Sunday, October 26, 2008

White Southerns, The Welfare State, Race, And Voting Republican

The South, what can I say here about my region of the United States? I love my home. The Southern state of Alabama. I can't say the same for the majority of it's occupants. The White Southerns with superiority complexes, and their almost self destructive voting patterns. They vote Republican, yet they need Democrats (In the '04 election white men here in Alabama voted for Bush man for man). I say this because they need the many social programs that the Democrats have enacted over the years. Programs that Republicans fought the Democrats on tooth and nail. Programs that they would be downright pitiful without.

All the whites I know, and I know quite a few, get some help from the Federal Government. A majority of them get the whole nine yards. Food stamps, medicaid, public housing, help with heating bills, free or reduced school meals for their children, and those first of the month and welfare checks. A lot of white southern Republican voters would be homeless, and starving if it weren't for Democrats. Their children would hardly ever see a real doctor.

Yet, if you ask why they vote Republican, the answers most often given are: the Democrats want to give everything away. Sometime they say: Democrats want gay to marry, (some have gay relatives and friends, but conclude this a safe answer, since a lot of black people are also bigoted toward gay Americans). Some say; because of abortion. A lot of the white women I know have had abortions, most have had more than one. Since a lot of white Southerns benefit greatly from Govt safety net programs that the Democrats put in place, and the gay and abortion reasons don't whole water. It's plain and simple why they vote republican: Race. These particular white folks perceive Republicans as being more in tune with their feelings on white supremacy. The proof is this; when the racist Dixiecrats ruled the south, the entire white south was voting democratic. After Democrats put in laws that assured blacks would have the same Federal Govt protected rights as whites in the south Dixiecrats all went to the republican side of the isle in local, state and Federal Govt. And so the most whites voters

I once asked a white co-worker with all Government help she gets from Democratic programs (and she get the whole nine yards), why is she a Republican? She answered "my family has always voted Republican". I said to her that George Wallace was Democrat, and that I knew her family voted for him. She did not respond (maybe she didn't know Wallace was Democrat).

In the 1968 Alabama's Governor George C Wallace, who gained all his power in the racist south by demonizing blacks, and promising segregation forever, ran for POTUS as an Independent. He based his campaign on a racist platform, and won five southern states.

More than a "few"southern whites want and need all the benefits from Democratic social programs, but they vote Republican to feel above other races. For Democrats are seen as more tolerant towards blacks and other minorities. The Republicans set up, and used very well, the southern strategy (portraying blacks as lazy, ignorant people, who hate work, only want to live off government handouts, and most of all, that white women are in danger of be being spoiled by black men). The Republicans knew that white a lot of Southerns (and whites in general) would flock to them in droves using this sorry bogus strategy.

The 1990 census numbers show that 63% of all American welfare recipients are whites from the South, Mid South, and Southwest (link below). The very places where whites are complaining the loudest about the welfare state. The south is filled with whites that live in fantasy land. A land that only non whites benefit from the Democratic social programs. These whites need the entitlements, and want Republicans in office.

If a person were to drive the streets of one of these southern towns, most of the businesses the person would see, are check cashing payday loan places, Wal-Marts, and plenty of fast food joints. If the person were to go in one of the fast food joints, the only people the person would see behind the counters would be blacks and browns. The hardest working people in the world are blacks and browns. We do lowest paid, most labor intensive jobs. Yet according to whites Southerns they don't deserve the same Government help they, whites get.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pinch Me, No It's Real

I have been a true believer from the start, now the American people and indeed the world know what Barack, Michelle, his family, and us loyal supporters have known all along. Yes he can. I will be honored to call him President Barack Hussein Obama.

They said it was dreaming the impossible dream, yet we accomplished the mission impossible, they said it couldn't be done, we did it. They said we didn't deserve it, and I'm here to tell you, God knows, do ever we deserve it.

We realize that our victory will be a bitter pill to take for some civic minded citizens in this country we live in, and have to learn to share. We know that very well, after all we have been swallowing that pill since the beginning of the history in the new world. We took the medicine they prescribed for us and survived it. Heck, we might have even got stronger because it was forced down our throats. Surely the the newly medicated here will be just fine as well.

Being a child of the nineteen sixties, growing in in the great red state of Alabama one's gotta have dreams. The harsh and often brutal living conditions that we were made to live under left us with little else but prayers, hope and indeed dreams. Dreams of living free in our country of birth. The country of freedoms. Those dreams of a equality of life were only fantasies bav
ck then.

My only regret now is that my parents have both passed on, and can't be here for this living history. I can just imagine my mama pulling that level for Barack, the joy on her face. That sight to me; priceless. Even during those very dangerous and dark times she had the strength and will to act on her beliefs. She did what blacks were suppose to do during the Movement, she walked to her job as domestic servant for wealthy white land owners. She work for the same family for over 10 years, the highest pay she got from them was two dollars a day. I know it sounds impossible, but all so outrageously true. She went to the church meetings. She shied away from certain businesses and other places. She withstood the pressure, from both blacks and whites. She never wavered in her courage, and dreams of equality.

In her lifetime tremendous change took place as to how blacks were treated in this country, and indeed part of the dream she longed for in her younger years was realized. She and others like her were able to live their country, and not be afraid to live freely in their country. And make no mistake I'm so so glad that my parents generation saw this all too deserved life change.

The unfortunate misfits that cause so much tearful destruction in the black community these days could learn a lot from the people who pave the streets of freedom that these jerks now splatter with their own blood. The youth today could never stand up to the things we, mostly my parents generation stood up to.

Yes I have been a true believer since he first announced. You see I had no other choice, growing up in the deep south in the pre-civil rights era left me only with the dreams to look forward, and I still believe in dreams. Living proof is here in Barack's most unlikely quest, that there's nothing wrong believing in dreams.