Is this the Political Year of the Black Man?

So Friday the Republican Party made a huge gesture in saying 'hey we can have a black leader too', by electing Michael Steele as the chairman for their party. Now I say this partly in jest because I would never want to detract from the many accomplishments of Michael Steele... he has truly been a man of many firsts.

DC native and former brother-in-law to Mike Tyson, has broken the color barrier many times within the Republican Party. In 1995, Steele was the first African American to be chosen as the state's Republican Man of the Year. In 2000, he was the first African American ever to be elected chairman of any state Republican Party.Two years later he was elected as the Lieutenant Governor of the state of Maryland, the first time an African American had been elected to a statewide position in the state. In 2004, Barack Obama was thrust before a national audience when he gave a speech at the Democratic Convention. Michael Steele gave the Republican counterpoint to this in a keynote address at the Republican Convention, also Steele's first major national exposure.

Michael Steele has been on an upwardly progression through his party, so maybe it is just convenient that he was chosen to lead his party around the same time the country chose Obama to lead the nation and the Democratic party.

So either this is the political year for the black man... or well you know...


John Lofton, Recovering Republican said...

FYI, might want to listen to my exclusive interview with Michael Steele and comment. Thanks. JL.

And forget, please, "conservatism," please. It will not “save” us because it has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

"[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

John Lofton, Editor,
Recovering Republican

Corey Keith said...

WOW! John, I see I am adding a new must read link to see this interesting perspective.

And yes, this is the year of the political black man. I think that 2009 will undoubtly be remember by black men who could and, hopefully if the Lord is willing and the creek don't rise, black men who did.

Anonymous said...

Not really, with Mr Steele and the GOP, its still the party of Rush Limbaugh and the far right, who is hardly going to accept a black man running that side show, symbolism and not much more.

houstonmacbro said...

I think it's a great choice! Might add a little more weight to the republicans' desire to include more minorities and women. I hope it is not a dog-and-pony show however.

thegayte-keeper said...

I think it is a GREAT choice, however I can't help but wonder if they really get it?

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Mr. Jones said...

Honestly, I think it'll take time to see if the Pubs want him to be an actual leader and bring fresh ideas or if he'll be another sambo. The GOP is reeling right now and desperately need to be viewed as hip and edgy. I think this pick has a lot to do with it. Steele being a moderate certainly didnt hurt him.

That Dude Right There said...

The Republicans are really trying aren't they?