Southern Blacks shouldn’t be a presidential lock for anyone in 2016. Secretary Hillary Clinton is one nice candidate and she is better prepared to be potus than most were at the time of their election. But, the times they are a changing and we need more than good campaigning; we need a comprehensive plan and approach for living better. That P and A might involve the government finally admitting that its role in our personal well-being should be limited. They should tell the people the truth so we are function accordingly.
Politics and campaigning are the arts of getting people elected (often times, by saying bad stuff about the other side.) Governing is about the proper running of public enterprises. In the midterm elections, fancy Ivy League types in D.C. planned how to get regular folks thinking to produce their desired results. Their desired results weren’t better governing and better personal living; it was making money for them and keeping power.
They spent a zillion dollars on campaign ads with candidates wearing denim shirts while walking on farms with dogs. If the Democrats spent 15% of their ad money hosting events to meet and listen to voters, they would have done much better. The old Get Out The Vote model of having teams in every area gives regular people the opportunity to make a few bucks while helping the campaign process. In the basement of the DNC and the RNC on Capitol Hill, low level congressional staffers attend workshops on how to get campaign volunteers to work for nothing while stacks of cash are spent on TV ads that turn off the voters.
Carlton Fletcher of the Albany Herald recently wrote an instant classic about campaign ads.
After a chill holiday season, those in the political arena should spend 2015 listening to regular people. Elections are often decided by who secures the sensible center. The GOP presidential primary will likely pull their nominee so far right than the party turns off the center in the November election again. They need to go get Michael Steele’s old plans for growth—plans that start with telling crazies to relax and end with embracing the minority version conservatism.
Southern Blacks outside big cities aren’t really liberal. Oh, we won’t be hooking up with the GOP because the nuttiest on that team are running the show. But, we might grow disillusion and stay home. There is an emerging segment of my community that feels that a return to non-government solutions is the answer; solutions that center on personal responsibility and how we carry ourselves. That opens the door to GOP mavericks like Rand Paul and Jeb Bush. Is the GOP so far gone that Jeb Bush’s level-headiness makes him an outlier. Yes.
In 2014 in the South, the Democrats assume they had the Black vote and therefore spent their time courting the Whites who bounced for the GOP. They better court our Black “blanks” are we might bounce also.