GOP grow up: Mandela’s Apartheid battle doesn’t equal your Obamacare battle

Once again the GOP shows how out of touch it is. Nelson Mandela's fight against apartheid is not equivalent to the Republicans’ fight against Obamacare.

Also published in the Washington Times Communities

Once again the GOP has shown how out of touch it is.

Rick Santorum compared Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid to the Republicans’ fight against Obamacare.

In a Fox News appearance hours after Mandela’s death, Santorum couldn’t wait to get political, agreeing with Bill O’Reilly that Mandela was a communist. He said, “But you’re right, I mean, what he was advocating for was not necessarily the right answer, but he was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.”

Earth to Santorum: Mandela was willing to die to end apartheid in South Africa, which was more vicious than Jim Crow in America. Mandela served 27 years in prison to achieve his goal, before becoming South Africa’s first democratically elected black president.

How many congressional Republicans are willing to die or go to prison to repeal Obamacare?

Santorum’s comment, like the Republican National Committee’s recent ill-informed tweet about Rosa Parks, demonstrates how insensitive and tone deaf the GOP continues to be to minorities. Equally ridiculous was O’Reilly professing he would “never attack Mandela,” then in the next breath disparagingly calling him a “communist.”

Once again the GOP offers comments about a man who most consider a giant, President Nelson Mandela, and shows how stupid and insulting it can be with these types of comments about him.

When Mandela stood up against apartheid, when he risked his life for liberty, did men like Santorum and O’Reilly stand up to be counted on his side? Or did they think that Mandela’s unreliable economic ideas were a greater sin than apartheid? Regardless of what type of government Mandela wanted, he put his life on the line to end a racist, apartheid government. He stood as American revolutionaries did when they stood for liberty against England. But Mandela stood against a government crueler and more oppressive than Paul Revere did, and he is a global hero because of it.

The disparaging remarks continuously made by white male Republicans indicate a more endemic problem within the party. White males think they are the privileged class within the GOP, who can say and do anything they please without reproach. For example, Republican strategist

Ed Gillespie, whose resume reads like he founded the “establishment,” announced he’s mulling a run against Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner in 2014.

There’s nothing about Gillespie that inspires confidence he could win against Warner. Yet Gillespie arrogantly thinks he could be a formidable opponent to run against Warner simply because he’s a white male Republican. You know, part of that privileged class who lost the 2012 presidential election and this year’s Virginia gubernatorial race.

Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli lost the governor’s race by a slim margin to Terry McAuliffe because he wasn’t appealing to minorities, women or independent voters. This is the same out of touch syndrome that hobbled Mitt Romney’s campaign. Gillespie not only worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, but also chairs the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) tasked with helping elect Republicans to state offices.

Gillespie didn’t do a good job helping Republicans running for statewide offices in Virginia win in November. Virginia’s population, like the rest of the nation, is becoming browner, not whiter. Gillespie should learn what outreach to non-white voters means before he starts musing aloud that the Virginia Senate race is “very winnable” for him or any other Republican.

Gillespie is a member of the “establishment” that has to teach Republican male candidates etiquette, how not to insult female candidates, and basically not act like frat boys. As

Ann Romney  recently said, “I hope you learned those lessons when you were five years old.” She added, “You shouldn’t have to be talking to politicians about how to behave.” Instead of teaching white males how not to behave like children, the GOP needs to focus on recruiting more women and minority candidates to its ranks.

Sadly, today’s Republican party has lots of lessons to learn. First it needs to review the party’s history and remember that the Grand Old Party was founded against slavery on a platform of inclusion. But what we see today is a GOP behaving and looking more like a whites only club for 5-year-olds behaving badly.


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11 Responses to “GOP grow up: Mandela’s Apartheid battle doesn’t equal your Obamacare battle”

  1. James says:

    @CBC you write an almost palatable article on Madiba and in typical struggle chicken Crystal Wright fashion you had to ruin the article with that germane drivel on a pair of losers and traitors Ed Gillespie and Ken Cuccinelli. Who cares who runs for what office in the GOP it has no place in this article. It is a known fact the neo confederates have taken over the GOP and people like you, Mia Love, Erica Harold, Michael Steele, and other so called black conservatives are not welcomed in the Party of Jeff Davis.

  2. James says:

    @CBC you write an almost palatable article on Madiba and in typical struggle chicken Crystal Wright fashion you had to ruin the article with that germane drivel on a pair of losers and traitors Ed Gillespie and Ken Cuccinelli. Who cares who runs for what office in the GOP it has no place in this article. It is a known fact the neo confederates have taken over the GOP and people like you, Mia Love, Erica Harold, Michael Steele, and other so called black conservatives are not welcomed in the Party of Jeff Davis.

  3. zemog says:

    When someone is a communist, calling them a communist isn’t meant as an insult. It might not any longer have been entirely accurate, but that still wouldn’t be insulting anymore than calling Romney a Democrat would have been insulting because of his having been a Democrat in the past.
    People in public profess political views, or they share affiliations overtly or outright advocate for a group that not only can be compared but, in Mandela and the ANC’s case, actually professed alliance to communist principles. That’s not either inaccurate or insulting, it just matched their actions and statements for most of the 20th C.
    Also, many of the media’s characterizations regarding Rosa Parks seemed pretty similar. The achievement itself being commemorated beyond just the act of not giving up the seat, is what? A symbolic act of defiance now seen as one of the pivotal moments in the struggle for Civil Rights in America. The descriptor of “ending racism” is one I’ve heard said about Obama’s victory. That is to say, these moments and actions serve the cause of ‘ending racism.’ I didn’t see it as anything but intentionally pedantic on the part of MSM to try to make the statement out to be another example of Republican=racist…and you go along with it. Rachel Madmouth thanks you.

  4. Kurt Wagner says:

    Good article. Keep both parties honest.

  5. Glenn says:

    “…White males think they are the privileged class within the GOP, who can say and do anything they please without reproach….”

    This will never change, crystal. Never. Since you are a “black conservative”, therefore their puppet, the question then becomes, when will you change?

  6. Jack says:

    It is well known that the repub
    party is very racist. For the life
    of me, why would a black person
    want to join that party?

    Jack

  7. Franklin says:

    democratic party has kept blacks on the government plantation since the Civil war.

    dems are the most racist political party in america….

    for the life of me I can’t imagine why any black would want to join that party.

    oh yeah…..silly me…..blacks like being slaves to democratic white men…..

  8. miles says:

    @Franklin

    The racist birther party hasnt won the popular vote in the presidential elections the last 5 times. the party of ole bitter white men isn’t popular with blacks, Hispanics, gays, women, young people etc. why are you a slave to the racist gop? I guess its because youre a racist yourself…lol

  9. RONALDREAGANISABITCH says:

    @ miles keep that bitch Franklin in check

  10. Ed says:

    @ Franklin

    “oh yeah…..silly me…..blacks like being slaves to democratic white men…..”

    We have a black President by this party and yours couldn’t even keep a black RNC chairmen. The fact you think you think talking down to blacks is going to get you somewhere is pretty sad. You don’t respect them and neither does your party. You race bait whites with contempt for blacks all the time. White men have sadly ruined the Republican party and more than any other group they need to radically shift direction to survive. Sadly angry fearful white men and women are the activist base of the right. Hating other groups of people foreign or domestic is what the only thing holding the right together. They have no real agenda for the nation. The movement is intellectually bankrupt and morally socially conservative during a period of radical liberal social change.

    Don’t invite anyone into that mess. Get it together and face your fears. When you finish with that you might have something to offer but if you are still scared of race mixing and the sort you need to accept your time in the wilderness.

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