You might remember a story from Maryland last year, about Martin Luther King, Jr., a.k.a. one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century and a known champion of social equality, being claimed by the GOP as a Republican in an advertisment. Yes, it's absurd:
That is why the ad was "a joke," said Christopher Arps, a former spokesman for Rice and the association [that ran the ad that claimed MLK as a Republican]. "Anyone with any sense knows that most black people were Republican at one time. But it's a far stretch to think that in the '60s Martin Luther King was a Republican."
Well, the Mecklenburg County GOP is repeating this absurdity:
It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: Slavery, Secession, Segregation and now Socialism.
Yes, the Meck GOP is quoting Frances Rice, who ran the original ad. Yes, the piece goes on to mention Robert Byrd's Klan ties and LBJ's use of that worst of words. It's worth reading just to see how low local GOPs can sink. Seriously, it sounds like something Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks would write.
Today, Democrats, in pursuit of their socialist agenda, are fighting to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Examples of how egregiously Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty are numerous.
After wrongly convincing black Americans that a minimum wage increase was a good thing, the Democrats on August 3rd kept their promise and killed the minimum wage bill passed by House Republicans on July 29th. The blockage of the minimum wage bill was the second time in as many years that Democrats stuck a legislative finger in the eye of black Americans. Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004 blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 welfare reform law that was pushed by Republicans and vetoed twice by President Bill Clinton before he finally signed it. Since the welfare reform law expired in September 2002, Congress had passed six extensions, and the latest expired on June 30, 2004. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).
Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30-40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. Over $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.
Now, as someone who's worked with many non-profit groups and researched the non-profit sector, I will say that the War on Poverty hasn't been a success. Many candidates who talk about ending poverty don't have a great grasp of what they're talking about and have only read the Sachs/Bono side of a larger debate about poverty and aid (if John Edwards sat down and read William Easterly's latest book, it would blow his mind ... even if I don't completely agree with Easterly).
But I digress. This piece is complete and utter garbage (not that you need me to tell you). Dont forget:
In order to break the Democrats' stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party's economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.