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My dear friend, Frantz Kebreau, has dedicated his life to saving of America…twice. The first time, Frantz pledged his life for our country as a member of the United States Air Force. More recently, he put his life on hold, sacrificing his career and time with his family to travel this country to teach us all the importance of a color-blind society. His call is an honorable one, and he is not alone. My heart is stirred by several others, who have become dear friends, as well. Pastor C.L. Bryant has given his life to “warn the world of economic slavery, to unlock the shackles of tyranny by teaching Liberty” through his message and his film, Runaway Slave. My new friend, K. Carl Smith, founder of the Conservative MESSENGER, dedicated his life to advancing the message and movement of the Frederick Douglass Republicans. There are so many more that fight daily to save America from tyranny and convince us not to give into the chains and slavery of racism and class warfare.
Given my belief in these dear men and their mission, you can imagine how my heart wept over the statement Florida Commissioner of Agriculture made to reporters recently. Mr. Putnam stated that he was “disappointed”in the current composition of the Department of Agriculture, indicating his Agriculture Department being 78 percent white was “not acceptable”. I fail to understand how he can simply look at the “color” of his employees and determine that their employment is “not acceptable.”
Is Mr. Putnam saying that the Commissioners of Agriculture before him engaged in discriminatory hiring practices? Is Mr. Putnam saying that he can look at the color of someone’s skin and determine that they are not qualified for a job? I would not consider this a historically Republican thought process.
Mr. Putnam made the statement to reporters, “I was disappointed, but not shocked,” Putnam said of the department’s demographics. “I came into this knowing we weren’t where we need to be.” Funny, I don’t remember Mr. Putnam mentioning affirmative action principles as a platform for his election to the Commissioner of Agriculture in 2010. I was fairly active in that election term, attending many rallies across the state, hearing many campaign stump speeches, even hearing the same speeches multiple times. I had heard Mr. Putnam speak in many forums; he is quite a dynamic speaker, actually. However, I never heard him express his disappointment with the racial composition of the Department of Agriculture, nor did I ever hear him campaign that he was going to make it his mission to“diversify” the Department. As a matter of fact, Mr. Putnam ran a campaign on conservative Republican principles, I am SURE that if this had been a campaign promise made by Mr. Putnam, it would have been something of great interest.
Running as a Conservative Republican, Mr. Putnam had to know that picking up the affirmative action mantle would not have been a popular stance. Those who believe in the truly “republican” America (as a principle not a party) know that the fight for a color-blind America has been a battle that lovers of Liberty and Freedom have engaged in for decades. One of those great fighters was Frederick Douglass. Mr. Douglass was an anti-slavery orator and writer. He described himself:
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intended to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
Mr. Douglass gave a speech in Washington, D.C, at the 24th Anniversary of the Emancipation (1886), and said:
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe”
Mr. Douglass fought for equality of men through a colorblind society. He also fought for the equality of women, championing the motto “Right is of no sex—Truth is of no color”. Mr. Douglass was the embodiment of the fight for a colorblind society and plowed a path for another great man, whom many are more familiar with, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King dreamt of nation where all are equally free, judged by their CHARACTER and not the COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. In this battle for a colorblind society, Dr. King stated,
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Dr. King, as a Republican, was fighting for a day where the world would shed the desire to engage in an affirmative action, a philosophy “where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress”. Yet, here we are today, still promoting this race warfare mentality and it comes from a surprising source; a Republican Commissioner of Agriculture of Florida.
The men that I have mentioned above are champions of this cause. These men, since the founding of our nation have been fighting to educate the people. James Madison stated in an article written for the National Gazette, December 20, 1792:
“Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant – they have been cheated; asleep – they have been surprised; divided – the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson? …the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it…. It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free.”
When are we going to embrace the understanding that equality demands, equal standing in the eyes of the people? When are we going to understand the battles that have raged for over a hundred years are still being promoted today through the teaching of racism through the affirmative action agenda? We must understand that we have a great stolen history. If we are ever to have Liberty that understands that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. We must shed the chains and slavery of the racist agenda of class and race warfare.
We must educate ourselves on the essential principle of Liberty that demands a colorblind society. We must watch our government as James Madison demanded. We must tell our elected representatives, like Mr. Adam Putnam that we will no longer tolerate the propagation of slavery and racism embodied in the principles of affirmative action. We will not tolerate anything less than a government that believes that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL and are all entitled to Liberty and Justice.
As a final observation to this thought. When you are searching for this information you will find that there are only THREE media outlets that reported on this issue, one of which simply refers to the other. I am grateful to my local media source WJTK 96.5 “The Jet” for reporting this issue and bringing it to our attention. What is going on in the media when we cannot find journalists who are willing to report the truth? This is exactly the archaic thought process of the establishment that has hijacked our nation and that we are trying so hard to overcome. We The People must inform ourselves on the truth about our elected representatives. Listen to what they say and over their term they will show their TRUE NATURE. You may ask why am I so angry at Adam Putnam? Simply, because I am beginning to believe he stole my vote, and nobody likes a thief.