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God Made Me Black, Ronald Reagan Made Me A Conservative (Must Read!)
NewsMax ^ | 6/10/04 | Steve D. Williams

Posted on 06/10/2004 6:45:18 PM PDT by wagglebee

I am one of those people who are considered part of a non-existent species – a black American conservative. But it wasn’t always that way. Evolution takes time!

In 1972, I joined the Army out of high school and was sent to Germany, where I was promoted several times and stayed long enough to notice that while my race was somewhat of a novelty in that country, I was judged as an individual and not stung by the same kind of racism I had experienced from my own countrymen. I also liked Germany’s system of socialized medicine in which each citizen was taken care of from "cradle to grave."

It was not until I returned to the U.S., stationed at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Ga., that I was able to cast my first enthusiastic vote for Jimmy Carter. I felt part of the whole election process, excited that a liberal was in the running, especially because the black communities in New Jersey and Florida where I grew up had instilled in me the conviction that conservatives were either Nazis or Klansmen who hated my guts for merely existing.

While I had witnessed the early years of the Civil Rights movement, more vivid to me was the sight of the signs on bathroom doors and water fountains saying “Colored” or “Negroes” that hung alongside “Whites Only.” Jim Crow seemed to stare me in the face at every turn.

When I left for a three-year stint in Norway (where a girl from Oregon caught my eye and we married) I still admired socialism and, after returning to America at age 27, found that the Democratic Party most closely resembled the system of governance I preferred.

After working in the Veterans Administration, I joined a multi-level marketing company because the then-popular ideas about free markets and rising as high as your talents allowed appealed to me. The management, which was dominated by Republicans who relentlessly drove their conservative message home, invited me to attend a meeting in 1980 at which the Republican presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan, spoke.

What an eye opener! After listening to his spellbinding speech – and more important, hearing the content of his message – I suddenly loved America and its people. I loved the message of personal responsibility Reagan preached and realized how sadly lacking it was in the black community, where people of my pigmentary persuasion always felt that “the system” owed them something.

I walked away convinced that the system owed me nothing; to the contrary, I owed my country the best that I could give it.

Since that time, I have been voting for conservative candidates who preach personal, fiscal and social responsibility. If this message were prevalent in the black community, 70 percent of our children would not be born out of wedlock and we would be known more for formulating law-enforcement policies than occupying prison cells.

On September 11, 2001, America played a home game and lost. Our current president placed his entire presidency on the line by deciding that if we were going to play this game, we would make it an "away game" and take it to the hometowns of the opposition. Because of this decision, we are winning.

Like Reagan in both philosophy and spirit, George W. Bush is another hero of mine. Both of them great men: believers in God and country and consistently but misguidedly underestimated by both the media and Democrats – the party that now has less pro-American sentiment than exists in the city of Baghdad!

Mr. Reagan (like Mr. Bush) did more for all Americans than any Democrat has ever done, by freeing the world of the “Evil Empire”; tearing down the Berlin Wall and thus freeing millions of people from lifetimes of tyranny; and neutralizing the threat of nuclear destruction. On Saturday, Mr. Reagan received his eternal reward as his feet have landed on streets of gold.

Today, by our good fortune, we have a strong leader in President Bush, a man who will never compromise his ideals on the issues of freedom from terror and freedom for all. Since entering office, he has freed over 50 million people in two countries, an astounding accomplishment that no Democrat – who will say and do anything to gain power and win election – will ever do.

May God bless our current president with another term, as he – like his predecessor, Mr. Reagan – is dedicated solely to the service of his country and to God.


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What an eye opener! After listening to his spellbinding speech – and more important, hearing the content of his message – I suddenly loved America and its people. I loved the message of personal responsibility Reagan preached and realized how sadly lacking it was in the black community, where people of my pigmentary persuasion always felt that “the system” owed them something.

I walked away convinced that the system owed me nothing; to the contrary, I owed my country the best that I could give it.

I'm guessing that Bill Clinton never had this type affect on anybody.

God Bless President Reagan

1 posted on 06/10/2004 6:45:18 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Black conservative ping

If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know via FREEPmail. (And no, you don't have to be black to be on the list!)

Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.

