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Monday, May 05, 2008

The Big Lie #1 - The Democrats, friends of African-Americans

See my last post for a definition of the Big Lie.

Democrats get the majority of the Black vote in this country. It is taken for granted that, in the inner cities, that vote can and will swing state-wide elections to the Donkey side. The Chicago Machine is fueled by these votes and, thusly, a Governor or Senator can be elected in Illinois without being supported by the majority of the population of the state, outside of the Chicago area and the East St. Louis area.

Black voters make up about 12 percent of the voting population and therefore have a major impact on the race for President. That the Democrats dominate this voting constituency has been the key to the successes they have had in the last few decades in this country. African Americans vote with the presumption that the Democrats are "on their side."

But is this true? Lt. Colonel Frances Rice,U.S. Army Retired, certainly doesn't agree. (She is an African-American woman very active in politics and journalism who writes for the Lincoln Heritage Institute). Allow me to post a recent essay by the Colonel, with a few comments by me interspersed in italics...

An Open Letter to the Democratic Party
By Lt. Colonel Frances Rice,U.S. Army Retired: Contributor to the LHI

"We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert:

Whereas in the early 1600's 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development,

Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,

Reparations? She and I will disagree here. No one involved in slavery is still alive on either side. Grievances for wrongs done in the past only keeps hatred and resentments alive on both sides.

Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices committed against African Americans during the past two hundred years, nor for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices and current soft bigotry of low expectations are having on us today,

Whereas the Democratic Party fought to expand slavery and, after the Civil War, established Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and other repressive legislation that were designed to disenfranchise African Americans,

Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them,

I understand that the KKK was largely peopled by Democrats but I think it is unfair and unprovable that the Democrats officially either created or supported them.

Whereas, according to leading historians (both black and white), the horrific atrocities committed against African Americans during slavery and Reconstruction were financed, sponsored, and promoted by the Democratic Party and their Ku Klux Klan supporters,

Whereas from 1870 to 1930, in an effort to deny African Americans their civil rights and to keep African Americans from voting Republican, thousands of African Americans were shot, beaten, lynched, mutilated, and burned to death by Ku Klux Klan terrorists from the Democratic Party,

Whereas Democratic Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission,

Whereas the Democratic party has used racist demagoguery to deceive African Americans about the history of the Republican Party that: (a) started as the anti-slavery party in 1854, (b) fought to free African Americans from slavery, (c) designed Reconstruction, a ten-year period of unprecedented political power for African Americans, (d) passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting African Americans freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote, (e) passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting African Americans protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, (f) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 granting African Americans protection from the Jim Crow laws, (g) established Affirmative Action programs to help African Americans proper with Republican President Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan that set the first goals and timetables and his 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act that made Affirmative Action Programs the law of our nation, and (h) never sponsored or launched a program, passed laws, or engaged in practices that resulted in the death of millions of African Americans,

Whereas Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka (a 1954 decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower) was a landmark civil rights case that was designed to overturn the racist practices that were established by the Democratic Party,

Whereas after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the vote of African Americans, he banned African American newspapers from the military shortly after taking office because he was convinced the newspapers were communists,

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law, opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was later criticized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for ignoring civil rights issues.

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy authorized the FBI (supervised by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy) to investigate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on suspicion of being a communist,

Well, we now know that communists had infiltrated the government in a major way, so being paranoid was understandable. But King? Yeah, that was dumb at best.

Whereas Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, made a 14-hour filibuster speech in the Senate in June 1964 in an unsuccessful effort to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and was heralded in April 2004 by Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd as a senator who would have been a great leader during the Civil War,

Whereas when the 1964 Civil Rights Act came up for vote, Senator Al Gore, Sr. and the rest of the Southern Democrats voted against the bill,

Whereas in the House of Representatives only 61 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act as compared to 80 percent of Republicans, and in the Senate only 69 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, compared to 82 percent of the Republicans,

Whereas Democratic President Bill Clinton sent troops to Europe to protect the citizens of Bosnia and Kosovo while allowing an estimated 800,000 black Rwandans to be massacred in Africa, vetoed the welfare reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan,

Whereas Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was "stolen" from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the "Miami Herald" and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,

Whereas the Democratic Party's soft bigotry of low expectations and social promotions have consigned African Americans to economic bondage and created a culture of dependency on government social programs,

Whereas the Democratic Party's use of deception and fear to block welfare reform, the faith-based initiative and school choice that would help African Americans prosper is consistent with the Democratic Party's heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery, a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party whose racist legacy bode ill until this generation of African Americans,

Now, therefore, for the above and other documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon African Americans, we demand a formal written apology and other appropriate remuneration from the leadership of the Democratic party.


I love that phrase, the "soft bigotry of low expectations"! But it is a sad-but-truth.

The truth is that the welfare system set up by the Democrats has trapped inner-city poor, the majority of them blacks in most cities, within a cycle of poverty and crime. When the government is paying people not to work and not to get married, the drive to succeed is often pulled right out from under people and their children learn to work the system and supplement "free money" with money made from criminal activity. The standard family unit of father, mother and children becomes nearly non-existent.

How is this good?! How is this a benefit to the inner city population? It is NOT! The sad truth is that, by keeping people depending on government handouts and taking away their incentive to work and learn, the Democrats have raised a voting army of people who are undereducated and have been basically propagandized into believing that the Democrats are their friends.

People like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright make their living from racial tension. They may claim to work for the benefit of the African-American community, but in fact they want the racial divide to continue and their livelihoods depend upon the racial divide! In a world where people of all colors just accept each other without prejudice, what would pay the bills for Jesse Jackson? Who would want to go listen to the garbage-presented-as-sermons presented at churches like the Trinity United Church of Christ by haters like Jeremiah Wright and Otis Moss? Would Fox News keep Al Sharpton on the payroll if racial tensions were nonexistent? Does anyone want his opinion on the stock market?

The reason that the radical left so virulently attacks a woman like Condaleeza Rice, a woman more accomplished than Sharpton and Jackson and Wright put together with room left over - the reason they attack her is because she represents the horrible truth. Black people can do great things and be very smart and be Republican/conservative politically. The truth is, many many African-Americans and Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans and every other possible combination can and do support Republicans or run and for office as Republicans.

(It may be that the reason Jeremiah Wright is now doing things to help Barack Obama's campaign go south is simply that he doesn't really want an African-American to succeed so obviously, because it hurts his message and tends to take away his constituency.)

The bottom line is that the Republican Party supports measures that would help lift inner city populations out of poverty and improve their educational opportunities. Just one example? The average African-American family wants voucher programs so that they will be free to select the best education for their children. But the Democrats, beholden to the Teacher's Unions, fight against vouchers for all they are worth. Workfare programs that bring people into the work force while adding to their training would lift so many young men out of the cycle of crime and drugs and gangs and welfare and into the workforce. The Democrats have fought to keep the same old welfare system in place.

Yes, it reminds me of an old Motown song...

Beware, beware of the handshake
That hides the snake
I'm telling you beware
Beware of the pat on the back
It just might hold you back
Jealousy (jealousy)
Misery (misery)
Envy I tell you, you can't see behind smiling faces
Smiling faces sometimes they don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof

Howard Dean. Al Gore. Bill Clinton.
Smiling Faces.
Think about it.


radar said...

"Smiling Faces Sometimes"

That was a song popularized by the "Undisputed Truth", by the way.
It was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label and first recorded by the Temptations before becoming the only hit for The Undisputed Truth in 1971.

Anonymous said...

Hey Radar. It's Jordan. I decided to join the discussion on this amazing blog. Wow there is an Obama commercial on right now. Yuck. Anyways I found this interesting article about the Religious Right.

radar said...

Jordan, the article was good and so was the May 6th Stantis political cartoon on that same page...thanks for the link!

joe said...

