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Two Black Democrats Become Republicans in Louisiana
Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Star Parker

Posted on 06/17/2013 4:01:35 AM PDT by Kaslin

Anyone who doubts that the Republican Party can attract black voters needs only look south to Louisiana.

At a conference held in Baton Rouge at the end of May, called @Large and aimed to attract black conservatives, black Democrat Elbert Guillary, a member of the state legislature, announced that he was switching party and becoming a Republican.

Less than two weeks later, just up the road in Central City, Louisiana, black Democrat city councilman Ralph Washington – who attended this same @Large conference, made the same announcement – he’s becoming a Republican.

It’s really not such a mystery. The mystery is why this is not happening more often.

I’m asked all the time why, when it is so clear that blacks are damaged by the left wing political agenda, black voters so uniformly and consistently support candidates – Democrats – who advance this agenda.

My answer is that Republicans need to start acting more like the businesspeople they claim to be.

Any businessman convinced that his product is the best doesn't blame customers for not buying it. He doubles down on his efforts to understand these potential customers better and how to sell to them.

There needs to be more appreciation of the differences in the black population.

A Gallup poll done in 2011 showed that whereas 39 percent of whites say they are “very religious,” 53 percent of blacks do. A large percentage of “very religious” blacks are conservative and very different from blacks on the left who identify with the NAACP.

The @Large conference, where I was a speaker, was hosted by pastor C.L. Bryant, who tells his own story about leaving the left-wing black establishment in his new film “Runaway Slave.”

Bryant was president of the NAACP chapter in Garland, Texas, but his relationship with the NAACP soured when he refused to speak at a Planned Parenthood pro-abortion event.

His eyes began to open and see that his traditional Christian values – protecting the unborn and promoting the traditional family, individual freedom, and dignity – were out of whack with the political agenda blacks were automatically signing onto.

Elbert Guillary is now the first black Republican in the Louisiana state legislature since reconstruction.

Listen to him to understand why a conservative black leaves the Democratic Party.

He called the Democrats “the party of disappointment” and expressed disillusionment with Democratic policies on abortion, gun control, education, and immigration.

Democrats “have moved away from the traditional values of most Americans,” he said. “Their policies have encouraged high teen birth rates, high high school drop-out rates, high incarceration rates, and very high unemployment rates.”

Or listen to now-Republican councilman Washington:

“…the value system I was raised up with, it really doesn’t side with the Democrats...Some of the things I see happening today, with the entitlement programs, we have to change. We can’t continue doing the things we are doing and survive.”

Everyone understands that black American history is unique and complicated.

But wallowing in the past is never an answer to anyone’s personal challenges.

The challenge is clarifying right from wrong and acting accordingly moving forward.

It has always seemed pretty clear to me that traditional values and personal freedom and responsibility must be the agenda moving forward for every American of every background.

Black Americans, like every American, need less taxes taken out of their paychecks, need to be able to choose where to send their children to school, need to be able to pick freely a health care plan that suits their needs, and need to save for retirement instead of paying payroll taxes.

You can’t sum it up any better than what Elbert Guillary and Ralph Washington have said. There are many, many Guillarys and Washingtons out there in black America. We need more efforts like the @Large conference to reach them


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blackconservatives; blackvoters; democrats; louisiana; politicalparty; realignment; republicans; southerndems; traditionalvalues
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1 posted on 06/17/2013 4:01:36 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

In other words, they woke up and smelled the coffee!


2 posted on 06/17/2013 4:05:52 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

Yeah, but stupidly, the GOPe still disdains the very values we need to ‘preach’.
Power drunk ijits.


3 posted on 06/17/2013 4:11:09 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: spankalib

Give it time and I will be proven right.


4 posted on 06/17/2013 4:12:05 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Kaslin

Congrats to them, but I hope they know about the civil war currently underway within the party itself. The establishment is just as bad as the rats.


5 posted on 06/17/2013 4:28:45 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Kaslin

Time for the conservatives to take back the GOP.


6 posted on 06/17/2013 4:45:54 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Kaslin

If all these 53% are so conservative, why did they continue to vote for the dimocarts and the carmel guy in DC?


7 posted on 06/17/2013 4:48:57 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: Biggirl

I really fear that we will eventually end up like the UK, with a three party system. Liberals will rule forever then.


8 posted on 06/17/2013 4:54:16 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey NSA Goon watching FR... Suck this - > |=====>)
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To: Kaslin

More and more I see very smart and courageous black leaders emerging to carry forth the principles put in place by our Founding Fathers, supported by a belief in God. They know that socialism and communism only bring poverty and suffering to a nation and what they desire is the freedom to pursue the American dream, so that their families can enjoy the peace and prosperity that God intended.


