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Testimonial of a Black Republican

27 Jul

by Providence Crowder (providencecrowder@gmail.com)

GROWING UP

Ok, here’s the story.  I was born and raised a Democrat.  As odd as “being born a Democrat” may sound, that statement is as true as it is tragic.  Both my parents were, my aunts and uncles were, and every influential adult in my life proclaimed to be . . . a Democrat.  I hadn’t considered questioning why because politics didn’t interest me much.  I inherently knew that I was one, and when I became of voting age, the fundamental rule was that I must vote the party line all the way down the voting ticket.  Why Democrat, you may ask?  Because all black people, as far as I was told, voted Democrat.  And since I was black, that made me Democrat.  So when I turned 18 years of age, I registered to vote and voted as any good black American would. I followed the example of those around me and saddled that Democrat donkey every election Tuesday without understanding the issues, without learning the party platforms, and without a thorough assessment of the candidates.  Heck, I didn’t even care to know such things; I just wanted the Democrats to win the election against those “racist” Republicans that I had been taught were against black people.  I wanted the rich to pay their fair share like we, the poor and working class Americans, were.  I didn’t even mind a little redistribution of wealth when it came to someone else’s fortune, as long as mine was left alone.

MY CHRISTIAN ROOTS

Moreover, my Christian roots ran deeper than my Democratic ones.  I was raised in a strongly conservative Christian home, and even though for a time I had strayed, I eventually grew to know and love Christ on my own as an adult.  Christianity became no longer my parent’s religion, but MY faith, MY conviction, MY choice.  I eventually began to seek godliness in all areas of my life; work, home, recreation . . . in everything.  My Christian worldview even caused me to, for the first time, examine my politics.

Upon a closer examination of my party, I learned that most of the Democratic Party’s platform stood against many biblical moral standards.  Generally, they rejected the biblical definition of marriage and they overwhelmingly supported abortion.  I learned that more often than not, when I voted for a Democratic candidate, I was voting against my family values.   That troubled me greatly and I began to question my loyalty to the party; and after I began to make my way through college and learn a little about economics, I discovered that the Democratic Party’s economic policies were detrimental for not only black Americans, but all Americans! 

Their socialist policies have managed to create a permanent underclass of poor blacks dependent on government programs and entitlements for survival.  Their policies have done what 400 years of slavery couldn’t do; destroy the black family.  The government has replaced the father in many poor black households by promising young mothers that they would provide for her and her children and pay her bills, as long as the father was not in the home.  Their policies have discouraged work by providing greater benefits and incentives for staying home.  Their policies have supported the genocide of black babies through the public funding of “murder on demand” corporations such as Planned Parenthood.  Their policies have turned affirmative action into an unfair quota system that discriminates against white men and at the same time puts into question the qualifications and merit of accomplished blacks.  After learning all this, I remembered on several occasions telling my husband, “You know I’m a Republican on paper.  I like the party but not the people.  They are spot on point and I agree with most of what they’re saying, but I will not vote for any of those racists.”

I was almost free, but the great escape didn’t come without challenge.  After all that I had learned, I still wanted a reason to vote Democrat because I subconsciously feared going against my cultural norm. I had just the reason.  Republicans were racist and did NOT want me to be a part of their party!  Though I had seen those black Republican weirdo sell-outs on TV (through sound bites played on MSNBC), it wasn’t until my first personal encounter with a black Republican, a friend and co-worker, that I would finally break the Democratic stronghold, break free from the groupthink politics that have left blacks politically inept; escape the mental slavery that the modern day plantation of “free entitlements” and “government help” have used to entice many into laziness, dependency, and unproductivity.  Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann were starting to lose their grip on me.

HELP FROM A FRIEND

My dear conservative friend introduced me to some historical facts about the Democratic Party that helped push me to research for myself whether or not the claims he made were true.  What I learned crushed my beliefs that the Republican Party was full of racists who were trying to hold the black man down.  What I learned left me with no affinity for my inherited party; I was left, finally, with NO good reason to vote Democrat. 

