Tokenism and Cultural Incompetence: The Defects of the Republican Party

Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul met with a group of Black pastors in Memphis, TN. One of several attempts he’s made in the past year to reach out to Black voters, a demographic too-long-ignored by the GOP.
However, as a Black American that considers himself politically conservative, and recently took part in a march for marriage protection with over 100 other Black pastors in Detroit, my fear is that Senator Paul’s efforts to reach out to the Black community will not bear any fruit if he and others like him do not understand this simple truth- culture shapes both religion and politics.
The Republican Party is clueless on both counts.

Without recognition of the cultural implications and religious concepts within the Black community, let alone the entire country, the Republican party will continue to fall short of connecting with those who have often chosen to support political ideas that are not exactly in their own best interest.

The fact is that I ave met few Republicans in my life who have a clue about the significance of culture.

Most confuse discussions about culture with “race” and, thus, tend to react rather dismissively and paternalistic without ever developing new awareness and new critiques.

The reality is that there is an undeniable correlation between culture and politics.

This is why we see such moral decadence in the public square.

For clarity of perspective, when I say “culture”, I am referencing the norms of any particular community, which tends to shape the way most learn and perceive, as well as largely dictating the socialization of most within that demographic

That is not a discussion about “race”, albeit the predominant ethnicity within any demographic has implications for the above stated.

The fact is that all I ever hear from most Republicans is “liberals this”, or “liberals that”. It is one of the most anti intellectual displays I witness in the political arena today. It is no different than the emotional bosh I see from the other side, in essence.

They confuse sounding intelligent and quoting facts with actual intelligence and practical application.

Meanwhile, the real moral/spiritual and cultural battle wages on and those who parrot soundbites are not truly engaged in it in a manner that has any chance to truly impact change.

This is why we see such moral decadence in the public square.
Those who advocate abortion, marriage redefinition and all manner of perversions understand very well that- if they win the cultural battle, they will win the political war.

They have mastered the art of warfare, while those who have the actual moral high ground are, for the most part, still playing in the little leagues.

The fact few Republicans comprehend this, regardless of their ethnic cultural identity, is why less than 7 percent of the U.S. population continues to turn our Judicial system, Public educational and political system into a pagan feast.

Motivational speaker, John Maxwell, once stated that, “We have a tendency to see others as we are, rather than they are.”.

That can best be described, from my perspective, as cultural incompetence and perfectly describes the typical Conservative/Republican.

Sadly, when they don’t find others ready and willing to submit to their own views that are based upon their own cultural prisms, they will usually result to the same name calling, petty ad hominem attacks that so called liberals resort to.

The difference is that so called liberals are winning the cultural war and merely use the rest to distract from their real agendas.

When Republicans learn to fight the cultural warfare, with understanding of what life looks and feels like to those who are different than they are, then they will finally make some significant inroads where their values and ideals for solutions can and should be heard and applied in many areas of public policy where it is currently shut out.

In the final analysis, by doing these one off, staged events, it is even more of a turn-off to the group they are trying to connect with.

Yet again a failure to understand culture and learn culture but only seeking tokenism.


About sswimp

I am not an "African-American'. I am a proud American, who happens to be of African descent. I am Christian. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Word of God shapes my concepts of what it means to be a conservative. I am Pro Life. Devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government,and individual responsibility. I believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman.
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