Last Night Was the Turning Point in Trump's Campaign
But back to that perhaps startling claim -- to the media and Democrats, anyway -- about Democrats being largely responsible for the plight of black Americans. Donald Trump is quite correct:
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have taken African-American votes totally for granted.
Until now, anyway, the black vote has run according to the Democratic script. What is that script? Lyndon Johnson articulated it in its purest -- as well as its crassest -- form when in 1964 he remarked to two like-minded Democratic governors that, with his Great Society programs:
I’ll have those n*****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.
It hasn't been 200 years yet. But for the last 50? As patronizing Democratic programs stifled freedom and individual initiative, and erected an increasingly burdensome (and expensive) governmental cocoon around their minority charges?
The black vote has been largely in the pocket of its new plantation owners.
The "Great Society" did not abolish poverty. That was never the intention. It institutionalized poverty.
Along the way, it created an engorging bureaucracy that was a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
As Trump pointed out in his speech in Milwaukee earlier this week, all of the nation's failed cities -- Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, Memphis, Milwaukee itself -- have been under Democratic control for decades.
Milwaukee, for example, has been Democratic since 1908. Do you suppose that there is a connection between the disasters -- the poverty, the crime, the corruption -- that have engulfed these cities, and the political complexion of their leadership? Or is it merely fortuitous?
To ask the question is to answer it.
Regular readers know that I have found find a lot to criticize about Donald Trump. I stand by those criticisms. But I also acknowledge a new note in Trump's campaign.
His speeches of the last two weeks have outlined with clarity and conviction that he is serious about bringing about significant change. Not just the word "change": the country has staggered under that ruse for nearly eight years now. No, Trump is promising to bring real change to all Americans, but especially to American cities and the materially disenfranchised denizens who have spent the last several decades suffering from the hypocritical benevolence of the corrupt Democratic bureaucracy.