According to ESPN host Stephen A. Smith, if black America voted Republican for just one election, it’d tell both parties that the demographic wasn’t under any party’s control.
Meanwhile, back here in the real world, the Democrats learned the hard way during the last mid-term that they don’t have any demographic under their thumb. The only demographic that’s “under thumb” is the one voting lock and step for the likes of Tehran Tom and the rest of the Kamikaze Caucus.
While speaking Tuesday afternoon at the Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, he said that his dream is “that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican.”
Or they could not vote at all, which is the Republican endgame with their Voter ID restrictions.
He explained his position, turning back the clock 50+ years to the last time the Democrats were powerful in the South (and the last time they sponsored overtly racist legislation; now it’s the Republican’s turn, and hey, look who’s popular in the South):
From what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate; he is completely against the civil rights movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it — civil rights legislation. What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a Senate, a Republican Senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against civil rights legislation — the southern Dixiecrats. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.
He must have an extremely low opinion of African-Americans to think that all African-Americans and Black-Americans automatically assumed that Johnson was representative of the Democratic party back then. That’s sort of like assuming Buckley is representative of the modern John Birch Teapublican Party.
Smith clarified further, saying that African-Americans and Black-Americans voting for the Republicans would be a great way to get both parties to pay attention to the demographic:
Black folks in America are telling one party, “We don’t give a damn about you.” They’re telling the other party, “You’ve got our vote.” Therefore, you have labeled yourself “disenfranchised” because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.
Smith also likened Black and African-American Republican voters to customers who “shop around” and ask shops to “cater to them” so that the shops will have their business.
He lamented that Blacks and African-Americans “don’t do that with politics and then we blame white America for our disenfranchisement.”
The real problem is the Two Party system and our “first through the gate” style elections. Until a cow jumps over the moon and that gets fixed, however, it’d be social suicide for African-Americans and Black-Americans to vote for the party of the Southern Aristocracy.
Watch some of the remarks below: