05 May 2010

The Biggest Surge Since Reconstruction . . .

. . . Of Black Republicans running for Congress. Quite amazing that this has occurred after Obama's rise to the Presidency. In 2008, I found it quite curious that so many liberals (including some historians and history bloggers) proudly trumpeted their support for President Obama, as if supporting his candidacy was some great badge of morality they felt compelled to display. The vast majority of these folks seemed to base their support on emotion rather than the qualifications or political philosophy of then Senator Obama.

Personally, I first voted for an African-American in 1988 when the Reverend Maurice Dawkins was the Republican candidate opposing Virginia's Democrat Senator, and son of privilege, Chuck Robb. I passed out campaign literature and encouraged others to vote for Dawkins. But Robb won in a landslide. I was also a big supporter of Ambassador Alan Keyes when he ran for President and had the privilege of hearing him speak in person. I supported both men because of their policies and political philosophy; that they happened to be African-American made no difference to me.

My favorite candidate running for Congress this year is Lt. Colonel Allen West. Personally, I think he is Presidential material as he has exhibited the type of personal courage and sacrifice for others which is so rare in public life today. I hope he wins his congressional race and I would be further pleased to see a kind Providence advance him to the highest office in the land.

(Image above is of Colonel West holding a copy of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. I suppose that will disappoint those who are fans of Rules for Radicals.)

This video on Youtube of Colonel West giving an inspirational and patriotic speech has received over 2 million hits. It's well worth your time to watch.




6 comments:

13thBama said...

The Colonel had my vote by the end of his first paragraph. Somehow he seems to be able to talk WITHOUT a teleprompter!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, quite a contrast - the macho Colonel who defends America speaking from the heart without a teleprompter compared to the effete law professor who apologizes for America everywhere he goes. Wouldn't that be a great match up?

Rebel Raider said...

I have to respect the man if for no other reason; he understands the enemy we are facing. Most major political figures have seemingly succumbed to PC and refuse to identify it. We used to refer to this struggle as "The War on Terror.",now it is "Overseas Contingency Operations." I always thought the former term was PC nonsense, but the latter is simply a farce.

13thBama said...

Lets all say it together...

"I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

I already signed my name to it four times between '85 and '97.

Chaps said...

Commissioning oath for officers:

I, (state your full name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I took a similar oath as a magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia.