“To be free is better than to be unfree – always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect.” – Margaret Thatcher

Today, there is a new for of slavery: The enslavement of the minds and the stereotyping of “minority” or ethnic groups from the Progressive Left. With the discussion of immigration reform and welfare, the terms “racism” and “oppression” have become more prominent in the rhetoric coming from Liberal Democrats. However, it’s not just on the topic of immigration where these words are often the go-to vocabulary. We’ve all heard Conservative politicians such as Ted Cruz are not “Hispanic enough” or Colonel Allen West not “black enough” branching from the ideology that, because they are Conservative and hold free markets or Capitalism as important, they cannot possibly sympathize with their fellow human beings in their respective ethnic “group.” It is this ideology that will be the downfall of America.

In a recent video, Senator Elbert Guillory (Louisiana) gave an in-depth explanation as to why he switched political parties and gave a brief history of the abolishment of slavery, stating that “the Democrat Party have given the illusion that their policies and agenda are what’s best for America.” He’s right. The Progressive Left and the Democrat Party are consistently pulling out the race card, even going so far as to misconstrue historical facts just to get their agenda across. They insist upon the DREAM Act, Universal Healthcare, etc. with the excuse that this is to help those who are “less fortunate” or those who have been oppressed due to fear of racial discrimination as well as other forms of government invasion into personal lives which insists we the people aren’t smart enough to take care of ourselves. The illusion that the government knows better.

The fact of the matter is, insisting the government needs to help those simply because of their ethnicity and immigration status is racist. More than that, calling someone out based on their ethnicity makes one feel as though they’re less of an American and it is this which naturally pushes them to work harder to be “accepted” amongst American society. Caving into the Liberal ideology is how they reach “acceptance” because it is this mindset most widely found in schools and colleges or in mainstream media/pop culture. And it is this lack of understanding and outreach of Conservative principles that is changing what our country is today.

In his opening statements during a BET special called “The Great Debate,” Niger Innis said “We celebrate Emancipation Day here in D.C…and that was an emancipation of our bodies. But tonight I ask those who are watching us here to emancipate your mind, emancipate your thoughts, discard preconceived notions that many in the media and academia often promote. Free your minds from the notion that one political party is the party for all [black Americans].” I encourage readers to take the time to see his full opening and closing statements because the points he makes are key to this discussion. Throughout history, Republicans have fought for civil rights. From the founding fathers’ declaration that individuals have the right to govern themselves when first pulling away from the tyranny of British rule, to President Lincoln pressuring Congress into defying the Constitution to abolish slavery, to Ronald Reagan calling for Gorbachav to tear down the Berlin Wall – it has been Republicans who have called for the freedom of the human race from government and human oppression.

I believe the one point that both Niger Innis and Senator Guillory are trying to make is that no one group of people should dominate the decisions of what is right or wrong for America, especially when they use a person’s ethnicity for political gain. That’s not what our country was founded to be. Those of us with ethnic backgrounds are more than just skin color or heritage. We’re human beings with a conscience and a purpose in life that goes far beyond what any in government should be allowed to dictate. And it was this ideology that lead to our country’s founding.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” – Declaration of Independence

For blacks it is the influence from the Left that years of slavery make them entitled. With Latinos and Hispanics, it is the ideology that entitlement programs and government assistance is what the American Dream is. It’s time we start pushing an emancipation of our minds and thoughts, free from government “assistance” from a group of politicians who would make us dependent upon them by putting us into brackets and categories as if we were a species of animal. Freedom from this new form of slavery.

“But, 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 truelly be free is to be reliant on no one other than the Author of our destiny.” – Senator Elbert Guillory

Because when a higher Power (God) is acknowledged above imperfect men, no one man or group of people may dictate the way fellow human beings are to live.


Elissa Roberson | College of the Desert | @ElissaRoberson