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Travis Rowley: Tell Minorities a Story

Saturday, December 14, 2013


On the heels of US Senator Rand Paul’s (R) engagement of Detroit residents with a speech at the Detroit Economic Club – a speech in which the Senator proposed “economic freedom zones” that will allow the city to forgo $1.3 billion in tax revenue in order to enable minority residents to “bail themselves out” – the RI Young Republicans made their presence known at a fundraiser for the RI Latino PAC this week.

Among the wreckage of numerous Democratic strongholds (primarily urban neighborhoods) – and in the wake of so many false and broken promises – the conventional thinking is that there is great opportunity for a competing political party.

Amidst the desperation, perhaps minorities are listening now more than ever.

But I hope the surge into Democratic territory is more profound than the advice that has recently emerged from left-wing quarters – that is, that Republicans must “evolve,” become more “diverse,” be more “welcoming,” and offer a softer “tone” when engaging women, blacks, and Hispanics.

After all, such counsel is grounded in decades of Democratic lies and smears regarding the Republican character – as if Republicans haven’t always been reaching out to minorities; as if Republicans have actually been waging a “war on women;” as if Republicans have actually made it a habit to speak to minorities with contempt. Perhaps with politically incorrect honesty. But not with disdain.

And let’s face it: At the end of the day, this Democratic guidance is ultimately aimed at having Republicans drop certain platform positions – particularly policies regarding immigration, abortion, and the welfare state.

Black Conservatives

If the wretched condition of all these Democratic strongholds represents a teachable moment, then history should be included in the instruction. This political effort by Republicans requires the correct historical record and perspective – lessons that are most likely to offer that watershed-moment that so many conservatives testify to experiencing; that instant when, all of a sudden, they realize that they have been lied to for so long about so many things.

The necessary perspective that will be just as politically incorrect as anything Republicans have ever attempted to communicate to minority communities would include the fact that December 6th marked the 148th anniversary of the signing of the 13th amendment – the abolitionist triumph championed by the Republican Party, and fiercely resisted by the Democrats.

Democratic defiance to 100 years of Republican civil rights legislation following the Civil War – and the fact that the Ku Klux Klan acted as the militant wing of the Democratic Party – always proves to be a shocking reality as well.

The Democrats’ decision to jump in front of the civil rights movement by turning it into a socialist escapade must be pin-pointed as the beginning of a tragedy, and the beginning of party realignment. The words of President Lyndon Johnson (D) are always helpful in confirming this, and in getting modern black liberals to begin discarding the progressive myth of government altruism. “I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years,” Johnson plotted almost 50 years ago.

Decades later, appropriately pointing out the results of such duplicity, black conservative columnist Star Parker would write, “Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems. The kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others. The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.”

Buttressing Parker’s observation are other black conservatives such as Frances Rice, the chairman of the National Black Republican Association. In 2006 Rice wrote, “Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30 to 40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. More than $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.”

Correcting the Record

Human beings are visual and imaginative. In a political sense, spawning economic prosperity in black neighborhoods just isn’t enough. After all, the policies of Ronald Reagan lifted thousands of African-Americans out of poverty. In contrast, Obamanomics have left them far behind. Yet, African-Americans remain as faithful as ever to the Democratic promise.

Republicans must offer a narrative.

Republicans need to continuously tell a story that counters the one that Democrats tell so frequently – a tale of slavery and segregation. Progress, but also an ongoing struggle against racism. This is the tale that enables Democrats to forever contend that “we have come so far, but there is much work left to be done.”

In other words, black people still need the Democratic Party.

Republicans must tell African-Americans the truth in the form of an equally compelling story. The history outlined above is the prerequisite for comprehending the modern liberal obsession with race, and liberals’ seeming inability to stop accusing others of racism – no matter how absurd or misplaced.

Why is it, again, that brown bags and peanut-butter sandwiches are now considered to be racist? What kind of people are saying such things?


This totalitarian temperament when it comes to racial politics (e.g. labeling black conservatives as “Uncle Toms” and “race traitors”) reveals just how crucial this exercise is to sustaining Democratic power. If any significant percentage of blacks ever decide to leave the Democratic plantation, it would spell doom for the nation’s socialist party.

And individuals such as Rice and Parker have shown us that minorities are willing and capable of waking up to this political truth.

Perhaps there is no better place to begin this effort than within black neighborhoods. But Republicans should always be within an earshot of the Hispanic community as well. Any casual observer can recognize the fact that the Left has been attempting to replicate President Johnson’s political strategy by exploiting the burgeoning Hispanic population – introducing them to the culture of victimization and collectivism, and teaching them the neo-Marxist language of “fairness” and “social justice.” Community organizers now lead thousands of Hispanics around the streets of Providence, where the average resident earns less than $22,000 per year.

And if Hispanics don’t start listening to Republicans, then that is where they and their children will remain.

Travis Rowley ( TravisRowley.com ) is the author of The RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.

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Killary Klinton

Minorities need to read about and learn from real American history, not the lies and obfuscation the liberal academia spews in public schools. The racist and intolerant history of the Democrat party need to be exposed.

So many lies are perpetuated by the media (re: Rosa Parks) and due to lack of education, the low information voter believes it as fact. Time for home schooling!


Progressive Democrats created the hyphenated America, not conservatives Republicans

john paycheck

note to minorities....in the big picture..with friends like democrats, you don't need enemies....

Art West

Simply a great column.

Progressive Democrats achieve many of their objectives centered on influencing thought and political outcomes with easy, emotionally compelling language. It's not much different from the Newspeak of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four."

From Wikipedia: Newspeak ... is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, peace, etc. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as "thoughtcrime."

People who reject big authoritarian government, its love of welfare and its twisted Utopian vision should re-read or pick up a copy of this classic for insight into how the leftists sell their wares.

