So, the political comic strip Doonesbury spent this week messing the GOP regarding sensitivity training. They should have hired me because I would have made it simple: love thy neighbor as thyself. Secondly, the Left and Right should try to know as much as possible about others (the opposition.) Finally, you learn about the other side from members of the other side.
As kids, we loved Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett because those White guys were smart enough to learn the ways of the Indians. Of course as teens, we discovered that that knowledge was useful in robbing the natives. I tell young guys to keep several women in their circle of close friends because no one knows about women as much as women (but you still can never understand women.)
At times, people don’t know what they don’t know and the righteous way to handle those situations is to enlighten them. The guy from Duck Dynasty isn’t a bad guy; he isn’t knowledgeable of people and groups outside his comfort zone. The same can be said for those liberals who don’t live in rural areas.
However, we do have people in politics that know better and are acting to maneuver in the political arena. Readers of this blog know that Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah is one of my favor members of Congress from my Hill days; I spent some time hanging with his staff. Kingston is currently running for the U.S. Senate and I wouldn’t mind seeing him as the GOP nominee because he has a deep knowledge of regional issues and a long relationship with the Black community in Savannah.
So, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I learned that Jack was saying that kids who eat free lunches at school should maybe work off the free meals by cleaning at the schools. (Crickets)
Okay, I could have heard that parents worked at school for that reason but kids. Clearly, Jack made that statement to make himself appear to be the most conservative badass in the GOP primary. Hell, I like my idea that only healthful foods are purchased with food stamps but Jack’s lunch plan is too much.
I have a close friend who worked for Jack and she should be in the middle of his campaign at night and on the weekends because a Spelmanite would have put the kibosh on that cleaning kids stuff. She knows that statements like that would energize the Dems voters who might normally blow off a non-presidential election. Why upset the hornets’ nest?
My area is represented by cool young Congressman “hey, man, how are doing” Austin Scott. Who would have “tunk” that Scott has the second most conservative voting record in the House? Austin could learn a valuable lesson Jack’s schoolhouse drama because Atlanta and Georgia’s other urban centers will be motivated to learn that conservative candidates said some interesting things. Politics is like chess and you must think three moves ahead and if my conservative friends need some risk management eyes, they should call me.