Friday, December 12, 2008

Better Instincts?

"I think the party has to take a hard look at itself," Powell said in the interview, which was taped Wednesday. "There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don't object to that. But 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."

Powell, who crossed party lines and endorsed President-elect Barack Obama just weeks before the election, said the GOP must see what is in the "hearts and minds" of African-American, Hispanic and Asian voters "and not just try to influence them by… the principles and dogma."

"I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country,"Powell said. "I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I've talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that." Powell, who says he still considers himself a Republican, said his party should also stop listening to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

"Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?" Powell asked. "Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?"


Since when is voting our race, appealing to a better instinct?

We can't approach ethnic minorities as Americans, taxpayers, employers, workers, parents? They've got something in their hearts and minds beyond that? Something that blocks any appeal to reason and non-racial politics?

Really?

I wonder if Colin Powell has ever lived in California. That's what not having a white majority looks like, and its why a liberal state enacted a ban on affirmative action based on race--you have nonwhites suing the state because other nonwhites get a "disproportionate" share of the pie.

It doesn't work. That's why we endorse and maintain the "principles and dogma" that oppose such stuff--the alternative doesn't work. You can't call yourself pragmatic if you're going to fail.

And I'd have a better opinion of Powell and most other moderates if they stopped arguing that conservatives, uh, "seem" to appeal to bigotry and racism and such, and started dealing with what we actually say. But then, they'd have to listen.

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