Last week, I accepted an invitation to participate in a panel discussion with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on Growing Our Party (G.O.P.) in the black community.
The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, 7 February, is designed to to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 election cycle efforts of the RNC -— and to develop an action plan to grow the Republican Party and improve future Republican campaigns.
There's is little doubt in my mind the Democratic Party regularly fails the black community.
I did the research. Just in Georgia, twenty counties have a majority black population. In those twenty, majority black counties, unemployment exceeded both the state and national rate for most of 2012. In spite of that, these twenty, majority black counties voted overwhelmingly Democrat.
I became a Republican because I don't like big government. I don't like excessive spending. And I think the Republican is the best hope to undo the damage done to the black community by Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs. Lyndon Johnson's Great Society decimated the black community and created a new generation of folks dependent on the government.
This may be hard for some to swallow, but the Republican Party is closer to the vision of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., than the Democrats ever will be. Near the end, both Martin and Malcolm were both talking about black economic empowerment. They both came to the conclusion that it's not enough to just be able to eat at every lunch counter or shop at every store. To become truly free and truly empowered, blacks have to own the stores and own lunch counters.
Republicans want to get government out of the way so everybody --black, white, hispanic, asian-- can start their own businesses, make some money, then pass that business on to the next generation to build and grow.
This is exactly what I plan on telling Chairman Priebus when he comes to Atlanta tomorrow.