I have always enjoyed history; ever since I was about 15 years old I enjoyed reading history, mostly American history. During the course of the Civil War, ...
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
On this the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I feel it is highly appropriate to launch the inaugural posting of "The Brother on the Right". The objective of this blog is to give a voice to many black conservatives who don't feel that there are enough of us out there to stand up and be counted.
In reality, there are many of us out here it's just that we are hidden among the numbers of liberals or progressives as they've gone to calling themselves lately. Since we are black, upwardly mobile, intelligent and articulate or to put it more simply, since we are "black" it is generally assumed that we are therefore democrat and of course liberal.
Wrong! In fact, my sense is that many more blacks (notice the absense of "African-American" I address that in the video) are actually conservative than they realize. That was how I came to realize that I was conservative after all. In fact, when you take my little quiz below I think you may also realize some seeds of conservatism in yourself as well.
Don't be afraid, the quiz won't hurt you or convert you. It's there to help you realize your own God given potential and your constitutional rights as an American born in the land of the free and the home of the brave. When you take the quiz, if you answer yes to 85% or more of the questions, you just may be a budding conservative. Don't be angry, rejoice and be glad! There is much to be happy about as a conservative!
What exactly does it mean to be a conservative? Well my quiz below will give some serious insight into that question. Let me first state what it does not mean. It does not mean that you are now a part of some mean spirited right wing that has no compassion for your fellow human being. It does not mean that you blindly follow the thoughts and opinions of any republican or conservative leadership. It does not mean that you see no need whatsoever for an efficient and effective federal government. It doesn't mean that you dislike all gays or homosexuals because of their sexual orientation. It does not mean that you dislike all people who are on government assistance or support.
In fact friends, being a conservative means the exact opposite of all of those things. We believe that our best years as a nation are ahead of us. We believe in rugged individualism and the pursuit of prosperity. We believe in a strong free market economy. We believe in holding all of our leaders accountable for their actions and decisions. We believe in an efficient federal government and tax system that sets the stage for economic growth and prosperity.
We believe in equal rights so that all Americans regarding of their backgrounds or orientations can flourish in this the greatest country in the history of mankind. We believe that the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King is being realized every day in this country and that much more of it is yet to be realized. We believe in less governmental programs and bloat and more individual creativity and genius. We believe that the capitalist system and only the capitalist system is the best system for bringing out the best in all of us.
We believe in a strong military that protects our interests all of the world as well as helps to protect the weak. We believe in promoting democracy as a form of government and not fascism, dictatorships, communism or socialism. We believe "In God We Trust" and that our country is at its best when we keep God included in our belief systems. We believe in lower taxes on all Americans and corporations as the best means to increase and sustain economic growth in this country.
Friends, like President Ronald Reagan, we look forward to the future with optimism and a spirit of enthusiasm. As conservative Americans we believe that we have the finest country that mankind has ever seen and it is worth defending the principles and values that made us the country that all other peoples of the world look to for answers and support.
I understand your dilemma however. As a black conservative you probably get a lot and I mean a LOT of angry looks if you even act like you support any conservative principles. I've lost a few friends because I dared to think independently for myself and not blindly subscribe to whatever radio talks show hosts or the good Reverends have to say. How dare I not agree with Jesse or Al? It's tantamount to moral blasphemy to disagree with our self appointed leaders who are supposed to do all of our thinking for us.
They would have us believe that God gave them all of the collective black brain cells and that the rest of us are robots who should blindly follow their edicts from their radio shows. "What do you mean we don't need bigger government and more programs to get us out of this rut? Who do you think you are?" They'd have us believe that without them fighting for more programs us poor black folk couldn't do anything without them.
Friends, its time to think for ourselves. Realize that God gave YOU a brain and he gave it to you to use; not wait to hear what Jesse has to say. That's why Bill Cosby called us "intellectually lazy" and he was right. Dead on right.
