Skip to comments.Thomas Sowell to Newsmax: GOP Outreach to Blacks ‘Most Unpromising’
Posted on 03/23/2013 10:13:40 AM PDT by jazusamo
Economist and conservative author Thomas Sowell tells Newsmax TV that Republicans have a decades-long record of reaching out to the black vote in the most unpromising way possible.
And based on the partys strategy moving forward, he says, not much has changed.
Im baffled by so many things that the Republican Party does nationally, Sowell tells Newsmax on Friday in an exclusive interview.
Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, tells Newsmax the GOPs current plan to woo minorities is the same misguided strategy employed decades ago by former President Ronald Reagan.
When [Reagan] set out to win the black vote, he went to the Urban League, Sowell said. He was going to these black establishments as his entrée into the black public, as if the establishment owned the rest of the black people.
Now, Sowell says, in plans unveiled recently by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, theyre talking about going to the NAACP, which is the next thing to a fully-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party and thats how theyre going to try to reach blacks.
All theyre doing is increasing the sense that those are the blacks who matter and that they are the entryway for the rest of the black people, he says.
Sowell, 82, whose new book is Intellectuals and Race, notes how Priebus discussed reaching out to African Americans in Detroit to woo them to the GOP. You seriously think thats where youre going to find Republican voters or blacks who are conservative?
Sowell says while Republicans are wavering and moaning and gnashing our teeth about the failures of national GOP candidates, Republicans out in the Midwest and in other parts of the country have won a majority of the governors chairs.
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Look on the bright side. At least the RNC is not talking about going to the CBC to win the black vote.
Outreach is an individual thing and we all need to find a way to pull down the fence because the plantation is growing and encompassing an ever larger cross section of America.
The GOP wants big government. They want lots of money to play with, so that highly paid professional government experts can keep doing what they've been doing (ex. Rove). Having Democrats in charge provides perfect cover for Republican experts to keep riding the gravy train. Life would be a lot harder if the Republicans actually had to demonstrate some kind of success. They want to fail.
It's better to focus on getting the NET TAXPAYER vote, and not worry about what color your voters come in.
You need to target a certain segment of blacks, middle class black families, that’s the vote the GOP needs to go after, the inner-city population, you can pretty much forget.
Project 21; a group of intelligent, articulate black conservatives not afraid to speak out to other blacks about the evils of liberalism....these brave, patriotic Americans would push the GOP over the top...
then again most of them believe in Tea Party principles so its not wonder they’ve been shunned by the GOPe...
While I’m sure you’re proud of yourself, your tireless promotion of your little paperback is getting tiresome, whether we as a group agree with it or not.
If you want to drum up sales for yourself maybe you should’ve set up a booth at CPAC. Or, if “free” is the magic word in Free Republic, maybe a Wordpress blog is in order. There’s even a little income to be had from Google ads with those, or so I understand.
The problem is that much of the black middle class works for the government. That is why black support for Democrats is pretty solid across all income levels.
I read the headline and thought I was going to disagree with Dr. Sowell, but then reading the article, once again I am impressed with his clarity of thought. You cannot reach out to black people by going to their race pimps and slave masters. You have to go directly to them. It makes too much sense to be a strategy the GOP will follow.
The Republicans need to simply take the moral high ground WITH OUT BEING EMBARRASSED.
1. Point out gay marriage is wrong.
2. Be the party of God.
3. State unequivocally that abortion is wrong.
4. Clearly describe why big government is destroying the middle class.
5. Above all, MOCK OBAMA’S INABILITY TO STOP SPENDING ON HIMSELF.
The GOP establishment is one half the establishment, and the establishment is not failing at anything. They’re steering America precisely in the direction they want to go.
Politics is just a spectator sport to keep the masses engaged and distracted and feeling as though the government is not in fact run by the establishment, which is hidden in plain sight.
Well said...I’ve read some of his views on this in previous articles and pretty much knew what was coming.
Using AF to get into college hurts qualified young Americans and it also hurts the unqualified [ who can not do the math, etc. / have terrible SAT’s ] with the prefered skin color as they promptly flunk out.
However the teacher Unions and Universities like getting the cash.
GREAT IDEA. Why didn't I think of that. Oh, wait.......
Blacks voted for BO 96%
Ninety six percent.
All due respect to Dr. Sowell, but that is not fixable. It is not a problem of the Republicans, as dufus prone as they are.
I haven’t seen that, and I would if it was true.
In any event, all C. Edmund Wright did was bump the thread with a picture of his book cover. Big deal. I hope he does sell more books and makes enough to contribute generously to Free Republic. What do you have a bug up your behind about?
