Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Lily White Movement Remix

The presidential election of 1876 led to the demise of Reconstruction in 1877.  After Reconstruction and after the Republican’s success of freeing the slaves, the Republican Party found themselves in an internal crisis.  Because of the Great Compromise of 1877 between Republicans and Democrats, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes became president, Democrat Samuel Tilden conceded, but the federal troops who had long protected the very breath of black life were pulled out of Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina.  (Hayes was rightly handed the Oval Office under the Twelfth Amendment, in part, because it was proven that the Democrat candidate suppressed black votes by killing, injuring and intimidation.)

The aftermath of Republicans turning away from their principles ended the freed slave’s right to vote, the right to hold elected office and the right to pursue liberty.  Democrats reestablished white supremacy in the South.  Blacks quickly fell under the control of Black Codes and were later oppressed under government-sanctioned Jim Crow.

In 2013, once again Republicans find themselves repeating their own internal compromise of the principles they stand for.  In the mid-nineteenth century, the GOP was considered the liberal party.  Many fought and won the freedom of the slaves as abolitionists. Some were even referred to as Radical Republicans.   Because of their history to that point, the GOP was often referred to as the Party of the Niggers.  They soon became more interested in controlling more southern governments and their support for blacks waned.  As a result, they added more of the southern Democrat voters to the Party which changed its makeup to say the least. These events drove the GOP away from its liberal core and the Lily White Movement was born.

The Lily White Movement was a split between those Republicans who wanted to gain more control of southern governments after Reconstruction by becoming more like the southern Democrats (The Lily Whites) and the “Blacks and Tans” which were comprised of blacks and the liberal whites who remained true to the Party principles of equality and freedom.  Well, by the end of the nineteenth century, the Lily Whites won the power struggle for the GOP and the Party slowly turned its back on the liberal principles that led them to the greatness of the mid-nineteenth century.
It is worth noting that the Republican effort to be seen as a conservative alternative to the long-established conservative Democrats failed but they did succeed in alienating their historical base among blacks.

Now, the Republican Party in 2013 is once again at war for its principles.  The old guard, who like the Lily Whites, are fighting to be more like Democrats and appease or attract more Latino support now war against the Tea Party legislators who are fighting to hold on to a Constitutional Republic anchored in what made the GOP great in the late-twentieth century under Ronald Reagan.

The United States needed a liberal agenda to free the slaves in 1865.  Now it needs a conservative agenda to stop the federal government which has been hijacked by liberals and is responsible for the unconstitutional behavior found in the IRS, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, oh and The White House.  Liberty is fleeting while Rome burns. 

I believe there are enough conservatives left in this nation to give the conservative legislators the support they need to save this country by holding fast to their principles of limited government, personal responsibility and liberty. Conservatives, including many Latinos, understand the rule of law and fairness.  The United States is a country made up of immigrants.  It is foolish to play a race card that pits the GOP against any ethnic group immigrating to the United States and it’s more foolish for the GOP to fear that hype themselves.  They must simply do the right thing as it relates to what is just, moral, and lawful;  and that does not include open borders during a time of war and allowing millions of illegal aliens to leap frog in front of those who respect the laws of the United States.  Moreover, border security must be real and not illusory as is currently the case as passed by the Senate this week.

If the conservatives in the Congress do not prevail on this very issue of immigration, the GOP of 2013 will go the way of the Republican Party under President Lincoln and lose its soul.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

I’m Sick and Tired

“All my life, I’ve been sick and tired.  Now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” said civil rights icon Fanny Lou Hamer to the impregnable racism by the Southern Democrats in Mississippi.  Now, I too am sick and tired of the White House and the Congress pandering to illegal immigrants with a so-called Immigration Reform Bill to the exclusion of a black agenda.

First, let me address the black elephant in the room.  The White House nor the Congress have done one thing to address the problem of black unemployment, black incarceration, substandard education in urban centers and high drop-out rates, disproportionate abortions by black women, or 70% black unwed mothers and the corresponding fatherless homes.  Attacking these issues in the black community would do more for this nation than giving a pass to those who have broken the law to enter this country.

Why aren’t these matters at least being discussed concurrently by lawmakers and the current administration?  It is not a focus because fixing these core issues only changes lives for the better.   Fixing them doesn’t get more votes and that’s the only game that matters to these elected whores.  Because blacks vote for Democrats at a rate of 98%, they have no leverage to have their needs met by either political party.   

