Monday, February 2, 2009

If you can’t beat ‘em …

They first tried by nominating Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice-presidential candidate in November’s elections.

Now it seems the Grand Old Party is again attempting to improve its image with its election of Michael Steele as chairman of Republican National Committee – the first African American to hold the post. On Friday, the former Maryland Lt. Governor won the party’s top post in a 91 to 77 vote.

“To those who support us, to those who believe in the ideals, those conservative principals that have made us the strong and proud party that we are … to those who stand indifference with us, it’s time for something completely different,” Steele said after being elected. “… and for those of you who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over.”

Congrats to you, Mr. Steele. And a tip of the hat to the Republican party for at least looking outside the box. However, the process of creating change and embracing all people – without discrimination or double standards – goes beyond appearance.

President Barack Obama didn’t gain the respect, admiration and support of millions of Americans (and global residents) because he was black. Voters didn’t flock to him solo because his color somehow showed the country that we are a union where all people are truly created equally.

Obama gave people hope and belief through his words and actions. He demonstrated for a number of years his commitment to others.

Once Republican leaders can master this skill – and really meet the American people in the middle – they may have a chance of again gaining some form of respect around the globe.

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