9 posted on 06/17/2013 5:06:47 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Biggirl

Don’t forget, according to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, George Wallace was a Republican.


10 posted on 06/17/2013 5:07:10 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: Kaslin

I hate to sound cynical but a whole lot of these line crossers haven’t “seen the light”, they just know they’ll never be in the majority as a Democrat in a deep southern state. It has a lot more to do with committee assignments than morality and they bring their liberal views with them.

Bloomberg proved that the GOP has no standards for admission.


11 posted on 06/17/2013 5:11:40 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Kaslin

Frances Rice open letter to democrat party:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1183525/posts


12 posted on 06/17/2013 5:19:12 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: Kaslin

A Russian economist predicted the break up of this country. He said, basically that it would split into three parts. The Southeast, Southwest, and Central states all the way to Canada would become one. The west and east coasts would then be on their own.

Unless that happens soon, it won’t matter how many democrats change over to Republicans, especially in Louisiana. They have Landrieu and she’ll vote the party line no matter what. And pretty soon, like the rest of the country, republicans and conservatives will be a dying breed.


13 posted on 06/17/2013 5:24:55 AM PDT by qaz123
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To: RetiredArmy
If all these 53% are so conservative, why did they continue to vote for the dimocarts and the carmel guy in DC?

Race trumps everything!

14 posted on 06/17/2013 5:27:02 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: qaz123

The late Republican Governor Dave Treen of LA was a big Landrieu supporter in 2008.


15 posted on 06/17/2013 5:33:41 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Biggirl

Time for Conservatives to form their own Party while the Republicans commit suicide.


16 posted on 06/17/2013 5:35:17 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: Pan_Yan

yep, look at all the turncoat rino’s. hmmm. It’s too late. rino’s are in line with the liar in chief and the destruction of America mode.


17 posted on 06/17/2013 5:59:03 AM PDT by goinguplive
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To: Kaslin

These are two exceptional individuals. We can be sure if they run again they will be soundly repudiated by their own past voters.


18 posted on 06/17/2013 6:10:01 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Theodore R.

The GOP needs to enthusiastically reject Chinese manufacturing, and bring jobs back to America.

Now.


19 posted on 06/17/2013 6:11:45 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Kaslin
He called the Democrats “the party of disappointment”....

The GOP stepped closer to being the second party of disappointment last November. We need new members that will make a difference. I hope these folks will help shine a light into the dark corners of the system.

Possibly they will promote a presidential candidate that will actually have a chance to win.

20 posted on 06/17/2013 6:15:55 AM PDT by oyez (Hell is a gun free zone.)
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To: ken5050

probably thinks that Lincoln was a democrat too


21 posted on 06/17/2013 6:18:26 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Kaslin

Good. I will vote for any candidate who has the right ideology and values. The person’s race does not enter into the equation.


22 posted on 06/17/2013 6:21:18 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: jazzlite
More and more I see very smart and courageous black leaders emerging to carry forth the principles put in place by our Founding Fathers

Can you name three that hold elective office and have the ability to push a conservative legislative agenda?

23 posted on 06/17/2013 6:22:03 AM PDT by Poison Pill (Take your silver lining and SHOVE IT!)
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To: I want the USA back

I feel the same way


25 posted on 06/17/2013 6:34:08 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Biggirl

It is indeed


26 posted on 06/17/2013 6:35:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: catfish1957

Blame those in here who root for a third party


27 posted on 06/17/2013 6:36:29 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: hoosiermama

Great letter and there’s is hope that more blacks will see the light


28 posted on 06/17/2013 6:39:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

So are these new Republicans going to be Republicans or Black Republicans? Are they going to be members of the National Black Republican Association? Or just Republicans?


29 posted on 06/17/2013 6:43:33 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Theodore R.

His Lt. Governor was Robert Freeman a democrat. Maybe that explains it?


30 posted on 06/17/2013 6:46:01 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP talks a lot about outreach but do they do it? The way you win people over is you spend time on their turf in their churches in their communities. The latest bs about immigration doesn’t help win Hispanic votes. Hell the primary beneficiaries cant even vote yet some how Hispanics are going to have an ahh-ha moment and start voting GOP because they suddenly perceive being Republican as not racist. The GOP needs to bring in some fresh marketing from the retail world. People who specialize in branding/selling that aren’t political insiders. Inside most of the time what they spend money on is crap.

Also they totally reject promotion of issues like marriage that resonate with the very religious blacks and Hispanics who are the most natural Democrat voters to peal off. If you go to marriage marches they are some of the most diverse gatherings I’ve ever seen in conservative politics but of course that doesn’t matter.


31 posted on 06/17/2013 6:47:40 AM PDT by Maelstorm (This country wasn't founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: S.O.S121.500

that was a nasty thing to say about someone that wised up to the democrats plantation and left. Your attitude would attract no one to conservativism and gives republicans a bad name....you must be a liberal mole....


