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The following is a comment made by GW on this piece. Why here? I think it is worthy of being promoted, and it contributes to a minor theme we have had running here. Namely, that for the Democrats to claim to be the party of black minorities and civil rights is kinda like the NAZI’s promoting themselves as the party of Jewish tolerance.

  1. Through the mid-60’s, blacks did not vote as a monolithic group. Eisenhower received the majority of black votes during his campaigns in the 50’s. The change came about in the 60’s, as the “left” in America became ever more influenced by radical Marxist left. This from a post I wrote for Martin Luther King day expounds on this and the history of race in America that might throw some light on the issue:

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    - The Republican Party – the party of Abraham Lincoln – was borne in 1854 out of opposition to slavery.

    - The party of Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan was, as Jeffrey Lord points out in an article at the WSJ, the Democratic Party. And Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) [was the last] member of the Senate who was once a member of the KKK.

    - The 13th (abolishing slavery), 14th (due process for all citizens) and 15th (voting rights cannot be restriced on the basis of race) Amendments to the Constitution were enacted by Republicans over Democratic opposition.

    - The NAACP was founded in 1909 by three white Republicans who opposed the racist practices of the Democratic Party and the lynching of blacks by Democrats.

    - In fairness, it was the Democrat Harry Truman who, by Executive Order 9981 issued in 1948, desegregated the military. That was a truly major development. My own belief is that the military has been the single greatest driving force of integration in this land for over half a century.

    - It was Chief Justice Earl Warren, a former Republican Governor of California appointed to the Supreme Court by President Eisenhower, also a Republican, who managed to convince the other eight justices to agree to a unanimous decision in the seminal case of Brown v. Board of Education. That case was brought by the NAACP. The Court held segregation in schools unconstitutional. The fact that it was a unanimous decision that overturned precedent made it clear that no aspect of segregation would henceforth be considered constitutional.

    - Republican President Ike Eisenhower played additional important roles in furthering equality in America. He “proposed to Congress the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 and signed those acts into law. . . . They constituted the first significant civil rights acts since the 1870s.” Moreover, when the Democratic Governor of Arkansas refused to integrate schools in what became known as the “Little Rock Nine” incident, “Eisenhower placed the Arkansas National Guard under Federal control and sent Army troops to escort nine black students into an all-white public school.”

    - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was championed by JFK – but it was passed with massive Republican support (over 80%) in Congress and over fierce opposition from Democrats who made repeated attempts at filibuster. Indeed, 80% of the vote opposing the Civil Rights Act came from Democrats. Women were added to the Act as a protected class by a Democrat who thought it would be a poison pill, killing the legislation. To the contrary, the Congress passed the Act without any attempt to remove the provision.

    - Martin Luther King Jr. was the most well known and pivotal Civil Rights activist ever produced in America. His most famous speech, “I Had A Dream,” was an eloquent and stirring call for equality. If you have not read the speech or heard it, you can find it here. I would highly recommend listening to it. Rev. King was, by the way, a Republican.

    - “Bull” Connor was not a Republican. . . .

    Nothing that I say here is to suggest that racism and sexism could not be found in the Republican party or among conservatives at any point in American history. But if you take any period in history and draw a line at the midpoint of racist and sexist attitudes, you would find far more Republicans than Democrats on the lesser side of that line. And you would find a much greater willingness on the part of Republicans, relative to the time, to effectuate equality. That was as true in 1865 as in 1965 – and in 2011.

    Sometime about 1968, the far left movement emerged as a major wing of the Democratic Party. This far left wing hijacked the civil rights movement and made it, ostensibly, their raison d’etre. Gradually, the far left has grown until it is now the dominant force in Democratic politics. JFK, Truman and FDR would recognize precious little of today’s Democratic Party.

