Michael Steele and Rational Fear

According to comments made by RNC Chairman Michael Steele to the folks at Politico, some white Republicans are scared of him. Because he’s black, you see.

To be completely honest, I’m plenty scared of the guy, but it has nothing to do with his skin color. I’m scared of him because, at this time of tremendous federal overreach, we are looking at an opportunity to show America why big government doesn’t work, and why a Jeffersonian approach to governance is the key to prosperity, growth and national security, and Steele seems incapable of understanding that being an apologetic Republican and pushing the moderation of the GOP will only serve to squander that chance.

I’m scared because Steele and the RNC sent $900,000 to a liberal Republican in New York who, upon leaving the race due to pressure from an actual conservative candidate, threw her weight behind the Democrat in the race. And I’m scared because a certain segment of the population in the center and on the left will do everything in its power to promote a centrist GOP, when we all know that moderate Republicans simply cannot win elections.

Now, that’s not to say that there’s no value in Michael Steele. I happen to like the guy. And while the Politico piece was short on lengthy quotes which could naturally eliminate context concerns, there was one little tidbit with which I took great heart:

Asked how Republicans can better reach black voters, Steele said the party needs to focus on “education and the economy” and credited Governors-elect Chris Christie in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell in Virginia for running a message that could appeal to black voters.

I’ve said, over and over again, that the GOP does not necessarily need to expand its voting base, that should the party become a political vehicle for conservatism it already will have the majority of American people behind it. And, naturally, I’m right. There is one untapped resource which could absolutely bury the spectre of liberalism and socialism in this country for centuries, and that’s if conservatives are somehow able to convey to minorities and the less fortunate the tenets and merits of conservatism.

I don’t know that it can happen. There is just too much entrenched dependency, established and rooted deep from decades of entitlement programs and big government giveaways. But if Michael Steele is capable if disseminating that message, then all the better. I just wish he’d leave the leadership of the GOP to someone who understands the faults and inherent contradictions of moderate republicanism, and the advantages and draw of conservatism.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Whats new? I've always feared stupidty.

  2. Michele says:

    Jeff,
    I hate to sound stupid, but who picks the chairman? What are they trying to do to us?

    When Steele was picked, I was glad at first. When I would see him on FOX, before he was chosen, I liked what he had to say. What happened? It's like he has lost all confidence in conservatism. He is listening too much to his critics. We need someone tough as nails.

    It is going to take people like Doug Hoffman, with us standing behind him instead of some fat cats, to stand up for conservatism. It's obvious our party, with exception of a few, has lost it's way. They have become too much of a "way of the world" pleaser.

    I'm so heart broken that they just cannot get it.

    I do not want to hear about skin color. I want all of us that believe in the same principles to work together no matter what color we are.

    Go to black, white, Hispanic communities and just preach the same message.

  3. Walt says:

    I believe the liberal Republican's have infiltrated all sections of the GOP on a guise of being moderate/conservative in their views. They are smiling behind the scenes when situations like New York are played out.
    We need to rapidly build a conservative base/party and defeat all the above. We have time and as the OBAMINITES continue to play out their ruination of this country and a push for total socialism they will discover a huge group of voters that will unseat them all. Failure to remove the nationalization of the US and overturn those ruination programs will lead to civil war and a bloody one.

    Nationalization has already made huge strides in 1 year:
    1. Several car manufactures
    2. Some banks and financial institutions
    3. Potential control of health care
    4. Mortgages
    5. Discussions of seizing land
    6. Pensions possible
    7. Voting registration fraud
    8. Union funded programs by taxpayers
    9. Potential to seize oil companies (Clinton)
    10. Airlines eventually
    11. Passenger trains at a continual loss
    12. And the list goes on and on

  4. Reaganite Republican says:

    You know, I had a genuine post-racial feeling with this guy- not empty rhetoric like Obama, seemed to me he was largely focused on issues/campaigns… so what's THIS all about?

