Secretary Hillary Clinton becoming president could come down to getting out the Democrat base in November 2016 and that won’t be easy because something fresh and different must be crafted. Yes, she is a thousand times better for our community than most of the GOP candidates but that isn’t enough. Democrats must frame their approach to our community post-Obama.
History will remember Barrack as a great president—one of my three favorites of all times. We remember that candidate Obama said he wasn’t running to be the president of Black America and he was correct; he is the president of the all of America. With that said, Blacks can finally see that who is in high office is secondary to what we do for self. John F. Kennedy said “ask not what this country can do for you….ask what you can do for this country.” What you can do is stop messing up and stop waiting for the government to fix your life.
At church yesterday, the head of the Stewards Board made a brief speech that centered on our community now being free but stated that with freedom has come a freedom to rob, kill, steal and do other detrimental things.
I have been saying for years that we are our own worst enemies. In the post-Obama era, we need an honest and frank discussion about how we carry ourselves. Hillary Clinton’s campaign could go the way of Al Gore’s if the Black community doesn’t feel that voting is important. After everything the Clinton/Gore White House did for regular people, these same people didn’t feel the need to vote for Al Gore…unbelievable.
So, the zillions of dollars that will be in the elect Hillary movement should be used in part to explain to our community that Democrats are about us more than the GOP. No, Blacks won’t vote for the Republican nominee because the crazy part of their party keeps us away but Blacks might stay home.
Surprisingly, Rachel Dolezal and Louis Farrakhan could tilt the balance of power in a way similar to Elian Gonzalez and Al Gore. Remember, the Cuban boy who was sent back to Cuba by the Clinton Administration. I knew right then that this issue would determine who would be president and the election came down to south Florida, pregnant chads and all that drama.
Rachel Dolezal is a White civil rights activist who decided at some point to self-identify as Black. There have always been White Americans doing serious work for the advancement of racial equality; their efforts and achievements exceed those of most Black people. But, she should have said I am White technically but Black culturally.
The presidential campaign problem is this: Dolezal felt the need to become Black because she likely knew that Blacks are weary of non-Blacks telling us how to feel, think and action. You know we all loved Bill Clinton as the first socially Black president until we actually had a Black presidential candidate. Remember, all hell broke loose when the Clintons tried to tell their long-time Black friends that being with Hillary was the thing to do. But, we (yes, me included) said Obama is special…not because he is Black but because he is just special….Washington, Lincoln, JFK, special. Oh, Bill Clinton is one of my favorite presidents of all-time but he couldn’t get me away from Barack.
In the South, Blacks now make up most of the Democrat Party because most rural Whites (former Dixiecrats) bounced for the GOP. However, the leadership of the Dem Party is still rich White people. In Georgia, I call them the Buckhead crew. The old saying goes “real power is who is at the table when the money is counted….not who is on the stage during the speeches.” The Buckhead crew eats and Blacks get the crumbs afterwards…just like the plantations of old. It’s based on color and that color is money green.
The Buckhead crew and the national DNC try to win in Georgia by getting out the vote in Atlanta. But Atlanta Blacks are too liberal to vote for moderate Dems like the recent U.S. Senate and governor candidates. That energy should have been spent getting out moderate to conservative Black voters in areas that support Rep. Sanford Bishop and former Rep. John Barrow. Hillary could win Georgia with non-Atlanta Blacks, White suburban moms and the ATL base. Rachel Dolezal has us thinking about who is at the top and that’s thinking that Hillary doesn’t need.
Minister Louis Farrakhan drives the Buckhead crew crazy because he could plant a seed of doubt with Blacks about Democrat leadership. First, Farrakhan’s views on Middle East and religion aren’t on the table in this blog post. Peace to all three Abrahamic faiths from this Black Methodist. I will say that Psalms 82 makes the Dems seem more in tune with Biblical teachings regarding the needy than the GOP.
82 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
In the post Obama era, we remember that Farrakhan and Black nationalists have been encouraging Blacks to do for self, eschew governmental assistance and getting ourselves together for over half a century. Psalms 82 could play out today like this: help those who might become poor not become poor in the first place. Paul wrote that those who don’t work shouldn’t eat. Some feel that Democrats handouts since LBJ have limited Black growth. Farrakhan recently did a radio interview in preparation for another massive Washington rally and everyone on Hillary’s team should listen to the whole thing.
In the future, the conservative movement will realize that Farrakhan’s message to our community is similar to their message. Hillary Clinton has time to craft the next phase of our community’s relationship with the Democrat Party. The approach should be more about self-determination than assistance.