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Black leaders with no regard for the facts vilify GOP

By Alphonso Jackson

While speaking before the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night, John Kerry made the baseless, inflammatory claim that the Republican Party would try to suppress black votes in the coming elec[b]tion. Kerry is white, and he was applauded for his words.

Addressing the mostly black National Baptist Convention in New Orleans last week, I was booed for about 30 seconds. And I'm black.

Why the difference? Kerry is a Democrat, and I'm a Republican. And for far too long, the Democrats have had a monopoly on black votes in this country.

For the first half of my adult life, I was a Democrat. Today, I serve in the Cabinet of President Bush. The long road that brought me to the GOP began in March 1965, when I headed to Alabama to join Martin Luther King Jr. in registering voters and taking part in a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

Despite our peaceful intentions, more than 200 state troopers met us at the Pettus Bridge with whips, nightsticks, tear gas, dogs and electric cattle prods, ordering us to leave. They successfully blocked our march and injured more than 50 of us. The day became known as Bloody Sunday, and I still carry a scar on my leg as a permanent reminder of it. I don't bring up this story to reopen the wounds of the civil rights era, but rather to recall the lessons from that time.

In 1965, I marched for equality. After all, King shared the vision of our nation's Founders that "all men are created equal." As I settled into adulthood, I took an honest look at the Democratic Party, and I came to believe that it had strayed from that ideal. I was soon drawn to the Republican Party because I realized that it truly, not just rhetorically, believed in equality.

Democrats' skewed ideology

For the past four decades, the Democratic Party has tried to convince us that being black and of modest means is a dead-end road. In that vein, America's "black political leaders" have built their careers on an ideology of black victimization. They tout the belief that if blacks want to succeed in this country, there is only one path: reliance on the government.

They're wrong. America is a place where you can be born into a low-income household but still lift yourself up, and it doesn't matter what color you are. I'm living proof.

The so-called black leaders of this nation have convinced a large portion of the black community that blacks aren't capable of self-advancement. And this "leadership" has brainwashed listeners into believing that the Republican Party is only for whites. That's why there was so little listening going on at the Baptist convention.

Diverse and qualified

The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin.

Yet critics on the left find it incomprehensible that any black American could succeed on his or her own through hard work and determination. They say that Education Secretary Rod Paige, Secretary of State Colin Powell, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and myself were merely appointed to garner black votes. Such rhetoric does nothing to support the progress of black Americans, or recognize how far we have come.

The Republican Party is committed to the basic principle that everyone deserves a chance to achieve the American Dream. The dream doesn't lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education.

Bush received only 9% of the black vote in 2000, but his policies have done more for the black community than those of any other modern-era president.

His plan for an "ownership society," for example, has translated into record home ownership in America "” and the highest level in history for blacks, too. For the first time, more than 50% of black Americans own a home.

Progress for black Americans depends on good schools because education is the last great equalizer. This administration guided No Child Left Behind into law, reversing the "soft bigotry of low expectations" that was pervasive before Bush came into office. Now, test scores are on the rise.

Republican policies are good for black Americans. With an honest look at our party, perhaps the facts can drown out the boos.

Alphonso Jackson is the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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I read this garbage the other day.

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The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin.




This B.S and another attempt by the Negro-Cons to use race as a means of representing perspective. These Negroes confuse multicuturalism and diversity with Multicentrism. I will post my essay from the blog on this phenomenon. He is again using republican talking points and their framing of the arguement with his usage of the word victimization.

To hell with the Negro, He should have been booed.
The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin.

Amen to that. Until the self 'victimizing' blacks who vote democrat come to learn better, the percentage of low income and non-contributing blacks will remain constant, as it has for 4 decades now under the brilliant leadership of the white liberal democrat plantation. Black conservatives come from the same places, face the same hurdles, but have risen beyond the pop culture mentality where everyone is supposedly out to get you, and the perception to be black means you are handicapped. Its better to point to black acheivers and say 'you can too', then to stay trapped in the conspiracy minded realm of the democrat plantation.
More of the same dribble and the same talking points, "Self Victimizing" "Pop Culture" "Conspiracy" and of course the "Democratic Plantation". I must say the, Democratic Plantation talking point is a good one. Everyone knows what a Plantation is, Everyone knows that Black men and women were enslaved on Plantations, thus when you call the Democratic party a Plantation, the connection is made subconsciously between the word Plantation and the place where Black men and women were enslaved thus the Democratic Plantation is enslaving Blacks. This is how the Republicans work and they are good, in fact they are the best at framing any discussion they are in by using words that have a far deeper meaning than the manner in which they are used. Take note of how the "estate tax" became the death tax, there are many more that I will share at a later time, but lets deal with one more thing the Negro-Con JanesT has stated.

JanesT wrote that the Negro-Cons have come from the same place, faced the hurdles and have risen. This is the truth, many Negro-Cons have come from the same place as most of us have and they still manage to become turncoats and handkerchief heads. This argument by JanesT is another example of Republican talking points disguised as arguing one thing but the argument they are truly making is; Black folk dislike Negro-Cons because they are successful which we all know is a lie, there are far more successful Black men and women that are not Negro-Cons than are but this does not stop the Republican strategist from trying to make it appear as Black folk dislike success and love being what they called a victim. This is one of the ways in which white supremacy manifest itself today, you have Negroes make the argument about the crabs in the bucket and then the Republicans pick up on that and say the Negro-Cons are hated because they are successful. As smart as the Negro-Cons think Condi Rice is, her cousin (Constance Rice) that grew up in the same city as she did will eat little Condi alive and has not become the turncoat that Condi has and guess what she is successful and Black folk love her because she speaks on behalf of those who voice has been silenced or simply do not have a voice.

