Local politics and racism

Democrat political operative Walt de Vries writes for the StarNews Media arguing to reverse its policy not to endorse political candidates. Essentially, he wants to add their biases to increase “the voting of minorities (read Democrat voters).” He hopes that editors will “interpret” facts and “political reality” for them.

According to Mr. de Vries “voters need all the help they can get.” Translation: We need to make sure blacks vote for Democrats.

His theory indicates that because Republicans eliminated “straight party ticket” voting in North Carolina “behavioral Democrats (black voters)…are unwilling or unable to make decisions all the way down the ballot.” Thus, they “despair of such onerous, tiring tasks and just stop voting.”

His “research” shows that making “voters split their tickets in North Carolina adds around 2-3 percent to some Republican candidates totals.”

Let’s get this convoluted thinking straight: According to de Vries’ reasoning black people in North Carolina who only vote Democrat are not willing or able to determine which candidates they are supposed to vote for unless they have a ballot that lists only Democrats.

So, frustrated with decision-making, and apparently with no way to be shown who they are expected to vote for, they just don’t vote. This skews the results to Republican candidates because their voters can determine who they want to vote for.

Thus, de Vries argues, StarNews editors must again endorse candidates to assure that local blacks will vote Democrat.

Seems to me this attitude is insulting and demeaning to black people. And it shows that Democrats are the true racists among us; believing that these people are not smart enough to know how to choose political candidates without directions from white folks.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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