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Prayer under Attack


When the news broke of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, many Americans did what we have done throughout our history. We offered our thoughts and prayers for the survivors and their families.

To the surprise of many, that is no longer an acceptable response. According to Democrats, we must stop praying and “do something.” No matter that the facts are unknown. No matter that people are still mourning and victims are in shock. Politics and legislation are omnipotent — the answer to every human tragedy and need.

Until recently it would have been unthinkable that anyone, especially prominent political leaders, would mock prayer. However, the sad reality is that disrespect for Christianity is one of the Left’s contributions to modern American culture. Elites in Washington, Hollywood, and their lesser acolytes in the “Twitterverse” and on Facebook openly dismissed prayer for the Las Vegas victims as an excuse for inaction.

For Americans to see prayer as an avoidance of responsibility bespeaks an inscrutable ignorance. Our Founding Fathers, the pilgrims and pioneers who came before them, and most of the colonists prayed and yet somehow built the greatest nation on earth at the same time.

They were not a genetically superior breed. Their flaws and mistakes are well known, but they believed in the power of prayer, as did most in the society of their time. They also believed in providential guidance in answer to prayer. To put it another way, they believed that prayer was the prelude to more effective action, not a way of avoiding it. Even the slaves believed that they could pray their way out of bondage. They had no earthly power to bring it about, but, not to put too fine a point on it, their prayers were answered.

In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers called upon the power of God to aid them in their quest for freedom. According to James Madison’s notes, Benjamin Franklin called for prayer during an impasse at the Constitutional Convention on June 28, 1787. Franklin said, “In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers… were graciously answered… And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

Those deliberations proceeded to a successful conclusion, in spite of differences over slavery, a bill of rights and other major issues. Throughout our history, particularly in dire situations, there have been national calls for prayer. From the blockade of Boston Harbor in 1774 to D-Day during WWII, to President Trump calling for a National Day of Prayer after Hurricane Harvey, Americans have always turned to prayer. It is woven into the fabric of our culture. Yet some of our misguided citizens want to rip out this essential thread.

In Congress last Monday night, Massachusetts Representatives Katherine Clark and Seth Moulton refused to participate in a moment of silence.

After the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016, Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes announced that he would not partake in a moment of silence for the victims.

After the San Bernardino massacre in December 2015, the New York Daily News ran a front-page headline, “God’s Not Fixing This,” mocking Republican leaders for “preaching about prayer.”

On the other hand, in a speech before a Congress, Rep. Steve Scalise, said he began to pray while lying on the field severely wounded by a mass shooter. “[God] really did deliver for me and my family, and it just gives you that renewed faith… that… prayer is something you just cannot underestimate…”

Yet many of the elites of the left have discarded four centuries of spiritual heritage. They have traded their Judeo-Christian birthright for a bowl of atheist porridge. They want a country without prayer, a nation without God. This is the key to the fundamental transformation of America.

They will answer to no Higher Authority than themselves. They set their own morals and standards to justify their lusts. They would supplant the spiritual legacy that birthed the greatest nation in history and substitute man’s persistent idolatry: We will be god ourselves.

In a simple, but eloquent call for prayer, President Trump reminded us of who we have been, who we are and who we must be always: “To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period. Scripture teaches us, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’”

This is the heritage we’ve known and the country we love. Laws will come and go. Leaders will come and go. But the power of prayer will endure.

As long as we remember that, America will endure.

E.W Jackson founder & president of S.T.A.N.D. is hosting a National Awakening Conference in Chesapeake Virginia with the theme: “America Needs A Christian Awakening – We Want God” (Oct. 20 to Oct. 22). Register at [www.standamerica.us]. He is also a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk and Presiding Bishop of The Called Church.

When the news broke of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, many Americans did what we have done throughout our history. We offered our thoughts and prayers for the survivors and their families.

To the surprise of many, that is no longer an acceptable response. According to Democrats, we must stop praying and “do something.” No matter that the facts are unknown. No matter that people are still mourning and victims are in shock. Politics and legislation are omnipotent — the answer to every human tragedy and need.

Until recently it would have been unthinkable that anyone, especially prominent political leaders, would mock prayer. However, the sad reality is that disrespect for Christianity is one of the Left’s contributions to modern American culture. Elites in Washington, Hollywood, and their lesser acolytes in the “Twitterverse” and on Facebook openly dismissed prayer for the Las Vegas victims as an excuse for inaction.

For Americans to see prayer as an avoidance of responsibility bespeaks an inscrutable ignorance. Our Founding Fathers, the pilgrims and pioneers who came before them, and most of the colonists prayed and yet somehow built the greatest nation on earth at the same time.

They were not a genetically superior breed. Their flaws and mistakes are well known, but they believed in the power of prayer, as did most in the society of their time. They also believed in providential guidance in answer to prayer. To put it another way, they believed that prayer was the prelude to more effective action, not a way of avoiding it. Even the slaves believed that they could pray their way out of bondage. They had no earthly power to bring it about, but, not to put too fine a point on it, their prayers were answered.

In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers called upon the power of God to aid them in their quest for freedom. According to James Madison’s notes, Benjamin Franklin called for prayer during an impasse at the Constitutional Convention on June 28, 1787. Franklin said, “In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers… were graciously answered… And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

Those deliberations proceeded to a successful conclusion, in spite of differences over slavery, a bill of rights and other major issues. Throughout our history, particularly in dire situations, there have been national calls for prayer. From the blockade of Boston Harbor in 1774 to D-Day during WWII, to President Trump calling for a National Day of Prayer after Hurricane Harvey, Americans have always turned to prayer. It is woven into the fabric of our culture. Yet some of our misguided citizens want to rip out this essential thread.

In Congress last Monday night, Massachusetts Representatives Katherine Clark and Seth Moulton refused to participate in a moment of silence.

After the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016, Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes announced that he would not partake in a moment of silence for the victims.

After the San Bernardino massacre in December 2015, the New York Daily News ran a front-page headline, “God’s Not Fixing This,” mocking Republican leaders for “preaching about prayer.”