2 posted on 06/10/2004 6:48:09 PM PDT by mhking
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To: wagglebee; mhking

This is completely uplifting.
Thanks for ping Michael,
and good catch to you, wagglebee.

Gold bless RWR.


3 posted on 06/10/2004 6:51:23 PM PDT by onyx
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To: scott7278

ping

Wow, what an awesome article.


4 posted on 06/10/2004 6:51:55 PM PDT by surelyclintonsbaddream
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^


5 posted on 06/10/2004 6:53:22 PM PDT by jla
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To: wagglebee
make it an "away game"

bump

6 posted on 06/10/2004 6:55:04 PM PDT by alrea (tax cuts caused massive job growth in the 80's and again this year; one party wants to raise taxes)
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To: mhking

Outstanding! Thanks


7 posted on 06/10/2004 7:00:34 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul (I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born ~ Ronald Reagan)
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To: Pan_Yan

ping


8 posted on 06/10/2004 7:03:33 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. -- Edgar Allen Poe)
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To: wagglebee

bump


9 posted on 06/10/2004 7:05:44 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: wagglebee
Terrific story!

"pigmentary persuasion" ?!

That's one I haven't heard, I'll be stealing that one!

10 posted on 06/10/2004 7:12:46 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: wagglebee
Democrats – the party that now has less pro-American sentiment than exists in the city of Baghdad!

Sad but true.

I walked away convinced that the system owed me nothing; to the contrary, I owed my country the best that I could give it.

Worth repeating. It warms my heart to know that every day more and more black Americans get it.

11 posted on 06/10/2004 7:13:28 PM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: Fzob

If black America honestly looks at what has happened to them from the time of LBJ onward, they can only conclude that they are getting the shaft. The problem is the 'rats convince them that one more entitlement program will enable them to "turn the corner" if they can just hang in there a little longer. Its really sad when you think about the turmoil the left creates just to ensure a voting block.


12 posted on 06/10/2004 7:17:07 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

I wish everyone could read this.


13 posted on 06/10/2004 7:17:57 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: wagglebee

God Made Me White, Ronald Reagan Made Me A Conservative. (small world isn't it)


14 posted on 06/10/2004 7:18:02 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Jorge
I walked away convinced that the system owed me nothing; to the contrary, I owed my country the best that I could give it.

Me too. It is a small world.

15 posted on 06/10/2004 7:23:58 PM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: Jorge
Once more with brain engaged.

God Made Me White, Ronald Reagan Made Me A Conservative. (small world isn't it)

Me too. It is a small world.

16 posted on 06/10/2004 7:25:27 PM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: wagglebee

"On September 11, 2001, America played a home game and lost. Our current president placed his entire presidency on the line by deciding that if we were going to play this game, we would make it an "away game" and take it to the hometowns of the opposition. Because of this decision, we are winning. "

Bears repeating.


17 posted on 06/10/2004 7:27:22 PM PDT by Rebelbase (AKA gassybrowneyedbum)
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To: wagglebee

Excellent post!


18 posted on 06/10/2004 7:30:14 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: wagglebee

bttt


19 posted on 06/10/2004 7:41:16 PM PDT by lonestar (Me, too!--Weinie)
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To: wagglebee

bump


20 posted on 06/10/2004 7:43:39 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: wagglebee

Great post.


21 posted on 06/10/2004 7:51:55 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: wagglebee
Jesse Jackson and his ilk will loathe me for this, but...

The first place that I ever worked with anyone of a different race and learned to accept them as my equal was in Ronald Reagan's United States Navy. We were all brothers united by a common ideal - the service of our country. A quarter century later I treasure those friendships more than any that have come since. We were defending a common idea. Our nation, and the man who led and guarded us.

May God bless the man who led us during those years, and the Americans of all races, creeds, and colors who served along side me during that time, brothers and sisters all. you are the best people I have ever known, and I am honored to have served with you.

22 posted on 06/10/2004 8:15:05 PM PDT by Denver Ditdat (Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911-2004, RIP.)
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To: wagglebee

George W. Bush is no Ronald Reagan...


23 posted on 06/10/2004 8:15:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Meatwad make the money see; Meatwad get the honeys, G.)
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To: Denver Ditdat

I always say that the liberals hate the military because they do what liberals only bloviate about.


