Monday, July 30, 2007

The Failure of the Republican Party by Akindele Akinyemi

As we head towards the latter part of the year I wanted to let you know that the Republicans will not stand in chance in hell against any Democratic Presidential Candidate next year. I will not be voting for a Democrat for President but the Republicans are not fired up as much as the Democrats for the White House Sweepstakes.

The Democratic Party are out to finish the job they started in 2006. They are targeting more seats in Congress to push their so-called "progressive agenda." The Homosexual lobbies like the Human Rights Coalition and teacher unions like the National Educational Association must be dying for this defining moment.

The Republicans have left what their base for special interest groups and bigger businesses. Instead of defining what we need in 2008 it is all about "turning the vote out." The Republican National Committee or State parties have not done a good job in reaching out to minorities (except during election time) nor they have never reached out in the same capacity as the Democratic Party has.

The excuse I keep from the National Republican leadership (and even some state leadership) is African Americans will automatically give their vote to the Democratic Party and we should not waste time in the urban community.

TRANSLATION: "We do not know how to deal with Black people or with their issues. We know Blacks are conservative so we will swing the vote on issues such as abortion and same sex marriages."

While those issues are important they rarely ever put a dent in the Black vote in places like Detroit or Flint.

The Republicans do not have a candidate that is appealing to Blacks. Rudy Giulani is NOT appealing to African Americans. He has a history of being hostile towards minorities.

John McCain is almost out of money and is not expected to stay in the race when Fred Thompson officially enters the race. While some Blacks like McCain's moderate stance on foreign policy among other things people are concerned about his health and age.

We know that Mitt Romney, who is a Michigan favorite among State Republicans, will not be able to dent not even 2% of the Black vote in urban areas across Michigan. Already, Blacks think he has a silver spoon in his mouth and is out of touch with Black voters. His chances were killed by potential Black voters when he reveled that he was a Mormon and we know the history of Blacks and Mormons.

Newt Gingrich said this recently in the New York Post:

"I think that's part of why the Republican race hasn't taken off. There's no sense of overarching mission around which people can organize their passions and their concerns and energy."

I agree with his assessment. However, I will not place the blame with National Republican Leadership nor State party leadership. I place that responsibility on us at the grassroots level.

There are more and more African Americans who are considering themselves as conservative and do not want to line themselves up with the Republican Party because the Republicans have lost in touch with their constituents. They have become more interested with their self-wealth instead of spreading that wealth in the community in which they represent.

Black Republicans are no better. Too many of us like to shuck, jive and buck our eyes for our White brothers and sisters instead of handling our business. When we make our first million we forget who we are and where we come from. Black Republicans run for Congress or State offices without any guidance and embarrass themselves on election day. Many Black Republicans rely on State and National Republican Leadership to run their organization or campaign.

To tell you the truth we should not have to waste our time in seeking guidance from Republican Leadership on the National level or on the State level. We have to begin to create our own reality in the urban community. We know the issues better than State or National leadership. We understand who is suffering down here in our community. We know how to create the solutions.

What is needed is the rebirth of the Radical Republicans. Today, they call us Urban Conservatives, Hip-Hop Republicans or Neo-Conservative. It will be this group that will help revitalize the engine to push conservative technology into our ghetto-ridden communities across Michigan. We are in the business of transforming urban ghettos into Christian communities.

And it's time that we have a movement that will address those concerns. This is why One Network is building an Urban Conservative Movement. We are rebuilding lives through family values and educational choices that will generate wealth creation in our community.

The RNC or State Parties cannot swing the vote because they have never over a period of time reached out to African Americans. The Michigan Republicans did an outreach that was unprecedented last year during the Gubnatorial elections. But there was one serious problem.

Most of our young adults who were working those campaigns have never been involved in such a great task before. Many of them could not debate with their counterparts on the Democratic side such as taxes, education, free markets and even crafting family policies that will benefit our community.

In order for our young adults to engage in policy they have to be disciplined, accountable and show integrity. Discipline includes studying the issues, articulating the issues, writing and speaking on the issues and most importantly, debating the issues.