On the other hand, in a speech before a Congress, Rep. Steve Scalise, said he began to pray while lying on the field severely wounded by a mass shooter. “[God] really did deliver for me and my family, and it just gives you that renewed faith… that… prayer is something you just cannot underestimate…”

Yet many of the elites of the left have discarded four centuries of spiritual heritage. They have traded their Judeo-Christian birthright for a bowl of atheist porridge. They want a country without prayer, a nation without God. This is the key to the fundamental transformation of America.

They will answer to no Higher Authority than themselves. They set their own morals and standards to justify their lusts. They would supplant the spiritual legacy that birthed the greatest nation in history and substitute man’s persistent idolatry: We will be god ourselves.

In a simple, but eloquent call for prayer, President Trump reminded us of who we have been, who we are and who we must be always: “To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period. Scripture teaches us, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’”

This is the heritage we’ve known and the country we love. Laws will come and go. Leaders will come and go. But the power of prayer will endure.

As long as we remember that, America will endure.

E.W Jackson founder & president of S.T.A.N.D. is hosting a National Awakening Conference in Chesapeake Virginia with the theme: “America Needs A Christian Awakening – We Want God” (Oct. 20 to Oct. 22). Register at [www.standamerica.us]. He is also a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk and Presiding Bishop of The Called Church.



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The Rise of Anti-Christian Bigotry in America


Several Democrat senators have used the confirmation hearings of the most exclusive club in America to lay down an unconstitutional requirement for qualification to public service.

At a hearing in June, Sen. Bernie Sanders questioned the fitness of Wheaton College alumnus Russell Vought for the post of deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Mr. Vought had written an article in which he said Muslims “do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.” 

Sen. Sanders accused Mr. Vought of religious bigotry, saying, “In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world.”

Last week, progressive lawmakers showed more of their disdain for Christians during the hearing for President Trump’s Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals nominee, Amy Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame – and a devout Catholic.

“Whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).  “And I think in your case, professor … that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern[.]”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Ms. Barrett, “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?”  The implication is that being an “orthodox” Catholic” disqualifies you from being a judge.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) condemned the nominee for speaking before a “hate” group – the Alliance Defending Freedom, Christian attorneys who litigate religious freedom cases.  Obviously a dangerous group.

This line of questioning – or perhaps more accurately, this “inquisition” – amounts to a religious-based exclusion of Christians simply because of what they believe.  There were no accusations of harmful behavior or violence toward anyone. Apparently, faith is enough to draw the ire of today’s Democrats.

It should be pointed out that the claim of exclusivity – i.e., that one’s religion is true while others are false – is not unique to Christianity.  Islam is well known for holding that view, except that sharia law, unlike Christianity, demands not that you love the nonbeliever, but that you tax, enslave, or kill him.  However, the Senate will not interrogate Muslims on their beliefs, because that would constitute “Islamophobia.”

Our Founding Fathers were well aware of the dangers of religious bigotry.  They wisely included in the Constitution a provision to protect us against it.  Article Six says, “[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”  Have these senators ever read the document to which they took an oath?

They are so caught up in a growing societal trend of hatred for Christianity and what it represents that they seem unaware of their dangerous bias.

Kim Davis, clerk of probate for a Kentucky county, spent a week in jail because she refused to sign a marriage certificate for two lesbians.  She claimed that it would violate her conscience and her commitment to God.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, who own a small family bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a “wedding cake” for a gay couple in 2013.

Hundreds of such cases now dot the legal landscape of our country.  If law and politics are downstream from culture, the senators who were willing to impose a religious test in open defiance of the Constitution are reflecting adherence to a toxic culture.  A virulent new bigotry is coursing its way through our nation, overriding the highest law of the land.  It would seem that we are in not a post-Christian era, but a distinctly anti-Christian one.

In August 2012, a young man tried to commit mass murder at the Family Research Council.  The would-be killer was later convicted of domestic terrorism.  He told the FBI that he chose to attack the Family Research Council because the Southern Poverty Law Center had designated the FRC an anti-gay hate group.  The SPLC continues to put Christian organizations that support marriage or oppose abortion in the same category as the KKK.

This growing hatred of all things Christian is a consequence of the sexual revolution, which created the politics of promiscuity and called for a world without the God who says “no.”  As the repository for traditional sexual morality, Christianity is viewed as the mortal enemy of the “gay rights” movement, the abortion industry, and the new transgender obsession.

Those who were once thought of as hardworking, God-fearing people living lives of Christian decency and common sense are now slandered as “deplorables” and “extremists” by the elites of the Democratic Party and the media that enable them.

The entertainment world, sports, colleges and universities, major corporations, government bureaucracy, and even members of the United States Senate have bought into this cultural hedonism.  There is no room for Bible-believing Christians in their new world.

It is often said that Christianity thrives in persecution.  If so, then it may be about to see its very best days in the United States of America.  Is suffering the slap in the face that will awaken the church from its infatuation with comfort and compromise?

It seems likely that we will soon know.

E.W. Jackson is a Republican political analyst, a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk, and presiding bishop of The Called Church.  He was the 2013 Republican nominee for lt. governor of Virginia and is founder and president of S.T.A.N.D. (www.standamerica.us).

Several Democrat senators have used the confirmation hearings of the most exclusive club in America to lay down an unconstitutional requirement for qualification to public service.

At a hearing in June, Sen. Bernie Sanders questioned the fitness of Wheaton College alumnus Russell Vought for the post of deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Mr. Vought had written an article in which he said Muslims “do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.” 

Sen. Sanders accused Mr. Vought of religious bigotry, saying, “In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world.”

Last week, progressive lawmakers showed more of their disdain for Christians during the hearing for President Trump’s Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals nominee, Amy Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame – and a devout Catholic.

“Whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).  “And I think in your case, professor … that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern[.]”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Ms. Barrett, “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?”  The implication is that being an “orthodox” Catholic” disqualifies you from being a judge.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) condemned the nominee for speaking before a “hate” group – the Alliance Defending Freedom, Christian attorneys who litigate religious freedom cases.  Obviously a dangerous group.

This line of questioning – or perhaps more accurately, this “inquisition” – amounts to a religious-based exclusion of Christians simply because of what they believe.  There were no accusations of harmful behavior or violence toward anyone. Apparently, faith is enough to draw the ire of today’s Democrats.

