Black Hopefuls Pick This Year in G.O.P. Races – NYTimes.com.
According to the article above Obama’s election has invigorated the hopes of persons of color to get elected to office. Unfortunately, it for Dems it’s not all the left side of the spectrum. Reluctantly, I have to agree with the article because generally this is a good thing.
As far as being a person of color, as I am one myself, I’m not sure that I understand the fierce loyalty to Democrats. One could make the argument that Dems work on the behalf blacks, browns, and generally anybody who is not white, that they deserve unwavering support… but if one considers the continued sheer numbers of our people who are still crushingly uneducated, crushingly under-skilled, and thus crushingly poor then one has to wonder who they are really working and if the ceiling of what Democrats can do for us has been reached. If you are voting because of what HAS been done in the past then you are going to be taken advantage of in the future.
Look, I’m a business major, I believe in competition, if you want your supplier to give you a better price, or have a chance of more equal negotiations, or if you want to break the entrenched status quo then there is no better way than to say, “You know I bet I can get a better deal elsewhere”.
Think about this, Unions are designed to protect their workers. They band together for better wages (primarily) but also for better working conditions (their truest calling) and benefits; however, in doing so they raise the cost of doing business and make it more difficult for businesses to hire NEW workers. Effectivly, while some general wins for union workers translate over to the whole of the workforce, unions generally only care about THEIR dues paying workers. The result is this; a plethora of educated, trainable, hard working NEW employees is actually a threat to Unions. Basic supply and demand says that any surplus of supply creates lower demand and lower demand creates lower prices. Therefore a surplus of good workers drives down wages. That sounds like a downside for workers but think about this; lower prices can create demand for goods. Therefore, lower wages makes entrepreneurs more able and therefore more likely to create new businesses which create more jobs and creates more wealth for more workers. With a single minded drive to create wealth for their own dues paying members Unions are actually unbalancing this delicate cycle on the macrolevel creating disincentives to for job creation. The net result is an artificial scarcity of jobs and thus an increase in general employment opportunity. As the old saying goes, “It must be nice work… if you can get it”
How does this apply to people of color getting elected as Republicans as this blog started out? Well, as we are more likely to be without education, training and therefore employment then the opportunity sapping side effect of union activity works against us by hampering job creation, and since we as a bloc are so emotionally wedded to the Democratic party and since the Democratic party is so dependent on Union voting and money then just who is the proverbial red-headed step-child in this dynamic? The answer is you my non-union new worker.
All that to make this point, if you want opportunity and better deal then make your party WANT you. Be willing to threaten to defect and be willing to carry that out and for crying out loud, understand that just because your party is WORKING for you doesn’t mean that it’s HELPING you. You DO have a choice and if you open your mind a bit you might find that people of color who step over the line and vote Republican are not traitors to our respective cultures but that we have thought and reasoned this out to some degree and to some level.My final question to you is this, is your tie to your party of choice emotional or reasoned? If it’s emotional then maybe you need to firm up your beliefs, ask yourself what you’re core values are, what your deal breakers are and then vote that way consistently. You might find that you’re voting against yourself more often than not.
I generally vote Republican even though I am more of a Conservative/Libertarian cross. I’ll work for Republican candidates, but I don’t agree with everything they believe but at least those beliefs are more liberty and personal freedom oriented then Democrats. You see, I vote Republican because of my beliefs in the purity of the Constitution and the simplicity of that one line, “…Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.No one owes me happiness; it is born out my own hands… or not at all.