WASHINGTON, May 30, 3013 - “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have A Dream Speech” – Aug 28, 1963)
Why is it that in nearly every profession except politics, race and ethnicity are rapidly becoming a moot point? In the ministry, well known preachers are heralded and accepted across a broad socioeconomic spectrum, without regard to race. Key examples are T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, and others. That they are black, white, female and Asian does not detract from their success.
Then, you have politics. In that arena, the playing field is minefield of race and gender.
Nearly fifty years ago, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech to a crowd gathered between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, most people of color identified themselves with the Republican Party. In fact, it was not until the Civil Rights upheaval in the mid 1960’s that a significant shift of black voters to the Democratic Party and away from the Republican Party took place. Consider this, written by King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King:
“During the civil rights era of the 1960’s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman’s issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was President Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.”
Political ideologues capitalized on President Lyndon Johnson’s racial epiphany amidst the turmoil of racial tensions in the 60’s: Take actions that portray you as the champion of civil rights, and you will see a seismic shift of black voters towards the Democratic Party. The irony is that Lyndon Johnson used racial epithets freely, yet shifted his political posture because he saw that it would be advantageous to the Democratic Party. As he said, black voters were “voting more often than White folks.”
Today, liberal media and professional race baiters have an incessant mantra that the Republican Party is the party of racists, bigots and homophobic, hayseed hicks who want to reestablish Jim Crow laws in America. The Liberals also put forth the notion that the Democratic Party is the political party of the people, especially racial minorities and the socially downtrodden.
The Democratic Party also created the artificial standard that, in order for black candidates to champion the “little guy,” they have to align themselves with the Democratic Party platform. Black candidates not affiliated with the Democratic Party are disparaged, maligned, besmirched, ridiculed and branded irrelevant sellouts. This is tantamount to character assassination by dis-association with the Democrat Party.
So, just what has voting for Black Democrats done for the black community since 1963?
The 1965 race riots in the Watts area of Los Angeles required martial law to restore order and allow the area to be rebuilt (after widespread burning, looting and rampant civil disobedience). In the aftermath of the Watts riots, President Johnson convened a special commission to look into the cause of the riots, and provide findings and recommendations for the community. Overseeing the commission was former CIA Director John McCone. The McCone Commission returned a 101 page report that was widely vilified and criticized. Why? The commission recommended improved relations between law enforcement and the local residents, promotion of the importance of education (reducing dropouts), and more opportunity for skills training and jobs.
The “Great Society” brought unprecedented government spending that had a primary objective (according to Johnson) of eliminating poverty, misery, disease and ignorance. Nearly fifty years and trillions of tax dollars later, the black community is worse off than ever before.
Nearly a half-century after the McCone Commission’s 101 page report, the Great Society has given us perpetual poverty and the modern day welfare state. The Democratic Party has been successful in creating a government-socioeconomic industry far more vast than the “military-industrial complex” that has made generations dependent on the government. Crushing private initiative into the ground, government is left as the only recourse for the poor to make a living.
This industry is thriving, and here is a little of what it has given us: 1) blighted and crumbling urban centers (or in the case of Detroit, the whole city); 2) abortion on demand, orchestrated by Planned Parenthhood; 3) devasted families, as government subsidies have “rewarded” generations of black women who chose to raise children without a man in the home; 4) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit cards (aka: Food Stamp Program), which are rapidly becoming the most common source of income for nearly fifty million Americans. That comes to more than the total combined population of the fifty most populous cities in America (from New York City at 8.3 million, to Wichita, Kansas, at 380,000).
As a former resident of an urban metro area (Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans) controlled by the Democratic party and represented by black Democrats who continued to promise a better day if we returned them to office “just one more time,” I have witness the decline of the inner city that was impacted negatively by well-intentioned Liberals and scores of failed government programs. The man pictured in the header of this article, William Jefferson (D-LA), was the U.S. Congressman representing the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans prior to forced out of office on bribery charges.
Today, many inner city residents are no longer motivated to work or seek employment. Instead, they have resigned themselves to an existence where the government provides their needs, and the wage earners are the privileged “evil capitalists” who seek to exploit and steal from them.
Democratic Party ideology has been on full display in the urban metropolitan areas that have been under Democratic control. Black politicians who align themselves with the Democrats are complicit in the disastrous results of government social experiments.
So-called drug and substance abuse rehabilitation programs have done nothing to stop the blight caused by drug wars and the drug culture. More people are weighed down by substance abuse than ever, and there is no relief in sight. Democrats push for increasing the minimum wage, which has been shown to hurt the urban youth more than any other demographic group. When a business owner is forced to pay more for unskilled labor than their return on investment, that business owner will opt to higher fewer workers in their company in order to stay in business.
Therefore, we come full circle and ask: What does it mean to vote black? There are black leaders in the political arena who do not subscribe to the policies of the Democratic Party. They stand for limited government, individual and personal responsibility, a more simple and equitable tax code, and defense of the freedoms and liberties as outlined in our founding documents.
“What does it mean to vote black?” Listen to Dr. King’s impassioned plea nearly fifty years ago: “that men will be judged by the content of their character.” We must change the notion that the legitimacy of a black candidate depends on whether or not his name on the ballot has a letter “D” suffixed to it. If we truly embrace King’s sentiments, we will be compelled to evaluate members of Congress by the legislation they vote for, and their legislation by its results. By their fruits we will know them. What is the harvest of nearly a half-century of black Democratic leadership in the urban communities? Walk through Detroit and ask, is this what the March on Selma was about? Visit the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles and ask, is this Martin Luther King’s dream? Look at the incarceration rates of young black men and ask, is this the Great Society we bought with trillions of dollars and our blood?
We are fast approaching the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s great speech. What have our politicians done with his dream? It is high time to put party politics aside and ask, do we still share that dream? Will fiddling around with minimum wage and WIC make the dream into reality? If you believe that, then let’s have another half century of what we’ve had. If not, then vote for the vision, not the party. This great country can still dream great dreams, if only we have the courage and wisdom to vote for it.
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