Saturday, August 30, 2008
The REAL Presidential Race: Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama by Akindele Akinyemi
I think it is completely unfair to think you are a sell out or traitor to your race because you have Blacks supporting the McCain/Sarah Palin express. Just because Sen. Obama gave another speech this past Thursday does not mean I should automatically support the Obama/Biden ticket.
How come so many Blacks are trying to twist our arms to vote Obama? I mean what l has Obama done? He has not even finished a full term in the U.S. Senate. We are voting for Obama as Black people because he is Black.
If we were serious about voting for people because they were Black then Michael Steele would have been in the U.S. Senate from Maryland. How come Blacks did not support him? Because he is a Republican. The same with many other Black Republicans who are telling our community to get up off their asses and work for once instead of waiting for the government to do for us.
Liberals and moderates are criticizing how McCain does not have a urban policy agenda. I am aware of his plan for designing an Office of Urban Policy. However, when I read this below:
When I'm President, I will raise the minimum wage and make it a living wage by making sure that it rises every time the cost of living does. I'll start letting our unions do what they do best again – organize our workers and lift up our middle-class. And I'll finally make sure every American has affordable health care that stays with you no matter what happens by passing my plan to provide universal coverage and cut the cost of health care by up to $2500 per family.
It sounds like a page torn from President Lyndon Johnson. In other words, he preaches change but nothing is new under the sun.
In Michigan, places like Detroit, Benton Harbor, Saginaw and Flint do not need more failed policies that never work. I'm sorry but Obama is not about change. I did not hear anything in his speech about making school choice the law of the land, cracking down on drugs and gangs, lowering taxes in urban areas to encourage the growth of the private sector, and a host of other free market solutions that have been advocated for decades.
I have said for months that the only way places like Detroit and Benton Harbor will be revitalized is if we transform those areas into financial markets. Not automotive markets but 21st century global hubs that are technologically based.
Both free market education and economics work in the inner city if implemented correctly. I would love for Gov. Palin to come into an area like Detroit and ask the residents here why are you still voting for a party that has made you America's Poorest City?
But asking these big urban Democratic mayors in Michigan to lower taxes and seek more free market solutions to their problems flies in the face of their own interests in feeding the numerous interest groups, special pleaders, and cronies who have gotten used to the contracts, the handouts, and the barely disguised bribes that pass for local government action these days. We can see why Detroit is America's Poorest City.
When we strive for a handout and not a handup we cripple ourselves. And if you think I am going to have a wait and see approach to the issues in our city then you are highly mistaken. Even if Gov. Granholm was to remove Mayor Kilpatrick from office in Detroit do we want Ken Cockrel running the city?
I personally do not think this is a time where Republicans should ignore the Black vote. Just because a majority are voting for someone solely on the color of their skin does not mean you should try. There are thousands of people in Detroit alone that are sick and tired of the Democratic Party. But if you put a Victory Center in Wyandotte and not Detroit you are missing the point of urban outreach.
Black politics in our community normally means liberal policies that continue to keep up strapped to a plantation mentality. A polarizing effect of this is how we are making Detroit poorer by stripping the copper, gas meters, wiring and furnaces out of the homes. If you live in Warrendale where I live in Detroit they tore the awning off the house across the street from where I live recently and spray painted the houses around the corner. Should we blame the Republican Party for this crisis?
What about Black men in my community climbing on top of electric poles being electrocuted because they are trying to steal the transformers on the poles for copper? Should I blame the White power structure for this type of behavior?
The Democratic Party once again have Blacks clueless. While we sit and clap at Obama's speeches will the Michigan Democratic Party next week nominate Deborah Thomas for Michigan Supreme Court? Thomas is a Black woman from Detroit. If they do not nominate her I hope those Black precinct delegates who will be in Lansing join the Republican Party or become Independent Conservatives and give the Democratic party the finger.
What urban Michigan needs is a makeover. It's time to stop with the partisan bickering. Yes, I am an urban conservative who votes Republican and have been known to support my Democratic colleagues from time to time but we now need policies that work. Adult illiteracy is a policy issue that anyone can jump on. So is rebuilding families. But those points of views should be from a free market perspective and not expanding government.
