A hat tip to conservative black author Deneen Borelli for the term "Blacklash" (Taken from the title of her recent book).
It's a good term to describe what I think eventually has to happen when more blacks give up on being loyal to their abusive lover, the Democrat Party.
We've been hearing for years now about how blacks would suddenly grow enthusiastic with conservative Republican principles such as school choice, opposition to abortion and defense of traditional marriage, and abandon the Democrats.
But it sure never seems to translate come election time. And it probably won't for quite some time. But cracks are showing in the liberal/leftist/ black coalition. More and more high profile black leaders are staunchly advocating conservatism as capable of benefiting African Americans far more than the bankrupt statism to which they've pledged their loyalty for at least half a century.
Here are some examples: Dr. Benjamin Carson, the Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon raised in the Detroit ghetto by a single mother; Artur Davis, the Alabama Congressman and attorney who used to be a Democrat; E.W Jackson, the Virginia candidate for lieutenant governor; and Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love, a candidate for the U.S. House in the 2012 election. There are many more; I've only mentioned a few.
I am a Twitter enthusiast. No, I am not obsessed with this social media platform, nor do I devote large chunks of time to it. But I do appreciate its ability to offer a broad sampling of thoughts, insights and observations about society, popular culture and the political arena from across the world. Some of my favorites on Twitter are disgruntled black conservatives who are on to the current administration's shabby record.
Make no mistake: There's no dearth of intelligent, articulate and engaged African-Americans who are fed up with the Democrat Party and its destructive polices. But they are equally disgusted and disenchanted with the Republican Party's tone-deaf interactions with blacks.
Black conservatives are disgruntled with the same old, tired, white, clueless leaders of the GOP. Reince Priebus, Karl Rove and other Republican leaders may think they know how to lead the way, but they are sadly mistaken. Many black conservatives recognize the incompetence of the current GOP leadership as well as the hostile reception the likes of Priebus and Paul Ryan would receive in the inner city,
Large numbers of black conservatives are ready and willng to reach out to their fellow African-Americans on their own terms, GOP leadership and orthodoxy be damned. More power to them.
The elitists of the GOP are like Nero fiddling while Rome burned. They are isolated, insular and clueless. They'd better get a clue about blacks' disenchantment with the Democrats and lukewarm attitude toward Republicans.
It's a cliche, but it's true: Perception is reality. And for too many African-Americans who have voted Democrat for decades, the perception of Republicans is of bland, middle-aged white guys who don't care about the views and concerns of black people.
Vague themes such as opportunity, liberty and tax reform don't resonate with people who too often feel threatened by crime, rotten schools and corrupt, inept local leadership. And who the messenger is counts at least as much as what the message is.
If the GOP starts by hammering home the destructiveness of so-called immigration reform to black working families (lower wages and higher unemployment), it will have planted some important seeds.
I sincerely believe that the more black people wake up to the folly of progressive policies, including genocidal abortion, crony capitalism, a failed approach to education and an aggressive gay rights agenda, the more likely they'll be to abandon the Democrat Party.
BIG DAY IN EGYPT — It was one year ago that Mohamed Morsi won election as president of Egypt. Millions of Egyptians are unhappy with a bad economy, high unemployment and everyday hardships such as power blackouts. Many believe Morsi, a member of the Islamic Brotherhood, wants to install sharia law. Huge demonstrations by Morsi opponents and supporters are planned today in Cairo. This comes as waves of Sunni Egyptians are flooding into Syria to join the rebels seeking to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. That conflict is shaping up into a Shia-Sunni clash, with bad guys on both sides. Meanwhile, Iran grows closer each day to having nuclear weapons. Things show no signs of calming down in this godforsaken part of the world.