I started thinking about all the solutions to the problems in America that we come up with but that go no where because, too often, our society fails to execute good solutions simply because it doesn’t actually understand the problems. Then, a while back, on the last page of National Review On Dead Tree, Mark Steyn had a column called “Sharia’s Protector.” In it, Mark Steyn reprised a story, one he’s recounted numerous times in the last decade, on Sir Charles Napier of Great Britain. During colonial times, General Napier was working in British-occupied India, and he was being told about Sutee. This is a Hindu custom where, upon the death of a man, his widow is then burned upon his funeral pyre. In response to the question of whether this will happen while he was in charge, General Napier didn’t get all multiculturally squishy and ask if he can witness this great tradition as if he were on some cultural exchange program.
In Mark Steyn’s words, General Napier instead responded: “You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”
These days, this is what we have too little of: Cultural confidence. Without the confidence in our culture, we will loose it. And that is what is happening on a daily basis. We are losing our great American culture because those who’d destroy America are now teaching our children, and now we are going to further federalize this indoctrination system by implementing Common Core. Our government is purposely teaching America’s children that America was founded by evil people and that it is indeed evil as a result. Liberals always sing “The children are our future.” What kind of future are these children going to allow us to have after they’ve been taught to hate us?
On the other hand, we’ve heard all our lives that America is the greatest country in the world. Well, which is it? If America is the greatest, then wouldn’t that suggest that our culture is the greatest as well? – In the words of Sarah Palin, “You betcha.”
And that’s where the Frederick Douglass Foundation comes in. We aren’t infected with the multi-culti tendency to pretend other cultures are better than that of America’s and thus allow our own culture to be watered down and soaked in shame over some of the bad things that happened in history. Bad things happen. Our goal is to edify, educate, agitate and empower people.
But let’s consider the left’s method of bringing down America. The Left runs the Democrat Party today, and has no doubt infiltrated the Republican Party, just as the liberals have infected the church. It’s no secret to any of us that liberal/progressives are trying to destroy America in just about every way. They’re coming at us from 360 different directions, 24-7. It is up to us to Stand on the truth of God’s Word in our dilligent efforts of taking back our party. The Republican Party has been shamed into cowering and biding its time rather than exhibiting the cultural confidence of General Napier. So it is up to we conservatives: Tea Party Patriots and Libertarians, who are on board the freedom agenda to CONSERVE that which is great about America and its founding. It is Constitutional Conservatism that unites us.
We need to go over the heads of the liberal infiltrated institutions. The Obama Administration is filled with something FDF member Mack Rights calls Bureaucratic Sclerosis – BS for short. If the Bureaucratic tentacles of government actually worked, there’d be no excuse to make them larger, and because of government’s desire to grow, bureaucratic tentacles are created almost always with the knowledge that inevitable failure will be rewarded with largesse. We need to realize this and go over their heads. We need to educate our children outside this insidious governmental system because whole generations are being fed lies upon lies.
So, first I’m going to share with you some foundational principles that you can take to battle in the debate on behalf of conservatism in minority communities. Then I will help you build a method of outreach that won’t be mocked and ignored but that will be appreciated more than you can imagine. Too many of the outreach efforts in the inner cities are rebuffed because Republicans have no idea about how to talk with minorities. The rest are just non-existent because the Republicans ignore the inner city and showing up is half the battle and I mean that literally. I could educate you for an hour just on that subject alone. Anyway,
THE FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES
The left tries to convince children that The Founding Fathers were evil because they founded a nation on slavery. The Frederick Douglass Foundation teaches how this is incorrect. Slavery existed before the nation did, and it happened to exist here on the land where our nation was founded. Just as Frederick Douglass was born a slave, Thomas Jefferson was born a slaveholder. At the time, the black man was considered property, and his freedom, if he did have it, was fraught with peril. With that in mind, we should give our Founding Fathers some latitude. Upon the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, our Founding Fathers had decided to risk their lives, their fortunes and their honors to throw off the colonial yolk of Great Britain. Ending slavery simultaneously would have been a logistical nightmare that would have all but ensured failure in the Revolutionary War to come.
However, many of the Founding Fathers were indeed anti-slavery. They just weren’t in charge of their own nation, which is why we fought a Revolutionary War. Nonetheless, even slaveholder Thomas Jefferson included wording in the Declaration that would establish a set of bedrock principles that would later necessitate the abolition of slavery- that all men are created equal with the God-given inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, would later incorporate these principals in the Gettysburg Address. “Four score and twenty years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Five Score years later, Martin Luther King jr would allude to these words again in the lesser known parts of his “I Have Dream Speech.”
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
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In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Even Martin Luther King, Jr. knew he stood upon the shoulders of great men, and he wasn’t going to ignore that simply because of the color of their skin. But how often do you hear that portion of the speech?
So while the nation’s founding didn’t perfectly coincide with the new world’s shedding of the sin of slavery, it was indeed founded as a nation that would absolutely need to abolish slavery if it were ever to live up to the principles upon which it was founded. The nation wasn’t founded so the white man could enslave the black man. That was already happening. The nation was actually founded in a way that would necessitate the end of slavery.
But how often do we hear the story told like that? Not very often, I’m sure. And that’s the problem.
We’ve lost our cultural confidence so much that we are either too afraid to stand up for our nation’s founding or are unable to do so for lack of real historical context- thanks to the left’s takeover of the institutions of course. This is where we come in with program events like David Barton’s American History in Black and White or Seminars to teach you how to systematically engage people who have never heard or considered these truths before.
It’s a chicken and the egg story. America didn’t create slavery with it’s founding, but it did indeed adopt the principles in it’s founding that would later be used to eliminate slavery. How can that founding be considered evil? Keep that in mind when confronted with the left’s arguments for redefining marriage. The meaning of marriage came from God. It existed, like slavery, before the Founding of America. Does using government to destroy the Biblical sacrament of marriage by changing its meaning and thus rendering it meaningless serve society in the same way that eliminating slavery did? Only a leftist liberal/progressive mindset would consider marriage akin to slavery. As a black woman I can tell you this is very offensive.
And now, I want to refer back to the so-called fact that, at our nation’s founding, the black man was considered property. He wasn’t a full human. I understand that the 3-5ths clause was there to keep the pro-slavery vote down because slaveholders were only able to get 3-5ths a vote for every slave they owned instead of a full vote, thus keeping the representation for slaveholding states down. I understand that this was to eventually help the anti-slavery movement defeat the pro-slavery movement democratically. But, when you’re the person only considered 3-5ths, it really doesn’t matter the reason. Just ask those who have been denied personhood in the past, the Jew, the slave, the disabled, Indians or the pre-born child today.
When a man isn’t considered a person but rather property, it is easier for other men to beat, whip, rape, lynch, slaughter and exploit that man. And with that in mind, I want to give a brief overview of one of the things that we at the Frederick Douglass Foundation are working on. We call it the Black Personhood Initiative. We are working with other pro-life organizations to engage inner city pastors throughout the state to help get legislation introduced in New York that would establish personhood at conception. At conception, the DNA blueprint is developed and establishes a unique person. Considering the pre-born baby a person makes it harder to commit abortion on that baby.
This is not about legislatively outlawing abortion. It’s about changing the culture. Once you have enough support and votes to make a constitutional amendment pass it really is not needed anymore. Presently, we have $12,000 worth of
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educational commercials running on a daily basis telling the truth about the evil beginnings of the Democrat Party’s institution of abortion in the Rochester area.
While we desire to define all pre-born babies as persons, we call it the Black Personhood Initiative to help draw attention to the racist aspects of abortion. Democrat politicians won’t be able to sign on to this initiative simply because abortion is their most sacred of all of their unholy sacraments, but aren’t you all looking forward to their explanations as to why they won’t sign onto a piece of legislation that defines a black baby as a person? How will those arguments sound in the inner city?
This is the kind of civil rights movement that can help start a good conversation, which can lead into teaching the real history of the Democrat Party in America.
After the black man was freed from slavery, there were still efforts to deny him personhood. The Democrat Party started the KKK to help keep freed blacks in line. We all know that, but we don’t often enough remind our liberal friends that they vote for the party of slavery, segregation, the KKK and now the black genocide of abortion. The liberals never apologize for that, but they love to call us racists. We need the cultural confidence to stand up to anyone calling us a racist. Liberal arguments are weak and fully ignorant of reality.
Share this with your liberal friends when they try to win a debate on the cheap by calling you a racist.
Charles Darwin came up with the theory that we evolved from apes in order to argue that the black man was inferior to the white man because he more resembled the ape from which he supposedly evolved. I don’t care if liberals think they evolved from monkeys. It helps explain why they act like animals. But as for me, I was made in the image of God. The liberals want to teach children that, as one more generation away from the apes, they are superior to their parents. But my children understand that I am one generation closer to the first humans created by God. One generation closer to perfection.
