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GOP and Political Capital
“Quid Pro Quo” How to Raise Your Political Capital In the Republican Party
Has it occurred to anyone that, despite the loyal support and activism from black republicans, that the GOP does not REALLY want blacks in leadership in America? That blacks are expected to accept the limited role of being USED as tokens for campaign purposes and, more recently on a national level, attack dogs to bark and chew at President Obama, Micheal Steele, and all things black?
W hat about the other “roles” they can play within the party such as “appointments to influential non-race related boards and commissions within our state and local government?”
What about ‘sincere’ recruitment of AA’s so that there are more than a handful at the national convention and local party functions.
Why is their role limited all across American, coast to coast, to cameo appearance by ones and twos at the table for photo opportunities, or a small group of 5-10 smiling black republicans circling around a local candidate?
What about ‘quality’ black candidates receiving large financial support to win local races, instead of the sacrificial lambs (weak candidates) that are forced upon black republicans by insincere local party leaders who are negotiating with the democrats in tight district races?
Why is the role of the black republican in the GOP at the state, city and county levels all across the United States limited, even in districts where blacks democrats are the majority?
WHY do black republicans accept it?
I’ve recruited sharp, educated and loyal blacks to the party who have jumped in and provided substantial support to the GOP. They have the battle scars on their backs from fighting beside me and other white republicans; however their scares are more severe because they are often spat upon by the black community, shunned, and called sell-outs and uncle toms.
Unfortunately, for many black republicans, the worst battle scars came AFTER we were victorious. They scars came from the GOP’s “immediate betrayal” of the very black republicans who actively supported them.
I am embarrassed that I have watched my black republican friends being overlooked and pushed aside when the republican candidate they supported and volunteered for wins the office then appoints blacks who “hid during the campaign or did not support the campaign at all” and in some cases who were uneducated, inarticulate or compromised (convicted felons/dirty) to leadership roles.
These very brave volunteers and campaign workers who supported the republican party were subsequently betrayed and abandoned upon victory, by our very own leaders, not the opponent. Those who were brave enough to be on the “forefront” of these campaigns had their jobs, contracts, appointments and everything else attacked by the angry losing side.
Such betrayal and abandonment by the GOP left my friends on the battlefield with their enemies who laughed at them and reminded them that they were told they “couldn’t trust the republican party.”
Unfortunately, highly educated and ambitious blacks are stuck in between two parties, the democrat leadership that don’t want them because of their ‘bootstrap’ philosophy and the ‘conservative’ republican leadership because they are ‘uppity’ and might assume ‘legitimate’ leadership within the party if given the opportunity.
I’ve been watching on the sidelines as black republicans spar in the media. I hear things like, “I’m a true Conservative” and “We need to increase our political capital”. Unfortunately, it’s obvious that due to the ‘newness’ of it all, black republicans need a better understanding of how politics works.
First, whenever my white counterparts use code words with emphasis on the word “Conservative” they are usually not friend to minorities. The use of such terms by black candidates should be re-examined so that there is a greater understanding of the underlying subtle messages. It’s use also implies to other white republicans that the black candidate is na?ve and therefore they are ‘okay’ because the naive won’t survive in ‘any’ political party, nor will they win elections; which is exactly what the leadership wants.
There are liberal, moderate and true “extreme” conservatives. Black republicans need to determine if they really need to use the word ‘Conservative’ to be accepted by the party, and if so, should they put emphasis on it. Do all ‘white’ candidates have to use the word to be endorsed by the party or other republican office holders? If not, why should all black candidates. Also, realistically, can black candidates “sell’ the word to blacks and others minorities who regard the word negatively? Let’s be real now, white candidates evaluate EVERY WORD that is used in their campaigns and they eliminate those words and phrases that ‘alienate’ more than they ‘attract’ in their effort to win an election.
Black Republicans must “redefine” themselves and DEMAND what they want from the Republican party and from candidates who seek their assistance. I hear black republicans wresting with how to increase their political capital, as though it will somehow just show up one day. News Flash: Blacks are too nice to the Republican party and their candidates. I’ve advised my friends to consider abandoning the “Just Use Me” philosophy. Such philosophy usually starts with something like: “I just want to have better government, so I’m here to help and I’m not asking for anything in return.”
This philosophy is where you are losing your political capital. There should ‘always’ be strings attached in the form of jobs and appointments to boards and commissions for yourself, your friends and family. THAT is where your political capital starts, and your support base. Don’t continue to be fooled into the ‘we’re just in it for the good of the people bullsh_t.” We are governed by people. Aren’t blacks good enough to govern? To occupy those high level appointments? To sit on important boards and commissions?
For those black republicans who are considering offering support to the party and its candidates, you increase your political capital by, upon being approached for assistance from a candidate, negotiating jobs, contracts and specific of appointments upon success of the candidate. Then get it in writing before you perform ‘any’ task for the candidate…no handshake deals…you’re not that cozy yet.
Remember, when dealing with the “fiscally” conservative republican party nothing is FREE. That includes making you a vulnerable political target by putting you out on “forefront” by way of your lip service, introductions, endorsements, door knocking, photo opportunities with you, etc.
Author: Bruce Young.
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Republicans and Black America
Blacks have always been republicans. We forget that from the time of Lincoln up to FDR 90% of blacks were republicans; Oh how soon we forget. Today however, if you ask the average black person republican or democrat? You will get a resounding, “I’m a democrat!”
The black community has always gone with the party who was perceived to have their best interest at heart. When President Lincoln issued the emancipation proclamation freeing millions of blacks held in bondage, blacks flocked to the republican party like lemmings.
