None of which squares with Democrats or Progressives becoming the party of government.[/QUOTE
Funny thing about being the party of government. When blacks needed to be able to attend schools, it took the government to make that happen. When they wanted to vote, it took the government to make it happen. Without the government there to protect the rights of those that are treated less than equal in the eyes of the law, people would still be denied access to the basic American economy. The government is what stands in the way of all out segregation and civil rights violations. Left to their own devices...do you honestly think that the South would have desegregated? Conservatives fought against that. They're even going to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to try and overturn section 5 of the Voting Rights act, which was in place for most of the conservative southern states notorious for violating the rights of people to vote. Does that give you any idea of why most blacks want nothing to do with conservatism? It doesn't like them. And they know it.
Sure. You could say that. But it serves a useful purpose and it's subject to change according to who runs it. We use government to move us into the 21st Century. We use it to invest in America in order to compete with the rest of the world. And we use it to insure the rights of people right here.
Quit trying to portray the president is the "other", not from here, not American, and you won't have that thrown back at you. You know that racism is alive in America, and we know that the history of conservatism is embedded to racism. We have a president right now. What is it about him that is different from the other 43? And if there are racists out there, then who do you think would be the target of their hatred? The very notion of a race of people that was; at our beginnings as a country, only considered to be 3/5’s of a human being, now having equal footing with those that actually believed in this idea, is a direct challenge to a long held social concept. It denied the idea of white supremacy as legitimate. It’s surprising how many people still cling to this idea, and will go to extreme lengths to perpetuate it.
African-Americans are fully aware of this attitude coming from conservatives, which is why so few align themselves to this ideology. Conservatives talk about trying to reach out to the African-American community, but fail to understand that nobody wants to hang with people that hate you. They're only doing it to get votes. Blacks understand the source of this hatred, and are not likely to embrace it. Until conservatism renounces racism and purges racists from the Republican Party, they’ll never reach the African-American in any significant numbers.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan began his campaign, not with a speech on supply side economics. He began it with a speech supporting “states rights” just outside Philadelphia, Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair, the very community where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964. This was a deliberate appeal to white racists that he was on their side and was part of a Republican strategy going back to the 1960’s to build a conservative majority on the basis of racism.
This is not a way to attract blacks to the conservative movement. But that was never the intention. The conservative isn’t looking to appeal to Blacks. They’re looking to suppress them.
I found this an outrageous move on the part of Ronald Reagan. Of all the locations in the United States to launch a campaign…he picks this one? What did he think that would say to the African American community? It’s pretty clear whose votes he was courting.
Carefull. You don't want to be dinged for baiting do you? Or is that a personal attack? Maybe both, I'm sure the Mods could decide that.