But let me get back to my point. Charles Darwin’s cousin Sir Francis Galton is considered the father of eugenics. Galton made his money by trading slaves, and he used his cousin’s evolution theories to argue for the elimination of the black man from society. The American Eugenics movement spawned Planned Parenthood and the Nazi Death camps. Planned Parenthood was founded to help remove what Margaret Sanger considered “weeds” from society. She was referring to preborn black babies. If they couldn’t kill them on the streets, they’d convince the blacks to kill themselves in the Democrat-Party approved abortion-mill death chambers. They’d kill that black baby in the womb.
Knowing that Planned Parenthoods are strategically located in the inner cities where they will more successfully pick off minorities, according to the original racist eugenics plan, ask your progressive friends why they never complain that it’s racist when white suburban girls are so often forced to drive to the ghetto to kill their baby? If the Democrats really believed in equal distribution of services, why aren’t they complaining about the lack of abortion mills in white-dominated suburbs? We know the answer, but let the liberal try to figure that one out. Let’s see your liberal friend argue their way out of that one. [What kind of equality is that? If not racist]
Keep this in mind too. The company that made Zyclon-B, the gas that the Nazis used to kill the Jews, also makes RU-486- the chemical abortion pill. Today in America, 1,200 black babies are killed every day in abortion mills.
According to the Tuskeegee Institute, in 86 years, the Democrat Party’s KKK lynched and killed about 3,600 blacks. Today, the Democrat Party’s abortion-mill archipelago kills as many blacks every three days as the KKK killed in 86 years.
In the 40 years since Roe, while blacks represent only 12% of the population, they represent over 35% of all abortions committed in America. It’s much easier to understand why I’m a black Conservative woman when the connection is made between racist motivations behind slavery, segregation, the Democrat Party and abortion.
Like Frederick Douglass, I will not yield to the lefts’ determined efforts to culturally wussify America into a Third World Nation of non-persons devoid of cultural confidence because they allowed their culture to be destroyed, one aspect after another. I refuse to be forced into victimhood and have my motivation stolen by those who’d love nothing more than to skim off the wealth redistributed to me through what they call entitlements. While this method of cultural oppression might not be the same as slavery, it is still oppression.
Keep that in mind during the establishment’s coming efforts to legalize the illegal immigrants. Corporate America thinks it will be cheaper to import cheap and subsidized labor to replace American jobs than to send those jobs overseas. The result is the same though. Americans lose jobs, wages go down, more people become jobless and poor, the Democrats gain voters by handing out government goodies. The Republicans want the illegal immigrants to work and not vote, while the Democrats want them to vote and not work. Well, when you can vote your way out of actually having to work, what do you think will happen? Maybe if the Democrats hadn’t aborted over 55 million babies in the last 40 years, we wouldn’t need foreigners to do the jobs that Americans can’t afford to do at the low wages offered to the illegal-alien slave-wage workforce. Goes to show you, the battle between good and evil never changes, just the players do.
And that’s what we need to keep in mind when reaching out to those in the inner cities. First, we need to stop telling them how great tax cuts are. People live in the inner city because they don’t have enough money not to. They don’t pay taxes. Tax cuts are for those who’ve already escaped. However, we should talk pocketbook politics. We need to explain why the Democrat Party’s nonsensical faith in the pagan religion of global warming is increasing the costs of diapers, food, gas and heating their homes. Government-created inflation is the easiest way to raise taxes without having to vote on it. Ronald Reagan used to remind us that that was Lenin’s argument.
But even more important are cultural issues.
We have become cultural wusses. People in the inner city are much more culturally conservative than most moderates who are too afraid of those icky conservative pro-lifers. Their lives are more closely touched by the lack of two-parent homes, people in jail, on drugs, getting AIDS. They are more personally affected by the Democrat Party’s efforts to destroy the black family by taking away the welfare from black women who get married. We need to propose a welfare reform that won’t strip welfare recipients of the safety net if they get married. The Democrats want the women to remain single because single women treat the government like it’s her sugar daddy. But, if she doesn’t lose the security blanket when getting married, she will more likely take the risk of doing so- the risk of exchanging a government check for that of a man who might not always have a job. This is better for the kids. Children who grow up without a father are more likely to end up in jail, get addicted to drugs and to become gang members. It’s as simple as that. People in the inner city know this, but the system encourages them to ignore it. And the Republicans are nowhere to be found, like an absentee father. We need to be the party arguing for a change in the rules for the system.
