Conservatism: more than skin-deep

“Do not allow them to define you as something you’re not.”

Radio host, author, and political commentator Tammy Bruce speaks defiantly to the WCS attendees at the afternoon panel on race in America.

She encourages conservatives to stand strong when faced with the ‘race card’ in debates against liberals, reminding them that America is close to living in a post-racial society.

Joined by Reverend Buster Soaries, author and talk radio host Linda Chavez, and founder and president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise Bob Woodson, the panel all agreed with Bruce.

Reverend Soaries said “without the labels, many of us are just doing the work that needs to be done in our own neighborhood.” To Soaries, helping our fellow man requires us to go beyond race and rely wholeheartedly on compassion and fellowship.

“We need to build relationships, bring resources to each other, and see others not as aliens, but as partners in aiding America.”

Linda Chavez shares Soaries convictions and is well-known for being the highest-ranking woman in the White House during President Reagan’s administration. She was also Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and the first Latina to be nominated to the United States Cabinet. Intimately familiar with the inner-workings of politics, she believes that “as conservatives, if we ever want to be in the White House again, we better be able to talk to the new people in the conservative movement.”

Bruce also points out that conservatives often face accusations of racism. Such insults are designed to halt meaningful conversations on healthcare, welfare, and others before liberals even have to defend their position. Yet, it is the liberals who prefer affirmative action and other special interests legislation inherently designed to judge citizens on ethnicity.

As Chavez said, “none of us needs a hand-out based on the color of our skin!”

Later in the evening, Dennis Prager would add that “America is at it’s best when it puts values above race.”
Bruce follows up saying “tensions are inevitable when different individuals engage one another in society, but the common thread that we have is our love for our nation.”

As President of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Bob Woodson said that the practical solution lies in “going into those communities and households and joining in the common cause to address the needs of all God’s children.” He proposed a potential panel for next year of people who have succeeded from low income and very poor places to “highlight the success stories.”

“It is time for us to stop celebrating the crucifixion and start celebrating the resurrection!”
John Andrews enthusiastically agreed and said he would personally work on making such a panel a reality for WCS 2015.

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