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Republicans Have Eyes but Cannot see and Ears but Cannot Hear.

November 18, 2019 by  
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( In the Bible, Job 3:25 states, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”

How appropriate after last week’s Republican loss in the Louisiana gubernatorial race.

Republicans have lost two of the three governor’s races this year; Mississippi being the only race that we won.  The other governor’s race we lost was in Kentucky.

In Kentucky, the incumbent Republican lost to a Democrat; in Mississippi, the incumbent Republican governor will be succeeded with another Republican; and the Louisiana incumbent Democrat beat a Republican.

So, Republicans had a net loss of one seat meaning in January Republicans will control 26 state houses and Democrats will control 24.

Needless to say, my party is heading in the wrong direction!

In last week’s column, I wrote about the precipitous decline of the Republican Party of Virginia Similarly, I predicted we would lose the Louisiana governor’s race because the Republican candidate made a conscious decision to write off the Black community.

Blacks are 32% of the state’s population and 31% of the voting age population.   Republicans begin their campaigns by writing off nearly a third of the state’s voters or 450, 243 potential voters; therefore, they need to get a significant percentage of the white vote just to be competitive; and there are not enough of them to secure victory.

Before the election, I talked with friends of mine in Louisiana who are political operatives in both parties.  The one common theme I heard throughout the state, from both sides, was that early voting turnout among Blacks were at historic levels.

Blacks accounted for 31% of the early voting last week for the runoff versus 25% during the primary voting, a 6-point increase.  This means there was approximately 30,000 additional votes cast by Blacks for the Democrats.  The Republican candidate lost by only 40,341 votes.  You do the math.

The Republican candidate only got 7% of the Black vote in last week’s election.  Just think if our candidate would have spent time and money to get somewhere between 10-15% of the Black vote; he would be governor right now.

Because our Republican candidate had no Black operatives around him, they were totally unprepared and unqualified to respond to the Democrats race-baiting radio spots that ran on Black radio.

One Black group ran a series of ads comparing the Republican candidate to notorious racist and KKK member David Duke.

The ad stated, “What is the difference between David Duke, Eddie Rispone (the Republican candidate), and Donald Trump?  The only difference is that Rispone will be governor if you don’t stop him.”

Any Black operative worth his salt would have been prepared for this tried and true Democrat trick and would have prepared the candidate to anticipate this.

Democrats have no positive policy proposals for the Black community, so they always revert back to the only thing they know—playing the race card!

Trump carried Louisiana by 20 points in 2016 and all the statewide offices are controlled by Republicans other than governor; there is only one Democrat in Louisiana’s congressional delegation.

There is absolutely no reason why a Republican can’t get double digit support from the Black community.  Sooner or later they will have to face the fact that whites are increasingly becoming a smaller percentage of the electorate; therefore, Republicans must be able to cobble together a coalition from various ethnic groups in order to remain a viable party.

Like Job in the Bible, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.”

This continued Republican strategy of focusing only on white turnout is the thing I am most fearful of; and election after election they make my fears a reality.

My readers know that I have written frequently on the need for Republicans to cultivate substantive relationships with the Black community.

I am reminded of the fifth chapter of Daniel in the Bible.  King Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar, threw an elaborate party for himself and out of nowhere mysterious handwriting appeared on the wall.  The king brought in all of his wisemen to interpret the handwriting, but they couldn’t do it.

His wife knew about Daniel, who was a Godly man; she summoned him and he interpreted the writing and basically told the king that he would be overthrown from his kingdom.  He was overthrown that very night.

Being Black in this Republican Party makes me feel a lot like Daniel.  I have seen the handwriting on the wall for years when it comes to the party engaging with the Black community.

I talk to any and everyone in the party who will listen to me about the value of engaging with the Black community, the handwriting is on the wall.  But, like Belshazzar, maybe we need to suffer a few more loses to see the light.

I pray that God will open the eyes and ears of this party and let those with eyes to see and ears hear; see and hear the handwriting on the wall!

Staff Writer; Raynard Jackson

This talented brother is a Pulitzer Award nominated columnist and founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit You can follow Raynard on Twitter; Raynard1223.




3 Responses to “Republicans Have Eyes but Cannot see and Ears but Cannot Hear.”
  1. I love how you go to the Bible for your quotes. But when it comes to truly believing what the Bible says, flies way over Republicans heads. When I look at the Republicans party, I. E. President’s cabinet (drain the swamp), Senators, and The House. I don’t see the same America, I see when I look out of my window. Or even when I drive up and down the highways in the US of America. This isn’t the same Ronald Reagan’s Republicans. This is Donald Trump’s corrupted, non Bible believing party, that will lie, cheat, steal, betray, and even kill to stay in power. Any true Bible believing Christian, would have been done with Don the Con, when he came down the escalator touting all his racist rhetoric then. But to the Republicans it doesn’t matter. As long as you can put more racists, and criminals on the Courts. So they can be protected when they continue to exploit their crimes right in our faces. And for you guys not to hold these people accountable for their actions, is so despicable to me. Why would not only an African American want to join this party, but my real question is why would anyone with morals want to join this party? You guys have really lost your fricken minds, and as an American, I am deeply disappointed, how you all have laid on your backs, and let this Party walk all over you. So take your Bible quotes, and give it, when you follow what it says. Do not cherry pick.

  2. SB says:

    I mean no disrespect, but I have a stern “and what else is new” reaction to reading your article! You make clear at the end of your messages that your goal is to get Black folks to become republicans. Considering the Attwater Strategy and other evidence the shows that the republican party of today…post civil rights era…is identical to the Democrats of yesterday…pre-civil rights & slavery era. The fact that the party is filled with more “race baiting” than ever…with many supporting a president who claims that there are “good guys on both sides” is not even mentioned by you. Think about it…”good guys” on one side whom trump praises are just like the David Duke that you made reference to in your article! Knowing that White supremacists are called “good guys” by a Republican president and his followers…how the republicans heard his lawyer admit to prid-quo-pro and, whithout integrity,support him…how they’ll hold up the Bible to pray for this man and against abortion but don’t mind killing the children when they are older via racist and power-tripping law enforcement.

    I could go on, but I”m sure anyone reading this will get it.

    I could care less about jumping from the Democratic frying pan into the republican fire. Your article would get more serious consideration from me if your goal was to get Black folks to look after our best interest. Instead you are pointing us from one proverbial slave-master to one even more evil and cruel…the republican party!

    Thanks but no thanks, Mr. Jackson.

  3. My Brother, I read your article, and though glad you said what you did, I couldn’t help but wonder what took you so long. At any rate, better late than never, so thank you.

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