The Unstoppable New Majority and America's Electoral Future

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By Wallace Henley, Special to CP
May 6, 2013|8:05 am

America's New Majority is fast becoming fact.

Its impact on the nation's electoral future is thundering down on the land like a tsunami.

And it is every bit as unstoppable as the tidal surge from an 8.6 earthquake in the sea bottom. The tremors have been building for years far below the American political-scape. Huge waves have already hit. They are nothing compared to what is racing toward the United States in the 2016 elections and beyond.

The New Majority tsunami will demolish everything that stands in its path – including the Republican Party establishment and all others who hunker down in denial.

If the GOP does not provide a voting vehicle for the New Majority, the Grand Old Party will be sunk, inglorious as the riven-hulled Titanic inert now in the murky sand. The porous moderates in the Party who compromise principle in their attempt to fashion a tsunami-proof vessel will only make a ship with a hull of sponge.

Another image comes to mind. Travel to modern Israel, and you will see fascinating monuments and remnants of the past. But you will also spot the memorials of a more recent era. The road from Tel Aviv carries you past the preserved relics of the 1948 war – shattered tanks, blasted troop carriers, barrel-busted cannon. Up on the Golan Heights you can have your photo made beside a forever-silenced Syrian gun emplacement from the 1967 war.

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All these powerful machines now dead are unable to carry on the battle.

So the GOP or any political group that fails to understand the inevitability of the New Majority and the importance of creating an electoral vessel its members can board will be a useless hulk, or a sponge-bottomed ship.

Again, this does not mean that established and newly rising political groups should assume the New Majority is based wholly on philosophy. For the GOP to feel it must embrace homosexual marriage or abortion to reach the New Majority is an insult to many who comprise it. There are Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, and others in the New Majority who embrace a doctrinally formed view of social issues – if not the view of the Bible, then that of the Koran or other religious-cultural traditions.

What the GOP and other political movements must recognize is the new face provided by the New Majority. The old political structures must put on the new face, but not as a cosmetic subterfuge. The new face must not be a facelift, the repackaging of the old contours in a sexier, younger profile, but it must be genuine, going to the very cellular structure.

That means sincere inclusion, not philosophical diversity but ethnic multiplicity. Not tokenism, but true incorporation. A Ted Cruz-Ben Carson presidential ticket, or something like it, might be the type of voting vessel many in the New Majority could happily board.

This may sound naïve, but not nearly so much as the blissful dreaminess of those who ignore the New Majority tsunami. To remain in that state is to become a sunken ship or rusting hulk that is mere flotsam from battles fought long ago.

Wallace Henley was an aide in the Nixon White House, an editor for The Birmingham News, and is adjunct professor of worldview studies at Belhaven University. He is author of Globequake, published by Thomas Nelson.
 

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