Houston Forward Times

09 July 2014 Written by  Jeffrey L. Boney

THE MORAL HYPOCRISY OF POLITICS

It’s election time once again and I get sick and tired of the moral hypocrisy surrounding politics.

What I mean is I utterly despise the culture that has become the new norm in society, whereby anyone who identifies themselves as a member of the Democratic Party or supports certain Democratic causes is labeled an unbeliever; an abomination; or a supporter of evil.

On the flip-side of the coin, if you identify yourself as a member of the Republican Party or get behind select Republican-platform issues you are considered a patriot; a real American; a born-again Christian; and a standard-bearer for righteousness in America.

Listen up…..the Republican Party has as much of a lock on Christian-values, righteousness and godliness, as the Democratic Party has on the Black vote. Absolutely none!

Don’t take my word for it; let’s look at history.

Prior to the Civil Rights movement, it was the Democratic Party which aggressively fought against the abolition of slavery and systematically promoted legislation that disenfranchised Black people in this country. The Republican Party fought to abolish slavery and enact legislation to help Black people gain equal-footing with the rest of America.

Blacks were progressing quite nicely in this country before the Ku Klux Klan reared its ugly head and before Democrats from the South decided they wanted to continue the unjust disenfranchisement of Black people in this country. Those southern Democrats, better known as ‘Dixiecrats’, openly embraced the social disenfranchisement of Black people.

Because the Republican Party developed a ‘Southern Strategy’ to win elections in the South, it attracted disenchanted southern Democrats and gave them the comfort they needed to leave the Democratic Party and find a new, more welcoming home within the Republican Party.

The Republican Party of old, which embraced the plight of Blacks in this country, made a conscious decision to change their brand and marketing strategy in order to win politically ‘by any means necessary’ in the South.

This slap in the face and shift away from Black people, in turn, shifted Black support away from the Republican Party and over to the Democratic Party. This shift in politics put Black people in a tough spot because Blacks were practically forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

The lesser of two evils principle is the idea in politics that of two bad choices, one isn’t as bad as the other and should be chosen over the one that is the greater threat.

There has been no pressure placed upon the average American citizen, forcing them to choose between two political parties, as the pressure placed upon Black people.

The marketing strategies used by both political parties have routinely been put into play over the past several decades and have been pretty effective at branding each party’s positions.

When Democrats hype people up and brand themselves as the defenders of Black people and all that is important to their survival, they indirectly take ownership of that brand until another party steps up to effectively compete for market share in that space.

When Republicans hype people up and brand themselves as the defenders of righteousness and Christianity, they indirectly take ownership of that brand until another party steps up to effectively compete for market share in that space.

Because I know how each political party functions, I take exception with the way they quickly turn the other cheek when members of their own party commit well-known egregious acts.

Many members of the evangelical community and those who profess to be evangelicals, have condemned President Barack Obama for being unpatriotic and have sought to brand him as the most radical elected official who has ever ran for and held the office of the presidency. President Obama has been branded a Muslim, when he has clearly professed he is a Christian. He has been compared to Adolf Hitler, one of the most ruthless dictators in the history of the world. He has been called a communist and a socialist and has even been demeaned and disrespected through emails and caricatures that are racially offensive.

Is this what Jesus would do or allow? Of course not!

How can Republicans, who’ve branded themselves as the standard bearers for righteousness and Christianity, turn a blind eye to the distortions and character assassination of the president, while ignoring the shortcomings and failures of their own elected officials for the sake of politics?

And, no, I haven’t let the Democratic Party off the hook.

How can Democrats, who’ve branded themselves as the defenders of Black people, ignore us and place us at the bottom of the totem pole for addressing our primary needs and concerns?

When you choose the lesser of two evils, you are abandoning your convictions and going with the political party you ‘believe’ is going to best represent you.

I hate this approach to life and politics! It is morally wrong and hypocritical.

Isn’t that what happened to Jesus in the Bible?

Barabbas was a known murderer, but the people chose him over Jesus. They knew Barabbas was guilty, yet they chose the lesser of two evils because they were influenced to do so by the religious and political leaders of their day.

Many people have allowed the religious and political leaders of our day to influence us to abandon our convictions and make the wrong decisions.

It is abominable for people to abandon their convictions in order to prove their points and do what they think is right. ficials for the sake of politics?

Don’t be a hypocrite; be a leader for truth and righteousness regardless of your political party.

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .