September 03, 2005

More from the NFRA

The official slogan for this year's NFRA convention is "turning up the heat on the left." Get it? We're in Scottsdale, Arizona, toward the end of the hot days of summer. This is a glorious part of the country, though: the physical beauty here is astounding.

Mike Spence, introducing Bob Barr as the keynote speaker, modifies the slogan, making the point that what NFRA really needs to do is to "turn up the heat on the GOP."

Bob Barr is speaking on the inadequacy of passively depending on the two-party system to represent the people. He makes a number of truly excellent points, one of which hit me right over the head: Republicans continually preach to African-Americans about the need to objectively evaluate what the Democratic Party is (and, more usually, is not) doing for them. True conservatives need, he tells us, so "practice what they preach.

Rep Barr also analyzed Ronald Reagan's presidency, pointing out that he was an outsider at the beginning of his first term, and remained an outsider until he left office.

Rep Barrr is an amazing thinker, attempting to raise the level of debate about all issues, and explaining that the important thing is to talk about substance, rather than to go along with the prevailing wisdom. Make sure to talk reasonably with people whom you disagree with, he exhorts us: you may have an opportunity to carry an important message.

He defends his relationship with the ACLU, pointing out that despite the many areas of disagreement between his own positions and those of that group, there are important discussions to be had about some provisions of the Patriot Act, and we'd be derelict to gloss them over.

In conclusion, he reminds us that "expediency is for cowards. Principles are for winners."

Posted by Attila at September 3, 2005 02:05 PM | TrackBack

Republicans continually preach to African-Americans about the need to objectively evaluate what the Democratic Party is (and, more usually, is not) doing for them

No doubt having a group of rich, white men lecture them will be a new, refreshing experience for black Americans.

Posted by: Christophe at September 3, 2005 03:21 PM

Wait. Are you mad at me?

Posted by: Attila Girl at September 3, 2005 05:05 PM

Are you mad at me?

Not a bit of it. But sometimes a nice, juicy piece of irony is a bit too tempting.

Posted by: Christophe at September 3, 2005 05:24 PM

Irony is in the eye of the beholder. You're presuming that most members of the GOP are rich and white and male. And of course you see that, because that's what you're looking for.

Posted by: Attila Girl at September 3, 2005 06:02 PM

Hello again. Very much enjoyed meeting you at the event Friday night. Just added your site to my "Blog Round-up" favorites.
The best thing the GOP is doing is appealing intellectually to black folks. Rock on Ken M. His out reach to black folks is the real deal and the Dems can't handle it. As I told you last night, there are lots of us who have left their intellectual plantation. I ain't pickin' their cotton!
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Posted by: Keith J at September 3, 2005 07:37 PM

Thank you, Mr. James. You're a true gentlemen. And thank you for not coming down too hard on my liberal friends who would like to think they speak for you, Councilwoman Johnson, Secretary Rice, Rep. Watts, General Powell, and—as I understand it—the entire brotherhood.

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