October 14, 2004


Bishop Harry Jackson: "The black vote will determine the outcome of this election! . . . I SUPPORT GEORGE BUSH! " (Harry R. Jackson, Jr., Elijah List)

I support George Bush and I believe that the Black vote will push him over the top. I also believe that this year’s October surprise will be the Black community standing up for righteousness and justice. High impact African-American churches are creating high impact leaders who are developing high impact congregations that are changing their communities. These high impact Black Christians are more likely to read their Bibles and practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, or worship than their White, Hispanic, or other ethnic counterparts.

Based upon 12 years of combined research, George Barna and I believe that the Black church will be a catalyst for revival or spiritual renewal in America. In the political realm, Black churches may lead the way as well. In our book, High Impact African-American Churches, we state,

"Black pastors see politics as the means of making faith real by introducing faith principles into every fiber of life."

This really should be the approach of all mature Christians. How will this affect the upcoming elections? I believe a "stealth vote" of Blacks will turn things around for the President. Black pastors are beginning to speak out and Black members of multi-cultural churches are ready to make a difference in their world.

As abolition led black to the Republican Party and civil rights led them out, so too it seems likely that it will be the great moral issues of the day--abortion, homosexuality, and the like--that will cause the next great migration.

Timothy Goddard .

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 14, 2004 7:58 PM

All the horrible things that were going to come to pass with the election of Bush failed to appear. Which makes it hard to say "believe us this time", and for any "scare out the vote" program to work.A fter four more years, some people will come to realize that there's not much point in monolithically supporting a side that will never be able to deliver on any promises, even when its promising protection from fantasies. Then we will maybe see that 10% mark reached.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 14, 2004 9:45 PM

Amen Brother Jackson. Amen.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 15, 2004 1:26 AM

I've never quite understood how the GOP lost the civil rights war. Republicans in the Senate voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act by ~85% while LBJ had to twist all the Democratic arms he could to get ~65% of the Democratic Senators to vote for it. Yet the Repubs are painted as the anti civil rights party.

Posted by: jd watson at October 15, 2004 2:38 AM

I work with such a man. He is not going to vote "like many of the rest of them" just because the pastor says so. He says that he thinks for himself and can make up his own mind, thank you very much. He says he has friends like that as well. I didn't ask him directly if he is voting for Bush but he has nothing kind to say about Kerry.

Posted by: Rick T. at October 15, 2004 9:44 AM

JD: It was Nixon's southern strategy, period. There are a surprising number of people who still hold that against the party.

Posted by: Timothy at October 15, 2004 10:59 AM

The Republicans have been behind on "Civil Rights" politics for two reasons. First, they are perceived as the party of small, or at least less, government. If you want to force change, you need a concept of the state that legitimizes the Marxist paradigm of the transformation of society. You want somebody to change hearts and minds--conservatives, at least in theory, deny that power to the state, reserving it to civil society and to the individual.

The second reason, is that, up to now, the Democrats have been out-bidding the Republicans for the support of the Black leadership, not only directly with this or that transfer payment, but indirectly with "affirmative action" and set-asides. It's sort of like buying votes with the other guy's Thanksgiving turkey.

This plantation system can be modified at its edges, as by picking up the trade of a few Black factors with things like faith-based initiatives, but I doubt that it can be undone without an alteration of Republicanism that would lead to a Right-schism.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 15, 2004 11:27 AM

The Civil Rights movement was an unrealistic
extrapolation of the aims of the 19th century
Abolitionists who were separatists at heart.

Posted by: J.H. at October 15, 2004 11:42 AM

Let's be realistic here--there's a significant portion of the GOP that doesn't care for people of color, as witness the salience of nativism as an issue.

Posted by: oj at October 15, 2004 11:53 AM

How long will blacks stay with the Dems when the Dems can no longer deliver the goodies and the GOP can outbid them if necessary? Especially when on non-raciial social issues, the Dems oppose everything you desire? It's one thing to stick with losers when you are a baseball fan (think Boston or Chicago) but in politics? Gimme a break.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 15, 2004 12:37 PM

I believe AfricanAmericans came out in large numbers for Al Gore, not just because of the fear tactics of his campaign, but also in thanks to Bill Clinton, whom for reasons undiscernable to me, they truly loved.

They are not going to do nearly as well either on fear or on turnout this year.

And, as the population of Civil rights verterans ages replaced by younger people, their party ties slacken.

Posted by: AML at October 15, 2004 1:51 PM

>...in thanks to Bill Clinton, whom for reasons
>undiscernable to me, they truly loved.

Clinton was a master con man of a pol, and getting the marks to "truly love" you is a classic con-man goal. He was able to project enough commonality with black voters (getting them to think he was one of them) that they adopted him as "Our first black President".

Actually, during Monicagate, the funniest phone-in to KFI's afternoon drive-time on the subject was a guy with a classic Southern black accent and delivery. "Why you surprised about Clinton. He's po' white trash, and he acts like po' white trash."

Posted by: Ken at October 15, 2004 5:21 PM


Your statement was certainly true in 1968, but I think now it would be better amended to say that a large portion of the GOP just doesn't care.

Not that they are bigots or prejudiced or whatever - but they think affirmative action has had its time and done its work - let's move on. Better for us AND better for the intended receipients.

It's important where that period goes.

I don't think nativism is all that Republican, either. People like Tom Tancredo and Pat Buchanan may be Republicans, but they don't have much power in the party. For example, I can't think of a single major GOP figure who opposes free trade or one who is as stern on "controlling the border" as pundits like Michelle Malkin or Bill O'Reilly. Most of the 'nativist' Republican candidates lost their primaries.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 15, 2004 11:10 PM

Kerry is a 'massa from MA. He will not get what he wants most from the black community: blind servility on Nov. 2.

Posted by: ratbert at October 16, 2004 10:45 AM
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