published Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Liberal policies harm black Americans

For several decades now, Democrats have been the political party of choice for the overwhelming majority of black Americans. But why? The progressive policies pushed by Democratic leaders have failed dreadfully at helping black people, stifling their economic mobility, restricting educational options, limiting job opportunities and drastically harming prospects for success.

Minimum wage and living wage laws, for example, purport to help black workers, but they actually do little more than reduce the number of available jobs — especially for young, low skill and minority workers. Affirmative Action sets minorities up to fail by placing them in academic institutions or jobs where they are not qualified.

Oppressive regulations make it nearly impossible for many would-be black entrepreneurs to start businesses and live the American Dream. Rent controls limit the number and quality of homes available in many American cities — particularly in majority black areas. Democrats’ senseless opposition to school choice leaves promising students trapped in failing schools.

Gun control laws fail to reduce gun violence and prevent many of the disproportionate number of black Americans who are killed by guns from defending themselves. Even Democrats’ hostility towards Social Security privatization particularly harms blacks since African Americans generally have shorter life expectancies than whites and, because of poorer job opportunities, are less likely to accumulate wealth than other Americans.

If fact, despite spending $15 trillion on policies aimed at benefiting black Americans over the past 50 years it’s hard to find a single liberal policy with any positive results.

• • •

You may be thinking: “Liberal policies may have failed black Americans, but what have those horrible, racist Republicans ever done for black people?” Well, there is one small fact about the Republican Party being founded to end slavery — and then succeeding in doing so. Oh, and the GOP also ratified the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting citizenship and the right to vote to black Americans. (Of course many black people couldn’t exercise their voting rights because Democrats implemented a number of barriers, including poll taxes, registration fraud, literacy tests and physical violence to keep black voters from the polls for the better part of a century.)

Republicans also enacted monumental civil rights protections in 1866 and 1875 — and passed the Civil Rights Acts of the 1950s and 1960s by a far greater percentage than Democrats. Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican president, sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools, and his appointment of Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended school segregation.

To be fair, Democrats left their mark on America’s black community, as well. Unlike, Republicans, however, the impact of Democrats has almost always been a negative one.

Democrats fought to preserve slavery and founded the Ku Klux Klan. Democratic politicians ushered in Jim Crow laws, creating segregation throughout the South. George C. Wallace, the Democratic governor of Alabama, blocked a door at the University of Alabama in an attempt to prevent black students from enrolling. Two Democratic presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman, rejected anti-lynching laws, and another, Lyndon Johnson, referred to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as “that [N-word] preacher.”

Throughout American history, the Republican Party has done far more to advance the civil rights and establish fairer, more equal treatment of black Americans than Democrats. That is still true today.

• • •

Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory explained the failures of Democratic Party and liberal policies during his announcement that he was leaving the Democratic Party to become the first black Republican state senator in Louisiana since Reconstruction.

Declaring the Democratic Party the “party of disappointment,” Guillory proclaimed that, “at the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans. But the left is only concerned with one thing — control. And they disguise this control as charity. Programs such as welfare, food stamps, these programs aren’t designed to lift black Americans out of poverty, they were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.

The idea that blacks, or anyone for that matter, need the government to get ahead in life is despicable. And even more important, this idea is a failure. Our communities are just as poor as they’ve always been. Our schools continue to fail children. Our prisons are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers. Our self-initiative and our self-reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for allegiance to our overseers who control us by making us dependent on them.”

Sen. Guillory is just one of many black Americans who now recognize that Democratic politicians have betrayed the black community and liberal policies have left them worse off.

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librul said...

Everything below the title line is nothing more than rethug propaganda. So typical of this rag.

The counterpoint title line would read "Conservative policies kill Black Americans"

July 28, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Then explain that point of view in as much detail.

July 28, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.
librul said...

Will they pay for it?

July 28, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.
jjmez said...

Let's break down Drew's views:

First on AA:

Affirmative Action sets minorities up to fail by placing them in academic institutions or jobs where they are not qualified.

(A.) Those who scream the loudest and most against such policies as Affirmative Action fail to realize, that's exactly what they've benefited from for centuries. AA is their birthright from having been born white in America. They only found fault with it when the practice became more inclusive, less exclusive. Unqualified whites continue to reap the rewards of their birthright in America.

Oppressive regulations make it nearly impossible for many would-be black entrepreneurs. Rent controls limit the number and quality of homes — particularly in majority black areas.

(A.) The Above sounds classy and intelligent on paper, but in reality it none of it makes much sense what-so-evAH. Try again, Drew.

Democrats’ senseless opposition to school choice leaves promising students trapped in failing schools.

