The seed-bed for the Southern strategy was birthed in 1964 with the advent of Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential aspirations. And, the strategy reached its apex under the Presidential leadership of Ronald Reagan. Seemingly, the Republican Party’s “Southern Strategy” is based upon perpetuating “White Privilege”, and at the same time continues to perpetuate minority subjugation. Without a doubt, the “Southern Strategy” has created political stagnation (polarization) in our national governmental system.
American society has become simply a “spiritual vision” written in a profound document (U.S. Constitution) rather than a living spiritual reality. Make no mistake about it, the problem is the profound desire on the part of some Whites to perpetuate “White Privilege”. In 2015, if you are White, an individual can come to America stay for six months, apply for citizenship, and become successful overnight. The U.S. Constitution states very clearly that if you are born in America, you are an American citizen. And, at the same time, some Republicans want to declare that “so-called-anchor-babies” must return to the continent of origin of their parents (South America); even though the Constitution states otherwise. While, on the other hand, no matter what an individual can contribute or does not have the ability to contribute to the well-being of American society, seemingly, if the individual is “White” he is right, if Black, get back, and if Brown, stick around (color-line-distinctions). But, above all, toe the line. This is not written in law, but sublingual language.
America is on a downhill descent with a “hard-right-drag”. Obstructionism is a political philosophy that declares that it is “my way or the highway”. The Presidential debates reveal clearly how destructive the “Southern-Strategy” has become to America’s political well-being. Simply because when men and “one-woman” of the same political party (persuasion) cannot get along with each other (civility), then minorities do not stand a ghost of chance as in hell. Therefore, America is structurally functioning against its own well-being socio-politically-economically, but more importantly, spiritually and morally. At the center of this societal free-fall is “political-partisanship-gridlock” (obstructionism).
The Democratic Party is destroying the moral fabric of American society by attempting to make every issue an issue of civil rights. The Republican Party is destroying the “civility” of American society with notions of “White Privilege”, and a misguided “devilish” interpretation of the Second Amendment to the U. S. Constitution; thereby engendering a “vulgar” gun culture. It is written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18). Woe unto those who interfere with the well-being of children of God, because if God has to straighten out your mess, you probably will not like the results. “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42: 16).
I pray that as a nation-state we do not spiritually embrace the destructiveness of a “haughty” heart because: “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty; and before honor is humility.” (Proverbs 18:12). But, let us with humility receive the honor of God’s glory for future generations.
America must learn to keep the two great commandments of Jesus: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with thy entire mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matt. 22: 37-39). America is truly void of visionary political leadership.
Society begins and ends in the family unit. Men must be able to provide for the basic survival needs of their families (food, shelter and clothing). God said that a man must work (Genesis 3: 17-19). Therefore, work is God’s gift to men, and of course the work of men should be oriented toward commitment: “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. The Lord hath made all things for himself.” (Proverbs 16: 3-4). But, above all, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4: 11). Apparently, some men (White and Black) in both political parties did not get the e-mail message or text message because some are still implementing the “southern strategy (sin) and same-sex-marriage (sin)”, because sin is a free-will human right, not a civil rights issue. Or, on the other hand, if they did, they deleted the message.
Unfortunately, there are still in play “racists-institutional-structural-impediments” that keep Black men from acquiring meaningful work (employment) in American society. The key to a vibrant economic system (economic growth) is growing “JOBS” (meaningful work). By the way, the system does not want full employment that is zero unemployment. This is why full-employment is defined as (3-4) percent of the potential White American workforce unemployed, because structurally the system is not designed to produce full-employment (zero unemployment). A job (work) gives glory to God and self-pride and self-gratification to individuals; especially men. In the past, the Southern strategy was about slave labor. In the twenty-first century, the Southern strategy is about illegal immigrant labor.
The Grand Ole Party (Party of Abraham Lincoln) has become the party of Ronald Reagan that is the ole Democrat Party of the South (Dixiecrats). Sometimes the more things change, the more they remain the same.
But, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 16). Amen!