What I found out in my quest for political clarity was that  the Republican party passed EVERY civil rights legislation in regard to black Americans, including the 1964 civil rights act and 1965 voting rights act, which was signed by a Democrat president but only passed because of a Republican congress’ overwhelming support.  Most Democrats in congress opposed it.  Republicans passed the 13th amendment, freeing black slaves; the 14th amendment, giving blacks their citizenship; the 15th amendment, granting blacks the right to vote.  Even still, whenever Democrats would take back control of the white house and congress, they would prevent blacks from buying land, they denied them fair wages for their work, and they undid many of the civil rights advancements of the Republicans.

Republicans were largely responsible for promoting and defending the civil rights of blacks while Democrats fought to lynch us, enslave us, and keep us as second-class citizens.  I discovered that even civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was Republican and so was abolitionist Frederick Douglass.  Other abolitionists, both black and white, were Republican.  In fact, I learned that the Republican Party (initially comprised of Democrats, Whigs, and Free Soil party members) was established in 1854 as the anti-slavery party; they opposed the spreading of slavery into free states.

I had always been told that white people were the ones who upheld slavery and fought to keep black people down.  I had never heard the political aspect of the civil rights controversy.  White people who identified themselves as Republican (most also identified themselves as Protestant Christians or Evangelicals) fought to free black slaves.  They clearly identified their enemy as Democrat, or Southern Democrat, the ones who wanted to maintain and spread slavery.  John Mark Reynolds once said of the Republican Party, “When it came time to confront the original sin of the nation—slavery—the Republican Party was on the Lord’s side.” Once they were granted the right to vote, blacks voted Republican and worked alongside white Republicans to advance our freedom in this country.

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S SHAMEFUL PAST

To my great surprise, I found out that it was the Southern Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery.  As Francis Rice has said,  “They were the ones who passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. They started the Ku Klux Klan (the terrorist wing of the Democrat party) to lynch and terrorize blacks. They fought against the passage of every single civil rights law from the 1800’s through the 1960’s.” 

I began watching other news outlets, those besides CNN and MSNBC, to get other perspectives on current events.  I discovered that there was such a thing as a “liberal media” and it had an agenda; when the facts were not on their side, they changed the subject and called Republicans racist.  Their strategy was very effective.  I was bamboozled for years!  I have since read the party platforms for myself, starting from their inceptions to the present day for both the Democrat and Republican parties.  In the platforms, the facts speak for themselves.  I even observed, within the platforms, the exact time period when the Democrats jumped on the civil rights bandwagon, something the Republicans had been pushing for over 100 years.  Beginning in the 1950’s, the Democrats proposed to throw tons of government money into poor inner-city communities and offer other government “helps.”  By the 1960’s they offered to provide welfare to young mothers and their children, requiring no work, as long as the father was not in the home.  

The civil rights agenda met harsh resistance from most Democrats and the party struggled on whether or not they should include civil rights as part of their platform goals.  They eventually agreed to do so, but with all of the wrong motivation.  Blacks were gaining number and political power (able to provide a candidate with enough votes to win the presidency), and the civil rights agenda was not going away but instead gaining popularity; Democrats had to give blacks something.  Not that they wanted blacks to be equal, but they wanted to give them enough to get them to voting Democrat so that Democrats could stay in power.  When Republicans were unwilling to be frivolous with taxpayer dollars by robbing one group of people to pay for, by another group of people, a host of government funded programs, Democrats were dishonest and said to blacks, Republicans don’t want to help you.  They don’t want to help poor people.  Republicans proposed other ideas to help combat poverty; most involved hard work, education, business ownership, and minimal aid from the government. Those ideas were overshadowed by the powerful attraction that free money had over people that were struggling to make ends meet.  Despite the pleading of the Republican Party, which at the time still held the black vote, poor blacks took the bait.  They were above all glad that Democrats were no longer interested in terrorizing and lynching them, and almost equally as ecstatic that they would be getting “help” from the government. 

Eventually the message became, “Republicans are racist.”  That message has stuck and resonated within black communities for the past 40 plus years.

It’s important for not only black Americans, but all Americans to know the political history of this nation.   Why?  Because as Woodrow Wilson wisely stated, “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.” I thank God for freedom to think for myself, freedom to vote my values, freedom to truly participate in democracy and government.  I thank God that I no longer vote out of tradition but because of conviction. 

NO POLITICAL PARTY IS A SAVIOR

As a Christian, I know that the Republican Party is not a savior.  It can’t save us.  Government can’t save us.  There is no such thing as perfect politics or perfect political parties because political parties are made up of imperfect and sinful people.  The Republican Party is not without its faults and flaws for sure.  And as a Christian, I don’t put my trust in a political party, whose doctrines and philosophies may change with the people, but I put my trust in God who is unchanging.  With that being said, I have not yet attained paradise so I must continue living until I’m called home or Christ returns, loosely holding to the doctrines of my imperfect political philosophy (for God is neither Republican nor Democrat), all the while hoping my political inclinations are on the Lord’s side.  I don’t believe for one minute that God sides with either Democrats or Republicans, but it is up to Democrats and Republicans to side with God and stand against sin, much in the way the Republicans did when they stood against slavery. 

Some issues are debatable; who has the best ideas to combat poverty, who has the best views on foreign affairs, etc., but other issues are not –the murdering of innocent preborn children is always wrong.   

BLACKS IN AMERICA

Concerning blacks in this nation; they have been used for political expediency, sometimes by friends and sometimes by foes.  Blacks, among other minorities have been and still are discriminated against; however, blacks need not continue blaming the sin of racism for their failures.  We don’t need a racist to do anything for us but stay out of our way and allow us the same opportunity as everyone else to obtain success.  We should readily embrace the freedom that we have in this country to both fail and succeed; freedom that was fought long and hard for.  Some of us will have great success and others will struggle. 

The beauty of Democracy is; we are all free.  One who is born into poverty has an opportunity to become rich, and yet a rich man may also one day find himself impoverished.  Nothing is guaranteed.  Only in socialist and communist countries is equality of outcome promised.  For many reasons that I won’t discuss here, socialism and communism don’t work.  Government is not our provider; we as a people have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.  Even Christ taught personal responsibility and didn’t require anything of the government, not even charity!  That’s OUR individual responsibility towards our brothers and sisters, and fellow man.  Christ didn’t teach covetousness or redistribution of wealth.  

THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

Government does have its proper place.  Biblically speaking, government was instituted by God to punish evil (1 Peter 2:13-15) and administer justice (Romans 13).  Our U.S. constitution grants government the authority to protect individual freedoms and promote the general well-being of society.  The government wasn’t designed to provide for people, but to allow people to provide for themselves.  The legislative branch, for example, was given certain powers by the people to collect taxes, pay debts, borrow money, establish post offices and roads, appoint lower courts, declare war, raise armies, navies, militias, and legislate over Washington D.C., to name a few.  We must keep the role of government in perspective, lest we the people give government so much power that we all end up slaves.

That is why Republicans opposed big government and government control.  They knew, as well as this nation’s founding fathers– a government with too much power could oppress certain groups of people and strip away their individual freedoms.  The Republicans of old wanted government to stay out of their lives because the government was the one who would strip their freedom and legislate through congress their demise.  They just wanted to be left alone and have equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. 

Those racist men and women who sought to terrorize and oppress blacks did not uphold the principle in the Declaration of Independence that stated that all men were created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.  That’s what the civil rights fight was about—equality.  People fought and died to preserve and defend it. Numerous black slaves left plantations with nothing more than the clothes on their backs yet they did not let discrimination or racism define them.  Instead, they pursued freedom and the responsibility that came with it; they sought to make themselves valuable to society and wanted government to get out of their way and stop preventing their forward momentum.  That’s what the civil rights fight was all about—equality of opportunity.

