Originally Written 4.10.06 with minor edits
Liberalism is paternalistic and racist, and conservatism is stagnant and impractical, pick your poison.
Liberal paternalism as represented by the Democratic party:
1) Seeks to erode our African Moral fiber by forcing us to party with individuals who represent moral positions abhorrent to us as Africans. It makes us passively accept post-modernism & relativism. It tells us to be effective we have to be aligned with other ‘agenda’s’ that in many cases are polar opposites of our fundamental world view. One such agenda is the homosexual agenda (Editor’s note: See Prop 8 Backlash 12.18.08).
2) It seeks to exploit our vote while not providing quid quo pro in terms of economic power, ownership, and independence. Since the Democrat ideal of social justices is rooted in civic equality and not economic equality its effect is to keep the average African American community in lower economic affluence. Because America is structured on instrumental capitalism the average African American community remains less powerful than the average white community. This is due to the reinforcing liberal paradigm of civic equality in lieu of economic power which is real power in America. Concurrently, modern liberal politics seeks to enact low level wealth redistribution plans but has absolutely no interest in creating what is necessary to revitalize our communities…BLACK POWER.
3) It is paternalistic and maintains a White Man as God “save a po’ Black” approach to politics and policy, by attempting to use the government (their party) as a Black family and Black power surrogate. Their execution of policy and their perception of social justice is the only perception tolerated when decisions are made on “the problem of race”. Those Blacks who counter their solutions to race, such as nationalist, reparationist, etc. are castigated as “Going contrary to Dr. King” and “Radical”, with the presumption that white derived liberalism ideology on race elevation is superior to Black derived perspectives on race elevation (Editors Note: Visit the forum democraticundergroun.com and talk Black elevation and see the responses you get 12.18.2008).
4) It is racist for the same reason that it is mentioned as paternalistic in the previous paragraph. Implicit in liberal sentiment is the under laying belief that we Blacks cannot be entrusted to A) Independently derive solutions to control our communities B) Independently support our families C) Independently educate our children, without needing white participation and white governance to do so.
The worst thing that could occur to the Democratic Party as it pertains to securing the Black vote is our holistic success as a people. Their whole paradigm in dealing with Blacks is highlighting things that are not done for Blacks in America, and then providing solutions in the form of programs that only they can provide for us (read that again and think about it). If we holistically have success, local community control, dynamic economic inner-cities, and a success for model for our own education, there is nothing left for them to ‘sell’ us. That is why it is incumbent on them to keep us in a status quo state or state of need.
Liberal politics and policies aren’t driven by Blacks for Blacks in an effort to create Black power, but by whites for Blacks in an effort to keep a Black voting block and maintain THEIR power.