Skip to comments.Nixon's 'Southern Strategy' and a Liberal Big Lie
Posted on 07/03/2014 11:38:36 PM PDT by ReformationFan
For the first time since President Richard M. Nixons divisive Southern strategy that sent whites to the Republican Party and blacks to the Democrats began a New York Times story last week.
Thus has one of the big lies of U.S. political history morphed into a cliche that Richard Nixon used racist politics to steal the South from a Democratic Party battling heroically for civil rights. A brief stroll through Bruce Bartletts Wrong on Race: The Democratic Partys Buried Past might better enlighten us.
Where Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner, Woodrow Wilson re-segregated the U.S. government and had the pro-Klan film Birth of a Nation screened in his White House.
Wilson and FDR carried all 11 states of the Old Confederacy all six times they ran, when Southern blacks had no vote. Disfranchised black folks did not seem to bother these greatest of liberal icons.
As vice president, FDR chose Cactus Jack Garner of Texas who played a major role in imposing a poll tax to keep blacks from voting.
Among FDRs Supreme Court appointments was Hugo Black, a Klansman who claimed FDR knew this when he named him in 1937 and that FDR told him that some of his best friends in Georgia were Klansmen.
Blacks great achievement as a lawyer was in winning acquittal of a man who shot to death the Catholic priest who had presided over his daughters marriage to a Puerto Rican.
In 1941, FDR named South Carolina Sen. Jimmy Byrnes to the Supreme Court. Byrnes had led filibusters in 1935 and 1938 that killed anti-lynching bills, arguing that lynching was necessary to hold in check the Negro in the South.
FDR refused to back the 1938 anti-lynching law.
This is a white mans country and will always remain a white mans country, said Jimmy. Harry Truman, who paid $10 to join the Klan, then quit, named Byrnes Secretary of State, putting him first in line of succession to the presidency, as Harry then had no V.P.
During the civil rights struggles of the 50s and 60s, Gov. Orval Faubus used the National Guard to keep black students out of Little Rock High. Gov. Ross Barnett refused to let James Meredith into Ole Miss. Gov. George Wallace stood in the door at the University of Alabama, to block two black students from entering.
All three governors were Democrats. All acted in accord with the Dixie Manifesto of 1956, which was signed by 19 senators, all Democrats, and 80 Democratic congressmen.
Among the signers of the manifesto, which called for massive resistance to the Brown decision desegregating public schools, was the vice presidential nominee on Adlais Stevensons ticket in 1952, Sen. John Sparkman of Alabama.
Though crushed by Eisenhower, Adlai swept the Deep South, winning both Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Do you suppose those Southerners thought Adlai would be tougher than Ike on Stalin? Or did they think Adlai would maintain the unholy alliance of Southern segregationists and Northern liberals that enabled Democrats to rule from 1932 to 1952?
The Democratic Party was the party of slavery, secession and segregation, of Pitchfork Ben Tillman and the KKK. Bull Connor, who turned the dogs loose on black demonstrators in Birmingham, was the Democratic National Committeeman from Alabama.
In 1956, as vice president, Nixon went to Harlem to declare, America cant afford the cost of segregation. The following year, Nixon got a personal letter from Dr. King thanking him for helping to persuade the Senate to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Nixon supported the civil rights acts of 1964, 1965 and 1968.
In the 1966 campaign, as related in my new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority, out July 8, Nixon blasted Dixiecrats seeking to squeeze the last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.
Nixon called out segregationist candidates in 66 and called on LBJ, Hubert Humphrey and Bobby Kennedy to join him in repudiating them. None did. Hubert, an arm around Lester Maddox, called him a good Democrat. And so were they all good Democrats.
While Adlai chose Sparkman, Nixon chose Spiro Agnew, the first governor south of the Mason Dixon Line to enact an open-housing law.
In Nixons presidency, the civil rights enforcement budget rose 800 percent. Record numbers of blacks were appointed to federal office. An Office of Minority Business Enterprise was created. SBA loans to minorities soared 1,000 percent. Aid to black colleges doubled.
Nixon won the South not because he agreed with them on civil rights he never did but because he shared the patriotic values of the South and its antipathy to liberal hypocrisy.
When Johnson left office, 10 percent of Southern schools were desegregated. When Nixon left, the figure was 70 percent.
Richard Nixon desegregated the Southern schools, something you wont learn in todays public schools.
For history is a pack of lies agreed upon.
Gee, is Buchanan a liar much?
Good article about Democrats from the south...wish blacks would read this..
Of course, the liberal globalist crowd will never acknowledge Buchanan, but he accurately summarizes the Democrats and their historical ties to racism
And the Dems continue to be racist...they replaced Hugo Black and Jimmy Byrnes with Al Sharpton and New Black Panthers
Pat Buchanan was with Richard Nixon all the way.
Nixon went down South in 1966 and all over the country to support the election of moderate RINO Republicans who were going to win quite a few elections because of a backlash against the Great Society welfare programs-Medicare (sort of like Obamacare backlash) and another backlash against racial violence. White voters were angrier and less sympathetic now that black rioting was becoming entrenched in major cities.
Buchanan was an aide and speechwriter.
Buchanan was Nixon’s liaison to conservatives.
Pat Buchanan helped RINO Nixon understand conservatives so he could speak the words that conservatives wanted to hear so Nixon could get their votes-support.
Buchanan and William Safire helped develop a conservative anti-news media message for Vice President Spiro Agnew, who was a Rockefeller Republican. Agnew became an attack dog for Nixon to draw in voters angry with a news media that took the side of the hippies and racial rioters.
Very few did in the South from the imposition of Jim Crow until the early 1960s. How is that a “lie” ?
I lived in the south in the 50's, in my county not a single black voted mostly because there wasn't a single black living in my county.
What county did you live in in the ‘50s that had nary a Black person there ?
Ottawa county, OK.
It has a few, over 300 or so today. I’d have to see the 1950 demographics if it was truly Black-free. Of course, Ottawa does have a decent % of Native Americans, roughly 20%.
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