There was an article posted yesterday by CNN reporting about Young Republicans (YR) meeting in Mobile, Alabama to address the need to attract minorities, women and urbanites. It is an interesting location to address this problem because it is racially diverse.
“The racial makeup of the city was 50.6% Black or African American, 45.0% White, 0.3% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, 1.4% from two or more races, and 2.4% of the population were Latino. Non-Hispanic Whites were 43.9% of the population in 2010, down from 62.1% in 1980.”
Being the third largest city in Alabama it is still half the size of the now shrinking Detroit, Michigan. It is a city, but can’t be classified as urban compared with larger cities. The city has a Jewish heritage dating to 1763 when they were “officially allowed to reside in colonial French Louisiana.” Alabama was a Confederate state, of course with a poor record in Civil Rights history.
Today, Mobile has an African American Mayor, Sam Jones. The city has significant aerospace and defense business, including shipbuilding. About 10% of employment comes from government entities. About 5% of employment are with healthcare entities.
Now, the lead paragraphs in the CNN story begin with there being a gay person in the mix of YR attendees who happens to be conservative and a Christian. That just proves that there are such persons. The point they make is that for Republicans to be successful at winning elections in the future they must be inclusive.
Being inclusive doesn’t mean finding a few exceptions, minorities, gays, and women, who happen to have an affinity with the GOP. To win, the substance of the party must change to address the considerable needs of society today.
Start with the themes, no person left behind, and a good life for all, and see where that leads. Focus on answering how to make these truisms in America today in the absence of poverty, and that will be a winner in any election. Form follows function or “how-to” produces results.
“The Republicans of the future?
By Todd Leopold, CNN
updated 3:06 PM EDT, Sat July 27, 2013
The Young Republicans
- The Young Republicans, a group for GOP members under 40, recently met in Mobile
- The GOP is having trouble with minorities, women and urbanites; YRs may have solutions
- Some Young Republicans want the party to focus on fiscal issues
- Its libertarian focus reflects the way many young people think, a historian says
Mobile, Alabama (CNN) — Tyler Deaton stands by a doorway outside Fathoms, a hotel patio lounge in this coastal town in the Deep South.
Deaton, 27, is a strong believer in low taxes, fiscal responsibility and civic involvement. He attended a Christian liberal arts school. He is a Republican.
He’s also gay.
He’s been in a relationship for several years, having met his partner at Wheaton College, a Christian institution outside Chicago. Raised in Alabama, Deaton moved to New Hampshire because it approves of same-sex marriage and has no income tax or sales tax.
This evening, Deaton is helping host a reception to raise interest in same-sex marriage issues among Young Republicans, who are gathered in Mobile for their national convention. Deaton is campaign manager for the young conservatives’ arm of Freedom to Marry, a national gay rights group.
On Deaton’s side of the doorway, things are going well. Deaton and his colleagues have collected more than 50 e-mail addresses — about a sixth of the total number of conventioneers, he says.”