There is lots to be said about the Republican party and its failed policies that have driven this country into debt. There is also lots to be said about Gov. Palin and her pregnant 17 year old daughter. For example, Palin said that her daughter WILL marry the 18 year old father. Why does a shotgun wedding make things o.k.? I just hope that the 17 year old daughter actually wants to get married and not that mom and dad feel the need to force her to marry because they are now in the political spotlight of the Right. And why is it that getting married will make things fine? It was noted in the San Francisco Chronicle (in a letter to the editor) that Palin and the Republicans are stating that families are off limits. The writer then thought that since this is the case, the Republicans should now back off on their plan to not recognize glbt families.
We could also look at the Governor’s lack of experience. Her speech didn’t really touch on the economy or foreign policy. It was mostly just attacking the Democrats. Most Americans today are very concerned about the economy.
Anyway, I read something this morning that I found very interesting, and I think that it reveals a bit of the future for the Republican Party. I noticed in a picture of the Rep. Convention that it was a sea of white faces. And then on Pam’s House Blend, there is an article about the lack of diversity at the convention (the original article that the author is referring to is in the Washington Post). Here is a little of what the article has to say:
Only 36 of the 2,380 delegates seated on the convention floor are black, the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies began tracking diversity at political conventions 40 years ago. Each night, the overwhelmingly white audience watches a series of white politicians step to the lectern — a visual reminder that no black Republican has served as a governor, U.S. senator or U.S. House member in the past six years.
"It’s hard to look around and not get frustrated," said Michael S. Steele, a black Republican and former lieutenant governor of Maryland. "You almost have to think, ‘Wait. How did it come to this?’ "
…The lack of diversity is out of sync with the demographic changes in the United States. The Census Bureau reported last month that racial and ethnic minorities will make up a majority of the country’s population by 2042 — almost a decade earlier than what the bureau predicted just four years ago. Two-thirds of Americans are non-Hispanic whites, 12.4 percent are black and 14.8 percent are Hispanic, according to 2006 census numbers.
So only 36 black people are there out of 2,380 people. Is that representative of this country? Black people make up about 12% of the population. In 2004 they had "a record 167" black delegates. And only 5% of the delegates are Latino/a (119 people). What is going on here? To me it shows the eventual downfall of the Republican party. In the 2040s, the people who are the minorities will become the majority. The Republican party will be left behind. I am looking forward to that time.