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Is Demography Destiny?

k harlan Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 12:21 PM
Conservatives know that their principles lead to benefits for all people regardless of their station, their race, their gender. We need to articulate the benefits better. People respond to concrete examples of how a principle or policy benefits them personally. Rather than saying "the constitution is your best bet" you can point out the Vietnamese boat person of 1980 that now owns a thriving shrimping operation and a successful restaurant, then give them the reasons why that man was able to do that.

Some media pundits see in the growing proportion of non-white groups in the population a growing opposition to the Republican Party that will sooner or later make it virtually impossible for Republicans to win presidential elections or even to control either house of Congress. But is demography destiny?

Conventional wisdom in the Republican establishment is that what the GOP needs to do, in order to win black votes or Hispanic votes, is to craft policies specifically targeting these groups. In other words, Republicans need to become more like Democrats.

Whether in a racial context or in other contexts, the...