Wiselet Rouzard, who, at 25, is one of the younger delegates in Tampa this week, is maybe more of a libertarian, but for now he's sticking with the Republicans. The Nevada resident's political interest was piqued a couple of years ago by a video featuring Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who during his failed presidential bid succeeded in energizing young adults around the nation.
"His message really got me passionate about local community government and getting involved and I saw that the Republican Party's platform best represented my ideals," Rouzard told BET.com.
He began by serving as a volunteer, registering voters and doing whatever he could to spread the word about the party and its constitutional principles and help get candidates on the ballot.
Rouzard's hard work paid off and earned him a coveted delegate slot. It's an opportunity, he said, to see a more serious aspect of the political process, which he has sometimes found discouraging because so few people have so much power.
"It's what happens when people don't stay involved," he said.
Like just about every African-American Republican, Rouzard wishes that more Blacks would consider the GOP. And when he tries to educate them about the party, he gets "backlash" from people who question how he can be an African-American and not support President Obama. In response Brouzard points to Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of everyone being judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
The nation's continued involvement in Afghanistan is just one part of Obama's record that troubles him and he also worries that Mitt Romney might make it even longer.
"That's why individuals like myself are becoming more involved in the party," said Brouzard, who lost a good friend to war.
"I encourage everyone to definitely take a look at the Republican platform. Most important, back to the constitution, embrace it, understand it," he said. "When we elect a president it isn't like they uphold a Democratic or a Republican constitution — it's one and we the people have to keep them accountable," he said.
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