New Georgia Republicans break Race Pathology [updated]

Black Democrats break race pathology by joining the GOP:

Two African-American Democrats on Thursday announced that they were joining the Republican Party.

Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell and former state executive committee member Andre Walker said the Democratic Party had grown too liberal and they are finding a new home with the Republicans.

It takes courage to leave the political party one inherits, especially in one’s hometown. I know, because I lacked the courage to do so until I moved from the Palmetto State to the Peach State. It takes even more courage for  Blacks to do so, given the examples made of Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice and others that get called “Uncle Toms” and other vile names for daring to think for oneself rather than remain part of the obviously racist 90% lemming vote for anyone with a “D” after their name on a ballot. Bell and Walker have the courage:

Bell was introduced as a Republican at a news conference Thursday at party headquarters.

“My district is pretty Republican as it is,” Bell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “My wife and I have been thinking about this for six months.”

He said they are both conservative “and the Democratic Party has been our home. The party had conservatives and liberals both in the party. [But] this election showed us the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is very, very strong. If your’e a conservative, it became more difficult to be in the Democratic Party.”

The Impotence of the Race Card and Obama’s Election as President

As we argued soon after the 2008 election, the fact that a nation of 75%+ white voters gave an African-American the nukes rendered the liberal Democrat race card impotent, a fact made self-evident after Gates-gate. Whites in America long ago embraced another Georgian’s character-content dream while too many Blacks remained in a pathological state of denial egged on by a media, Democratic Party and timid Republicans that would excuse or look the other way in silence and fear of the race card at the incoherent rantings and actions of Revs Jackson, Sharpton and Wright.

Obama’s election essentially allowed Whites to purge themselves of that fear. Moreover, it set the stage for Blacks to more clearly see that the skin color of a President is irrelevant when it comes to the amount of green one has in one’s wallet. Walker argues that blacks are regular people!:

Walker, who runs the political blog Georgia Unfiltered, resigned from the Democratic Party’s state executive committee. Walker was a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and is a former president of College Democrats of Georgia.

“Since the first Democratic lawmaker bolted to the Republican Party, left-leaning activists have mocked and ridiculed those individuals as being self-serving people only looking for ways to remain in office,” Walker told the AJC. “But I’m not an elected official. I don’t hold public office. I’m not trying to protect my seat. I don’t have a seat to protect. I’m just a regular citizen with a healthy interest in the political process, and I’m joining the GOP because of ideology.”

Walker, who has been increasingly critical of the Democratic Party in recent weeks,  said he looks “forward to convincing other people who look like me that it’s okay to vote Republican and support Republican candidates.   It’s time for the black vote to be competitive again.”

The Black Republican Invasion of D.C. reaches Georgia

The first Black Republicans from the Deep South since Reconstruction will be seated in the House of Representatives in January. I suspect that both Tim Scott and Allen West could have been elected in their majority white districts a decade or more ago. I have known for more than 20 years that white racism was no longer a significant impediment to Blacks in achieving the American dream in the economy.

During my 18 years as an activist and official in the S.C. Democratic Party from 1980-1998, I saw Democrats increasingly cling to identity politics that essentially clung to race-based laws and policies while my Republican friends embraced King’s dream by hiring whoever could make them a dollar, thanks both to King, Christ and the moral heart of capitalism.

The Conservative Embrace of MLK’s Dream

Reagans and Bushes embraced Powells and Rices while Democrats talked blacks into dropping out of state races and hurled false racism claims against Lotts and Clintons.

Democrats remain in denial about why they were shellacked last Election Day, but at least two Black former Democrats would no longer deny what they are: Conservatives and Republicans. They threw off the shackles of race that the Democrat Party still embraces to proclaim that they will define themselves by what they stand for rather than their immutable physical characteristics. Wasn’t there a movement led by an Atlantan that sought to discredit the Jim Crows that focus on pigmentation?

More Republicans have chosen their party than Democrats

How do I know this? Well, the Democratic Party has dominated national politics for most of this nation’s history. All of the South was Democrat until the late 1960s. Democrat is the default position in American politics. More than half of the GOP are former Democrats. People are born Democrats.

Its easy to stay where you are born. I did it for 38 years, at least 15 of which while having increasing doubts about my place. Turns out I was too timid to admit that the Silver Spoons of my hometown were right! One of the greatest things I have realized about the GOP since my conservative epiphany in 2000 is that Republicans care about policy and ideas.

I was won over to the GOP based on the fact that Reagan’s policies worked for all Americans and especially for those born on the lower rungs of the economic ladder; and that too many Democrats seemed to cling to proven failed economic policies, weakness on defense and hostility to faith-informed social and cultural mores. Given my ideas-based conversion and my embrace of MLK’s dream, I always eschewed any suggestion that conservatives could make appeals to Blacks based on race. No! I knew that the policies of the liberals were bad for ALL God’s children and that Blacks should only be appealed to based on facts. To do otherwise would be an insult to their intelligence.

But some Democrats can’t accept that Blacks could possibly leave their party:

But Democrats were critical of the decisions by Bell and Walker.

“Over a year ago at an event at the White House, Ashley Bell looked me in the eye, and told me that the rumors weren’t true – he wouldn’t switch parties,” said College Democrats of America alumni spokesman Frank Chi in a statement. “We need politicians who stand on principle, not opportunism.”

And what principle would that be Mr. Chi? You don’t state any, do you!?

I have long argued that its the GOP that owns King’s dream. The happenings in Georgia increase the fee simple ownership.

Will any Democrat have the courage to challenge President Obama?

The only question remaining is:

Will fear of the race card keep white Democrats from challenging Obama for the 2012 Democratic Party presidential nomination?

Surely Obama deserves to be challenged as much as another Georgian did in 1980.


Other race matters that should end Black loyalty to Democratic party and correct the pathologies caused by media and liberal treatment of blacks based on different and lower standards of conduct than that required of whites:

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” – The Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte ObserverAtlanta Journal-Constitution and Minority Report columns

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson