Social Network of African American Conservatives & Moderates
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.
Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see
if you have enough money to complete it?"
Luke 14:28 New International Version (NIV)
Saturday, September 24th, 2011 and Sunday, September 25th, 2011 will be looked upon as historical dates in American cultural history. On Saturday, Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Poll. Why is this important? It seems a prudent indicator of whom will be the GOP nominee for President. Ronald Reagan won in 1979 and George H.W. Bush in 1987. The Straw Poll is essential because the participants are normally the most active in grassroots education and mobilization. They get the voters to the polls. The Tea Party Racists of Florida said, "We have confidence in Herman Cain as President." On Sunday, the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II, greeted the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and their patrons at an Awards Dinner. Why is this important? It seems a prudent avenue to observe how an incompetent and inefficient caucus could provide a showplace for envy and self-degradation for a race of people that have chosen the pursuit of a place at the table in lieu of principles that would liberate their supporters from poverty and promote true economic stimulus. "Pass this bill" and you will be free is the only uninhibited styling performed by the Prez and lauded by his adoring audience, which after years of Progressive assault have come to accept their "learned helplessness" from the Democrat Party. The Impartial CBC said, "We have confidence in our Black President. I think. I don't know. Yes, certainly. Maybe not. Hmmm." Some have commented that Shelby and I were too rough on President Barack Hussein Obama last Monday night! However, after reading Herman Cain's comments, I feel vindicated. Do you have your slippers on? Man, isn't it great to be ahead of the pack! We were spot on Monday night and Cain is spot on today! The pendulum swing may soon be swinging towards conservatism. I may live to see a race of people march, not to the Lincoln Memorial for Peace, Justice and Jobs, but to the voting booths to choose virtue over failure.
Let me note that there are men of seasons as well as men that can sense a change in the season. Men of seasons are those that are made leaders by election, appointment or simply pure circumstance. Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois were men of season. They each led others into vocations that would strengthen and uphold their philosophical beliefs. Last weekend, we saw their sons on stage performing at their peak in accord with their political staples. The political and economic statesmanship of Cain would have brought great pride to Washington. The grand appreciation for Obama's community agitation and luring Marxist strategies would have shone brilliantly upon the face of DuBois. In any great period, there are men that can sense a change of seasons. These men are often demonized for the visions that have been thrust upon them by reasoning, intelligence, wisdom and divine visitation. I try not to listen solely to the utterances of those that share my ideology. Doing so adds bias to one's view of problem-solving. I remain true to my principles in execution however, the way others respond to events is essential in gauging a prudent and victorious campaign. I listen to men like Pat Caddell and James Carvell. I know some of you gasp. However, if your opponent is sweating in a cool room then, your strategy can be crafted withe the expectation of great success. In each category, there are those that pursue the best for themselves as well as those that seek the best for others. Urban Americans are beginning to come to "themselves". Their are some within our community that would like to take advantage of the coming shift of minorities from liberalism/progressive politics to their roots in conservatism. The liberal ship is sinking and many are shifting, firstly in thought, and then, deed. After years of denigration first, by physical force and then, by theft of the promised pie, I must warn those that plan to swarm in or swoop over Urban America for their personal gain to be prepared for public exposition and the mightiest fight against your efforts. I will make it plain. Republican is a station that many choose to cast a vote for representation. Conservatism is a way of life and a lifestyle. If you choose to recruit Urban Americans to the station only then, you shall receive my condemnation. However, if you choose to educate, mobilize and promote conservatism then, you shall receive my boundless concord. Carpetbaggers, you better count up the costs before advancing on Urban America.
