Tuesday, October 09, 2012
THERE THEY GO AGAIN
"When you don't vote, you let another church explode. When you don't vote, you allow another cross to burn. When you don't vote, you let another assault wound a brother or sister. When you don't vote, you let the Republicans continue to cut school lunches and Head Start." 1998 Missouri Democrat Party ad.
Among the more recent ones is the allegation that Tea Party activists are racist Ku Klux Klan members.
Once again the left is engaging in revisionist history, which was used frequently in the Soviet Union. History was manipulated and rewritten to serve the ends of those in power.
When the left, specifically the Democrat Party claims that Republicans would bring back the days of segregation, Jim Crow laws and even slavery itself, they ignore their own party's sordid history on the issue. All the pro-segregation politicians were Democrats. All of them. Orval Faubus, Bull Connor, Lester Maddox, the list goes on and on and on.
Let's look at the Jim Crow laws. These laws were passed in a number of Southern states during the time after the departure of Federal troops from the South. Southern African-Americans were overwhelmingly Republican, and Southern Democrats pulled out all the stops to neutralize them as a threat to their power. The Ku Klux Klan was established as the terror wing of the Democrat Party. Soon the entire South became a one-party, third-world dictatorship under the Democrat Party. Until recent times the Democrats controlled every governor, every state legislature and every county government south of the Potomac. We're talking every seat here. Monopoly. No Republican could have participated because none were elected.
So let's look at today. No Republican in any state legislature has introduced legislation to bring back Jim Crow segregation. No legislation has been introduced anywhere reinstituting slavery. Nowhere. Nobody has made any move to repeal the Thirteenth, Fourteenth or Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution.
We do, however, have an ongoing effort by the left to demonize black Republicans for not "behaving like a black should". Clarence Thomas, J. C. Watts, Gary Franks, Condoleezza Rice and many others have felt the poison. There are even localized incidents of voter intimidation, for example by the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia in 2008. Although they may look different from the KKK, they use similar tactics and the role they play in getting Democrats elected is the same. Their reward was the Obama Justice Department looking the other way and not prosecuting the offenders.
So, the next time you hear the left whining about Republican racism, remember the truth of history.