Many ex-slaves taught themselves how to read and write, became congressmen and legislators, doctors, lawyers, farmers, and businessmen.  Many were writers, teachers, and various professionals.  With the help of countless others, they fought to advance freedom for not only blacks but all groups of people in this country.  Blacks would often make progress but would have that progress undermined when certain racists gained control of congress and the white house.

WHERE BLACK AMERICANS ARE TODAY

Ever since we as a people switched loyalty from the party that fought to get us and keep us free, we are no better off, and in many ways we are more depraved.  Today we have more black on black crime, black men and women in prison, teen pregnancies, fatherless homes, high black unemployment (over 16% today under a black president).  Black and White Republicans in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s, which at the time nearly all blacks were Republican, warned of this very day.  They warned that the Democrats proposed government-run housing projects which are currently inner-city slums and the abuse of government assistance programs (in which Republicans pushed for long and hard for welfare reform) would create a permanent underclass of minorities; dependent, unproductive, and impoverished.    

Today many poor blacks look to the government to provide for them.  Some look to our first black president to fix all of their economic woes.  What they have failed to realize is that President Obama and his policies are exasperating their economic troubles.  The facts speak for themselves. 

Economically, blacks are hit harder than whites.  Unemployment is higher, life expectancy is lower, yet our black socialist president gets a free pass. Democrats for the past 40 years have run nearly every inner-city in America, many with black police chiefs, mayors, legislators, etc. yet we are no better off.  No complaints from the black community.    Black leaders blame the rich (who by the way are the job creators) for not paying enough.  They expect the rich to create jobs, keep prices low, endure the demands of unions and government regulations, pay high wages, and pay high taxes!  Alas, when some are fortunate enough to start their own business, they cry foul because the demands that they voted for are unreasonable!  

Yet at every election cycle, you can be sure to see black Democratic leaders promising minorities free or low cost housing, free health insurance, jobs and everything else in exchange for a vote. They fail to tell the poor that none of that stuff is free, somebody is paying.  Secondly, they fail to mention that businesses create jobs, not government.  If they supported small business development through incentives like low taxes, more jobs would be available to them.  Many poor blacks and other minority groups depend too heavily on government for survival and many truly believe that they are owed something, that someone has to give them something, that they don’t have to endure the responsibility that is conjoined with freedom.

I do agree that many government programs, such as those to help the homeless and orphans, the sick and the elderly, are good and necessary humanitarian aids for the good of society.  Republican presidents such as President Bush have done more than most to responsibly aid the most impoverished people, black and white, in this nation.  But like Republicans have argued, perpetual dependency on government aid drains societal resources and places an undue burden on taxpayers.  It is not good for a progressive people and it is counterintuitive to productivity and self-reliance.

REFLECTION

Reflecting, I can clearly see that fear played a part in preventing me from voting my values; every black I knew who didn’t drink the Democrat Kool-Aid and DARED to identify themselves with another party, or even worse, the Republican party, was labeled by other black Democrats as an Uncle Tom (even though Uncle Tom, a fictional character, was a hero in his story), a sellout, or a house negro.  Additionally, I simply didn’t have enough information.  Politics was a puzzle that I did not have enough pieces to.  Not saying I have all the pieces now; like so many things in life, politics is not simply black and white.  There are gray areas; many ways to combat our nation’s problems and no one party has all the answers or even the right answers.  No one political party has a claim on morality, no one political party has all the right solutions for poverty, crime, and foreign relations.  And despite the Democrat party’s shameful racist past, no one party is free of racism.  Racism exists within all political parties because some of the people who make up the parties suffer the disease of racism.   We live in a democracy and racists are allowed a vote too. 

