There have been several articles recently -- one here on USA Today, and another here on the Huffington Post -- about outreach programs the Republican Party has been making to attract minority Hispanic and Black voters. The Hispanic effort has been marred by such things as Rep. Steve King (R-IA) saying a few months back that all Hispanics were drug runners, something GOP chairman Reince Priebus acknowledged in diplomatic massive understatement as, "Of course it hurts. It hurts. Not good.'' (Gee, ya think?) And alas, the effort to involve Black voters -- creating an African-American Engagement effort in Michigan and starting the Michigan Black Advisory Council -- hit a roadbump when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went to the Grace Bible Chapel for the opening of the office, and as video showed, most of the audience for the Black outreach were...well, white.
I know that the Republican Party is expending a great deal of effort, sort of, to attract Black and Hispanic voters to the GOP. But as a public service, I have a suggestion for them that would be far easier and probably a whole lot more effective --
For starters, if you want minorities to vote for you, the Republican Party could stop passing legislation to block minorities from actually voting. And also, if you really do want minorities to support your party in large numbers, you might want to consider not blocking immigration reform that would bring more minorities into the country.
But that's just me. Clearly the GOP thinks otherwise. Who knows, maybe those things will work. Mitt Romney's push for a Self-Deportation program showed such promise, in a stand-up comic, vaudeville kind of way. .
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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