Category: Republican party

The Elephant in America’s Room is the Republican Party..

I have heard it said, “I can’t see how black people can vote Republican.” Well, a few names pop up: Alan Keyes, Allen West, Herman Cain and Michael Steele. These distinguished public figures are somewhat of a laughing-stock because the public rarely takes them seriously when they decide to run for a high office in government. They are  successful in their own way but they also come off as a token black Republican to pander to black voters.

The Republican party once had a lot of clout and social relevance. I am black and I would vote Republican if the party wasn’t so irrelevant today. A trip back in the past would show, they were ardent abolitionists. Historically, the Republican party saw slavery as a great scourge to society they had to eradicate (Paraphrased Wikipedia).

But fast forward to now and one can’t help but see scores of bone heads hijacking the Republican party. The Republican party was once a party of big ideas. Now they grovel around looking for bits of  their former self. They are just keeping up appearances.They used to believe the role of government shouldn’t stifle the populace but rather it should engender a robust populace free to amplify the benefits of this democratic experiment. The Republican party has become one filled with a bunch of whiners who are always quick to cry foul. They are like that little kid playing baseball who gets upset because he can’t hit the ball far or at all.

How did this happen? It happened gradually after the Republican party chose to adjust its progressive thinking, hard work ethic, its true pro-liberty and pro business roots to join hands with the religious right-wing groups in America, who championed Prohibition and fought against other so-called ghastly social vices.  How significant was this shift? Well they lost the black vote after they showed very little interest in the Civil Rights Act. I have a problem with those who seek to attribute intelligence or intrinsic worth to skin color. That is a clear sign he or she is bat shit ludicrous. Slavery has been around forever. It is just a matter of fact that the conqueror usually will lord over the conquered, but in America’s case that wasn’t the play. Most states supported the systematic enslavement of black people for wage free labor. If America had went to fight wars in Africa and they lost a lot and in their victory, they collected the ‘spoils’ as  payment for their troubles, that’s what previous winning sides did during and after warfare. I still don’t get it. Why did the Republican party do a 180 from their roots and ultimately became the party of God who joined hands with said right-wing groups to campaign to legislate morality?

I agree, slavery is a moral evil.  In the US, a war erupted over it. The Civil War would not have happened if blacks were free and they received wages. The war erupted in defense of the constitution. The constitution granted general liberty to all within the boundaries of the United States. The legislation that followed to abolish slavery was just, the Democratic party then, consisted of moral sloths and intellectual knaves. I can’t speak with authority for the enslaved but as for me, I wouldn’t want to do the bidding of others without my say so. So there aren’t any clear correlation between slavery and other social vices like drinking alcohol. He who drank then did so for his own personal consumption, I can argue he wasn’t hurting anyone but himself, save for the poor wife or mistress to whom he took it out on. But holding another human being against his will is down right shameful. Moral legislation should never infringed on another person’s pursuit to do what he pleases as long as he is not harming anyone. Moral legislation is quite simple if you kill someone or injure him you will be held responsible. Your behavior shouldn’t put another soul at risk. Why did the Republicans depart from this?

The Republican party made its shameful departure from standing up for the downtrodden to joining hands with the ever-increasing act-like-the-puritans, fringe groups in American society. Said groups desired to impose the sensitivities of their conscience on others and they were keen on dictating how a person must conduct himself both in public and private. The party now felt it was their solemn duty to argue for a biblical-inspired totalitarian view that the government has something to say about every facet of its citizen’s social life. How did they end up there? Thomas  Jefferson promulgated the idea of republicanism which is best demonstrated by the devotion to one’s civic duties and to fight against cronyism or any kind of aristocratic self entitlement bullshit (Paraphrased Wikipedia).

So here we go again. The Republican party has lost their way so much . They make feeble attempts to court minority voters. Their efforts look pathetic and out of touch. They rally around big corporations not in support of American businesses but rather to shore up support for their political efforts.  It is obvious they are an irrelevant party. They support stupid gun laws like Stand Your Ground. They shout out in maddening unison about one’s right to bear arms. The right is not solely to bear arms for the sake of it, but to protect one’s property and family. They stir up so much noise about contraceptives and sexual promiscuity. Opponents aren’t saying they completely disagree. They are just saying look people have to live with their choices and Republicans sure as hell can’t offer vicarious redemption. If Republicans can cover a multitude of ‘sins’ and can do X,Y & Z fine! But other than that, People should decide what’s right for them. Personal liberty was a major tenet in Republicanism. But not so anymore. Most republicans are serfs of their own ideologies. Just look at their recent soon-to-be presidential nominee. The guy has not even been given the official stamp of approval. He doesn’t fit that ‘true’ Republican standard. Therefore they don’t trust him.

The sad thing is the Republican party failed to produce a viable candidate against Obama. Absolutely sad. The candidates who came forward were laughable. The women candidates don’t have a frontal lobe. The men were all predictable-idealistic-wanna-be-pedagogical-windbags. The one remaining candidate to emerge is Romney; a man for all season except spring. Like summer he is unbearable most of time and the only positive note to the sun I can muster is that he is always looking good and he beams bright with wealth. Like fall, he is the harbinger for the worst that is yet to come–winter. And of course like winter, he is cold, rigid and most people can’t tolerate him. He is not a winsome character. He is like a stiff corpse or more like an awkward white guy at a hip hop party. His religion is creepy, it sends chills up the spine  like that cold winter breeze in Massachusetts. Romney is no spring. He will not breathe life into the party. Winter is here again and it’s here to stay Republicans.

Republicans lost their mojo alright. They have certainly disappointed the Godfather Mr. Honest Abe. He was the one who heralded and projected the party to prominence. But sadly he was later gunned down. I guess in all fairness his death shook up the party. Maybe the Republicans experienced disarray because they didn’t recuperate properly after Lincoln’s death. They completely lost their identity. It seems the Democratic South the once backward and useless  party inverted their role and exchanged it with the theirs. The Democrats bulldozed America’s political landscape with their champion Mr. F. Roosevelt; the new lovable face of America after Lincoln. After Lincoln’s untimely tenure, the Republicans  have searched for their King Arthur. Eisenhower and Nixon certainly weren’t him. They completely screwed their chances. And of course we fast forward to Mr. Reagan. An old man who spent his latter days in the White House trying to open jars. By the way, was he Lincoln’s replacement? I hope not. Some Republican pundits seem to get a boner just talking about Reagan’s legacy but they claim ignorance about the Iran-Contra fiasco.

Dare I chant my title again, the elephant in America’s room is the Republican party for they lost their identity. As a result, they’ve begun the quest to find that one right candidate to mirror the life of Abraham Lincoln.  The Democrats despite their ghastly beginnings  pulled it off in Franklin Roosevelt, Harry-the if you can’t stand the heat you better get out of the kitchen-Truman, JFK and Bill Clinton. With that list aside back to the Republican party. If what the pundits are saying is true about Romney that he is a flip flopper. Maybe they ought to change his nickname to chameleon.  Should he win the election the Republican party shouldn’t worry. He must now morph into the ideal candidate. Romney must know what kind of president the Republican party wants and he must stay that way.

%d bloggers like this: