So... I was talking to a buddy of mine last week. He decided he wanted to talk about the upcoming election. He's a Dem. Die hard, dedicated, committed, absolutely a Dem.  He is a Dem in the purest sense of the word.  No he didn't realize the Dems voted and supported slavery in the 1850's/1860's.  No he didn't realize that it was called the Democratic-Republican Party in the 1800's.  He did not realize it was the
passage of the Anti-Slavery act that caused the major rift in the Party and those who supported slavery became the Democratic Party and those who were Anti-Slavery became the Republican Party.  In his mind all 'Pubs are evil and have from the beginning and will be in the future determined to destroy all freedoms among minority races.  He is a Dem in the purest sense of the word.  He knows NOTHING about his party except what his parents told him.  He is a true Dem and celebrates his ignorance.

He is a Dem because his Mom & Dad are Dems. Oh, and their Mom's & Dad's were also Dems. According to him, his family were ALWAYS loyal supporting Dems & they could never and would never ever under any circumstances have been, be in the present, and Lord knows his children would be disowned if they ever became 'Pubs!  Interesting because he can trace his lineage back to several Great-greats who were slaves.  Their OWNERS were Dems... remember?  Dems supported slavery! ::uncomfortable silence::

We talked and we talked.  He believes the government has a moral responsibility to take care of its people so welfare and social service programs should have the highest fiscal priorities.  I believe that if a man can work, he should work.  There should be some government support but generation after generation of welfare mom's (and dad's) have led to an “entitlement attitude.” Too many who can support themselves now believe the government HAS to support them. They live their lives taking government hand-outs and doing very little, if anything to improve their lot in life.  THEN they, who have not earned the money they are spending, go to a store and give the clerks/salesperson an exceptionally hard time because they were not the first in line and have to wait!  “Y'all should hire more people 'cause this is ridiculous!”  Ok... I'm hiring.  Let me hire you! “Naw... I got other things I got to do.” 

He believes that government should be large and in charge.  I believe in fiscal conservatism and that government should be as small as possible AND that it should be a bottom up approach. Local government, then State government, then Federal government.  That is the order in which to address local needs.  The great Democratic politician Tip O'Neil said it best: “All politics is local.”  It's a shame the Dem's never really accepted that and more of a shame to me that my 'Pubs have failed to embrace it.

He doesn't know much about his party.  What he does know is that he could and would never vote Republican.  I know my party and frankly I'm ashamed of what it has become. They think they should be the moral conscience of the nation.  They are always quoting polls but I have asked both my Democratic and Republican friends have any of them, or anyone they know, EVER been called or emailed by a pollster.  Not one single Black man or woman I connect with, either directly or through the “six degrees of separation” has ever participated in a single poll quoted by conservative think tanks! So when 'Pubs  & Dems say "the American People,” are they intentionally redefining that label to exclude racial minorities?  I hate what my party has become.  It was great before GW Bush (the latter) to be able to say I was a 'Pub.  We believed in smaller government, less governmental intrusion in our lives.  There was no moral superiority.  There was just fiscal responsibility.

He is going to vote for Barak Obama.  Not because he believes in him.  Not because he supports him.  Not because he's the best person for the job.  He is going to vote for him because he is Black and more important, because he is a Democrat. A few months until the election and I still don't know who I am going to vote for.  The 'Pub candidate is someone I don't trust.  The Dem candidate I think is weak.  My friend say “vote Obama.  After all, he is the 'lessor' of two evils.”  I'm sorry.  The lessor of two evils is STILL evil.  The 2008 election I was in a very long line.  It took me 35 minutes to get to the polling booth.  By the time I reached the booth I STILL did not know who I was going to vote for.  I stood in that booth for another 10 minutes running the options through my mind.  I made a decision.  One I am proud of but when I left the booth I did not know if I had made my decision because of some outside influence or because of my own internal angst.
So my friend and I talked about this dichotomy of  thought and deed. It turns out that we both believe so much of the same thing.  We want freedoms for all people.  We want to be able to make our own decisions with minimal governmental intrusion.  We want to be able to work in our chosen fields with no judgment.  We want children to be supported by loving parents.  We want stable neighborhoods.  We want to be able to go to a department store with our White friends pull out our credit cards and not be asked for ID.  I mean, after all, the white guy in front of me with the exact same kind of card did not have to show HIS ID!  We want fairness & justice.  Neither of us wants to be pulled over by police for increasingly criminal “driving while Black.”  We want to walk down the street and not have the white women clutch the purses a little tighter just because we are Black.  We don't want White men to automatically think we are after their womenfolk. We are not interested is supporting the “mandingo complex”... well... maybe we DO like that one!

Yeah... the world is a circle...


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