Sunday, September 11, 2011
A Tea Party Event and a Frederick Douglas Republican
I attended the Jackson County Tea Party event at the Jackson County Park. There were 85 people at peak attendance. Music, speakers and politicians appeared and spoke. Food and Blue Grass Music were available to excite the gastronomical senses and please the ears. A full report on the event with many photos may be found at Watch for Snakes n' Scottsboro http://arklite.blogspot.com
Mr. K. Carl Smith is a FDR Republican. Not the FDR of the Great Depression and President at the beginning of World War 2, this FDR stands for a Frederick Douglas Republican. Mr. Smith brought a sphere of unity where unity had been lacking. He spoke of the 4 Frederick Douglas values 1) Respect for the Constitution, 2) Respect for Life, 3) Limited Government, 4) Personal Responsibility.
"Who are the Frederick Douglas Republicans," he asked? "We are people who are not afraid to stand up for our beliefs and convictions. We are every day citizens who will fight for liberty and justice and are not satisfied with the status quo. This movement is not about the color of our skin, this is about values."
In his book Mr. Smith goes on to say, "Frederick Douglas Republicans are not bound by race, color, creed or religion. We come together as a united front..."
Who are Fredrick Douglas Republicans?
Mr. K. Carl Smith has the "right stuff," and he is a person which could motivate the people of U.S. Congressional District #5 to vote for him. I thought he was a down to earth motivational speaker and well grounded in his values. He has an innovative approach and is well versed in the "Art of Engagement." He is the "Conservative Messenger." http://conservativemessenger.org/ Mr. Smith has the capability to foster unity and demonstrates positive leadership.
The question and challenge, will the Jackson County Tea Party distance itself from the Republican extremist "Southern Strategy," a hidden policy of racial discrimination expressed in advertisements and secessionist 10th Amendment rhetoric and political policy? http://scottsborostories.blogspot.com/2010/09/republicans-southern-strategy-racism.html
As Mr.Smith pointed out the Democrats of the 19th and 20th century practiced a racial discriminatory and exclusionary policy, so did the Republicans. No doubt times have changed, members of the "White Rooster" conservatives remaining have migrated to the Republican Party and make up a base of the right wing extreme. There are Democrats which do not subscribe to extremist, exclusionary politics. The terms conservative and liberal are frequently confused and utilized as a divisional tactic of both political parties. We desperately need unity, will the Tea Party subscribe to American Unity or support exclusively Republican Party political strategy?