Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shelby Steele: Why the GOP Can't Win With Minorities

"Conservativism ... it made no special promises to me as a minority. It neglected me in every way except as a human being who wanted freedom."

Shelby Steele, a brilliant American writer (who happens to be black) has just published a provocative article explaining why Republicans can't compete with Democrats with any minority voter who is seeking grievances to be addressed by the government. You can read the full article here.

For many of my fellow Canadians, most of whom have drank copious amounts of the Obama Kool Aid, it's unfathomable how anyone could possibly vote for the Republicans in America or the Conservatives in Canada. Hey, if your core beliefs state that the mission and duty of government is to address every grievance of every citizen then the Democrats in America and the Liberals & NDP in Canada should absolutely be your parties of choice at each & every election. For the core raison d'être of these parties is the Grievance Resolution Business. To ensure they have a never-ending supply of customers (aka voters) they have to convince more & more people that they are victims, in need of endless help from the government.

Just remember though that all grievances (aka "inequities" aka "human rights violations") need to be paid. And so a key to supporting this belief system is an implicit understanding that the cost of everything around you will go up: Income tax, sales tax, property tax -> Retail purchases, services, food, gasoline, transit, travel, rent, everything. For have no illusions, there will never be an end to what new grievances are dreamed up in the minds of those who feel they're oppressed.

All I ask is that if you believe that all such grievances should be addressed by the government then don't ever complain about having to give more of your time (ie. labor) & money to pay for them. There's simply no denying that the two are inextricably linked.

Dennis Prager, a favourite radio show host of mine, also shares his thoughts on this subject.

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