Last weekend, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (pictured) employed compassion and critical thinking in her critique of her party. Speaking before a reported “cheering crowd at the annual gathering of California Republicans in the San Francisco suburb of Burlingame,” Rice focused on the issue of immigration, though the logic can be applied to the GOP’s stance about any minority-related issue.
Rice explained to the crowd, ”We have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy. We cannot abandon them. … We were once them.”
Some of us more than others, but I digress.
It’s already been confirmed that immigration reform is dead in 2014, so bless Condi’s heart for even trying. Still, even if you were to break down Condoleezza’s core argument — inclusiveness and stop being mean-spirited *ssholes (paraphrasing) — it’s pretty evident that the GOP gives not a single damn about being kinder, gentler, and more open to diversity.
Sure, they say they want that, but inclusiveness is not Paul Ryan and his thinly-veiled racist explanation about poverty among “inner city men.” Neither is RNC chairman’s Reince Preibus’ defense of Ryan’s controversial remarks either.
Speaking with CNN’s Candy Crowley, Reince said of Ryan’s commentary:
Here’s what I would say, Why was Paul even talking about this? The reason he was talking about it is he devoted a large part of his life — starting back when he worked for Jack Kemp — on finding ways to tackle poverty, to free up capital, to create opportunities in urban areas around this country.
Whatever race, whatever gender, we are the ones leading the way, I think, in this country on these issues. And so I commend Paul for his work that he’s doing around country.
So by perpetuating racist stereotypes while offering a deeply flawed and uninformed explanation of poverty, Paul Ryan “helped” po’ folks. Condoleezza Rice wants the GOP to pass immigration reform in the name of spreading liberty, but hasn’t tackled that even when minorities are afforded certain rights in this country, many in her party work at not only stripping them of those rights, but making their lives in America as miserable as possible.