Despite the clear facts outlined in history, somehow the Democrat Party has audaciously claimed the mantel as the party that protects blacks, a claim as ridiculous as it is incredulous. Granted, the Democrat Party no longer relies on cross-burning and lynching to keep blacks in their place. However, today it uses far more subtle and sinister tactics to keep blacks on the government “plantation.” And despite their public proclamation of love for blacks in America, their private comments, and the disastrous results of Democrat policies, show us that the Democrats are not now, nor have they ever been, a friend to blacks.
Democrats like to take credit for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and claim Republicans were against civil rights efforts. Yet the truth is that when the 1964 Civil Rights law was passed, it only passed because of overwhelming support from Republicans, who were a heavy minority in both the House and Senate. Without 80 percent of Republicans voting in favor, the law would not have passed because of opposition from nearly 40 percent of Democrats. The longest filibuster in Senate history came about as Democrats attempted to derail the passage of the law. Among those deeply opposing civil rights for blacks were Albert Gore (father of former VP Al Gore), Robert “KKK” Byrd, and Democrat Sen. Richard Russell, who said of the bill, “We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states.” Democrats named the oldest Senate office building in his honor.
The bill was signed into law by Democrat Lyndon Johnson, which was interesting in and of itself, since Johnson had staunchly opposed passage during his tenure in Congress. In fact, it was Johnson who removed the enforcement “teeth” from the 1957 Civil Rights Act signed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, the same president who desegregated the military.
How does one reconcile the sudden change of heart by Johnson? Perhaps we understand it in a better light when we understand that Johnson was perhaps the shrewdest, most ruthless political operator in American history and a master at turning events to his advantage. Though he signed the bill, it is hard to imagine he’d had a complete change of heart when his private thoughts are revealed. According to testimony of Robert M. MacMillan (who served on Air Force One under Johnson), LBJ was once taking a flight when he bragged to the two governors accompanying him, “I’ll have them [expletive] voting Democratic for two hundred years.”
Modern Democrats have offered similar feelings, if in not quite so crude a fashion. In 2007, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden said of primary opponent Barack Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy … I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Does that mean that all the blacks in public office before Obama were dirty, ugly, and illiterate? Likewise, the “first black president,” Bill Clinton, said to Ted Kennedy during the 2008 campaign (when Clinton was seeking Kennedy’s endorsement for Hillary), “You know, Ted, a few years ago this guy would have been carrying our bags.” Now, lest one think that was a one-time faux pas, we now know, via wide coverage of the Edward Klein biography “The Amateur,” Clinton also said of Obama, “Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s ... he’s ... Barack Obama’s an amateur.”
Of course, those comments are downright complimentary compared to the insults and vitriol reserved for black conservatives. After promising a fair hearing, then-Sen. Joe Biden savaged the character of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, in what Thomas would call a “high-tech lynching.” Thomas was painted as a scary, black sexual predator that preyed on women. So unfairly defamatory was the attack that the liberal Juan Williams, a Washington Post op-ed columnist at the time, described it as “indiscriminate, mean-spirited mudslinging supported by the so-called champions of fairness: liberal politicians, unions, civil rights groups and women’s organizations.” Thomas would not be the only black man or woman to feel the hateful lash of liberal Democrats for leaving the Democrat plantation. Such notables as former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, and more recently tea party favorites like Herman Cain, Tim Scott and Mia Love would all be savaged by liberals, their characters assassinated publicly, with nary a whimper of protest from the likes of the NAACP or the Congressional Black Caucus. I guess one can’t be “authentically” black unless they are liberal Democrats.
As for the myth of Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” and the claim of racist Southern Democrats switching parties, a lie so often trotted out by liberal Democrats, that is easily debunked. Of the Civil Rights-era Democrats who fought so hard to prevent their passage, only one, Strom Thurmond, ever switched to the Republican Party. The rest would go to their graves as Democrats. Likewise, it was Nixon who worked hardest to desegregate Southern schools, and it was Nixon who passed affirmative action programs to help blacks.
As harsh as the personal attacks on black conservatives have been, the policies of Democrats have ruined the lives of millions of black Americans. Astonishingly, presumably due to ignorance as to the impetus for these policies (liberals claim they are helping blacks, even as they cut their legs out from under them), blacks actually elect and re-elect Democrats with around 93 percent of their vote, insuring that these brutal policies will continue to destroy the black family for generations to come.
And what are these destructive policies? These are the policies that lead to the disintegration of the black family, leave them mired in poverty, leave them professionally disadvantaged, and that leave them impotent against violent criminals.
Despite significant and growing support in the black community for educational choice, Democrats continue to fight hard against allowing vouchers, charter schools, or any other avenue for improving education for black children. Indeed, it was Obama himself who cut off funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which served underprivileged minority children, and which outperformed other area schools at almost half the cost. Inferior education is a guarantee of generational poverty, so why do Democrats oppose giving these children a chance?
Likewise, gun control laws and union work laws were passed specifically to disadvantage blacks. As Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his concurring decision in McDonald v. Chicago, gun control laws were passed as a way to disarm blacks who were being attacked by bloodthirsty mobs of KKK thugs. You see, thugs prefer unarmed victims. The union work laws were passed to protect white union workers from losing contracts to non-unionized black laborers who offered quality labor at a lower price. And most horrific of all is the holocaust of abortion which has devastated the black community. Planned Parenthood, the organization that grew out of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics plan (by which she promoted the elimination of “undesirables” like blacks and Hispanics through a program of abortion and sterilization) receives hundreds of millions of dollars from Democrats, funds which helped slaughter an estimated 16 million black children since 1973, more than twice the number of Jews slaughtered during the Holocaust. Planned Parenthood has been caught on tape willingly accepting donations for the specific purpose of killing unborn black children. How tragically ironic it is that blacks today give near unanimous support to a party that has achieved what the KKK of years past could only dream of accomplishing … the legal, systematic slaughter of millions of blacks?
So, as we conclude this annual Black History Month, I hope that for once we can take an objective look at which party has been a true friend to the black community, and which is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Which party was formed to secure freedom for blacks, which party fought in the halls of Congress, and which party soaked the fields of battle with their blood? And then consider which party has infiltrated the black community, their churches, their beauty salons, their schools, and their places of gathering, whispering comforting promises even as they plot their enslavement and demise.
Louis DeBroux is a Taylorsville resident, married, with eight children. He is chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party. He owns Gatekeeper data backup and recovery. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.