It should be pointed out that the claim of exclusivity – i.e., that one’s religion is true while others are false – is not unique to Christianity.  Islam is well known for holding that view, except that sharia law, unlike Christianity, demands not that you love the nonbeliever, but that you tax, enslave, or kill him.  However, the Senate will not interrogate Muslims on their beliefs, because that would constitute “Islamophobia.”

Our Founding Fathers were well aware of the dangers of religious bigotry.  They wisely included in the Constitution a provision to protect us against it.  Article Six says, “[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”  Have these senators ever read the document to which they took an oath?

They are so caught up in a growing societal trend of hatred for Christianity and what it represents that they seem unaware of their dangerous bias.

Kim Davis, clerk of probate for a Kentucky county, spent a week in jail because she refused to sign a marriage certificate for two lesbians.  She claimed that it would violate her conscience and her commitment to God.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, who own a small family bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a “wedding cake” for a gay couple in 2013.

Hundreds of such cases now dot the legal landscape of our country.  If law and politics are downstream from culture, the senators who were willing to impose a religious test in open defiance of the Constitution are reflecting adherence to a toxic culture.  A virulent new bigotry is coursing its way through our nation, overriding the highest law of the land.  It would seem that we are in not a post-Christian era, but a distinctly anti-Christian one.

In August 2012, a young man tried to commit mass murder at the Family Research Council.  The would-be killer was later convicted of domestic terrorism.  He told the FBI that he chose to attack the Family Research Council because the Southern Poverty Law Center had designated the FRC an anti-gay hate group.  The SPLC continues to put Christian organizations that support marriage or oppose abortion in the same category as the KKK.

This growing hatred of all things Christian is a consequence of the sexual revolution, which created the politics of promiscuity and called for a world without the God who says “no.”  As the repository for traditional sexual morality, Christianity is viewed as the mortal enemy of the “gay rights” movement, the abortion industry, and the new transgender obsession.

Those who were once thought of as hardworking, God-fearing people living lives of Christian decency and common sense are now slandered as “deplorables” and “extremists” by the elites of the Democratic Party and the media that enable them.

The entertainment world, sports, colleges and universities, major corporations, government bureaucracy, and even members of the United States Senate have bought into this cultural hedonism.  There is no room for Bible-believing Christians in their new world.

It is often said that Christianity thrives in persecution.  If so, then it may be about to see its very best days in the United States of America.  Is suffering the slap in the face that will awaken the church from its infatuation with comfort and compromise?

It seems likely that we will soon know.

E.W. Jackson is a Republican political analyst, a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk, and presiding bishop of The Called Church.  He was the 2013 Republican nominee for lt. governor of Virginia and is founder and president of S.T.A.N.D. (www.standamerica.us).



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Reviving American Christianity


It is an understatement to say that America is divided. One well-known expert in American history, David Barton, says the state of the country today feels like 1856, five years before the start of the Civil War.

Calls for calm and civility go unheeded by Democrats and their supporters, who will not accept the results of the 2016 election. The same attitude was prevalent after the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln.

The mainstream media, Hollywood elites, college professors and progressive activists spread conspiracy theories about the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians. They promote division and hostility everywhere — between men and women, rich and poor, young and old, black and white, Christians and LGBT activists, and even exploit illegal immigrants to protest America’s sovereign right to secure borders.

President Trump, Republicans, and their supporters are depicted as racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, and dangerous. The cauldron of resentment and bitterness has begun to boil over into violence on campuses, in the streets, and even at a baseball field in Virginia, where Republican congressmen and their staffs were shot by a progressive activist.

There have been calls for unity, but reconciliation requires two sides and the Left is unwilling. They are blinded by hatred, and they apply the Saul Alinsky principle that their success depends on division and confusion.

The chasm between the two sides is not intellectual, but spiritual. The only antidote for bitterness is forgiveness. The only prescription for division is reconciliation. These are distinctly Christian virtues, and therein lies the rub. Much of the hatred that is poisoning our politics is directed against Christianity itself. There is a widespread rejection of the Bible’s moral absolutes and the virtues that bring healing in a society: patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.

The intense division in America is a sickness of the heart, the result of turning away from God and our cultural identity as a Christian society. Without the divine hope of eternal peace and joy, people substitute desperate utopian dreams which they feel compelled to implement “by any means necessary.” As the communists murdered millions in the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin callously cited the French proverb: “If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.”

This seems to be how the Left in America thinks today. The intense political hatred, destructive protests and riots, murdered politicians and police, are the broken eggs necessary to make the omelet of utopia. The fixed guideposts which once united us are being ripped out of the ground. Facts and truth are being cast aside along with reality. Liberal cultural elites, having denounced the Higher authority to which our Founders appealed, are dragging us into the madness of cultural and moral relativism.

Just this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that birth certificates, which have always recorded the biological parentage of a child, may be inscribed with two same-sex “parents.” In other words the justices, to satisfy political correctness, have allowed public officials to deny reality and bear false witness on a legal document.

Is this any different from the courts and governments of the antebellum south denying reality and officially sanctioning the falsehood that black people were not fully human?

There is an unresolvable conflict between those who submit to truth and those who reject it. There are only two ways to resolve the unresolvable. One is violent confrontation, which is what happened in 1861. The other – and far more desirable – way is to return to the universal values that birthed our nation and made it great.

These quotes from Alexis DeToqueville remind us of those values and the country they created:

“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.”


“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”


“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”


“The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.”


“Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts — the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.”

This is our identity, and it is time to return to that tried and true landmark. As the vibrancy and number of Christians decline, division and disorder increase. If that trend continues, the moral foundations of the country could become too weak to sustain our constitutional republic.

Americans must return to the Church, to our spiritual birthright as Christians and to the God who gave us America. Pastors and churches must become as engaged as they were in the early days of our nation. We need another Christian Awakening. That is the only way to heal the divide, avoid what happened in 1861 and fulfill the vision of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

E.W. Jackson is a Republican political analyst; a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk; founder & president of S.T.A.N.D. [www.standamerica.us]; Presiding Bishop of The Called Church, and was 2013 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia.

It is an understatement to say that America is divided. One well-known expert in American history, David Barton, says the state of the country today feels like 1856, five years before the start of the Civil War.

Calls for calm and civility go unheeded by Democrats and their supporters, who will not accept the results of the 2016 election. The same attitude was prevalent after the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln.

