Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Black Voter: And Our Political Loyalties

How About A Second Helping Of Slavery

Did you know that Democrats fought to expand slavery, while Republicans fought to ban it?

Democrats formed the Confederacy, seceded from the Union and fought a Civil War (1861 to 1865) – a war where over 600,000 citizens were killed, including many thousands of blacks – in order to keep blacks in slavery because the Democrats had built their economic base on the backs of black slaves. 
Dred Scott

Democrats enacted Fugitive Slave laws to keep blacks from escaping from plantations and instigated the 1856 Dred Scott decision which legally classified blacks as property. Democrats pushed to pass the Missouri Compromise to spread slavery into 50% of the new states. 

Democrats also pushed to achieve passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act that was designed to spread slavery into all of the new states. 

Northern anti-Civil War Democrats, called “copperheads”, did not want to be drafted to fight in the Civil War. Starting in 1861, they attacked blacks in virtually every Northern city and pushed for a negotiated peace that would have resulted in an independent Confederacy where blacks were kept in slavery.  In New York, anti-Civil War Democrats engaged in “Four Days of Terror” against the city’s black population from July 13-16, 1863.

The anti-Civil War chant of the Democrats, as reported by one Pennsylvania newspaper, was: "Willing to fight for Uncle Sam", but not “for Uncle Sambo." These anti-Civil War Democrats verbally attacked Republican President Abraham Lincoln because he fought to free blacks from slavery and make his Emancipation Proclamation a reality – a Proclamation that became the source of the Juneteenth celebrations that occur in black communities today. 

The Republican Party was started in 1854 as the anti-slavery party by abolitionists opposed to keeping blacks in human bondage, and Republicans, under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, fought to free blacks from slavery.

After the Civil War, Republicans amended the US Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment).  Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860's, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. In the book “The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia” Professors Paul Finkleman and Martin J. Hershock debunk the absurd myth that President Lincoln was somehow a “racist” because of his measured approach to ending slavery in the rebelling South first, while waging a war to end all slavery nationwide. 

If the Democrats had left blacks alone at this moment in history, our nation would not be faced with racial divisiveness today.  Instead, Democrats set for themselves the horrendous task of keeping blacks in virtual slavery. 

Democrats fought to end Reconstruction started by Republicans

Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan in 1866 to lynch and terrorize Republicans -black and white and drive Republicans out of the South.
Democrat Donky

In the book "A Short History of Reconstruction", renowned historian, Dr. Eric Foner, revealed that the Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866 by Democrats as a Tennessee social club.  The Ku Klux Klan became a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party, the planter class, and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy. The Klan spread into other Southern states, launching a ‘reign of terror‘ against Republican leaders, black and white. 

President Rutherford Hayes

The Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877 was an attempt by Republicans to end the presidential election stalemate, as well as get the Democrats to stop the lynchings and respect the rights of blacks.  Contrary to popular belief, President Rutherford Hayes did not remove the last federal troops from the South, but merely ordered federal troops surrounding the South Carolina and Louisiana statehouses to return to their barracks. 

Democrats enacted the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws

Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every piece of civil rights legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960's. 

Democrats wanted to keep blacks in virtual slavery and deny blacks the promised “40 acres and a mule”. 

After they took control of Congress in 1892, Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil rights legislation passed by the Republicans, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875.  It took Republicans nearly six decades to finally achieve passage of civil rights legislation in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 

It defies logic for Democrats today to claim that the racist Democrats suddenly joined the Republican Party after Republicans finally won the civil rights battle against the racist Democrats.  In fact, the racist Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.
Republican James Weldon Johnson

The Republicans started the NAACP in 1909 on Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday to counter the racist practices of the Democrats.  The first black American to head the NAACP was Republican James Weldon Johnson who wrote the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, the inspirational song that is considered to be the Black National Anthem. 

Few blacks know that Republicans also started the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). 
Eugene “Bull” Connor 

The Modern Civil Rights Era – Democrats fought against civil rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s Democrat Public Safety Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor in Birmingham let loose vicious dogs and turned skinburning fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.

Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox famously brandished ax handles to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. In 1954, Democrat Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of a Little Rock public school.
Lester Maddox with gun in hand

Democrat Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963 and thundered, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
George Wallace in front of schoolhouse

All of these racist Democrats remained Democrats until the day they died. Democrat Senator Robert Byrd was a former “Exalted Cyclops” and “Keagle” (Recruiter) in the Ku Klux Klan Byrd remained a Democrat until he died in 2010. He was a prominent leader in the Democrat-controlled Congress where he was honored by his fellow Democrats as the “conscience of the Senate.”   Byrd was a fierce opponent of desegregating the military and complained in one letter:  “I would rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”

Senator Robert Byrd
The relentless disparagement of Dr. King by Democrats led to his being physically assaulted and ultimately to his tragic death.  In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Byrd called Dr. King a "trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited.  A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Republicans championed civil rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s 
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Republican President Dwight Eisenhower pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the famous 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education” decision that ended school segregation and the “separate but equal” doctrine created by the 1896 “Plessy v. Ferguson” decision. 
Chief Justice Earl Warren

Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman's issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military. In 1958, Eisenhower established a permanent Civil Rights Commission that had been rejected by prior Democrat presidents, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Ignored today is the fact that it was Roosevelt who started blacks on the path to dependency on government handouts during the Great Depression with his “New Deal” that turned out to be a bad deal for blacks. Even though Roosevelt received the vote of many blacks, Roosevelt banned black American newspapers from the military because he was convinced the newspapers were communists.
Senator Everett Dirksen

 Little known by many today is the fact that it was Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Democrat President Lyndon Johnson, who pushed through the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  In fact, Dirksen was instrumental to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968.  Dirksen wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hailed Senator Dirksen’s “able and courageous leadership” and "The Chicago Defender," the largest black-owned daily at that time, praised Senator Dirksen “for the grand manner of his generalship behind the passage of the best civil rights measures that have ever been enacted into law since Reconstruction.” 
Senators Sam Ervin

Democrats today ignore the pivotal role played by Senator Dirksen in obtaining passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, while heralding President Johnson as a civil rights advocate for signing the bill.  The chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd who filibustered against the bill for 14 straight hours before the final vote. President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of the civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans. 
Albert Gore Sr.

President Lyndon Johnson was not a civil rights advocate

In his 4,500-word State of the Union Address delivered on January 4, 1965, Johnson mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only thirty five words were devoted to civil rights.  He did not mention one word about voting rights. Information about Johnson’s anemic civil rights policy positions can be found in the “Public Papers of the President, Lyndon B. Johnson,” 1965, vol. 1, p.1-9. 

Johnson did not predict a racist exodus to the Republican Party - In their campaign to unfairly paint the Republican Party today as racists, Democrats point to Johnson’s prediction that there would be an exodus from the Democratic Party because of Johnson’s support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Omitted from the Democrats’ rewritten history is what Johnson actually meant by his prediction.  Johnson’s statement was not made out of a concern that racist Democrats would suddenly join the Republican Party that was fighting for the civil rights of blacks. Johnson feared that the racist Democrats would again form a third party, such as the short-lived States Rights Democratic Party. In fact, Alabama’s Democrat Governor George C. Wallace in 1968 started the American Independent Party that attracted other racist candidates, including Democrat Governor Lester Maddox. 

    The Truth Is Often Suppressed So Blacks Are Led Astray

Behind closed doors, Johnson said:  “These Negroes, they’re getting uppity these days.  That’s a problem for us, since they got something now they never had before.  The political pull to back up their upityness.  Now, we’ve got to do something about this.  We’ve got to give them a little something.  Just enough to quiet them down, but not enough to make a difference.  If we don’t move at all, their allies will line up against us.  And there’ll be no way to stop them.  It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.” 

President John F. Kennedy was not a civil rights advocate

 Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights.  However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Senator Al Gore, Sr.  And after he became president, Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King. 
A. Phillip Randolph

Contrary to popular belief, Kennedy never made the call to get Dr. King out of jail. The call was made by Harris Wofford, Kennedy's Civil Rights Advisor, who was a personal friend of the Kings.  Wofford said Kennedy was angry about the call because Kennedy thought it would make him lose the Southern vote. However, the call eventually worked in Kennedy's favor.  This revelation is contained in offord’s book “Of Kennedys and Kings” on pages 14-23. 

The truth about Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”
President Richard Nixon

Democrats condemn Republican President Richard Nixon for his so-called “Southern Strategy.” These same Democrats expressed no concern when the racially segregated South voted solidly for Democrats for over 100 years, while deriding Republicans because of the thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party. The "Southern Strategy” that began in the 1970’s was an effort by Nixon to get fair-minded people in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were discriminating against blacks. Georgia did not switch until 2004, and Louisiana was controlled by Democrats until the election of Republican Bobby Jindal, a person of color, as governor in 2007. 
Republican Bobby Jindal

As the co-architect of Nixon's "Southern Strategy", Pat Buchanan provided a first-hand account of the origin and intent of that strategy in a 2002 article posted on the Internet.  Buchanan wrote that Nixon declared that the Republican Party would be built on a foundation of states’ rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense. Nixon said he would leave it to the Democratic Party to squeeze the last ounce of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.
Gerald Alexander 

