The GOP base is angry at the GOP National Chairman, Michael Steele. There are many good reasons for this, but it’s hard to see how this shouting match can help the GOP right now.
Steele, angrily defending himself (if not his actions), has told the GOP that , if they don’t like what he’s doing, fire him.
This comment sounds eminently reasonable. If you think something’s bad – do something about it – or not. But if you aren’t going to do something about it, whining makes no sense and should be left to Liberals.
There is a third choice here: Help the guy out.
He may be in over his head. He may be having problems coming to grips with the fact that his job is to strongly oppose another African American. It may be something else, I don’t know, nor do I care.
But it is EXTREMELY difficult to find an upside for the GOP either to keep trashing, or to fire, our first African-American Chairman, especially in an election year and particularly as we rail against the truly destructive policies of a president who happens to be an African-American. It’s easy to see – it’s difficult not to find – that the media and the Left see racism in everything the Right says. Why give them even MORE ammunition?
So here’s an idea:
2010 looks to be shaping-up as a loss for the Democrats and a win for the GOP. Most of the adults in the country are hoping for a GOP win large enough to re-take the House (difficult) or at least overturn the Senate filibuster-proof majority. Both would be nice. Taking the Senate AND the House would be to at least have a chance to return America to freedom, Constitutionality and liberty, economic growth and freedom of choice in our health decisions – and not just in our health decisions involving abortion.
What is one of the major factors in the election? Race. Democrats haven’t won a national election without the overwhelming (normally over 85%) of the African-American vote in decades.
But… nothing in particular will drive African-Americans to the polls this November. Obama’s not on the ballot. Harry “negro dialect” Reid is, and Reid and Pelosi, with their power-grab for a “healthcare” “reform” that Americans don’t want, effectively already have nationalized the election.
What can Steele do that could keep the turnout of African Americans low – yet not galvanize them by seemingly dissing them? And not irritate those in the GOP already irritated with him?
Maybe go on the road in a way no other national GOP leader can, talking-up a subject no one wants to discuss, but that can either help move African-Americans to the GOP… or… enervate their vote, perhaps keeping large numbers of African American voters home on the couch.
What’s the subject? Why now?
Social Security, of all things.
Steele could go on the road telling the African American community, in a way no White person could, the following:
The African American male enters the workforce sooner than the White male. The African American dies younger than the White male. Social Security does not allow the African American to develop wealth he can leave to his heirs thereby creating wealth in the African American community, something badly needed to advance economically.
Basically African Americans, by voting en-bloc for Democrats, are supporting the party that forces them to work their whole lives, having deducted from every paycheck money to pay for the retirement of old White folks.
Maybe African Americans ought to pay attention to what the Democrats are doing to their future and the future of their children, and start voting for the party that wants to privatize a portion of their retirement nest-egg so that it can be left for their heirs rather than paying for the country-club memberships of old white guys?
How would the media trash Steele for telling the truth to a community who knows that Social Security is bankrupt and does them no good anyway (“…the average rate of return from Social Security for these young [African Americans in Charlie Rangel’s (D) district] people will be negative 8 percent”), a community enduring enormous unemployment (over 15% last August) , appallingly poor education, and seeing no way out as long as the economy is as bad as Harry “negro dialect” Reid wants to make it with legislation America doesn’t want?
Steele could get back in the good graces of the GOP, could cause African Americans to begin to re-think party loyalty and perhaps could enervate a large portion of the Democrat base to just stay home in November… all leading to impressive, perhaps controlling gains, for the GOP.
A side bonus may be to actually get an honest reform discussion going about Social Security.
Something to think about.