A few years ago über-liberal Thomas Frank wrote What’s The Matter With Kansas?, a book that lamely asked and attempted to explain why people, particularly those of his home state of Kansas, supposedly voted “against their economic and social interests” by continually electing Republicans to office.
Star Parker with Townhall.com recently wondered why blacks actually do vote against their economic and social interests by casting their lot with the Democratic Party.
Parker says that, ironically, despite Democratic rhetoric about economic inequities and wealth and income gaps in America, those gaps are more pronounced inside the Democratic tent than inside the Republican one.
Exit polls from the recent presidential election show that Barack Obama captured the vote of America’s richest and America’s poorest. Fifty-two percent of the wealthy voted for Obama and more than 60% of those earning under $30,000 a year.
The wealthiest senator in Congress is John Kerry, a Democrat, as is the wealthiest House member, Jane Harmon. The nation’s two wealthiest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are both Democrats.
So what political aspirations do black Americans whose income lags the nation share with the multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires?
Economically speaking; none. Nor do blacks share common ground with Democrat social values.
Church attendance correlates with party affiliation. Those who attend church regularly vote Republican. Those who don’t generally vote Democratic. Except blacks.
Polls show that blacks are more aligned with Republicans than Democrats on social issues such as gay marriage, abortion, and sexual promiscuity. California’s Proposition 8, the ban against gay marriage, passed in great part due to 70% of blacks voting for it.
Blacks poll more closely with Republicans and conservatives on energy and environmental issues than with liberals. Working blacks have little interest in paying higher taxes and bearing the higher costs that will result from chasing global warming windmills and other exotic government-subsidized alternatives.
What blacks do share with liberals and Democrats is income redistribution. A recent Zogby poll shows 80% of Democrats, 90 % of liberals and 76% of blacks supporting taxing the wealthy to give money to low-income Americans.
Democrats and liberals that if you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the support of Paul.
Ms. Parker is right when she says Republicans and conservatives are wrong if they think they can win the black vote on social issues alone. Until Republicans help blacks understand that only low taxes and limited government provide the economic mobility and opportunity to succeed and that welfare and income redistribution do the opposite.
Winston Churchill may have said it best. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”