From: Virginia Paleoconservative [Email him]
In what must be its most schismatic move ever the Republican Party of Virginia has appointed Shaun Kenney as its new Executive Director. VDARE.com readers may know him from recent letter (above) from another Virginia reader, about an article Kenney wrote in his blog Bearing Drift, on February 11, 2014. According to Breitbart, Kenney got his job at least partly on the strength of his “respected conservative blog”. [Conservative Victory in Virginia GOP With Appointment of Shaun Kenney, By Michael Patrick Leahy, April 3, 2014]
Bearing Drift calls itself “Virginia’s Conservative Voice” although upon review it does not appear to very conservative at all. It basically has a “RINO” orientation (big supporters of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-VA), and attempts to channel the 19th century Radical Republicans who estranged the South from the GOP for a century. This is absolutely suicidal for the GOP in Virginia, which outside the Washington D.C. suburbs is still a conservative and Southern state.
Particularly loathsome are Bearing Drift’s commentaries that besmirch any immigration patriots in the Commonwealth, and endorse purging them. Then there’s the obsession to resurrect the GOP as the party of “civil rights” when that movement has degenerated into a grotesque racial and ethnic spoils system with an anti-white bias.
The following are statements from the principals of Bearing Voice.
Shaun Kenney, now Executive Director of Republican Party of Virginia:
- “There are 12 million people in the United States today who want a better lives for themselves and their families, whose only crime was that they came to America to do it.”
- “I expect to build a coalition of people who aren`t racist. Who aren`t adamantly opposed to any kind of solution on immigration reform and call any discussion of a path to citizenship “amnesty.”
- “The nativists have no home in the modern Republican Party.”
- “Every time we have purged the ranks of poison, we have emerged stronger,..”
Nativism vs. Conservatism, February 11, 2014
Kenney also endorses Rep. Cantor’s support for reinstituting parts of the outdated and grossly unfair Voting Rights Act after it was struck down by the Supreme Court! [National Journal: Cantor’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage, March 11, 2014]
Brian Schoeneman, Attorney, and former Bush Administration Labor Department official:
“Regardless, I am not going to ignore that when the Democratic Party effectively split along sectional lines after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, we (Republicans) welcomed the racists with open arms in an attempt to gain footholds in southern states that hadn`t voted Republican ever.”
What it means to be a Republican, February 17, 2014
And in reply to a comment saying “every other major demographic, growing as a percentage of the electorate (Women, youth and minorities) is gravitating away from the GOP. How do you address that?” he wrote “Simple – stop focusing our policies on issues that appeal to old white men.”
With ideas like these, the Republican Party of Virginia will fracture and continue its recent losing streak in state and national elections.
See earlier letters from Virginia Paleoconservative.