Race and Party Politics

The Asylum isn’t completed yet, nor is it ready to be debuted (although I might be overstating the importance of “debuting” it since at least initially the only people reading anything are likely to be inhabitants.) but there still are functions I have yet to figure out and some I need to test so here goes…

Race is a issue we often avoid discussing, at least in public. It is a important issue we have to acknowledge because it is a continuing factor in so many things. I desperately want to live in a world without racism, yet I’ve been in or seen plenty of situations in which I have to wonder if racism was a factor. I’ve also been in or seen situations in which I absolutely knew racism was a factor. Racism is like a roach, you have to get it out in the open and kill it, otherwise it might breed in the shadows. I saw this New Times Article and I was both encouraged by it and prompted to consider the broader issue.

I should preface my statements by saying I’m not a Republican but a loath the Democrats. What American politics needs in my opinion is for people to break the chains or voting along party or racial lines and start voting for people that they believe best represent their ideals. People voted for what they believed to be fiscal conservatives and the Republicans in power spent like drunken sailors and increased the size of government. People voted for what they believed were moderate Democrats and they got party line support for people like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  Government spending and size continued to grow in accordance. I understand some people genuinely favor these types of things and that is fine, continue to do as you are doing and know that you’ve done your part. However, for those of us that think government should be smaller and more responsible how can we force them into behaving in this manner?

Well, one example was the House seat up for grabs in New York. Conservatives identified the Republican candidate (Dede Scozzafava) as being anything but a conservative, the Conservative party candidate ended up pushing her out of the race. At which point she endorsed the Democrat (Bill Owens) running in the race as well.  The Democrat won by a very narrow margin and has gone on to vote with the far left agenda of the Democratic leadership. How does it reach the point that a supposed Republican aligns herself more with a leftist politician than a conservative? Do the party lines actually stand for ideals anymore or are they simply there to serve their own self-interests and further their power and role in our lives?

Whatever their motives are,  the results are clear. We have politicians like Arlen Specter who jump to which every party has the most power and politicians like Lieberman (who while still clearly a liberal) who are willing to break from their party and vote their conscious are all too rare. In many ways, the Democrats and Republicans are happy to divide the power, to jump from party to party and to endorse each other over third party candidates simply to insure they retain all the power. What of the ideals though? What of America? Is politics really just a game lawyers play with our lives?

One way the Democrats in particular have gotten away with playing their political games is the monopoly they have gained over the black vote in America. There is no question this is the case and there is a question as to why it is the case. I remember some people claiming Martin Luther King Jr. would be a Republican and while it’s odd at first it’s a point worth debating. If MLK was alive today would he support the Democratic party and it’s agendas? We can’t really know. What we do know is that despite great resistance from certain Democrats, MLK garnered support from a Democratic White House and in response promised support at the ballot box. This helped insure the Democratic party’s monopoly on the black vote in America. Mind you, if you go back far enough it was the other way around. However, I do not believe MLK intended for it to be eternal support. It was a response to a specific situation, MLK never lived long enough to guide anyone beyond that situation though, unfortunately.

Now, we have the ideal ingrained within the black community in America that it is incumbent upon them to vote for a Democrat. Why? That doesn’t seem to be crystallized, it’s just how things are supposed to be. Sure, there is a element or racism mixed in on both sides. In certain democratic primaries, black voters voted for Obama over Hillary at a 4 to 1 ratio. This defeats the notion that it is just party politics as they have similar political views. On the other hand, black Republicans have not garnered a equal level of support amongst black voters, so obviously party politics play a role. The core problem with the notion of voting along racial lines is simple. A party can not possibly support the interests of all black people in America!

Being red, yellow, black, or white… the only inherent traits those bring with them are superficial. It doesn’t mean one party automatically is in your best interest. If you’re adamantly for gun rights, clearly you are not likely to vote Democrat. If you are adamantly pro-abortion clearly you are not going to vote for a Republican. When the black community as a whole started giving one party their support unconditionally, they basically wrote a blank check. They said, you have no need to act in our interest. You have no need to reflect our values, all you need to do is take the power we are giving you.

That can not possibly be a good thing. It further distanced the parties from behaving responsibly. When I start to hear about increased black candidates within the Republican party it makes me cheerful. Not because I care that they are black, but because I know there are many black people that identify with the values of the Republican party more than the Democratic party, but they haven’t been reflecting that in the party they support or participate in. If America can reach the point that they vote not simply for one party or another, not simply along racial lines but for the candidates that best reflect their values, I think the true greatness of America will be restored.

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