Today, I feel I am a much more informed voter today than I ever was.  Knowledge is power; its freedom.  Yet, heartbreaking to me is that many of my black peers look upon my freedom of political choice with disdain.     

It disturbs me that many of blacks who vote Democrat do so out of tradition.  I was one of them.  It bothers me that the Democratic Party takes our vote for granted in many of the same ways (and to their failure) that the Republican Party did in times past.  Democrats are allowed to be openly racist without consequence or reprisal from blacks.  Successful black Republicans such as retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice have been disrespected, their names have been slandered, and their characters have assassinated by both black and white Democrats.  They have been called Uncle Toms, Aunt Mamie, and house niggers.  Blacks would be totally offended if these same names were directed at black Americans who were not Republican.  

MY CONCLUSIONS

I have learned a lot about both political parties and enough to know that when given the choice between Democrat and Republican, I choose the latter.  There are many myths out there—and many reasons blacks say they don’t vote Republican—Nixon’s so-called Southern Strategy, the old Republicans are the new Democrats, Republicans are racists. . . I could go on and on.  Whatever their reason, so be it.  But as I have concluded, the values of the Republican Party of old have never changed.  From their beginning they have stood for small government, personal responsibility, low taxes, religious freedom, free enterprise, and adherence to the constitution. 

I will end by saying this.  Though I was born and raised a Democrat, I am proud to say that today I am a free thinking American who chooses to vote her values.  And though I may not agree with every Republican, or every Republican idea, as of now, the Republican Party is my home.

Suggested Readings:

America’s God and Country, Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer

Back to Basics for the Republican Party by Michael Zak

Bamboozled: How Americans are being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda by Angela McGlowan

Capitol Men, the Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray

Politics According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem

Liberating Black Theology, The Bible and the Black Experience in America by Anthony B. Bradley

Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence (a reprint of an 1848 original) by Wallbuilders Press

Reconstruction, America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 by Eric Foner

The Big Black Lie, How I Learned the Truth About the Democrat Party by Kevin Jackson

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Wrong on Race, The Democratic Party’s Buried Past by Bruce Bartlett

Suggested Websites:

Republican Review of America, www.republicanreviewofamerica.com

The Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York, www.fdfny.org

National Black Republicans Association, www.nbra.info

 

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41 responses to “Testimonial of a Black Republican

  1. Ben Hoffman

    July 27, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Until the early 1990s, the Republican party was the progressive party. Teddy Roosevelt was the last Republican progressive president. Then it got taken over by conservatives and it’s been conservative ever since. The Democratic party is now the progressive party.

    If you want a country that doesn’t protect its environment, help people go to college, or protect workers rights, then by all means, vote Republican. But don’t give dishonest reasons for doing so.

     
    • Ben Hoffman

      July 27, 2011 at 4:54 am

      Ooops! That should have read: “until the early 1900s…”

       
    • Kyle Nielsen

      July 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Keep on a drinkin the kool aid. Enjoy,,,Yummy.

       
    • Laura George

      September 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      “If you want a country that doesn’t protect its environment, help people go to college, or protect workers rights, then by all means, vote Republican. But don’t give dishonest reasons for doing so.” You’re kidding. right? Where is your proof? Just because Republicans are not Eco-freaks does not mean they don’t care. You too are indoctrinated with the same ole Democrat hyperbole.

       
      • Jerald Jenkins

        September 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        Laura:

        Give me iron clad evidence that the Democratic Party is the party for Blacks! Show me how the DP helps blacks…other than by making them dependent on the Gov. The inner Cities of our Nation are run by the DP and yet, the inner Cities are falling apart and are poverty and crime laden. Where is all this help from the DP? Let me be clear: the same people that have been poor and broke all these years will continue to be poor and broke even if Obama wins re-election and everybody knows it including Obama himself!

         
      • Anonymous

        December 31, 2012 at 7:27 am

        you, my friend, are an idiot…get educated and then post

         
    • kilrntex

      September 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Idiot!

