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by Christopher Chantrill
October 21, 2015 at 12:00 am
HERE&RSQUO;S the latest effort to get Republicans to reach out to African Americans: “Civil-Rights Republicanism” by Theodore R. Johnson and it’s published in National Review. Oh dear, where to begin? I know, let’s just rehearse all the arguments about why this just can’t work.
Typical Americans. The Republican Party is the party of voters that think of themselves as typical Americans. Think Trump voters. Who are the Trumpies? The pundits would really like to know. The answer is that they are the people left over after you have subtracted all the hyphenated Americans and hived them off to the Democratic Party. The brutal fact is that African Americans, more than any group, do not think of themselves as typical Americans; they experience themselves as a group apart from mainstream America. That’s why you don’t see African Americans hiking on trails out in the wilderness here in Washington State although you will see plenty of East and South Asians.
Politics is Really Civil War. Johnson writes as though politics is or ought to be a matter of polite upper-middle class appeals on “the issues” rather than civil war by other means. But he is wrong. See Europe’s current migrant crisis. In politics the two sides are more like armies than we like to think. Once you have signed up for the political colors you can’t leave, because if you do you are a deserter. At the very least, it is really hard to change sides, as African Americans have experienced for themselves.After the Civil War the freedmen enthusiastically voted for the Republican Party. It took decades of betrayal before they switched to the Democratic Party. Yet by 1876 the Republican Party had already decided that if they tried to protect blacks in Mississippi from the murdering white militias they were putting Ohio in jeopardy. No way they were going to do that.
Want to know the early warning sign to tell us that blacks don’t belong in the Democratic Party? It will be when the networks decide to run a black version of All in the Family. I predict the show will sneer at some lower-middle class black family for their Christianity and their homophobia.
Politics is About Free Stuff. Johnson sneers at Jeb Bush for insulting blacks with talk about “free stuff.” But the fact is that politics is all about free stuff, always has been and always will: it’s just rude to say so out loud. In the old days, free stuff was handed out in loot and plunder. Today it’s handed out in entitlements and subsidies. So nothing has changed.
What free stuff can Republicans offer to blacks? Education vouchers? Maybe, but a problem is that many blacks see the schools as a jobs program rather than an education program. See Michelle Rhee, immolation of. How about immigration? Now there’s an opportunity, but the bipartisan Beltway elite thinks that immigration is a white trash thing, so Republicans aren’t likely to run border-fence ads on black radio stations.
“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” The Republicans Party didn’t recruit Ronald Reagan with a cunning plan to convert him from New Dealism. He came on his own when he couldn’t take the Democratic Party any more. Ditto the Silent Majority when government slacked off on “law and order” in the Sixties and the Religious Right when the Dems went full metal secular. Now we have the white working class in full migrant mode, Joe Soptic ad be damned. You have to be getting a daily hate-the-bosses email from your union boss to miss the fact that the Democrats don’t care about “working people like me.” Why should things be any different with blacks?
Republicans Cannot Tell a Lie. And when they do lie, the Democratic operatives with bylines go into full search-and-destroy mode with visions of Pulitzer lollipops in their heads. Democratic presidents can lie their heads off and nobody cares. So Democrats can keep on keeping on telling African Americans that the US is one election away from a return to Jim Crow and nobody in the media calls them on it.
It took over 50 years after the betrayal of 1876 before blacks started voting seriously for the Democratic Party. And it took 40 years after liberals started romancing minorities, women, and now gays for the white working stiffs to finally realize that the Democratic Party didn’t love them any more. People are like that; it takes a while to realize what is staring them right in the face.
So it will be decades before African Americans will start to count the ways that Democrats have betrayed them. But meanwhile how about a bunch of negative ads about Hillary Clinton dissing President Obama right in the White House?
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When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital