Tonight, the Democrat National Committee (DNC) will hold its presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina. Of course, this comes after the last two Democrat debates were on Saturday evening, competing with college football. Well, college football season has ended, so this Sunday the DNC will compete against the NFL playoffs — intentional?Regardless, this debate is sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt. The DNC debate comes the day before the national remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I grew up in the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta, Georgia and my elementary school, Our Lady of Lourdes, was across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church and around the corner from Dr. King’s childhood home. Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis was my congressional representative growing up. And as a Member of the 112th U.S. Congress, I was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus — the only Republican. Matter of fact, there’ve only been two black Republican members of Congress in the history of the United States, the first being Rep. Josiah T. Walls. Rep. Walls served three terms in Congress from 1871-1876.
I would hope the DNC debate will focus on the issues that have brought about the demise of the black community, many emanating from President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program. It’s resulted in a society not so great for blacks, especially in America’s inner cities. These are the same inner cities that often have been run by corrupt liberal progressive politicians.We’ve seen a decimation of the two-parent household in the black community; a genocidal abortion rate; the erosion of small business entrepreneurial opportunities; high unemployment, especially in the teenage demographic; and, sadly, many inner-city children forced into failing schools. (I was fortunate, as my parents chose a private Catholic school for my early education.) And it’s been the Democrat party who’s not been supportive of school choice, school vouchers and charter schools.
The result of these policy failures can be seen in any urban community in America. The policies of liberal progressives, who control the Democrat party, have taken what was once a thriving community centered on faith, family, education, individual responsibility, entrepreneurship and service to the nation — and made it a community of victims.I sincerely hope the DNC debate Sunday evening will not go down the path of cherry-picked politicized “issues” that just advance this cycle of victimization. I would hope to hear them express their sincere apology and talk of how they would seek to create victors instead of victims. I pray we won’t be subjected to two hours of patronizing rhetoric, to be ended with a rendition of “We shall Overcome.”
I grew up in Dr. King’s neighborhood, and this is not what he wanted. He wanted a young man from that neighborhood to achieve because of character, based on the equality of opportunity afforded by America, enabling him to be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Dr. King didn’t want anyone to be relegated to the crumbs of perceived success, a participation trophy, based on the failed premise of equality of outcomes.
So what say you, DNC, along with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley? All lives matter, and what are your plans to enable individual economic empowerment — not economic enslavement, all for the harvesting of electoral patronage? This isn’t about doling out more largesse, expanding the welfare nanny-state. What is your message to restore the family and economic promise? Congressional Black Caucus, hold their feet to the fire since you claim to be the “conscience of the Congress.”