Jul 23, 2014
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Why the Republican Party is a better fit for African Americans

Last month Mitt Romney spoke to an all black audience. He did not say, “Yall or Yo or any other type of vernacular that could be construed as urban light talk. Instead he remained himself and spoke from his heart. He was not looking for votes, rather looking to open up hearts. He spoke the truth and he spoke with purpose. Barack Obama and the Democrat Party’s policies are hurting the Black community.

The truth sometimes is supposed to hurt and Mitt Romney stuck the needle filled with truth serum deep inside the vein of every single member of the audience when he spoke at the NAACP. He eloquently administered the first shot in curing them from their life long suffering of a truly debilitating disease known as liberalism. He did not tap dance around the issues, or use talking points or slogans; instead he confronted them head on and forced them to listen. He told the audience exactly what they did not want to hear, but what they needed to hear.

This article was inspired by last month’s speech to the NAACP as well as Joe Biden’s recent comments.However it is about much more than one man’s speech or one man’s racist comments. It is about how to change the hearts and minds of people who are oppressed, and may not even know it.

The African American community for far too long has been brainwashed into believing that the Republican Party is a racist party and doesn’t care for the plight of African Americans. This could not be farther from the truth. What is true is that the Democrat Party is much better than the Republican Party at the art of message manipulation and hiding the facts under the guise of discrimination and racism.

The disease known as liberalism is like a cancer that eats away at the very heart of a nation. Like cancer, it can be hard to detect and is a master of deception. Much like a chameleon it has the ability to hide in plain sight. It has metastasized itself into the bloodstream of every unsuspecting and unprepared host it can find. For the Democrat Party to survive, it needs liberalism to continue to infect more and more minorities, especially African Americans.

The Democrat Party has survived the last 40 to 50 years not on their sound fiscal ideas or family oriented philosophies, but rather on an uninformed, disengaged, and distracted electorate. They have used envy, class warfare, lies, and victimization to control an entire segment of society by keeping them in the dark and not allowing them to see the light.

When rational independent thinking African Americans happen to escape the political confines of the Democrat plantation, they are eviscerated, ridiculed, and often called names like Uncle Toms. As I have mentioned in previous articles an educated, well informed, African American voter to a Democrat is like what Kryptonite was to Superman.

The Democrat Party has been on the wrong side of history when it comes to African Americans and their civil rights, yet somehow manage to still receive almost 90% of the black vote? This statistic amazes me considering that the Democrat Party was the party that ruled African Americans were only 3/5th of a person and would never be granted citizenship.

One of the principles that the Republican Party was founded upon was an Anti-Slavery platform. History has shown that the Democrat Party was the party that fought against the abolition of slavery. Did African Americans forget that Abraham Lincoln, a Republican abolished slavery? Did they skip the chapter in the history books that shows that Jim Crow Laws were enacted by the Democrats? Do they not realize that the awful Dred Scott decision was ruled upon by a Democratic Majority? With this type of history, it is mind boggling that so many African Americans vote for Democrats.

For this political anomaly to change, prominent African American leaders will need to continue to educate the Black community on how the Democrat Party’s policies are holding them back as a people from a socio-economic standpoint. This won’t be an easy task considering how long African Americans have been taught not to vote Republican, but it is a conversation worth having.

Historically speaking, there has been a number of prominent Republicans of African American descent. The great orator, statesman, and former slave Frederick Douglass once famously quipped, “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to no other party then the party of freedom and progress.”

Moreover, in her book, A Covenant of Life: Reclaiming MLK’s Legacy, Dr. Alveda C. King, said this about her late, great uncle, “My Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. was a Republican, and so was his son, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Dr. King was pro family, pro church, and believed that all men should be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Amen.

From Eldridge Cleaver, Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington to Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, and Allen West, there are plenty of examples of prominent African American Republicans for Black voters to emulate and look up to. The Republican Party needs to continue to remind Black voters that not only are these people Republicans; but more importantly that what they stood for and continue to believe in are the guiding principles that as a community African Americans more closely align with.

As a community, African Americans tend to be more pro life, believe in the definition of traditional marriage, and long for the strength and unity of the nuclear family. Judging by these characteristics you would think they would naturally vote for Republicans, but unfortunately this has not been the case.

As Conservatives, and Republicans it is our duty to counsel, educate, and converse with our African American friends and colleagues. We need to compare and contrast the policies between the two parties in a calm, respectful, and intelligent way. We need to show them how the Democrat Party holds them in economic slavery by strapping the chains of government to their backs. We must teach them in the simplest terms that Democrats want to feed them a fish so they only eat for a day, and Republicans want to teach them how to fish so they can feed themselves and their families. If we can show them that the Republican Party is the party of liberty, freedom, equality, and opportunity then they will reject liberalism because at its core it is not based in freedom, it is based on dependency.

If each of us can change just one person’s mind we can make a substantial contribution to freedom and liberty. The Democrats know that if they lose as little as 15-20% of the Black vote it is essentially game over for them. Republicans can reverse this trend and make long lasting inroads in the Black community, not just for the political gain, but more importantly for a better America.