(A.) School vouchers aren't the solution to failing students. When those students leave failing schools to attend the so-called better ones, the ones already there either pack up and leave, because they don't want those people there, or they proceed start a campaign to run those students off.

Gun control hurts blacks? Social Security privatization would help blacks because they don't live as long as whites?

(A.) 1. The first is rambling rhetoric. 2. The second should make rightwingers happy.

Crazy talk about Republicans and slavery.

(A.) All I have to say about the above is: Today's Republicans are not the same Republicans of Lincoln's time. Nor the ones who ratified amendments to the Constitution and promoted voting rights for blacks. Today's Republican Party are yesterday's DixieKKKrats switched and dressed up in Republican drag. The Republican Party of Lincoln began to die off after he was assassinated, and Vice President Johnson, said to be a southern sympathizer, took Lincoln's place as president. Today's Republican Party are filled with bigotry, racial hatred and intolerance against anyone and everyone except the white Evangelical male.

Democrats fought to preserve slavery and founded the Ku Klux Klan.

(A.) And if today's Republicans and Tea Partiers get their way, they'll fight for a return to slavery.

Throughout American history, the Republican Party has done far more to advance the civil rights and establish fairer, more equal treatment of black Americans than Democrats. That is still true today.

(A.) True Americans, regardless of race, haven't forgotten the nasty things mittens and other Republicans have said against blacks, Jews, women, gays, Muslims, Latinos during the last election cycle. Some things aren't easily forgotten, and they shouldn't be.

The rest of your rambling is just that: Rambling/incoherent/rhetoric.

July 28, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Pardon me while I run outside for a breath of fresh air. The stench from the wagon load of crap that this editor has dumped on us is making me gag! Like librul says, this is nothing but rethug propaganda... with a capital P.

First off, there is NOTHING to substantiate this editor's claims about liberal policies being detrimental to black people. Certainly blacks are suffering disproportionately, both economically and socially, but what the Republicans like to think of as helping is nothing but more and more austerity, euphemistically called "tough love."

As far as the minimum wage goes, it is an outright lie to claim that raising the minimum wage "reduces the number of jobs." There has never - repeat, NEVER - been any statistical information showing that to be the case. Not once, in all the times that the minimum wage has been raised, has there been any correlation between a lagging economy or a loss of jobs and the raising of it. It is a disgrace to expect and allow anyone to work a full-time job and have take-home pay that keeps them below poverty level. It is especially a disgrace when the CEOs and upper level executives are seeing their profits and wages soar exponentially each and every year and yet they claim that raising wages for their workers would not be economically feasible. Raising the minimum wage to, say, $10/hr. would in fact create many more jobs because the average worker would not only NOT require government assistance but would have more money to spend, creating more demand for goods and services. It's not rocket science to see the practicality of it.

And how would vouchers help black people? Vouchers are what Republicans like to refer to as "more choice," but they would not help black/poor families in any way. In the first place, all charter schools don't always outperform all public schools. Furthermore, there are not even enough charter schools in existence to take care of the needs of all poor/black people. Further-furthermore, the private/charter schools are highly selective in the students they accept. And further-further-furthermore, even with vouchers, many families still cannot afford the exorbitant costs of some of the charter schools. But Republicans want to starve the public schools and funnel more and more government money into a voucher system, all the while the poor, black, and minority students are left to languish in the under-funded public school system.

July 28, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

continued...

As far as the Republicans taking credit for the ultimate liberation of blacks and for the achievements of civil rights... that is truly laughable. I totally concur with what jjmez has to say about that. Anybody with any objectivity and even a basic understanding of our history knows that the Republican party of Lincoln was in no way, shape, or form like the Republican party of today. Yes, there are some black people who have joined ranks with the today’s Republican party, but, for the life of me, I cannot understand why. The only conclusion I can come to is that they have been sufficiently duped by the endless propaganda flowing from Faux News and the wing-nut pundits such that they think and act like elitist, privileged old white men.

In conclusion, Mr. Johnson, I offer this: You ask why do black people overwhelmingly support the Democratic party? Because the Democratic party, as flawed as it is, still tries, for the most part, to pass legislation that is truly beneficial to them, regardless of whatever feeble spin you try to put on it. I might also ask, “Why do so many poor people, particularly Southerners, continue to support the Republican Party, which constantly and relentlessly works against their best interests, enacting laws and policies that shamelessly support only the top 1%? Those Obama hating, liberal hating rednecks keep voting Republican but they gladly accept their welfare checks, food stamps, Medicaid, and any kind of government assistance they can get their hands on. But I guess that deep down they can’t wait for more good ol’ GOP austerity to kick in. They’ll probably really start to cheer when they starve or they die off from lack of health insurance if Obamacare gets repealed, like all good Republicans are hoping/trying to make happen. At least they’ll know they’re doing their patriotic duty and dying for a good cause….so the rich can get richer and richer and richer and richer.

