American Proscenium

Frankfurt School Tories

It is a strange world in which allegedly conservative politicians will go to great lengths to demonstrate their politically correct bona fides.  For years, we have witnessed this tendency within the Republican Party.  A recent example is the new Republican Party website (www.gop.com), which one might confuse for the websites of the NAACP or La Raza.  It features a “Republican heroes” theme, filled with photos and bios of Republican luminaries, household names like José Celso Barbosa and Pinckney Pinchback.  There is also a “Republican faces” page, which shows photos of various demographics one might have expected to vote (and who, the data confirm, did vote) for Barack Obama in the last election.

Credit must be given, however, to the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party for upping the ante.  Not only do Tories want to present a false image, but they have decided to take it a step further and actually purge—drum roll—Englishmen from the party.  That’s right.  The Daily Mail (February 19) has brought to light a confidential party memo in which David Cameron outlines a new plan for the party, a six-page document that “proposes the use of subterfuge to end the white, male and middle-class image of the Conservative Party.”  The plan is to wrest from localities the power to select their own candidates so that Cameron and his inner circle...

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