Blacks are the largest group adversely impacted by the push to legalize illegal aliens in this country. Black unemployment is twice the national average today at 13%; illegal immigration accounts for 40% of the decline in black unemployment[1] but there is no debate on this issue. 

Moreover, any version of the proposed immigration reform makes the new Green Card worker exempt from the Obamacare employer-mandated health insurance for a significant period of time which makes that worker cheaper for employers to hire.  This will lead to firing existing employees and not hiring other low wage workers, namely blacks, in favor of the immigrant worker.

No nationally recognized black leader or group has done anything to influence immigration reform with the exception of the Black American Leadership Alliance which I never heard of until this month. Isn’t that odd?

Democrats and Republicans are now competing for the Hispanic vote primarily and damn the black vote or the impact on the black community.  So what if blacks cannot feed their families.  Food Stamps anyone?

When immigration reform passes the Congress-and some version will- the condition of blacks in America will worsen and no one, including blacks themselves, will say a mumbling word.  This is not okay America!

If Americans don’t take to the streets on this one, blacks can pack their bags and move to the nearest skid row.  Immigration reform that admits some 13 million illegal aliens into the labor force will be a blow that blacks will not easily survive.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Just a little joke!

Hillary Clinton was on her way home one day through the New York suburbs and stumbled upon a
cute little girl selling puppies on the corner.  

Unable to resist, Mrs. Clinton stopped her driver and proceeded to gaze upon the puppies.  Much to her delight she noticed the sign above the puppy enclosure read “Democrat Puppies for Sale”.  

Well she was all too excited and told the little girl that she would soon return with her husband the former president.

Well expectedly a little time passed before the Clinton’s returned, but to their delight the little girl was still there selling the cute little puppies.  The Clinton’s got out of their car and approached with excitement to see the puppies still for sale.

As they walked closer they noticed a change in the sign.  

The sign now read, “Republican Puppies for Sale”.  In great wonder, Mrs. Clinton said, what happened?  Your sign said “Democrat Puppies for Sale”. 

The little girl politely responded, “Yes, it did, but now the puppies opened their eyes.”

Monday, June 10, 2013

Who’s Racist?

I was recently asked whether I would consider changing my party affiliation for some altruistic purpose. I could not change from Republican to Democrat no more than I would drive someone to the abortion clinic.

My issues of faith, small limited government and promoting personal responsibility were primary responses to my commitment to the GOP.  Neither could I align myself with a political party that booed God three times at the Democratic National Convention.

How could I not be a Democrat since Republicans are racist and don’t care about the poor remain common questions.

First, studies show that conservative households give 30%  more to charity than liberal households.  (See Arthur Brooks book titled Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.) The widely held belief that Democrats care for the poor more than Republicans is a myth believed only by the uninformed.

Recall Joe Biden in the decade before 2008 only gave an average of $369 a year or a paltry .2% of his income to charity.[1]

Republican candidates, on the other hand routinely give more.  John McCain in 2006 and 2007 gave a whopping 25% of his income while Mitt Romney gave 19.2% of his @ $21 million adjusted gross income in 2012. [2]

While there are cases where conservatives give a paltry sum of their income too, like Biden, it remains true that conservatives generally are more compassionate givers than liberals. My liberal friends just don’t know what to do with this little factoid because it turns everything they believe about themselves inside out.

In the years prior to his bid for president, Barack Obama’s giving was low (e.g. between .4% and 4.6%). In 2008, Barack Obama gave 1% of his income before collecting earnings from his books Dreams from My Father and Audacity of Hope from which he gave 5.7% of his $1.7 million of his adjusted gross income.  His giving dramatically increased.  He gave 13.2% in 2011.

I make these points because liberals know how to give taxpayers dollars away but they are not so generous with their own earnings. 

Second, my liberal friends hang their hats on the universal belief that Republicans are racists. Except they ignore and have no response to how Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) remained such an esteemed member of the Democratic Party for so long.  Sen. Byrd was the longest serving senator before his death in 2010 who famously filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act (to prevent it from passing) and was a proud leader of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940’s as an Exalted Cyclops (top officer).