       
    • Anonymous

      September 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

      You don’t have any idea what you’re saying and it sounds as if it comes from a very tragically uninformed viewpoint. You should really do a little research into what Republicans stand for and what they’ve really done in this country before you make such an unqualified and racist blanket statement about them. You’re just dead wrong and have not done your homework.

       
    • Drive Me Crazy

      September 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      What are you talking about? The Republican party DOES care about our environment, it just does so in a sensible manner. It doesn’t go overboard. And Democrats are the progressive party. They will even tell you that.

       
    • Anonymous

      August 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Lol you just embarrassed the republican party by being ignorant. You are still a democrat. We dont want people that have no idea what they are talking about.

       
    • John Anderson

      November 22, 2012 at 6:00 am

      You imply that only government is capable of protecting the environment, “helping” people go to college, protecting workers’ rights, etc. Being a conservative is about PERSONAL responsibility (making the individual responsible for those things and more) not about getting rid of everything good. A clean environment, a college education, a safe workplace can all be had apart from a strong centralized government. The Sierra Club, Harvard, unions, all show this to be true. But apart from personal responsibility and individual liberty none of the good things will matter.

       
  2. Anonymous

    July 27, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Out standing and very well stated!!

     
  3. Anonymous

    July 27, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I’m fifty two years old and have been a political junkie since the Watergate hearings I watched all summer at the age of 14. The only difference between you and me is that I was an informed Democrat voter. However, during my 30′s, I began to realize that blacks were being used by Democrats and not just the white ones. This includes the so called leaders that the liberal media selected for us. I am for self reliance and not being at the mercy of the ferderal government. Which includes getting our spending under control.There is so much I could add but all I will say is “welcome aboard”.

     
  4. Michael Harris

    July 27, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Ben what you are saying is simply not true and make no sense at all. Sad..Sad. Sad The parties never switched in the 1990′s or at any point before. Did you mean 1890? This is not a matter of opinion but of congressional record. She has spoken the truth in love and you accuse her of being dishonest? Shame on you sir. Shame on you.

     
    • Ben Hoffman

      July 27, 2011 at 4:54 am

      I meant early 1900s. Ooops!

       
      • It's Only Words

        July 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

        It doesn’t matter whether or not you meant 1900s. You’re still wrong if you’re trying to imply that the Republican Party flip-flopped on civil rights.

         
  5. Anonymous

    July 27, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Great article. Thank you for writing it.

     
  6. Anonymous

    July 27, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Great article!
    I too was raised as a Democrat and thought that the Democrat party was the party of our people. I learned while in college in the ’80′s that Democrats were leading us down the path of destruction. It wasn’t until I was in my 30′s that I was open about my political position. My parents, may God continue to Bless them, are still die hard democrats and I understand why they supported our current President. Since they had to endure Jim Crow, Civil Rights marches and growing up Black in the South in the 40′s and 50′s. But I cannot get them to see that Republicans are not the enemy. I stop short of calling myself a Republican because I prefer conservative as I do not agree fully with all the Republican agenda.

     
  7. Esther Maina

    July 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Well said!! Posting on my Facebook page…thank you!

     
  8. Ben Hoffman

    July 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    All civil rights bills during the ’60s were introduced by Democrats. While it’s true that other Democrats tried to block its passage, they were southern Democrats. If you look at the votes, nearly all southern legislators voted against it — Republicans and Democrats alike. Those southern racist states are now all red states. They had been Democrats because Lincoln was a Republican.

     
  9. CDA2

    July 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    As a conservative, who happens to be black, I couldn’t agree with you more. Very well written article. I will pass this along to help open the eyes of my friends/family if they are willing to read it and accept the facts rather than turn a blind eye. Thank you!

     
  10. Steven Sheinfield

    July 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    This evil white devil thinks you’re brilliant. Great blog. Immensely logical. Will you run for VP when my hero Allen West runs for President?

