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My Speech to the NAACP

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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Although I believe your organization is no longer necessary and is on the balance harmful to race relations in America, I am nonetheless honored to speak to you tonight. I am honored to speak to you because I recall the days when the NAACP was committed to racial equality. I recall many fine victories during the struggle for civil rights, which was coming to a head when I was a young boy living in Mississippi. Those victories could not have been secured without a firm commitment to First Amendment principles, including the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. It is in the spirit of the First Amendment that you invited me here tonight despite our profound differences of opinion on a range of important moral issues. By giving me a platform, you have regained some of the integrity that was once a hallmark of this once-great organization.

Like you, I was surprised when Mitt Romney chose me as his running mate. I have been critical of Mitt Romney for his previous capitulation on the issues of abortion and gay rights. I told Governor Romney that I would accept the Vice Presidential nomination under one condition: that I would be placed in charge of all judicial appointments, including selecting justices to serve on our nation’s highest court.

I also asked Governor Romney to consult me in the process of selecting a presidential cabinet, should he win election in November. He assured me that I will be consulted regularly during that process. You should be pleased with some of the cabinet recommendations I intend to submit to our next president. They will include Professor Walter Williams for Secretary of Treasury and Thomas Sowell for Secretary of Education. But I will not be recommending them because they are black. I will be recommending them because they are better qualified than anyone who is white. Because it is inherently racist I despise affirmative action. And you should, too.

The main reason you need to vote for Mitt Romney is that such a vote would do much to end racism in your organization and racism in America. Fighting abortion and ending racism go hand in hand. If you vote for Barack Obama, you will be voting for someone who is an ardent supporter of abortion, which is now responsible for ending over one-half of all black pregnancies. And if you vote for him knowing that he supports the dismemberment of slightly more than one-half of the black population, you will only be doing so because he is considered black – although that is only a half-truth. So it bears repeating: a vote for Mitt Romney would do much to end racism in your organization and to end racism in America.

The Republican Party has a history of fighting racism and inequality. We freed the slaves and ended involuntary servitude by pushing for the ratification of the 13th Amendment – despite Democratic resistance. Then, the Republican Party ended the perpetuation of slavery by pushing for the ratification of the 14th Amendment – despite Democratic resistance. The 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses were needed to end Democrat devised and implemented “vagrancy” statutes and “convict lease systems” that were using the criminal justice system to send black men back to the plantation to work off unjust fines. And, to top it all off, Republicans won voting rights for blacks by pushing for the ratification of the 15th Amendment – despite Democratic resistance.

But along came Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He snatched the black vote away from the GOP during the Great Depression by promising a number of entitlements. It is understandable that blacks were enticed by the promise of government entitlements. Who wouldn’t be? But those government entitlements have not provided permanent “solutions” to “problems” in the black community. In fact, there are no government solutions to problems – whether individual or racial in nature. In politics, there are only trade-offs.

Make no mistake about it: the trade-off for blacks voting for Democratic presidents changed markedly in 1973. That was the year that Roe v. Wade granted a “right” to abortion on demand in America. There is no way that black voters could have anticipated that within a third of a century “choice” would end more than one-half of all black pregnancies. But that is the reality in 21st Century America. There is no honest black man or woman who can drive through a black neighborhood in a major U.S. city without acknowledging the ominous presence of Planned Parenthood. In those neighborhoods, Martin Luther King’s dream has not been realized. But Margaret Sanger’s has. And so the decision you have to make is really very simple: Will the 49% of blacks who survived Roe V. Wade continue to support the murder of 51% of blacks just so they can receive government entitlements? I hope not.

When I become Vice President, I will work to overturn Roe v. Wade. In doing so, I will help restore the right to choose – including the right to choose a president – to millions who would otherwise have been aborted by Democratic policies. So vote for Romney/Adams so that millions of blacks will someday have chance to exercise rights conferred upon them by God and secured by the GOP.

Thank you and good night.

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