The demographics of the United States are in flux. The percentage of "people of color" is growing dramatically and social scientists predict that Hispanics will be the majority by the middle of this century.
You'd never know the extent of our cultural and racial diversity by looking at the Republican Party in convention!
"Only 36 of the 2,380 delegates seated on the convention floor are black, the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies began tracking diversity at political conventions 40 years ago. Each night, the overwhelmingly white audience watches a series of white politicians step to the lectern -- a visual reminder that no black Republican has served as a governor, U.S. Senator or U.S. House member in the past six years."
John Amato at Crooks and Liars tells what happened when Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland from Georgia appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report.
While Westmoreland is not the Republican Party, he represents the GOP base of which there are millions!
After admitting he had not introduced one piece of legislation since he was elected to Congress, Colbert asked him how we could balance the budget. Westmoreland thought we could get rid of the Department of Education [note how this conflicts with Mr. McCain's speech of last night!].
Westmoreland was a co-sponsor of a bill that would re-introduce the Ten Commandments to public areas of American life. Colbert asked him to name the Ten Commandments. Westmoreland was flummoxed - he couldn't do it.
The worst is yet to come. Politico describes what happened when Westmoreland "was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech with reporters outside the House chamber." Reporters asked him to compare Palin with Michelle Obama.
Here's what the moron said: "Just from what little I've seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity."
When he was asked to clarify that he actually said "uppity," Rep. Westmoreland replied, "Uppity, yeah."
As Amato notes, "Westmoreland is from Georgia. He knows full well the import of the word he used:
"Political consultant David Gergen, who has worked in both Republican and Democratic White Houses, said on ABC's 'This Week' that 'As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, "The One," that's code for "He's uppity, he ought to stay in his place." Everybody gets that who is from a Southern background.'"
Hell, I get it and I was raised in the Midwest and the West!
Amato is right on target: "They're not even pretending anymore. The mask of inclusivity has shattered."