The first cost that you must pay is that of education. Do you really want to know the history of Urban Americans specifically African-Americans? If you can not overcome the conundrum of the Nixon Southern Strategy then, stay in your plush headquarters on Capitol Hill and maintain your elitist hold on the multitude of establishment candidates that run from your political stalls. You say McCain and I say Feingold. I digress. The historical myth of the Nixon Southern Strategy is that the GOP began reaching out to states rights leaders in the Jim Crow Democrat States. This outreach was supposed to be the straw that broke the camel's back and pushed 90% of African-Americans into the Democrat column. Wake-up dude! Are you kidding me? This analogy would be comparable to me writing that because of 9/11 90% of Muslim-Americans began to seek Christ as their personal savior. It does not make any sense. Now, here's the rest of the story. Actually, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the author and finisher of the Southern Strategy. White segregationist politicians, they were Democrats, governed Southern states from the Post Reconstruction Era of the 1870's to the 1970’s. The Democratic Party didn’t welcome blacks then, and it wasn’t until 1924 that blacks were even permitted to attend Democratic conventions in any official capacity. Most blacks lived in the South, where Jim Crow Laws were enforced that prevented most from voting at all. The majority of those that did cast their ballots did so for Republicans.
The 1932-36 elections was a realigning election that created a new majority coalition for the Democrats, one made up of organized labor, blacks, and ethnic Americans such as Italian-Americans, Polish-Americans and Jews. So how did we make such a change? Some were forced or threatened. Between 1882 and 1964, 4,743 individuals--3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites--were lynched. The Democrat Party originated the Ku Klux Klan to suppress the black vote. Sometimes, out right fraud, vote manipulation, was tooled to suppress support for Republican candidates and increase support for Democrats. However, one the great influences was the Black Press. The Lame Stream was alive and well then. The Black Press molded and sculpted the philosophical ideals that Blacks, feeling oppressed and isolated, would gravitate and subscribe as an easier way into the Promise Land of freedom and liberty than the unfruitful promises of the Republican Party. FDR recognized a golden opportunity. He would exchange a promise of "Hope and Change" to a people that had become weary of the ineffectiveness of the Party that once had their interests at heart. FDR would exchange "access" for the "vote". If the Black Press would deliver the vote, he would deliver the posts of access. Robert Lee Vann would be that difference maker. Vann was the Editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, once the country's most circulated black newspaper with a national subscription of nearly 200,000. Motivated by FDR's promise, Vann delivered a speech in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 11, 1932, Robert Lee Vann finally said what few African-American leaders had dared to utter in public. "This year I see Negroes voting a Democratic ticket .... I, for one, shall join the ranks of this new army of fearless, courageous, patriotic Negroes who know the difference between blind partisanship and patriotism." In bitterness, Vann left the GOP and joined the Colored Advisory Committee in the national Democratic Party. Under his direction, the Courier then supported the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932. He got 71 percent of the black vote for president in 1936 and did nearly that well in the next two elections, according to historical figures kept by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. But even then, the number of blacks identifying themselves as Republicans was about the same as the number who thought of themselves as Democrats. Roosevelt needed the support of Southern Democrats for his new programs, and taking an aggressive position on the civil rights act could have threatened his ability to pass his highest priority programs--the New Deal. However, the deal was done. The Black Press had made it acceptable to be a Democrat. Harry Truman garnered 77 percent of the black vote in 1948 and a majority of blacks reported that they thought of themselves as Democrats. Hence, the majority of blacks had left the Republican Party well before Nixon was Vice President to President Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower. If you can not educate the populous in this manner then, leave them alone. Having left a cart that forced Blacks into a booth to vote for D without vetting the candidate or understanding the platform principles is as immoral as selecting another such candidate with a R behind his name.
Education is one of the essential steps in sowing and harvesting a generation that seeks to protect the Constitution rather than destroy it. The future of conservatism in Urban America is extremely bright. When looking at Senator Marco Rubio, joy at the potential of what America can be causes great palpitations in my heart. When I think of a 17 year old African American youth that is the County Director of the Frederick Douglas Foundation in Edgecomb, NC, I celebrate with great elation. When I co-host with Project 21 Spokesperson Shelby Emmett, immense pride comes into my heart. They are the future and the future is bright. Education is one of the costs that must be paid in order to change a "brainwashed" people. It is conservatism that must be the subject, freedom and liberty the verb and, when content of character and ideology align, Republican is the object of the sentence. Carpet bagging will never be tolerated.