     
  11. brian parsons

    July 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    As a conservative who happens to NOT be Republican, I share a lot of the values that drew you to the Republican party. I have found there is only one option for any true Christian and that is to vote principle and not party. Unfortunately I’ve found many of the Republicans and Democrats claim to espouse views that they don’t follow through on when it comes time to vote. The only true Conservative right now is Ron Paul. He’s fiscally conservative, but believes the way God intended for us to live, and that is free to make choices that concern our lives. Choices like how we educate our children, what we’re allowed to say, where we’re allowed to live, eat, pray, etc.. If God gave us choice in believing in Him, how much less are these choices that the government should make them for us?

    Ron Paul 2012!

     
  12. Joseph

    July 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Great article. I am a 55 year old Black man. I paid no attention to politics at all growing up. I was 28 years old when registered and voted for the first time, after being in Air Force Intelligence for 7 years. I am more Libertarian, but I usually vote Republican, and I can’t remember ever voting for a Democrat. I had to change barbers twice while President Obama was running. If I can’t get a Libertarian in office, I was take a conservative Republican every time.

     
  13. Carlos

    August 2, 2011 at 5:51 am

    @Joseph: ‘I had to change barbers twice while President Obama was running’ …I literally cackled at that one; great line.

    As for you, Miss Providence: Exceptionally well expressed. And kudos!

     
  14. Anonymous

    August 20, 2011 at 1:33 am

    very nice, you should go in to politics although most of the country will not listen to sound common sense from level headed folks like you.
    good job.

     
  15. Anonymous

    August 20, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Excellent piece. It is true that both parties share blame for the economic mess we’re in now (e.g. NAFTA) but it’s great you exposed the truth that the Democratic party is NOT the friend of black people or working people in general. In fact, if they had their way, we would all (black or white) be “slaves” dependent upon them. My sister in Christ that authored this: If I never have the pleasure of meeting you in this life, then I will in Heaven. Take care and God bless you and America.

     
  16. Lizzy Jane

    September 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Excellent articlle!! I also grew up in a Democrat and Union household – - and voted as soon as I was eligible. Studied American history — I am an American Patriot – who believes in true fiscal responsibility of our government; believes we should be able to live freely the way God intended for us to live, and that is free to make choices that concern our lives. Choices of how we educate our children, what we’re allowed to say, where we are allowed to live, eat, pray, defend ourselvs, etc..
    If God GIVES each of us choices in believing in Him, how can the government decide to make our choices for us? Only God knows what is in our hearts, government only wants to make us slaves.

     
  17. Anonymous

    September 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Very well written, thank you so much for sharing. I also like Joseph’s comment. It’s a shame that more people can’t simply vote for the lesser evil, after all, the other candidates will simply not win. But, with the additional support from voters who did not vote for either a Republican or a Democratic President, those supporters may have been able to tip the scale.

     
  18. Irene K.

    September 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I didn’t vote for Obama because I looked at his history and record and decided to vote Libertarian. I didn’t care for McCain, either. It mystifies me why black folks run after this man like a teenager runs after the star quarterback who’s a “playa.” We really have to start analyzing the candidates, the parties, the platforms, etc. We have to stop voting blindly and being told what to think! The Democratic party throughout its history has done more damage to black people in this country than can be stated in one short note, and yet they get away with it by, frankly, *lying* about conservatives. Time to wake up and walking off of the Democrat plantation.

     
  19. Jinger

    September 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Bravo! Very well written and documented. I even learned a few things about Republicans I didn’t know.

    I’m a conservative and a veteran. What I found most disheartening during the 2008 election was the number of black veterans who gravitated towards Obama. They couldn’t seem to see past his skin, and what’s worse is that they couldn’t seem to see how much he really loathes us veterans, but then most liberals do. I guess that’s one of the reasons that cured me of ever being liberal.

