By Douglas V. Gibbs
Liberalism contradicts itself. The liberal democrats say they are for helping the poor, yet they use entitlements to pay the poor to remain in poverty. The democrats say they are in the corner of the poor, but it is the republicans that say that the poor are capable of getting out of it with hard work. The democrats tell the poor they are stuck there, so they will pay them to remain in poverty.
When the republicans encourage the pursuit of happiness, the leftists call them racist. When the republicans wish to do away with government forcing equality because all it does is introduce authoritarianism, the liberals call it racist and sexist.
The lie is incredible. The democrats claim to be the party for women's rights and civil rights, and historically they have done nothing but stand in the way of equality on both counts.
Feminism and minority groups have adopted the democrat party as their vessel for achieving their goals. But what is said, and what is done, seem to be two different things. It goes back to that old saying, "Actions speak louder than words."
The ignorance of the voters, and the contempt and crises that the leftists create, is the engine they depend on. History is something they work to revise, because the problem is, history reveals the liberal democrats for exactly who they are. The liberal left must lie to their constituents, and train the youth in their lies through the liberalized education system and academia. They have even commandeered the media, so that they can perpetuate their propaganda in that manner, as well. The truth, however, remains in place, waiting only to be exposed to tell the story as it really is.
Only scratching the surface of civil rights history reveals that the democrat party has consistently been against civil rights and women's rights. Their agenda is about convincing groups they are in their corner, when in reality the liberal left's allegiance to Marxism reveals that they are only interested in creating two groups: the ruling elite, and the working class.
The Republican Party was created for the purpose of abolishing slavery. The GOP grew from the Whigs, leaving their old party to join the abolitionists. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President. He was determined to hold the union together, and eliminate slavery. Unfortunately, he did so more often than not in an unconstitutional manner, so I have my reservations about his presidency. But one thing Lincoln wasn't, was a racist. However, his opposition from the Democrat Party was not only racist, but something, perhaps, even farther.
On October 13, 1858, during the Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) stated: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nominee.
After becoming President, Lincoln signed a bill on April 16, 1862 to abolish slavery in Washington DC. In Congress, the vote was overwhelmingly in favor by Republican, in which 99% of Republicans voted yes. The Democrats were not so enthusiastic about it, and 83% of Democrats voted no.
On July 17, 1862, Over unanimous Democrat opposition, the Republican Congress passed the Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy “shall be forever free.” Less than three years later, as the War Between the States was winding down, January 31, 1865, the 13th Amendment banning slavery passed the U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, while drawing intense Democrat opposition. On April 8, 1865, the 13th Amendment banning slavery was passed by the U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, and 63% Democrat opposition.
Once slavery was ended, the opposition against blacks by democrats not only did not stop, but began to ramp up. On November 22, 1865 the Republicans denounced the Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discrimination. A few months later on February 5, 1866
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduced to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves, as a means to retribution. The Democrats had their President in place, however, and successfully opposed the legislation through veto by Democrat President Andrew Johnson.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was also opposed by Democrats, and was vetoed by Democrat President Johnson, but on April 9, 1866 the Republican Congress overrode Johnson’s veto, and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, became law. Shortly after that, on May 10, 1866, the Republicans of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 14th Amendment with the aim of guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens. Every single Democrat voted no. The following June 8, 1866 saw that same Amendment passing the U.S. Senate, with 94% of Republicans voting yes and 100% of Democrats voting no.
A law granting voting rights to Blacks in Washington DC was vetoed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, but on January 8, 1867 the Republicans successfully overrode the veto, giving voting rights to African-Americans in Washington DC. Six months later, on July 19, 1867, the Republican Congress also overrode Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans overall.
Now, Johnson had been the Vice President under Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln chose him because he was a Tennessee Democrat that shared with Lincoln the desire to hold together the union. However, Johnson, as President had proven to be just as racist as the rest of the Democrat Party. Johnson's actions as President eventually led to the Republicans in the House successfully impeaching him, and on March 30, 1868 the impeachment trial began of Democrat President Andrew Johnson. The Democrat, facing impeachment, declared: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”
During that time period, Blacks were largely Republican, and all African-American politicians that had successfully won seats in lower government were Republicans. However, the white Democrats were not too fond of that fact, and in Georgia in particular, on September 12, 1868, Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other African-Americans in the Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, were expelled by the Democrat majority. The were later reinstated by the Republican Congress.
In 1868, as the elections neared, the Democrat Party's National Campaign launched with a theme that led the Republicans to officially denounce that theme on October 7, 1868. The theme? “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”
The Democrat Party also organized a militant arm to help get out their message of racism. The organization? The Ku Klux Klan. After the Democrats created the KKK, they set out to terrorize anybody that dared to support Republicans. October 22, 1868, while campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) was assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux Klan.
