Skip to comments.Kennedy legacy: Black voters joining the Democratic Party
Posted on 08/31/2009 4:51:24 AM PDT by Scanian
After nearly a week of incessant post-mortem vacuity, not a single commentator has hit upon the real legacy of the late Kennedy political dynasty.
The Kennedys are largely responsible for making African Americans dependent on an alliance with liberal Democrats. The result--highly unstable in a democratic society -- 90% of black voters regularly pull the Democrat lever.
The 90% solid black vote tips the balance in favor of Democrats in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland. Without these votes, Democrats would simply cease to function as a national party. Without the Kennedys around to check anti-black electoral dynamics within the Democrats' ranks, it is an open question as to how much longer this arrangement can continue. The end of the dynasty could mark the beginning of the liberation of black voters from dependency on government.
It was the 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy which finally brought the majority of black voters out of the Republican camp and into the Democratic Party -- for 95 years the party of segregation, and before that the party of slavery. Communist Lee Harvey Oswald murdered JFK in 1963. Taking Kennedy's place, President Lyndon Johnson forced passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. In spite of the fact that Republican support was required to overcome Democrat segregationists in both houses of Congress, the votes sealed the liberal Democrats' deal with black voters. Younger brother Robert F. Kennedy, while campaigning for the Democrat Presidential nomination, would be murdered by Palestinian Arab Nationalist Sirhan Sirhan in 1968.
The price of Johnson's support for civil rights would be the "Great Society" programs which have done so much to destroy black families and--with disastrous consequences--weld black communities into dependence on the government-and the liberals who control social spending.
Their media acolytes endlessly portray the Kennedys' trajectory as morally based, but political calculation is more likely. John F Kennedy had been a close ally and personal friend of Senator Joe McCarthy and a staunch anti-communist throughout the 1950s. But as New England liberals, the Kennedys needed to manufacture a political base within the Democratic Party. Writing in Human Events, Frances Rice points out:
The deluded black voter seems to believe that a 10cent increase in the minimum wage is going to change his/her life for the better.
Convinced that they can’t achieve without ‘help’ from the dems in government.
This was an odd reaction since I believe that MLK was a registered Republican.
I did an informal poll at work a few months back. Only one person in addition to yours truly knew that Lincoln was a Pubbie. Everyone else was certain he’d been a ‘Rat.
Frankly, I don’t miss Teddy Chappaquiddick, nor his dubious “legacy”. Black Americans have allowed the Democrats to sucker them for decades and they, apparently, like it!!
When yer gittin’ screwed and ya enjoy it, there ain’t no problem. However, the smart ones have taken a long look at liberalism and realized that the Dems don’t and never have done anything for them except toss them an pccasional bone to keep’em happy in the field.
The GOP COULD try to define itself (instead of letting the Dems define us) and try to lure some of the black voters away from the Dem Party but, like a LOT of things the GOP COULD do, they won’t!!
MLK was a registered communist!check it out!.
Lincoln was a Republican.
Martin Luther King was a Republican.
Jackie Robinson was a Republican.
The KKK were Democrats.
Jim Crow was put in place by Democrats.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported by a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats.
And the outcome is that Democrats are God's gift to black folks and Republicans are racist bastards who hate black people.
How the heck did that happen??
Teddy suckered a lot of folks.
How many of them really believe he is innocent of killing Mary Jo?
It was the media and academe.
Wish I could quote chapter and verse, but there is a section in the new National Service Act that specifies a $500/mo stipend. The next line specifies that the stipend for minorities is to be $750/mo.
I am certain that every single new bill being pushed through right now contains similar provisions. I have heard that welfare and food stamp stipends have also increased, but, AFAIK, this can vary by state and even by county and so far I have not heard of discrimination in favor of skin color in those programs.
In 1960 Nixon received thirty-two percent of the Black vote. If Republicans received that amount today, we’d never see a Dem president. What happened? Among other things two strong voices of the Republican/conservative side, W.F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater, were against the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. Whatever one thinks of the merits or demerits of the bill (and despite the fact that more Republicans voted for the bill than Dems), it cemented in the minds of many black voters that Republicans were racists and their party was the Dem party.
Fact check,us government,bio......
King had communist or ex-communist associates, but I’ve never seen any credible evidence he was a party member himself.
He certainly had leftist leanings, though.
King had communist card he did not hide it nor did the msm report much on it.
Then you should have little difficulty posting some evidence that you are right.
