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The Summer Soldiers & Sunshine Patriots 2012

The Summer Soldiers & Sunshine Patriots 2012

I am human. I am female. I am a Christian. I am a Constitutional Conservative. I support the Republican Party. I am a member of the Tea Party. I happen to be Black through no effort of my own. I am an American patriot. I am unapologetic. I am unhyphenated. I care about my community, my country and the world at large. I am concerned for the direction America is headed in politically and socially despite the European examples. For those of you that received physical discipline from your parents, another family member or friend as a child, you have heard someone say before the leather belt or “switch” (hey, I’m a southerner we got “whoopings” with switches) struck your flesh, “I do this because I love you”. I am concerned for my fellow Conservatives and in these difficult times sometimes we need discipline so I write this post because I love you all.

I am deeply troubled by the postings in various social media, opinions and some movements within the Conservative movement. There are two such troublesome areas which I will discuss in this missive and before I begin I cannot help but to think of another famous American faced with a similar predicament, Thomas Paine. Thomas Paine was an English American author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.”Born in Thetford, in the English county of Norfolk, Paine immigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the all-time best-selling American book that advocated colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. “Common Sense” was so influential that John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of ‘Common Sense,’ the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense (oh what an appropriate title!) to make an irrefutable argument for separation from England and described the revolution as not only achievable but inevitable. Paine convinced many people who were undecided to choose a side on whether they wanted to break free from British Rule and become Independent, or to be subject to British Monarchy. He helped pave the way for the Revolution and war against Britian leading the way to American Independence. My favorite piece of writing from Thomas Paine was written just before Christmas in 1776, to encourage dispirited soldiers who were starting to abandon their posts during the Revolutionary War. Let me remind you all of some of his fiery, inspring, true words:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.”

As indicated above by my highlighting, the area which I will embrace with disciplinary love is for the “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots” among us in the Conservative movement. We have people who call themselves Conservatives/Republicans who are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are among us under the guise of “conservatism”and do everything they can, whether purposely, accidentally or ignorantly to undermine our goals. There are two main groups of Conservatives who do this. The extremist fans of certain candidates, who are calling upon Conservatives to write-in their favorite candidate on the ballot if they do not win the Republican nomination. Then there are those who are working with great effort to convince others to not vote at all if their favorite candidate does not win the Republican nomination.

These people may be Conservatives but their actions are quite Liberal. We all know that actions speak louder than words and I have never seen such unpatriotic and idiotic nonsense in any prior election that I was old enough to have a real opinion about and pay attention to. To make matters worse, the candidates themselves whom people are so fixated upon, would not even want write-in votes nor a Conservative to not go at all to the polls, no sane person would. Take Herman Cain for example who not even twenty-four hours ago as I write this,on the Contagious Transformation BlogTalk radio show with host Stacy Swimp said, “Not defeating him {Barack Obama} is not an option, and this is what it’s gonna take. First of all we are up against the Liberal machine. We are up against the mainstream, lamestream, lapdog media that is in Obama’s Corner. We know that they are biased, all you have to do is look at how slanted the news is and the information they do not present to people. We are up against this. Here’s how we win, Conservatives and Republicans have got to be very involved and active and don’t stay home. In the last election, because some people didn’t like John McCain, they stayed home – that was a vote for Barack Obama. So if your favorite candidate doesn’t get the nomination, get over it! get over it! or we lose…

Truer words on this issue have never been spoken and I feel very comfortable saying that Herman Cain does not exclude himself from this statement (if he did he’d be hypocritical) so enough is enough with the write-in campaigns and call for Conservatives not to vote at all (as some did in 2008) if their favorite candidate is not the GOP winner. What is even more disturbing is that some of the “conservatives” who think we should not vote if our candidate is not the one to face Obama, are Black! I keep thinking to myself how in the world, can ANY Black person, especially a Black Conservative call upon othesr NOT to cast a vote? Our forebearers fought hard and died in the Black suffrage movement years ago and a Conservative would actually open their mouth to ask someone else NOT to vote? It is the most ridiculous and selfish thing any of us could ask another to do. At a minimum, if that is how YOU feel, then you should not vote but to encourage others to do this and start a “movement” around this idea is as blasphemous as it gets!

