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The Democrats are the party of socialism and sex. And their primary victims have been blacks. The New Deal/Great Society welfare state has failed to improve the lives of blacks or eliminate the mass poverty endemic in the inner cities.

In fact, it has only ensured that many blacks remain dependent upon government handouts, stifling the habits of self-reliance, personal responsibility and entrepreneurship. The Democrats have kept blacks - along with other minorities and labor unions - as a reliable voting group by making them addicted to statism.

As a result, there are two Americas. One America is capitalist and mostly governed by a vibrant, wealth-generating private sector. The other is socialist, marked by economic stagnation and dirigisme.

For too long, the Democrats have taken the black vote for granted. They have ignored the economic interests and social values of most blacks. They have placed power and libertine leftist ideology above the needs of the black community. The District’s drive toward same-sex marriage is simply another betrayal in a long line of abuse of blacks perpetrated by their Democratic leaders.

It is time for blacks to free themselves from the chains of liberalism.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington think tank. He is the daily radio host of the “Kuhner Show” on WTNT 570-AM (www.talk570.com) from noon to 3 p.m.