Does the Democratic Party Exploit the Vote?

….You bet the Party does. It is not a mystery that black Americans constitute the largest single voting block in the United States. Blacks contend that voting Republican is not an option; it is a party largely deemed racist by blacks. I will admit this is a gross generalization; however, it is one that has prevailed since party realignment during the 1932 election of FDR.

Blaming the Democratic Party for this trend is not the right approach. Fault is clearly on the Republican Party. Since the election of Dwight Eisenhower, Republicans have marginalized the black vote. They have largely been seen as an anti-New Deal Party. And as of late, there has been a shift in the Hispanic vote, too. Thus the Republican Party can only blame themselves for alienating racial minorities, as well as gay and lesbian populations. So, what does this have to do with Democrats exploiting the vote?

Black Americans feel as though they have no choice but to endorse the Democratic Party. If one were to listen to the Republican platform, it is clear that Republicans are in bed with the Christian right and the wealthiest segment of the country. If Republicans hope and care to be relevant to blacks, they must change their language. If not blacks will continue to vote in a very solid block. And joining them in this block will be Hispanics and white allies to blacks, gays, and lesbians. In the 2012 election, Asian Americans joined both blacks and Hispanics in guaranteeing Obama a second term. Some political scientist once thought that younger populations of blacks might gravitate toward the Republican Party; however, with a candidate like Obama and a sense that the Republican Party is out of touch with 21st century realities, younger blacks endorsing Republican candidate Mitt Romney or other members of the party did not come to fruition in 2012..

Another population exploited are gays and lesbians. Why would a gay person or his/her allies endorse a party that clearly campaigns against them? You might recall during the 2004 election, the Republican Party made gay marriage part of its national platform. In a comical fashion, conservative Americans clearly forgot about a crumpling economy amidst two global conflicts. The only thing that concerned many of them was gay marriage. Thus, a number of states made gay marriage a part of state-wide referendums. Recently, as I have noted on this blog, NBA player Jason Collins came out as being gay. I am sure it will not surprise you to learn that his calculated move earned him national praise; and not just from many Americans who endorse gayness and gay marriage — but by two Democratic presidents. If the Republican Party wanted to change its message some, it would have encouraged members of its leadership to endorse Jason Collins’ actions. Maybe have George W. Bush or H.W. Bush call Collins and congratulate him for being brave. But that did not happen. When Republicans are mentioned in the gay category…it usually has something to do with promoting anti-gay marriage legislation, or a member of the Republican Party came out of the closet as being gay.

Collins’ actions earned him a political future. Many are calling him a rising political star within the Democratic Party. He has been asked to take part in party fundraising, and possibly, be an invited keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Boy those Democrats are quick.

Calling for Health Care Reform

Might this be the future of the health care industry:

The Obama administration called on Anthem Blue Cross on Monday to justify its controversial new rate hikes of as much as 39% for individual policyholders, saying the increases were alarming at a time when subscribers are facing skyrocketing healthcare costs. (see full article here)

My folks could not afford to keep me on their insurance plan once I left for school, thus the inevitable happened while in college: I tore my knee up which required roughly around $100,000 in reconstructive surgery and rehab. I am still paying for this and I am upper middle class. Think about those folks that cannot afford to deal with insurance hikes that by far exceed the rate of inflation? I wish you well Mr. president.

Liberals and the Health Care Bill

This weekend Republican Representative Anh Cao, a Vietnamese American from Louisiana, voted “yes” for the recently passed health care reform bill; I am proud of Cao and others that realize just because I have health insurance, or they have health insurance… that does not mean that we should not help the many that do not have health insurance. Mr. Cao stated that he represents a poor district in which many of his constituents do not have health insurance. What is impressive is that Cao’s district is largely lower-income blacks — a population that does not vote for a party that traditionally has been anti-poor. However, Cao’s passion for doing what is best and what is right escapes both ideology and political affiliation.

Blue dog Democrats and conservative Republicans do not favor this bill. Why should they? This group represents a population of upper middle-class whites that can afford health insurance. I want the wealthy and middle class to set aside the notion of rugged individualism for a second and evaluate the day-to-day fears of driving in a car without health insurance. If one hit another car in a collision, how would that person afford the thousands it will cost them in rehab? Former American president and Constitutional framer James Madison warned against majority factions dictating the way of life for all; in this situation, the majority is made up of those who can afford health care and who are against this bill. In Madison’s Federalist Paper number 10, contends that the Constitution should guard against what he calls majority rule, hence stating that direct democracy is dangerous, thus ruling in favor of representative democracy; still, the fallacy is that a majority still lives in a representative democracy; I suspect we will hear commercials that liberals are evil, un-Christian, immoral, and communist.

But the reality is this: Liberals are not negative adjectives. In essence, we advocate for the working class, the poor, and minorities against big business. Moreover, we are  supporters of civil rights for blacks, women, and ethnic minorities against the repression of government and business. Thus we see ourselves as defenders against what Madison might call a ” direct faction.”

Communist Obama Display

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Above: Pictures of communists associated with Obama in a negative way by right wingers. Karl Marx, Frank Marshall Davis, Obama, Bill Ayers, and Che Guevara

Two days ago a few students approached me wondering if I saw the VERY large anti-Obama banner displayed down the road from campus; I really thought they were joking until I and a group of my students took a field trip off campus to take pictures — and to mock the sign; as a liberal, I support the rights of people to protest and showcase their political and ideological leanings; if I did not I would be the biggest hypocrite and agent of anti-intellectualism on campus. Still, I find it interesting that Americans want to associate Obama with communism. Better yet, I find it most interesting that people who protest him and the others on that banner — but have not read nor discussed their work. I have blogged before on the topic of Marxism as an academic method of study here and here. Thus, most people really do not understand this topic nor have they read about it; I realize I sound like a snob, but I do suspect I am right.

As noted before ,Obama is not a communist…. Though I am sure his race and academic training influenced him. It was during the course of the 20th century in which the emergence of Marxism as an academic philosophy in higher education set forth a new wave of examining American culture. It was during the Cold War and its sub conflicts (Vietnam), as well as the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s that promulgated many academics to make an ideological shift to the far left. With social and political instability taking place in the United States, Marxist academics were training young students of history, political science, economics, etc., for an intellectual war; this conflict was set to transform the thought process in classes, lecture halls, professional meetings, and published works.

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Above: Carson in front of Houston’s firewood business anti-Obama display.

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Above: HCHS students who visited the conservative shrine located off of Beltway 8 next to Baseball USA.

A Christian Democrat by Dillon Sorensen

Dillon Sorensen is a 10th grader and frequent contributer to The Proletarian; feel free to leave a comment for him regarding the post. Here is a previous post by Mr. Sorensen.

I attend a private Christian high school in Houston – creatively named Houston Christian High School. At HCHS, most of the students are white, wealthy, and conservative. The student parking lot is filled with brand new F-150s, Tahoes, and Mustangs. Every morning at 8:30am, class starts, and sets of iron gates secure the school’s perimeter a half hour later. The students walk down the halls in their Polo sweaters and Sperry’s, complaining about how much they hate private school, on their way to their next class. Most HCHS students fail to realize that one of Houston’s poorest communities, primarily made up of Asian and Hispanic immigrants is less than a mile away.

Every year, Houston Christian students are required to take two semesters of Bible class. Old Testament, New Testament, and Apologetics – we study it all. It was about a month ago, in the midst of the election season, that a fellow student in my second period Bible asked, “how can you be a Christian and a Democrat?” She proceeded to say that “Democrats support abortion and gay marriage, and Christians shouldn’t.”

I consider myself to be a fairly open-minded person. Even though I am quite Liberal, I am more than willing to listen to Conservatives. I read progressive blogs and newspapers; yet, I also check out the National Review and occasionally watch Fox News. However, I am not open to the assertion that a Democrat can’t be a Christian.

Ironically, I used to be rather Conservative. In eighth grade, my history teacher was a football coaching, concealed handgun carrying, Michael Savage listening Republican from Mississippi. He talked about how he was a devout Catholic, and couldn’t stand the thought of “the gays” getting married, and hated to see our babies being killed. He said that the wealthy shouldn’t have to give their money away to the lazy poor people who don’t want to work (read: black people). My knowledge of politics was quite limited, but everything he was saying sounded pretty reasonable to me. So, I found myself repeating his political views to my friends and family. It was quite nice actually, because being in Texas, everyone agreed with me and told me how smart I was. I too thought that it was impossible to be a Christian and a Democrat.

For the past two summers, I have been fortunate enough to serve on the Program Team at a large youth conference in Germany. Last summer, during setup week, I was taking some time to pray and familiarize myself with the year’s curriculum. The theme was Blindsight, and we primarily focused on Paul and his letters to the Corinthians. So, as I was reading my Bible, I came across 2 Corinthians 8:13-15:

“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”

You see, I have always been a Christian. For the past few years, my family has attended church every Sunday morning. I have attended Christian private schools since the fourth grade. I even participated in a confirmation class in the eighth grade. But I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ – until last summer.

As I continued to worship, pray, and read, I learned a lot about Jesus. I learned that Jesus took care of the poor, the elderly, and the orphaned. I learned that Jesus valued equality. I learned that Jesus wasn’t a proponent of war. I learned that Jesus would never sit back and watch genocide happen all over the World. I learned that every life is sacred in the eyes of Jesus. I learned that Jesus would want the students of Houston Christian High School to help the impoverished Houstonians living and working outside of its iron gates.

If Jesus were living in the United States today, would he be a Democrat? I doubt it. Would he be a Republican? Probably not. In fact, I think his voter registration card would say “Independent.”

Nonetheless, Jesus would understand that it is possible to be a Christian and a Democrat.