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Kenneth Blackwell: GOP Can Reach Black Voters with 'Bridge Issues'

By    |   Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 07:44 PM

Former Ohio Attorney General and Cincinnati Mayor, Ken Blackwell tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview that the GOP can connect black voters to the ideas of limited government with “bridge issues” and “through uniting around strengthening the family, protecting innocent life and economic growth.”

Blackwell, who is currently serving as a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and author of “The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build the Imperial Presidency,” warns of the dangers of “big government” to the black community.

“Those forms of government have to do two things: they have to denounce the church and they have to destroy family and if you begin to look at all of human history when those sorts of big government, highly concentrated power, centralized governments come into being, they do so at the expense of the family,” Blackwell said.

“So one of the things we understood for a long time is big government has to breed dependency on government when you expand the field of those who believe in higher taxes and less individual responsibility," he added.

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Blackwell explained that the roots of his conservative beliefs come from his own family.

“What my grandfather and my grandmother and my mother understood was that we are given our human rights not as grants from government but as gifts from God and that we should never replace God with government and that was a very important life lesson. . .  When the government becomes big and intrusive it does so at the expense of individual liberty and individual moral responsibly.”

According to Blackwell, one of the ways the GOP can reach the black community is through what he calls “bridge issues,” such as gay marriage: “As it happens traditional and natural marriage is a bridge issue for the party and that’s important for the party to remember. We have to continue to be the party of economic growth so we need to look for bridge issues. Economy growth, job creation and related issues are bridge issues. School choice, a bridge issue. . . . If we run away from the bridge issues we’re going to find ourselves in a situation where we don’t close the gap for another 100 years.

“By 2014, the 2014 elections, there’s a brilliant opportunity for the Republican Party, if it stays on message, if it stays purposeful of what it does with the black community they could get anywhere from 12 to 16 percent of the vote. That can change election results.”

When asked if there’s a way for GOP candidates to reach the black community, especially after Mitt Romney and Rand Paul were recently booed with they spoke at NAACP and Howard University events, Blackwell says: “There are people in neighborhoods across this country that happen to be African American dominated in population that would have welcomed Gov. Romney to come to their school where they are struggling to break free of the public school reservation, and where school choice experiments are actually working, whether that’s in Cleveland or Milwaukee or some of the other major urban areas of our country.”

Blackwell and other black conservatives such as Dr. Ben Carson are planning to meet in Washington on Monday at a meeting hosted by former presidential candidate Herman Cain to discuss the damage that has been done to the black community by the Obama administration. They are seeking to determine how they can work better together.

“Herman and Ben and Star Parker are good friends so it’s just a handful of friends getting together, having a discussion about a whole wide range of issues that will impact how we articulate our vision for the future,” Blackwell said about the upcoming meeting. “So this discussion gives us an opportunity to look at how we can enforce one another as opposed to being carbon copies of one another.”

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