32 posted on 06/17/2013 6:48:52 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Kaslin

At one time, I may have considered this positive news. These days, however, being Republican is far less important than being CONSERVATIVE, in my mind.

Consider these Republicans: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney. The list goes on and on.

In general, I’m somewhat leery of black Republican converts. I’m not suggesting that they are intentional saboteurs, but I am wondering how much of their personal, traditionally-liberal “black experience” will bleed into their lives as Republicans. If this happens, it will further dilute what little staunch conservatism remains in the Stupid Party.


33 posted on 06/17/2013 7:13:27 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Kaslin
Republicans are going to get as many blacks to switch as dems are going to get NRA gun owners to switch.

If blacks believe in what we believe - fine. Would love to have them in the party. But it's a fool's errand to spend money and time seeking the black vote.

] Democrats seeking Tea Party voters would be wasting their money and time too.

We need to get real guys... blacks are NOT going to vote for us in numbers that matter... Our time and money must be better spent.

34 posted on 06/17/2013 7:24:24 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: Biggirl

I want to see Star Parker do a breathless story about two NRA gun owners who become Democrats... and a list of reasons why democrats should spend time and money going after the ‘NRA gun owner’ vote - rather than spending money on expanding their base...


35 posted on 06/17/2013 7:26:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: Kaslin
Wow . . . I'm genuinely surprised. I guess miracles do happen!
36 posted on 06/17/2013 7:32:10 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: DJ Frisat

Susan Colins, is and has always been a RINO. All you have to do is go to Senate.gov and do a search how she voted and you will find that she voted mostly with the rats, except in 2012 when she ran for reelection. John McCain and Lindsey vote mostly with the other Republicans, which clearly do not make them RINOs


37 posted on 06/17/2013 8:00:11 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
"Susan Colins, is and has always been a RINO... John McCain and Lindsey vote mostly with the other Republicans, which clearly do not make them RINOs"

Did I use the term 'RINO'? No.

The point is, especially with respect to McCain & Graham, is, look at some of the anti-conservative issues that have their support, like ' comprehensive immigration reform' and feelgood, squishy statements about how nice a guy Obama is. Who cares if they vote with the other Republicans, if the other Republicans are only half a chromosome from being a liberal?

38 posted on 06/17/2013 9:54:18 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Kaslin

Hope they are conservatives and not just opportunists. We need more conservatives of all stripes, especially folks who haven’t been seen as traditionally aligned with conservatism.


39 posted on 06/17/2013 12:11:04 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Rich21IE

There already is a third party — The Constitution Party, but voters won’t support it.


40 posted on 06/17/2013 12:16:10 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: ken5050

George Wallace’s son, George, III, did become a Republican, but he stopped winning elections some time back. He is usually known as “George, Jr.,” but the George Wallace people recognize was really George Wallace, Jr. Presidential candidate Wallace remained Democrat; he said there wasn’t “a dime’s worth of difference between the two major parties.” He was a JFK supporter in 1960 too.


41 posted on 06/17/2013 12:18:25 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Kaslin

McPain and “Loveable Lindsey” are RINOs by temperament if not by some rigged voting record tally.


42 posted on 06/17/2013 12:19:26 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Kaslin

Treen and Freeman were at odds throughout the Treen administration. Treen backed Mary Landrieu on his own in 2008; some thought she would help a Treen kinsman get a federal judgeship. Treen himself was rejected for a federal judgeship in 1986; never nominated by Reagan after Democrat opposition surfaced.


43 posted on 06/17/2013 12:21:02 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Kaslin
Two Black Democrats Become Republicans in Louisiana

Welcome, to the real world!
44 posted on 06/17/2013 12:21:04 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: RetiredArmy

Because race comes before everything to most Black people.


45 posted on 06/17/2013 1:06:18 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Rich21IE

Democrats would win every election for the foreseeable future. A third party is a terrible idea.


46 posted on 06/17/2013 1:08:51 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kaslin

Good news.


47 posted on 06/17/2013 1:28:07 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Biggirl

“A large percentage of “very religious” blacks are conservative”

And the vast majority still vote for the most radical
pro-abortion, queer “marriage” loving president in American history. Making them nothing but hypocrites


48 posted on 06/17/2013 1:55:26 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Rick Santorum was about the only GOP contender in 2012 who understood that and you should’ve seen how Freepers piled on him. I was genuinely shocker.


49 posted on 06/17/2013 2:05:35 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Theodore R.

A cousin of mine ran for the state legislature in Idaho for The Constitution Party. He lost, but the Democrats didn’t even bother fielding a candidate there. The GOP guy who won decided he’s better become more conservative.


50 posted on 06/17/2013 2:08:17 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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