The mainstream media, Hollywood elites, college professors and progressive activists spread conspiracy theories about the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians. They promote division and hostility everywhere — between men and women, rich and poor, young and old, black and white, Christians and LGBT activists, and even exploit illegal immigrants to protest America’s sovereign right to secure borders.

President Trump, Republicans, and their supporters are depicted as racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, and dangerous. The cauldron of resentment and bitterness has begun to boil over into violence on campuses, in the streets, and even at a baseball field in Virginia, where Republican congressmen and their staffs were shot by a progressive activist.

There have been calls for unity, but reconciliation requires two sides and the Left is unwilling. They are blinded by hatred, and they apply the Saul Alinsky principle that their success depends on division and confusion.

The chasm between the two sides is not intellectual, but spiritual. The only antidote for bitterness is forgiveness. The only prescription for division is reconciliation. These are distinctly Christian virtues, and therein lies the rub. Much of the hatred that is poisoning our politics is directed against Christianity itself. There is a widespread rejection of the Bible’s moral absolutes and the virtues that bring healing in a society: patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.

The intense division in America is a sickness of the heart, the result of turning away from God and our cultural identity as a Christian society. Without the divine hope of eternal peace and joy, people substitute desperate utopian dreams which they feel compelled to implement “by any means necessary.” As the communists murdered millions in the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin callously cited the French proverb: “If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.”

This seems to be how the Left in America thinks today. The intense political hatred, destructive protests and riots, murdered politicians and police, are the broken eggs necessary to make the omelet of utopia. The fixed guideposts which once united us are being ripped out of the ground. Facts and truth are being cast aside along with reality. Liberal cultural elites, having denounced the Higher authority to which our Founders appealed, are dragging us into the madness of cultural and moral relativism.

Just this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that birth certificates, which have always recorded the biological parentage of a child, may be inscribed with two same-sex “parents.” In other words the justices, to satisfy political correctness, have allowed public officials to deny reality and bear false witness on a legal document.

Is this any different from the courts and governments of the antebellum south denying reality and officially sanctioning the falsehood that black people were not fully human?

There is an unresolvable conflict between those who submit to truth and those who reject it. There are only two ways to resolve the unresolvable. One is violent confrontation, which is what happened in 1861. The other – and far more desirable – way is to return to the universal values that birthed our nation and made it great.

These quotes from Alexis DeToqueville remind us of those values and the country they created:

“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.”


“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”


“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”


“The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.”


“Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts — the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.”

This is our identity, and it is time to return to that tried and true landmark. As the vibrancy and number of Christians decline, division and disorder increase. If that trend continues, the moral foundations of the country could become too weak to sustain our constitutional republic.

Americans must return to the Church, to our spiritual birthright as Christians and to the God who gave us America. Pastors and churches must become as engaged as they were in the early days of our nation. We need another Christian Awakening. That is the only way to heal the divide, avoid what happened in 1861 and fulfill the vision of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

E.W. Jackson is a Republican political analyst; a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk; founder & president of S.T.A.N.D. [www.standamerica.us]; Presiding Bishop of The Called Church, and was 2013 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia.



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The Culture Police


When the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, Americans breathed a sigh of relief that the sun seemed to be setting on communism and its dictatorships. Although Fidel Castro and a few others clung to power, communism and its close sister socialism proved to be failed systems. History demonstrates conclusively that totalitarian governments have a limited shelf-life because they do not work.

An alphabet of nations from Afghanistan to Yugoslavia had their fling with communism, only to realize that Marxism is a lie. It is a radical departure from truth and the reality of human nature. China came to grips with that fact, and allowed free-market reforms. They now have a Chinese middle class, some very wealthy entrepreneurs, and a growing economy. It was either that or watch their people starve and their power weakened.

Venezuela is the latest failed experiment in the rise of the uber state. A once prosperous country now has people fighting and dying in the streets for crumbs. Planned economies create misery, starvation, and ultimately chaos and violence as people are driven to dark and desperate means of survival. The ever more suffocating efforts of the state to control people and make them accept the “utopian world” being built for them always leads to genocide.

George Orwell would be proud of how America resisted communism and totalitarianism in the twentieth century. However, the U.S. faces a danger that 1984 did not foresee — the rise of totalitarian culture. In many ways this is a far more insidious development than a government dictatorship. It is more subtle, more difficult to defend against, and it is coursing it’s way through the cultural bloodstream of our country like a malignant cancer.

It has no single leader, entity, or system to point to as the source. There is no king to topple and no paid “thought police” as in Orwell’s famous novel. No jackbooted thug or leather-clad official is going to knock on your door.

However, on college campuses, in corporate offices, and in the media and entertainment synods, everyone is expected to adhere to a certain orthodoxy. Failure to do so will lead to loss of income, status, business, and career.

Recently at Evergreen College in Washington state, students demanded that white people leave the campus on a “Day of Absence.” One liberal white professor protested. His classroom was stormed as he was teaching. He was shouted down with “F” bombs and accusations of racism by the mob that invaded his lecture.

In public schools, a single complaint about the “Pledge of Allegiance” in class or the recitation of a prayer at a sports event is enough to overcome the majority who value these American traditions.

The mere hint of disagreement with gay marriage or abortion in any government, corporate, or professional setting will probably cost you your livelihood.

Questioning climate change gets you labeled a “denier,” associating you with those who deny the Holocaust. Nor is it enough to accept the scientific data; you must interpret it in line with the prescribed hysteria or you are an enemy of the environment.

What we are witnessing is not state dictatorship but a new phenomenon — the rise of a totalitarian culture which seeks to control everything and everybody.

When Indiana and North Carolina passed public safety laws on restroom access, the corporate world, the mainstream media, entertainment, and even the NFL and NBA dubbed them states of hate and unleashed hell against them. Using economic, political, and social pressure, these cultural forces imposed their will on the people and their elected representatives.

No matter how many die at the hands of Islamic terrorists, according to the cultural police, you are bigoted and “Islamophobic” if you declare the obvious, that there is a major problem with Islam.

Illegal aliens who enter our country may not be called “illegal” because that is dehumanizing. Nor may they be called “alien” because they are not extraterrestrials. At one point the acceptable phrase was “undocumented immigrants.” Now they are to be referred to only as “immigrants.”

