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I had never heard the name Elbert Guillory, but I don’t know how I missed it!
In case you’re also not familiar with him, he’s a black State Senator who in 2012 famously switched from Democrat to Republican and made a viral video explaining why.
The video is extremely powerful and seems like it could apply today just as much as it did in 2012.
It’s not very long and well worth the watch.
I think you’ll see why he went viral in 2012.
Love to get your thoughts after you watch it.
Watch it here:
The responses are fantastic:
Here's more on what happened, as explained by Mic.com:
With the countless African American conservatives throughout this country (Dr. Ben Carson, Herman Cain, Condi Rice, Mia Love, Allen West, Tim Scott, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Angela McGlowan, Erika Harold and others), I’m always astonished that more than 80% of African Americans routinely vote Democrat every election.
But because of that reality, I enthusiastically applaud the courage of African American Republicans for coming out of the closet in their communities and speaking out. I can somewhat empathize with their plight as an open and honest libertarian Republican growing up in the middle of the Democratic Chicago Machine my entire life.
Yet another African American lawmaker – Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory – recently explained his switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in a video that is now going viral:
Guillory boldly cuts straight to the heart of the argument, “(A)nd even more important, this idea [of government control] is a failure. Our communities are just as poor as they have always been. Our schools continue to fail children. Our prisons are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers.
“Our self initiative and our self reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for our allegiance to our overseers who control us by making us dependent on them.”
I haven’t been this ecstatic to hear such refreshing, pure truth since Dr. Carson’s speech went viral four months ago.
Guillory lays out, in its simplest form, what I have been wondering for years. The same communities that have been dependent on government sustenance for the last 50 years are still dependent on government sustenance today. What has changed within these communities after all these years?
More importantly, why do African Americans continue to almost monolithically vote for one party after decades and generations of the same failed results?
It’s almost as if these communities have been brainwashed from birth to always vote for whoever has the (D) next to their name at the voting booth. You’re not even allowed to entertain the thought of voting for anything else, careless of any lack of results in improving life around you.
Take my hometown of Chicago. Democrats have controlled the 2nd Illinois Congressional District (62.4% African American) for the last 60 years. Until recently, Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D) held that office for the last 17 years. Last year, federal prosecutors and FBI agents in Washington, D.C. investigated Jackson for alleged financial improprieties, including misuse of campaign funds. He plead guilty to charges of fraud, conspiracy, making false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, and criminal forfeiture. Jackson used $750,000 in campaign moneyfor personal expenses that included a Michael Jackson fedora and cashmere capes.
He then resigned from office last November, but not before being re-elected to his seat in the general election with 63% of the vote. I mean, when voters mindlessly punch the (D) on the ballot every other November, where’s the accountability?
Or take Illinois Congressman Derrick Smith (D), also in a predominantly African American congressional district. He was caught on tape in March of 2012 accepting a $7,000 bribe during an undercover FBI sting operation in exchange for writing a letter in support of a day care center to receive a $50,000 state grant. He was subsequently indicted on bribery charges shortly afterwards and was expelled from the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 100 to 6 in August.
He won re-election too by the way, with 62% of the vote last November. He still serves in the Illinois House of Representatives today.
Again, where is the accountability under one party rule? It truly feels hopeless for African American communities in Chicago.
I often hear, “Well, Republicans aren’t even trying in those communities, so what do you expect?” That’s not entirely true. In the special election to elect a successor to the 2nd Illinois Congressional District earlier this year, there were five African American conservatives vying for the Republican nomination: Lenny McAllister, Paul McKinley, Beverly Reid, Dr. Eric M. Wallace and James Taylor, Sr. On primary election day, a total of 3,530 voters in that district cast ballots for Republican candidates.
Only while they last.