January 30, 2009

Mitch McConnell Tells the GOP What They All Ready Know

They are turning into the old southern democratic party. The same southern democrats that loved segregation and isolated themselves based on outdated beliefs and thinking. A party who speaks Christian values in one breath, then endorses torture with another.

"We’re all concerned about the fact that the very wealthy and the very poor, the most and least educated, and a majority of minority voters, seem to have more or less stopped paying attention to us," the Kentucky Republican said on the second day of the four-day gathering.

"And we should be concerned that, as a result of all this, the Republican Party seems to be slipping into a position of being more of a regional party than a national one.

"In politics there's a name for a regional party, it's called a minority party," said McConnell.

By regional, he means the majority of the South. The same families that hated JFK and wanted to see Martin Luther King in the ground have raised a new generation of what used to be southern democrats.

"My concern is that unless we do something to adapt, our status as a minority party may become too pronounced for an easy recovery," McConnell also said.

McConnell also laid some blame at the feet of former President Bush, whom he described a "man of principle," but one who did "not win any popularity contests."

"History shows that unpopular presidents are usually a drag on everybody else who wears their political label," he said. "It happened with Truman. It happened with Johnson. It happened with Nixon. It happened with Clinton in ‘94. And it happened in ‘06 and ‘08 with President Bush."

He said particular effort needs to be applied to attracting African American and Hispanic voters. Black voters have historically voted heavily Democratic, while Hispanic voters were significantly more Democratic than they had been in previous presidential elections.

"Too often we’ve let others define us," McConnell said. "And the image they’ve painted isn’t very pretty. Ask most people what Republicans think about immigrants, and they’ll say we fear them. Ask most people what we think about the environment, and they’ll say we don’t care about it. Ask most people what we think about the family, and they’ll tell you we don’t — until about a month before Election Day."

Instead of listening to minority leaders or communities, they dictate to them what they believe is right as the sole solution, while continuing to hide behind religion as the reason.

"…We should avoid the false choice of being a party of moderates or conservatives," McConnell said. "America is diverse. The two major parties should be too. But this doesn’t mean turning our backs on commonsense conservatism, or tailoring our positions to suit particular groups. Our principles are universal. They apply to everyone."

I agree they should not turn their backs on their conservative values, just realize this country is no longer the land of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, those days are long gone.

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