The Democratic Party and African Americans
The United States is a democracy. It is also a two party system, either Democrat or Republican. We align ourselves with one or the other of the two major parties for various reasons.
Probably the most common one being the same as our religion. It’s the party we were born into. Others choose a party affiliation because of the personal benefits and advantages (promised, perceived or real) the party pledges, assures or guarantees. Another reason has to do with whether we believe in big government or a smaller role for government in our lives.
In and among these reasons, we define ourselves, or are defined by the opposition, as either liberal or conservative.
In a previous post entitled “Political Labels and Contentiousness in American Politics”, January 17, 2016 I defined the two as:
Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.
Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Conservatives believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
To get down to the “nut-cuttin’ “ , to use a colloquial expression in Kentucky, self-described “liberals” most commonly align themselves with the Democratic Party. Likewise, most “conservative” voters align themselves with the Republican Party.
Be that as it may, my real issue and argument in this piece is as follows:
Since the 1960’s, it is my opinion, (and this whole argument is based on my opinion), the very liberal left-wing element in this country has held sway, to large degree, over the Democrat Party.
They have done an excellent and very effective job of appropriating intelligence and enlightenment as their own. Their presentation goes something like this:
“Liberals are intelligent. I am liberal, therefore I am intelligent.” Or “you are intelligent, … therefore you must be liberal.”
To continue, “You are conservative? Then you are not liberal. If you are not liberal, you are not intelligent!”
The argument continues, “If you are not intelligent, nothing you have to say, nor any position you might hold, is worthy of consideration, and must be dismissed and belittled.”
This is played out daily in the liberal media. Think not? Did you ever watch Jon Stewart, when he hosted “The Daley Show”, or the women of “The View”. They never debate the issues. They just smugly denigrate and belittle any person or position they deem in conflict with, or threatening to their position. These are the two most egregious examples I can think of, but the phenomenon is played out daily in most national media news and commentary, albeit more subtly.
In the process, this most effective marketing campaign has been very successful at painting the Republican Party (the Party of Lincoln) with very broad negative brush strokes.
The second thing “Liberals” and by extension the Democratic Party have done is pass themselves off as the benevolent benefactor and protector of African Americans.
I must acknowledge, they’ve been most successful! And sadly, most successful at deceiving and duping African Americans.
In our history, I don’t believe there has ever been a more effective white-washing of the black face of racism than the Democratic Party has pulled off since the 1960’s.
The Democrat party, formed in 1792, is first of all the “Party of the South”, embodying and embracing all the worst elements of the pre- and post- Civil War South.
By contrast, “the Republican Party was formed in 1854 to abolish slavery and challenge other racist legislative acts initiated by the Democratic Party” -1
Prior to the 1960’s the Democratic Party openly and overtly opposed all legislation and attempts at legislation, that would relieve the elements of the “Jim Crow” South. Jim Crowism and the Ku Klux Klan, were both out-growths and extensions of the Democratic Party, embodying the pro-slavery, anti-abolitionism philosophy of the pre- and post- Civil War South.
Since the 1960’s the Democrat Party has been most successful in disguising and masking their very effective methods of keeping African American “down on the plantation.” By keeping them reliant on the largess of the Federal Government, they’ve kept them “Down”! And they’ve moved them from the cotton plantation to the Government Plantation. Convincing them of their victimhood, they are not only entitled to but deserving of reliance on the Federal Government.
But consider this:
The 13th Amendment – To Abolish Slavery, the vote was 23% Democrats, 100% Republican
The 14th Amendment – To give slaves citizenship, the vote was 0% Democrat, 94% Republican
The 15th Amendment – Right to Vote for All Men, the vote was 0% Democrats, 100 % Republican
“Congressional records show that Democrats were opposed to passing the following laws that were introduced by Republicans to achieve civil rights for African Americans:” 1
Civil Rights Act 1866
Reconstruction Act of 1867
Freedman Bureau Extension Act of 1866
Enforcement Act of 1870
Force Act of 1871
Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871
Civil Rights Act of 1875
Civil Rights Act of 1957
Civil Rights Act of 1960
And during the 60’s many Democrats fought hard to defeat the 1964 Civil Rights Act
Voting Rights Acts of 1965
Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972
“Dr. Martin Luther King, several Civil Rights leaders and many historians reported that during the first two years of his administration, President John F. Kennedy (a Democrat) ignored Dr. King’s request for Civil Rights. The chronicles of history reveal that it was only after television coverage of riots and several demonstrations did President Kennedy (a Democrat) feel a need to introduce the 1963 Civil Rights Act. At that time, experts believe the nation was headed toward a major race war.
