Elbert Guillory: Why I Chose to Become a Republican. Video. Real Clear Politics, June 18, 2013. YouTube.
La.’s First Black Republican Legislator Since Reconstruction Explains Why He Switched. By Andrew Johnson. National Review Online, June 18, 2013.
Elbert Guillory: Democrats have ignored problems facing the black community. By Caroline May. The Daily Caller, June 19, 2013.
Amazing Message from a Former Democrat. By Rush Limbaugh. RushLimbaugh.com, June 18, 2013. Audio at Daily Rushbo.
Elbert Guillory website.
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my name is Elbert Lee Guillory, and I’m the senator for the twenty-fourth
district right here in beautiful Louisiana. Recently I made what many are
referring to as a ‘bold decision’ to switch my party affiliation to the
Republican Party. I wanted to take a moment to explain why I became a
Republican, and also to explain why I don’t think it was a bold decision at
all. It is the right decision — not only for me — but for all my brothers and
sisters in the black community.
see, in recent history the Democrat Party has created the illusion that their
agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people. Somehow it’s been
forgotten that the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist
movement with one simple creed: that slavery is a violation of the rights of
Douglass called Republicans the “Party of freedom and progress,” and the first
Republican president was Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation
Proclamation. It was the Republicans in Congress who authored the thirteenth,
fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments giving former slaves citizenship, voting
rights, and due process of law.
Democrats on the other hand were the Party of Jim Crow. It was Democrats who
defended the rights of slave owners. It was the Republican President Dwight
Eisenhower who championed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, but it was Democrats in
the Senate who filibustered the bill.
see, at the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big
government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans. But the
left is only concerned with one thing — control. And they disguise this control
as charity. Programs such as welfare, food stamps, these programs aren’t
designed to lift black Americans out of poverty, they were always intended as a
mechanism for politicians to control black the black community.
idea that blacks, or anyone for that matter, need the government to get ahead
in life is despicable. And even more important, this idea is a failure. Our
communities are just as poor as they’ve always been. Our schools continue to
fail children. Our prisons are filled with young black men who should be at
home being fathers. Our self-initiative and our self-reliance have been
sacrificed in exchange for allegiance to our overseers who control us by making
us dependent on them.
I wonder if the word freedom is tossed around so frequently in our society that
it has become a cliché.
idea of freedom is complex and it is all-encompassing. It’s the idea that the
economy must remain free of government persuasion. It’s the idea that the press
must operate without government intrusion. And it’s the idea that the emails
and phone records of Americans should remain free from government search and
seizure. It’s the idea that parents must be the decision makers in regards to
their children's education — not some government bureaucrat.
most importantly, it is the idea that the individual must be free to pursue his
or her own happiness free from government dependence and free from government
control. Because to be truly free is to be reliant on no one other than the
author of our destiny. These are the ideas at the core of the Republican Party,
and it is why I am a Republican.
brothers and sisters of the American community, please join with me today in
abandoning the government plantation and the Party of disappointment. So that
we may all echo the words of one Republican leader who famously said, “free at
last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”