Now that John Derbyshire has spit the "Don't talk about our r-a-c-i-s-m" bit out of his mouth and gotten the sack from the NRO for using his Conservative Inside Voice in front of company, he is free to talk of what American Conservatism is really all about.
And you know what? It sounds remarkably like what every single Liberal in the fucking Universe has been saying for the last +40 years:
...This is American Conservatism at its most nakedly honest. It is also a hugely inconvenient reality which people like the World's Greatest Blogger and America's Leading Conservative Public Intellectual have spent most of their careers pretending does not exist, or is some kind of freak, outlying ideological rounding error.
I don't mind the word "white" in either of those expressions. Conservatism, Inc. or otherwise, is a white people's movement, a scattering of outliers notwithstanding.
Always has been, always will be. I have attended at least a hundred conservative gatherings, conferences, cruises, and jamborees: let me tell you, there ain't too many raisins in that bun. I was in and out of the National Review offices for twelve years, and the only black person I saw there, other than when Herman Cain came calling, was Alex, the guy who runs the mail room. (Hey, Alex!)
This isn't because conservatism is hostile to blacks and mestizos. Very much the contrary, especially in the case of Conservatism Inc. They fawn over the occasional nonwhite with a puppyish deference that fairly fogs the air with embarrassment. (Q: What do you call the one black guy at a gathering of 1,000 Republicans? A: "Mr. Chairman.")
It's just that conservative ideals like self-sufficiency and minimal dependence on government have no appeal to underperforming minorities—groups who, in the statistical generality, are short of the attributes that make for group success in a modern commercial nation.
Of what use would it be to them to embrace such ideals? They would end up even more decisively pooled at the bottom of society than they are currently.
A much better strategy for them is to ally with as many disaffected white and Asian subgroups as they can (homosexuals, feminists, dead-end labor unions), attain electoral majorities, and institute big redistributionist governments to give them make-work jobs and transfer wealth to them from successful groups.
It's not, of course, but you can't very well make a living selling "Liberals should capitulate on everything" Centrist pablum as the Pure Quill if people figure out that the Conservatism to which we Liberals are supposed to surrender is nothing but chocolate frosted rat poison.