Well for far too long, Democrats have taken advantage of our community
and just always felt as if we're just going to be there for them without
having to do the things that are necessary in our community.
The Republican Party has overlooked this, simply because they thought
that—out of tradition and out of culture—that that we’re going to continue
to just vote the same way all the time, but that is definitely not true.
And if the Republican Party would be so kind to reach out, I’m sure that
they will find a group of people who are interested in their policies and
Skeptical, Simon—a pure-bred, unabashed liberal—inquired of Brooks whether Republicans had “policies that would interest you more?” The pastor replied:
Absolutely. I think school choice is a big thing, and I think, educationally,
that African-American children should have the same privilege that all
other children that come from well-to-do families have, and that is they
should be able to go to any school that is a good school, and they should
not be regulated to poor-performing schools in their community just
because they live in a certain ZIP code or certain area code.
That was a bit over the top for Simon, who asked:
What about employment, because I think a lot of Democratic candidates--
including, certainly, the ones who’ve run for office there in Chicago--
would argue that they have dedicated a lot of federal, state and city
money to the interests of African-Americans in the South Side?
Yes. The Democrats have poured billions of dollars into the nation’s inner cities, including Chicago. But, Simon wasn’t prepared for Brooks four-word response:
Show us some jobs.
To which Brooks added:
They’re going to say they pumped in a lot of money to the South Side
of Chicago and I’m going to say, you pumped in a lot of money, but
show us some jobs.
We need economic empowerment, and we need to have tax incentives
and tax breaks for corporations that decide to come to places like the
South Side of Chicago and hire individuals on the South Side of Chicago,
and we need to have those areas built up and the only way we’re going
to be—get them built up, is that we have to create a way for an economic
base to be put in place.
With that tactic not producing the expected results, Simon asked Brooks whether his congregation was merely “indulging” him or were actually receptive to hearing the GOP’s message? Brooks answered:
I think—not just my congregation—but people in the city of Chicago
are being more receptive. I was talking to a lady at Starbucks, and she
was saying, “Pastor, thank you, because all my life I’ve voted Democrat,
and I’ve always thought that we should vote different ways and just
never spoke out.”
And she was saying that she’s going to have—start having that type
of conversation with her family about voting differently and this lady is
tied to a Democratic political figure in the city of Chicago.
So I think it’s a matter of showing people the various views and then
letting them decide for themselves.
Want to hear more? Here's the entire interview:
In 1964, the out-of-wedlock birth rate among Blacks was 24%. Today, it's ~70%. This isn't due to a lack of funding programs to amelioate poverty in the nation's inner cities but funding that enriched Democratic pols for the past 5 decades. "Crony socialism," it's called.
Social programs are not the solution to poverty. Intact families where biological fathers are present, good schools with demonstrably good teachers, and churches whose pastors teach sound morality--like Pastor Corey Brooks--provide the solution. These empower human beings.
As Baroness Margaret Thatcher famously observed:
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other
Let the discussion begin...