of us for anything?  When he and Palin speak of Joe Six Pack or Joe the Plumber, or real Americans they sure as hell ain’t talkin about me?  

Furthermore when they’ve had chances to speak to black audiences they have delinced. 

Tavis Smiley held the first presidential forums for both Democrats and Republicans and John McCain was invited.  Did he show up?  No!  And it’s not like Tavis doesn’t have juice!  Repubs like Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, and Sam Brownback among others showed up to speak toward issues that would affect Black America.

Then there is black radio.  Of the four nationally syndicated shows my area, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Michael Baisden Show and the Ricky Smiley Show, McCain has not visited with either show.  I know for a fact that Joyner, Harvey and Baisden made several request to speak with the McCain campaign and they have yet to get a return phone call. 

What does this say to Black Americans? It tells me he doesn’t give a f*@! about me or the things I care about.  It tells me he is either scared or indifferent when it comes to my people.  It tells me that if he were to dwell in the White House… the policies and procedures will be as white as ever.  Areas such as civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities for jobs and affordable college will not see the light of day. 

So if I were to take the usual house negros i.e. Alan Keyes, Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Ward Connerly, Clarence Thomas, that fool on the radio in Milwaukee etc. out of the equation, why would any self respecting person of African descent even consider voting for someone who detest him so much?