So take the quiz. Give honest answers to the questions, and I think we may soon discover that we have a few black conservatives in the closet!
Do you favor lower taxes which means more $ in your pocket and less in the governments? Who is more capable of making important financial decisions for your family? You or the government? Do you favor a medical savings account that allows you to put aside money (in an interest bearing account) for unplanned medical expenses or do you need the government to solve your medical problems?
Do you favor broad tax cuts for corporations which will motivate them to invest in jobs and grow their businesses thereby strengthening the economy? Should the USA run from terrorism or stand up to it as a strong undivided front? Do you favor allowing the US to be pushed around by the international community?
Would you be willing to allow for oil exploration to reduce our nations dependence on foreign oil? Do you want strong, effective border control or are you ok with anyone crossing our borders at anytime? Should illegal aliens be allowed to put a strain on our infrastructure with no means of documenting them and taxing their income?
Are you ok with working harder and harder to make less and as the government continues rampant spending and tax hikes? Do you like having to get up and go to work everyday to support unmotivated individuals who don't want to get up and go to work?
Are more and bigger government programs the answer or should we allow the capitalist system to do its job? Do you favor a socialized health care system (similar to Canada and the UK) which means you may have to wait up to 6 months to see a doctor? (that you can't choose). Do you favor abortion over adoption?
Should members of Congress have term limits like the President does? Should we continue our insatiable focus on identification of ethnicities and races in America?
Should we all just be Americans or do we need to continue to sub-identify ourselves as African-Americans, Italian-Americans, etc? Who is more capable of determining your family's future, you or an elected official? Do elected officials, i.e. "The Government" know what's best for you and your family?
Is the role of government to "set the stage for individual achievement", "create the environment for success" or make sure that there's a "chicken in every pot." Be careful: one scenario sets us up for unlimited success as a nation and the other sets us up for mediocrity. If you're a minority do you attribute your success to Affirmative Action programs or to receiving God's Favor and making the most of your God-given potential? Would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. support large government programs and redistribution of wealth or creating an environment where everyone is playing on a level playing field?
Should we restrict oil exploration so that we don't inconvenience our furry friends? In other words should we pay higher prices at the pump and remain dependent upon Arab oil in order to keep things comfy for the squirrels? Should the United States maintain a strong and active defense or retreat behind our oceanic borders and hope no one bothers us here? Is the United States an active force for good in this world or are we the cause of the world's problems and should be sorry for all that we've done?
Are we right to remove prayer from the schools, "Christ" from Christmas, scripture readings and verses from statehouse steps, and to attempt to disassociate our nation from all that is Godly? Do you agree with a former Vice-President who is so concerned with global warming that he is compelled to fly around the world in a private jet and arrive by stretch limousine to tell us all that we are consuming too much fuel? Do you also agree with him when after all his globe trotting he goes home to a mega-mansion (heated by pine needles, I guess) to plan his next excursion?
Do our self appointed black leaders (no names here but their initials are Jesse and Al) know what is best for the black, oops African American community? Have all the government programs they say we need actually helped anybody? I guess we should thank them that there is less gang violence, black on black crime, drug use and teenage pregnancy...oh, that's right there isn't less, it seems like more to me!
As a minority, have most of the bad or disappointing things that have happened to you been as a result of your own lack of preparation or diligence or something that "The Man" did to you? Have the good things happened as a result of your preparation and hard work or because a government program did it for you?
Are you capable of thinking for yourself or do you need the government or Rev. so and so to tell you what to think? Do you have an optimistic outlook on the future of our people and believe that our best years are head of us?
Roderick Armstrong is a veteran of the US Army and a successful businessman and real estate investor.
He has been blessed with many diverse experiences, including witnesses refugees fleeing the Iron Curtain at the end of the Cold War, operating successful multi-unit business models, helping families start their own franchise businesses, and even losing over 100 pounds on two separate occasions.
By Roderick Armstrong