George Bush did not steal the last election.
He simply duped America. He duped America into believing that he is a man of God and that all men and women of God should follow him.
George Bush made many people believe that his presidency was about preserving life and that John Kerry would have the nation up to it's ankles in aborted fetuses.
He made people believe that gay men and women would line up at the altars, taking marriage vows, and in doing so, would change the very definition of marriage for heterosexuals.
George Bush appealed to people by espousing "values." Yes, even as he bombed Iraqis into oblivion, he pontificated on abortion. As he went into a tirade against gay marriage, George Bush railed against "quotas" for Blacks, while providing billions for corporate bailout and tax breaks for the rich.
The Republicans duped America into focusing on "values" and "safety," while forgetting that many of them are losing jobs and have no place to live. It's like punching you in the stomach so that you can forget your headache. But sadly, many Americans, even some steeped in poverty, voted for Bush's re-election, thinking that they were voting to preserve Christian "values."
America spews rhetoric about the separation of church and state, but for many Americans, the church should dictate the state. And, in 2004, it appeared to have done so, stumping Democrats who thought that a president with the sorry track record Bush holds would not be able to garner a re-election.
What the Democratic party failed to examine is that one third of Americans are Evangelical Christians who will readily abandon all reason and all concern for their fellow Americans based on an appeal to their faith. When it came to hot button issues such as abortion and gay marriage, Democrats appeared hostile to their faith, while Republicans appeared to be protecting their Christian "values."
Many of those Evangelical Christians were Blacks who voted for George Bush for no other reason than he appeared to support their faith.
Many of those were also Hispanics. One third of Hispanic voters reported being born-again Christians and close to twenty per cent listed moral values as their top issue.
Religious values are a hot button issue.
The problem in the 2004 election, was that Democrats did not appear to understand that.
While the Democrats stored their hopes in the increased numbers of registered young people, union members and Blacks, the real increases came from rural and evangelical voters, both of which supported George Bush.
In the all-important states of Ohio and Florida, state ballot measures to ban gay marriage were perhaps the impetus for the surge in the Republican vote.
Yes, America was duped, but it wasn't the first time that the nation was duped.
In the 1980's, President Ronald Reagan declared war on Blacks in impoverished, drug-infested communities. He duped America into thinking that the problem with drugs and crime in America lay solely in the hands of the young Black men who sold and bought the drugs. He even duped many Black Americans into supporting tougher laws in fear of Willie Horton and Tryone the violent drug dealer who would bring crime, gangs and guns into their communities to sell drugs.
America has been duped into believing that Black drug dealers are worse than the covert drug trade Oliver North began in the early 1980's, and that Black gangs are worse than the country's military operations in sovereign nations. Many Blacks with means have also been duped, which is why they simultaneously fear, hate and attack poor Blacks, who they believe have no "values."
In 2004, George Bush duped America, and in doing so, he duped throngs of Blacks into abandoning reason, community concerns and racial pride, in pursuit of preserving their "Christian values."
And there is some serious duping underway in the current election.
John McCain is attempting to distance himself from Bush and all of the dirty laundry of the Republican Party.
Sarah Palin is attempting to distance herself from her non-working brain and track record of being tacitly anti-woman.
She is against abortion and in general couldn't care less about women's rights, unless the women involved live in her home.
The Republican Party will go to any lengths to keep their regime in office, including scaring the crap out of the American people. And the people are frightened. So frightened that many African Americans would rather vote for the Republicans than support a Democratic candidate who is highly qualified, prepared to promulgate change and happens to be Black.
Granted, Blacks in America are just like the rest of America, in that there really is no "us." We are not a monolithic people.
For example, there are Blacks who work every day at great jobs and have seen no oppression and very little racism. For them, there is no harm in Bush's policies. And as we saw in 2004, many Black people believed that Republican George Bush was their best bet.
My interests do not lie in party lines. I believe in Senator Barack Obama based on who he is and what he wants to do, which I believe is best for America and ultimately, best for my people.
African Americans have been duped in the past and hopefully will stanch the duping in November.
In general, Americans are stupid and easily duped.
Hopefully, this election will prove me wrong.
Hopefully, Americans won't be stupid enough to elect McCain and Pailin.
Darryl James is an award-winning author of the new powerful anthology "Notes From The Edge." He released his first mini-movie, "Crack," and this year, will release his first full-length documentary. View previous installments of this column at www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com. Reach James at