Growing up, I have always loved history. My mother taught me until sixth grade, and fed my love for history. Both of my parents are Christian conservatives, and that influenced me as I grew up. However, I did not learn much about the history of the Republicans and Democrats until I read a book by David Barton. It was called Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White.
Barton explains the history of Black Americans in the history of America. He pointed to a book by William Cooper Nell entitled The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution. That book opened my eyes to a history of America often overlooked, or skimmed over. It goes through different states in America and talks about the black veterans in each state, and also the progress of blacks and Americans in the 1800s.
This book simply reinforced my American pride. I was already proud to be an American, but finding out there was more to the American Revolution than simply James Armistead Lafayette and Crispus Attucks was amazing. Then, David Barton went on to talk about Reconstruction and the issues surrounding it. In high school history, the textbook usually mentions Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. However, Barton talked about these men who were in Congress, all Republicans, and all self-educated men who made something of themselves after being freed from slavery.
These men are talked about more in-depth in the book Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through The Lives of the First Black Congressmen. When looking at the policies of the Republicans and Democrats then and now, my Republicanism was reinforced. Why should I vote for the party that didn’t think I was fully human back then, and currently would rather have had me aborted than adopted? Why would I vote for the party who was scared to let people who look like me vote back then, and now thinks I am too stupid to get an ID to vote?
One party treats me like an American man, and the other party treats me like a child in need of parenting. I already have my parents, and they have done a good job. I do not need the government to help me based on my skin color. I don’t need affirmative action, I don’t need special treatment. All I need from the government is to be left alone. I have never been a Democrat, and never will be.
That being said, my allegiance is to my God and not to any party. While I may be a Republican now, I am a Christian, a sinner who is saved by grace, and I will not carry the party line when my conscience tells me not to. Right now, America needs to get back to the small government we were built on. We need to return to freedom. Hopefully one of the presidential candidates will bring that about.