Lastly, the Negro-Cons talk about the last four decades that Black folk have been voting for democrats and say it has gotten us nothing. However if we are discussing America's structurally racist caste system and how it has affected the upward mobility of Black men and women, the Negro-Cons will say Black folk have come a long way since the sixties and seventies. They will say we have made big leaps from where we were, if that is the case, did not most of it happen while Black men and women were voting for the democrats. So if we have come far and are better than we have ever been should we not keep down that path or are Negro-Cons playing politics with the future of Black men and women in America.
"While speaking before the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night, John Kerry made the baseless, inflammatory claim that the Republican Party would try to suppress black votes in the coming elec[b]tion. Kerry is white, and he was applauded for his words.

Addressing the mostly black National Baptist Convention in New Orleans last week, I was booed for about 30 seconds. And I'm black."---Alphonso Johnson (Ooops. Jackson)

Secretary Johnson (Ooops. Jackson) doesn't say it, but implies he said the same thing Kerry said, and was booed.while Kerry was applauded. I can't perceive why he would be booed for the same words. I am suspicious of the claim. I can't find a reasonable rationale.

All the others 'stuff' he said aside. I can't get past this.


PEACE

Jim Chester
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_The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin._

Amen to that. Until the self 'victimizing' blacks who vote democrat come to learn better, the percentage of low income and non-contributing blacks will remain constant, as it has for 4 decades now under the brilliant leadership of the white liberal democrat plantation. Black conservatives come from the same places, face the same hurdles, but have risen beyond the pop culture mentality where everyone is supposedly out to get you, and the perception to be black means you are handicapped. Its better to point to black acheivers and say 'you can too', then to stay trapped in the conspiracy minded realm of the democrat plantation.


And yet doesn't mention that blacks spent 7 decades on the Republican plantation before going Democrat.
Okay, this story sent me to the search engines, and here is what I found! Smile

This is the statement made by Kerry ... and the link to the whole speech is HERE

Fifty years after the Brown decision, we are also reminded that now, more than ever, we need a Supreme Court that will protect our hard won victories.

It was just four short years ago that the Court – by one vote – decided the outcome of the race for president. It was less than a year ago that the Court – by one vote – decided the fate of affirmative action. One vote can make the difference for millions of Americans, and over the next four years the President of the United States may well appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices. I will appoint judges who follow the Potter Stewart standard, "The mark of a good judge is a judge whose opinion you can read and have no idea if the judge was a man or a woman, Republican or Democrat, a Christian or a Jew. You just know he or she was a good judge."

And good judges know that the right to vote is the most sacred of all American rights. Good judges will stand up for the Voting Rights Act – and so must we. Let me make one thing clear: We're not going to stand by and allow another million African American votes to go uncounted in this election. We're not going to stand by and allow acts of voter suppression.

We are hearing the same things you are hearing. What they did in Florida in 2000, they may be planning to do in battleground states all across this country this year. Well, we are here to let them know that we will fight tooth and nail to make sure that this time, every vote is counted and every vote counts.


***I found it interesting that what was quoted by AP under the headline "Kerry Hints GOP May Suppress Black Votes" was this, which clearly distorted the context of the whole speech:

"We are not going to stand by and allow another million African American votes to go uncounted in this election," the Democratic presidential nominee told the Congressional Black Caucus.

"We are not going to stand by and allow acts of voter suppression, and we're hearing those things again in this election."


***Mr. Jackson's article was truly entertaining to me .... as most delusional ramblings are ... and I got a good laugh out of it! Big Grin But, I also ended up going to the Black National Baptist Covention site and was directed to this story regarding the coverage of the event Kerry Draws Cheers At National Bapist Convention which I thought was an interesting story too. I'm not sure why Mr. Jackson went (or was sent) but it was pretty obvious he was not welcome ... so he basically got what he deserved, I suppose.
I can't understand why anyone, black or white, who is not a millionaire would declare themselves Republican. The social values thing they tout is a hook to get the average rube to buy their bullshit. The Republicans do a terrific job representing the interests of the rich and powerful. They belive in the trickle down theory. Crumbs falling off the the table of the rich into the hands of the pedestrian. Look at how the friends and family of powerful Republicans are plundering the money meant for Iraqi reconstruction.
I had a chance to watch C-Span this morning and they were discussing all of the happenings regarding the Florida elections and potential for African-American disenfranchisement again this election year and I just feel as if the GOP actually knows that many black people are not going to vote for Bush but are in a very organized and effective way discredit Kerry so that we won't vote in droves. They did the same thing to Dean, nullified him and punked him out, so that he wouldn't get the Democratic nomination for president. I believe that this is the ultimate aim of the GOP to nullify the black vote. I simply am astonished that in 2004 that the same sorts of tactics are being used on my generation as were on my parents and grandparents generations to prevent the African-American vote.
Furthermore, it shows the hypocrisy of America that while Colin Powell is on TV touting that the U.S. wants Iraq to "have free, full elections" UN monitors are going to be in Florida on November 2 to monitor any voter intimidation or irregularites. Mind you the U.S. demanded the same thing in Nigeria a couple of years ago and in other countries. White America should be ashamed to let their 'nakedness' show like this.
Yet they have no shame whatsoever.....go figure.
I saw a political cartoon (I wish I knew know to copy and paste to a thread from another internet source. brofrown)

It had a family sitting in front of the TV. The man is reading the want ads, the woman is helping the child with his spelling (the kid had misspelled cat).

On the screen, Bush is saying how he was determined to rebuild the Iraqi infrastructure, rebuild the Iraqi schools, create good paying jobs, and would ensure free and fair elections.

The man looks over to his wife and says, "And if he succeeds over there, maybe he'll try it here."

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