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So our goal is grow a nationwide army, if you will, of Frederick Douglass liberty messengers. Something like a Candidate Smith, but more powerful than a Candidate Smith.
You can’t play the race card on a Frederick Douglass Republican. You can’t say that a Frederick Douglass Republican don’t care about the poor. Nobody did more for the poor than Frederick Douglass.
When you look at those four voting blocs we did poorly in in the last general election — blacks, Latinos, women and young people — Douglass resonates with all the dem — Douglass has a universal appeal. Number one, I don’t care which victim category the Left will put people in; they cannot out-victimize Frederick Douglass.
Number one. Dr. King is not the father of the Civil Rights movement. He is the son. The father is Frederick Douglass. Dr. King got many of his ideas from the writings of Frederick Douglass. The first ever women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Susan B. Anthony was there, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was there. [Sedona Truth] was there. Two hundred women were there. Thirty-two men were invited. Of those 32 men, only one man was invited to speak — Frederick Douglass.
He was affectionately referred to as a women’s rights man. Because he worked with the women as part of the anti-suffrage movement. And they worked with him in the anti-slavery movement.
How did Douglass resonate with the Latino community, or minority community as a whole? In the 1800s, the Chinese were being brought to work on the railroad. They went to Douglass. And Douglass one time gave a speech entitled “Our Composite Nationality.” Douglass said in that speech — for humanity reasons, let them come to this country. This is the greatest country in the history of the world, where you can take your God-given gifts, your God-given talents, and you can take your obsession and make it a profession, improve the quality of life for your family. Douglass said let them come.
In that same speech, Douglass says there’s a process. Douglass said, number one — and I quote — he said — they must bow to the same law, bow as a form of respect, respect [of] law. Douglass said, number two, they must speak the same language — English. We got to have a common language for the marketplace.
Then, number three, Douglass said, they must understand the duties of citizenship in this country. The first duty of citizenship is obey the law, and to value and study the significance of our Constitution.
This is a game-changer. My parents are Frederick Douglass — I grew up in a Democrat household. I knew I was born black; I thought I was born a Democrat.
And I was not converted to conservatism. I’ve always been one; I just didn’t know it. Just didn’t know it.
For the past five years now, we’ve been doing this training called Frederick Douglass Republican 101. It’s a three-hour training. And we’re teaching conservatives how to engage.
I am purposely traveling the country preaching to the choir. The choir got to be trained. The choir got to be equipped. The choir has to be empowered how to go out and get new choir members.
You’re heard of Forsyth County, Georgia? You know about that — that’s supposed to be a KKK haven. Matter of fact, it’s supposed to be so bad that one time Oprah Winfrey broadcast her show from Forsyth County, Georgia. Well, last year, the Forsyth County Tea Party and the Forsyth County GOP invited my organization to come, and they wanted to hear this Frederick Douglass message.