Wednesday, February 23, 2005

No Kidding
Mark Mellman, writing in The Hill, addresses The Dems' Hispanic problem: "Latinos who voted for Kerry in very large numbers tended to be poorer, Spanish-speaking and living in Latino neighborhoods. Those less likely to have voted for Kerry include better-off, English-dominant and bilingual folks who live mainly in more diverse neighborhoods."

Is this really a surprise? Democratic strategy regarding minorities has long been about isolating them from the larger, more diverse American community. Affirmative action is about separating minorities, and marking them as in need of help in order to reach parity. Once these minorities get a true look at the American dream, however, they see that it's not their race that keeps them from success, but defining themselves explicitly by their race.

The same is true of gay rights advocacy. Rather than becoming one-issue voters, and defining every policy issue by a single characteristic, assimilation and change from within the larger community is what leads to true progress.

I guess what I'd say is that, while Democrats are so opposed to special interests, they stigmatize each group into a special interest—and thereby limit their overall potential to transform their communities through success.

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