October 13, 2004

A Southern black minister tells why he will vote for George W. Bush

Pastor Clarence William Page from Greensboro, NC has published an open letter to black America.

In it, he includes his reasons for voting FOR President Bush, and not to vote for Senator Kerry. He also poses some questions for people to ponder.

I know the hurt we feel (and have felt for hundreds of years). I am aware of the blatant racism the Republican Party has condoned (and in some cases still condones). My reasons for the stance taken in this position statement have little to do with racism but they do have much to do with race.

I will vote for the reelection of President George W. Bush because:

1.   He is pro-marriage.  He believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
2.   He is pro-life.  He believes that the killing of unborn, helpless, innocent children is wrong.
3.   He is willing domestically to stand for what God stands for (Faith-based initiatives prove this).
4.   He has a Black woman in the White House (and she is not a maid).
5.   He has a Black man as Secretary of State (and he is not a "Tom").
6.   He has a Black man as Secretary of Education (and he is not a "figurehead").
7.   He has stood by (not fired) those high profile Black cabinet members.
8.   He believes that "No Child Should Be Left Behind".
9.   He has publicly honored God and welcomed the representatives of God.
10. He is willing internationally to stand for what God stands for (against sinful UN initiatives).
11.  He cares about being right (though, [as all human beings] he is sometimes wrong).
12.  He welcomes and seeks the advice of God's people

I will not vote for Mr. John Kerry because:

1.   He claims he is for marriage but he won't stand against the proposed abuses of it.
2.   He claims he is against abortion but he won't stand against the uses of it.
3.   He does change his stated positions often.
4.   He claims to be Catholic but he won't stand for what the Catholic Church stands for.
5.   He tries to accommodate the sinful agendas of some Democrats and thus weakens his moral stance.
6.   He tried to run on his Vietnam "record" and not on  his Senate record.
7.   He does not seem to have a clear view of where he thinks America should be going.

Now, my answer to Black intellectuals (who think I'm just a stupid Southerner whose mind was never freed from the shackles of slavery):

1.   Some of you are willing to sell your souls for money and position (and have done so).
2.   Some of you have adopted the position of those who hate Jesus, Jews and Americans.
3.   Some of you are too ignorant to realize that we "got where were are" on Grandma's and Grandpa's prayers.
4.   Many of you no longer believe in God.
5.   Many of you say you are Christians but won't stand for what God stands for (in His Holy Word).
6.   Many of you are pushing the "gay marriage" agenda (or you are "silent" about it).
7.   Many, many, many of you are "silent" about the horrors of abortion.
8.   Many of you are supporting all the "cussing" and moral decadence many black artists are espousing and exporting.
9.   Many of you refuse to hear the truth (whether it's told by preachers or Bill Cosby).
10.  Many of you have finally "arrived" and have now forgotten God.
11.  Some of you have been tricked into believing that God is "White" or is the "White Man's God".
12.  Some of you have no interest in an integrated, peaceful America.

Now, my statement to Racist Republicans

1.   God cares zero, zip, zilch about your color.
2.   Racism is demonic, ignorant, stupid, and counterproductive.
3.   The White Man is NOT "more intelligent", so forget it.
4.   Here we come and we "ain't sitting in the back of the bus" (no thanks to you).
5.  The Holy Bible says that "God is no respecter of persons".
6.   Your racism is a drag on the Republican Party.
7.   We will help you be delivered (if you let us).

How will the reelection of President Bush help Blacks?

1.   Black men are already scarce (we sure don't need "gay marriage")
2.   All over the world Black people are dying (we sure don't need abortion).
3.   It is only by the Grace of God that we are still here (we sure don't need an un-Godly America).
4.   President Bush will keep Blacks in his administration (I believe).
5.   Faith-based initiatives are better (for us) than are sin-based initiatives.
6.   For too long our children have been "left behind".  We need "No Child Left Behind".
7.   We, of all people, truly need a Godly man in the White House.
I'm sure that Jesse Jackson and company will denounce any black man that dares to make statements such as these.

Posted by mhking at October 13, 2004 11:23 PM

I agree totally with the letter except for one thing. The section addressed to racist republicans should be to racist Americans. I am white and was raised in the small town south. Our town was a sawmill and foundry town and the races were about equal in number to each other. In the 1960's my family started voting republican because of the blatant racism of the local democrats. Racism is a disease that has no party boundary. A classic example is the cartoon by Danziger saved on this site.

Posted by: fl cracker at October 14, 2004 02:16 PM

This is a powerful letter.

Posted by: DarkStar at October 14, 2004 04:52 PM

An awesome letter. i pray it does not fall on deaf ears.

Posted by: Renee at October 14, 2004 07:09 PM

Maybe this preacher should admit he is really supporting Bush because of the whole faith based initiative and he is the one selling his sould for money as with many Negro Preachers.

Posted by: Faheem at October 14, 2004 09:25 PM

Amen, Pastor, take it to em!!!

Posted by: Andy at October 14, 2004 09:33 PM

Mr. King:

Thank you once again for posting relevant, encouraging, thoughtful information that we otherwise would have missed.


Posted by: PDN at October 15, 2004 11:56 AM

Amen pastor. My sentiments exactly. This election cycle I have found myself preaching the same message to my brothers. So many of them are led by blind loyalty. My father, mother, and my father in-law are amongst them. God Bless

Posted by: MichaelB at October 16, 2004 02:57 AM

I am from Louisiana and I so often here many African-Americans saying they can't stand Bush and Repulicans are for the rich and that Bush has'nt done anything for them. What I don't understand is that I am white and republican and have befriended many of my African-American co-workers.... If they only knew they were good friends with a republican! I really wonder what they'd say. Do you think they'd still be friends with me? I don't tell any of my co-workers because I really like them as a person... I just believe many of them are repeating what they've been told without doing the research for themselves. If they did some research.. I believe they would vote for Bush because the sanctity of marriage is important to ALL races, and abortion is something that is taught to be wrong at church, but at the voting poll... just forget about voting for the moral candidate.... make sure you vote democrat. I wish people (of all races) would search for answers and make more informed decisions.

Posted by: Tonya at October 17, 2004 10:49 PM

Thank-YOU for publishing that great letter. I know some people that need to read it. What a great find you are. I will be back.

Posted by: Sallie at October 19, 2004 08:53 AM

Just curious why he felt the need to make comments to racist republicans? Is he saying there are no racist democrats? Other than that I think that what he had to say was right on.

Posted by: Chad at October 19, 2004 01:08 PM

AMEN! I went through a similar deductive reasoning process for the 2000 election. I found it interesting how many Black people who claim to be committed Christians support a party and candidate which advocate abortion as part of their platform; has spent the past fifty years containing rather than educating their children; promotes financial/material benefits and support from the government rather than fostering an environment which encourages independence, self-reliance, creativity, ownership, etc.

The Liberals worst fear is an independent, critical thinking, well-educated, intelligent and ambitious "minority" or "special interest" group. The groups whose votes they take for granted. You'll notice how the Democrats aren't catering to any of the "successful" immigrant groups--just the Latino/Hispanic group...

Things that make you go "hmmm"....

Posted by: PurpleMD at October 22, 2004 01:24 AM

But what about Bush lying about the need for this war. Isn't lying a sin. Is it o.k. to kill with the death penalty?

Posted by: missy at October 29, 2004 10:38 AM

First off, operating on faulty intelligence is not the same as lying, no matter how you spin it.

No one, and I mean no one, can point to anything and insist with any sort of empirical basis that the decision to go to war was a lie. John Kerry knows that and has made certain that he has not made the accusation you have made.

As for your second question, execution is something that is OK for proscribed crimes against humanity. I have no problem with it, not only that, this is something addressed more than once in Biblical texts.

Posted by: Michael at October 29, 2004 10:50 AM

But what about Bush lying about the need for this war. Isn't lying a sin. Is it o.k. to kill with the death penalty?

Is it OK to murder and torture hundreds of thousands? Is it OK to kill or r*pe innocent people and then sit in your cell, enjoying your free food, gym, library, etc for the rest of your life at the taxpayers expense?

Posted by: tasha at December 6, 2004 12:18 AM

One question:

With Bush STILL in office, What has changed about the State of Black America?

Posted by: bamaddams at May 28, 2005 03:15 PM
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