I was discussing being a Libertarian with a black so called former Republican yesterday and he reminded me what I really care about when it comes to politics. He told me he was a Republican for 36 years until he realized he was just towing the line and supporting people who didn’t care about the things that matter to him. He claimed to only care about the millitary, getting a raise and making sure his son doesn’t have to worry about things like Pell grants and social security don’t go away. Keep in mind, this person was the type who doesn’t really listen to you and is a know it all so I just nodded affirmingly and pretended to agree.
I am definitely on the Herman Cain bandwagon right now. I’d never really read his story or listed to his ideas until recently, but he definitely creates some intrigue. I’ve been among the group that hoped to see a Palin or a Trump earn the nomination early on. I saw Cain as a fringe candidate with no chance at all like an Alan Keyes or Jessie Jackson. But then my mind was changed when I saw something unexpected.
Let’s face it, unless we’re weak minded followers we’re all bigoted about something we strongly believe in. It may be religion, or politics, or even sports. There is value in bigotry in protecting the things we value and sparking debates that may enlighten us to some things we may not know about. It is important, however, to be aware of one’s bigotry and know when to just let it go. Let’s face it, Obama could have gotten way more done if he spent more time working and less time using angry rhetoric to try to shame Republicans into doing what he wants by trying to turn America against them.
Since I had no phone to listen to in my car today I had time to think (2 hrs) on the way to and from work. Thinking back I was always somewhat conservative but didn’t know it. My experiences working a series of bad jobs helped me discover myself politically in an environment where my race blindly follows one viewpoint and doesn’t nurture or support the opposing views.
It’s sad that 99% of black people are democrats but for no real reason. They get caught up in the retoric and believe they are entitled to be propped up by the government to make up the achievement gap instead of getting there through personal responsibility. Not only do Democrats reinforce the entitlement and try to mandate it through the government, but they continue to depress black people by assuming that our worst enemy isn’t ourselves, but some pale skinned boogeyman with a Republican party membership.