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(ThyBlackMan.com) A gentleman by the name of James W. Lewis recently commented on my article, “Who’s In the ‘Dark,’ the Black Community, or Dr. Ben Carson?” In his comment he posed a question which under ordinary circumstances would seem to be very reasonable, and one that seems to currently be on the mind of a surprising number of younger Black people. He asked the following:
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“There’s one thing that has always bothered me about black folks. We constantly battle trying to prove we’re not all the same, especially what’s portrayed on television. We come from a variety of backgrounds, and our unique upbringings shape our beliefs, including political beliefs. If that’s the case, why do we ALL have to be Democrat (or even Independent)? The Democratic Party was once pro-slavery with obviously no, to very little African American support. The shift began in the 1940s with FDR’s New Deal. African Americans have been generally pro-Democrat ever since. If African Americans can change the face of the Democratic party, can’t the same be said for the Republican party?”
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So James, in a word, no.
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People often suggest that I tend to advocate for the Democratic Party over the GOP.   In response to that, first, I’d like to make it clear that I’m not a Democrat, and I haven’t been since my early twenties. I’m a independent progressive thinker, as oppose to a liberal or conservative. There is a difference.
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Liberals and conservatives are both ideologues, and as such, tend to be different sides of the same coin. They both have a propensity to give ideology priority over unadulterated truth. So when truth fails to conform to their particular ideological position, they both have a tendency to try to bend and contort the truth in order to mold it into a more comfortable fit within theirRepublican Crooks political philosophy.
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Progressives, on the other hand, are non-ideological. We believe in following truth wherever it leads and regardless to who’s ox it gores. Truth is our only constituent, so we tend to look upon the political landscape as though we’re observing an ant farm, rather than from a partisan perspective.
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At this point it must be granted, however, that progressives do generally come down on the liberal side of the ledger, but there’s a reason for that, and since we believe in truth, that reason should be obvious. The current Republican Party has become a refuge for scoundrels for some, and a refuge from reality for many others. So while I’m not advocating FOR the Democratic Party, I routinely and vociferously advocate AGAINST the Republican Party with my every keystroke, because the current GOP is filled to the brim with some of the most dangerously malevolent people in this country.
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Simply ask yourself, when was the last time a party had to, literally, hide their last president and vice president during an election? Granted, I’m not a historian, but I can’t think of another time in our history. But the Republican Party had to do it twice – in both the 2008 and 2012 elections – and with good reason.
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George W. Bush and Dick Cheney spent their entire eight-year reign enriching their cronies. In addition, during their time in office they didn’t do one solitary thing to help America, or the American people, and that’s been the Republican record for nearly ONE HUNDRED YEARS. The GOP has a clear and irrefutable one hundred year record of swindling the American people, which I clearly lay out in the following link. (http://wattree.blogspot.com/2010/10/gop-one-hundred-year-record-of.html).

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Thus, the GOP has clearly become the domestic enemy of the United States. So to even try to be nonpartisan with this group would constitute colluding with the enemy against the American people.
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Am I engaging in a hyperbolic rant? I don’t think so. Let me prove it: Who was the last Republican president who didn’t drag America under a bus? That’s a real brain teaser isn’t it? Now try to name one good thing that the GOP has done for the American people in the last 30 years. Let me answer that for you – Absolutely nothing.
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Rush Limbaugh said it out loud,- “I don’t want Obama to be successful” – and as everyone knows, Rush speaks for the Republican Party. Thus, Rush gave the Republican Party their marching orders at the very beginning of President Obama’s administration – that GOP should do everything in its power to prevent America from succeeding, regardless to the level of suffering that the American people may have to endure. That is the literal definition of a domestic enemy.
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The History of the Republican Party
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The modern Republican is a coalition between fiscal conservatives, or big business, and social conservatives, or social bigots. Even though these two factions don’t even like each other, they have one thing in common – they both have a vested interest in undermining Black people.