Just as in Orwell’s novel, old words are discarded or their meanings changed. New words are invented to convey the new reality no matter how unreal it is.

Akin to Orwell’s fictional “thought police,” today’s institutions of cultural influence have devolved into self-appointed totalitarian “culture police.” They are moral arbiters of approved thinking. Any speech uttered in disagreement with what they deem acceptable is “hate speech,” which according to them, is not protected by the First Amendment. Sadly, our judges and bureaucrats have fallen under their spell.

To put it plainly, America is facing an aggressive and vicious thought-control movement. Political correctness at first seemed juvenile and harmless, but is proving to be evil and deadly.

Welcome to the new 1984 circa 2017. History is being rewritten. Words are being redefined. And the culture police are watching and waiting to punish anyone who questions or disagrees with the new established order.

It is indeed time for a resistance, but not of anti-Trump whiners. We need a resistance against the self-appointed totalitarian culture police who are slowly but surely destroying our freedom.

E.W Jackson is a Republican Political analyst; a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk; founder & President of S.T.A.N.D. [www.standamerica.us]; Presiding Bishop of The Called Church; and was 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia. 

When the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, Americans breathed a sigh of relief that the sun seemed to be setting on communism and its dictatorships. Although Fidel Castro and a few others clung to power, communism and its close sister socialism proved to be failed systems. History demonstrates conclusively that totalitarian governments have a limited shelf-life because they do not work.

An alphabet of nations from Afghanistan to Yugoslavia had their fling with communism, only to realize that Marxism is a lie. It is a radical departure from truth and the reality of human nature. China came to grips with that fact, and allowed free-market reforms. They now have a Chinese middle class, some very wealthy entrepreneurs, and a growing economy. It was either that or watch their people starve and their power weakened.

Venezuela is the latest failed experiment in the rise of the uber state. A once prosperous country now has people fighting and dying in the streets for crumbs. Planned economies create misery, starvation, and ultimately chaos and violence as people are driven to dark and desperate means of survival. The ever more suffocating efforts of the state to control people and make them accept the “utopian world” being built for them always leads to genocide.

George Orwell would be proud of how America resisted communism and totalitarianism in the twentieth century. However, the U.S. faces a danger that 1984 did not foresee — the rise of totalitarian culture. In many ways this is a far more insidious development than a government dictatorship. It is more subtle, more difficult to defend against, and it is coursing it’s way through the cultural bloodstream of our country like a malignant cancer.

It has no single leader, entity, or system to point to as the source. There is no king to topple and no paid “thought police” as in Orwell’s famous novel. No jackbooted thug or leather-clad official is going to knock on your door.

However, on college campuses, in corporate offices, and in the media and entertainment synods, everyone is expected to adhere to a certain orthodoxy. Failure to do so will lead to loss of income, status, business, and career.

Recently at Evergreen College in Washington state, students demanded that white people leave the campus on a “Day of Absence.” One liberal white professor protested. His classroom was stormed as he was teaching. He was shouted down with “F” bombs and accusations of racism by the mob that invaded his lecture.

In public schools, a single complaint about the “Pledge of Allegiance” in class or the recitation of a prayer at a sports event is enough to overcome the majority who value these American traditions.

The mere hint of disagreement with gay marriage or abortion in any government, corporate, or professional setting will probably cost you your livelihood.

Questioning climate change gets you labeled a “denier,” associating you with those who deny the Holocaust. Nor is it enough to accept the scientific data; you must interpret it in line with the prescribed hysteria or you are an enemy of the environment.

What we are witnessing is not state dictatorship but a new phenomenon — the rise of a totalitarian culture which seeks to control everything and everybody.

When Indiana and North Carolina passed public safety laws on restroom access, the corporate world, the mainstream media, entertainment, and even the NFL and NBA dubbed them states of hate and unleashed hell against them. Using economic, political, and social pressure, these cultural forces imposed their will on the people and their elected representatives.

No matter how many die at the hands of Islamic terrorists, according to the cultural police, you are bigoted and “Islamophobic” if you declare the obvious, that there is a major problem with Islam.

Illegal aliens who enter our country may not be called “illegal” because that is dehumanizing. Nor may they be called “alien” because they are not extraterrestrials. At one point the acceptable phrase was “undocumented immigrants.” Now they are to be referred to only as “immigrants.”

Just as in Orwell’s novel, old words are discarded or their meanings changed. New words are invented to convey the new reality no matter how unreal it is.

Akin to Orwell’s fictional “thought police,” today’s institutions of cultural influence have devolved into self-appointed totalitarian “culture police.” They are moral arbiters of approved thinking. Any speech uttered in disagreement with what they deem acceptable is “hate speech,” which according to them, is not protected by the First Amendment. Sadly, our judges and bureaucrats have fallen under their spell.

To put it plainly, America is facing an aggressive and vicious thought-control movement. Political correctness at first seemed juvenile and harmless, but is proving to be evil and deadly.

Welcome to the new 1984 circa 2017. History is being rewritten. Words are being redefined. And the culture police are watching and waiting to punish anyone who questions or disagrees with the new established order.

It is indeed time for a resistance, but not of anti-Trump whiners. We need a resistance against the self-appointed totalitarian culture police who are slowly but surely destroying our freedom.

E.W Jackson is a Republican Political analyst; a nationally syndicated radio host on American Family Radio & Urban Family Talk; founder & President of S.T.A.N.D. [www.standamerica.us]; Presiding Bishop of The Called Church; and was 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia. 



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No Civil Rights without Civility


When Betsy DeVos stood up to speak at Bethune-Cookman University’s 2017 commencement in Daytona Beach, graduating students booed and turned their backs.  It was despicable behavior.  The president of the school rebuked the students and defended his guest, but to no avail.  This should raise in all of our minds this question: what in the world are they teaching them at that school?

Until the last few decades, black Americans were taught by our parents to show hospitality and civility.  It was “yes sir” and “yes ma’am.”  We addressed our parents and their friends with “Miss” or “Mister” in front of the name.  All people were to be treated well when they entered your home.  Civility was a cultural mandate.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King reflected this in his dignified approach to the civil rights struggle.  Unlike Malcolm X, King made no violent threats, lobbed no insults, and never engaged in name-calling.  He was leading a revolution that would turn the nation upside-down, yet he never personally attacked anyone.  Some of this is rooted in the Christian ethic “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Manners used to be intrinsic to black culture.