History reveals that it was Democratic Attorney General, Robert Kennedy that approved the secret wire taps on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and it was Democratic President Lyndon Johnson that referred to Dr. King as “that nigger preacher”.
Congressional records show after signing the 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act and issuing Executive Order 11478, it was Richard Nixon, a Republican, that started what we know as Affirmative Action.
More recently, On December 15, 1994, federal Judge David V. Kenyon issued a court order to the Clinton Administration (a Democratic administration) in the Case of Fairchild v Robert Reich Secretary of Labor (#CV92-5765Kn). The order demanded that Secretary Reich and the Clinton Administration force 100 west coast shipping operations to develop an Affirmative Action plan to stop discrimination against, African Americans, Hispanics, Female and Disabled Workers. Female employees were being sexually harassed, Hispanics were being denied promotions and training. Disabled Workers were being laid off, and African Americans were being forced to work in an environment where they had job classification called “Nigger Jobs”. Clinton left office six years later and never complied with the court order. The companies still do not have Affirmative Action Plans.” -1
To quote Captain Jack Ross, the character Kevin Bacon played in “A Few Good Men” – “These are the facts, and they are irrefutable!”
“Today we are hearing how Republicans and Conservatives are either the party of racists or that they are racists in general, but history proves a different story. This rhetoric is being pushed by those on the left and is being used as a tool to divide people. The real history is no longer taught to our children and so many adults have fallen prey to this rhetoric without actually doing the research to see if it is actually true.
If you look through the history books that are presented to our children, if you listen to politicians and pundits, if you talk to your neighbors or friends, most would not even believe many facts of the lost history in the Civil Rights Movement. This is a travesty of truth, and the people that have been most affected by this have been the African American community for not really understanding the truth about the Democrat Party and how they have buried the truth about their past.
In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80%of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.
To be fair, not all Democrats have been totally bad on civil rights for African Americans. It was Democrat Harry Truman who used an executive order insuring the U.S. military finally became desegregated.
It should be noted that LBJ (a Democrat) was not the great crusader of civil rights. President Johnson made a 360 – turn in his civil rights position when he became President. From 1940 to 1960 Johnson voted with the South 78% on civil rights issues. Prior to 1957, Johnson voted with the South 100% on civil rights issues. He also voted against the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960.
Were you aware that in order to break the racist ways of Southern Democrats, it was Republican President Eisenhower who sponsored both Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act and it was a LBJ lead Senate who fought tooth and nail against them? Ike finally signed a watered down Civil Rights Bill. In 1957 President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which was intended to guarantee the voting rights of all African Americans. This was the first Civil Rights legislation to pass since Reconstruction. He also sent Federal troops to Little Rock Arkansas to escort black students entering a formally all white school.
Now today all we hear in regards to Civil Rights legislation centers around the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but this is leaving out some of the most important parts, including the fact that LBJ, prior to moving up to the Executive Office, opposed legislation favoring civil rights for African Americans.” -2
Well, you say, at least he had a change of heart and did the right thing, after becoming President.
He was a self-serving career politician of the worst stripe moving in any direction the political winds blew. He was concerned with only one thing … remaining in office and IN POWER!
“I apologize for the following language but we have to understand the truth that is not being told any longer. The following quotes are LBJ quotes:
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference” – LBJ
On the prospect of passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”—Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One.
You can find this in Ronald Kessler’s “Inside The White House”. – 2
The policies of the Democratic Party over the past 50 plus years, have accomplished what LBJ wanted. The Democratic Party and the black community’s two Judas goats, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have perpetuated the horrific “Stepin Fetchit” dependence on and subservience to the white Massa, The Democratic Party.
LBJ and all his successors in the Democratic Party have used African Americans to get re-elected. They have no other interest in the African American Community.
Obviously the Republican Party is at a disadvantage in a marketing campaign that promises:
personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
Verses a party that:
Believes the role of government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.
But at what price? Is the African American community as a whole, really better off, or still kept in its place and dependent?
The opportunities are there, but sadly, they keep voting for the oppressor!
Asian immigrants are prospering here.
Immigrants from India are prospering here.
Even Hispanic immigrants, legal or illegal, are beginning to prosper here.
Why not African Americans?
Until they shake off the shackles of dependence on the Democratic Party, they are doomed to more of the same and racism in America will continue.
All this of course … in my opinion.