24 posted on 06/10/2004 8:16:49 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: wagglebee; Taxman; Warrior Nurse; OXENinFLA

Man, what FANTASTIC story! You guys gotta check this out...


25 posted on 06/10/2004 8:18:13 PM PDT by Chieftain (To all who serve and support those who serve - thank you!)
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To: Denver Ditdat

FReepers are going to think I'm a book fanatic, but I do not see how anyone could ever think Ronald Reagan was a racist in any fashion.


26 posted on 06/10/2004 8:19:29 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: Denver Ditdat

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/074321966X/103-6225341-3519825?v=glance


27 posted on 06/10/2004 8:23:16 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I agree


28 posted on 06/10/2004 8:23:39 PM PDT by cyborg
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Give it a rest.


29 posted on 06/10/2004 8:23:58 PM PDT by Texasforever (When Kerry was asked what kind of tree he would like to be he answered…. Al Gore.)
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To: wagglebee

Good article! Thank you for the post.


30 posted on 06/10/2004 8:24:33 PM PDT by TOUGH STOUGH ( A vote for George Bush is a principled vote!)
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To: wagglebee

Epiphany in action.


31 posted on 06/10/2004 8:27:24 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: jwfiv

ping


32 posted on 06/10/2004 8:30:27 PM PDT by Serb5150 (God Bless Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Denver Ditdat
Jesse Jackson and his ilk will loathe me for this, but...

"F--- Jesse Jackson!"


33 posted on 06/10/2004 8:32:37 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That is a line reserved for the Gipper, not you.

Reagan has the history books to back him. Bush will have his history written in 20 years; we will talk then.

Personally I think that Bush will win the next election and leave his legacy of fighting terrorism.

Difference= none.

Legacy= We will find out in 2008.

I'd wait if I was you.


34 posted on 06/10/2004 8:33:49 PM PDT by Iberian
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To: cyborg

President Reagan's own words speak volumes. Bump for the most eloquent and inspirational man I have known in my lifetime.


35 posted on 06/10/2004 8:50:15 PM PDT by Denver Ditdat (Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911-2004, RIP.)
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To: mhking
"F--- Jesse Jackson!"

Yessir, my exact thoughts.

36 posted on 06/10/2004 8:52:42 PM PDT by Denver Ditdat (Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911-2004, RIP.)
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To: mhking; wagglebee; JohnHuang2; MeekOneGOP; Jim Robinson; rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; ...
<< Like Reagan in both philosophy and spirit, George W. Bush is another hero of mine. Both of them great men: believers in God and country and consistently but misguidedly underestimated by both the media and Democrats &#8211; the party that now has less pro-American sentiment than exists in the city of Baghdad! ...... Today, by [God's Good Graces] ... we have a strong leader in President Bush, a man who will never compromise his ideals on the issues of freedom from terror and freedom for all. Since entering office, he has freed over 50 million people in two countries, an astounding accomplishment ..... May God bless our current President [And our Nation and the very Civilization we have long vanguarded -- and must forever guard] with another term, as he &#8211; like his predecessor, Mr. Reagan &#8211; is dedicated solely to the service of his country and to God. >> Amen. Blessings -- Brian BUMPping
37 posted on 06/10/2004 9:57:09 PM PDT by Brian Allen (Did you hear that my beloved FRiend died, today? -- President Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911 - 2004)
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To: mhking; wagglebee; JohnHuang2; MeekOneGOP; Jim Robinson; rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; ...
<< Like Reagan in both philosophy and spirit, George W. Bush is another hero of mine. Both of them great men: believers in God and country and consistently but misguidedly underestimated by both the media and Democrats &#8211; the party that now has less pro-American sentiment than exists in the city of Baghdad!

......

Today, by [God's Good Graces] ... we have a strong leader in President Bush, a man who will never compromise his ideals on the issues of freedom from terror and freedom for all. Since entering office, he has freed over 50 million people in two countries, an astounding accomplishment .....

May God bless our current President [And our Nation and the very Civilization we have long vanguarded -- and must forever guard] with another term, as he &#8211; like his predecessor, Mr. Reagan &#8211; is dedicated solely to the service of his country and to God. >>

Amen.