I have to often tell my White colleagues that Blacks feel that the government should take care of us because of slavery. We use any and damn near all excuses to feel good. However, when it comes to personal responsibility in our community we are absent at the table. The reason why most Blacks will not support McCain or Sarah Palin is because Republicans want Black people to pursue happiness while Obama and the Democratic Party wants to provide happiness to Blacks. The latter is a dependency mentality that has crippled our people for well over 400 years.
Many Blacks in our community cannot shake the notion that a political party is supposed to provide quid pro quo. That the Republican Party won’t do anything for them besides get off their backs, get other citizens off their backs, and get out of their way so they can pursue happiness just isn’t good enough.
Going back to Obama's Great Society again this was a page torn by President Johnson. This Great Society was many programs that amounted to life subsidy for indolence, whoredom, and irresponsibility. At the bottom, liberals, leftists, and Democrats inserted themselves wholesale into the educational processes of the black poor. That education put forth a portrait of America as a full-scale villain, which made her history unneeded — except the parts necessary to understand the crimes perpetrated on her perennial victims. With that in mind, why would liberals, leftists, and Democrats teach their captive audience about the historical role that their political opponents played in setting and keeping them free? Between the manipulation of education and the government handouts by Democrats, the Left could even convince Black people that it was the Republicans who had actually been Black folks oppressors — and that idea, that lie, would become far more useful to the Democrats than any Great Society program, as LBJ allegedly foresaw.
Unfortunately, many Blacks who I speak to about why they support Obama cannot give me a serious response. This is a serious form of voter illiteracy that has already decimated Detroit. They are voting for him because of his celebrity status not because he is ready to lead.
The Republican Party that John McCain and Sarah Palin are re-building has not been designed to reach out to a group on the basis of race identity, but on the basis of a given group’s ideas and values. By the party’s very definition — its basic principles — this precludes reaching out to groups which have race, ethnicity, and/or gender as their sole criterion for a political entity. So when some observers wonder what the Republican Party is going to “do for” the “Black community,” most Republicans will have a certain look of puzzlement on our faces.
And if the Black community is a primary concern of ours then it is OUR responsibility as Black Republicans and urban conservatives to do something about it not sit on our ass and complain about Obama on CNN. We have to talk, meet, eat and pray together to move mountains. It is not the responsibility of the RNC to make that happen but the grassroots Republicans to be a force.
Finally, while we applaud Obama for getting the nomination for U.S. President how come Black people put God or Jesus Christ on the mantle when dealing with Obama's policies? Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson from Los Angeles, California who runs the Brotherhood of a New Destiny (BOND) outlines some strong points below about Obama.
(1) 70% of Black children are born out-of-wedlock; yet Sen. Obama has no plan for this crisis.
(2) According to CDC reports AIDS remains the leading cause of death among Black women between ages 25 and 34. In Washington D.C., more than 80 percent of HIV cases are among Black people. Yet, Obama is counting on condom distribution to deal with this scourge.
(3) Since 1973, 13 million Black babies have been aborted; meanwhile, as an Illinois state senator, 'pro- choice champion' Obama even opposed legislation designed to protect babies who survived late-term abortions.
(4) Sen. Obama opposes CA Prop. 8, which recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman, yet supports Sex Ed for Kindergartners as long as long as it's 'age-appropriate'.
(5) In Los Angeles, illegal alien gang members randomly shoot down Black Americans, but Mr. Obama says immigration raids are ineffective and that illegals should have a 'path to citizenship.
I will not support any leader who supports the above points. I am a Christian first not a politician or educator. And of people have a problem with that then I can clearly see why the Black community is in the condition it's in today. I will continue to support my values, my beliefs and other Blacks who are tired of the same party that is pushing Detroit further in the ground should take a look at other options.
This Presidential race is not going to boil down between McCain and Obama but Palin and Obama. McCain and Biden will battle it out between who has the strongest foreign policy agenda for the country. For Obama it's Hillary Clinton all over again and this time the Hillary supporters are getting behind Palin because they want to see a woman in the White House.
So its curtains for Obama. Good night and last woman coming over from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party don't forget to turn off the lights when leaving the Obama camp.