Ms. Kenney is participating in a strategizing conference being held by young African American students and professionals on how to harness their power and be a postitive influence in 2008. Her entry on Huffington Post mentioning this conference caught me eye. Not only was it spot on, but it also speaks to my negative feelings towards labels and the general misunderstanding of them that political spinmeisters create.
She's talking about her conservative grandparents. And the fact that politcal conservatives contradict themselves with some of their bread 'n butter issues. I think this country would be a whole lot better off if "conservatives" heeded this message from her:
"Conservatives should support energy efficiency, energy independence, and new technologies that will grow our economy. These political conservatives have words all mixed up and it can be confusing. Some conservatives want to use all the oil we have even if people have to go to war to get it and even if it pollutes the air making it hard to breathe. Their energy use and spending habits are actually very liberal. Some conservatives use the Bible and the Christian religion to make a big deal over the unborn and who can marry whom but they skip the part where they are supposed to take care of God's creation not to mention children and the poor. There is no conservative movement to care for the sick, feed the hungry, or clothe the poor so it makes me wonder what are they really thinking? How can you be pro-life and pro-war or pro-life and pro-death (penalty)?"