    I've defended him on my blog more than once and gave him the complete benefit of the doubt, too- although a bit out of his depth, I thought he'd grow into the job- I like his personality, and hey- at least the guy's got a sense of humor.

    But after NY-23 I lost most respect for him… that's largely his fault for letting it go down like that– he's the boss, and it was botched, that's all I know.

    Hey Mike, I'm not afraid of you, man- unless you're referring to your ability to quarterback us through the 2010 midterms that are the one last hope for this country.

    We need to get that right, so I'm sure you'll understand it if you get benched– nothing personal, and CERTAINLY nothing racial about it… you're just disappointing us, that's all.

    http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com

  5. Anonymous says:

    He should be called out as a racist. He and Roland Martin are perpetuating the stereo type of whites being “afraid” of blacks. Does Steele have the ability to read minds or did his fellow Republicans tell him they were afraid of him? (I seriously doubt in his five thousand dollar suit he “scared” anyone at Republican gatherings.) No, rather this is a stereotype that self pitying blacks like to keep alive for some reason (this along with the concept that blacks endure the “birth defect of slavery” – I heard none other than Condoleezza Rice tell that to Jay Leno in an interview!). Enough already- get over yourself!

  6. Rix says:

    The very same day that hip-hop clown was planted into the RNC chair, I said that the party will regret it. The decision to appoint him was pure, unadulterated stupidity: the GOP fat cats saw how easily Barack Obama dodges political bullets by slapping a race card down, and wanted the same easiness for themselves. What they totally failed to comprehend, however, is that the race card only works with the Lamestream Media's consent. So the GOP paid the price – a moderate-to-liberal, thoroughly unexciting, and none-too-bright chairman – while reaping none of the expected benefits, such as increased black enrollment and a trump to use against the race card. The move also alienated folks for whom race DOES matter; while one may agree or disagree with their views, there is no denying that those people tend to be sympathetic to conservative causes, particularly on immigration issues.

    So I say, let us send the bozo the way dodo bird and Colin Powell went, and find ourselves a reasonably young, bright, and solidly conservative individual with considerable legal, financial and technical savvy. I am quite sure there should be some around.

  7. Jan says:

    "There is just too much entrenched dependency, established and rooted deep from decades of entitlement programs and big government giveaways."

    I think you summed it up very nicely in this statement. It has become too easy for people to live off the government entitlement programs. Generation after generation have been raised this way and they know no other way.

    Until we implement the programs to actually help those with 'real' needs and make the rest work for what they get we will continue this battle.

    A good quote for this issue:
    "I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."

    Benjamin Franklin, November 1766

  8. Boston Blackie says:

    He just lost what little credibility he had left after the NY-23 mess last week.
    Remember – the race card, don't leave home without it.

  9. Gail B says:

    What if ALL federal entitlement programs were flushed down the toilet and the states told that if they want the programs, they have to take care of their own? That would absolutely deflate the size of federal government and the power of those in D.C.

    Isn't that the way it should be anyway?

  10. Rix says:

    Gail B:
    > That would absolutely deflate the size of federal government and
    > the power of those in D.C.

    Which is precisely the reason why it will never happen – even if, by a divine miracle (I wouldn't count on it), the Republicans get an absolute amjority in both Houses. Federal entitlements mean expenditures, expenditures mean taxes, taxes means money flow, and money flow means ability to divert from the flow for personal reasons. The bigger the flow, the easier to divert – that's exactly what politicians are in the business for.

  11. Gail B says:

    Rix, I am not blond.
    Rix, I knew you would say that.
    Rix, you are absolutely RIGHT!
    Rix, we could start with the Dept. of Education, czars, and a few choice others, right after we audit the Fed.

    Rix, I know–that ain't happening, either!

