Archive for July, 2012

On Monday, Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, decided to confront the issue of Voter ID. Unfortunately, he embraced the left’s absurd ideology that it is voter suppression and an assault on the rights of minorities. He likened the movement of opposition to Voter ID laws to the Civil Right Movements with his reference to “Salem and Montgomery times”.

This rhetoric is nothing but divisive. I’m sure Mr. Jealous invoked this resemblance to create an emotional response to a momentous time in history. What he neglected to inform the oldest civil rights organization in the nation is that voter id prohibits voter fraud, which currently serves as the biggest hindrance to voting, (itself a sacred honor in this country that came via sacrifices and battles). It’s time to rebuke the racial oratory that compels people to think that voter id is a race-driven agenda. Efforts to combat voter fraud are not meant to suppress minorities, or any ethnic group for that matter.

What needs to be rejected is the notion that minorities are too simple-minded or naïve to get a government-issued ID. The liberal left claims they are defending minorities, but they are really insulting people’s intelligence. They imply that minorities are incapable of completing a small task like obtaining ID. I find it ironic that many liberals claim they are pro-choice when it comes to women making their own decisions about abortion, but then suggest that those same women might not be smart enough to make the right choice about getting an ID, which is needed to do just about anything these days.

Those who labored in the Civil Rights phenomena would be insulted by these partisan attacks. Voter ID is not designed to benefit a Republican or Democrat individual. It is for the American people. It transcends political ideology and demands that a fair election process be made for the general public.

The issue of racism was elevated to a higher  level when embattled Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP. During his speech he compared voter ID to poll taxes. “Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them, and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those poll taxes.” Ironically, a photo ID was required to attend Holder’s speech. The hypocritical stance of the left is amusing and yet sad to witness because it shows a continuing disconnect from reality.

The Left is turning the push for voter ID laws into a mechanism of class warfare. They are willing to ignore abuse instead of implementing safe and secure checks against fraud. The reason why they continue to sing the known chorus of racial bigotry is because they fear that minorities and seniors will turn a deaf ear to liberal policies and that their influence among these voting groups will diminish.

Liberal opposition to voter ID has nothing to do with concern for minorities. It’s about power and dominion. If the left was so concerned about voter oppression, they would be advocating pro-growth economic policies instead of baseless racial rhetoric that seeks to divide Americans.

The NAACP, Attorney General Eric Holder and any other organization or individual who stands against voter ID laws are making a mockery of our election process. It’s not complicated. You are either an ambassador for fairness and justice in voting or you tolerate corruption for the sake of political power.

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” You’re a black Conservative? Wow, you’re a rarity.” I’ve heard this and similar responses over the course of my life. This indicates that there is a cultural stereotype that exists in the mindset of many people. So what does it exactly mean to be a black conservative?

There are many dimensions to this questions. It is a matter of boldness and courage—not with white America , but black America. When blacks found out that I voted for George W. Bush and that I was not supporting Barack Obama in 2008 , I felt like I was one of the thieves one the cross next to Jesus during his crucifixion. I was criticized for betraying the black culture and appealing to whites. When I informed liberal blacks that I refuse to pledge my allegiance to the Democratic party because of historical precedent or because it’s politically convenient, I was instantly a target. I have been labeled an “Uncle Tom” and accused of “sucking up to white people.” I was momentarily distraught at the fact that I was being demeaned because my political thought and ideology was different from from what many black people expected it to be. But I quickly embraced the power enabled to me by being a black conservative: Freedom. Freedom from the notion that I have to vote a certain way or be aligned to a political party without knowing the reason why. Freedom to express myself, despite the backlash or lack of support I may receive from my own race. Freedom to embrace the fact that my knowledge and stance on conservative principles is due to the fact that I refuse to enslave and bondage myself to a party that, in my honest opinion, has done nothing to enhance my freedom or well-being. Freedom to also know that there are also many other like-minded African-Americans who have also entrenched themselves in the fight for conservative principles.

To anyone who wants to deny the fact that black conservatives are a target, they are simply not living in reality. Black conservatives are targeted because they defy the status quo and ignore the stereotypical imagery of blacks being one-dimensional and not having an open mind. For example, it is on a regular basis that I receive vile and racist hatred from the left on Twitter for my beliefs. It comes to a point where you have to chuckle at the thought of people maximizing their energy to demean someone and to see it come to no avail. With that said, I am not playing the “victimization” card. Despite the harsh treatment I have personally witnessed and experienced, I am proud of my conservative ideology and I absolutely have no regrets.

The reaction I have received from whites concerning my conservative stance have been quite interesting. There have been some who have ignorantly labeled me a Democrat because I am black. Ignorant assumptions always informs you of a person’s intelligence. However, I would say that more whites have embraced me being a conservative than blacks. Does it make me feel uncomfortable or isolated among black liberals/Democrats? Absolutely not. Friendship can always transcend political thought.

The most accurate way to describe being a black conservative is that you know you will face a battle: mainstream media, stereotypes, black liberals. That battle is overcome by freedom and choice. I made the choice to be a conservative. No one forced me. No one persuaded me. I did my very own soul-searching and I am satisfied with the conclusion. Also, I feel very PROUD to be a black conservative. I am not a victim. I am a warrior, and I am not alone in the world of black conservatives.

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President Obama and his campaign smurfs have been so desperate to be on message that their thirst for relevancy has taken an hilarious turn. Recently, some Ramen noodle starved campaign intern sent out a tweet informing folks that Mitt had a Swiss bank account of $3 million in 2010. Obviously, the Obama campaign figured this was an urgent and dire issue that was worth notifying to the Navy Seals Team 6 and such, so I’m going to bring attention to it! So maybe it’s possible they were expecting reactions like these:

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! Didn’t his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, teach him that it is better to give than to receive?! Imagine how many handouts he could’ve paid for!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! Is it possible that Bill Ayers is a financier of the account?!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! Let me go hurry up and purchase some health insurance before he taxes me and adds to his millions!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! He’ll take my money and distribute it to union members!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! How dare he make money instead of taking it to create jobs through food stamps! What a selfish pig!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! If I pray hard enough, maybe he’ll evolve around the idea of creating a separate fund for same-sex couples!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! He is apparently out of touch! He should’ve invested it in Solyndra and provided Americans with the green energy that they deserve!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! He should’ve contributed his wealth to cutting the deficit some more. After all, Obama cut it in half during his first term!

–OMG! Romney has a Swiss bank account! What am I going to do?! He isn’t patriotic enough for me! He could’ve sponsored a Sarah Jessica Parker fundraiser to inspire small businesses to go out and hire folks!

That Mitt Romney fella…..his money makes him a rich snob. Just cheer me up and give me my entitlement program..NOW!

One of the biggest issues being raised in America right now is the need for Voter ID laws.

As of today, 30 states have enacted laws that require you to show identification when arriving to the polls. Voter ID laws are a no-brainer.

You are required to show identification to do just about anything in your day-today life.

Have you ever purchased alcohol? I’m sure you had to pull out that driver’s license within seconds of putting your adult beverage on the counter. Let’s say you are a college student.

For many events and functions that take place, you are mostly required to show a photo ID to prove you are who you say you are. Have you ever tried to enter upon the premises of a military base? One of the first things you would encounter is a MP (military police) stationed outside of a small hut checking IDs of those who wish to enter.

Showing identification is nothing new or complicated. It is something that is used consistently. However, there are some who hold a belief that voter id laws are not beneficial and deem it unnecessary.

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, who is no stranger to controversy and who always finds himself to be the subject of contentious debate, argued that Voter ID laws would be a setback to blacks.

He infamously played the race card, which was on top of deck and ready to be used.

He told MSNBC host Martin Bashir, “One has to conclude it’s a deliberate attempt to try and suppress our votes in particularly minority communities that are disproportionately impacted, seniors and students.”.

Sharpton’s logic couldn’t be any further from truth and reality.

While Sharpton intends on play the role of victimization, it is imperative to point out that voter id laws are intended to prevent voter fraud and allow the process to operate smoothly and correctly.

It is people like Sharpton who attempt to create an image in people’s minds that white people in the GOP are always out to keep blacks oppressed.

While we will wait for sanity to take residence in Sharpton’s mind, it is good to point out that Voter ID laws to not disenfranchise anyone, but it gives everyone the right and ability to partake in their civic duty.

The notion that race is a factor is an anemic excuse to ignore the errors that occur at voting booths today.

Georgia, Virginia and Florida are just a few examples of the many cases of voter frauds situations that have happened across the country.

Registration fraud, non-citizen voting and voting official indictment have occurred in these states and more.

Voter ID protects the voter. The right to vote did not come easy for minorities or women.

Many battles were fought and lots of sacrifices were made. In order to preserve the heroic acts that were made, voter id law seems highly reasonable and necessary.

While many people on the left continue to fight against voter id laws, frivolous acts are happening in voting booths. For example, Mickey Mouse was registered to vote in the state of Florida.

While many may toss this issue aside and pretend that the voting process is a Disneyland experience, serious cases of fraud are being exposed and it is time for a constructive dialogue on how to end it.

Voting is such a patriotic act and it should be held in the upmost regards. It is not hard or much an expense to buy a Voter ID.

If we want to preserve the act of voting, we must be responsible and do our part on making it not only free, but fair.