Sen. Rand Paul made a comment in Iowa last week that is profound.
He signaled, in the first presidential caucus state, that he intends to do more than go after the Republican vote in his all-but-certain campaign for the White House.
He plans to go after the Democratic vote – even the inner city vote, something Republicans have written off for decades.
This is a revolutionary approach for a Republican presidential candidate, and it is likely to send chills down the spines of Democratic Party activists nationwide.
Paul said Republicans have it all wrong when they deride and dismiss Obama as “just a community organizer.”
“I think the funny thing, or the ironic thing is some Republicans said, ‘Oh, the president is just a community organizer.’ Well, being a, ‘community organizer’ is actually important for a politician. It’s being part of a community, and I think we need to have ‘Republican community organizers’ basically going into the community or people who are from the community, hiring them, and saying what is it? Can we go to church, a picnic, a barbecue? How do we relate and let people know that we do care about their situation, about making it better? I think in some ways we might be able to beat the Democrats hands down, because the Democrats I think take all of this vote for granted and they’ve left people in rotting schools in the inner cities, full of drugs, full of crime, full of no discipline, really full of no hope. President Obama was supposed to be this great ‘hope and change’ president, but if you live in the inner city of Chicago you know what’s going on? Mass murder …”
How right he is.
It would seem the best targets for changing political and ideological alliances would be the people who have seen no progress – even regression – while overwhelmingly electing Democrats for local, state and federal office generation after generation.
Go to Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and see what the urban minority communities look like. See how they have atrophied and decayed. You can’t miss the violence and the hopeless schools. Where are the jobs for the unemployed promised since 1964’s Great Society idea?
Instead these communities are purposely kept in dependency with government payoffs that offer no way to climb out of poverty and misery. The family structure is attacked, too by the Democrats and their programs. It’s purposeful, because the family represents the building block of a self-governing and productive society. Without it, citizens are not capable of being any more than subjects of a ruling elite that feigns benevolence but delivers violence.
Obviously what Rand Paul suggests here is beyond the capability of one man in one presidential campaign. But they are important words. I believe they are heartfelt words.
Think about it this way: Most of the Republicans you and I know were once Democrats. Isn’t it true?
(In fact, many of the Republicans I know are still Democrats in Republican clothing. But that’s another story for another time.)
I was a Democrat in the 1970s. It took Ronald Reagan, another former Democrat, to show me and millions of other Americans that our party had abandoned us and our ideals.
The Democrats have maintained their competitiveness with nothing but phony promises and phony compassion. If Republicans would just point out the obvious failure of every single program they have ever devised to the victims of those programs, it could trigger a revolutionary political change.
Democrats aren’t used to contending and competing for their own constituent votes. As Rand Paul says, they take them for granted. This makes campaigning for independent and soft Republican votes easy for the Democrat candidates.
Rand Paul says it’s long past time for Republicans to hold up a mirror to the mess Democrats have created in the cities and states they have controlled for so long.
Can you imagine urban minorities like the way they live? Can you imagine they like not having opportunities for good education? Can you imagine they like not having safe streets? Can you imagine they like having drugs menacing their communities? Can you imagine they can’t see how they have been forsaken?
Who do they blame?
They blame not their own politicians. They blame the politicians they never see.
The urban minority community may have been intentionally dumbed down through the works of bad schools, manipulative media, counterproductive government programs and professional race-baiting hucksters. But after 50 years of blame-game excuses from Democrats promising utopia, any fool can see through the lies.
But those votes need to be contested. And that’s the revolutionary political message Rand Paul is delivering.