    The far left fundamentally altered the nature of the Civil Rights movement when they claimed it as their own. They imprinted the movement with identity politics, grossly distorting the movement’s goal of a level playing field for all Americans and creating in its stead a Marxist world of permanent victimized classes entitled to special treatment. The far left has been the driver of reverse racism and sexism for the past half century. That is why it is no surprise that, with the emergence of a far left candidate for the highest office in the nation, Rev. Jeremiah Wright should also arise at his side and into the public eye preaching a vile racism and separatism most Americans thought long dead in this country. Nor is it any surprise that the MSM, many of whom are of the far left, should collectively yawn at Obama’s twenty year association with Wright. Wright is anything but an anomaly. To the contrary, he is a progeny of the politics of the far left.

    The far left did not merely hijack the civil rights movement, they also wrote over a century of American history, turning it on its head. That is why Bob Herbert, quoted above, is able to wax so eloquently while spouting the most horrendous of deceits. The far left managed to paint the conservative movement and the Republican Party as the prime repositories of racism and sexism. The far left has long held themselves out as the true party of equality. They have done so falsely as, by its very nature, identity politics cements inequality. Beyond that truism, the far left has for decades played the race and gender cards to counter any criticism of their policies, to forestall any reasoned debate and to demonize those who stand opposed to them. They continue to do so through this very day. . . .


5 Comments

  1. John says:

    The spirit of satan is alive and well in the far-left politicians of the democratic party and it manages to mangle the truth in lies, lies into truth, a great deception indeed, and many willing to fall for it, lured into it by deceipt.

  2. Sam Duncan says:

    Well played, by the way, Cats. It definitely deserves to be on the CCIZ record as more than just a comment.

  3. Lynne says:

    That’s one shrewd piece of informative summing up.

  4. GW says:

    Thanks much for the promotion and kind words all.

  5. Paul Marks says:

    I repeat that there used to be an anti collectivist tradition within the Democratic party – although the last anti big government Democrat President was Cleveland (and the Democrats torn him to bits in 1896), but even in their great days the Democrats played on divisions of race and class.

    The favourate attack line of many of them was that the only color Republicans cared about was “green” (money – Republicans as greedy businessmen, ready to sell out poor whites for cheaper black workers).

    In part this line of attack hit on one thing – the Republican did go along with Greenbacks (rather than gold coins) when they thought they would mean more easy credit for businessmen.

    But contra Rothbard – this was not really about hard money, after all many Democrats were quite happy with expanding the money supply also (as long
    as it went to their friends – not to Republicans like the House of Morgan).

    Democrats (and “Progressive” Republicans – such as Teddy Roosevelt) hated the lack of “racial spirit” among most Republicans.

    Even as late as the 1920s and 1930s – “Babbit”, the small minded, small town businessman,was still being attacked everywhere (my guess is that the name of that novel was really motived by the socialist Sinclair Lewis wanting to attack the conservative Irving Babbit – but that is by the by).

    No grand collectivist vision of race or class.

    Hence the famous “Middletown” sociolgical studies of the period from the 1920s to modern times.

    The leftist socioligists (not all are – but these were) were actually upset that the businessmen of “Middletown” were not racists (indeed it was the Rotery Club types that drove the KKK out of “Middletown”), almost as upset as they were at the fact that the workers of “Middletown” did not hate their employers.

    Lack of race and class belief was upseting to the social scientists – especially lack of class belief (they being more the Marxist than the Nazi type of socialist).

    It turns out that “Middletown” was Munsie Indiana – and I am told it is not radically different to this day.

    Almost the same part of the great “Elephant”.

    As in the famous 19th century cartoon.

    The Democrats are shown as very clever in this cartoon (always plotting away) and representing various special interests.

    Much like the nasty groups in Wisconsin working to take control of the Supreme Court – by tossing millions of Dollars into an election that the Republican people in the small towns and the “burbs” have not really noticed (and may not bother to vote it).

    But beware if those Republicans do work out what is going on – they are not clever, they do not plot well (if at all) but they have great strength (if they wake up).

    For those clever factions in the 19th century cartoon are shown as donkeys – running in panic.

    And what has got them scared?

    A giant elephant that has woken up and is charging them down.

    And the elephant has a name…..

    THE REPUBLICAN VOTE.

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