I am a Philadelphia Republican while my neighbors are National Democrats. Whether their affiliation results from an aggressive advertising campaign by our city officials’ predictive lower voter versatility due to political subjugation, or simply misguided party loyalty, Philadelphia’s potential suffers from this continued party monotony.
Incidentally, I am an African American Philadelphia Republican while my neighbors are minority National Democrats. This distinction, too infrequently realized by our general populace, originates simply from an individual’s governing principles or an individual’s subscription to the perceived Black Power movement. And I hope, sincerely and truly, that this commentary helps to elucidate the political standings of many fellow community members who, if made aware, would chose otherwise.
You see, Philadelphia was a bustling town where many of its citizens and patriots worked. They worked and built the middle class. They participated in sports conversations and attended art galleries. Philadelphians exemplified the stories told that began with, “When I was your age…” and “My parents migrated from…” And while one ethnic group’s members barely ventured to neighborhoods of the others, when they did so they met warm courtesies. Philadelphia was a place to start a family, and a small business amidst the neighborly feel. Philadelphia was.
National Democrats have taken local offices and applied their governing economics without consideration of locality. A Philadelphia Republican, through sincerity, would not. It is impractical to apply national economic theories to local municipalities. National governing economics are that, national. Our city’s elected National Democrats have taken this stance of doing so in defiance of local voter protest. Is it because they are minority National Democrats governing a city of African Americans that they feel what happens in Washington D.C. stays so in Philadelphia? This cannot apply sensibly towards a city of 1.5 million with its 24% of the population in poverty.
Unintelligible it is, to levy a higher-than-norm city wage tax atop our state wage tax atop our national wage tax. In contrast, an absolute inexcusable, is that I can reach, via telephone, an agency customer service at National and State but I cannot at City – a little off-topic, pardon me.
The National Democrats in our City Hall, also have levied a requirement that any small business must demonstrate that they, or their history, haven’t own slaves. In a city of African Americans?! Bruh, please. An African American Philadelphia Republican would not tolerate such a deterrent to small businesses. A minority National Democrat supports indiscriminately such a measure. Our neighborly minority National Democrats, possibly for reasons mentioned at the beginning of this commentary, haven’t grasped that their local choices on economics and economic policy, are not the same nationally.
Philadelphia Republicans do grasp our local choices, economically. Thus being one, I champion any sensible approach benefiting the needs of the city without furthering a national agenda. Additionally, Philadelphia Republicans, don’t address national social issues because our national laws already protect us…. but our National Democratic mayor wishes to levy soda tax because he thinks our Mothers are fat.
Jerry Brown Ward 17 Republican Committeeperson