In 1946, Senator Byrd famously wrote in a letter to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo:

“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side ... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” [3]

Accepting the likes of the so-called racially reformed Senator Byrd is but one example of how Democrats tolerate their own sorted history of slavery in the South, imposing Black Codes, Jim Crow South, voter suppression, lynching, and segregation.  These systems have simply been rolled into a contemporary framework of entitlements, failing schools, the industrial prison complex, and economic annihilation as black net worth is $5,000 compared to $110,000 for whites.    Somehow, my liberal friends seem to think Republicans were the force behind these insidious systems not recognizing the role Republicans played to change the plight of blacks in America.

(I do not ignore the role Republicans played in the condition of contemporary black America.  From the Great Compromise of 1877 and the Lily White Movement to the claim of Nixon’s Southern Strategy, Republicans have not been a saving force for blacks since Reconstruction and have failed to reverse the big government family crushing Democratic policies.)

When I hear someone ask me to consider changing my party affiliation, I think of the words of the architect of the liberal policies that plague America today. President Lyndon B. Johnson deliberately set this country on a course of no return and he did it for racially motivated reasons in establishing the “Great Society.”  The Great Society’s cornerstone was the 1964 Civil Rights Act, passed only because of Republican support, took black support for the Democrat Party from 70% to 90% and solidified blacks’ love affair with Democrats. [4]  Bragging of his intentions for the "Great Society" programs, LBJ confided with two governors on Air Force One, stating:

"I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years."
With expanded welfare programs, President Johnson ensured the destruction of the "Black family unit." [5]

And just in case you still think Republicans corner the market on racism against blacks, here’s the beloved former President Bill Clinton to Sen. Ted Kennedy in 2008 on then-candidate Barack Obama as reported by deceased journalist Tim Russert: 

A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.”

So instead of focusing on who is racist and who is not, who cares for the poor and who doesn’t, let’s concede no Party has been perfect and get on with the business of ensuring equal opportunity for everyone. 


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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Keep Your Mouth Shut

Louisiana Democratic Party Chair and State Senator Karen Clark Peterson joined the ranks of former President Jimmy Carter and other notable Democrats who simple cannot win their argument in support of ObamaCare on the merits.  Instead, they resort to calling opponents of the monstrosity of a bill racist.  They are shallow and pitiful people.  (See Ms. Peterson’s remarks here.)

Ms. Peterson and others should debate the fact that expanding ObamaCare in her state would cost Louisiana $1.7 billion over 10 years, move up to 171,000 Louisianians from private insurance to Medicaid, and would result in 41 percent of the state’s population being placed on a Medicaid program that delivers inferior health care.  That’s right – inferior health care.

To resort to name calling should be embarrassing for her and her Democratic colleagues.

Arguments are won or lost on the merits.  Enough race baiting already.  It diminishes the credibility of those on the liberal side of the aisle who may, just may, be able to promote what most Americans now reject. 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, is an attempt to reduce health care costs and provide insurance for those who are uninsured or underinsured nationwide.  But it has become obvious to the objective observer that it is actually an attempt by the liberal establishment to control 1/6 of our nation’s economy and to place our nation one step closer to a system where reliance on big government is the new normal and irrevocable.

The United States cannot deliver our mail reliably, but yet we want to turn over our health care to the already bloated bureaucracy.  Give me a break. 

Our health care system was not broken before the Obama administration was catapulted into office.  What was needed was portability of insurance policies from one state to another (typically provided by employers) in order to make insurance companies compete across state lines to drive down costs and also a firm stance against the Trial Lawyers so that physicians no longer have to practice defensive medicine which drives up the costs of care also.  

Instead what we got was a 1,900 page bill, 12 times the size of the U.S. Constitution, that no legislator read before they passed it with only Democrat support.

What we got were lies from our leaders about the bill.  Remember Nancy Pelosi, then-Speaker of the House, told Americans that Congress had to first pass the bill before they could tell us what was in the bill?  She never even read it before she pushed it through. 

Remember the president told the American people that premiums would be lower and American’s could keep their existing policies?  Now three years into the new health care law, both of these assertions are proven false as reported in the NY Post.[1]  Just flat out lies.

Ms. Peterson and others like her should debate on the merits and be found only to have lost the argument.  Otherwise, when they start the debate by calling opponents of ObamaCare racist, they lose by just opening their mouths. 

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression that you’re stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” Rami Belson.

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