Conservatives we must remember that the ultimate goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term President! Keep your eyes on the prize. I am Black and a Conservative, a minority in a community whose members will vote 80%-90% Democratic no matter what myself and other Black Conservatives do or say and I still stand for the Conservative movement, the Republican Party and the Tea Party. If there was any member of the Conservative movement to become discouraged, it should be me and others like me but I am not afraid. I will not give in to the Liberal machine. There are candidates that I don’t care for due to a variety of reasons but, if one of them ends up getting the nomination I will get behind them with every fiber of my being to evict Barack Hussein Obama from the White House. How dare any Conservative ask another to write in a candidate who has lost or stay home on election day in the face of a tryanny more dangerous than that of the British when Thomas Paine wrote those uplifting, prophetic words because you “don’t like” someone? This is not an election for 8th grade class president this is an election for the leader of our country! Our disapproval of Obama’s failed legislation, socialism, tyranny and incompetence should outweigh our disapproval of any particular Republican nominee! We are not liberals, driven to the polls by the color of a candidate’s skin, we are Conservative warriors who love our country and our freedom more and this foolishness among us needs to cease immediately.

Black Conservatives, although we are the minority in our community we must stand and vote. We must continue to fight the fight. I’m going to surprise and not surprise many of you reading this with this statement and it may prove to be my most controversial but I just don’t care about that anymore. The time is now to speak truthfully and boldly on such matters. Barack Obama is the worst person whom the Black community admires, and not for the well-known reasons. I do not say this because of his failed legislation, not due to his class warfare or race-baiting, not because economically he is incompetent, not because he is  fiscally irresponsible like former president Bush. I don’t say this because he is spending our tax dollars at a more rapid rate than Bush and I do not say this out of any personal bias or hatred as some people have suggested to me. I am incapable of “hating” someone that I do not know because I work tremendously hard to allow logic to dictate my emotions and not the other way around. Barack Obama is the worst thing to “happen” to the Black community because obviously, collectively, we have not matured to the point where we do not merely follow a charismatic leader because he or she is one of us, and we obviously cannot (as a whole there are exceptions) look past even the skin color of members of our own community.

This is quite tragic since we simultaneously praise and worship Martin Luther King Jr whose dream was for us to be judged by the content of our character and NOT skin color. We were simply not ready for a Black president. If you are steaming with anger right now and are Black, consider that 90% of the Black community voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Listen, you can say whatever you want, but 90% of the vote in our community says that much of that vote was based on race alone and no consideration was given to his platform. If it were 30%, 40% or 55% even, I’d give other reasons consideration, however, 90%?! Please. We voted in droves for the first black president, because he was black in record numbers – even Tom Joyner and Samuel L. Jackson have openly admitted to this. If you are White and steaming with anger right now, get over yourself and stop pouring gas onto the fire that is the Black vote.

The Black community is so “star-struck” from having a black president that we cannot see past his failed legislation and lack of concern for our community (not that I think he should specify his concern but many of our “leaders” disagree with me). If you don’t believe that then ask Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson or Tavis Smiley – they criticize Obama for his lack of “hope & change”in the Black community, when they need to broaden their views to include all of the communities of America who suffer along with Black people. Our job is to educate and actively participate by dispelling the liberal lies that are widespread about the Republican Party and the Tea Party, not become divided among ourselves over petty ideological differences as some have.

Some of you, my fellow Conservatives are indeed shrinking from the service to the Conservative movement and have become “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots”. You only proudly wear the Conservative garment when it is convenient and popular and I say, it’s time for you to make a decision. Either you are for Conservatism/the GOP/Tea Party or you are against us. When it seems that we have the odds stacked against us or that the liberals are winning (which they are not), consider these wise words from Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan before you abandon your post:

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” –  Thomas Paine

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

Remember this battle against the Liberal machine is even greater than preserving our freedom for ourselves , we must preserve it for posterity and if you relinquish your duty you are handing the generations to come over to tyranny.

(Originally published on 2-21-2012)

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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Politics, Uncategorized


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