In her new book Bamboozled: How Americans Are Being Exploited By the Lies of the Liberal Agenda Angela McGlowan is brutally honest about the problems faced by the black community, as well as their relation with both conservatives and liberals. Predictably, the radical left’s response to Bamboozled has been personal attacks that would make Don Imus blush. Fortunately, McGlowan isn’t one to shy away from a fight. As Fox News Political Analyst Juan Willians said, “Angela McGlowan’s voice is sharp, her insights penetrating, and she cuts her opponents to the bone.” I recently spoke with McGlowan about why conservatives have the solutions for urban America, the personal attacks on her and her husband, and the important advice she has for young women.
How did growing up in the South affect your outlook on race relations and the leaders who have abandoned black communities?
Growing up in Mississippi, a state that historically was a place of racial injustice, inequality and oppression; gave me the unique opportunity to experience first hand the evolution of the civil rights movement through the eyes of my parents, grandparents and the black elders of our community. From the death of Emmett Till, to the horrible stories of the lynchings and the water hoses; they painted the true picture of the movement to equality. I was told of the stories of Dr. King’s struggle, who spoke of a dream that one day this nation would be an oasis of freedom and justice where we will not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character.
Unfortunately today, the civil rights movement has tragically turned into a civil rights industry, where some profit off the oppression of others. The Liberal Victim Hood Vendors: Rev. Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond and Louis Farrakhan (mind you Jackson, Sharpton and Bond were part of Dr. King’s movement) have now created a movement of the blame game, race-baiting; smear and fear campaigns to assist in the expansion of today’s liberal agenda. These liberal policies have been a wrecking ball aimed at women and people of color. These policies have, in turn, given us welfare dependency, skyrocketing out of wedlock poverty, poor inner-city schools, and a platform for an increase in crime. These types of race-baiting and victim hood campaigns have not helped race relations at all, but actually have created a greater divide in America.
Frederick Douglass wrote, “Those whipped easiest are whipped oftenest.” In Bamboozled, you write that groups that have traditionally voted for Democrats – women, Latinos and blacks – are “leaving the plantation” that has taken advantage of them for so many decades. Rather than stay home on Election Day, why should they start voting Republican?
My late father Rev. James Thomas McGlowan was the inspiration behind Bamboozled. My father admired Frederick Douglass’ courage and his bravery in the face of adversity. Bamboozled is the grassroots that will enlighten Americans from all backgrounds and political affiliations to the true history of the Democrat party and the facts about what liberal policies have done to our nation and communities of color. My vision is that this book will spark a national dialogue about the lies liberals have shoved down America’s throat for the past 50 years. This book pulls back the curtain on what liberals have done and are doing to women and minorities. The Republican party is not perfect, but if you put this party’s record of achievements on one side of a balance scale and the Democrat’s record on the other, the Republican side would slam the table. The 2008 election is a grand opportunity for Republicans to take back Congress, win the Presidency, motivate single women and minorities to come to the “right” side of the table. To achieve this obtainable goal, a massive grassroots advocacy and outreach campaign must be created. Republicans can defeat liberals at their own game, but we must do it in an honest way. Republicans have the record. We need a strategy. Bamboozled is the strategy.
While writing Bamboozled, you interviewed black leaders on both sides. Other than their political views, were there any other differences in the way they talked about race and the political process?
No, strangely enough, all of the black leaders interviewed for Bamboozled did not have a difference of opinion on the state of black America. They all agreed that we are in a crisis regarding black on black crime, the out of wedlock birthrate, the welfare state, the inequality of our public school system in our inner-cities, the access to capitol in creating small business, and job training programs in our community or the lack thereof. As you can imagine, each side agreed on the problems that plague our communities, but not the political solutions. For example, as for the inequalities of the inner-city public school system, conservatives are for competition and school choice whereas liberals are for more funding. As for crime that plaque our streets, conservatives are for tougher penalties, while liberals are for reduced sentencing. A prime example is the controversy surrounding the sentencing requirements of crack vs. cocaine penalties.
I have to give brother Al a loud “thank you” for allowing me to interview him. I approached several liberals such as Donna Brazile, Dr. Cornel West, Spike Lee and others that would not grant me the courtesy of an interview to get the other side of the story. Hmmm, I wonder why? When we spoke, he really didn’t give me much of a reaction because it was during the Imus scandal. I am still trying to reach him for comment. I can say that at least he had the courage to let me interview him on the record.
In the chapter, “Unholy Alliance,” you discuss the importance of religion in many black and Latino families. Why is there a disconnect between their personal beliefs and the beliefs of those they vote for in elections?
