Nothing to Lose
By Raymond Shipley
August, 2016 and Donald Trump has pivoted to full general election mode. After stumbling several times right after the RNC, and poll numbers showing the affect of his blunders, the Trump/Pence campaign has regrouped and rallied to make up lost ground, and then some.
Trump has said, in no uncertain terms, black America has "nothing to lose" by voting for him due to the horrible state their community is in as a result of the Obama administration. The evidence seems clear this is the case, but whether or not the message will be heard is another matter.
Although the unemployment rate for blacks has dropped from 12.6 percent to 8.4 under Obama, the labor force participation rate has fallen from 63.2 percent in 2009 to 61.2 percent last month. Black homeownership is down from 46.1 percent to 41.7 percent in 2009, and the percentage of blacks living below the poverty line has risen from 25.8 percent in 2009 to 26.2 percent in 2014. Black food stamp recipients have also increased from 7.3 million to 11.7 million.
Despite the Obama administration's claims "the president's never made the case that the work is finished," and that "President Obama's interested in being succeeded in office by someone who is committed to building on the progress we've made thus far as opposed to tearing it down," it seems a bit confusing as to what progress they are referring.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has charged the Trump campaign of being racist. Citing an alleged endorsement of Trump by former Louisiana House of Representatives member, David Duke, Clinton conveniently ignores her close relationship with former Klan boss Robert Byrd and obvious pandering to black voters by claiming she carries hot sauce in her purse. The brown-nosing and condescension should reveal to anyone paying attention who the actual racist is.
Similarly, mainstream media outlets have indicated Trump has flip-flopped on his tough immigration stance, citing his recent Town Hall interview with Sean Hannity, where he stated it would be "hard" to deport families that have been in the country for decades and his desire to adhere to the will of the people as much as possible. Trump also stated the crux of his immigration policy would be the wall and enforcement of existing laws, along with a prioritization of deporting illegals with felonious records. Since the laws concerning illegal immigrants are already tough, albeit not enforced, it is hard to identify a clear policy reversal; however, it is a change in tactic for the Trump campaign from the hardline stance thus far. There is no telling where this will take the campaign, but it wouldn't be the first time Trump took advantage of hyperbole and ambiguity in order to gauge reaction.
The results of these speeches and interviews remains to be seen, and it is this author's hope that black America sees the wisdom in Trump's policies. Moreover, it is hoped Trump remains steadfast in his strict immigration policies. If we are to remain a nation of laws, said laws must be enforced. Either way, the choice remains internationalist Clinton or nationalist Trump.