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Big business has a vested interest in not only lowering the standard of living of Black people, but the entire American Middle class in order to become more competitive in the global market against countries who pay their workers less per week, than the average middle-class American spends on lunch per day. And the great American bigot simply hates Black people in general. The most benevolent of them think that Black people should be relegated to shining his shoes.
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But it is true that most Black people used to be Republicans immediately after the Civil War up through the Civil Rights Era – Martin Luther King was a Republican. But the Republican Party was different back then. They represented the business community of the North, and the Democrats, or Dixiecrats, represented the farmers of the South. That was one of the reasons for the Civil War. The Civil War wasn’t actually about freeing the slaves; it was actually a dispute between the big business Republicans of the North, and the Southern Democrats that represented the farming interests. Black people just happened to benefit from the dispute, and during the industrial revolution big business could use the additional manpower.
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But during the Great Depression the two parties began to change their alliances dramatically. After Democrat president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, turned on big business to help the poor and middle class with his “New Deal” for the American people during the Great Depression, working-class people began to gravitate to the Democratic Party. Then during the Civil Rights Era of the sixties when John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson began to support Black civil rights, many more Black people migrated to the Democratic Party, and southern racists began to move to the Republican Party. So, essentially, a complete shift took place in party alliances.
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So when you hear someone from the Republican Party saying that it was the Democrats who kept Black people in slavery and formed the Klan, they’re trying to play on your ignorance of history. A much better way of keeping track of those who victimized Black people is by following political philosophy. It was conservatives who victimized Black people, and those conservatives currently reside in the Republican Party – and as we speak, they’re desperately trying to obstruct our right to vote.
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But the Republican Party is currently in a state of turmoil. Every since social conservatives sought out refuge in the GOP subsequent to the Civil Rights Era, there’s been an uneasy alliance between the corporatist conservatives like Mitt Romney, and social bigots like Rick Santorum.
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So once again there’s a dispute between the interest of fiscal conservatives, or big business, who benefit from a more practical approach to social policies – and who would love to bring in as many undocumented workers as possible as potential customers, and to lower the cost of wages; and social conservatives, the social bigots – who, if they had their way would send all undocumented workers back to their respective homelands. So a second Civil War is brewing, but this time it’s going on within the Republican Party itself, and it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.
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But the bottom line is this - the bigots within the Republican Party hate Black people even more than they do undocumented workers, liberals, and gays; and the corporatists hate the entire poor and middle-class population. You heard Mitt Romney talking to his homies – he thinks nearly half of the American people are scum – Black and White.
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Thus, any Black person, regardless to who he or she is, who think that Black people can find a comfortable fit in the churning cauldron of Republican hatred, bigotry, and self-interest, has got to be a fool – a damn fool.

Staff Writer; Eric L. Wattree
 
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12 Responses to “An Irrefutable Truth About the Republican Party…”
  1. CD Smith says:

    First, your commentary is deceptive. Progressive is just another term for “liberal”. In fact, you are attempting to hide the fact that you are a liberal. Your so-called facts are a distortion of history. Most of what you propose as history is personal opinion. These few questions challenge your entire argument:

    1. What was the political ideology of free blacks before the creation of the Republican Party?

    2. Why is it that in nearly all major American cities that are controlled by the Democratic Party(Progressives) for decades, blacks experience the highest crime rate, highest unemployment and the lowest levels educational achievement?

    3. Why is it that black liberals(progressives) cannot name a specific conservative policy that directly harms black people?

    4. Who are the white people in the Democratic Party who fight for black peoples self-determination, economic independence and community uplift?

    History:

    5. Why did you not mention that Franklin Roosevelt appointed KKK Lawyer Hugo Black to the Supreme Court?

    6. Why did you not mention that Jim Crow, Black Codes and other segregation laws were instituted by the Democratic Party?

    7. The Northwest Ordinance of 1790 included provisions to stop the spread of slavery into the new territories. Also, the Missouri Compromise. All of this happened long before the existence of a Republican Party. How does this fact line up with your commentary about why the Civil War stated? Is it possible that many people disagreed with the institution of slavery because they felt it was wrong?

    I could go on as your commentary as many other holes in it but please follow your own advice and portray yourself as you are; which appears to be a liberal, socialist. By the way, I am black and conservative because of the existence of evil in the world and need to for men to control other men.
    I don’t see the socialism you advocate as being the solution for that problem.

    I agree the Republican Party is in trouble because they are criticized when they attempt to reach out to the black community and vilified when they don’t. They lack the voice to confront the black progressives because they the progressives hide behind their black skin and scream racism when their arguments lack substance. They are looking to black people to say it for them, like the Democrats do; but the Democrats hand out money to people and nobody hates Santa Claus.

    If black people are wise, they will realize that eventually we must be responsible as “individuals” for the “collective” progress of our communities. Unless we practice those things that will bring success and “honor” to our community such as stable two parent families, faith in God, respect for life and access to good education we will enslaved again in a government sanctioned form of slave that exists in many other socialist countries. You think black people got it bad here, see how they have it in those countries.

  2. James says:

    Eric; Yes, I really do believe that 50% or more of the American population is scum. I take no joy is saying this. I include people in my extended family in this group. Examples are all around. Have you not noticed the rude or careless behavior of drivers on the roads of any major city? Do you know what the high school dropout rate is? How many children do you know that have had at least one of their parents desert them? Or how many people ruin their lives by various addictions? How many marriages fail because of infidelity? I see this kind of thing a lot, and it saddens me. Everyone makes mistakes, but those that don’t even try to do better are scum. If you deal with the general population at all you will see a lot of stupidity, greed, laziness, selfishness, and cruelty.

  3. Eric L. Wattree says:

    Terrance,

    I’m in total agreement with you. I’ve been saying the exact same thing for years. We weren’t like this when King and Malcolm was alive. When I was growing up the community was full of Black businesses.

    When I was 11 years old I had a job. Mr. Pierce who owned the liquor store put all the candy and goodies that that kids like to one side, and I had my own little counter and a cigar box full of money to sell the kids what they wanted. I loved it! I made money, and it made me popular with the little girls.

    But after King and Malcolm were kill, the poverty pimps swooped in and convinced the people that we couldn’t do anything on our. They got us to believe that we needed to pay them to put pressure on the government. That’s how we fell into this “we got to wait til daddy gets home” mindset – and we’d better shake it off, because even the very best daddy can’t take care of millions of kids, and kids are what we’re acting like.

    I wrote the following in an earlier article:

    “These so-called Black leaders should be educating Black people to understand that more money passes through the Black community than through most countries, so we could create our own jobs. But we don’t, and I’ll tell you why – because Black people are the product of the very same racist environment as White people, so we’re just as reluctant to patronize Black businesses as any Hillbilly. Unlike any other community in the world, we’d rather take our money and patronize other people – ANY other people – as long as they aren’t Black. That’s a hard pill to swallow, but it is, what it is.

    “It’s time for Black people to come to terms with our racist attitudes toward one another. If we’re going to hold a seminar on poverty, the major topic of discussion shouldn’t be Barack Obama, but why we’re so willing to pass by hundreds of Black businesses in the community to take our money to Walmart. Now, I’d be a hypocrite to say never shop at Walmart. I realize that sometimes our finances force us to deal with the Devil, but we should, at the very least, balance our spending. Because, until we come to terms with what is essentially a boycott of Black businesses, whining about high unemployment is silly.
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    “So, again, one of the many things that President Obama can’t do, is to sign a bill bestowing common sense upon the people. Learning to love and respect other Black people, and acting with common sense, are two things that no one else can give us.”
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    http://wattree.blogspot.com/2012/12/beneath-spin-eric-l_10.html

  4. The problem within our community is we’re focused on the wrong things. It’s economics we should be focused on, not politics. Those who control politics, control the wealth of this country. In this day and time, our success or failure is determined by what we do or don’t do. If we continue on this path of supporting every group but our own, then we continue to contribute to our own destruction.

    But if we change this mindset and start to support and build in our own community, we would have the money and clout to control a piece of this unjust political system like the wealthy does. We would also be able to weather the storm better when we didn’t get what we wanted, and our vote wouldn’t be taken for granted, like it is now. It’s past time we start supporting each other. For information on how to do this, click on my name.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

  5. Eric L. Wattree says:

    James,

    I don’t think you really believe that. Most of the American people are just struggling to survive – but we are “ignite” as hell though.

  6. James says:

    Rommney thinks nearly half of the American people are scum – Black and White. He was being generous. The actual amount of scum is at least 50%.

  7. Eric L. Wattree says:

    Marcus,

    I’m going to repeat what I said to Robert. If we don’t allow ourselves to be aligned with a major political party that will dilute our clout. It is essential in this political environment to pick a side – and if our only choice is between the Bogeyman and the Devil, if we don’t support the Bogeyman, we give the Devil a leg up.
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    The major problem in not with the party system in any regard. We are the problem. We’ve allowed ourselves to become so apathetic and uninformed that we’re giving away our power. It doesn’t matter how much money the powers that be flood into the system. All of that money would be ineffectual if we didn’t allow it to influence our vote.
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    Thus, all it takes to control our government, or any politician, is an engaged and informed electorate. So what we really need to do is turn off BET, MTV, and ESPN, and put as much interest in our children’s future as we do Beyoncé’s ass, and Kobe’s jump shot. Period.
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    Finally, Marcus, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve completely ignored a number of your little caustic remarks. There are several reasons for that. First, my background is in psychology, so I’m pretty sure I understand where you’re coming from. Thus, your remarks are more flattering than anything else. Secondly, even if I wasn’t flattered by your remarks, I’m an adult, so I don’t indulge in spitball fights or play in the sandbox. Finally – and I would have thought that you would have long since recognized this fact, but I guess you’re not very quick in catching on – but your assessment of me is about as important in my life as the breaking news that a germ under a toilet seat in Uzbekistan deciding to commit suicide.

  8. Marcus Vessey says:

    Eric, I have an article coming out Monday building the base for a complete philosophical shift as a starting point. In regard to your article and argument it is overly simplistic. Secondly, you have no sense of nuance nor overstanding of the implications of the democratic party and the illusion they represent for Blacks. You have bought in to the false dichotomy of the two party system.

    The difference between you and I is that you look at them as two separate and competing entities and I look at them as part of a whole system. You argue the lessor of two evils, I argue that they are both part and parcel of the same evil and therefore need to be addressed accordingly.

    But more importantly your argument about the Republican party in general show a marked lack of understanding and instead degenerates in to a gross stereotype. You use of the term party of bigots is particularly interesting in that by the use of that term, you eliminate any conversation of the actual diversity in the party. Diversity that you yourself mention in the article.

    So I stand by my consistent argument. You argue that you are a progressive, and maybe this is true, but the reality is is that no matter how you deny it, all your post put you in the category of liberal apologist. I am not the only one who has said this about your stuff.

    Like Richard Prior said to paraphrase, am I supposed to believe you or my lying eyes???

  9. Eric L. Wattree says:

    Marcus,
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    You need to read a little more carefully. I clearly said the following:
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    “At this point it must be granted, however, that progressives do generally come down on the liberal side of the ledger, but there’s a reason for that, and since we believe in truth, that reason should be obvious. The current Republican Party has become a refuge for scoundrels for some, and a refuge from reality for many others. So while I’m not advocating FOR the Democratic Party, I routinely and vociferously advocate AGAINST the Republican Party with my every keystroke, because the current GOP is filled to the brim with some of the most dangerously malevolent people in this country.”
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    That said, would you think that I was being unfairly partisan if I preferred the Democratic Party over the Nazi Party? I don’t think so. It would simply be considered common sense, and that’s exactly how I see it with respect to the Republican Party.
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    I requested that Calvin post a revision of this article, but as yet, he has failed to do so. In that revision I state the following:
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    “One of the founding fathers of conservative thought was Alexander Hamilton. He was an aristocrat who advocated that poor and middle-class Americans should be relegated to second-class citizenship, and the GOP has fully embraced his agenda. Hamilton said the following:
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    ‘“All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and wellborn, the other the mass of the people…. The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second, and as they cannot receive any advantage by a change, they therefore will ever maintain good government.” (Debates of the Federalist Convention, May 14-September 17, 1787).
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    “The founding fathers rejected Hamilton’s position in laying out the blueprint for this nation, but the arrogance of Hamilton’s philosophy continues to exist, even to this day, in our politics – and it was exactly that arrogance that we witnessed in the Republican Party in yesterday’s vote on gun control: THE PEOPLE BE DAMNED!”
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    I then go on to say, “But the bottom line is this – the bigots within the Republican Party hate Black people even more than they do undocumented workers, liberals, and gays; and the corporatists hate the entire poor and middle-class population. You heard Mitt Romney talking to his homies – he thinks nearly half of the American people are scum – Black and White.
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    Thus, any Black person, regardless to who he or she is, who think that Black people can find a comfortable fit in the churning cauldron of Republican hatred, bigotry, and self-interest, has got to be a fool – a damn fool.” And I stand by that position – not as part of any political ideology, but as a simple matter of fact.

  10. Marcus Vessey says:

    Eric, you made a few good points and since I routinely beat up on you I want to point out also where I believe you have some substance just to be fair.

    I think you made an outstanding point here:

    “Liberals and conservatives are both ideologues, and as such, tend to be different sides of the same coin. They both have a propensity to give ideology priority over unadulterated truth. So when truth fails to conform to their particular ideological position, they both have a tendency to try to bend and contort the truth in order to mold it into a more comfortable fit…”

    That is a very concise and great way to put it. I however took out the end because it didn’t include the natural extension of democratic party as well.

    If you would have keep to that premise and extended it logically to through to the end of your article I think it would have been a much better article, however you didn’t and bounced back ultimately to your implicit argument for liberalism (which you always do) and as a result an argument for the democratic party.

    For example, you argue that you are a progressive and progressives aren’t ideological. That is not true. As a collective, progressives aren’t ideological, but every progressive is ideological by definition. You set up the context for your “truth” and then seek it. The fact that so many progressives are leftist and left of liberals indicates that there is also a connection that cannot be disputed, but that is not my major point.

    My major point is that you make the assertion in your last comment to Roberts very sound thoughts from Malcolm on the Fox and Wolf that, “It is essential in this political environment to pick a side”

    I disagree. I think the logical choice for Black Americans is to pick no side and become political pragmatists. Right now there is no need for the democrats to truly compete for the Black vote because we voluntarily give it to them regardless of what the ‘payback’ for that vote is.

    As the old saying goes to young women and sex, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free”.

    This is why I disagree ultimately with so many of your post, and besides many of the logical inconsistencies in your writing there is a philosophical gulf between us.

    I believe in the concept of Black power, which expresses itself through the political system in the form of pro-Black independent pragmatism. Through that lens, which is the essence of the philosophies of both Marcus Garvey and to an extent Malcolm X, our political activities should be directly related to the creation of Black power.

    In this modern political context, neither party advances that cause, yet they both hold certain beneficial ideological positions that can advance that cause.

    You on the other hand hold to this abstractified concept of ‘progressive’ which in reality has no substance. Progressing towards what? That random pursuit of truth? Identifying truth, and creating social change are two materially different things.

  11. Eric L. Wattree says:

    Robert,

    That sounds good on the surface, but if we don’t allow ourselves to be aligned with a party that will dilute our clout. It is essential in this political environment to pick a side – and if our only choice is between the Bogeyman and the Devil, if we don’t support the Bogeyman, we give the Devil a leg up.
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    The major problem in not with the parties anyway. We are the problem, because we’ve allowed ourselves to become so apathetic and uninformed that we’re giving away our power. It doesn’t matter how much money the powers that be flood into the system, all of that money would be ineffectual if we didn’t allow it to influence our vote.
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    Thus, all it takes to control our government, or any politician, is an engaged and informed electorate. So what we really need to do is turn off BET, MTV, and ESPN, and put as much interest in our children’s future as we do Beyoncé’s ass, and Kobe’s jump shot.

  12. ROBERT says:

    I agree with much of what the author has said ;however I must say he has miss some very important points.MALCOLM X admonished us not to be ensnared in these two parties machinations.MALCOLM described them as the fox and the wolf.MALCOLM warned us either party we chose we would wind up on their dinner plate.OBAMA’S presidency should make it clear for all to see that both political parties have been captured by the corporate elite who actually run this country.ON the issues that matter such as wars;wall street bailout;high level corruption and the destruction of our civil liberties all are the continuation of the BUSH policies being accelerated by OBAMA.IT’S time for us to break out of this political paradime of being frightened by one party into the hands of another party.WE should be mature of enough by now not to be in any parties political custody.THAT’S our lesson from OBAMA’S presidency.

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