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STRANGE FRUIT

E0F32057-303E-4A92-8C28-12EA2E7139F3I wish I was a Democrat sometimes.  

Why?  Because being a Democrat not only means never having to say you’re sorry, but apparently it also means getting to pretend that anything you wish to scrub from your history never happened. It’s like having totalitarian editorial control over your own Wikipedia page as well as all the media stories about you.  Imagine writing and rewriting your own script whenever you desire to hide something embarrassing.

The Democrats’ official party website is proof of that, as its section on “Our History” declares, with all the balls and gall of a defendant, who, upon being indicted for murdering his parents, begs the court’s mercy, on the basis of new evidence that he is now an orphan. 

And here is how that putrid farce is parsed (from the DNC website):

“For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. We are the party of Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, FDR, and the countless everyday Americans who work each day to build a more perfect union. Take a look at some of our accomplishments, and you’ll see why we’re proud to be Democrats.”

It really says that. 

With a straight face. 

They look us in the eye and say that, and moreover, they say it even more convincingly than the man who once wagged his finger at the nation and insisted, “I did not have sex with that woman”. 

It would be hard to offer a more untrue reading of of the dark and seemy white underbelly of American Democrat history than this, considering that every single black man, hanged from a tree in the South during slavery and Civil War Restoration times, was hung by a mob of Democrats, since there were virtually no Southern Republicans. 

There is a reason why virtually ALL black intellectuals and Underground Railroad heroes after the Civil War were proud, registered Republicans. Republicans didn’t want to kill, maim, rape, or enslave them. Or terrorize them so they wouldn’t vote Republican. This is their legacy, the strange fruit of an agenda lasting more than 100 years, and still being scrubbed from school books to this day.

I would argue that if the Republican Party’s history since its founding in the 1850s is compared to that of the Democratic Party over the same period, the GOP’s history on issues of equal rights before the law stands up very favorably against that of Democrats – and that the GOP is at its very worst at least roughly equivalent with the Democrats over any single period of a decade or more that you might choose to examine throughout that entire history.

 

If today’s Democrats had any shred of decency, integrity or intellectual honesty, they would have some modicum of humility about their own history, rather than offering up the egregiously false claim that they have been on the side of the civil rights,  angels of equality continuously for 204 years. That’s just a bold-faced lie and an insult to anyone who stands for freedom and liberty and equal opportunity.

Our history books today almost gleefully note that, 204 years ago, in 1814, our president was James Madison – a Democrat, a great man in a myriad of other ways, was a slave-owner.  That Thomas Jefferson owned slaves.   

What our history books conspicuously fail to note is that at least four Democrat presidents between then and the Civil War owned slaves, along with many Democrat Senators and Congressmen, or that the Democrat Party was the locus, the central post of national political support for slavery throughout that period.

It may be that not all Democrats were for slavery, but if you were FOR slavery, you certainly were a Democrat.     If you were against it, you certainly were a Republican, and the most vocal among those were Republican radical abolitionists.  

The Republican Party was founded primarily to oppose slavery, and Republicans eventually abolished slavery. The Democratic Party fought them and tried to maintain and expand slavery. The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, passed in 1865 with 100% Republican support but only 23% Democrat support in congress.

The Civil War was launched by Democrats, who refused to accept the election in 1860 of an anti-slavery Republican president, Abe Lincoln,  for a variety of reasons, but mainly due to slavery. In fact, the Republican Party was uniquely formed on a single political and moral platform: The complete abolition of slavery.  The reason? They could no longer live the lie that “all men are created equal” and square that with slavery being legal in America.  

Democrats reasserted control of Southern politics at the end of Reconstruction through the heavy application of terrorism by the Klu Klux Klan (in Mississippi in the 1870s, they basically murdered anyone suspected of voting Republican). For nearly a century after that, the supporters of Jim Crow were uniformly lockstep Democrats, many of them progressives (a popular movement now, I might note).  

Woodrow Wilson, the only former citizen of the Confederacy to serve as President, and the very first “progressive” Democrat, introduced segregation throughout the federal government, and Franklin Roosevelt regularly received as high as 95% of the vote in the Jim Crow Southern states. 

The 1924, in the race against the arch-conservative, pro-civil-rights reformer, Calvin Coolidge, the Democrat National Convention was popularly and openly known as the “Klanbake” for for its heavy and very vocal KKK presence; their nominee that year would go on to argue the losing, pro-segregation side in the famed Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education.  Can you imagine being proud to call your national convention a “Klanbake”?   

And that’s before we discuss the federal role in housing discrimination, instituted by a New Deal agency in the 1930s and finally undone by Republican Richard Nixon and his HUD secretary George Romney in the late 60s. That’s before we examine the Davis-Bacon Act… The politicians who fought viciously to keep segregation in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s were uniformly Democrats, like George Wallace (who won his last election in 1982, as a Democrat), Orval Faubus and Strom Thurmond (who finally had to leave the Democrats when he gave up supporting segregation and found he had far more in common with the Republicans who opposed segregation in favor of civil rights for all Americans). 

Former KKK members in Democrat national life just in the past 70 years included Democrat President, Harry Truman, Democratic Senator and Supreme Court Justice (appointed by FDR) Hugo Black, who sat on the Court until the 1970s, and KKK Exalted Cyclops, Senator Robert Byrd, who was junior Senator Hillary Clinton’s mentor in the Senate and who remained a Democrat in the Senate until his death during Barack Obama’s second year in office.  Both Obama and Hillary praised him lavishly at his funeral.  Statues of him still stand throughout the South.  

If you want to put these facts in some historical context, of course, we can certainly talk about history and context. But the Democrats’ official campaign website doesn’t even attempt do that – it never apologizes to African-Americans for the party’s history of supporting slavery and segregation.  Instead, it actively celebrates the last 204 years of the Democrat Party’s fake history as an unbroken record of virtue in which “our party has led the fight for civil rights.” 

The only possible explanation for this chicanery is the Democrats’ supreme confidence that Democrat voters are completely ignorant of history and will remain loyal servants in the Democrat Plantation.

Which is a sad comment on their good faith in dealing with these issues and on their honesty in general. If this pathetic fact of Democrat history is what is supposed to represent bold leadership on civil rights, what would their radical resistance to civil rights look like? 

If they won’t tell the truth about their own past, why should we trust them to ever tell the truth about any issue regarding the past and present of race in America, or anything for that matter?  Of course, we know the answer. 

Something to ponder as November rapidly approaches.  We have a gravely important task at hand this November, and that is to send these carpetbaggers and racebaiters and vote-bribers back to the dustbin of history in which they belong, or to suffer that fate ourselves, however undeserved.  

Vote red this November and take back our country. 

(PS: I was only kidding.  I don’t really wish I was a Democrat!)

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