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Black support for Bush drops to two percent (Truth About Blacks & Republicans!)
Townhall ^ | 11/17/05 | Larry Elder

Posted on 11/17/2005 8:30:37 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

So much for the Republican "outreach" to black voters, with only 2 percent of blacks "approving" of the president's performance.

If only blacks knew of the true history of the Democratic Party.

"Black History Month" has been observed for 29 years, yet many blacks know little to nothing about the parties' respective roles in advancing or hindering the civil rights of blacks. How many blacks know that following the Civil War, 23 blacks -- 13 of them ex-slaves -- were elected to Congress, all as Republicans? The first black Democrat was not elected to Congress until 1935, from the state of Illinois. The first black congressional Democrat from a Southern state was not elected until 1973.

Democrats, in 1854, passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This overturned the Missouri Compromise and allowed for the importation of slaves into the territories. Disgusted with the passage of this Act, free-soilers and anti-slavery members of the Whig and Democratic parties founded the Republican Party -- not just to stop the spread of slavery, but to eventually abolish it.

How many blacks know that blacks founded the Texas Republican Party? On July 4, 1867, in Houston, Texas, 150 blacks and 20 whites formed the party. No, not the Black Texas Republican Party, they founded the Texas Republican Party. Blacks across Southern states also founded the Republican parties in their states.

Fugitive slave laws? In 1850, Democrats passed the Fugitive Slave Law. If merely accused of being a slave, even if the person enjoyed freedom all of his or her life (as approximately 11 percent of blacks did just before the Civil War), the person lost the right to representation by an attorney, the right to trial by jury, and the right to habeas corpus.

Emancipation? Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. In 1865, the 13th Amendment emancipating the slaves was passed with 100 percent of Republicans (88 of 88 in the House, 30 of 30 in the Senate) voting for it. Only 23 percent of Democrats (16 of 66 in the House, 3 of 8 in the Senate) voted for it.

Civil rights laws? In 1868, the 14th Amendment was passed giving the newly emancipated blacks full civil rights and federal guarantee of those rights, superseding any state laws. Every single voting Republican (128 of 134 -- with 6 not voting -- in the House, and 30 of 32 -- with 2 not voting -- in the Senate) voted for the 14th Amendment. Not a single Democrat (zero of 36 in the House, zero of 6 in the Senate) voted for it.

Right to vote? When Southern states balked at implementing the 14th Amendment, Congress came back and passed the 15th Amendment in 1870, guaranteeing blacks the right to vote. Every single Republican voted for it, with every Democrat voting against it.

Ku Klux Klan? In 1872 congressional investigations, Democrats admitted beginning the Klan as an effort to stop the spread of the Republican Party and to re-establish Democratic control in Southern states. As PBS' "American Experience" notes, "In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power. The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed in Pulaski, Tenn., in 1865." Blacks, who were all Republican at that time, became the primary targets of violence.

Jim Crow laws? Between 1870 and 1875, the Republican Congress passed many pro-black civil rights laws. But in 1876, Democrats took control of the House, and no further race-based civil rights laws passed until 1957. In 1892, Democrats gained control of the House, the Senate and the White House, and repealed all the Republican-passed civil rights laws. That enabled the Southern Democrats to pass the Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, and so on, in their individual states.

Civil rights in the '60s? Only 64 percent of Democrats in Congress voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act (153 for, 91 against in the House; and 46 for, 21 against in the Senate). But 80 percent of Republicans (136 for, 35 against in the House; and 27 for, 6 against in the Senate) voted for the 1964 Act.

What about the reviled, allegedly anti-black, Republican "Southern strategy"? Pat Buchanan, writing for Richard Nixon (who became the Republican Party candidate two years later) coined the term "Southern strategy." They expected the "strategy" to ultimately result in the complete marginalization of racist Southern Democrats. "We would build our Republican Party on a foundation of states' rights, human rights, small government, and a strong national defense," said Buchanan, "and leave it to the 'party of [Democratic Georgia Gov. Lester] Maddox, [1966 Democratic challenger against Spiro Agnew for Maryland governor George] Mahoney, and [Democratic Alabama Gov. George] Wallace to squeeze the last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.'" And President Richard Nixon, Republican, implemented the first federal affirmative action (race-based preference) laws with goals and timetables.

So next "Black History Month," pass some of this stuff along.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackrepublicans; blacks; blackvote; bush43; democrats; jobapproval; racism; republicans; south; term2
Nice to see all this info in one column....pass it along.
1 posted on 11/17/2005 8:30:39 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

You don't expect them to learn this in school, do you?

2 posted on 11/17/2005 8:31:51 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: SoFloFreeper

I know three blacks who disapprove of W. They say he's too liberal!

3 posted on 11/17/2005 8:32:09 AM PST by Restore
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To: SoFloFreeper

Marking this for future reference. Thanks.

4 posted on 11/17/2005 8:33:02 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Dems still running againt Bush. LOL!

5 posted on 11/17/2005 8:34:26 AM PST by hflynn ( Soros wouldn't make any sense even if he spelled his name backwards)
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To: Restore

"I know three blacks who disapprove of W. They say he's too liberal!"

LOL! The first time I ever listened to Rush was from the recommendation of a black ship-mate.

7 posted on 11/17/2005 8:36:29 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: One Loud Voice
TWO PERCENT? Is that for real?

Maybe he was thinking about milk and got confused.
8 posted on 11/17/2005 8:36:45 AM PST by BikerNYC (Modernman should not have been banned.)
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To: mhking


you know it, I know it, many know it... but most don't

9 posted on 11/17/2005 8:38:05 AM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: One Loud Voice; SoFloFreeper
Wait a minute...2 percent? TWO PERCENT? Is that for real? I respect Larry Elder, and I don't want to doubt him but TWO PERCENT? Is there anyplace we can find that stat?

The two percent was in one poll with 89 black respondents.

A poll taken at the same time showed 10% support, within the margin of error of the % who voted Bush in 2004.

Larry Elder shouldn't be spreading nonsense like this.

11 posted on 11/17/2005 8:40:09 AM PST by JohnnyZ (Veterans' Day. Enough said.)
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To: Alice au Wonderland


make sure your kids know the facts.
add in the following: "Gun Control" legislation grew out of Democrat efforts to disarm blacks. It has revisited this root repeatedly over the last 120 years.

12 posted on 11/17/2005 8:40:42 AM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Most Blacks are socialists. At least that's the conclusion I must draw from their voting record.

13 posted on 11/17/2005 8:43:04 AM PST by Wolfstar (The stakes in the global war on terror are too high for politicians to throw out false charges.)
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To: SoFloFreeper; All

My wife cannot understand why I refuse to watch television, and when I do, why I get upset. Read this excerpt from the Media Research Center Liberals have no shame whatsoever. None. You almost have to admire the sheer chutzpah of these people, with a history as outlined by Larry Elder, and current unsung members in their ranks such as Robert "Sheets" Byrd, to make crap like the "West Wing" and "Commander in Chief".

A September 29 CyberAlert posting presciently forecast how "ABC's new Commander in Chief drama...clearly intends to make the conservative Republican 'House Speaker Nathan Templeton,' played by Donald Sutherland, the foil on the show revolving around Geena Davis as 'President Mackenzie Allen.'" On Tuesday's episode, the villainous Templeton has been told that "Special Assistant to the President Vince Taylor" is HIV-positive and he plans to reveal his health situation and to out him as gay, a move that so outrages Templeton's chief aide that she alerts the White House. Friends of the parents of "Kelly Ludlow," Press Secretary to the independent President, then come to DC with a tape of a 16 millimeter film of a 1965 fund-raiser, featuring the future House Speaker, made by their father who recently died. On the grainy black and white videotape of a smoke-filled room, Templeton contended that "segregation is the word of God" and railed about how "if the Lord Almighty wanted colored people to mix with whites...he wouldn't have placed them on separate continents." Referring to the Supreme Court, the early Templeton argued that "nine men in Washington can't change natural law" and, bringing up the KKK, that "black robes are worse than white robes." Templeton then laughed.

Did this make anyone else grit their teeth?

14 posted on 11/17/2005 9:09:55 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Somebody is not dialing the right numbers or those on the telephones answering the questions are not being truthful. Seems like there are far more than 2% approval rating for President Bush among Black Americans.

15 posted on 11/17/2005 9:10:47 AM PST by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Supposedly, only 2% of black Americans approve of President Bush's job performance. I think even Jefferson Davis would have done better.

These numbers are absurd. Granted, African Americans are reliably Democratic and predominantly liberal. However, there is a broad range of opinion among this population, who are 12-13% of all Americans. Unless the survey was conducted in the poorest neighborhoods, my suspicion is that significantly more than 2% are Bush supporters. I even believe that black Americans to the political right of Bush, like Alan Keyes, are a greater percentage.

Even among Bush opponents among African-Americans, there are a large number of social and cultural conservatives who do not vote Republican. They are as uncomfortable with militant homosexuals and deteriorating public schools as their white counterparts. However, there are considerable barriers that have thwarted GOP inroads among this group in spite of attempts dating from Nixon's day to the present.

The core constituency of the Republican Party is middle class, non-Jewish whites who live outside the Northeastern megalopolis and the port cities of the West Coast. This core constituency is strongly opposed to affirmative action and is skeptical of the benefits of the welfare state. Many middle class blacks believe that affirmative action has helped them overcome the residual effects of slavery and segregation. Additionally, the welfare state is perceived, even among middle class blacks, as better than the old order of dead end, entry level jobs, low paying farm labor, and privation in hard times.

When Republicans attempt to stride the middle ground on issues of affirmative action and the welfare state, they do not succeed in attracting many black votes. OTOH, they manage to alienate some of the core constituency. Marginal Republican losses of the Virginia governorship and the California propositions last week may have been the result of conservatives sitting out the election out of disgust at very un-conservative policies on a national level in areas such as spending and immigration. The strong attacks by the President and Vice President against the critics of the Iraq war and the President's attacks on Chinese repression over the last few days may well be an attempt to woo alienated conservatives.

The GOP has little chance of increasing its percentage of black voters in the near future.

16 posted on 11/17/2005 9:14:07 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: SoFloFreeper

Most were Republican voters until FDR came along. Voting Democrat ever since.

17 posted on 11/17/2005 9:19:13 AM PST by AmusedBystander
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To: SoFloFreeper

To the rats, it's all water under the bridge.

18 posted on 11/17/2005 10:43:56 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: SoFloFreeper

The loss of plantation escapees jumping the fence will continue to hurt the Democrats. Blacks are starting to listen to the GOP and liking what they hear. The dumb Whigs have now started to make racial attacks on Mike Steele. This will NOT help them keep the plantation gates closed.

As of this week, November 17 2005, Derrick Wallace, head of Orange County's NAACP, has switched parties -- to become a Republican.

"I've thought about this for two years," Wallace said Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours after returning from the elections office. "This is not a decision I made yesterday."

I guess he didn't get the memo.

19 posted on 11/17/2005 10:53:23 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Everything points to it so why not call them the Whigs?)
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