Our discipline must be in place if we want to secure victory in the future.

Instead of getting drunk we need prayer circles at our conventions. In stead of trying to sex someone we need relationship building. Most importantly, we need to encourage, instill and motivate those who want to run for office and explain to them that they might now win the first time but continue to stay in the game.

We preach Jesus but are we practicing Jesus when it comes to mentoring our young adults in this fierce political game? Many of them lose interest in politics after the first campaign because no one is checking up on them. Some get cocky and feel that they know more than the master teacher. Both are reasons for Black Republicans and in many cases Urban Conservatives not getting their message across in the community.

Let's face it. The Republicans (Nationally and locally) are scared of Black radio, Black press, Black Internet, Black Nationalists and Black Grassroots who are aligned with the Democratic Party. They still have not figured out why they cannot penetrate the Black community. Again, our excuses have hindered us for a very long time now. How many Republican activists are willing to come into the City of Detroit and campaign for a candidate that is NOT running for President? I already know the answer to that question.

The Homosexual lobby has figured out how to penetrate the Black community and in many cases the Jewish lobby has also. The Republicans, the same party that helped freed the slaves, now are faced with a dilemma on how to free mental slaves once again.

Black Republicans must craft a new "face" if they want respectability in both conservative and liberal circles. I respect people like J.C. Watts, Jesse Lee Peterson and Thomas Sowell but they cannot turn out the vote. It is time that we seek another direction in that perspective. The new face of Urban Conservatism will be someone who is young, intelligent and is consistently presenting a fresh perspective on the issues, crafting policies that will work and understand how to work both sides of the aisle without allowing their personal beliefs to interfere with progress.

Perhaps the Urban Conservative we are seeking may not come from Word of Faith in Southfield but may come from Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit or even Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield. We must take the time to nourish relationships if we want to achieve political balance in our urban communities in Michigan. A Mitt Romney campaign or McCain campaign will not do this.

While the mainstream Republicans try to figure out why they cannot gain support we should be busy educating our people on the history of the Republican Party, it's faults and how to move ahead in 2008. Working a campaign for a Presidential candidate is not solving the answer. Solving the answer is developing a think tank, urban conservative consulting as well as developing an execution strategy and exit strategy (if needed).

Presently, our Republicans need Jesus Chirst, just as bad as the Democratic Party. Some will sellout their own party out for a feew pieces of silver. This is no different than Judas betraying Jesus.

The next three political cycles in Michigan (2008, 2009, 2010) will not be about Democrat vs Republican. It will be a debate on values. The question is are the Republicans up for the challenge? And if so will they neglect the urban communities in Michigan? A bigger question is where will those Black Republicans, who make money (for themselves), shuck and jive, and think they are better than thou, stand when the times comes for fighting for family values, educational choices and generating wealth creation in our communities? Will they stand with One Network or will they get blown in the wind?

3 comments: said...

Good thoughts... it's such a tough one for Republicans.

DeVos, for instance, spent three days a week every week for two years (not just election year) IN the city of Detroit courting the black vote and SE community leaders... he didn't do any better than Posthumus who didn't spend three days TOTAL in the city.

When you see those sorts of results, or lack of results, there is a tendency to write off the entire community. Every once in a while, as with DeVos, a special candidate will come along who'll buck the trend, throw caution to the wind and talk to the community because it's the right thing to do period.

But would his time and effort have been more effectively spent elsewhere?

One could make an argument.

Let me take it back to church for a minute... at some point if you say you're a Christian you've got to back it up with action. With behavior. With obedience.

The Lord says in His word that we'll "know a tree by it's fruit." Right?

The community continues to decry the GOP's hesitancy to engage (see the firestorm over GOP candidates not coming to the NAACP convention) and insists they're ready to talk and that they're really conservative...

But there aren't any results. There's no meeting half way. There's not even one step... not one in the "right" direction.

Like I said, it's a tough situation.

Personally I respect a candidate who continues to engage even when it hurts him politically. If a man has the strength of conviction to look his advisors and the political experts in the eye and tell them to get lost because he WILL engage the black community... that tells you something about him as a man.


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