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WANTED: Truth Without Spin
Republican Leader Says Sincere Open Dialog, Positive Approach Necessary to Attract Black Voters
By Darwin Campbell
Lone Star Power Pages
Collin County- In order to win more of the African-American vote in November, Republicans must step up their game and present the truth on the issues without spin.
“The truth will stand alone if you leave it alone,” said Collin County Republican chairman Fred Moses. “Only truth without the political spins gives the American people a choice and opportunity to make right decisions.”
In all likelihood, Republican John McCain will face off against Democratic nominee Barak Obama for the White House in November. The two candidates are in a tight race that appears to be heating up and is expected to go right down to the wire.
“We must arm ourselves with the truth, not an agenda,” Moses said. “It is important to get the message out there, but we must give people the right information and then let them evaluate it and make the decision.”
Moses is the first African-American to be elected chairman of the Collin County Republican Party. He also served as the first president of the African-American Republican Club of Collin County when it was formed in 2005.
The Collin County businessman got most of his business experience from working 11 years with General Electric Supply Company.
He is a graduate of the General Electric Company Financial Management Program and worked in various positions in financial management during my career with them.
In May 1985, he founded his current company and is president and chief executive officer of Telecom Electric Supply Company.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut and attended Kellogg School of Management in July 2007 – Advanced Management Education Program.
Over recent years, the Republican Party has been hijacked by groups of elitists and influenced by the likes of conservative talk show hosts, right-wing extremists and some in the religious right who have dominated the radio air waves and the media with the kind of negative talk and information that has alienated large numbers of African-Americans.
According to Moses, steering more African-Americans toward the Republican Party has been made even more difficult in recent times because of the negative perceptions about the party and the way American campaigns are being run.
Campaigns ads hurt the overall image of politics in America by offering shallow innuendo and highlighting only small and petty “did” and “did not” actions of a candidate over debating real and concrete issues that affect every American.
According to Moses, the American people are tired of the back and forth bickering and how both parties take potshots at each other.
“We must open up and not be afraid to sit down and dialog,” he said, “Doing this means we can work on what we agree on and at the same time respect our differences.”
Moses believes that negative tide can be turned if the party as a whole revamps its image and finds a way to reach out in positive ways to Blacks and other ethnic groups.
Steering more Black voters to pull the lever for Republicans also means setting the record straight on the origin and historic roots of the Republican Party.
The Republican Party was born in the early 1850's by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge.
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont." Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves.
The Republicans of the day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the Fourteenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.
Republicans also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, the Republicans were the first major party to favor women's suffrage.
Moses said a second strategy is for Republicans to win is to become more visible and accessible to those in communities where voters normally vote Democrat.
Since many African-Americans are religious and have conservative values, that alone with the truth without spin can make the difference in voting and who wins the election.
“We must get past the emotional aspects of candidates, look at the issues and ask questions,” he said. “We too must ask ourselves questions about what I am voting for, what do the candidates stand for and which candidate best represents my views, values and morals on the issues.”
A strong turnout is needed from the party faithful in order to elect Republican nominee John McCain the next U.S. president and also boost chances to elect more Republican candidates locally and statewide, he added.
“This is mixed year where we have hard choices in both parties,” he said. “This (election) is not something to take lightly. It has a profound effect on all of us and can change the world.”