By Robert L. Capehert
IN November of 1960, Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon lost the U.S. presidential election by less than a million votes to Democratic Party presidential nominee, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
In that historic election, Nixon garnered 32 percent of Negro American vote. Kennedy snatched up the remaining votes. By 1964, Arizona Senator, Barry Goldwater, the conservative firebrand — who is nevertheless royalty on this website – got only six percent of the Negro American vote.
Sadly, a substantial decrease – due in part to Richard M. Nixon’s strident civil rights record, and more so because of Sen. Barry Goldwater’s opposition to latter civil rights legislation.
In fact, the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and numerous other American civil rights leaders encouraged Negroes to vote against Sen. Goldwater in favor of incumbent Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson in ’64.
Almost every election since (for Republicans), has fallen far lower than Nixon’s ’60 performance with Negro Americans, and about what Goldwater did in ’64 give or take a few percentage points.
Until the 1930s – under Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt – Negro Americans voted solidly Republican.
Still, once FDR’s New Deal legislation had taken its toll, American Negro loyalties began to change, so by 1960 they were not nearly as lopsided as they became in ’64 and remain up to the present day.
The bad news continues. Since the 1930s — and particularly following LBJ’s Great Society bamboozle — Negroes in the United States have attributed race loyalty with voting to empower government above individuals more and more.
In a word, what means to be “black” (Negro) politically, is to vote to empower government.
Sadly, empowering government does not empower individuals or groups of individuals. Look at the races most involved in politics – Irish-Americans, blacks, etc., – and they have been the slowest ethnic groups to achieve broader economic mobility.
In contrast, Italians, Asians, Germans, Indians, have sought social and economic empowerment through private enterprise and community mobility — and have experienced vast mobility in American life.
The more resources government consumes the less capital is freed in market places where employment puts that capital to work in business, investments, educational skills, etc.
It does not require a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in mathematics to comprehend that government impedes innovation and progress – and where government keeps its hands off — there is not only an expansion of liberty, but also immense increase in quality and a reduction in overall cost.
Worse still, the current system is most destructive to those trapped in failing schools. Local communities, where vocational skill-sets are hard to come by with neighbourhoods plagued by crime and violence.
In the main, American Negroes continue to support the status Que. No doubt much of this is cultural. I along with Dave Beilstein (as Negro Americans) continue to accost as much as possibly social conservatism – as it gives off the wrong message.
What social/cultural conservatism often means to many Negro Americans is: “the need to keep things the way they’ve always been.” For many Negro Americans that translates in English thusly: “white’s on top and nigger’s where they belong — on the bottom.”
I’m not kidding. Many blacks think that is exactly what conservatism means. And surely doesn’t help when Republican’s venerate “days gone by” to the degree they did during the Republican National Convention in ’12. Such nostalgia enveloped the entire RNC convention last year.
And it was exactly what Pres. Obama and former Pres. Bill Clinton attacked Republicans for — a convention of nostalgia for people of whom time and circumstance has left behind.
With the obscene record of Pres. Obama and the assault upon freedom of the individual and extra constitutional governance Pres. Obama champions – the Republican National Convention should have been anything but a nostalgia convention.
Classical liberalism is the most pliant political philosophy – one where change is animated – and the individual up and against government is empowered.
If one is Negro American and one is in a failing school – self-empowerment is what one needs. It cannot be an empowered government as more and more powerful government control over schools has simply created a greater wall individuals need to climb in order to change things for individual children caught in such circumstances not of their making.
The failure of the public school system is the civil rights issue of our time – and the Democratic Party in total stands against individual children.
And those who vote for statist Democrats empower government to continue to hold children locked into destructive schools.
How is that we have allowed the empowerment of government – which did not protect Negroes, caught in slavery – define what it means to be an American Negro.
Government has nothing to do with being black – and it’s continued empowerment beyond constitutional enumerated powers is enslavement to Negro Americans. Something so many brave Negroes and white Americans fought to end.