Skip to comments.Whitewash ..... (The racist history the Democratic Party wants you to forget)
Posted on 12/26/2007 4:11:35 AM PST by IrishMike
In his new book, "The Conscience of a Liberal," New York Times columnist Paul Krugman makes a strong case for his belief that the political success of the Republican Party and the conservative movement over the past 40 years has resulted largely from their co-optation of Southern racists that were the base of the Democratic Party until its embrace of civil rights in the 1960s. A key piece of evidence for Mr. Krugman is that Ronald Reagan gave his first speech after accepting the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 near Philadelphia, Miss., where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964. In the course of this speech, Reagan said he supported "states' rights." Mr. Krugman says this was code declaring his secret sympathy for Southern racism.
Others, including Mr. Krugman's Times colleague David Brooks and Reagan biographer Lou Cannon, have come to Reagan's defense, denying that he was a racist or had any racist intent in his 1980 speech. That's fine but unlikely to change the minds of those like Mr. Krugman who are determined to smear the Republican Party with the charge of racism, and who are adept at finding racist code words like "law and order" by Republicans that are completely convincing to liberals and Democrats in support of this accusation, even though they are invisible to those with no political ax to grind.
Following are some quotes from prominent Democrats largely drawn from my new book, "Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past." Even with the exclusion of all quotes that contain the N-word, it is clear that many of the Democratic Party's most important historical figures have long made statements that reduce Reagan's alleged transgression to a drop in the ocean.
(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...
--Robert C. Byrd, 1946
Democratic Senator from West Virginia, 1959-present
Something the MSM never fails to ignore. Yet if he were a Republican, each and everytime he would be quoted the line would start off with "..former racist and Ku Klux Klan leader..."
Ku Klux Klan founded Dec. 24, 1865
The name combines the Greek word for circle (kyklos) with the Gaelic word clan.
In 1871, a Republican-led Congress passed the Ku Klux Act, authorizing President Ulysses Grant to use military force to suppress the terrorist group.
Under the act, nine South Carolina counties were placed under martial law.
In 1882, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Ku Klux Act unconstitutional.
By that time, however, with Reconstruction at an end, the KKK had largely faded away.
In 1915, a new group formed using the same name.
Its white-hooded members advocated white supremacy, anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, racism, homophobia, anti-Communism and a virulent form of nativism.
The Klans popularity fell during the Depression. Membership further declined World War II in reaction to its support of Nazi ideology.
A few years ago, I presented similar information to my liberal, democrat, African-American colleagues. I sent the info by email to about 6 or 7 of them. Not one, and I mean not one of them, responded. They all ignored it as if I never had sent it.
The truth, best ignored when denial is not possible.
What I could never understand is that Republicans and conservatives never bring up the Democrat past....the Democrats are the party of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, lynching, etc..
The real reason many Southern Dems left for the GOP was because of the Dems further adoption of socialist programs
Why would alleged racist Southern Dems bolt to a party that ended slavery.....pushed the 14th Amendment...and supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
I would like to see a GOP House or Senate member bring this up sometime
Wasn’t Al Gore Senior a segregationist ?
Not that 'pubbies shouldnt bring it up when the Dems accuse them of being the racist party, but Republican hands aren't all that clean, either.
What really shocks me is that not only do some ‘Rats justify their past but some will actually deny it and dismiss it as conservative propaganda.
That’s blatant disregard
The elder Gore voted against the landmark civil rights legislation of his time, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which repudiated the Jim Crow laws.
It’s not a cheap shot when even Jefferson worried about the Creator’s view of him as a slaveholder. Slavery troubled Jefferson because he knew it was wrong even before he sat down to help draft the Declaration of Independence.
That’s a cheap excuse, not a cheap shot, regardless of the times.
What else would one suspect from the dishonest Mr. Krudman?
He didn’t just vote against it, he was the very vocal leader of the Congress-critters who were opposing it.
Really, who cares what Raging Krug Boy thinks?
Heard this racists-turned Republican cr@p since Nixon’s landslide in 1972. Fact is that since then, there has been tremendous progress toward racial harmony in the South, (calling Captain Obvious!) and race relations are better there than in any of the `blue’ states.
I’m waiting for someone to declare “White Christmas” racist. It can’t be long now.
When Pelosi wrote legislation condemning Turkey’s genocide of Armenians, I wrote a proposed resolution to condemn the Democrat’s support of slavery and sent it to a republican representative.
The reply I got was nice: “very clever” But it went nowhere.
Another liberal moron, hiding behind a beard.
The PAST aint half of it. demos are still racists, they are still keeping the blacks on the plantation, but instead of cotton, they have them producing votes.
It should also be noted that what happened in the 1960s in the Democrat party was not an elevation of minorities as much as the culmination of their philosophy of denigration of all mankind, that began before the Civil War. Today we might label it as “socialism”, but the philosophical underpinnings began long before that word was used.
“Elitism” is a much better word, but conveys little meaning beyond superiority and inferiority. The appropriate definition would be “the enslavement of 9 out of 10, under the rule of the 1 out of 10, who is their elite master.”
This was first openly proposed, as such, in a book by George Fitzhugh, entitled “Cannibals All!: Or, Slaves Without Masters”, published in 1857. Though its underpinnings can be found in American and European literature dating back to the time of our Revolution.
More than a defense of slavery, it proposed that slavery was such a positive *good*, that 9 out of 10 people in the world should be slaves. Only 1 in 10 people were elite enough to be the masters who would rule over all.
The book was written in such a way that the reader would assume that he was one of the elites, because only an elite could appreciate the brilliance of such an idea.
Imagine the evolution of this blunt idea through generations of people who saw themselves as unfairly held down by others who had no right to rule over them; and how if there was “justice” in the world, they would be the rightful rulers and lead the lives they imagined the powerful lead.
In this, you see the evolution of the Democrat party in the United States, and much of the leftism found in the world.
One facet is the desperate search for people that they can feel superior to. At first, it was a search for primitive indigenous peoples, living in what they called “The state of nature”, an idealized view of civilization-free anarchy.
This was expressed all the way from the time of Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the anthropologist Margaret Mead. In a twisted way, they imagined it a return to the secular version of the Garden of Eden. It is sprinkled throughout socialist and communist ideology.
In turn, this leads to a perverse hatred of civilization and technology, found from the Luddite movement to modern extremists like Paul R. Ehrlich, Edward Abbey, and Al Gore. They see the annihilation of most of mankind as necessary prerequisite to the return of this paradise. Civilization is inherently evil as it elevates those who should be slaves. It rightfully should only be kept by the masters.
But having run out of indigenous people on the Earth who might be found to still be living in their precious State of Nature, they turned to the oppressed and downtrodden peoples instead. Importantly, *not* to elevate such people, but to preserve them in their oppressed and downtrodden state, as a permanent exhibition of inferiority that their “superiors” could revel in.
In other words, the Civil Rights movement’s grand purpose was not to elevate the black man, but to keep him down. And this is why the left abhors successful blacks who are not leftists, such as Condoleeza Rice, yet embraces those who retain an air of downtrodden humbleness, like Tracy Chapman. At least, they must be leftists, or they are to be openly hated.
How twisted a person that they cannot enjoy life unless they feel better off than others? But it is a common complaint, a bitter hatred of those they imagine to live better, smarter, more enjoyable and prosperous lives; while at the same time desperate to keep others down, so that they could continue to feel superior to *anyone*. Because otherwise, they would be forced to look in the mirror and see the truth, that they are inferior because they are inferior. They have made themselves that way, and by their personal failure, they have kept themselves that way.
In any event, when all is said and done, the eventual platform of the Democrat party is clear. The extermination of most of mankind, the enslavement of most of the rest, and to rule as elites over those slaves. Is that too much to ask?
I find it hillarious that Democrats poo-poo the 1964 Civil Rights Act that they were against because they say it was the federal government taking over State’s right, yet, these same pinheads gave us Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and have stomped on all kinds of state’s rights.
Ignoring the predictable leftist psychobabble of Paul Krugman, it uses the words of prominent Democrats, starting with Thomas Jefferson and going right up through Joe Biden, to make a convincing case that the Demcorat Party, the party first to throw down the race card to accuse others of racism for disagreeing with them, are in fact the racists that you read about all those years in history class:
Blacks “are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both of body and mind.”
—Thomas Jefferson, 1787
Co-founder of the Democratic Party (along with Andrew Jackson)
“I hold that the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding states between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good—a positive good.”
—Sen. John C. Calhoun (D., S.C.), 1837
Vice President, 1825-32
His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol.
If blacks were given the right to vote, that would “place every splay-footed, bandy-shanked, hump-backed, thick-lipped, flat-nosed, woolly-headed, ebon-colored Negro in the country upon an equality with the poor white man.”
—Rep. Andrew Johnson, (D., Tenn.), 1844
“Resolved, That the Democratic Party will resist all attempts at renewing, in Congress or out of it, the agitation of the slavery question, under whatever shape or color the attempt may be made.”
—Platform of the Democratic Party, 1852
Blacks are “a subordinate and inferior class of beings who had been subjugated by the dominant race.”
—Chief Justice Roger Taney, Dred Scott v. Sandford, 1856
Appointed Attorney General by Andrew Jackson in 1831
Appointed Secretary of the Treasury by Andrew Jackson in 1833
Appointed to the Supreme Court by Andrew Jackson in 1836
“The Confederate Memorial has had a special place in my life for many years. . . . There were many, many times that I found myself drawn to this deeply inspiring memorial, to contemplate the sacrifices of others, several of whom were my ancestors, whose enormous suffering and collective gallantry are to this day still misunderstood by most Americans.”
—James Webb, 1990
Now a Democratic Senator from Virginia
“Everybody likes to go to Geneva. I used to do it for the Law of the Sea conferences and you’d find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they’d just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.”
—Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D., S.C.) 1993
Chairman, Commerce Committee, 1987-95 and 2001-03
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 1984
“I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation.”
—Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), 2004
Chairman, Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 2008
* “You cannot go into a Dunkin’ Donuts or a 7-Eleven unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
* “My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything [but] a Northeastern liberal state.”
* “I mean, you got the first mainstream African American [Barack Obama] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.”
* “There’s less than 1% of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4% or 5% that is, are minorities. What is it in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you’re dealing with.”
Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., (D., Del.), 2006-07
Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, 1987-95
Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations
Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 2008
“It has of late become the custom of the men of the South to speak with entire candor of the settled and deliberate policy of suppressing the negro vote. They have been forced to choose between a policy of manifest injustice toward the blacks and the horrors of negro rule. They chose to disfranchise the negroes. That was manifestly the lesser of two evils. . . . The Republican Party committed a great public crime when it gave the right of suffrage to the blacks. . . . So long as the Fifteenth Amendment stands, the menace of the rule of the blacks will impend, and the safeguards against it must be maintained.”
—Editorial, “The Political Future of the South,” New York Times, May 10, 1900)
Interesting post from a new FReeper.
I’ll be saving that post for when I have more free time to reflect on it.
Bump to your quotes. I’ll be needing them.
Couldn't agree more, but Bartlett was talking about past sins and there, I think, he enlarged too much on Democrats saying things that were pretty much conventional wisdom at the time.
Reagan’s States’ rights reference in that speech was refering to education!, but Krugman was too dishonest to mention the context.
It’s just a dishonest cut and paste job by him. imho
Ill be saving that post for when I have more free time to reflect on it.
Same thoughts here. Our network was out at home since Dec 24, and I am just catching up. This is going out in an email later.
Also would add this:
Racism is not at all why Republicans oppose Barack Obama. It is because he just doesn't get it!
This, combined with his Socialist/Marxist ideology makes him unfit for such high office!