July 28, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
Ki said...

As long as rightwingnuts continue to attack 14year old pro-choice virgins, calling them wh/&res, and Republican Reps such as Steve King of Iowa continue to insult immigrants with his derogatory "cantaloupe ankles remark: quote: “They aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents,” said Rep. Rep. King. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there that they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” And they've made so many remarks against American blacks they've run out of steam, temporarily, the party will continue to be viewed as the party of racial hatred, bigotry and intolerance.

July 28, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

The girls in Texas did not have to express herself in those terms and if she had not nobody would even know her name. You and I both know that. She wanted attention and ahe got it. What remarks about blacks? .

July 28, 2013 at 9:49 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

There must be a reason the "majority of black voters" vote blue.

Perhaps the writers of this editorial do not remember all the "Impeach Earl Warren" signs that peppered the South after Brown v Board of Education and the continuing decisions of the Warren Court that the GOP now call the "liberal court? They may forget Warren was chosen because he was thought a conservative and were quite soured about his tilt towards reason and defense of liberty.

Reading these editorials is really better than the comics.

July 29, 2013 at 7:40 a.m.
FreedomJournal said...

TRANSITIONS IN PARTY POLITICS

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. Once there were real Democrats and Republicans. However no one now is the same. Meanwhile celebrity politicians take center stage. You first become a star and then you write a book. Chairs are thus won by many thespians as the media has a fit and the smoke-filled rooms on both sides of the aisle cry out Stop!

Abraham Lincoln Frowned But God Never Left

Soon after the days that the chattel chains broke the people originally from “The Land of the Blacks,” flocked to embrace Lincoln’s politics as he was the god of the oppressed.

Freedom rang many bells and the freedom bell did ring for some although it is a life-long process as freedom is seen by some as oppression and some as equal rights human.

Meanwhile a mere political philosophy did not ensure neither freedom nor the right to vote but only for a little while as freedom came to the battle field as the right to citizenship was won and,

Not given. However many that knew God saw it as a God given right. But for the most part with this legacy of attempted freedom or human rights, as a human subject being waged the new citizens stayed,

Within the ranks of the GOP. But as the new century moved in and the surge of Civil Rights Organizations came to fruition also an economic down turn hit all and both sides suffered.

However, the poorest of the poor suffered most. The depression that had historically been upon them was now counted as a Depression for all people. A man on the other side of the aisle came to the rescue.

FDR spelled out a program that would benefit all that hungered for a place to eat, sleep and clothes to wear and a school house. The inexperienced, unseasoned citizens still looking for hope bolted from the ranks.

The balance was now one-sided as it had been previously however these days and days since there has been some mood to bring back the legacy of Lincoln however, in very strange ways.

Many celebrity chairs now compete some Black and some White. But will theatrics bring freedom and justice? What would Lincoln think? But what is God thinking as he perceived it before it happened.

Peace and Paradise, Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 29 July 2013 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

July 29, 2013 at 10:44 p.m.
chet123 said...

THANK YOU MASTER.....FORGOT YOU KNOW WHATS GOOD FOR ME..HA HA HA!

August 15, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
FreedomJournal said...

The Black American Dream (20 September 2013, 29 September 2013)

Black American independent thinkers dream to reality. They also declare a loyalty to the land of their birth.

There is no logic claiming a home in a foreign land.

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. As God broke the day the clouds did not disappear but the Sun would still shine as my heart embraced the Spirit and I dreamed unto reality.

Meanwhile the Name Game took hold once more than once as Colored and Negro merged and so did the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the United States Constitution.

Emancipation also brought on a troubled and turbulent reconstruction period and soon a great lash backwards by 1877.

The former people enslaved became a new horse or mule that still worked and toiled like their ancestors in old cotton fields. They never shared the crop and there was always a displaced and rejected tenant on someone else’s farm or plantation.

Black Leadership: Weak, Strong, Compromised

At night and during the rise of the Sun at mid- day John dreamed as he saw the independent posture of the man Frederick Douglass. He fled from slavery in 1838.

Douglass was a Black Abolitionist as Africa knew not his name or his claim to fame. He spoke up until the time of Booker T. Washington but he stood tall while Washington fell down.

Meanwhile Booker T. joined in the leadership ranks with Douglass but had confused notions as the right way the former enslaved brethren should go. He was attracted to a compromised and sycophant view of his blackness.