    It’s always hilarious to read the comments of liberals/progressives/democrats. Of course they tell you that you’re wrong, but they can’t tell you why. It would mean having to think, and I really don’t think they can do that. The fact that all they can do is call us names and insult us makes it hard not to laugh.

    Rock on! It’s refreshing to read a fellow American, and a Christian, who has taken the time to analyze the political process and gain understanding into how we as Christians should really see the process. As Christians, we do have a responsibility to be good citizens. The best way to do that is to be informed and vote accordingly.

     
  20. Karen

    September 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Excellent!

     
  21. John

    September 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Appreciated your article. You know, parallel to your experience is the experience of white college students in many if not most university settings. They start out with orientation of sensitivity to homosexuality, have no moral code with cohabitation almost encouraged, parenta routinely marginalized, God disparaged, diversity of thought outlawed, and grades given based upon conformity to the unproven, and often arbitrary worldviews of professors who have no real-world experience. The mantras that are given inevitably lead to a sense of moral superiority over their backward often Republican parents. Yet, in the rare cases when true debate is allowed, they ALWAYS lose. The struggle is broad-based. My wife in Black and from a family that behaved politically like yours. Nonetheless, she voted for Perot twice and Bush twice because of immoral positions of Clinton, Gore, and Kerry. When she met Obama, everything changed. She has attributed attributes to him that I wouldn’t put even on the most ideal man who agreed with everything in the Bible, let alone a man of far left white, Islamic Arab, and a touch of Black Africa roots. It is as though no Christian issue matters anymore. Nothing is based upon facts of true debate. It is simply if you are against Obama, you are against God. This ramps up the argument even more than you did in your fine article.

     
  22. Greg Pearson

    September 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful testimony. Truly in these times people need to be leaning on Jesus and not looking to the government for any type of salvation. Nearly every social program they’ve ever promoted has started by ministering to a real need but soon develops into a huge beaurocratic mess that is fed by fear, promoting racial division, and class warfare and ultimately results in less and less freedoms for our citizens. Its becoming blatantly obvious that we as a people need to go back to our American values of a nation under God filled with people who claim their God given rights, talents, and freedoms. The question that’s looming is “Who’s next?” Are there any conservatives that can face what is now a very dire situation. Much needs to be undone and cleared away in order for us to get back and start nourishing the roots.

     
  23. Ashley

    September 21, 2011 at 4:48 am

    BRAVO!!!! Very well articulated. I’m copying down her suggested reading list!!

     
  24. Ibeyoteachafodaday

    November 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your perspective. I have tried to convince many of my friends they are really republicans but they can’t see past the color lines. I can’t wait to share your blog with them, I hope they will read it with an open mind. Thank you!

     
  25. Rhonda Stoneburner

    January 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    That’s for sharing!

     
  26. Matt Fischer

    February 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    A black republican? Wutta joke. Goes to show how slavery negatively impacted our mental state. It’s as if we have to find “something” to be accepted for even when it doesn’t accept us. Black republicans would have us all put back into chains and in slavery and at the same time tell us we should appreciate our position. This is insanity. Crazy is just crazy.

     
  27. bharatwrites

    August 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Being black doesn’t mean you MUST vote Democrat, but being religious should have nothing to do with how you vote. If you want to vote Republican on the issues, go right ahead. As for socialist policies, most Republicans are glad to bail-out big companies, but consider it socialist to hand out welfare to the poor. I believe neither in bail-outs nor in welfare, but at least I’m consistent. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are consistent on this issue.
    ‘Who was responsible for Jim Crow laws’ shouldn’t be a factor in today’s elections. You must vote based on your interest in how public money is spent. If you want less welfare, less regulation, fewer environment protection laws etc., vote Republican.
    Finally, I agree that no political party is perfect, but the idea of sin and sinners is unscientific and illogical. And Barack Obama is no socialist. He’s a centrist, if anything.

     

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