HuffPo Decries GOP's 'Disproportionate Parade Of Diversity' At Convention

Bill Hobbs | August 29, 2012 | 5:40pm EDT
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The Huffington Post laments that the list of speakers at the Republican National Convention is a "disproportionate parade of diversity," because too many of the party's rising stars, who have speaking slots at the Tampa convention are not white males:

"The Huffington Post compared the GOP convention speakers list to the roster of available politicians and found that if you're a white male House member, there's less than a 3 percent chance you're getting on the stage. A white governor's shot at the prized podium is only one in six. For white male senators, the chance is closer to one in 10. Male Latino senators named Marco Rubio, meanwhile, have a 100 percent chance of getting a prime speaking spot."

The article even attempts to tie Romney to racism: “Romney has vowed to continue to pound President Barack Obama with a false charge related to welfare policy, which one study found appeals to racists.”

When liberals use the word "disproportionate," they usually do so in the context of a discussion of "fairness" in some government policy or program. Liberals use "fairness" to justify all sorts of government interventions in our lives, most prominently the redistribution of wealth via progressive taxation and government spending but also in imposing all sorts of demographic quotas based on race, gender and - increasingly - sexual preference - on various aspects of society.

Liberalism insists that everything be "fair" and "proportionate" - with liberals having the power to decide what is fair, and who deserves more.

Ironically, while that usually means liberals demanding policies that redistribute the wealth to minorities and women, the liberal Huffington Post finds it somehow unseemly that the Republican Party has distributed too much speaking time to minorities and women like Utah congressional candidate Mia Love (Haitian-American), South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Indian-American), former Congressman Artur Davis (African American) and Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz (Cuban-American).

Rather than celebrating diversity and praising the RNC for tolerance, Huffington Post bemoans that minorities and women are unfairly getting too much of the spotlight. It prefers minorities and women who are conservative are less seen and less heard.

While the article acknowledges the speeches by non-white Republicans, it goes on to say: “But off the stage, little progress is being made.” Unlike MSNBC, which treated such an outlandish display of diversity and tolerance the only way it felt comfortable - by pretending it didn't happen.

The sad irony is that while Huffington Post and MSNBC judge Republican convention speakers by the color of their skin, or their gender, the average rank-and-file Republican doesn't do that. Instead, they listen to what they have to say. Spend some time reading the tweets and Facebook posts of Republicans who watched Mia Love, Artur Davis, Ted Cruz, Nikki Haley and other non-white-males who speak at the convention, and you'll find most focus not on the race or gender of the speaker, but on their powerful message, or their amazing life story - Love, for example, is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who arrived in America with $10, a history that gives weight to her political views and resonance to her campaign message.

When liberal media assert the RNC features minorities and women as tokens or refuse to show them because it undermines a false portrayal of the Republican Party as a party of angry white men, they fail to provide readers and viewers with even a remotely accurate version of reality.

What is true is that Mia Love's story, and Ted Cruz's story as the son of a Cuban political refugee, is the story of America. Not of white America or of some weird liberal-fantasy America where everything is "fair" and "proportionate," but of America, period.

Mia Love, Artur Davis, Nikki Haley and Ted Cruz all spoke from the RNC stage on the 49th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech - a speech in which he dreamed of an America where people are judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.

Although it was ignored by MSNBC and left Huffington Post to post an oddly racial whine about women and minorities getting a "disproportionate" share of the attention, MLK's dream was reality on the RNC stage Tuesday night.

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