Especially to the Black Community, that is. You may have heard that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are courting the Black Community in a big way, particularly here in South Carolina where half the Democratic voters are black. Wait, did I say “courting”? I meant, “pandering.”
As I noted yesterday, Bernie Sanders met with the self-appointed Black Community representative, Al (Charlatan) Sharpton. Yeah, that’ll do it. Seriously, Sanders claimed that race relations would be SO much better under him. From the Daily Caller:
Thursday night during the PBS Democratic Debate, Sanders said “instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, we are going to create millions of jobs for low-income kids so they’re not hanging out on street corners.”
Sanders said, “What has to be appreciated is that as a result of the disastrous and illegal behavior on Wall Street, millions of lives were hurt. People lost their jobs, their homes, their life savings. Turns out that the African-American community and Latino community were hit especially hard. As I understand it, the African-American community lost half of their wealth as a result of the Wall Street collapse.”
“So when you have childhood African-American poverty rates of 35 percent, when you have youth unemployment at 51 percent, when you have unbelievable rates of incarceration, which, by the way, leaves the children back home without a dad or even a mother, clearly we are looking at institutional racism. We are looking at an economy in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And sadly in America today, in our economy, a whole lot of those poor people are African-American.” (Click here to read the rest.)
Yeah. Sure. And how, exactly, are you going to do that, Bern? That’s just the problem with Sanders, and why I continue to be astounded that so many people are embracing him – all rhetoric no reality. It stymies me that people would so willingly embrace an avowed Socialist calling for a revolution in the country, not to mention that he comes off as a cranky, finger-wagging, totalitarian.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Black Caucus leadership has thrown its support to Clinton. You may recall that before Obama came along, Hillary’s husband was referred to as “the first Black President.” That the CBC supports them isn’t a huge surprise. From WaPo:
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus launched a multi-pronged attack Thursday on Sen. Bernie Sanders as a false revolutionary who lacks strong ties to the black community.
The influential African American elected officials are seeking to use their clout to boost Hillary Clinton, Sanders’s rival for the Democratic presidential nod, as she aims to recover from a thumping 22-point loss to the Vermont senator and self-identified democratic socialist in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. They officially endorsed the former first lady inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington (though it was deemed an “unofficial” event) and pledged to vigorously campaign for her in upcoming contests.
Civil rights icon John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, said he never encountered Sanders during the 1960s-era movement against segregation, which Sanders has described as a formative time for him as a liberal activist.
“I never saw him. I never met him,” Lewis said at a news conference of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, which drove the endorsement of Clinton. “I was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years, 1963 to 1966…. I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
While I keep hearing how endorsements don’t really matter, I think this one will. Oh, I should note that not all of the members of the CBC agree with this endorsement, that the leadership went forward with it says something.
But here’s the thing: Democratic policies have been TERRIBLE for the Black Community., as some Republicans highlighted, along with the need for outreach by Republicans From the Daily Signal:
“Some of us do reach out, [but] it never makes the media,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, suggesting that the media bears some responsibility for the perceived lack of outreach.
Labrador doubled down, telling press that it’s “your job as a reporter to point out to this community what’s really happening under the rule of Democrat Party in their cities and in their neighborhoods.”
“Bernie Sanders does a great job about talking about income inequality,” he said. “The problem Bernie Sanders has is, the greatest income inequality actually occurs in states, cities, and districts that are currently represented by Democrats.”
Labrador said that black communities also need to realize that they’ve been “sorely disappointed” by Democrat policies and that it’s time to come back to the Republican Party, “which is where they started.”
Rep. Dave Brat, who’s a former college economics professor from Virginia, built on that narrative, stating that Democratic values of big, centralized government don’t work. “No central planning government has ever succeeded over the long run,” he said. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
To drive home the point about Democratic policies is this one major statistic: Black Unemployment has risen dramatically under President Obama. From Breitbart:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during the month of January, African American unemployment increased from 8.3 percent in December to 8.8 percent last month.
The national unemployment rate in January was 4.9 percent.
In that same timeframe the unemployment rate among whites declined from 4.5 percent in December to 4.3 percent last month. Asian Americans also saw their unemployment rate decline from 4.0 percent to 3.7 percent in January. The unemployment rate among Latinos also dropped substantially from 6.3 percent in December to 5.9 percent last month.
African Americans have struggled economically under President Obama with elevated unemployment rates compared to other racial groups. While African American unemployment is high and higher than the month of December, African American unemployment has improved over the long term when double digit unemployment was the norm from 2009 through mid- 2015. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And there you have it. The Black Community would do well to look outside the Democratic Party for a change.
At least that’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.