Booker T. threw up and down his soiled and calloused hands at the Atlanta Exposition as he embraced Grady as the architect of the south. But soon by the time the century turned and 1900 W.E. B. DuBois emerged and soon would Marcus Garvey.

The liberal elements that took hold of Civil Rights Organizations had no desire for the economic well being of the Blacks. Thus these organizations became disturbed by liberalism that felt they had the right way for all causes Black or Negro.

More than a century ago 100 years in the making conservative and liberal agendas seemed to have well defined boundaries. Most saw liberals with a feeling of justice for the downtrodden and those experiencing the Black Holocaust or an on-going economic depression.

I remember Frederick Douglass in 1852 saying loud that the 4th of July was a holiday for White America. But now the dream that has become a reality is upon us in 2013.

The Black man, woman, boys and little girls are as much American as apple pie. Their ancestors have paid the price as they baked many pies in the big house called mansions and small houses on farms owned by someone else.

The dream is now a living reality. So is the distinct Black American personality and race.

Peace and Paradise, Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 29 September 2013 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

September 29, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.
FreedomJournal said...

The Black American: The Confusion Of The Negro (27 September 2013, 6 October 2013)

Once more than once there was a time when a man child who lived in the household, the house of his blood father became blind to reality.

In jest, malice and at times hate he chose to identify with a man in another household as his father because he had rude dealings with his real father. However, he knew not the person or the man only his name.

But this man did no feed him or provide anything for him as he received all of these things at his real home.

Also the foreign, fake or fool’s father knew not his lost son’s name. Nor did he care.

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. I wonder what Carter G. Woodson would think regarding the foolish notion that Black people born in the United States are African Americans. Meanwhile all the mulattoes and quadroons claim they are French Americans, Irish Americans, English Americans, and Spanish Americans. Some cried out they were Native Americans, Creek, Seminole and Cherokees.

But the main thing is they are all considered Black. At one time these Black souls felt alienated from America. Therefore, someone came along and suggested or established that all Black Americans should identify with Africa and therefore become African Americans. Some of these confused lost souls thought they had no home land.

One would therefore conclude that if this is true we are foreigners living in a strange land. If so Africa must be our home. But there are no so-called African Americans talking about returning to Africa the home of some of our ancestors.

Even the dogmatic Cultural Nationalists that have pimped this African American confusion just like the Euro-centric pseudo intellectuals are not preaching a back to Africa movement. So how can you claim a land that does not claim you? What have any so-called African Americans contributed to Africa?

Peace, Carl A. Patton, FreedomJournal Press

October 6, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
FreedomJournal said...

Black Americans Are Proud To Be Black

John remembered the time line of the infamous “Name Game.” There was once a time when Black folk fell down in Negra and Negro con- fusion and frowned on being called Black.

Black as a way to help foster the crimes of enslavement and economic racism was depicted as negative and sad and to some bad. However, there would be no flowers without the rain.

We also know that the rain often comes down from a dark and cloudy sky. But the Son still shines and all days as we liveth are bright and beautiful regardless of the color of our skin.

John also had read extensively about the time of many changes in the name of the enslaved transplanted people from “The Land of the Blacks.” Were all of these names nick names or were they real names?

Meanwhile some came confused and argued that the African identity of Black Americans was necessary because Blacks had no country. Where were Black Americans born? John was also not just a dreamer.

He was a man that stayed in the Spirit of righteousness. Therefore, he realized that there was a time when Blacks became vocal. In loud voices and action they spoke up for equal rights.

However, many believed that the United States was a place that would never grant the rights of citizenship to Black Americans. Therefore, the so-called African American was created as an affront to a racist White America.

Meanwhile the Dark days of long ago when Colored, Negroes and Blacks made claims for freedom, justice and equality have passed on. So have significant attempts of Black supremacy, separatism and malice.

But the willful attempts to still spite White people or White America still lingers in the African American. Thus no matter what report is rendered by the lost or the Black and White side we cannot deny our African ancestry.

But our homeland the land of our birth is the United States not Africa. Blacks born in America are Black furthermore Africans do not identify Blacks from America as African Americans.

The most important issue is that Blacks in America are a distinct race. They are also Americans. But freedom, justice and equality will never be achieved if we are mis-directed as to our true ethnic identity.

If Blacks in America attempt the impossible and try to be African in name and culture we will continue to be confused. Why do some cry out for equal rights in America and maintain a false, foolish and fictional,

Loyalty to Africa? How many Blacks in America know where their African ancestors came from? If so that still does not make a Black man born in Tennessee African.

Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 6 October 2013 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

October 6, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
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