Would Joe Biden describe Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory as “clean and articulate” as he did Barack Obama? Not now that Guillory has changed his political party affiliation back to Republican from Democrat. Guillory was a Republican prior to 2007 in another state. When he returned to his home state and ran for the Louisiana State House in the heavily Democrat District of St. Landry Parish he changed his affiliation to Democrat. He took office as a Democrat Louisiana State Senator in 2009. Senator Guillory lives and practices law in Opelousas, Louisiana. Republican Charles Boustany is the Republican U.S. House Representative for that area. Louisiana State Senate District 24 also encompasses St. Landry Parish. Democrat Mary Landrieu and Republican David Vitter hold Louisiana’s seats in the U.S Senate. According to this report, Guillory has confirmed he has been approached to run for Lt. Governor of Louisiana and for the U.S. Senate, but that he will stay in the Louisiana Senate if re-elected. What isn’t said is, which side or sides approached him and for which offices? Perhaps the Party switch answers that question. Perhaps this compelling video begins a national run for office.
Hello, my name is Elbert Lee Guillory and I’m the Senator for the 24th District right here in beautiful Louisiana. Recently I made a decision what many are referring to as a bold decision to switch my party affiliation to the Republican Party.
I wanted to take a moment to explain why I chose to become a Republican, and also why I don’t think it was a bold decision at all. It is the right decision, not only for me but for all my brothers and sisters in the Black Community.
You see, in recent history, the Democrat Party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for Black people.
Somehow it’s been forgotten that the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist movement with one simple creed that slavery is a violation of the rights of man. Frederick Douglass called the Republicans the Party of Freedom and Progress, and the first Republican President, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation.
It was Republicans in Congress who authored the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, giving former slaves citizenship, voting rights and due process of law.
Democrats, on the other hand, were the Party of Jim Crow. It was Democrats who defended the rights of slave owners.
It was the Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who championed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, but it was the Democrats in the Senate who filibustered the Bill.
You see, at the heart of Liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big Government can be the benefactor of Social Justice for all Americans.
But the Left is only concerned with one thing: Control. And they disguise this control as charity. Programs such as welfare, food stamps – these programs aren’t designed to lift Black Americans out of poverty. They were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the Black Community.
The idea that Blacks or anybody need the Government to get ahead is despicable. And even more important, this idea is a failure. Our Communities are just as poor as they have always been. Our schools continue to fail children. Our prisons are filled with young Black men, who should be at home, being fathers.
Our self-initiative and self-reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for our overseers, who can control us by making us dependent on them.
Sometimes I wonder if the word ‘Freedom’ is tossed around so frequently in our society that it has become a cliche. The idea of Freedom is complex and it’s all encompassing. It’s the idea that the economy must remain free of Government persuasion. It’s the idea that the press must operate without Government intrusion, and it’s the idea that the emails and the phone records of Americans should remain free from Government Search and Seizure. It’s the idea that parents must be the decision-makers in regards to their children’s education, not some government bureaucrat.
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 be truly free is to be reliant on no one other than the author of our destiny.
These are the ideas at the core of the Republican Party and it is why I am a Republican. So my brothers and sisters of the American Community, please join with me today in abandoning the Government Plantation and the Party of Disappointment so that we may all echo the words of one Republican leader who famously said, “Free at last, Free at last.Thank God Almighty, we are Free at last.”