Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Dean Notes the Obvious

Look out now, Dean is at it again. He's being jumped on by the SCLM for stating what we all know to be true: Republicans are mostly white Christians:
Dean told a forum of journalists and minority leaders Monday that Republicans are "not very friendly to different kinds of people, they are a pretty monolithic party ... it's pretty much a white, Christian party."

Challenged on that during the NBC interview, Dean said "unfortunately, by and large it is. And they have the agenda of the conservative Christians."

Gadzooks! The man is crazy! Why, how dare he say such a ridiculous thing? Wait. Isn't that true? After all, I do live right by the DuPage GOP county headquarters in the affluent predominately white suburb of Wheaton, which just happens to be located only a couple blocks from Wheaton College - a major evangelical Christian college. From their mission statement:
The doctrinal statement of Wheaton College, reaffirmed annually by its Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, provides a summary of biblical doctrine that is consonant with evangelical Christianity. The statement accordingly reaffirms salient features of the historic Christian creeds, thereby identifying the College not only with the Scriptures but also with the reformers and the evangelical movement of recent years.

Coincidence? How about this: I remember joking about this during each party's conventions in which the shots of the GOP showed a bunch of white guys, but the shots of the Democrats showed a mix of men, women, black, white, Latino, and Asian faces. Maybe that's just TV adding 20 pounds to the Democrats ethnic majority. But what if we look back at the conventions.

For the GOP:
Minorities at this year's Republican convention make up 17 percent of total delegates, a 70 percent increase over the 2000 convention.

For the DNC:
According to statistics compiled by the Democratic National Committee, nearly 40% of the delegates to this month's Convention in Boston are minorities. More African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native-Americans, and Hispanics will attend the Convention than ever before.   

In addition, approximately 50% of this year's Democratic Convention delegates are women.

WOW! 17% minorities! And that's up 70%. Now there's an ethnically diverse organization if ever there was one.

And what has Tom DeLay, Bill Frist and all the rest of the Republican leaders done this session: they've focused on interfering in the medical decisions of the family of Terri Shiavo, pushed conservative Christian judges on the courts, and harped about their "culture of life" as a reason to let America fall behind South Korea in stem cell research. That's sounds pretty much like a Conservative Christian agenda to me.

Let's face it people: Whatever Deans says is going to be criticized. Especially if the truth is a little too close to home for the Republicans to take. But I feel this is a good move by Dean. Now when Democrats are asked if they agree with him or not, they can all point out that the GOP is a party that is pretty much white and Christian and the Democrats are the party that is inclusive and open to everyone.

The GOP can dish out the trash talk, but they can't take it.