It was the mid 1950's. Around 9 years old and the eldest of five, I along with my parents were extremely excited as we wooed and awed over our new home; new appliances and everything. Our family moved from a leaky roof, pot belly wood stove row house in the ghetto of east Baltimore to a brand new government highrise. Apartment 6B was our new home in the 11story building of all black residents.

Little did I realize that living in the projects and other life experiences would lead to my becoming a black conservative, a Christian and a Tea Party activist.

In a short time, I witnessed the building becoming an 11 story dangerous violent ghetto. Without the pride of ownership or earning their way, only a hand full of residents kept their apartments nice. We kids learned to play hand ball in the square on our floor because Mom thought the playground was too risky. Stairwells became dark bathrooms and dens of iniquity; broken elevators due to vandalism.

And yet, I constantly heard that everything was the white man’s fault. At 9, I sarcastically said, “How can we stop mean white people from sneaking in here at night urinating in the stairwells and breaking wine bottles?”

Dad was among a few blacks who broke the color barrier into the Baltimore Fire Dept. I vividly remember Dad's outrage about our rent being raised, “Seventy-two dollars a month. They're crazy. We're movin'!” Sadly, my cousins on my mom's side who lived in single mom households remained on welfare. With the exception of one who worked his way through college, my cousins lived wasted lives, serial out-of-wedlock births, substance abuse, AIDS, jail and entitlement mindsets. Several died young. Thus, the bad taste in my mouth for cradle to grave welfare and absentee fathers.

Dad winning Fire Fighter of the Year two times despite working under unfair and humiliating circumstances taught me about trusting and trying to do things God's way, character, hard work, not whining and the greatness of America. Dad progressed from laborer to Doctor of Theology. Dad eventually won the respect of white racist firefighters who hated him when he first arrived at Engine 6.

Our family's move out of Baltimore City to a black suburban community meant I would be bused to newly integrated Brooklyn Park Jr, Sr High School in Linthicum, Maryland. I still remember that first day when our two school buses with black students from neighboring Pumphery arrived. With the fear of the seventh grade, an inherited stutter and the sea of 1400 white faces, I was terrified.

My white art teacher, Mr Gomer, recognized my art talents which ultimately lead to scholarships from several white politicians, opportunities from white businessmen and a successful career as a graphic designer; advertising agencies and a major market TV station.

Drafted in the U.S. Army for two years, I learned that good and bad people come in all colors. Sharing the same skin color does not make someone your friend or a brother.

My gift of seeing beyond an invisible wall of race to see people as individuals rather than monolithic members of a race has been a source of great criticism all of my life.

Thus, when Obama came out as a presidential candidate, I logically listened to his vision for our great nation. When Obama told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around, I knew his vision was wrong for my country. I passionately campaigned against him.

Apparently, I missed the point of 96% of black voters. Obama should have my support because we are both black. His agenda is irrelevant.

Obama is simply another Democrat pushing the same insulting bigotry of lowered expectations, class envy and cradle to grave government entitlements which have devastated the black community for decades. I joined the Tea Party because Obama's implementation of his extreme liberal socialist/progressive agenda; his vowed fundamental transformation of America must be stopped.

I have traveled on 12 national bus tours, participating in over 400 tea party rallies. The extraordinary people I met are the salt of the earth. A white Texas couple proudly introduced me to two black babies they adopted from Africa. A terminally ill white fan in Michigan wanted to meet me before she died.

Democrat's and mainstream media branding the Tea Party racist is the height of racism, irresponsibility and evil. These patriotic Americans are simply saying no to the left's hostile takeover of their country.

I became a born-gain Christian in my twenties. I grew weary of my meaningless life of drugs, sex and partying. I asked God to help and He did. My faith keeps me strong, confident and focused in my quest to restore my beloved America to it's former exceptional glory.

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Chairman:
Conservative Campaign Committee
LloydMarcus.com

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Comment by David Miller on February 15, 2014 at 6:38pm

Dear Lloyd,

I too am from Baltimore, black, a Tea Party member, conservative and came to my conclusions the same way.  If Liberal Policies worked, then Baltimore would look like Beverly Hills (where I have also lived) by now.

My parents taught us that, "If you have a problem, The white man didn't do it to you and, the government is not going to fix it." "you are."  This took me to the top of my field. Nobody could stop me and nobody really wanted to. Just the time saved from looking for evil white people directed to success will take one most of the way too success.

What most blacks confuse for racism is actually "classicism." If I have a high ticket mortgage and a guy moves next door and puts a junk car on bricks on his front lawn, won't cut his grass, and has three dogs running loose and crapping on my lawn. We are going to have a problem, and I don't care if he's purple. smile!

  I've seen small homes in poor black communities that are maintained in stellar conditions, beautiful lawns, clean alleys, and a pride of ownership, and thus low crime, even in Baltimore. Thus, it is the mindset of the individuals in a given community that must take care of what one has, build value, and then move to the next level and do it again. The ghettos are thus, an opportunity to that community. All people should view it that way regardless of color. and seize it to create value for themselves.  Capitol Hill Washington D.C. in the 1970s did it.

