Sunday, January 27, 2008

The African-American Vote

The South Carolina presidential primary has come and gone with Obama winning over Clinton by 27%. Most Afro-Americans voted for Obama after Bill Clinton turned the primary into a race issue. In my opinion, the geni is out of the bottle now and we are going to see a racially charged Democratic primary. In fact, I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Afro-American block vote for democrats.

I have often wondered how the Democrats got the African-American block to begin with. It was a Republican who emancipated the slaves, and it was Dwight Eisenhower who integrated the Little Rock, Arkansas schools in the late 1950s. True, Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights act but he did it by steamrolling over the congressional democrats. This is not to say Republican hands were perfectly clean but the were a hell of a lot cleaner than the Democrats.

After Johnson signed the Civil Rights act, the Democrats somehow convinced Afro-Americans that they were the downtrodden masses and promised to fix their situation with the "Great Society". Afro-Americans bought into this en masse and billions of tax dollars were poured into welfare programs that kept Afro-Americans at the very margins of society. Dependent upon a welfare system that instead of lifting them out of poverty as promised only served to make them even more dependent on the welfare system. Afro-Americans migrated to the Democratic Party which has promised them everything but delivered little more than maintaining them at the poverty level.

The "Great Society" welfare system set up rules that encouraged people to not get a job because they would lose the welefare benifits. It also made it more financially attractive to have more children so more welfare money would be given to support the child. The "Great Society" even made it finacially better to be a single parent than a two parent household with it's aid to dependent children program.

The Democratic party, in my opinion, did more harm to African-Americans than anything other than slavery. They made them virtual slaves to the Democratic party.

I think we will see a huge change in the party affiliations of African-Americans. Maybe not immediately, but within the next 3 election cycles. In short, Bill and Hilliary have crapped in the Democrtatic Party's hat.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The New Hampshire Primary

The New Hamphire primary has come and gone with Hillary and John McCain both getting a new lease on life. I guess Hillary's is most dramatic since the pundits were already talking about he pulling out of the race, which I wish she would. I was glad to see McCain get a shot in the arm from his win an I hope he will be able to get enough money to keep him viable.

Just for the record, I can't stand Hillary and I like Bill even less. I would be content if they were abducted by aliens and whisked away to the nether regions of the universe but since that isn't going to happen, I will do everything in my power to keep them out of the White House. I think the only reason they want to go back is that there is some very nice furniture they missed on their way out in 2000.

McCain on the other hand is an enigma for me. I like his staraight talk, his fearlessness and his "I am my own man" attitude but there are several things I disagree with him on.

I don't like McCain's stance on illegal immigration. I agree that we can't just round up 12 million people and deport them but I do think that when they are found they should be deported. I think we should build the border fence and patrole it relentlessly to keep new illegals out. I also think that if the fence doesn't work, we should mine the border with some kind of non lethal mine aor we should put up a second fence that is electrified. We have got to get control of our border, especially the southern one, by any means necessary.

I can't fault McCain for voting against Bush's tax reduction. He was right to want offsets in spending reductions. He stood his ground and now he is being hammered for it.

The McCain/ Feingold bill sticks in my craw more than anything else McCain has done and I can't forgive him for that. I can't see how he signed on to that piece of legislation but he did.

Of all the candidates running, McCain is the one I trust most. I don't like some of what he has done but taken in the grand scheme of things he could be a lot worse.