"Whereas Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was "stolen" from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the "Miami Herald" and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,"

I'm not going to spend too much time on this post as a whole, but I thought I'd point out that this -

"a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election"

- is factually inaccurate, and thus, of course, is the point based on it, that Gore "falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was "stolen" from him" (if he even made such a claim at all, falsely or otherwise - given the circumstances, I remember Gore being remarkably civil at the time).

The recount performed by the consortium did not conclude that Gore lost the election; it concluded that there were scenarios under which Bush won and there were scenarios under which Gore won, depending on the standards of interpretation (strict vs. loose). The irony was that Bush won under the standards for which the Gore side had previously argued, and Gore won under the standards for which the Bush side had previously argued.

Seeing as the factual foundation is false, I don't see how the author can then draw the conclusion that Gore (a) allegedly made the alleged false claim and (b) as a result created harmful racial division. The whole thing is a pretty messy argument. Perhaps some explanations and/or links could clear this up.

As for the Big Lie, which Radar is trying to demonstrate here, is it supposed to be that the Democrats are friends of African Americans now or that they have always been friends of African Americans? Because the latter point is easy to concede; heck, the Democratic party today is a very different thing than the Democratic party of 30, 60, 140 years ago. Big deal.

And as we get to the present, the author very quickly includes factual inaccuracies to make her case, so color me skeptical on her argument.

"The average African-American family wants voucher programs so that they will be free to select the best education for their children."

Radar, is this conjecture on your part, or do you have facts to back this up? I'm guessing you made it up, but please, surprise me.

-- creeper

joe said...

Jordan, you appear to be a right-winger. Did you pick the name of a well-known lefty blog as your handle as a demonstration of irony?

-- creeper

radar said...

Creeper, your hope is realized:


"The NEA, the nation's largest teachers union, was hosting a symposium to unveil a new book from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a D.C.-based group that has conducted social research on minorities since 1970. While the study focused on the growing political divide between young and old generations within the African-American community, it also documented another major disconnect: Young black voters want school vouchers. Jackson and his union friends don't.

According to the study, "a large majority (69 percent) of black elected officials oppose vouchers, while a large majority (60 percent) of the black public support vouchers." Even worse for Jackson, who hopes to be the voice of the young black community, the study revealed that "there was what can accurately be described as overwhelming support for vouchers (approximately 70 percent) in the three youngest age cohorts, i.e., those under 50 years."

radar said...

Those who doubt that the African-American public has no desire to participate in voucher programs can go here:

The Black Alliance for Educational Options is working hard to convince states and municipalities to try a voucher program. It is a way to improve educational opportunities for their children. It is part of the Republican agenda to help make our education system a better one. It is anathema to the Democratic Party. Why? You can ask Howard Dean, but I suspect it is all that NEA money being poured into Dem's pockets. Good teachers are all for vouchers, bad teachers fear them. The union fights for the lowest common denominator, apparently.

radar said...

I suspect that Jordan is simply trying to improve the brand. The original political animal is way left of center. The political animals cartoon blog is simplistic and stupid.

joe said...

Thanks for the link, Radar. Nice to see you actually back your claims up some of the time.

-- creeper

Anonymous said...

I don't think the question of "are you for or against vouchers?" is quite as simple as people make it out to be. How a voucher system is designed and implemented is really key.

An improper voucher system just becomes a tax subsidy for the rich, but a proper one becomes a vehicle for real competition and school choice. I went to a talk where an economist proposed a model which I could really get behind- schools cannot select/weed out students(basically a lottery based system) and where no tuition is charged above the voucher. There was definitely more to it than that, but those were the basic ideas.

As for both the lady's essay...I don't know. I found a lot of that a little over the top. I found her discussion of the histories of the parties largely irrelevant to the point she is making.


Anonymous said...

The Democrat Party has changed from overtly racist to covertly racist. Their covert racism produces dependence. They tell African Americans and other minorities that they are victoms and that they can't make it without Government help. They tell them that they are morally and intellectually incompetent. Standards need to be relaxed in order to allow them to compete with the so-called white establishment. This is insualting. The Democrat party loves it this, they insult people they claim to care about. All they care about is their power. DB