I have come across a tremendous amount of comments about blacks being racist on Facebook, blogs and columns, because they vote based on race. Some who have made that claim are old enough to remember when they laughed at the idea of a black becoming president, but I will not get into that right now. The blacks voting black racism charge is false despite the fact that blacks voted 95 or 96 per cent for Barack Obama. Before I get into the misconception, I want to say, the first black in anything continues to be huge for people of color. I personally did not let that sway me when I voted in November 2008.
There is a very important missing aspect that makes the claim that blacks vote race a falsehood and that is the Democrat Party. It is not black + black. It is black + Democrat. If it where black + black, then blacks would come out of the woodwork to vote for black Republican candidates. Dr. Alan Keyes would have received the majority black vote during his Republican primary presidential runs. Blacks did not come out for him at all.
When Pres. Obama was running in the primaries, here in Pennsylvania with our closed primary system, many non voting blacks scrambled to get registered, while those who were Independent changed their registration to Democrat in order to vote for him. Black Republican, Lynn Swann did not receive the black vote when he ran for governor of PA in 2006. Blacks stayed with Democrat, Ed Rendell who won a second term.
I see on the conservative side, that the “blacks are racist because they vote their race” perception is emotionally charged and not thoroughly thought through. At this point in time, the Democrat factor is essential in black voting. I haven’t given up on blacks in general going beyond the Democratic Party. I got passed the Democratic Party, and I know there are others out there like me.
I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18 in its entirety
Elijah Rock shout shout
Elijah Rock comin’ up Lord
Elijah Rock shout shout
Elijah Rock comin’ up Lord
Satan is a liar and a conjure too
If you don’t (mind high) watch out
He’ll conjure you
If I could I sho’ly would
Stand on the rock where Moses stood
You can call my rock in the morning
Call him late at night
He’s always with me
And all my battles he’ll fight
When I’m in trouble
I can call him on the line
He put a telephone in my heart (bosom)
And I can call God anytime
Ezekiel said he saw him
Wheel in the mid’ of a wheel
John talked about him
In the book of the 7 seals
Some say the Rose of Sharon
Others say the Prince of Peace
But I can tell everybody (this ol’ world)
He been a rock and a shelter for me
The voting rights of our people serving in the armed forces overseas have been thoroughly trampled upon. They must vote by absentee ballot and it appears their ballots are thrown out more than they are counted in tabulating winners and losers in elections. From watching several reports on cable news programming, this disgrace to our servicemen and women has been corrected by the law known as the Move Act, passed last year, but our soldiers are still being disenfranchised in their right to vote. We do not know how many elections would have went the other way, if the overseas votes of those in the armed services had been fully counted in the official vote tabulations.
A few states due to their late primary seasons say they can’t abide by with the dispensing of absentee voter ballots 40 days before an election and have them counted and certified by the times given in this voting law. It now looks like the Department of Justice has been dragging their heals in making sure all the states abide by this new law. Go here for the accusatory letter from Sen. Cornyn to the Department of Justice on their heel dragging and go here to view a state official being grilled in the hot seat on this issue. Also, go here to read about what states that have or have not granted their request for a waiver on military voting overseas.
In thinking back (digressing a little), I voted for the first time in the early 70s when the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 (I was 20), I was in college, so I voted by absentee ballot for mayor of Philadelphia in Bowie, Maryland. It is a good guess that my ballot was not counted, especially since I did not vote for the Democrat favorite, the late controversial Frank Rizzo, although I registered Democrat.
Chip Bok Cartoon
Yes, the Bush administration drove us into the ditch we are in, but the Obama administration’s policies have have made the ditch deeper beyond imagination. The deficit was higher in July than it was throughout the year 2007.
What is it with the Democratic liberal left, especially those in the black community who get so whacked out over a black Republican. The following quote is from NAACP’s senior vice president for advocacy and policy, Hilary Shelton on Alveda King, who is the niece of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Alveda King isn’t a fit representative of the “I have a dream” message her uncle left for the nation because, he said, she’s “undeniably a very long-term committed Republican and is pro-life.”
Alveda King has chosen to speak at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the same day as Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s annual Reclaim the Dream rally backed by NACCP’s head, Ben Jealous on the 47th anniversary of her uncle’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Now really, how is she not fit because she is a Republican and pro-life? Hilary Shelton is presumptuous with that statement. Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was against abortion. Some say MLK was a Republican, some say he did not identify with either of the 2 major political parties. It is universally agreed that her grandfather, Martin Luther King Sr (Daddy King) was a registered Republican.
In the South, before the mid 1960s, blacks that were able to get past the poll taxes and stupid poll tests ( for example, guessing the correct number of marbles in a large jar or reciting parts of the U.S. Constitution) were often still denied registration. Many southern blacks that could vote where usually registered by the Republican Party which did not have a lot southern members back then. Condaleeza Rice is a Republican due in part to the Republicans in her home state of Alabama registering her father to vote, when the the Democratic Party refused.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King fought against the Jim Crow segregation that was instituted and maintained by the Democratic South. So being a Republican hardly makes his niece an unfit representative. Hilary Shelton should review Jim Crow and civil rights history.
This notion that if MLK were here today, he would be at Rev Sharpton’s event as opposed to Glenn Beck’s is not correct. The main point of the “I Have a Dream” speech was disavowing skin color and putting the main emphasis on the content of one’s character. Rev. Sharpton and Ben Jealous are still too caught up on the skin color. Restoring Honor has much to do with the content of one’s character. Alveda King choose the right rally to attend. Read more about her here.