Do You Understand the Black Vote?

JosephPMcVaySmallI am a Christian and believe all men are created equal. I have African American friends, I have worked for African Americans, hired African Americans and fought for African Americans. One time a colleague said Colonel McVay hires blacks whether they’re qualified or not. He was talking about a woman I hired from the Justice Department as my Executive Assistant. She had a Masters Degree and was working on a PhD. Someone reported his remark and an IG Investigation was conducted with great fanfare. In the end, the incident was covered up as usual. The government will do anything to avoid bad publicity, anything! There is no doubt that racism still exists in America and even in the government and military.

My great-great-grandfather Joseph P. McVay lived just north of the Tennessee – Mississippi Border when the Battle of Shiloh took place a few miles away. A short time later he and his oldest son enlisted in the Union Army at Bethel, Tennessee. Private McVay was captured later and imprisoned at Andersonville for almost the entire time the prison was open. He only survived because he was a big strong man used to working timber and farming. He was released a broken man. He settled in Oxford, Arkansas about 1870. If he were alive today he would not understand how his service to free the slaves is completely and totally unappreciated by African Americans. How they have embraced the party of their captors and the KKK. Quite frankly, it puzzles me as well.

The first Republican Governor of Arkansas has been called a Carpet Bagger in Arkansas History Books for over a hundred years. Colonel Powell Clayton was ordered to Arkansas as a Regiment Commander during the Civil War. He ended up marrying an Arkansas woman and buying an Arkansas farm after the war. He was approached by Democrats and Republicans to run for Governor. He just wanted to farm with his two twin brothers. On a steamboat ride to Memphis another farmer shared the plan to win with the pen what was lost with the sword. To pretend to be reconstructed but to keep African Americans subjugated and subservient. The farmer assumed Clayton was of the same mind. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Still, Clayton wanted to stay out of politics and just be a farmer until he realized a Union supporter could not live peacefully in Arkansas. Violence and murder was rampant. Eventually, after neighbors burned his barn, Clayton ran and became the first Republican Governor of Arkansas. He had to declare Martial Law to stop the violence. A few years later the Democrats reestablished their control and their segregation agenda. The Democrat Anti-Black Policy was so ingrained and supported that Governor Orval Faubus himself blocked integration of Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. In addition to Faubus, other prominent Arkansas Democrats who were segregationists included Governor Francis Cherry, Senators William Fulbright and John McClellan, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice James Johnson and Congressman Dale Alford. Integration of Arkansas schools occurred for one reason and one reason only, we had a Republican President of the United States who stood up for the Constitution and for Civil Rights. You might not think that the actions President Eisenhower took were courageous, think again. In 1958 the Gallup Poll listed Orval Faubus as one of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World although Eisenhower held the first position on that poll for ten years.

Martin Luther King was a Republican and I doubt that any African American voted Democratic during that era. What changed all that? I believe it was Lyndon Baines Johnson. Here are two quotes widely attributed to LBJ that he would not have said on TV:

“I’ll have those n*****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One –
“These N*****s, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ

That little something became known as THE GREAT SOCIETY. The last year President Johnson served the deficit was the highest since WWII. His War on Poverty has had no measurable effect on poverty in the United States during the last 40 years. Unemployment rates are highest among Blacks and Latinos under the Obama Administration. The picture is much worse in inner cities among Black Youths.

There are many job killers invented by government such as an unrealistic minimum wage. The idea that the minimum wage must be enough to live on is flawed. Teenagers living at home need supplementary spending money. Senior Citizens also need to supplement their retirement incomes. Liberals see the minimum wage as a boon for people when it is a curse. If the minimum wage had been in effect when I was a kid, I might have never been able to climb out of poverty. I think God that my family living in a one room house in North Arkansas never received a dime’s worth of welfare. I’m glad I didn’t have the government on my back. I remain shocked that African Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. In fact, I can’t understand why anyone who loves America would vote Democratic?

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