Condoleezza Rice was a high-profile figure in the George W. Bush cabinet. The most powerful and high-profile blacks to serve in the government all came from Republican appointments until President Barack Obama made Eric Holder the top lawman in the nation. The black man on the Supreme Court is a Republican appointment, just as the making of Colin Powell into a household name and one the most respected men in all America is the doing of Republicans.
But the Republican window dressing, tokenism, and black marketing hasn’t won them the votes of Hispanics or blacks in large numbers. In the last national election, even the Asian vote was largely Democratic – more than 73 percent. What is it about the Republican Party that these groups don’t want to be a part of in any sense? The Republicans have minority faces up front in real positions of power, but there is something that keeps minority groups away from Republicans.
The fact is that the Republicans preach small government but they want government to control so many personal things, like what people smoke, if they have abortions, and whom they marry. At the same time, Republicans say the government has nothing to do with public education, how many guns you have in your house, if you can go to college, or who you hire or fire. The Republicans want to spend more money on the military than anything else, including educating the next generation.
There are enough talk-show crazies out there to keep people out of the Republican Party for the 2016 election and for a long time to come. The way these talk-show hosts use the words conservative or conservatism, family values, welfare state and big government are in need of definitions that will not run everybody away from the party but white men. The Republican Party was not a party of hate and fear not so long ago and it is not so today. Many good things came from Republican administrations and will still come, but the minorities will not join the party until the image changes. America needs a two-party system; don’t let bad representation kill a good party.