Josh Bernstein

Josh Bernstein's a well known political writer, strategist, & radio talk show host. Unabashed, Unapologetic, & Unafraid, Josh covers the issues affectg r nation with a vision all his own. Be sure 2 catch him on The Josh Bernstein Show airing next month! Details to follow. Also check out his columns here: www.joshbernsteinpoliticalwriter.com & follow him on Twitter @jbc230mb or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/josh.bernstein.1
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7 Comments

  1. R U Kidding

    August 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    What a happy pile of horseshit you've written. Be sure to add in that the Republican Party advocated releasing the slaves because it would hurt the chances of the southern army—not out of the good of their hearts. They even told southern states that if they joined the Northern cause they could keep their slaves—what a heart you have!
    Republicans support the cause of the blacks? Did you look at the Civil Rights movement as a whole? Or how churches and numerous Republican politicians had countless blacks arrested and thrown in jail for things ranging from "walking down the street near a white woman" to "holding protests."
    Not to mention how Republicans claim to be "charitable, loving people" that give to charities like "Hungry Yacht Owners" instead of inner city youth programs. Look at the numbers—inner city programs are grossly underfunded by both parties and pet charities for stuffy Republicans are thriving. Rather than $20,000 for a plate at a table in a room with Mitt Romney, why don't you give it to someone who's dying, literally dying, in the gutter in your inner city?
    This article is as ridiculous as a 30s article would be titled "The Nazi party: We love the Jews!"

  2. Arletta

    August 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    It's amazing how many things you said that I would completely agree if only you would switch the words democrat and republican around. You talk about republicans of years gone past as though they represent the same as the republican party does now, but you completely leave out it's because the conservatives and liberals switched parties. When Abraham Lincoln founded the republican party, it was the liberal party at the time. It was liberals who pushed to end slavery, end segregation, for the civil rights movement, and equal opportunity employment. You base your entire article on the deeds of liberals and try to use that to convince minorities that they should vote conservative. The dems have 90% of the black vote because they are fully aware who really works for their interest. Just claiming you work for someone's interest doesn't mean you actually work for their interests. It is your deeds that show who you truly are. Liberals have always been on the side for equality and freedom, and conservatives have always been fighting against it. Here's a great article that details the switch of the politcal parties. http://edgeofthewest.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/whe

  3. Dee_lemon

    August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    This is a ridiculous piece of writing that further illustrates why the republican party does not have many minority members. Saying that republicans care about the plight of African-Americans means nothing if there is no evidence to back it up; illustrated by the fact that the writer does not cite a single policy or platform idea to back up his claim. Instead, Mr. Bernstein regurgitates the same bland, meaningless drivel that had the NAACP audience booing Mr. Romney. Black people do not need to be figuratively “taught to fish”; they need the same educational and job opportunities that all Americans need. We all need a country where people are given the opportunity to succeed. That won’t happen in a republican America, where public education is decimated, where the minimum wage will not support 1 person as a living wage, let alone a family, and where senior citizens don’t have to choose between food and medicine because their Medicare has been privatized and they cannot afford to purchase health care coverage. The writer of this article is absolutely delusional if he thinks today’s republican party has anything to offer blacks, Hispanics, women, or the elderly.

  4. Charles

    August 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    As a "37-year old freelance political writer", you've had plenty of time to learn that the adjectival form of "Democrat" is "Democratic". F—ing bonehead.

  5. Joyce Anderson

    August 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Incredible for a lily-white freelance bullcrap artist to use such pretense and rhetoric (so unskillfully, I might add) to pretend to speak straight to us "homies" and to convince us that Mr. Romney can relate to us and persuade us that we are all actually Republican at heart. And then, to take some of our greatest citizens and try to convince us they, too, were Republican. Ridiculous. We, as a people, have been smart enough for decades to know what the Democratic and Republican parties represent. It is no accident why most of us are Democrats.

  6. Trenn

    August 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Keep trying though, you might get someone to believe this. D+ for actually writing.

  7. California Chris

    September 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Man, thats alot of pent up emotion reading over the comments. All I would offer is this:

    DEMOCRAT/LIBERALISM = Gov't provded fish for a day at the expense of the people who actually pay taxes, get in line to get yours.
    (NOTE-I'm not saying A-As don't pay taxes, I'm saying 50% of Americans do not, but yes some A-As are included in that)

    REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE = I will teach you how to fish. From there you are on your own. If you need help come back and I will teach you again.

    I think it is quite disingenuous that the Dems pander minority voting with fear mongering. Yeah, vote Dem or ya'll going back in chains sound familiar? Repubs are racist bigots and want to bring back slavery…ever hear that from an liberal?

    At the heart of liberalism, the core concept is dependance on gov't.
    At the heart of conservatism, the core is independance from gov't.

    Choose where you want to be and how you want to be thought of. Look past the fear mongering.

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