Lurita Doan

Democrat political orthodoxy implies that government carve-outs, handouts and social welfare programs are the only way Black Americans can "get their fair share" of the American Dream. These congressional leaders could learn a lot from LeBron James' extraordinary $100+million contract with Miami.

Democrat leaders would learn that the American Dream is alive and well for all Americans willing to compete for it. Free markets and competition remain the most effective way to ensure prosperity, while set-asides and welfare programs are short-term entitlements that create long-term dependency. But, Democrats don’t seem to want to hear this message.

The credibility of many Democrats in congress and Democrat Black leaders in the U.S. is at stake. It’s hard to remain relevant and advance the message that minorities need the government’s help to compete when a Black man is elected leader of the country, when one of the greatest media moguls is a black woman and some of the highest paid athletes and entertainers are Black Americans.

We’ve seen Democrats resort to finger pointing and guilt tripping as a way to divert attention from Obama’s failed fiscal policies. And of course, the “R” word—racism—is the coup d’grâce, issued when needed to silence detractors. Whether it’s

Jimmy Carter, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Van Jones or the recent, King Shebazz -- New Black Panther circus, hurling the epithet of “racist” at white citizens has a chilling effect and shows we are still a long way from the “post-racial” paradise promised by Obama.

Clearly Democrats don’t get it, and some clarification is needed. Republicans are unhappy with Obama, not because he is African American, but because his current policies are hostile to free market capitalism, bloat federal spending, increase out-of-control deficits, crush small businesses, expand entitlements and bury future generations under mountains of debt. Perhaps the real racist ideas are those that imply that Black Americans are incapable of competing without handouts or special, protected status.

Lurita Doan

Lurita Alexis Doan is an African American conservative commentator who writes about issues affecting the federal government.