On the side of sexism, it was also the Republicans that led the fight. On December 10, 1869, Republican Governor John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signed the first law in the United States that officially granted women the right to vote and to hold public office. The following year, on September 6, 1870, Women voted in Wyoming. This was the first election after women’s suffrage was signed into law by Republican Governor Campbell. On November 18, 1872 Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for “the Republican ticket, straight.” January 10, 1878 U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduced the Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage. The Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before the election of a Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919. Republicans foiled the sexist agenda of the Democrats. On May 21, 1919 the Republican House passed a constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in the Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats voted no. August 18, 1920 the Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, became a part of the Constitution. 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislatures.
Back to racism, on February 3, 1870, after passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, the Republican sponsored 15th Amendment was ratified, granting the legal right to vote to all American citizens, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
On May 31, 1870, Republican President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rights. The Act targeted the violence caused by the Democrat Party sanctioned Ku Klux Klan in the post-Civil War South, prohibiting the use of violence or intimidation to prevent Blacks from voting. Then, on June 22, 1870, the Republican Congress created the U.S. Department of Justice specifically in mind for the purpose of safeguarding the civil rights of Blacks against Democrats in the South. Another Enforcement Act (there were four) was passed on February 28, 1871 by the Republican Congress providing further federal protection for African-American voters. Then, on April 20, 1871, the Republican Congress enacted the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democrat Party affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans.
Later during that year, on October 10, 1871, after warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto was murdered by a Democrat Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousands. On October 18, 1871
After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deployed U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux Klan.
The Democrats, in order to protect their racism, even took to militant operations beyond the Ku Klux Klan. On January 17, 1874 armed Democrats seized the Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate government. Later in the year, September 14, 1874, Democrat white supremacists seized the Louisiana statehouse in an attempt to overthrow the racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 people were killed.
The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was signed March 1, 1875 by Republican President Ulysses S. Grant, which was designed to guarantee access to public accommodations without regard to race. The bill passed with 92% Republican support and 100% Democrat opposition.
February 8, 1894, the Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland, joined to repeal Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to vote. On January 15, 1901
Republican Booker T. Washington protested the Alabama Democrat Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans.
On May 29, 1902
Virginia Democrats implemented a new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%.
On the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, February 12, 1909, Black Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-founded the NAACP with intentions very different from the leftist agenda the group now pushes. Since then, the leftists of the Democrat Party have hi-jacked the NAACP, and have made it an organization that works with them to institute a Marxist agenda, while also working to use racism as a tool to try to keep democrats in power.
January 26, 1922 the House passed a bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats blocked it with a filibuster. June 2, 1924
Republican President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill passed by the Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans. October 3, 1924
Republicans denounced three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at the 1924 Democratic National Convention.
June 12, 1929
First Lady Lou Hoover invited the wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country.
August 17, 1937
Republicans organized opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by FDR. As common with democrats, the truth of his Klan background was hidden until after confirmation.
On June 24, 1940 the Republican Party platform called for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it. It was Democrat President Woodrow Wilson that had instituted segregation in the armed forces.
On August 8, 1945 the Republicans condemned Harry Truman’s surprise use of the atomic bomb in Japan. Republican President Herbert Hoover writes to a friend that “The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.” Though Republicans have believed the possession of such a terrible weapon can act as a deterrent, it was a democrat that was actually willing to use such a weapon.
September 30, 1953
Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
November 25, 1955
Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel. March 12, 1956
Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation. June 5, 1956
Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” law.
November 6, 1956
African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy voted for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President. On September 9, 1957
President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act.
September 24, 1957, sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deployed the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools. On May 6, 1960
President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats. On May 2, 1963
Republicans condemned a Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights. On September 29, 1963
Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defied an order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School.
On June 9, 1964
Republicans condemned a 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV).
June 10, 1964
Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticized the Democrat filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act, calling on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.
On August 4, 1965
Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcame the Democrat attempts to block the 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans voted for the landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 abolished literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting. It was signed into law with a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voting in favor.
On February 19, 1976
President Gerald Ford formally rescinded President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII. September 15, 1981
President Ronald Reagan established the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs
June 29, 1982
President Ronald Reagan signed a 25-year extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
On August 10, 1988
President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR.
November 21, 1991
President George H. W. Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation
August 20, 1996 a bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, a part of Republicans’ Contract With America, became law.
And let’s not forget the words of liberal icon Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood…
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population….
In 2011, a liberal District Court Judge ruled that a North Carolina city cannot have non-partisan ballots as per the Voting Rights Act so that a democrat is on the ballot so that the black voters know who to vote for. . . sending the message by liberals that blacks are not smart enough to make their own decisions.
The Democrat Party's website says, “Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”
The Great Lie. Lies, lies, lies. In reality, the liberal democrats have kept slavery in place, with entitlements, telling Blacks that they are unable to get out of poverty, and the democrats will take care of them with entitlements. . . all they ask is the undying loyalty of the African-Americans. . . exactly as the plantation masters did.
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