by baldilocks

Don’t get it twisted; not a Godwin’s Law violation

Countless times, I’ve seen the assertion that Republicans don’t “care about” black people, starting well before Kanye West’s infamous opinion about George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a notion that sits on very many questionable foundations. I’m not talking about the assertion that Republicans don’t care about black people, but the notion that they should, as if the caring is a good thing.

Conversely, it’s often expressly stated that Democrats do “care about” black people. But aside from what that care entails, why should any government entity care about me? I smell paternalism.

Now, unlike the Social Justice Warriors, I have nothing again paternalism in its proper context: God the Father, individual fatherhood, grandfathers, pastors, etc. Government and political parties, however, placed into that framework tend to ring all my tyranny bells. I mean, it isn’t as if government or leaders of government haven’t sought to insert themselves into the categories that I listed above, once or dozens of times.

In fact, in this country, government has, indeed, put itself in the place of individual fathers. And the generational results of this “care” have been catastrophic for black citizens, and, increasingly, for all Americans.

So, when a Democrat tells me that Republicans don’t “care,” about me, I feel a sense of relief which most of them can’t imagine. I don’t want Republicans—or Democrats—to care about me. I want them to do the jobs listed in the Constitution and I want them to stay out of the way as I try to care for myself.

But, as I’ve said before, the notion of government and political party as succor—as parent—is almost too ingrained into the psyches of all Americans and especially, black ones. The idea is so well indoctrinated into black American minds that anyone white who repudiates this notion is considered a racist and any black person, a race traitor.

We are interfering with the gravy train.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 1, 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

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Ron Paul has always been an interesting fellow. He in some ways has been the republican Barbara Lee, happy to be on the losing side of a 440-10 vote, totally willing to vote against party, totally uninterested in playing the game.

He built an almost cult like base of personality and power wisely, utilizing the internet to maximize the power of his ideas both good (Spending is out of control and must be contained) and less good (America should not militarily involved in the world). His ability to shift any online poll became such a running gag that, back in the days when Charles Johnson mattered, he would include “Ron Paul” in any online poll on any subject to poke fun at it.

At large conservative events Paul also used this fundraising wisely. Most such events include special discounts for students, and Paul used his online and on campus reach to recruit young adults to go to these events where they would not only get a free trip and party (the hook) but network with like-minded kids elsewhere building networks and friendships that still exist as they are in their 20’s and 30’s.

For quite a while I figured Paul was simply building a power and fundraising base which was partially used to elect his son to the Senate, but when I look at the election this year and speak to people on the campaign trail, something has changed.

The economic crisis and the fallout therein has moved the country toward him. A decade of war justified or not (I say justified) has made many people weary of battle. And those young Paul people who came for the free trip to DC or Louisiana or wherever have gone into the world and see it for what it is and remembered the frugal lessons that Paul has preached.

Paul has shrewdly built not just a money base, as the LaRouche folks have done, they have built an actual voter base built not on deception and conspiracy; but on ideas and the promulgating of those ideas through traditional GOP and conservative events.

The bottom line:

1. Ron Paul can no longer be considered a fringe candidate, he and his ideas, right or wrong need to be discussed openly and seriously.

2. Ron Paul is no longer running simply to sustain his operation I think Paul is running to win and the dynamics of the race mean not only that he has a shot, but when the GOP goes to the table at the convention he and his will have a seat.

3. By 2020 the 30 something Paul people will be 40 somethings the 20 something Paul people will be 30 something and a whole new set of CPAC, etc teens will be in attendance funded by what will be a grass-roots national machine, and Rand Paul will be their candidate.

This is a reality and no matter where you sit on Paul and his positions you ignore it at your peril.