Man of Steele

Friday, January 30, 2009


The last couple months, leading up to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Americans have been hearing a lot about Martin Luther King, Jr. The two have been mentioned in the same sentence frequently. Countless emails have been circulating around the globe, the message being that Dr. King's dream has finally come to fruition and that he would be most proud. I never did buy into that. The only connection I see between Dr. King and President Obama is skin color. I'm not so sure what we gave birth to in America is the dream Dr. King had in mind, for one of the most quoted sentences of Mr. Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech was, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." We all know that this did not happen on November 4, 2008. In fact, reverse that sentence, and you'll have what actually took place.
But today, we in America did get closer to the realization of Dr. King's dream. Today, Michael Steele was elected as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He is the first African-American to hold this office. He is used to being involved in firsts. In 2003, he became the first African-American to serve in a Maryland state-wide office and the first Republican lieutenant governor in the state.
This year, Republicans were looking for a new spirit and new direction after such devastating losses in November's national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress. Steele represents this newness. He is articulate, energetic, and focused on the task at hand. "The winds of change are blowing," said one candidate who bowed out."
Michael Steele is the man for this crucial hour. He is ready to lead the GOP forward, and I expect him to do so by remaining true to the conservative values that separate the Republican Party from the Democrats. As Republicans have been trying to figure out what went wrong in November, as we've discussed how to regain momentum, many people have toyed with various and sundry possibilities. Some have suggested we sell out our ideals for popularity. I have maintained, however, that the Republican conservative platforms are good platforms. We must not water down our message; it's the right message. What we must do is find a way to articulate that message to all people. When I'm asked why most Blacks vote for Democrats in spite of the fact that their worldview does not line up with the tenets of the Democratic Party, of course I tell the truth: they've been enslaved and held captive by Democratic slave masters. Yet I have also stated that we must find an effective way to articulate our message. There is nothing wrong with what we stand for, but if we don't find ways to share it, what good is it?

Enter Michael Steele. "We're going to say to friend and foe alike: 'We want you to be a part of us, we want you to be with us.' And for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over," Steele said. "There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody," he added. Here is a man who is going to take the message for the betterment of America to all people--but is not going to bow to political pressure.

What do conservative Republicans believe in? In part, we believe in limited government, fiscal and personal responsibility, low taxes, a strong defense, the value and potential of all human life, traditional family, and the constitutional right to bear arms. We do not believe in bankrupting our children and grandchildren by making them pay for bailouts of auto companies, financial institutions, newspapers, pornography and abortion industries. We do not condone tax breaks to people who don't pay taxes! We believe that government should be working for the people--not vice versa. We believe that it is detrimental to America to take from our businesses and consumers and spread the wealth around. No, if we allow our businesses to keep more of what they earn, jobs will be created, people will spend money, and that is what will stimulate the economy--not a humungous stimulus package, which is mostly a spending package designed in part to pay people back for election support. (You know, a quid pro quo; in other words, one hand washes the other.)

All Americans benefit from these basic principles, but some have no idea these principles exist. I believe Michael Steele will use his integrity, charisma, and technology savvy to spread the word. And as an African -American, he can reach across the aisle to people who have turned a deaf ear to Republicans.
Steele once had oreo cookies thrown at him by foolish, misguided people who were insinuating that, as a Republican, he was Black on the outside but white on the inside, but he didn't let that control him or stifle his God-given right to think for himself. He truly does represent Dr. King's dream. He believes that God--not the government--is his source, he is pro-life, and he is a Republican. Of course, Dr. King was also a Republican. More than anything, Michael Steele appears to be a man of conviction and values. When I was hit with the weight of the fact that I could not, in good conscience, vote for Obama, my heart was heavy. I would have loved to cast my vote for our nation's first Black president, but I wasn't about to sell out my Christian principles to do so. Today, I cannot help but be proud that the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee, the party that was started to fight for the rights of Blacks, is an African-American. But more than that, I am proud that Michael Steele is simply an American with values and principles that are so needed in this country.

Today, the RNC acknowledged this as well, for they found this man worthy of their vote, not because of his skin color, but because they judged his character to be honorable. Dr. King would be proud!


Karen,  January 31, 2009 at 7:23 AM  

Hi Adrienne,

This is incredible! Truth is out. Your blog builds and instructs others to do what is right! Your logo is so true to the content you write, we all have shackles on and I believe they are about to be loosed! Keep reaching forward to the things which are ahead, move towards the goal of the upward call of God through Christ Jesus! You go girl! Karen

Anonymous,  January 31, 2009 at 7:49 AM  

Last night as I was working out, I watched the evening news with Brian Williams. During the news report, story after story was shared about how great President Barack Obama is doing and how he has restored hope in American's to once again believe in themselves. Then Brain Williams said as a side note; "Today the RNC elected its first African American chairman Michael Steele." With that 5 second statement, Brian Williams returned to the exaltation and worship of President Barack Obama. As I watched the news it once again proved the point of how liberal the mainstream news really is. It would seem to me, that if Barack Obama becoming president was such a big step forward for America in the race relations arena that Michael Steele becoming the first African American chairman of the RNC would deserve more than a 5 second side note. After the 5 second mention, I had to wonder if Michael Steele would have been liberal and would have been voted in as the first African American chairman for the DNC if the story would have been the main story of last nights news.

David C.

Anonymous,  January 31, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

I love your site Adrienne. It looks great. I'm sooooooooooooo happy about Michael Steele winning. I think he will help us out as much as possible.

John Lofton, Recovering Republican January 31, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

FYI, might want to listen to my exclusive interview with Michael Steele and comment. Thanks. JL.

And forget, please, "conservatism," please. It will not “save” us because it has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

"[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

John Lofton, Editor,
Recovering Republican

Editor February 1, 2009 at 4:18 PM  


I checked out your blog as you requested and it is excellent. You have a perspective that needs to be heard. Congrats and much success!

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