Liberal pundits viciously accuse Republicans of having a ‘War on Women’ and a ‘War on Minorities’. How many times have you heard the tired ole cliché ‘The Party of Old White Men’ used to describe the Grand Old Party?
Truth be told, the Republican Party has repeatedly been the first to recognize the quality of the individual – no matter their origin or background – since it’s founding in 1854. A few examples:
There are currently three Republican Governors of diverse distinction. Governor Suzana Martinez of New Mexico is the first female Hispanic Governor elected in the United States, Nikki Haley is the first woman Governor of Indian (South Asian) descent and Bobby Jindal from Louisiana is the first Governor of Indian (South Asian) descent.
Some may find it surprising the Bush Administration had more minorities in leadership positions than the Obama Administration. Republican Alberto R. Gonzales rose to two of the top positions in the U.S. government, becoming the first Hispanic U.S. attorney general, and first Hispanic Whitehouse Counsel. Republicans Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were the first African American and African American Woman Secretary of State and National Security Advisor.
Look back in history and you will find more of the same. José Antonio Romualdo Pacheco, Jr., a Republican, was the first and only Hispanic Governor of California. Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo, a Republican from New Mexico, was the first Hispanic to be elected as a US Senator.
Hiram Leong Fong, a Republican from Hawaii, was the first Asian American to serve in the US Senate. During Reconstruction, Hiram Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, became the first African American to serve in the US Senate. Likewise, Joseph Hayne Rainey was the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1929 Oscar Stanton De Priest, a Republican from Illinois 1st District, was the first African American elected to Congress in the Modern Era. Elected in 1967, Edward William Brooke III a Republican from Massachusetts was the only African American to serve in the United States Senate in the 20th Century until Democrat Carol Mosely Braun was elected in 1993.
In 1916 Jeannette Pickering Rankin, a Republican from Montana was the first women to be elected to the House of Representatives. She is famously quoted “If I am remembered for no other act, I want to be remembered as the only woman who ever voted to give women the right to vote.”
The Republican Party is, and has always been, as diverse as America – a melting pot of individuals, not monolithic groups. The far-left falsely claims to have a monopoly on the interests of all Women and Minorities. Their toxic ‘War on Women / War on Minorities’ campaign rhetoric is designed to divide our country for their political gain.
To know what unites Republicans, read the Republican Party of Virginia Creed, as so eloquently penned by Richard Obenshain over 40 years ago.
• That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice.
• That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice and opportunities, and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society.
• That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government.
• That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations.
• That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense.
• That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.
Chairman, Clarke County Republican Committee