The Claremont Institute published an eye-opening article by Gerald Alexander entitled “The Myth of the Racist Republicans”, an analysis of the decades-long shift of the South from the racist Democratic Party to the racially tolerant Republican Party. That article can be found on the Internet at:

Nixon started affirmative action implementation

The enforcement of affirmative action began with Richard Nixon‘s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher who became known as “the father of affirmative action”) that was merit-based and set the nation‘s first goals and timetables. Nixon was also responsible for the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1970’s. 
 Republican Art Fletcher 

Notably, Fletcher, as president of the United Negro College Fund, coined the phrase “the mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Fletcher was also one of the original nine plaintiffs in the famous “Brown v. Topeka Board of Education”.  Fletcher briefly pursued a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1995. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system that even most blacks do not support, affirmative action was pushed by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson kicked almost all blacks out of federal government jobs after he was elected in 1912. Also, while Wilson was president and Congress was controlled by the Democrats, more discriminatory bills were introduced in Congress than ever before in our nation’s history. 

Goldwater was a Libertarian, not a racist
Barry Goldwater

A review of Senator Barry Goldwater’s record shows that he was a Libertarian, not a racist.  Goldwater was a member of the Arizona NAACP and was involved in desegregating the Arizona National Guard.

Goldwater supported the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Act of 1960, as well as the constitutional amendment banning the poll tax. His opposition to the more comprehensive Civil Rights Act of 1964 was based on his libertarian views about government. Goldwater believed that the 1964 Act, as written, unconstitutionally extended the federal government's commerce power to private citizens, furthering the government’s efforts to "legislate morality" and restrict the rights of employers. 

It is instructive to read the entire text of Goldwater's 1964 speech at the 28th Republican National Convention, accepting the nomination for president that is available from the Arizona Historical Foundation.  By the end of his career, Goldwater was one of the most respected members of either party and was considered a stabilizing influence in the Senate. Senator Goldwater's speech may be found also on the Internet at: 

Democrats talk tolerance, but practice intolerance

Democrats claim that they care about diversity, but readily demean black professionals who do not toe the Democratic Party’s liberal line, slandering blacks as “Uncle Toms”, “Sellouts” and “House Niggers”, including Dr. Condoleezza Rice, General Colin Powel, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former Maryland and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.  With impunity, a Democrat Senator, the late Ted Kennedy, called black judicial nominees “Neanderthals”.  Democrat Senator Harry Reid slurred Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an incompetent Negro who could not write good English.  “Slap at Thomas stinks of racism,” was the headline of the New York Daily News’ December 7, 2004 editorial. 

Michael Steele  "Sambo"

Democratic Party operatives depicted Michael Steele on the Internet as a “Simple Sambo” with big, thick red lips and nappy hair, reminiscent of the way Democrats depicted blacks during the days of slavery.  Cartoonist Jeff Danziger and Pat Oliphant portrayed Dr. Condoleezza Rice as a “stooge” and a bare foot “Ignorant Mammy”, just the way Democrats demeaned blacks during the days of slavery. 

Democrat President Bill Clinton – following in the footsteps of his mentor J. William Fulbright, a staunch segregationist – refused to enforce a court-ordered affirmative action plan while president and was himself sued for discriminating against his black employees while he was the Governor of Arkansas. Clinton also had his Attorney General, Janet Reno, file a class action, reverse discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a group of white janitors at Illinois State University to stop the University from hiring blacks. 

None of Clinton’s inner-circle of advisors were black, and he failed to take action to stop the massacre of over 800,000 Rwandans in 1994. Without congressional or UN approval, Clinton sent 20,000 troops to help the white Europeans in Bosnia, but refused to send troops to help the 800,000 blacks in Africa.

Kenneth Gladney
A black man, Kenneth Gladney, was physically assaulted by white Democrats in the Service Employees International Union thugs.  Gladney was beaten, kicked and called a racist name while working as a vendor at a health care reform town hall meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on August 6, 2009 organized by U.S. Rep. Democrat Russ Carnahan. 
The assault was a calculated attempt to intimidate and silence Tea Party protestors and town hall activists.  On the morning of the Gladney attack, the White House presented to Senate Democrats a “battle plan” to quell the protests.  The advice given to the Democrats by President Barack Obama was to "punch back twice as hard", and the first casualty was Kenneth Gladney.  In the emergency room of the St. John's Mercy Medical Center, Gladney was treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face suffered in the attack.  The six people arrested in the Gladney case, including a Post-Dispatch reporter, were charged with mere misdemeanor ordinance violations, with a total of ten charges spread out among the six offenders.  Not one Democrat rushed to a microphone to denounce the attack against Gladney as a "hate crime".  Yet they falsely call Tea Party activists racists.