What we witnessed at Bethune-Cookman University, a southern historically black college, was further proof of widespread cultural deterioration.  First, Betsy DeVos is a dignitary holding high office.  Her position should have been respected even if she was not.  As much as I disagreed with President Obama and his policies, I would never have treated him or any member of his Cabinet disrespectfully.  Apparently, the students of Bethune do not believe that Mrs. DeVos deserves such courtesy.  What has happened to the culture of the black community, that young people feel justified in behaving so abominably?  It is the disease of leftist extremism and intellectual quackery that is ravaging most American universities.  In college graduating classes, one expects to see mature individuals ready to make their way in the world, and we are presented instead with spoiled brats having temper tantrums and acting like mobs.  It was a sad day in the history of B-CU, and it will take a long time to erase the stain.

Those students who dishonored the secretary and their school did not study her biography or what she has done with her life and resources.  All they know is that she is an appointee of President Donald Trump.  President Trump, they have been told, is a racist.  Therefore, Betsy DeVos is a racist, and there is no point in hearing what she has to say.  They have accepted slander and shibboleths as truth.  It is not their fault that the far left seeks to indoctrinate them, but it is their fault when they believe everything they are told.

What happened to four years of rigorous intellectual exploration and debate?  The once sacred halls of academe are being defiled by groupthink and propaganda.  HBCUs are not immune to the decline of academic standards and the rise of what George Orwell called “the thought police.”  We must all think alike, and if anyone dares contradict our way of thinking, he must be silenced and punished.

Ironically, they were booing and insulting a woman who has done more for black children in America than any liberal ever will.  That includes the National Federation of Teachers, the Florida Education Association, and the present iteration of the NAACP, all of which expressed outrage that she was invited to be commencement speaker.  What exactly is their contribution to a better education for inner-city kids?  The once effective NAACP has become nothing more than a subsidiary of the morally bankrupt Democratic Party.  The teacher unions have no interest in improving education for black students.  Their goal is to keep students captive to failing public schools so the unions can continue to collect dues on teacher salaries.  They serve money and power, not students.

Betsy DeVos, wealthy heiress who could be squandering her time in luxurious pursuits, has spent decades trying to ensure that children in failing schools get a good education.  She is one of the heroes trying to stop politicians, bureaucrats, and union hacks from jamming poor children into schools that do not teach them reading, writing, history, science, math, or critical thinking.  For teacher unions and their allies, Betsy DeVos is the most dangerous woman in America because she dares to expand educational options for black students.

If those Bethune-Cookman grads understood who Secretary DeVos is and what she has been trying to do for the better part of her adult life, they would have given her a standing ovation instead of turning their backs.

Institutions of higher learning ought to inoculate students against indoctrination, but that seems unlikely any time in the near future.  In the meantime, perhaps they could at least manage to instill some civility. 

When Betsy DeVos stood up to speak at Bethune-Cookman University’s 2017 commencement in Daytona Beach, graduating students booed and turned their backs.  It was despicable behavior.  The president of the school rebuked the students and defended his guest, but to no avail.  This should raise in all of our minds this question: what in the world are they teaching them at that school?

Until the last few decades, black Americans were taught by our parents to show hospitality and civility.  It was “yes sir” and “yes ma’am.”  We addressed our parents and their friends with “Miss” or “Mister” in front of the name.  All people were to be treated well when they entered your home.  Civility was a cultural mandate.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King reflected this in his dignified approach to the civil rights struggle.  Unlike Malcolm X, King made no violent threats, lobbed no insults, and never engaged in name-calling.  He was leading a revolution that would turn the nation upside-down, yet he never personally attacked anyone.  Some of this is rooted in the Christian ethic “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Manners used to be intrinsic to black culture.

What we witnessed at Bethune-Cookman University, a southern historically black college, was further proof of widespread cultural deterioration.  First, Betsy DeVos is a dignitary holding high office.  Her position should have been respected even if she was not.  As much as I disagreed with President Obama and his policies, I would never have treated him or any member of his Cabinet disrespectfully.  Apparently, the students of Bethune do not believe that Mrs. DeVos deserves such courtesy.  What has happened to the culture of the black community, that young people feel justified in behaving so abominably?  It is the disease of leftist extremism and intellectual quackery that is ravaging most American universities.  In college graduating classes, one expects to see mature individuals ready to make their way in the world, and we are presented instead with spoiled brats having temper tantrums and acting like mobs.  It was a sad day in the history of B-CU, and it will take a long time to erase the stain.

Those students who dishonored the secretary and their school did not study her biography or what she has done with her life and resources.  All they know is that she is an appointee of President Donald Trump.  President Trump, they have been told, is a racist.  Therefore, Betsy DeVos is a racist, and there is no point in hearing what she has to say.  They have accepted slander and shibboleths as truth.  It is not their fault that the far left seeks to indoctrinate them, but it is their fault when they believe everything they are told.

What happened to four years of rigorous intellectual exploration and debate?  The once sacred halls of academe are being defiled by groupthink and propaganda.  HBCUs are not immune to the decline of academic standards and the rise of what George Orwell called “the thought police.”  We must all think alike, and if anyone dares contradict our way of thinking, he must be silenced and punished.

Ironically, they were booing and insulting a woman who has done more for black children in America than any liberal ever will.  That includes the National Federation of Teachers, the Florida Education Association, and the present iteration of the NAACP, all of which expressed outrage that she was invited to be commencement speaker.  What exactly is their contribution to a better education for inner-city kids?  The once effective NAACP has become nothing more than a subsidiary of the morally bankrupt Democratic Party.  The teacher unions have no interest in improving education for black students.  Their goal is to keep students captive to failing public schools so the unions can continue to collect dues on teacher salaries.  They serve money and power, not students.

Betsy DeVos, wealthy heiress who could be squandering her time in luxurious pursuits, has spent decades trying to ensure that children in failing schools get a good education.  She is one of the heroes trying to stop politicians, bureaucrats, and union hacks from jamming poor children into schools that do not teach them reading, writing, history, science, math, or critical thinking.  For teacher unions and their allies, Betsy DeVos is the most dangerous woman in America because she dares to expand educational options for black students.