I think that’s true of some, but I think that actual cluelesness, as a result of isolation from reality, is true of even more of them....but the net result is the same.
6. Fire Reince Prebus(sp)
7. Exile Karl Rove from any position of influence.
8. Call out RINO sellouts, such as the current Govs of FL, VA, and OH, for what they are.
I still remember Karl Rover speaking at LA Raza. The homeys in general, don’t care as long they have their EBT’s.
“maybe you shouldve set up a booth at CPAC”
“maybe a Wordpress blog is in order”
Yeah, thanks....only participating this way when the thread itself is on the subject of the book. And it is, without a doubt. Been fortunate enough to be on Newsmax TV, several national radio shows and others scheduled....but the FR sounding board is extremely valuable to me. The book I wrote in the end was no doubt influenced by the many debates I’ve had on this forum - beyond dispute.
Ole Reince has had a disastrous week....even more out of touch than I thought.
ha! good for you! i’ll have to check you out!
The 96% is not solvable, but all we need to do is knock that down to about 90%, and that’s do able. If we knock it down to 80% one day, the Dem party is done.
... and you already have the Wordpress blog too, so other than being challenged in the sarcasm department, what’s yer point, lol?
Thanks...it astonds me the sour pusses around here want to make sure that no one on FR ever is successful.....and certainly not if FR exposure had anything to do with it.
Funny, I thought that success, with FR playing a part, should be what we all want for every poster on here. You know, FREE enterprise, FREE speech, FREE exchange of ideas, FREEdom of association, etc. Silly me....
My point is while you clearly wanted to harm me, I was simply having a little fun, and was FAR more gentle than I could have been......
And it’s doable with what Dr. Sowell iterates, a party which respects the rule of law, the Constitution, and the three million conservatives who refused to vote for liberal etch a sketch Romney and those who held their nose and did so out of necessity. The blacks and others of good will are going to follow suit.
But the title, then, is misleading.
There are several authors who post here, including, as I’m sure you’re aware, Travis McGee and LS. John Stossel used to post here as well. And there are also several filmmakers who post here. The more the merrier, I always say, and if somebody wants to reference their work in a humble way and without posting a giant link that says “CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!”, then I don’t see the big deal.
I am much more offended by blog pimps (although probably not as offended as humblegunner is).
Wow, do they ever...Keep those grants coming in.
I agree the headline is not great, and I instantly knew it was likely misleading based on my knowledge of Sowell....headers are often misleading in fact.
You do what you do, please continue. Even participate here. Keep the self-promotion and scheming on your own time and dime. Pretty simple concept. For most.
Much of the middle-class black vote is un-winnable as well.
Government employees will not vote for a party that wants to cut government. Neither will small business owners who make much of their gross from government contracts. People who think they owe their positions to affirmative action (however much they refuse to admit it, even to themselves) will be unlikely to vote for a party that might reign in the EEOC.
Bottom line, go after net taxpayers (ie, people who pay more in taxes than they receive from government in any form).
Ignore the anklebiters. We have to hang together - you know the rest.
More Thomas Sowell and less Zo Nation!
I'm baffled, too, Thomas. I'm baffled that they are still a MAJOR party...
Sowell rocks....our Milton Friedman of today (but he’s like 83...who is the next one?)
LOL! Gopher it!
You’ve got that right. LOL!
Check out Gary North, The Tea Party Economist; http://teapartyeconomist.com/
If you wanted to win conservative Black voters you'd probably go to the South, but 1) Republicans carry most of those states anyway and 2) African-Americans pretty nearly are the Democratic Party in those states, so they're going to vote Democrat in any case.
Sowell could say that it's patronizing for Republicans to ignore those Southern Black voters. Maybe it is. But it also may be patronizing to assume that one could just scoop up those voters.
Red state Democrats and blue state Republicans (to use the cockeyed color symbolism of the media) have reasons for being what they are and voting as they do. The opposing party can fight to win their votes, but recognize that they do have their reasons for not going along.
I hope that does not happen to Dr. Carson, he adds. He really seems like an extraordinary man and I would hate to see him diminished in any way because of politics.
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Amen to that.
Turn to the next tab in Priebus' handout...
If put in terms of political selfishness we should throw blacks overboard and go after Hispanics because there are more of them.
I was unaware of you and your book until now. Keep up the good work and stay at FR. I am webtv bound and FR gets me info from sites that bounce my browser. So I go there via mowser.com to finish articles w/o graphics. I scan 24 hrs of FR everyday and now I will look for you.Hell, I may even buy your book just to piss off other FReepers. I’ve been here long time.
Nice response, Lancey. I’m on FR a lot and it’s the first I’ve seen of Mr. Wright’s book. I hope he does well with it.