Do conservatives and libertarians suffer from a “minority gap”?

Conservatives and libertarians can win elections without begging for votes. Photo: America is a nation of immigrants because it began as a nation of opportunity. (U.S. Capitol file photo)

WASHINGTON, November 3, 2013 — Vladimir Lenin famously wrote, “We fully regard civil wars … as legitimate, progressive and necessary.” It’s no accident that America’s devolution into socialism has been accompanied by the rise of a hostile 24/7 media whose pundits agitate sexual, religious, racial and generational tensions. So long as America is divided and quarrelsome, its people expend time and money fighting each other rather than addressing important national issues.

Conservatives and libertarians are now being told in advance of the 2014 midterm elections that their greatest weakness is a minority gap. Tea Partiers, partisan Constitutionalists, Republicans and Libertarians are all being increasingly told by self-appointed experts that only elitist white men vote for their causes, while women and ethnic minorities prefer the Democrats.

False guilt over this alleged minority gap has led some in the Republican Party to believe the GOP must now take up big government positions in order to woo minority votes. There is also a vain recruiting drive in progress across the nation to seek out minorities to be the “new face” of conservative and libertarian partisan movements.

Conservatives and libertarians need to pick up a history book and recall that it was not government equality rackets that made America a nation of immigrants, but rather the promise of economic opportunity and the freedom to enjoy private property. As a third generation Filipino-American, my own grandparents came to the United States not because they were seeking handouts but because they wanted to have the freedom to determine their own destiny.

The most insulting thing that freedom partisans could possibly do to minorities is to reduce them to their gender or race. I may have brown skin, but I do not have low self esteem and neither do millions of other so-called “minorities” who love America for its freedom, not free things. What “minorities” really want is to stop being perceived as minorities and the opportunity to succeed without someone from the government looking over our shoulder.

When political candidates come knocking on my front door, I do not require them to pay ethnic obeisance simply because I am a “minority.” I do not form first impressions based on whether the candidate, seeing my name is Filipino on their walking papers, greets me with “Kumusta ka?” or sends a Filipino surrogate on their behalf.

What I do pay attention to is a candidate’s sincerity, their competence in understanding relevant policy issues and most importantly their respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Dr. Martin Luther King himself said he looked forward to the day when his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

During the age of colonialism, European powers carved up Africa and Asia and then hand-picked willing minorities from among the conquered peoples to serve as provincial authorities to keep up the perception of legitimacy. All the while, the natural resources and wealth of these colonies were being exported back to Europe and social stratification set in where the poor stayed poor and the rich stayed rich.

What was the end result of these European colonies? After World War II and the conclusion of the Cold War, the various racial and religious factions in those countries tore one another apart, leading to civil war, genocide, insurgency and even international terrorism.

Globalized socialism is the new form of colonial administration. America is losing the value of her currency, her rule of law and her social structure while parties continue to play politics and pundits divide the nation. Both the left and right in America would do well to recognize that only freedom, private property and independence can bring lasting success and true equality to the people.

There is no “minority gap” — only a credibility gap of politicians seeking power at all cost and voters desiring freedom.


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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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