 President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden Practice Racial Politics

 Democrat Vice President Joe Biden, while he was a US senator, boasted that his home state of Delaware was a slave state. President Barack Obama, while he was an Illinois senator, provided funding for slum projects in Chicago that kept blacks trapped in rat and roach infested housing, as reported in a Boston Globe article. 

As a US senator, Obama voted against the minimum wage bill and wrote a letter of support for former Klansman Senator Robert Byrd that helped that racist win re-election. After he became president, Obama cut funding for historical black colleges and universities (HBCU’s).  He ended school choice scholarships in the District of Columbia and sent poor black children back into the failing DC public school system.  Obama’s out of-control spending killed private-sector jobs and created nearly twenty percent black unemployment. In his book “Dreams from My Father”, Obama described what he and other Democrats do to poor blacks as “plantation politics”. 

Democrats are hypocrites on the issue of race 

Democrats accuse the Republican Party of being racists (See video at the top of this article), while hypocritically ignoring racism in the Democratic Party.  For instance, Democrats pointed a finger at Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about Strom Thurmond.  However, there was no public outcry when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised the former Klansman Robert Byrd as someone who would have been "a great senator for any moment," including the Civil War.  Unlike Byrd, Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and, after he became a Republican, defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats.  If Senator Byrd and Senator Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched.  
Bush and Dukakis

Another example of the Democrats’ double standard on racism is the Willie Horton story.  It was former Vice President Al Gore who first dug up Willie Horton to use against his rival, Michael Dukakis, during the 1988 presidential primary. Al Gore is given a pass for using Willie Horton against Dukakis during the primary, but George H. W. Bush is bashed for using Willie Horton against Dukakis during the general election.

In the face of the use of the word "Nigger" on television by the late former Klansman Robert Byrd, Democrats slandered Lee Atwater with the false accusation that he used the “N-Word” in 1981 -- ten years before he died of a brain tumor on March 30, 1991 at age 40. Atwater was a tough political strategist who beat the Democrats in the political area, but he was not a racist. At the time of his death, even the mean-spirited obituary about Atwater that was published in The New York Times on March 30, 1991 did not mention his ever having used the “N-word.”  The nasty obituary about Atwater can be found on the Internet at:

The myth of Voter Suppression by Republicans 

Every election cycle, Democrats try to deceive blacks by claiming falsely that Republicans engage in “voter suppression” and want to “disenfranchise” blacks, even though blacks are voting in record numbers, particularly in the 2008 election
when President Barack Obama was elected.  Notably, after several investigations in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2101 by civil rights organizations and liberal newspapers, Democrats have produced no blacks who were denied the right to vote.

If even one black person had been denied the right to vote, that person’s name would have been blasted on the front page of every newspaper in this country. Democrats gleefully ignore the charges, investigations and convictions of the Democrat-controlled group, ACORN, for massive voter fraud in several states.  Democrats also vigorously fight the enactment of voter identification laws that would prevent voter fraud. 

Democrats Practice Voter Intimidation

Jerry Jackson

Real voter intimidation was done by Black Panthers who wielded weapons, hurled racial insults at voters and blocked polls at a Philadelphia polling place in the 2008 Election.  Incredibly, the charges were dropped by President Obama, which resulted in a unanimous Civil Rights Commission decision expressing outrage.  Jerry Jackson, one of the Black Panther defendants is an elected member of Philadelphia’s 4th  Ward Democratic Committee and was a credentialed poll watcher for Obama and the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party today is anti-black 
Government Provided Housing

Democrats have been running black communities for the past 50 years, and the socialist policies of the Democrats have turned black communities into economic and social wastelands. Democrats have the audacity to blame Republicans for the crisis in black neighborhoods created by the Democrats. 

Democratic Party operatives trashed black Democrat Juan Williams, calling him a “Happy Negro” for daring to expose the failed socialist policies of the Democrats in his book “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America”. 

Without remorse, Democrats deliberately keep blacks in poverty because Democrats have built their political power base on the backs of poor blacks, just as Democrats built their economic power base on the backs of poor blacks during the days of slavery. The centuries-old election year strategy of the Democrats is to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Every election cycle, Democrats preach hatred against Republicans and incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans, not for Democrats. With the complicity of the liberal press, Democrats hide their actions that keep blacks in poverty. For instance, Democrats are aligned with teachers’ unions and block efforts of Republicans to provide school choice scholarships to black parents so they can get their children out of failing schools.  Democrats put the special interests of teachers’ unions over that of poor blacks.  Democrats do not want to acknowledge that the money belongs to the people, not the buildings that are controlled by the teachers.  