This is one of the most puzzling phenomena that the cultural tradition of black and, increasingly, Latino Americans is to consistently vote for politicians who do not share their core beliefs. This is the disconnect; liberals use the place where we receive our leadership and refuge as a platform to bamboozle us, the church. All Christians should be alarmed, regardless of race or nationality. Millions of God-fearing women and minorities are being bamboozled into supporting an oppressive liberal agenda. While listening to Democrat presidential candidates and watching them elbow each other out of the way to speak from black pulpit to pulpit, and the barrios, I notice them patronizingly speak and preach to minorities about reducing poverty and crime, while ignoring the education achievement gap and the rampant out-of-wedlock birth rate in our communities. Liberals like to say that the Bible demands that we take care of the poor. There’s an old adage that states, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day but teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”
Something these same politicians refuse to acknowledge is that the greatest “anti-poverty program” ever invented is the two-parent married family, an institution God created for optimal childrearing and happiness, with two sources of income. Like Esau, liberal politicians continue to ask us to sell our spiritual birthright for a bowl of political porridge. Indeed, voting and values go hand in hand; the latter determines the former. That is true for every American—every American except blacks, women and Latinos. It is time for minorities to vote their conscience, not culture, gender or color. I challenge Christians to stand up and demand that liberals stop running their spiritual shell game. Christian forgiveness and personal responsibility are not mutually exclusive.
Many conservative women authors, including Ann Coulter, Monica Crowley and Michelle Malkin, are routinely attacked and dismissed by the Left for their “TV-friendly” looks. As a former Miss District of Columbia and conservative author, what has been the response to your book from the Left?
Liberals seem to have the same reaction to any minority that has the courage to stand up for what is right. As a black female conservative, liberals have gone to the extreme to attempt to destroy my reputation, character, and credibility. I have been an on-air conservative pundit since 1999, speaking against liberal policies. It was not until recently, and after the release of Bamboozled, that the most awful and disgusting campaigns have been lodged against me. From Media Matters to pornographic chat rooms, liberals have tried to use every means to discount and destroy my efforts to educate Americans on the lies of liberal agenda. My name and picture have been placed on websites connected to House Negro, Field Negro, the Lawn Jockey, and Mammy. Worst of all, they have placed the image of my book and published wedding photos of my recent marriage on porn sites and porn chat rooms.
Liberals cannot find flaws with my book because the facts are the facts. I have over 400 endnotes, interviewed over 60 political leaders, opinion makers, historians, and authors. They are so afraid that people will gain knowledge and independent thought, so kill the messenger before the message sees the light. Liberals are attempting to do what they do best: spin lies and false propaganda to sway public opinion.
What is conservatives’ biggest obstacle in reaching out to the black community and how can they overcome it?
President Bush won in 2004, not because of the Blue States vs. the Red States. He won 4 more years because he received 16% of the black vote in Ohio. In 2004, there were black ministers shouting from the pulpit that we must vote our conscience, not color. This was in reference to President Bush’s stance on “the right to life” and “the sanctity of marriage.” Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina and the liberal propaganda machine have created an uphill battle for conservatives. We lost the message due to the bamboozlement of the liberal mainstream media in our community. Louis Farrakhan said that there was a conspiracy and that the government blew up the levees. Spike Lee created a documentary on the tragedy, appeared on CNN and stated that President Bush caused Hurricane Katrina. Some people believed that, literally.
The Republican Party has to create a stronger grassroots advocacy program, go into “diversity districts”, and educate women and minorities on the party’s policies. The conservative revolution can be won on our college campuses including historically Black Colleges, United Negro College Fund schools and Hispanic-serving institutions. This is a grand opportunity for the Grand Ole Party to promote its policies that have created and will create a better America.
Political strategist Dick Morris recently said that if Democrats put Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on their 2008 ticket, the Republicans will have to counter by putting a woman or black on the ticket as well. Do you think that’s necessary for a Republican victory in 2008?
I respect Dick Morris as a strategist, but I have to disagree. In Bamboozled, I interviewed close to 30 women divided equally as Democrats and Republicans to ascertain the differences between soccer moms, security moms, and single career-driven women. One of the most interesting results of these interviews is they all agreed that women are not necessarily, nor would they usually vote for another woman unless the candidate gives them a reason through symbols of strength and leadership. Hillary’s poll numbers are not extremely high among women. Support for Obama is divided in the black community because blacks simply do not know where he stands on the issues.
The challenge for Republicans in 2008 is not black vs. white or male vs. female. The challenge is combating the liberal mainstream media and creating a core message that will resonate among women and communities of color.
As a devoted wife, president of a consulting firm and successful author, what advice do you have for young women who want to follow in your footsteps?
Have God as your guide, put him first and everything else will fall into place. Stay true to your goals, never compromise your integrity, always be willing to work hard, and let others take the credit. Your time will come. Once you make it, always reach back and help someone else.