Arthur Schaper

Instead of telling people to tell the story, it's time to tell the story!

What is it, where is it, and how does it go? Enough with telling to tell. Just tell!

Sammy Arizona

Rigties like Mr Rowley just love to rewrite history. The battle for civil rights in the 60's was conservatives vs liberals, NOT Democrats vs Republicans.In those days the Democrat party was infested with vile and repulsive racist conservatives they were called "blue dogs" , and the (now purified) GOP had and many liberal or moderate "Rockefeller" Republicans, the conservatives in both parties opposed civil rights and voting rights for black and brown people . Just as conservatives were against women's suffrage years before. Conservatives were against the creation of MLK holiday and opposed financial sanctions against the brutal conservative apartheid government in South Africa

Never forget it was Mr Hollywood Ronald Reagan who vetoed sanctions against his friends in South Africa

Jeremy Soninjer

Sammy Arizona, like most liberals, mistakes Conservatives for people whose philosophy centers around "conserving" the way things are -- therefore, they are the people who oppose all progress, all the time. That's not what being "conservative" means. Not even close. And the "conservatives" of the 20th century were not the ones who opposed civil rights or women's suffrage. Just about everything he wrote above is flat-out false.

Blue-Dog Democrats were Democrats of the 1990s, not the 1960s!!! … as Sammy tells us. This was simply the term for moderate Democrats who understood just how extremely LEFT and wrongheaded their Party had become by the time 1990 rolled around. Big surprise, Reagan had an influence on them. Today we might call them DINOs (Democrat In Name Only.)…

The racist Democrats of the South weren't conservatives. They were just racist Democrats. And they remained Democrats until they died off (See: Al Gore's father, Senator Byrd, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc).

Think about it: Why would anti-civil-rights and anti-black Democrats of the 1960s suddenly want to become Republicans once Prez Johnson initiated the Great Society? Join the party that they hated for pushing civil rights and black advancement for 100 years. It’s a total lie.

Liberals use the term “conservative racist” so much that they actually start to believe it.

Art West

I found this interesting quote from Malcolm X:

"The white liberal differs from the white conservative only in one way: the liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. The liberal is more hypocritical than the conservative.

Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro’s friend and benefactor; and by winning the friendship, allegiance, and support of the Negro, the white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this political “football game” that is constantly raging between the white liberals and white conservative."
-Malcolm X

Look it up. Many sites reference the quote.

Jeremy Soninjer

Radical Marxist Ivy League Professors, Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward (1966)

"And those seeking new ways to engage the Negro politically should remember that public resources have always been the fuel for low-income urban political organization. If organizers can deliver millions of dollars in cash benefits to the ghetto masses, it seems reasonable to expect that the masses will deliver their loyalties to their benefactors. At least, they have always done so in the past."

Pass this on to every black person you know.

Jeremy Soninjer

Good one, Art. Never saw that one before.

Killary Klinton

Commie Sammy definitely lives in an alternative universe with his backwards assertions.

Oh wait, all progressives like him are the same.


Remember Hillary Clinton idolized Margret Sanger, the racist abortion activist who created Planned Parenthood to exterminate blacks.

Sammy Arizona

Black women (and also black men) should be lining up to vote Republican in the next election. If it weren't enough that Republican scientists already altered female biology so they can't get pregnant during rape, now they've eliminated the risk of death during childbirth.

That is some seriously impressive work they are doing LOL

Happy Holidays to all....Sammy in Arizona

paul zecchino

Booker T. Washington has a timeless statement to the effect that there is a particular segment of 'the negro' population which thrives on keeping the misery going, profiting by constantly pretending to be Victims.

The quote is all over the Net, more poignant today than when he said it.

Lyndon Baines 'Big Daddy Barbecue' Johnson was one of the most corrupting influences on America, right up there with the gang which hijacked the 90s and the present chicongo communist MOB.

During the Reagan Era, Blacks benefitted more than any other demographic group, but to hear the marxstream medianiks whine about it, you's think President and Mrs. Reagan spent their days abducting young black kids to roast on a spit.

Leftists gass off about the Reagan Era as if it were some sort of American Dark Ages. And from their perspective, they're right because they were so close to pushing America into the communist abyss with Mr. Peanuts as their president. They knew a second term of Peanuts would finish America and bring about their beloved paradise of the werkers.

And then along came that eviw, bad, bad Ronald Reagan, to foil their endless, malevolent, and tiresome communist schemes.

During the Reagan Era, Americans were in a good mood, despite the best efforts of the rats in the media to foment trouble.

Most people have no idea when they have a good thing.

The older one gets, the more research one does on this wonderful tool known as the Net, the more one realizes almost everything we were told by quackademia, Hollywood, and the rats in the media is one, big, fat, collagenation of communist lies.

Jonathan Flynn

The internet and, this site in particular, is a place where ignorant people can spread hate, myths and nonsense. This creates deluded, misinformed cranks. They have found a haven for them to indulge their mental blocks on reality. Hopefully, one of their refuges, Hate Radio, will wither away with their burials. Alas, the internet is here to stay.

Jimmy LaRouche

Ignore Sammy. He just spews garbage trying to drag others into the mud he so enjoys.

Jeremy Soninjer

Notice Jonathan Flynn doesn't include any examples of the "hate, myths and nonsense" that he insists GoLocalProv publishes.

Engaging in discussion in this way is, in fact, what "creates deluded, misinformed cranks." It's the progressive way.

What Flynn just posted isn't an argument. He added absolutely nothing to the discussion at hand. All he did was call other people hateful and stupid. That's kindergarten stuff. And Flynn's post is how adult liberals attempt to sound more sophisticated as kindergarteners.

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