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Travis Rowley: Females and Latinos Must Appeal More to Republicans

Saturday, November 17, 2012


“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” – Abraham Lincoln (R)

The Republican Party must become more appealing to Hispanic and female voters. That was the message that scores of liberals immediately aimed at the Republican Party after it suffered a disappointing election night.

It seemed like such odd and obvious advice, to inform a political party that they must be attractive to large and growing segments of the voting population. Every election cycle Democrats – obviously, predictably, and understandably – feverishly attempt to defeat Republicans at the ballot box. Now, post-election, Democrats were offering tips to Republicans on how to best defeat them in 2014?

What gives? What’s the catch?

Republicans shouldn’t fall for this cynical ploy – which is simply a veiled attempt to have Republicans adopt liberal positions concerning illegal immigration, abortion, and healthcare. After all, liberals aren’t merely suggesting that Republicans take the time to go into Hispanic neighborhoods. They’re instructing Republicans to “evolve” and be “more welcoming.”

Funny, though. I don’t remember the Democratic Party deciding to cleanse itself of its own core political philosophy (socialism) after their terrible showing in 2010. So why advise Republicans to do so now? Because if Republicans suddenly agree to full amnesty, the socialization of contraception, and taxpayer-funded abortions, then it suddenly becomes more difficult for Republicans to criticize Democrats in the future for advancing such reprehensible policies.

The fact of the matter is that 2012 was no political picnic for Democrats. Republicans held the House, and gave Democrats a collective heart attack – threatening the Community-Organizer-In-Chief with a one-term presidency. Democrats just don’t need that in their lives. You know, competition.

I don’t speak for all Republicans, but I consider it a healthy habit to refuse political advice from my political adversaries.


In Rhode Island is where this friendly advice makes the least amount of sense. We hear often that the RI Republican Party seemed to be more effective before the influence of principled conservatives – the Tea Party movement that sprang up in 2009. The RIGOP, some say, should promote more individuals like John Chafee, a pleasant New England moderate.

It’s always amusing to witness Democrats pretend to be fond of Republicans once they’re deceased. I’m not even sure just how moderate (read: liberal) Chafee was, but I’m sure of one thing: All throughout Chafee’s political career, Democrats were trying to end it. I’m even willing to bet that they called him “racist” a few times.

Mark my words: In fifteen years, while criticizing some future Republican politician, Democrats will be telling everyone how much they miss that good ol’ chum Don Carcieri.

But even if John Chafee was the wise and measured individual Democrats now claim that he was, what exactly did Chafee and his team of moderates do in terms of augmenting Republican power here in the Ocean State? By the time 2009 rolled around, the Democrat-light strategy had culminated in the most ineffective state Republican party in the nation. In 2008, the RI Democratic Party was boasting the highest concentration of party members within any state legislature. The RIGOP was a party that was known to “meet in a phone booth.”

Nice work, John Chafee.

Today, the RIGOP could still “meet in a phone booth.” But, somehow, this is all the fault of Tea Partiers. Moderates got a few decades. Conservatives get a few years.

That’s what liberals consider to be sound political analysis.

Principles Matter Not

Even if liberals were sincere in their desire to have Republicans reform themselves in order to attract more female and Hispanic voters, their advice helps to reveal the Democratic ethos.

Because progressives care about power above all things, their nature is to assume that the conservative priority is to get “Republicans” elected. But it’s not. Their objective is to right the ship, balance budgets, and restore the nation’s founding principles. With these goals, obviously liberals just won’t do – whether they’re Democrats or Republicans. So, yes, conservatives tend to weed leftists out of their party.

Only a debased individual could view this as harmful and foolish.

As political prostitutes, Democrats truly can’t understand why Republicans don’t just start giving stuff to people. Latinos won’t vote for you? Just give illegal immigrants in-state tuition. Old people don’t like all this gay marriage stuff? Just give them their grandkids’ Social Security contributions. Want the youth to turn out to vote? Just tell them the government will pick up their student loan payments. Union enthusiasm is waning? Shore up their pensions with taxpayer money. Losing the edge with the female vote? Just give the girls free contraception. Hey, works for us!

It sure does.

Republican Pride

But conservatives can’t go there. It may come easy to Democrats, but it’s just not in conservatives’ DNA to whore themselves out and contribute to the nation’s demise.

Unlike Democrats, Republicans haven’t inherited the attitude of 20th century fascism, the idea that somehow within the will of every majority is a moral truth. Most voters may have approved of making other people pay for other people’s birth control, but that doesn’t make it right – or Constitutional (not that Democrats care).

Unlike Democrats, Republicans don’t have the luxury of having forgotten the wisdom of great political philosophers and America’s architects. As Ben Franklin is said to have warned future generations, “When people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Alexis de Tocqueville would make a similar observation: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”

Again, not that Democrats care. They care about power, not the vitality of the society they attain dominion over (Exhibit 1 – Central Falls. Exhibit 2 – Rhode Island)

Republicans would be wise to exercise the strength and discipline that is needed to reject the Democrats’ trick and temptation to prostitute themselves. They should continue to offer their universal and moral message of hope and freedom, and to cater to the only “minority” that matters – the individual.

Democrats can take the Latinos. Republicans will take the Latino. Democrats can have the women. Republicans will take the woman.

Going forward, Republicans may have to concentrate more on particular neighborhoods. Women and Latinos, however, needn’t be told an alternative message to the one given to other voting blocs. The philosophy of limited government and individual liberty is superior to anything the Left has to offer. That should be the Republican faith.

And Republicans’ political grace will have to rest within an ability to message more effectively, and overcome an overwhelming media disadvantage that advances fabricated notions of Tea Party “extremism” and Republican “wars on women.”

Republicans should simply hold fast, and continue to preach the truth. The redistribution of wealth is immoral and inefficient, especially from a federal level. Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but we’re also a nation of laws. And illegal immigrants have unduly burdened the American taxpayer and the American economy, and are being exploited by progressive activists. It’s the truth. Speak it. And Americans will follow. Even the Latinas!

It is simply another Democratic lie that the Republican Party hasn’t been “welcoming” to all Americans. Of course women are welcome. Of course Hispanics are welcome. But the Left’s advice is backwards. Women and Hispanics will have to – and should have to – shed themselves of their corrupting liberalism before adorning a Republican badge. A simple matter of principle.

Travis Rowley (TravisRowley.com) is the author of The RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.


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What happened to the son,lincoln chafee , he is the worst governor ever!

Comment #1 by anthony sionni on 2012 11 17

Excellent point about "John Chafee Republicans" >>>> The RIGOP was powerless well before the Tea Party.

Comment #2 by Gip H. on 2012 11 17

This story is a classic example of a “political pundit” talking about right vs left principles that keeps the majority of RI people in a perpetual state of “contracted awareness”. Or in other words, let’s not talk about the “political” secret that RI special interest groups control RI government, that’s for us to know and for you to find out. The good thing is that citizens now awaking to the truth. The next step is to make sure your locally elected town officials are ousted as soon as their corrupt, self-serving insider connections are revealed. If we are going to change RI, let’s start by cleaning up our own town first.

Comment #3 by Charles Marsh on 2012 11 17

ha! Charles, this might be your first time reading one of Rowley's articles. Trust me when I say this, he has spent many pages talking about the special interests that truly control this State. Go ask the NEA-RI how they feel about Mr. Rowley.

Comment #4 by Gip H. on 2012 11 17

Another great article, Mr. Rowley. Excellent points, well made.
The bottom line is that some principles have to transcend politics. To see everything the way Karl Rove and James Carville see things is to sell your soul. Winnning a political contest doesn't benefit anyone unless we can elect principled public servants who see their jobs literally as such, as George Washington saw his tenure as president. Serve, do you best to accomplish the most good for the greatest number and to preserve the structure that gave us success in the past, and then move on to enjoy your retirement.
Unfortunately, you are calling a spade a spade when you describe politicians as you have today.

Comment #5 by Kenneth Amylon on 2012 11 17

In just a few years, the Tea Party infestation of the Republican Party will be looked back upon with as much distaste as the lying traitor Joe McCarthy's freak show of the 1950's.

Maybe even more since they are doing permanent, possibly irreparable damage to the Republican Party

Comment #6 by Roger Lachance on 2012 11 17

Roger, you are so wrong. I know what principles the Tea Party stands for. My question is - what do you stand for? Can you articulate three principles that guide your political or personal truths?

Comment #7 by peter hewett on 2012 11 18

I have read most of Rowley's articles, and typically agree with him. This is one of my favorite. The fact that the media portrays the Tea Party as extreme, but the occupy movement as something to be admired is a testament to its bias and corruption. What was extreme about the tea party? Is the notion that government needs to back off and downsize really extreme? There is nothing racist, sexist, or extreme about the tea party - but the only way for liberals to destroy the threat it posed to them, was to paint as extreme. Liberals will play dirty and do whatever it takes to win and hold power. Our government is out of control and way too powerful, the tea party dared to change that, and came as close any movement has in a long time.

"Democrats can take the Latinos. Republicans will take the Latino. Democrats can have the women. Republicans will take the woman."

Great point! It is time politicians care about helping individuals, rather than caring about winning the vote of a certain demographic.

Refusal to play dirty politics and to take advantage of the vulnerability of people is what makes the Republican party so noble, and I hope we never stoop to the level of liberals.

Well done Rowley!

Comment #8 by Ned Isakoff on 2012 11 18

The "limited government" pout iss essentially relevant only at the Federal Level. It is the Federal guarantee of a Republican form of government and the application of the Federal bill of rights to the states that "limits state and local government. This "limited government" talk also gets turned into " smaller government." This leads to great RIGOP success in Foster and hardly anywhere else. When the RIGOP candidates can take up the responsibilities of government without the party teaching the rank and file to bristle at such "communism,". The party will actually live up to the legacy of President Lincoln.

Comment #9 by Michael Gardiner on 2012 11 19

Sorry for typos, I phone texted my last. The word "pout" is "point."

Comment #10 by Michael Gardiner on 2012 11 19

"The "limited government" pout iss essentially relevant only at the Federal Level." - Michael Gardiner

Wow. Another delusional individual. Just look at the glaring success of big-government policies here in RI compared to other states with less intrusive state governments. To pretend as if the problems that Central Falls and Providence are experiencing aren't due to a society based on big-government (or communism, socialism, statism, whatever you want to call it) is simply poor analysis. "Limited government" or "smaller government" (however you want to put it) works better than modern liberalism....at any level of government.

Thanks, Mr. Gardiner, for once again revealing the ignorance and intellectual stubbornness that we're up against.

Comment #11 by Jeremy Soninjer on 2012 11 19

Right on Travis! 100% on the money, as usual.

Comment #12 by Donna C on 2012 11 20

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