Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Is There Anything Republicans Have Done that I Don't Like?

Someone on Facebook asked me that the other day.

Answer – Absolutely!

1.      For starters – Under President Bush we ushered in Corporate Welfare! I still remember the day – like it was yesterday – In a televised speech Bush said, “We will abandon free market principles in order to save the free market”. What the heck does that mean?

It is remarkable how quickly both the formal and the informal constraints on government action either unravel or are simply ignored during times of crisis.

For more about that – see my previous post. Government Spending Part 2 - The Auto Bailouts.

Who would have thought that a Republican president (claiming that he had "abandoned free market principles to save the free market system") would push for an unprecedented $700 billion bailout of Wall Street and later, Detroit? Who could have guessed that this wholesale abandonment of constitutional restrictions on the power of unelected bureaucrats would receive such a tepid response from a Beltway policy community that ostensibly existed to boldly challenge such bad ideas? In the process guaranteeing future bailouts and bolstering the political culture of "too big to fail"?   Not to mention; what started under Bush, was pushed to the max under President Obama.

This story has all the markings of a classic Greek tragedy, doomed to be repeated again and again.

2.       They have done a very poor job of spending time in the black community.

The irony of it is this – The History of the Republican Party (The Party of Lincoln) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal#African_Americans)

The party came to existence because of a moral and principled conviction to abolish slavery - The idea that “all men are created equal”. The Republican Party was comprised of northern white Protestants, businessmen, professionals, factory workers, wealthier farmers, and African-Americans. It was pro-business, supporting banks, the gold standard, railroads, and high tariffs to protect heavy industry and the industrial workers.

It was the 12th, 13th & 14th amendments to the constitution – (Promoted by Republicans and for the most part blocked by Democrats) that gave Blacks Freedom, the right to vote & due process and equal protection under the law.

The first political move that the Republicans lost on was The New Deal. This became an excellent opportunity for the Democrats on a national level to motivate African Americans to switch party affiliation. Until the New Deal – virtually 90% of Black American’s were registered Republican's and 95% or more of them who voted – voted for Republican Candidates.

While the New Deal helped by creating the first welfare programs in our nation’s history; there was no attempt whatsoever by the Democrats to end segregation, or to increase the rights of Black Americans in the South.

Segregation in the South was a fully Democrat controlled policy; virtually every member of the KKK were registered Democrats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan) – it was republicans and the clergy who pushed to end segregation and for civil rights in the south.

The next stupid Republican mistake was by Richard Nixon – when Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and imprisoned for a sit-in. Dr. King reached out to Richard Nixon (Dr. King was a Republican - http://www.humanevents.com/2006/08/16/why-martin-luther-king-was-republican/)

But Nixon was worried he would lose swing voters who were Southern Democrats – so Nixon ignored Dr. King’s messages as strictly a political move – he never returned his call. 

So next, Dr. King reached out to Kennedy who was running against Nixon for the Presidency. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/interview_after_release_from_georgia_state_prison_at_reidsville
Kennedy worked behind the scenes and got Dr. King released from prison. Dr. King was interviewed on both TV and in the papers - and of course he gave great praise to Kennedy.

This all happened about one week before the election. The Kennedy campaign took the accolades and testimonials of Dr. King and others – printed them into a campaign pamphlet and distributed thousands of them to black churches all over the nation; with a particular focus on The South. For the first time in Black American History – more than 50% of the Black Vote went to a Democrat.

That was the pivotal moment. Since the 1960’s – the inner city, and other areas that have been predominantly black; have consistently voted for Democrat Leadership.

If you take a look at the history of leadership for urban Cities, Counties, etc. – Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Birmingham, etc. – virtually all of them have had Democrat Progressive Leadership since the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. Has their situation improved? No – these communities are still riddled with crime, poor performing schools and very few good paying jobs. These communities are suffering because the Two Party System has FAILED THEM! They do not have a two party system in these communities – they have a one party – The Democrat Party – that has kept them in perpetual poverty and on welfare. If the Republicans had the wisdom and the cajones to re-engage the Black Community; this would change. It would not change quickly, but would eventually turn the tide.

There have been some small exceptions. One example - In New York under Mayor Rudy Giuliani; crime was greatly reduced; taxes lowered; more jobs available for workers of various levels; and inner city schools did much better.

Most of these communities have overburdened local business owners with higher taxes; more regulations and costs in order to either start or maintain a business. The results – business move out of those areas to friendlier environments and take the jobs with them.

The bottom line – lower taxes; creating a fiscal regulatory environment where businesses, both small and large are encouraged – innovation is encouraged – and leaders everywhere are accountable (such as school performance, etc.) – promoting personal liberty and individual responsibility… These have provided the best possible opportunity for the individual pursuit of happiness. These are the policies that have built healthy and well balanced communities.

So – yes – Republicans can be idiots too! Stupidity is no respecter of political parties.

Truth Lives!

Check these links out – Black Conservatives trying to get the facts out to the Black Community

Also –Documentary that highlights that Black Americans were mostly Republican until some political mis-steps by the Party.

I have this documentary on DVD – it will blow your mind!

 “Fear of a Black Republican”

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