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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wellllllllllllllllllll, look at what the GOP went and did!

Michael Steele is the new RNC Chairman.

Didn't someone say something about this a while back?

Sorry, I'm . . . . working on the modesty thing.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a conservative, I'm fairly upset by this choice for RNC chairman. I feel that the GOP has been sold out to moderates and liberals, first with McCain's nomination, and now choosing a moderate RNC chairman, in my opinion, because he's black.

I really don't care about the color of his skin, because to me all people are created equal, and we can all achieve great things if we try and work hard enough. So to give the seat of power for the (formerly) conservative party to a less-qualified man either because of his skin color or to help draw in moderate votes is despicable. My party is gone, and I'm waiting to see what the new conservative party will be like in 2012...

~Dkong

John Jacobson said...

I'm curious to get your response to my post on this whole topic? I want GOP viability (I'm a registered independent, for the record). I fear Democratic Party generational dominance even though I voted for Barack Obama last November. But I really DO THINK you need to let the "I'm a conservative" thing give way to the realpolitick of the day. The GOP has profound issues, and Michael Steele is a step toward addressing them (although not, all by himself, a solution).

Read that piece in The Atlantic (I link to it in my post). Seriously. I'm curious to get your take. (And I want conservatives to post here . . . so please pardon my candor, but you strike me as someone who appreciates it . . . so I'm taking a chance . . . even though I don't know who you are . . . which is fine, of course.)

Anonymous said...

I couldn't find any links to articles in The Atlantic, just the one from NewsHour.

I'd love to read it and let you know what I think, though. A new link would be wonderful :D

DKong

John Jacobson said...

Here you go! It's a fascinating read (as is the case with much of what The Atlantic publishes)~JDJ

PS--Let me know what you think!

Anonymous said...

JDJ,

So I'm not going to lie, I didn't read the *entire* article, although it did seem very interesting.

I read probably the first 1/3 before realizing just how long it was. So I went through and skimmed the rest, and bookmarked the page for rereading when I have more free time.

I agree with many of the things that they said throughout. On the whole, it doesn't bother me that we are drifting away from a white-dominated culture, however I do fear that we are leaving behind "American" culture in favor of complete inclusiveness.

"Pop culture today rallies around an ethic of multicultural inclusion that seems to value every identity—except whiteness."

During the immigration when our country was still young, there was a distinct culture of "America" that people rallied behind. Immigrants tried to imitate it, and with each ethnic group that came, the culture was slightly changed to take a little bit from every group that came.

Now that the media is trying so hard to include minorities, it has become a bad thing to be in the majority.

I had to work harder to get into my school because I had to compete against affirmative action students, for example. Are African Americans inherently dumb? NO!! Then why are less intelligent people being accepted to a University that my more intelligent peers are being rejected from? Because the schools want to "promote diversity" or meet their quotas set by the government.

This degrades those in the majority, and encourages people to reach back to their roots. This leads to a culture that will soon lack an identity because everyone will want to do their own culture's traditions.

Is that a bad thing? I think so. Why? Because what one culture may find acceptable, or encouraging, another might find offensive and degrading. An example? How about African rites of passage. Teenagers would cut slits in their skin, slide sticks in these slits, tie the sticks to a center pole, lean back and dance around for hours on end.

I think that by encouraging everyone to go their own way, find their own culture, we will lose our nationality. As a leader in the world, I feel that it is important for the United States to be a leading example. The day that teenagers dance around a pole with sticks under their skins is the day that we are no longer a global power. We then become nothing more than a ragtag collection of inclusivists who sacrifice too much to hold on to forsaken traditions that were left out of the "American" tradition over the course of 200 years.

Just my two cents. I'd love to hear how you feel about it! :)

DKong

John Jacobson said...

DKong,
Two things:
1--I really do think the entire article needs to be consumed. I know it's long. Some of what you wrote, I'd contend, is dealt with on the back end.

2--As we head into this topic . . . I think I have to request your ID. You obviously know who I am . . . but I have no frame of reference (as to who you are) and, on this topic, that matters. (Sorry). If you want to remain unknown, that's totally cool, but then I need to beg off this topic in so far as you and I go. I hope you understand.

Peace,
JDJ