October 29, 2005

A Chicken Voting for Col. Saunders

Kurt Allemeier has this story in the Dispatch:
A group of Quad-Cities area women who say they've been taken for granted by an ineffectual Democratic Party have formed the African-American Republican Women's Party, a first-of-its-kind organization in Illinois.

The group will install its officers at a 3 p.m. meeting Sunday at Bennigan's in Rock Island.

The Rev. Jacqueline Walls, who serves as the group's president, said it shouldn't be surprising that the first GOP party for African-Americans starts in Rock Island County, a long-standing Democratic stronghold.

"I think it is a prime place to have it because it is so Democratic," said Rev. Walls, of Rock Island's First Judeo Apostolic Church. "They take the African-American vote and take it for granted."

Locally, the party in charge has failed, with jobs leaving the area and little to show in economic development, especially in Rock Island's west end, said Lois Allison, the group's vice president.

"I haven't seen anything for 30 years," Ms. Allison said. "A long time ago, this used to be a place where, if you didn't have a job, you didn't want a job.

"It needs to change here," she said. "If it isn't working, try it another way."

African-Americans are just assumed to be Democrats, with grandparents and parents before them brought up with the party, Rev. Walls said. That has to change.

"The Democratic Party needs to hear us," Rev. Walls said. "We're not going to be pushed aside every two years until they need us.

"I don't think it is inclusive any longer, but exclusive," she said. "They only come to us when they want something."

The group has immediate goals, she said, including building a membership of 100-150 active women ready to work for the primary in March, registering voters and volunteering with candidates.

"It is time to retire some of the people who have been working for us," Rev. Walls said, singling out U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Rock Island. "We need to get someone else in there, some women in there."
There is nothing as blatantly fake as these groups of Republican Blacks. There's been a huge and lavishly funded effort by the Republican party to try to make inroads with black voters, and judging by the recent poll that put black approval of Bush at 2%, it's not going too well.
But they've managed to snag a few black preachers who are willing to do their bidding, and despite massive efforts to get them book contracts, speaking tours, and media appearances, it's gone largely nowhere.

While some of their complaints are likely legitimate, this group and others like them are only in existence due to the efforts of the Republican party to take away tradidional black support from the Democrats. The fact remains that without the black vote, the Democratic party would never again win an election, and the Republicans know it.

Now they've decided to start this supposed grass-roots group here. What do you think?


At 10/29/2005 7:16 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

I think they have a very good point, but are making it the wrong way. The fact is, I have never seen this women at a single Democrat event. Sure you can carp about anything, but unless you try to participate first, it's generally not considered good form to betray your party.

At 10/29/2005 7:34 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

I also think it's funny that you want to BAN people who don't agree with you? Is this communist Russia, or what?

At 10/29/2005 8:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

What are you smoking? I let you post your drivel all over the place. Though now that you mention it, I probably should just yank your stuff.

But you've kind of stayed on topic today and behaved yourself. So I might let you live another day.

At 10/29/2005 8:40 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Maybe they can get JC Watts to be their spokesman....

Or perhaps former Congressman Watts could give them advice on how african americans are routinely used by the ultra right and then ignored once they get what they want out of the minority groups. After all he didn't get anything he was promised for all his high profile activities to help out the national Republican party - so he quit in disgust.

This is a sad sad sell out by a small group who are seeing only their own agenda and not looking at the good of all - only themselves. Too bad the Dispatch gives it front page play. What are the editors thinking? Or do they do any deep thinking over there? Likely not.

At 10/29/2005 10:02 AM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I agree with Headusher and Maybesomeday -- this group is selling out to the wrong crowd, a crowd that will treat it worse.
The policies pursued by the GOP are rarely aimed at the group of folks who will gather at Bennigan's on Sunday.

Usually this is about "personality politics" and all the egos that drive that train. As Headusher correctly stated, where has this group been the past 20 years? I haven't seen their leader at a Democratic Party function, so what gives her the right to make harsh judgments about the Democratic Party?

But I leave with one final point.
And that is that perhaps the RI Democratic Party and other county parties can do better, can try to integrate the AFrican American voters more effectively.

At 10/29/2005 11:26 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

MS, funny you should mention ol' JC Watts. I got the title of this post from a quote from JC's father, who once famously referred to a black person voting for a Republican as being, "Like a chicken voting for Col. Saunders."

Obviously, JC's Dad had more sense than JC, and the so-called "African-American Republican Women's Party"

It would be interesting to find out how much money the organizers are getting from the RNC.

At 10/29/2005 4:03 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I think it would also be interestingto find out the connection between these women and the Andrea Zinga campaign. I smell a rat. This is probably a sham front group.

At 10/29/2005 5:00 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Youngdem - you are so right in your suspicions.

The very fact that the Dispatch put them on the front page says a lot about the possible connection to Zinga.

What we need now are the leaders of the african american community who speak for their majority on issues to step up and call it like it is - a front organization set in motion to try and make uneducated voters think that somehow the republicans care about average people.

The QC Times apparantly ignored their little press release which is another reason that Lee Enterprises garners much more respect than the scandal ridden Small Newspaper group and their raggy Dispatch/Argus which is more interested in cronyism and keeping two editors for each section and two of everything so that their little buddies keep a job and then run two presses - and have two sloppy editions instead of one more professional paper daily...

No wonder the Dispatch/argus sucks.

I really hope that the death of Johnny Ellis and all the shifting of power in the West end of RI doesn't cause a delay in response to this group and their sham.

The paper didn't call John G to even ask about their Dem ties or anything? Someone get Gianulas to do something quick!!

At 10/29/2005 6:02 PM, Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Starting a new party would make more sense that joining the GOP. But there's no money in new parties.

At 10/30/2005 1:45 PM, Blogger downstatevoice said...

No doubt this is an extension of White House/GOP efforts to fund African Ameican faith based operatons. However, the Democratic Party in Illinois is indeed open and new participation is sought...unfortuntely, given recent voting records, not necessarily taken. It's obvious from this organization that they are seeking to support Ms. Zinga's candidacy when they knock the incumbent and say we need a woman in his place. Does that mean they would not support either of the males running in the GOP Primary? So much for inclusiveness.


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