Speaking as one American, the whole “GOP outreach to Black folks” argument rings hollow for this reason:
Most American Blacks reject Republican conservatism. While having strong religious conservatism, this doesn’t translate into its political equivalent because of an even stronger allegiance: socialism.
Many feel America owes us for a tortured past and present issues. Government entitlement is the vehicle for satisfying this grievance.
Democrats are more than willing to play this role in exchange for a monopoly on the Black vote.
Obama’s two elections are seen more as a two-part coup than traditional transfers of power within the constitutional framework.
Record disbursements of unemployment insurance, food stamps, and Obamacare was enough to confirm that the West socialists hate had been toppled in America.
One of many flaws in this socialist thinking is that American Blacks are Westerners too. The American tradition is informed by many cultures, varied African included, that create the sum total we practice today.
Seeing ourselves as outcasts within our own country creates fellow traveler status for whatever slick-talking socialist cons us into selling out traditional values for more government.
I understand just how bad things have been since the last Bush term. People need much more help, public and private.
My concern is thinking the public route is the only one. Once they convince you government is the answer, voting Democrat is the only way to go.
Against this backdrop, excessive outreach to socialist Americans in my community is a waste of time. Individual American Blacks and sub-sets are political conservatives by choice- not coercion.
Begging, bribing, or otherwise undermining traditional values platforms simply to have more Black faces in the GOP is a losing proposition.
Latinos are more philosophically receptive to the values message, but amnesty is the promise needed to keep them voting Republican.
Unlike us, they are competitive with their vote and aren’t wedded at the hip to either party.
Black folks may eventually emancipate ourselves from socialism, but that’s not the GOP’s problem. As Americans, we will have to look socialism in the eye and reject it.
No benevolent outsider can do this for us. It hurts watching White patriots wanting us to embrace Americanism more than many of us desire.
The modern abolitionists are here, but lot of us have yet to book passage on today’s underground railroad of free markets and a Judeo-Christians ethic cleansed of socialism.
Retaining conservatives of all colors is Republicans’ immediate peril. The minute I see them courting the “Obama Phone Lady” or the “preacher for profit” demographic, I’ll return to being an independent.
There are clear reasons why Americans are Republicans and Democrats.
American Blacks in large part expect government to even the score for past wrongs. Those of us more focused upon the present and powered by uncompromised traditional values will either be Republicans, Independents, or whatever other affiliation awaits.
I wish our outreach advocates well. They may be able to get significant numbers of Blacks to vote their values instead of worshipping at the altar of socialism.
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