Democrats are also aligned with the AARP, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest special interest groups, and block Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the system because blacks on average have a five-year shorter life expectancy.

The Republican Party today promotes black prosperity 

The core socialist philosophy of the Democrats is to give a man a fish, so he can eat for a day.  Socialism uses welfare — giving a man a fish — to keep blacks in poverty. The core enterprise philosophy of the Republicans is to teach a man how to fish so he can feed himself for a lifetime. 

Since the so-called War on Poverty, over $9 trillion has been spent on poverty programs, with little movement in the poverty needle. Money is not the issue. Instead, adherence to socialism and dependency on government handouts has produced generational poverty in black communities. 

Even though most blacks have been wrongly convinced that the Republican Party is a racist party and refuse to vote for Republicans, Republicans at the federal level continue to help blacks prosper. 

 Democrats owe blacks an apology 

The roots of modern-day racism are planted firmly in the Democratic Party.  For partisan political gain, Democrats fan the flames of racism, as they have done for over 200 years. 

The 2006 report of the Commission appointed by the Governor of North Carolina prompted the Democratic Party of North Carolina to pass a unanimous resolution in 2007 apologizing for the Democratic Party’s role in the bloody 1898 Wilmington Race Riots where dozens of black Americans were massacred. In a letter to the North Carolina Democratic Party, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Richard H. Moore wrote: “We can no longer ignore the fact that many of us grew up being taught a much sanitized – and inaccurate – history….  The truth is ugly.”

If we, as a nation, are to heal our racial wounds, move beyond racial divisiveness and assure economic prosperity for blacks, we must first hold the Democratic Party accountable and demand an apology for the harm that party has inflicted on black Americans.

Big Government is the Problem, Not the Solution

By arguing that Obama has betrayed the black community, I am not arguing that Obama needs to spend his time carving out black-specific governmental policies.  Manifestly, the black-specific liberal policies that have been attempted in the past have done nothing more than stimulate a metastasizing of the very social cancers that they were designed to treat. My argument is, however, that Obama has failed to enact the economic policies that would provide the necessary environment for blacks to fend for themselves independent of government -- despite the fact that he presented himself during his campaign as someone who was inimitably skilled and uniquely well-positioned to do so. 
Without attempting to cater to blacks specifically, President Reagan managed to create economic prosperity throughout the entire country which, in point of fact, benefited blacks more than it did whites.  The facts cannot be disputed: Reaganomics had a salubrious effect on the black community, whereas Obamanomics is having an unequivocally deleterious effect on black economics and the black community at large.

Obama Is Not The President of African Americans? 
Talk to the hand, Bro

One of the talking points formulated by Obama's apologists in the media is the notion that Obama is not the president of black America.  They argue he is the president of the United States of America.  This pathetically feeble argument exists for the sole purpose of deflecting legitimate criticism of Obama's failure to meet the needs of the black community.

The fact of the matter is that Obama is the president of African Americans, just as he is the president of white Americans.  It takes a shocking display of intellectual dishonesty to suddenly release Obama of any responsibility for black America, especially when previous presidents have always been held responsible for their treatment of the black community. 
Toni Morrison

In 1998, the Nobel-Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison gave Bill Clinton the honorary moniker of "America's first black president" because, according to her, he "display[ed] almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas." 

Leaving aside the recognizably insulting view of what constitutes blackness in Morrison's perverse mind, had white, southern Clinton possessed all these qualities while presiding over 16.1 percent unemployment, I am positive that this endearing nickname would never have been created -- much less believed by black liberals for many years until the emergence of Obama.

By contrast, the left, with unutterable alacrity, vociferously argued that George W. Bush's less-than-stellar handling of Hurricane Katrina was indicative of his incurable allergy toward black skin.  Even largely apolitical rapper Kanye West took the time out to accuse Bush of not caring about blacks.  The fact that Bush packed his administration with exceptionally well-qualified minorities was completely disregarded when the black left gave Bush his failing report card. One can only imagine the panic-stricken cries of racism that would have been heard for years if Bush had overseen 16.1 percent black unemployment.

It is nothing more than liberal hypocrisy to see the crisis evident in the black community under Obama's watch and simply respond with the contemptible shibboleth stating, "Obama is not the president of black America; he's the president of the United States of America" -- especially when every other president in recent history has been critically judged on their treatment of the black community.

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, The creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..."


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