‘One Night Stand’ political stances not good for country
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the 2014 election, there was a great deal of emphasis on the Mary Landrieu election, relative to the possible Republican takeover of U.S. Senate. In that context, Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory became a prominent spokesman in the discussion of race in American politics.
Senator Guillory, an African American legislator, spoke about Sen. Mary Landrieu in the context of a “one night stand.” He explained that every four years, Landrieu would return to Louisiana and talk about all the things she would do for the citizens, if elected, and explain away what she did not accomplish during the previous four years. She would say that she needed four more years then when reelected, would return to Washington, D.C. until the next election, when she would start the process once again.
Now, with the 2016 election approaching, African American voters are facing the same considerations in voting districts and precincts all across the country. Democrat candidates, campaigning in areas with a high minority population, offer the same old tried and true rhetoric as in the Louisiana case.
So the question is: Are African American voter interests better served by putting all their eggs in the Democrat basket? Or, will they receive better representation with a more balanced approach?
Most African American voters have grown up as Democrats. But many young people today do not know that Martin Luther King Sr. was a Republican. Nor that the Voting Rights Act was the result of a Republican Congress pushing President Johnson to sign it, against his better judgment.
A growing number of African American spokespersons, of courage, believe that if the African American vote goes Democrat by default, the voters lose the value that comes when both political parties compete for their votes. Leaders hope to ensure the traditional outcome – which gives them the most political influence — not what is best for their community.