Blacks were devout members of the republican party until Franklin D. Roosevelt offered more hope to millions of Black-Americans looking for a better life and more inclusion in the American dream. During reconstruction (1865-1877) Black America enjoyed a brief respite from the brutal reality of a life in bondage as slaves.
During this period over 1500 Black Americans held elected office though out the south. There were black senators, representatives and judges! When the democrats betrayed newly freed blacks with the “Southern Compromise” all the hope offered during reconstruction came crashing down.
After the ending of reconstruction life for black Americans became a total nightmare. The Ku Klux Klan was running at full throttle and suppressed any possibility of black social change or advancement. Black codes became very draconian and Jim Crow was in full force.
The black community throughout the south would not have any relief from this brutal oppression until the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Curiously, at the height of the civil rights movement, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As he said famously, with a stroke of a pen, I’m handing the south over to the republican party. As history shows, that was exactly the case. The south as has been solidly republican ever since.
At the same time Black American’s in droves converted to the Democratic Party. Fast forward to the present, we have a black president who is a democrat (Barack Obama) and the recent former head of the RNC, Michael Steele a black man. Ironically, Mr. Steele loses his bid for re-election as the head of the RNC due to mismanagement and a host of other issues. Given the Republicans had their best mid-term election since 1938 under the leadership of Michael Steele you would think he would not get ousted!
The Black Community is taking the rejection of Michael Steele by the republicans as their cue that the Republican party isn’t too chummy with black folks. He served his purpose now it’s on to business as usual. Ironically, black Americans have more in common with Republicans than they do with Democrats.
Black Americans are very religious, social conservatives and anti-abortion. Republicans miss the mark with their perceived anti-black posturing. Ironically, Mr. Steele was out on the stump trying to recruit more blacks to the republican party. He even had an event in Harlem recruiting blacks to the party, yes, I said Harlem. I applaud his efforts. How he managed to keep a straight face will trying to convince black folks to come and join the GOP, I’ll never know.
The Tea party for example show’s no love what so ever to the black community and is perceived as openly hostile to the black community. The over the top negativity leveled against President Obama is not taken lightly by the black community and other progressive groups in the country.
Unless you’re living under a rock, racism is still very much a part of American life. We have yet to reconcile with the “peculiar institution” of slavery much less treat rel=nofollow [http://recovering-republican.com/2009/01/13/the-first-black-president/]the first black president with civility.
The mid-term elections of this past November was a wake up call for all of us, including President Obama, who exclaimed that the democrats took a “shillacking.” It seems that the president heard the message loud and clear. Ever since the terrible tragedy in Tucson, President Obama has seemed to have recaptured his mojo and his approval ratings in the polls seem to reflect that.
The future of the Republican party is in their hands. Unless they overtly become more inclusive they will have no chance what so ever of swaying more blacks to the “big tent.” Boy could we use Jack Kemp right about now. Jack Kemp was the reason this writer initially became a republican.
Jack Kemp was close friends to a prominent black pastor in Los Angeles by the name of E.V. Hill (deceased). He was also an unapologetic Republican. Any time Sen. Jack Kemp was in Los Angeles he attended Rev Hills church and visited with him socially.
That type of compassionate conservatism seems to be DOA on the political scene today. If the Republican party were smart, they might try and revisit that ideal. It worked for the first President Bush. The Republicans seem to have lost their way. Hopefully, with a little forethought and vision they can recapture the magic of Lincoln and compassionate conservatives like Jack Kemp.
Author: Bruce Young
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The Republican Party
The Republican Party was founded in 1854. This new party was anti-slavery and believed that the modernization of the United States depended on providing higher education to its citizens, improving the banking system, and expanding the railroad and industrial sectors of the country. They also had plans for building new cities while modernizing and enlarging existing cities. Along with these plans this new party also wanted to give free homesteads to farmers.
From 1854 to 1896 politicians were wooed from one to the other party; democrat to republican. Both parties used promises of governorships to senate seats and out and out bribery to entice prominent politicians to join their party. These politicians were known to flip flop back and forth constantly during this time period.
The first national Republican convention was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 1856. In the summer the party had its first national nominating convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to elect a presidential candidate. John C. Fremont was elected to represent the party in the presidential race but was unsuccessful. Even in defeat the new party showed a strong following with a dominate presence in the northern Midwest and the Northeastern part of the country.
In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected the first Republican President of the United States. His second term as president came to a halt in 1865 when he was assassinated. From 1869 to 1877 the republican party was under the leadership of Ulysses S Grant who served two terms as President of the United States.
The Republican party is the second oldest political party in the United States. Over time the party has gone through changes in its strategies and goals. From the Eisenhower and Nixon years from 1952 to 1960 the party was controlled by an ultra conservative element. The party began leaning to a more moderate conservative from 1960 to1980 adopting the views of then Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Interesting to note that Rockefeller was elected by his party to take the position of Vice President of the U.S. when President Nixon was impeached and Vice President Gerald Ford took over as the nation’s leader.
There is an element within the party that call themselves progressive who believe, as those progressives in the Democratic party, that government should be led by professional politicians from the elite class. They also believe that government on a federal level should play a dominate roll in our society and lives.
Our country is built on freedom. Freedom to choose our destiny, freedom of faith, and freedom of speech is a way of life in our country. Whether a republican or democratic party is ruling our nation it is the American public who will determine the path of our nation by voting their conscience, a freedom that all Americans have, the freedom to choose.
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