The Dillard Doctrine

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Misguided Priorities

(crossposted to the RPVNetwork blog)

I’d like to share with you all an email I received from the National Black Republican Association (NBRA), in response to one I sent to them asking to link their page with our African American Coalition:

Our focus is on the counterproductive way black Americans continue to support the Democratic Party given that party’s 150-year history of racism and socialism that have caused so much harm to black communities.   The Democrats have been running black communities for the past 40+ years, and the socialist policies of the Democrats have turned those communities into economic and social wastelands, Chicago being a perfect example.  Yet, the Democrats have the gall to blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions caused by the Democrats.

Every election cycle the Democrats fan the flames of racism for partisan political gain.  Democrats have hijacked the civil rights record of the Republican Party and wrongly convinced blacks that the Republican Party is a racist party.  Even though blacks refuse to vote for Republicans in large numbers, Republicans at the federal level have continued to try to help blacks prosper.

Since the so-called War on Poverty, over 7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs.  According to the Washington Post, in 2006 alone over $500 billion was spent on over 80 poverty-related programs, with little movement in the poverty needle.  The problem with black poverty is not money — and it is not the Republican Party.  Juan Williams provides an expose of what is wrong in black communities in his book “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-end Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America.”  Black Americans in the inner-cities have been induced to become dependent on government handouts, and this dependency has produced generational poverty.  No Republican can go into these communities and go around the black Democrats running those communities and bring about fundamental changes.  No Republican can stop blacks from having 70% of their babies born out of wedlock.  No Republican can force black parents to keep their children in school and end the 50-60% drop out rate.  To add insult to injury, Democrats are fighting efforts of Republicans to provide school choice scholarships to black parents so they can get their children out of failing schools.

Unless and until black Americans stop voting monolithically for Democrats and leverage their vote, the way other groups do, there will be no changes in these communities.  Blacks need to stop having their vote taken for granted and hold politicians accountable for the content of their policies, and not vote merely based on the label of the candidates’ party.

To me, it seems a bit unfair to blame Republicans for there being so few blacks in the Republican Party when it is blacks who turned their backs on the Republican Party due to misinformation about the Republican Party put out by the Democrats.

So, in my view, the focus should be conducting an educational campaign to wake up black Americans to the fact that the root of their problem is the Democratic Party and their failed socialist policies that promote urban decay and generational poverty. This is our mission which we shall continue to pursue and providing a link to a website with a message that runs counter to our core message would not be helpful to us.

In fairness to the NBRA, I do agree with them on a point; African Americans need to be more cognizant of the power of their vote. And, regardless of whether or not we agree with the black electorate’s choices in this past election, I believe we can all agree that, because of the Obama ascendancy, African Americans will become more aware of and exercise a power that they have not used on levels approaching what we saw in 2008.

However, the NBRA speaks to what I see as a major problem with our outreach strategy, particulary towards minorities.

By focusing their message on what the Democratic Party can’t/hasn’t/won’t do for the black community, they miss an opportunity to tell what the Republican Party can do for the black community. Without a coherent message that relates the Republican/conservative platform to African Americans-or any other minority-we cannot convince anyone that our Party is the best one to lead this country forward.




Written by Coby Dillard

December 20, 2008 at 2:12 pm

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