I don’t believe this article. The Afro American vote became overwhelmingly Dem during the new Deal. The overwhelming vote for the Dem’s in the black community may have become even more overwhelming because of the Kennedy’s but it was overwhelming before them. Sorry but the main premise of this article is clearly wrong.
One thing we do know: this supposed man of the cloth had the personal morals of an alley cat.
His father was... prior to the Nov ‘60 elections. There was never any evidence Junior was (and even if there were, he would’ve, like his father, ceased to be with the ‘60 election). The oft-cited Frances Rice lamentable piece on “MLK was a Republican” was riddled with errors, and it was even referenced in this article, calling A. Phillip Randolph a “Republican”, when Randolph and his wife were prominent Socialists and ran for Congress from NY as members of the Socialist Party. MLK, Jr. blasted Conservative Republicans and Goldwater, saying he was providing racist Whites a “cover.” He was a proponent of big government solutions to Black problems and continued moving leftward until his death.
That's a very questionable conclusion. While we know they used horrific means to reclaim control (reference the situation in Wilmington, NC where Democrats employed a literal coup d'etat to overthrow the biracial GOP city government), I see no definitive proof they murdered hundreds of Black elected officials. I have no doubt White supremacists who supported Democrats murdered or drove out Blacks who voted Republican, but had there been a situation where elected officials were being murdered en masse, there would've been a stepping-up of federal occupation by the military and an extension of Reconstruction. That would've been intolerable.
"All of the elected officials up to 1935 were Republicans."
This is also not entirely correct. Now while all Black federal Republicans were until 1935, you had many areas that had Black Democrats as well serving at the legislative and city levels. I was astonished to find in TN at least one Black Democrat in the legislature in Reconstruction (I'd surely like to know more about him and how he was able to pull it off !). You also had a lot of patronage positions as well. Even into the 1930s, Blacks were not voting GOP at the percentage they do now for Democrats. Some areas managed to get 1/4th to vote Democrat. If we got that high a percent today, we'd have a lot more GOP officials.
"As of 2004, the Democrat Party (the oldest political party in America) has never elected a black man to the United States Senate, the Republicans have elected three."
It was Zero who became the first Black rodent Senator. One minor correction here, we elected 4 GOP Senators (Hiram Revels (MS) in 1870, Blanche Bruce (MS) in 1875, PBS Pinchback in LA, and Ed Brooke in 1966). Pinchback, who was the first Black Governor of any state, was elected to both the House and Senate after he left the Governorship, but was denied his seat in both.
Sadly, it was Goldwater that marked the low point for support (even despite the fact that he was pro-Civil Rights, he just opposed aspects of the CRA for being overreaching).
The point I wanted to make is how the media can say the same about Palin and yet they have NO proof of what they report yet it still gets reported note she has baned the msm from her over seas report.Now keep an eye on what the media reports on her for the next week it’s a matter of who the msm likes!.
Yes and no. Black in Northern areas became Democrat (as did their White counterparts), but a good reason for that was because they had little choice in the cities. If you valued your job, your livelihood, etc., you had to support the Dem cause. Witness Chicago, which had a huge Black GOP body, and from the ‘30s until the ‘60s, it gradually declined to nothing. However, Blacks in the South, those that could vote, remained heavily GOP for 3 more decades past their Northern counterparts (but because so many were prevented from voting, or only allowed to do so under certain circumstances, only a modest number of Black elected officials existed, and none in the legislature until the ‘60s, when they had become Democrats by and large).
Agreed. Although that’s rather an insult to tomcats.
This article calls to mind Einstein’s definition of insanity.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
In the Emerging republican majority Kevin Phillips pointed out that the South did indeed have a higher GOP proportion of blacks than the north. But, Not a big minority much less a majority. They were Dem’s to from my recollection.
As I said, the Dems pretty much unified with their Northern brethren once the ‘64 election occurred (however, some Southern Blacks weren’t as uniformally hostile to supporting some Republicans — indeed, in my state, a Black Dem crossed over to elect the first GOP House Speaker in TN in 1969 in a century. They also were the deciding factor in electing a GOP Mayor in Birmingham in that era and tossing the Seg Dems that had controlled the office to that point).
Other than some racist rants from the time from the garden variety of Dixiecrats.....I never found any info linking MLK directly to the commumist party.
Do you have a source?
I’m thinking Vaduz may be referring to examples of some of MLK’s influential colleagues, such as Bayard Rustin, who had been a member of the Communist Party.
“some Southern Blacks werent as uniformally hostile to supporting some Republicans”
That is a statement I could agree with.
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