COLIN POWELL AND THE LIMITS OF PIGMENT or “The RINO and I Know”
Gen. Powell on CNN:
“If the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority.”
Which is exactly why we must return to the Constitution and stop discriminating against people with affirmative action, set-asides and preferences. Otherwise, we could have a new majority that is preferred in law, the same position whites held under Jim Crow laws. The idea was to stop discriminating against anybody, not to take turns.
“I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country…”
*Gov. Palin’s church was just burned down in an apparent hate crime–but Republicans are shouting? (Imagine if it had been Obama’s church…!)
*Prop. 8 malcontents are invading church services, committing public sex acts, assaulting elderly opponents and sending mobs to extract public recantations from opponents–but Republicans are shouting?
*Al “Bullhorn” Sharpton conducted his own deadly pogroms and Rev. Wright is back in the pulpit screaming–but Republicans are shouting?
*Conservative speakers are regularly shouted down on campuses–but Republicans are shouting?
“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?”
Yeah–everyone knows how Rush loves John McCain and wanted him to get the nomination.
We didn’t listen to Limbaugh–we listened to you, Gen. Powell, and we nominated the most liberal, “big-tent” Republican since Gerald Ford. And you responded by fleeing the party and urging Republicans to vote for the Democrat because he shares your pigment. That’s not leadership–it’s tribalism.
And now you say we should
“not just try to influence [minority voters] by… principles and dogma.”
Dogmas and catastrophies living together, eh, General? Chesterton on dogma:
“The vice of the modern notion of mental progress is that it is always something concerned with the breaking of bonds, the effacing of boundaries, the casting away of dogmas.
But if there be such a thing as mental growth, it must mean the growth into more and more definite convictions, into more and more dogmas. The human brain is a machine for coming to conclusions; if it cannot come to conclusions it is rusty. When we hear of a man too clever to believe, we are hearing of something having almost the character of a contradiction in terms. It is like hearing of a nail that was too good to hold down a carpet; or a bolt that was too strong to keep a door shut. Man can hardly be defined, after the fashion of Carlyle, as an animal who makes tools; ants and beavers and many other animals make tools, in the sense that they make an apparatus.”
Man can be defined as an animal that makes dogmas. As he piles doctrine on doctrine and conclusion on conclusion in the formation of some tremendous scheme of philosophy and religion, he is, in the only legitimate sense of which the expression is capable, becoming more and more human.
When he drops one doctrine after another in a refined scepticism, when he declines to tie himself to a system, when he says that he has outgrown definitions, when he says that he disbelieves in finality, when, in his own imagination, he sits as God, holding no form of creed but contemplating all, then he is by that very process sinking slowly backwards into the vagueness of the vagrant animals and the unconsciousness of the grass. Trees have no dogmas. Turnips are singularly broad-minded.”
In other words, turnips vote “present”.
Powell is 180 degrees wrong about not trying to influence new voters by our “principles”. Principle is the only hope we have of attracting these voters.
We cannot outspend Democrats. If we propose a $700 billion bailout, they’ll propose an $800 billion bailout, a trillion in new spending, doubling the budgets of all existing programs and paying off all of Ted Kennedy’s bar tabs since 1952. With interest.
Nor can we out-pander Democrats on identity politics. If we propose a Cinco de Mayo holiday, they’ll propose a Cinco de Mayo holiday, putting Julio Iglesias on Mount Rushmore and giving Bolivia control of our nuclear arsenal. Just kidding–Obama already promised it to Kenya.
No, the only hope we have of attracting new voters is on broad American, Republican and conservative principles. Principles like strengthening families, not goverment. Like Faith. And Tradition. Patriotism. Opportunity. Self-Discipline. Adherence to the Constitution–the Actual Constitution.
Why? Because these principles are right and because they work for all families, regardless of background, and they work every time they are tried.
We don’t need two Democrat parties, Gen. Powell. We need a principled conservative party and we need it like we’ve never needed it before.
If that’s shouting, it’s worth shouting about.