Though I suspect many would just as soon it went away, forever. Especially those who are black and of the liberal to leftist political persuasion.
"It" is a new monthly periodical called Headway magazine. Its target is a black and Hispanic audience and its politics conservative, which is summed up in the magazine's eight-point philosophical nutshell:
1. Strong families. The foundation of any stable society is -- first and foremost -- strong families in every community. We should stress to our youth the importance of marriage and keeping families together.
2. Individual responsibility. Almost every human being is endowed with the necessary means to be successful -- a sound mind and the ability to think, reason and make choices. These natural gifts are accompanied with the equal obligation to take responsibility for one's actions.
Doesn't sound like the kind of magazine the "blame whitey" contingent of the African-American community will take unto its bosom, does it?
3. Free enterprise. Our nation has been the most successful on Earth in fostering and promoting a free enterprise system with opportunity for all. Strengthening this system is our best hope for a thriving economy in the future.
4. Limited government. The size and influence of government at all levels must be minimized in order to guarantee a free society. Government should play a role in performing certain functions, like maintaining a strong defense, but we should not expect government to solve all our problems.
5. Strong defense. While it is not America's role to be the world's policeman, we cannot tolerate threats to American lives and interests.
6. Community-based problem solving. Rather than look to the federal government to solve local problems, such as crime and ** education, we can and should develop solutions in our local communities.
7. Good taste and common sense in popular culture. The level of violence, promiscuous sex and immoral behavior on television, in movies and in music lyrics should be reduced voluntarily as it has adverse effects on society, especially our children.
I disagree a bit on this point, but if you're a conservative of any ethnic group, it's almost a political requirement to believe such. But I challenge anyone -- liberal, conservative or otherwise -- to find me one child who has been affected by "immoral behavior on television, in movies and in music lyrics" who didn't want to be affected. Let me bring it home for the generational chauvinists in my age group: How many of us went out and got high on heroin after hearing the Temptations' "Cloud Nine"?
8. Compassionate conservatism. While stressing the importance of free enterprise and limited government, we must recognize our responsibility as a society to help those who help themselves, or who are unable to help themselves through no fault of their own.
The prevailing Zeitgeist among black Americans says that "compassionate conservatism" is an oxymoron. In fact, part of the same Zeitgeist is that "black conservative" is an oxymoron. But the black liberal/left/nationalist horde had best consider which president started affirmative action and which ones have done the most for historically black colleges and universities. I'll even give a hint: They weren't Democrats.
Headway, published by Willie A. Richardson of Houston, will go a long way toward clearing the air on such matters. Regular columnists include such black conservative notables as Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Among the contributing editors are radio talk show host Armstrong Williams and John N. Doggett III, of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Senate hearings fame.
In the June issue, Walter Williams laments the decline of American education at all levels in his column "Even Colleges Have Dumbed Down Curriculum." Williams notes that the nation's college curricula have gotten so bad that most of the students earning advanced degrees in math and science are either immigrants or foreigners.
"If we listen to Pat Buchanan and close our borders," Williams quips, "Silicon Valley might become a ghost town."
Such pithy writing is the norm in Headway magazine. Do yourself favor and pick up a copy. Like, say, immediately.
Gregory P. Kane's column appears Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Pub Date: 7/17/96