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Letter

Writer Looks at Political History for Black History Month

web posted February 6, 2014

Dear Editor,
In honor of Black History Month, I'd like to share some important pieces of history that few Americans are aware of. With liberal control over education and media, references to these historical facts are ignored, slanted or outright denied. This slice of American history is not taught in secondary education and ignored in our colleges and universities.

Having worked in the area of equal opportunity, I've been enlightened to this suppressed history. I have never heard these things mentioned by "modern day" civil rights leaders or other speakers during Black History Month. Perhaps it is because it's more lucrative for them to perpetuate an illusion of oppression. It's sort of like what will all the preachers do when the devil is saved.

Democrats, in 1854, passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This overturned the Missouri Compromise and allowed for the importation of slaves into the new territories. Disgusted with this, free-soilers and anti-slavery members of the Whig and Democratic parties founded the Republican Party -- not just to stop the spread of slavery, but to work to abolish it.
 
In 1850, Democrats passed the Fugitive Slave Law. It prevented escaped slaves who reached free states the right to representation by an attorney, the right to trial by jury, and the right to habeas corpus.
 
Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. In 1865, the 13th Amendment emancipating the slaves was passed with 100 percent of Republicans (88 of 88 in the House, 30 of 30 in the Senate) voting for it. Only 23 percent of Democrats (16 of 66 in the House, 3 of 8 in the Senate) voted for it.
 
On July 4, 1867, in Houston, Texas, 150 blacks and 20 whites formed the Texas Republican party.  Blacks across the South began Republican parties in their states.
 
Following the Civil War, 23 blacks -- 13 of them ex-slaves -- were elected to Congress, all as Republicans. The first black Democrat was not elected to Congress until 1935. The first black congressional Democrat from the south was not elected until 1973.

In 1868, the 14th Amendment was passed giving the newly emancipated blacks full civil rights and federal guarantee of those rights, superseding any state laws. Every single Republican in Congress voted for the 14th Amendment. Not a single Democrat (zero of 36 in the House, zero of 6 in the Senate) voted for it.
 
While Southern states balked at implementing the 14th Amendment, Congress came back and passed the 15th Amendment in 1870, guaranteeing blacks the right to vote. Every single Republican voted for it, with every Democrat voting against it.
 
During congressional investigations in 1872, Democrats admitted beginning the Klan as an effort to stop the spread of the Republican Party and to re-establish Democratic control in Southern states. As PBS' "American Experience" notes, "In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power. ...."
 
Between 1870 and 1875, the Republican Congress passed many pro-black civil rights laws. But in 1876, Democrats took control of the House, and no further race-based civil rights laws passed until 1957. In 1892, Democrats gained control of the House, Senate and White House, and repealed all the Republican-passed civil rights laws. That enabled the Southern Democrats to pass the Jim Crow laws, poll taxes, literacy tests, and so on, in their individual states.
 
In 1957, Replican Pres Eisenhower sent the 101st Abn Div to Little Rock, AR, where Dem Gov Orval Faubus was refusing to implent the Supreme Court's Brown v Topeka Board of Education desegragation order. Faubus used AR National Guard troops to prevent the black students from entering Little Rock HS. As a result, Eisenhower had to nationalize the entire AR Guard. All across the Democrat controlled south, school segragation was resisted.
 
Only 64 percent of Democrats in Congress voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act (153 for, 91 against in the House; and 46 for, 21 against in the Senate). 80 percent of Republicans (136 for, 35 against in the House; and 27 for, 6 against in the Senate) voted for the 1964 Act. Democrat President Johnson had to rely on the Republicans to pass it.
 
On the other hand, Johnson enacted his "Great Society" anti-poverty plan. He is infamously quoted saying "We'll have those n&^#@%s voting democrat for the next 200 years." Since then, the US has spent $15-$20 trillion to erase poverty. Its utter failure lends creedence to those who say the Democrats planned to created a dependency class of voters.
 
Sen J William Fulbright (D-AR) was one of 99 congressional Dems (and 2 Reps) to sign the Southern Manifesto in 1956,  stating southern states had a right to keep races segregated.  He was among a group of Dems who filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act for 57 days.  Two years later, Fulbright hired a young Bill Clinton as a clerk.  Clinton has remarked many times that Fulbright was his mentor.
 
Al Gore, Sr (D-TN) was part of that filibuster and voted against the Act.  His son, Al Gore, Jr lied to a meeting of the NAACP, saying that his father lost his Senate seat because of his support for the Civil Rights Act.  Wrong.  In fact, Sen Everett Dirksen (R-IL) was presented the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights Award by then-NAACP Chairman Roy Wilkins, for his part in getting ending the filibuster and having the vote.   
 
President Richard Nixon, a Republican, implemented the first federal affirmative action (race-based preference) laws with goals and timetables.
 
In 2003, President Bush authorized a voucher program in the DC school system. Children in one of the worst achieving districts in the nation could get up to $12,000 to attend private schools (just like the politician's kids). 94% of the children were black. They thrived. Obama got the Democratic controlled Congress to start phasing out vouchers in 2009 and ended it in 2012.
 
You see, Democrats cannot allow success outside of the union controlled public school system. Currently, Obama's Dept of Justice is taking Louisana to court over its voucher program. Republican Gov Jindal started this in New Orleans in the aftermath of rebuilding the education system following Katrina. Again, success won't be tolerated outside the public school system. Guess what ethnicity of children are affected.
 
I've had conversations with black friends and acquaintences about these things. I've led group discussions on race. Most react as if I'm fabricating. Others claim the 2 political parties have switched identities and it is the Republicans who are racist. Few will do the research and understand how the Democrat party has used blacks as pawns in their desire for power.
 
One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain.  "It's easier to fool people than to convince them they've been fooled."
 
Bill Weger
Edgefield







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