If those Bethune-Cookman grads understood who Secretary DeVos is and what she has been trying to do for the better part of her adult life, they would have given her a standing ovation instead of turning their backs.

Institutions of higher learning ought to inoculate students against indoctrination, but that seems unlikely any time in the near future.  In the meantime, perhaps they could at least manage to instill some civility. 



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Renewing the Culture of America's Inner Cities


It was not luck that allowed me to rise above these circumstances, to serve to my country in the United States Marine Corps, or to become the first in my family to graduate from college, Summa Cum Laude.  I went on to Harvard Law School, practiced law for fifteen years, managed a radio station for ten, authored two books, pastored several churches, and won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia.

My life trajectory was altered overnight when my father reclaimed custody of his son.  He set high expectations, taught me discipline, and held me accountable for my actions.  He modeled the dignity and pride of working for what you want in life.  He bristled at the idea of accepting welfare or government handouts.  He believed that respect is not owed, but earned by conduct and character.  He taught me the importance of honor and keeping your word.  He was a man’s man at a time when masculine strength was still a virtue.

He demanded that I respect the law, police officers, and others in authority.  My short-lived criminal career was over.

He did not deny the reality of racial prejudice.  He simply denied its ability to determine my destiny.  I was not allowed to think anyone could stop me from achieving my goals.  In short, my father was an American, imbued with American values of hope and high expectations that his son would have a better life than he’d had.

This attitude was common in the ’50s, but America would experience a cultural sea change in the ’60s that would erode the values that still guide my life.  The black family was decimated in the process.  Many in the black community would surrender their independence and entrepreneurial ambition for a welfare system of psychological captivity.

Drugs, crime, gangs, violence, murders, out-of-wedlock births, fatherless children, government housing, and monthly allotments of cash and food stamps would become the new normal.  The governmental experiment in social transformation was an abject failure that did untold damage.

We cannot continue to do the same thing expecting different results.  We need a comprehensive private-sector plan to end the cycle of poverty, crime, and family disintegration.  We need a way of re-instilling the values my dad taught me, values once the norm in the black community.  Until the rise of the welfare state in the 1960s, black citizens believed in education, hard work, and entrepreneurship.  They trusted God instead of government, and their families held together and prospered in far more harsh racial conditions than faced today. 

Government cannot transform culture except for the worse, because politics prefers a dependent constituency to a community of achievers who think and act independently.

This is the premise for STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny Foundation)’s “Project Awakening.”  A non-governmental approach is essential to solving the problems of America’s inner cities.  What is needed is private partnership among churches, businesses, private schools, and other institutions.

Project Awakening is summarized by the acronym CREATE.  “CR” is for cultural renewal.  “EA” is for entrepreneurial awakening.  “TE” is for technical education.

The entrepreneurial spirit once permeated the black community because blacks had no choice.  That impulse should have been nurtured.  Instead, it was cut short by government “help.”  We must focus on technical education to give people marketable skills instead of esoteric studies that often amount to political indoctrination.

However, it will take cultural renewal to instill again the value of education and entrepreneurship.  My father changed my culture, changed what I valued, and changed my life.  We have the ability to do that for every at-risk child in America, but it will require refusing a single dime of taxpayer funding.

This is counterintuitive, given the trillions spent “solving” social problems, but either we cast a new vision with a new strategy or we settle for islands of chaos in our midst.  My father intervened before it was too late and changed my life.  We can do the same for every young person looking for an exit off a dead-end road.  Government has tried and failed.  It is time for private-sector action.

Fifty years ago, my life was redirected and my destiny forever changed.  Fifty years from now, a whole generation could be saying the same.  Or we could be witnessing more gang warfare, more riots, and yet another crop of young men bound for prison, drug addiction, and early death.  The choice is ours.

E.W Jackson is a Marine Corps veteran, a retired attorney, the 2013 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, president of STAND Foundation, Inc. (www.standamerica.us), and bishop of THE CALLED Church.



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Can Trump Bring Black Voters Back to the GOP?


Americans of African descent voted overwhelmingly Republican from the end of the Civil War to the 1930s, but they became almost totally Democrat by the 1970s.  No single event brought about this tectonic shift, but the change in black voting patterns began with Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  During the Depression, Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) gave starving men work, food, and shelter.  My father, a black American, lived and worked in a CCC camp for six months and he was forever grateful.

As a result, he became a passionate Democrat and disdained the Republican Party as the exclusive club of the heartless rich.  When Truman became president, he ended racial segregation in the military, furthering the image of Democrats as the party of compassion and justice.

Then came John Kennedy, the inspiring symbol of the future.  His famous call to Coretta Scott King while her husband was held in a Georgia jail created an emotional bond with black voters.  Most historians agree that Pres. Kennedy was reticent at best, fearing that he would alienate Southern Democrats.  Nevertheless, he made the call and reinforced the idea that Democrats care and Republicans do not.  That single gesture caused Martin Luther King, Sr. (“Daddy King”) to switch his support from Nixon to Kennedy, and many black voters did the same.

After the Kennedy assassination, Lyndon Johnson – the former segregationist known to use the N-word in private – became the public champion of Civil Rights.

The last Republican to receive a significant percentage of the black vote was Richard Nixon with 32%.  It was the dying gasp of a century-long love affair between black voters and the GOP.  They have now been estranged for half a century.

How did Republicans allow a constituency once firmly in their camp to make a wholesale exodus?  Or to put it another way, how did Democrats wrench the black vote from the GOP’s grasp?

A common misperception held by black voters today is that as the Democratic Party became more sensitive to the needs of black citizens, Dixiecrats switched to the Republican Party.  In other words, the parties reversed roles.  While it is true that many Southern whites became Republicans, there were other political re-alignments that disprove the role reversal theory.

As Northeastern Democrats embraced Civil Rights, they were also adopting abortion as a central tenet.  Furthermore, the Democratic Party supported the 1962 and 1963 Supreme Court decisions that ruled in Engle v. Vitale, School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, and Murray v. Curlett that prayer and Bible-reading in public schools violate the First Amendment.  Republicans were opposed.