Blessings -- Brian

BUMPping

38 posted on 06/10/2004 9:58:31 PM PDT by Brian Allen (Did you hear that my beloved FRiend died, today? -- President Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911 - 2004)
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To: shaggy eel; Byron_the_Aussie

ping


39 posted on 06/10/2004 10:09:20 PM PDT by Brian Allen (Did you hear that my beloved FRiend died, today? -- President Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911 - 2004)
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To: Rose in RoseBear
You-want-to-read-this ping...
40 posted on 06/10/2004 10:13:42 PM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (I wanted to kiss her but, she wouldn't let me...)
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To: mhking
Seeing the light!


41 posted on 06/10/2004 10:22:10 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Jorge
God Made Me White, Ronald Reagan Made Me A Conservative. (small world isn't it)

Well, I just love that.

And if we instill in our children G-d first, and that nobody, and no bigotry can overcome G-d's love and promises to us, then the conservative part will follow!

42 posted on 06/10/2004 10:22:20 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: mhking

bttt


43 posted on 06/10/2004 11:21:13 PM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: wagglebee
Excellent and well-written. Thank you.

I have a dream... I dream that tomorrow this editorial could be printed in one of the three major newspapers in the country...

44 posted on 06/10/2004 11:26:38 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle
I have a dream... I dream that tomorrow this editorial could be printed in one of the three major newspapers in the country...

When I read that it was such an absurd thought I laughed out loud.

45 posted on 06/11/2004 3:00:01 AM PDT by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: Chieftain

In 1980 I was in college and I voted for Reagan in my first election. I lived though the Carter years while I was in high School 75-79. Now I was not politically astute back then but when the hostages were taken and nothing was done about it I knew that Carter was not up to the job to serve as Commander in Chief. I knew then as I know now that Liberals don't care about the problems that affect black Americans because at that time just as now the problems were not being solved in fact they were being magnified because of liberal policies.


46 posted on 06/11/2004 8:30:09 AM PDT by Warrior Nurse (Black & white liberals practice intellectual apartheid when in comes to black conservatives!)
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To: Brian Allen; mhking; wagglebee
I second that 'Amen' !

47 posted on 06/11/2004 10:27:30 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Call me the Will Rogers voter: I never met a Democrat I didn't like - to vote OUT OF POWER !)
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To: wagglebee
WADR, God makes no one black, climate and the intensity of the sun over time does that.

Ignorance and evil makes one a racist and understanding makes us all the same.

48 posted on 06/11/2004 10:31:40 AM PDT by Helms (Al Gore Has No Core + A Lost Soul In a Political Fishbowl)
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To: wagglebee
All I can say is, me too! I wonder if marriage and children entered into the equation with the subject as it did for me.

I must admit, in 1980, I despised the Great Ronald Reagan, but as the years went on as did my life as I helped develop the weapon system that contributed to the collapse of the USSR, the MX or PeaceKeeper, I realized how great he was.

There is confusion in the press about the concept of StarWars, the ultimate missile defense system, because they say it didn't have an effect on the USSR because it was never developed. To the contrary, the USSR knew that the MX was a first strike weapon system as it was part of the concept of missile defense. The idea here is to prevent a launch of Soviet missiles in the first place. Sub based missiles can't do as well because of inherit inaccuracies and hence the increase in yield to affect a desired result which would result in excessive collateral causalities around the world thereby making it morally inconceivable to use as a first strike weapon and of course taking it out of the equation in the first place. The MX was a precision weapon like nobody has ever seen before. It is too bad that the President (GWB) and Rumsfeld decided that the MX must be dismantled. It was and would be, our ace in the hole.
49 posted on 06/11/2004 10:45:15 AM PDT by Final Authority
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God Made Me Black, George W. Bush Made Me A Conservative (Well, Sort Of) LOL

Hey, cut me some slack here! I was too young to vote for Reagan (nor was my family AT ALL fond of him either). In my first election, I cast my ballot for Michael Dukakis. Looking back, I wonder what went through my head. Although I've always voted across parties, it wasn't until 2002 that I voted in the Republican primaries for the first time and did so again this year.


50 posted on 06/11/2004 4:15:33 PM PDT by rarebird
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