Rick Perry made some news at the end of last week, where he gave a frank talk about race, Republicans, and policies that have adversely been affecting African-Americans. Don’t expect it to get a ton of airtime, because unlike whatever latest comments are coming from Trump, it’s thoughtful and ultimately helpful. It’s a long speech, but is well worth the time. Besides, what else are you going to do?
“For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote, because we found that we could win elections without it. But when we gave up on trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln—as the party of equal opportunity for all.”
This is where many of you shut your brains off and go, “blah blah blah, identity politics…blah blah blah Robert Byrd…blah blah blah Donald Trump.” Now while Rick Perry did mention the self inflicted mistakes Republicans have made, he then clearly laid out how actual policies the left has created stemming from their identity politics have made minorities worse off. He also talked about how a conservative opportunity agenda will help everyone. A
“There is a lot of talk in Washington about inequality. Income inequality. But there is a lot less talk about the inequality that arises from the high cost of everyday life,” Mr. Perry says. “In blue state coastal cities, you have these strict zoning laws, environmental regulations that have prevented builders from expanding the housing supply. And that may be great for the venture capitalist who wants to keep a nice view of San Francisco Bay, but it’s not so great for the single mother working two jobs in order to pay rent and still put food on the table for her kids.”
Boom. For far too long liberals and the Democrat Party have gotten away with dividing and polarizing this country along racial lines. Their strategy has always been that of “divide and conquer.” It’s time for the GOP to start fighting back.
Thankfully, Rick Perry is.