Larry Elder

Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004 -- two white candidates -- received over 90 percent of the black vote. Ever since the civil rights movement, the Democratic Party has marketed itself, along with a complicit media and so-called civil rights leaders, as the "good" party -- the party that supports blacks, women and other oppressed or underrepresented groups.

Black Republican candidates fail to attract support from black voters. Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele ran for Senate, receiving just 25 percent of the black vote. Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell ran for governor of that state, receiving only 20 percent of the black vote. And Lynn Swann ran for governor in Pennsylvania, garnering just 13 percent of the black vote.

No, the real problem with Obama's "black vote" remains no different from the basic problem of the knee-jerk black allegiance to the Democratic Party. Inner-city parents support vouchers. The Democratic Party does not. Blacks are more pro-life than nonblacks. The Democratic Party adamantly defends Roe v. Wade. Young blacks show keen interest in the concept of private accounts for Social Security. The Democratic Party remains adamantly against it. The "welfare state" -- that the Democratic Party wishes to expand -- destabilizes families, with 70 percent of black children born outside of wedlock. Raising taxes and expanding government depresses prosperity. A government takeover of health care, as shown in Canada and in England, results in long lines, lower quality and less accessibility.

Manipulators like Bill Clinton consider blacks stupid and want them to focus almost exclusively on the alleged problem of white racism. He hopes to channel anger against the Republican Party to ensure the black vote. In fact, many GOP goals -- low taxes, anti-welfare, pro-vouchers, private Social Security accounts, deductibility of insurance premiums on personal income tax returns -- stand to disproportionately benefit the black community.

This race-baiting misdirection won't work forever. The black community continues to prosper. And sooner or later, Obama's success will cause blacks to accept what Bill Clinton rediscovered in South Carolina: White racism is no longer a major factor in American life. As John O'Sullivan, the former editor of National Review, said, "White racism does exist, but its social power is weak and the social power arrayed against it overwhelming."


Larry Elder

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