African-American state Senator blasts Democratic Party
Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 9, 2014
Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory, a lifelong Democrat, switched parties and has become a Republican. Guillory publicly announced that he made the transition because the plight of African-Americans has deteriorated under their Progressive policies.
More recently Guillory has created an ad encouraging African-Americans to rethink their blind allegiance to the Democratic Party and urged them to vote against Louisiana Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu. In the strongly worded ad, Guillory says
Mary Landrieu first ran for Senate in 1996, promising to be a champion for the black community. Eighteen years later, little has changed. Our communities are poorer than they were in 1996, our schools continue to fail children, our jails are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers.
You see, as [economist] Thomas Sowell said, ‘Politicians are not trying to solve our problems, they’re trying to solve their own problems. Of which getting elected and re-elected are No. 1 and No. 2.’
While you scrounge to find food stamps to buy Kool-Aid, she sips champagne at cocktail parties. While you dig through the couch looking for gas money, she flies around in private jets funded by taxpayer dollars. But Mary Landrieu knows she doesn’t have to do anything for our community, because no matter what she does, 95% of us will line up and vote for her every single time.
While Guillory’s tirade is pointed towards African-Americans, an important constituency of the Democratic Party, the basic theme is worthy of consideration for other constituent groups of that Party. For example Democrats promote a college education for all, a theme that resonates with young Americans. However, related governmental policies have raped younger Americans of wealth and left them with over $1 trillion of student debt, a yoke that will hinder their economic well-being for decades.
Another example is the Progressive view that homeownership is a benefit that all Americans should have. To further this goal the government created policies that resulted in mortgages being given to many people who could not afford to pay them back. Such policies helped create a housing bubble that when it popped, the people that the government was supposedly trying to help lost hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth. Then, in an effort to repair the economy after the meltdown in 2008 that it’s other policies helped create, the government and Federal Reserve enacted policies including artificially low interest rates that have not only created a stock market bubble, but benefited the wealthiest Americans significantly more than other income brackets.
While government largess can temporarily add a wealth affect to some constituencies, in the long run such policies actually damage them. Guillory’s comments place reality and context to this theory. As they say; with friends like this, who needs enemies.