As many of you know, one of my “things” is bringing more minorities into the GOP. Believing in the free market system, Democracy, and freedom, and being against the over reaching government, government intrusion in our lives, and being against being over taxed and over regulated is for EVERYONE, regardless of color or religion. I also believe that minority communities are better served by having a voice in both parties. So, I am pleased that Artur Davis, Congressman from Alabama since 2002, is changing his party status from Democrat to Republican. He was a Senior Whip for the caucus, co-chair the New Democrat Coalition and headed up the Southern region for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee. He is giving up a lot for what he believes in. Here he explains why: (emphasis mine)

But parties change. As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it). If you have read this blog, and taken the time to look for a theme in the thousands of words (or free opposition research) contained in it, you see the imperfect musings of a voter who describes growth as a deeper problem than exaggerated inequality; who wants to radically reform the way we educate our children; who despises identity politics and the practice of speaking for groups and not one national interest; who knows that our current course on entitlements will eventually break our solvency and cause us to break promises to our most vulnerable—that is, if we don’t start the hard work of fixing it.

On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. You have also seen me write that faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too. You’ve read that in my view, the law can’t continue to favor one race over another in offering hard-earned slots in colleges: America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way—it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear.

Taken together, these are hardly the enthusiasms of a Democrat circa 2012, and they wouldn’t be defensible in a Democratic primary. But they are the thoughts and values of ten years of learning, and seeing things I once thought were true fall into disarray. So, if I were to leave the sidelines, it would be as a member of the Republican Party that is fighting the drift in this country in a way that comes closest to my way of thinking: wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities.


You might also be interested in these black conservative sites. The John Langston Forum. The BlackSphere. Black and Right. The Civil Right. Conservative Black Chick. Raging Elephants. You can also follow me on twitter @KatMcKinley and click on my twitter list of “Strong Black Conservatives.”

Related, you might enjoy my post “Black History, My History, And Arms Open Wide,” which explains why I welcome Davis “Home” to the GOP, and a bit of my history.

KATHLEEN MCKINLEY, Guest Voice Columnist
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  • The_Ohioan

    Interesting that you and Breitbart leave out another enlightening paragraph. Be careful what you wish for.

    “Full confession: you won’t find in my columns a poll tested candidate who could satisfy a litmus test. Immigration is a classic example: I wince at the Obama Administration’s efforts to tell states they can’t say the word immigration in their state laws, and find it foolish when I hear their lawyers say that a local cop can’t determine the legal status of a suspect validly in their custody. At the same time, I wince when I see Latinos who have a lawful right to be here have to dodge the glare of so-called “self-deportation laws” that look too uncomfortably like profiling. (It’s a good thing Virginia hasn’t gone that path). And while I haven’t written about the subject as much as I should have, I can’t defend every break in our tax code, or every special interest set-aside, as a necessary tool of a free market. And I can’t say every dollar spent on our weak and our marginal is a give-away: a just government is mindful of the places where prosperity never shines (and I give a lot of credit to an undisputed conservative, Mitch Daniels in Indiana, for saying so, and doing it at the nation’s leading conservative political caucus at that.)”

  • slamfu

    “I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again”.

    Wow, someone hasn’t been paying attention. The businesses and job creators are doing just fine. Once again we have someone stupid enough to equate a raise in personal income tax with some sort of negative effect on job creation or as a “punishment”. The punishment is on this nation as we have to cancel programs that help build this nation because we can’t bother to let people that have actually done WELL in the last few years to pay more. Romney brought home $20million and paid how much in taxes? Poor guy, paying half the rate median income earners do. Wish I was successful enough to have my income in a form that was deemed to be in a special income bracket of its own.

    Let me break down the real sources of our flagging economy. First, too much of the money has flowed up to the top and stayed there. It has done so precisely because of the kinds of tax policy that Davis is espousing here. There is a reason tax rates from the Great Depression thru the 70’s were very high on the top earners, to prevent this. The really wealthy, and I’m talking the top .1% not the 1%, have more money than ever, more than they can spend, and that money gets invested because there’s only so many Bugatti Veyron’s you can buy. Which brings us to our second issue, the interest rates have been too low. This means that the large investors can no longer park money in safe bonds and see anything like a real returns. And since there is so much money, all the normal investment vehicles are over capitlized and there is no where for this investment money to go. So, the markets CREATE new investment vehicles which are far riskier but at least they provide the theory of returns. Hence we have JP Morgan floating $10 Trillion or whatever in credit default swap derivative garbage, which can tank, and screw us all over again like in ’08.

    Third, the driving force of the economy, the middle class consumer, doesn’t have any money anymore to do their real job, which is consume. Incomes have stayed flat. They have stayed flat in the face of increasing profits by many major players. Walmart sets a new record for profit, do you think any of their workers see any of that? Nope. This is repeated across the spectrum. Yet guys like Davis want us to believe that if the “job creators” have more money they will make more and higher paying jobs for us. They haven’t, and they won’t. The facts tell a different story. That story is that while companies may be doing very well, they are simply taking the profits. While this may be good for the stock prices, it is killing the overall economy.

    Interest rates need to come up, taxes need to come up, and companies need to be encouraged to do something about wages. However, since unions are the big enemy of capitalism now and the GOP has been doing whatever they can to undermine them, that last one is going to be hard to do. When the middle class is getting its cut of overall success, the economy will bounce back again, and this will actually HELP the “job creators” as they once again will have a market for their goods and services like they used to. This is how it works, but you would never know that to listen to conservatives, and some semi-conservatives like Davis.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    “Welcome home to the GOP, Artur Davis.”

    Is this the same “home” that told Sen. Arlen Specter don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out, when the Senator left the GOP?