  12. Claudia says:

    this is a NOTE TO STEELE: I am not afraid of you because you are a spineless piece of Cr*p who thought that you would bamboozzle all of us with your sweet talk and nice mannerisms, and that we would all become the kinder, gentler Republicans/Conservatives that you aspire us to be. You are really NO DIFFERNET THAN all the other LIBERAL DOMOCRATS WHO WANT TO CONTROL US and intimidate us into not talking about all the things that are really wrong with the Republican party, such as it is GUTLESS, IT IS WAY TO CONDENCENDING TO BE REALISTSTIC, THE PARTY IS TRYING TO BE WAY TO ENFOLDING, so that we can get votes that won't come our way anyway, no matter what we do, until we stand up and really start talking like real people. The Republicans want us to be nice and not demanding and never wanting to confront anyone, JUST LIKE THE DEMOCRATS, but without the power to buy, bully the way to the votes.

    STEELE, GET REAL, and we may like you, but we are certainly not AFRAID OF YOU. Start being a REAL MAN who actually has a brain and a will that shows you won't be pushed around or controlled, show your anger at the LIBS and Democrats who want to make this nation into a third world country, and we may get behind you, but until you do that, I PERSONALLY will never get behind you, not out of FEAR, but out of disgust… because you aren't what you said you were when you took the seat of Chairman of the Republican Party. GROW A PAIR…. and show us that you have what it takes to stand up to the people that are ruining our country and our party.

  13. C L Clickard says:

    Mr. Steele,
    Given your remarks to Roland Martin, on Washington Watch, I feel compelled to offer you some basic social information you’re clearly lacking. In a situation where people fail to speak to you it can be caused by many factors

    1.A person may not yet have been introduced to you and feels it rude to intrude on your conversations. This is called “Good Manners” or “Courtesy”

    2.A person may not have any interest in or reason for speaking to you. This is called “Disinterest”

    3.A person may harbor feelings of dislike, disapproval, anger or frustration with you, based on your behavior, actions, previous conversations or publicly voiced opinions, and thus chooses to ignore your presence. This is called “Snubbing” or “Shunning”.

    4.A person may feel that, based on your attitudes and actions, speaking to you will lower their own social status or reputation and will simply not allow themselves to be seen conversing with you. This is called “Reputation Saving” or “Embarrassed to be seen with”.

    5.You may simply be boring, bad company socially, thus compelling people to keep their distance. This is called “Avoidance”.

    So Mr. Steele, the next time you find yourself in a room of Republicans, even white Republicans, and you’re left standing all alone, before you open your mouth and cry “fear”, consider this: there are other much more valid reasons why you’ve become a social pariah.

    Regards, C L Clickard
    A non-cowardly white Republican female.

  14. Anonymous says:

    There is one untapped resource which could absolutely bury the spectre of liberalism and socialism…and that's if conservatives are somehow able to convey to minorities and the less fortunate the tenets and merits of conservatism.

    Well put, but no matter how clearly the tenets of conservatism are expressed, the "less fortunate" will never accept conservatism until the formulation of its merits is entirely new.

    Right now, the "less fortunate" think of conservatism and hear "If you're rich we'll help you keep your money, if you're poor you're on your own, if you're white we'll protect your vote, if you're not we'll turn you away at the polls." And this has been the message of the Republican Party and the right to the "less fortunate" for decades.

    graypanther

  15. Rix says:

    Greypanther:

    > Right now, the "less fortunate" think of conservatism and hear "If
    > you're rich we'll help you keep your money, if you're poor you're
    > on your own, if you're white we'll protect your vote, if you're
    > not we'll turn you away at the polls." And this has been the
    > message of the Republican Party and the right to the "less
    > fortunate" for decades.

    Whereas the message of the right to minorities should be as follows:

    "When we the conservatives come to power, we will make honest work available and rewardful, and entitlement freebies few and far between. Then, the choice will be yours, and only yours, to make. You can work as hard as an honest American should, and eventually become fortunate without the "less" prefix. Or, you can keep to your ways of flaunting your TNB, your open racism, your victim complex, and your good-for-nothingness in the face of the angry white majority and soon find yourself in a living hell, compared to which Virginian cottonfields will feel like Momma's loving embrace."

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