WHERE BLACK AMERICANS ARE TODAY
Ever since we as a people switched loyalty from the party that fought to get us and keep us free, we are no better off, and in many ways we are more depraved. Today we have more black on black crime, black men and women in prison, teen pregnancies, fatherless homes, high black unemployment (over 16% today under a black president). Black and White Republicans in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s, which at the time nearly all blacks were Republican, warned of this very day. They warned that the Democrat-proposed government-run housing projects which are currently inner-city slums and that the abuse of government assistance programs (Republicans pushed long and hard for welfare reform) would create a permanent underclass of minorities- dependent, unproductive, and impoverished.
Today many poor blacks look to the government to provide for them. Some look to our first black president to fix all of their economic woes. What they have failed to realize is that President Obama and his policies are exacerbating their economic troubles. The facts speak for themselves.
Economically, blacks are hit harder than whites. Unemployment is higher and life expectancy is lower, yet our black socialist president gets a free pass. Democrats, for the past 40 years, have run nearly every inner-city in America, many with black police chiefs, mayors, legislators, etc. Yet we are no better off. No complaints from the black community. Black leaders blame the rich (who by the way are the job creators) for not paying enough. They expect the rich to create jobs, keep prices low, endure the demands of unions and government regulations, pay high wages, and pay high taxes! Alas, when some are fortunate enough to start their own business, they cry foul because the demands that they voted for are unreasonable!
Yet at every election cycle, you can be sure to see black Democratic leaders promising minorities free or low cost housing, free health insurance, jobs and everything else in exchange for a vote. They fail to tell the poor that none of that stuff is free and that somebody is paying. Secondly, they fail to mention that businesses create jobs, not government. If they supported small business development through incentives like low taxes, more jobs would be available to them. Many poor blacks and other minority groups depend too heavily on government for survival and many truly believe that they are owed something, that someone has to give them something, that they don’t have to endure the responsibility that is conjoined with freedom.
I do agree that many government programs, such as those to help the homeless and orphans, the sick and the elderly, are good and necessary humanitarian aids for the good of society. Republican presidents such as President Bush have done more than most to responsibly aid the most impoverished people, black and white, in this nation. But like Republicans have argued, perpetual dependency on government aid drains societal resources and places an undue burden on taxpayers. It is not good for a progressive people and it is counterintuitive to productivity and self-reliance.
Reflecting, I can clearly see that fear played a part in preventing me from voting my values; every black that I had heard of who didn’t drink the Democrat Kool-Aid and DARED to identify themselves with another party, or even worse, the Republican party, was labeled by other black Democrats as an Uncle Tom (even though Uncle Tom, a fictional character, was a hero in his story), a sellout, or a house negro. Additionally, I simply didn’t have enough information. Politics was a puzzle that I did not have enough pieces to. Not saying I have all the pieces now; like so many things in life, politics is not simply black and white. There are gray areas; many ways to combat our nation’s problems and no one party has all the answers or even the right answers. No one political party has a claim on morality, no one political party has all the right solutions for poverty, crime, and foreign relations. And despite the Democrat party’s shameful racist past, no one party is free of racism. Racism exists within all political parties because some of the people who make up the parties suffer the disease of racism. We live in a democracy and racists are allowed a vote too.
Today, I feel I am a much better informed voter than I ever was in the past. Knowledge is power. It’s freedom. Yet, heartbreaking to me is that many of my black peers look upon my freedom of political choice with disdain.
It disturbs me that many of the blacks that vote Democrat do so out of tradition. I was one of them. It bothers me that the Democratic Party takes our vote for granted in many of the same ways (and to their failure) that the Republican Party did in times past. Democrats are allowed to be openly racist without consequence or reprisal from blacks. Successful black Republicans such as retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice have been disrespected, their names have been slandered, and their characters have assassinated by both black and white Democrats. They have been called Uncle Toms, Aunt Mamie, and house niggers. Blacks would be totally offended if these same names were directed at black Americans who were not Republican.
I have learned a lot about both political parties and enough to know that when given the choice between Democrat and Republican, I choose the latter. There are many myths out there—and many reasons blacks say they don’t vote Republican—Nixon’s so-called Southern Strategy, the old Republicans are the new Democrats, Republicans are racists. . . I could go on and on. Whatever their reason, so be it. But as I have concluded, the values of the Republican Party of old have never changed. From their beginning they have stood for small government, personal responsibility, low taxes, religious freedom, free enterprise, and adherence to the constitution.
I will end by saying this. Though I was born and raised a Democrat, I am proud to say that today I am a freethinking American who chooses to vote her values. And though I may not agree with every Republican, or every Republican idea, as of now, the Republican Party is my home.