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Rand Paul almost embraces a winning strategy

With an audience of black children as a backdrop, Senator Rand Paul continued his effort to brand himself as the “outreach” Republican with a speech at a school in Chicago. His appearance was a maddening blend of everything right and

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Posted in Cities, Race, Republican Party

How Protestant Evangelicals shifted their abortion stance

Jamelle Bouie had a great piece at Slate last week explaining the long strange journey of Protestant Evangelicals from pressing for the expansion of abortion rights to vehement opposition to nearly every aspect of women’s reproductive choices. Bouie correctly identifies

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Race, Religious Right, Reproductive Rights, Republican Party

White people are poor because of their culture

Paul Ryan has been in trouble recently because of his comments about the “inner city” poor and their culture of laziness and dependency. Ryan’s courage in standing up to the PC Nazis is admirable. His stand may finally open up

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Posted in Race, Welfare State

Sen. Tim Scott is the GOP’s ‘Black Friend’

The environment inside the Republican Party today is a treacherous moral swamp for African-Americans. No black conservative figure has yet managed to remain in a position of influence inside the GOP while speaking honestly about racial questions. When an NAACP

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Race, Tea Party

Does Bigotry Deserve Tolerance Too?

There is a meaningful question hiding among the Palinesque blather over Phil Robertson’s suspension from Duck Dynasty. We seem to have reached a broad general agreement that differing viewpoints, choices and values should be tolerated in an open society. So

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Posted in Civil Rights, Race

The End of America…Again

In British tradition there is a one-line statement that announces the passing of a monarch: “The King is dead. Long live the King.” A political institution with a 1500 year history spanning war, conquest, and in several instances its own

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Posted in Immigration, Political Theory, Race, Tea Party

The Very First Tea Party Speech

The Tea Party movement plainly has roots in earlier political trends, but it’s tough to pinpoint a seminal moment, a spark out of which this ideology of tribal rage took its modern form.  By accident over the weekend I think

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Race, Tea Party

Republicans, Minorities, and the Myth of Income Redistribution

Republicans have to broaden their appeal beyond the grumpy old white man demographic, how are we supposed to do it? There may be a simple answer, but like many simple answers it will be difficult to swallow. We could go

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Race, Republican Party, Tea Party

Libertarianism Failed African-Americans

Want to feel better about the Republican Party’s problems in minority communities?  Spend some time with the Libertarians. You won’t find a lot of black Libertarians because libertarian theory runs counter to every lesson learned by African-Americans in the real

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Posted in Civil Rights, Libertarian, Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Race, Tea Party

Republican Minority Outreach Will Not Be Easy

“White Democrats will desert their party in droves the minute it becomes a black party.” Kevin Phillips, author of The Emerging Republican Majority, in 1968 Republicans are realizing that a willingness to be [mostly] polite to black people is insufficient

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Race, Republican Party, Tea Party
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