Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory of Opelousas is making national headlines after his recent switch of party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

After a flurry of requests from national media outlets for interviews and explanations, outspoken now Republican Senator recorded a Youtube video explaining the switch.

In his video speech, Guillory highlights the history of the Republican party as well illustrates his distaste for government welfare and entitlement programs; which Guillory believes have hurt rather than helped black Americans.

But most importantly, it is the idea that the individual must be free to pursue his or her own happiness, free from Government dependence, and free from Government control. Because to be truly free, is to be reliant on no one, other than the author of our destiny. - LA Senator Elbert Guillory