I'm glad to hear of another Baltimore success story Marcus.                           M

  

Comment by Anthony Rogers on February 6, 2014 at 8:27pm

Mr. Marcus, as a fellow American and Brother in the LORD Jesus Christ, Thank you !!

Comment by Virgil Earl Koon on January 30, 2014 at 1:25pm

I just got off the government close down of a little girls business and see your post. We could bet that this little girl is a "born again" Christian! There was no report that her products made anyone sick but she was told she needed her own kitchen? The evil powers that be want to stifle all our young with their regulations, removing rights as they do! I am thinking and have been for sometime that it is about control! We know there is such a thing as the Spirit of Control and we see this in many radical groups that vote our Marxist supporters into office!

Thanks for the story and God bless. It is sad that all Americans cannot see it. We know we will not see it on Liberal/Marxist supporting commentary! Good post and real for all of us. Brother Virgil

Comment by Thomas Walker on January 30, 2014 at 12:01pm

God bless you Marcus, thanks for sharing your great story.

Comment by john baudat on January 30, 2014 at 8:50am

Good for you Mr.Marcus. Keep the faith and keep up your good works. God Bless.

Comment by Jo Gonzalez on January 30, 2014 at 1:56am

Another great article Lloyd, thank you again.    Interesting, to see things from your view point, and to realize ,what a smart little Boy you must have been.     It had to have been hard, for your Father, and yet the "content of his character" was finally acknowledged.    Rewards in life do not come easily, or quickly, and we all witness Peers, and Family Members, Friends who have strayed off the Path, and paid dearly.     We are Americans. Period.     If you love this Nation, and Respect her, then all the other stuff is just Fluff.  God gave us a gift when He sent you to help us.

Comment by David Phillips on January 29, 2014 at 5:02pm

Thank you Lloyd Marcus for telling the truth.  Most of the American people are not racist, we do not care what color you are, what sexual preference you are, what nationality you are.  The American people supported MLK and believe he should be considered a saint for is peaceful actions.  The race wars ended in the 60's it is this president that has put us back in time with his racism.

Comment by Sam Warner on January 29, 2014 at 4:22pm

"Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American" Thanks Lloyd... That actually choked me up a bit... God Bless you in both your causes as a conservative and a Christian. For both of these endeavors I do call you a brother.

Comment by Andy Morris on January 29, 2014 at 1:31pm

Marcus thanks for the insight into your travels. I also found that there are good and bad people ,regardless of skin color, while i served in the military. I had several close friends who were black and each one held the same attitude about N____s! They had been called Uncle toms and accused of being white people lovers. so no, the race card is played by both sides and all colors. If your a good person, then we can be friends, if not then keep moving!

Comment by Randall Mellott on January 29, 2014 at 1:00pm

I am proud to have a Brother with a different mother as a fellow conservative. It takes a lot of courage to to take a stand against 96% of those who voted for Obama. You have my utmost respect and admiration Lloyd!

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YIKES!!! Chelsea Clinton Emphatically States A Person With A Beard And A Penis Can ‘Absolutely’ Identify As A Woman

  • The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification
  • In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification
  • Chelsea Clinton replied ‘yes’ emphatically when asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman
  • ‘It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently,’ Hillary said
  • Aitkenhead said Hillary became ‘uneasy’ when the question was asked while Chelsea shot a ‘furious stare’ at the journalist as her mother answered
  • Hillary added: ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw’

(Daily Mail) – It may appear Hillary and Chelsea Clinton always see eye-to-eye, but in a recent interview one topic cracked the facade of the like-minded mother-daughter power duo.

The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons if someone with a beard and a penis can ever be a woman, to which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes.’

However, as Aitkenhead describes it, Hillary looked ‘uneasy’, and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.

‘Errr. I’m just learning about this,’ Hillary responded. ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.’

The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

The book features Danica Roem, the first trans woman elected to a U.S. state legislature.

According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’

Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.

The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms.

‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’

That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.

‘I’m a terrible actor’, Chelsea laughs.

Chelsea then says she is thrilled with the National Health Service’s decision to assign patients to single-sex wards according to the gender they identify as, instead of their biological make up.

‘How can you treat someone if you don’t recognize who they feel and know in their core they are?’ Chelsea says.

‘And I strongly support children being able to play on the sports teams that match their own gender identity,’ she adds. ‘I think we need to be doing everything we can to support kids in being whoever they know themselves to be and discovering who they are.’

At this point Hillary looks conflicted.

‘I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is,’ Hillary says. ‘There are women who’d say [to a trans woman], ”You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.” I hear that conversation all the time.’

Despite the clear tension in the room, the pair say they don’t argue about this topic.

But according to Aitkenhead, ‘I get the impression they don’t like to present anything less than a united front to the world.’

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