Right now, the system is less a safety net and more a spider web.
Now it’s true, not all folks in the inner city are culturally conservative, but those who go to church regularly are very much so. Nonetheless, we’re running out of time. The generation of black folks who were around when the vast majority of blacks were Republicans is quickly dying off. We need to encourage them to pass the truth to anyone who will listen. And a lot of folks in the inner city are much more religious than those outside. That’s where we can relate, and it’s much better than pretending all we care about is tax cuts.
Furthermore, schools in the inner city are horrendous. The graduation rates for black boys in Rochester is 9%, and the rate of functional illiteracy of all students who do graduate is around 50%. We are fast tracking these kids to a life of crime and penitentiaries. Parents care about their kids, they want better for them but see no end or hope in sight, trying to fight the system alone. The blame needs to be placed right at the feet of the Democrat Party and its teachers unions, who have run the education system for the last 30 plus years. We on the other hand are sitting on one of the most slept on and winnable issues, School Choice. We should be out there fighting for charter schools, homeschooling, vouchers and freedom from unionized institutions. That’s the plantation, and it’s the Democrats keeping them there.
Furthermore, Republicans have to stop being cowering wimps every time some liberal calls us homophobic or racist or bigots.
It doesn’t matter what we do, they’re going to call us that regardless. When some liberal hoity toytie chick calls you a homophobe, your first reaction should be a dismissive laugh. She’ll be like, “Well, I never. Listen here you homophobe. I take myself seriously. Where do you get off laughing at me?” Then your response has to be, “Oh, no! You called me a homophobe. I’ve never been called that before.” Then laugh at her again and say: “The term homophobe is the argument every one of you progressives use after realizing that you’ve lost the debate.” That’ll shut her up and remind her she lost the debate. The same goes for being called a racist or an Islamophobe. Don’t let the left use these terms to win a debate on the cheap. They can’t win without simple arguments used to shut down debate. In fact, liberals can’t debate anything. Look at Al Gore. His unwillingness to debate anyone is not a sign of confidence but an admission that he’s a coward.
It’s time to stand up to these simpletons. They can’t debate, and like CS Lewis wrote of the devil, “Above all, liberals cannot stand to be mocked.” Mock em and mock em loud, with the Cultural Confidence of an unashamed American.
And with that, I want to leave you with a bit from Chapter 10 of Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography, Narrative of the Life. Frederick Douglass had defied his master over and over in his pursuit of learning to read and write, and his master finally sent him off to Mr. Covey for a year. Mr. Covey was known for being so abusive that he was able to break slaves for other holders. Six months into his stay, Douglass described his mental state thusly:
“Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!”
Days later, after Frederick made a last-ditch effort at being freed from this crazy oppression, Mr. Covey came to beat Frederick as punishment. Douglass wrote, “As soon as I found what he was up to, I gave a sudden spring, and as I did so, he holding to my legs, I was brought sprawling on the stable floor. Mr. Covey seemed now to think he had me, and could do what he pleased; but at this moment- from whence came the spirit I don’t know- I resolved to fight; and, suiting my action to the resolution, I seized Covey hard by the throat; and as I did so, I rose.”
Frederick and Covey fought for over two hours, but Frederick Douglass had in the end won. He wrote: “The whole six months afterwards, that I spent with Mr. Covey, he never laid the weight of his finger upon me in anger. He would occasionally say, he didn’t want to get hold of me again. ‘No,’ thought I, “you need not; for you will come off worse than you did before.’”
That’s the kind of confidence we need take inspiration from. The left is attacking us from every direction, destroying all of our institutions and the family unit. And too many Republicans refuse to stand up to this onslaught. It is up to us. We are the last holdouts. If we fail to preserve the elements in our Constitution that guarantee us our rights and instead allow the left to interpret these rights as rights of the government to control us, there will be no more freedom. We are already being turned into debt slaves as our government continues to borrow some 40 cents of every dollar it spends. We must not accept the dominance of the Karl Rovian Republican Squish assembly line.
History is on our side, and it is our job to conserve what’s great about America. Trickle Down Government doesn’t preserve freedom. It destroys it.
Thank You. Ayesha Out.
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