Charles Barkley has always been outspoken about politics, but unlike a lot of other NBA players, he often says things that sound surprisingly conservative. For example, Charles Barkley noted that politicians try to “divide and conquer” Americans on race.
In part, Barkley said,
“I truly believe in my heart that most white people and black people are awesome people, but we are so stupid, following our politicians, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods. We’ve all got money. Let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other. Let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other. Let’s scramble the middle class.’ I truly believe that in my heart.”
Is Charles Barkley right? Well, what he’s describing is a core strategy of the Democratic party. In fact, it’s right up there with “tax people and give that money to other people that will vote for us.” Democrats are all about convincing different groups to hate each other and then selling themselves as the saviors who can show up and make your life better by punishing those awful people you don’t like. Republicans? Not so much. Although Republican politicians can certainly be divisive, dividing the public the way that Democrats do isn’t their core strategy.
However, it’s hard to blame Barkley or other people that think it is because all too often, Republicans have come to believe that there is simply not much they can do to reach certain groups that have bought into the propaganda of the Democrats. Republicans believe, with some justification, that just about anything the GOP does will be interpreted as racism, so why bother? Why show up at all?
Of course, there is another approach. You nibble around the edges by SHOWING UP and doing things that show you care EVEN IF they won’t be appreciated by most people….yet. A great example of someone who is taking that approach is Scott Pressler who did clean-ups in inner cities last year.
Did Scott Presler create a revolution? He didn’t, but he made a difference. Give us enough people with a mentality like Scott Presler and we’ll get that political revolution because it will become clear to everyone that the Democrats are the problem, not “both parties.”
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