A Few Good Men

Sunday, September 26, 2010: The Chicago Tribune column by John Kass

John Kass meets the Rev. Isaac Hayes for breakfast. Hayes is Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Opponent in the race for the U.S. house.

John Kass writes: “We sat down for breakfast late last week at the Billy Goat. And if Jackson wants to sit down with me for a tasty Spiros Special breakfast sandwich and talk-without lawyers and spinners-he’s welcome.
I asked Hayes: How difficult is it being an African America conservative in a district where the Jackson family machine is so dominant?
“It’s difficult if you’re not willing to speak up about what you believe,” Hayes said. “If you’re weak, you wouldn’t want to do it. It’s my opinion that black conservatives have to have strong character. The easy smear is when you’re called a traitor to your race. That happens a lot.
But look at what’s happened to the black community over the decades. Look at the family. Look at the lack of economic opportunity,
” he said. “These problems are in part because of liberal Democrats policies. But people like me get smeared as race traitors for not being liberal Democrats? That’s ironic. But that’s not why the media is interested in me.”
John Kass: Reporters are now interested in Hayes because Jackson-a child of privilege who has always been about as deep as a teaspoon-has been weakened.” …
(The column goes on to say that Jackson is weakened on two fronts: the corruption front and the blond front.)
John Kass: “It started with social issues,” he (Hayes) said of his conversion to conservatism. “I’m pro-life, and I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. But as you think in terms of family, and what weakens it, you start thinking in terms of economic and education policy.” Hayes argues for education vouchers to free children trapped in dysfunctional inner-city schools and tax cuts to stimulate jobs. Clearly, such talks threaten big government Democrats whose power depends on keeping low-income Africa Americans as dependent clients.
”You ask how I became conservative?” Hayes said, “You minister to a 14- year old boy in jail, and he’s telling you that he has to get out so he can take care of his child. We’ve got to fundamentally change what’s going on in the cities. And it starts when African-Americans stop giving away their votes.”

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