In 1982, Ronald Reagan proposed a constitutional amendment to restore prayer to schools.  That issue solidified the platforms and images of the two parties – the Democrats as secular liberals, the Republicans as evangelical conservatives.  As secularism and identity politics became more influential among Democrats, they lurched to the far left.  As evangelicals became more powerful in Republican ranks, the party became more decidedly Christian.  However, the GOP never became the party of segregationists, as is wrongly thought.  It became the party for people of faith, and I, a black American, was one of the people who left the Democratic Party to become a Republican in the early eighties.

The more Republicans took on a religious persona, the more the Democrats shunned religion.  No one will ever forget the infamous moment when Democrats at their 2012 national convention took God out of their platform, and then clumsily and over objections tried to put Him back.  It was telling.

The Democratic Party brand as champion for black civil rights has also been weakened by the creation of new classes of “victims” – gays, illegal immigrants, Muslims, transgenders, and the list goes on and on.  The problems of the inner city are complex and horrifying, but fighting to allow the Caitlyn Jenners of the world to “be who they were meant to be” and use the bathroom of their choice makes for a simpler, more hip rallying cry.  The only message Democrats have had to the black community for the last forty years boils down to “Republicans are racists.  Vote Democrat.”

In truth, black voters no longer have a political home.  Democrats take them for granted, and Republicans consider them unreachable.  Suddenly appears Donald J. Trump, a white New York billionaire-turned-Republican politician, directly appealing to black citizens and expecting to get their votes.

“What the hell have you got to lose?” he asked again and again on the campaign trail.  He repeatedly promised to do something about the crime and violence plaguing the inner cities.  He has committed to give children of poor black parents an opportunity for a quality education through school choice.  The election results showed that 13% of black men voted for him, a staggeringly high number in light of recent voting history.

Are we witnessing an anomaly, or is this the beginning of another seismic shift in the black vote like what took place from Roosevelt to Johnson?  The jury is still out, but if President Trump delivers on his promises of jobs, education, and safe streets, he may separate black voters from the Democrat coalition and bring them back to their original home in the Party of Lincoln.

Americans of African descent voted overwhelmingly Republican from the end of the Civil War to the 1930s, but they became almost totally Democrat by the 1970s.  No single event brought about this tectonic shift, but the change in black voting patterns began with Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  During the Depression, Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) gave starving men work, food, and shelter.  My father, a black American, lived and worked in a CCC camp for six months and he was forever grateful.

As a result, he became a passionate Democrat and disdained the Republican Party as the exclusive club of the heartless rich.  When Truman became president, he ended racial segregation in the military, furthering the image of Democrats as the party of compassion and justice.

Then came John Kennedy, the inspiring symbol of the future.  His famous call to Coretta Scott King while her husband was held in a Georgia jail created an emotional bond with black voters.  Most historians agree that Pres. Kennedy was reticent at best, fearing that he would alienate Southern Democrats.  Nevertheless, he made the call and reinforced the idea that Democrats care and Republicans do not.  That single gesture caused Martin Luther King, Sr. (“Daddy King”) to switch his support from Nixon to Kennedy, and many black voters did the same.

After the Kennedy assassination, Lyndon Johnson – the former segregationist known to use the N-word in private – became the public champion of Civil Rights.

The last Republican to receive a significant percentage of the black vote was Richard Nixon with 32%.  It was the dying gasp of a century-long love affair between black voters and the GOP.  They have now been estranged for half a century.

How did Republicans allow a constituency once firmly in their camp to make a wholesale exodus?  Or to put it another way, how did Democrats wrench the black vote from the GOP’s grasp?

A common misperception held by black voters today is that as the Democratic Party became more sensitive to the needs of black citizens, Dixiecrats switched to the Republican Party.  In other words, the parties reversed roles.  While it is true that many Southern whites became Republicans, there were other political re-alignments that disprove the role reversal theory.

As Northeastern Democrats embraced Civil Rights, they were also adopting abortion as a central tenet.  Furthermore, the Democratic Party supported the 1962 and 1963 Supreme Court decisions that ruled in Engle v. Vitale, School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, and Murray v. Curlett that prayer and Bible-reading in public schools violate the First Amendment.  Republicans were opposed.

In 1982, Ronald Reagan proposed a constitutional amendment to restore prayer to schools.  That issue solidified the platforms and images of the two parties – the Democrats as secular liberals, the Republicans as evangelical conservatives.  As secularism and identity politics became more influential among Democrats, they lurched to the far left.  As evangelicals became more powerful in Republican ranks, the party became more decidedly Christian.  However, the GOP never became the party of segregationists, as is wrongly thought.  It became the party for people of faith, and I, a black American, was one of the people who left the Democratic Party to become a Republican in the early eighties.

The more Republicans took on a religious persona, the more the Democrats shunned religion.  No one will ever forget the infamous moment when Democrats at their 2012 national convention took God out of their platform, and then clumsily and over objections tried to put Him back.  It was telling.

The Democratic Party brand as champion for black civil rights has also been weakened by the creation of new classes of “victims” – gays, illegal immigrants, Muslims, transgenders, and the list goes on and on.  The problems of the inner city are complex and horrifying, but fighting to allow the Caitlyn Jenners of the world to “be who they were meant to be” and use the bathroom of their choice makes for a simpler, more hip rallying cry.  The only message Democrats have had to the black community for the last forty years boils down to “Republicans are racists.  Vote Democrat.”

In truth, black voters no longer have a political home.  Democrats take them for granted, and Republicans consider them unreachable.  Suddenly appears Donald J. Trump, a white New York billionaire-turned-Republican politician, directly appealing to black citizens and expecting to get their votes.

“What the hell have you got to lose?” he asked again and again on the campaign trail.  He repeatedly promised to do something about the crime and violence plaguing the inner cities.  He has committed to give children of poor black parents an opportunity for a quality education through school choice.  The election results showed that 13% of black men voted for him, a staggeringly high number in light of recent voting history.

Are we witnessing an anomaly, or is this the beginning of another seismic shift in the black vote like what took place from Roosevelt to Johnson?  The jury is still out, but if President Trump delivers on his promises of jobs, education, and safe streets, he may separate black voters from the Democrat coalition and bring them back to their original home in the Party of Lincoln.



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