When we read Cong Paul Ryan's speech, Should America Bid Farewell to Exceptional Freedom? Cong Ryan talked about the term "Progressives" started out around the turn of 20th Century. Today we believe you could safely say that the term "Progressive" has done a 180 and has turned into a synonym for Socialist. Few Progressives at the turn of the 20th century were socialists but today the Progressive movement is made up of socialists across the Country including in our Congress who work under the umbrella of the Democrat Party.
That one word started us thinking about another topic that is along the same lines -- Why do Blacks vote 90% Democrat? Republicans are the ones who have supported the Civil Rights movement and equal treatment for all not just in words but with actions. What happened along the way to make blacks be so loyal to Democrats? Why the change?
After doing research, have come to the conclusion that liberal members of the media have had as much influence as anyone in keeping blacks voting Democrat at close to or over a 90% rate. Freedom of the Press doesn't seem to matter to them as long as they can push their agenda. Do members of the mainstream media write the stories about how blacks have had $7T, yes that is trillion, thrown at their poverty in the inner cities since the LBJ War on Poverty started? Have they ever bothered to ask why with $7T they still have such poor schools and deplorable living conditions in the inner cities and the poverty chain goes on generation after generation? Why do members of the media attack Black Conservatives who are successful? It all adds up to many members of the media recycling Democrat Talking Point papers for years.
These are all questions that need answers because for all their fawning over the 'first' black President, they have refused to acknowledge his background preferring to use his time as a community organizer in the inner city of Chicago where he moved after he was an adult. They never bothered to look at he was raised in his formative years in Indonesia as Barry Sorento,the adopted son of Lolo Sorento who took him to a Muslim Church for worship. Only later did his Mother send him to Hawaii to live with her parents and his named changed back. In Hawaii he was mentored by the Communist Franklin Marshal Davis who introduced him into the Chicago community where Davis lived prior to moving to Hawaii. If the Mainstream Media cannot acknowledge and look into Obama's background why would anyone think they would provide a fair and honest background on how much money has been wasted in the cities with a many blacks no better off or worse today then they were before the War on Poverty.
It all fits together that no matter the background if the person is liberal, the media will give them a pass and if conservative, especially a black conservative, many members of the media will go after them with a vengeance. Look no further then in 1994 when Oklahoma's 4th District elected J. C. Watts to Congress. Cong Watts attempted to join the Black Caucus but the "Not Welcome" sign was put out because he was a Black Conservative Republican. Where was the outcry from the media about this discrimination?
The true liberal agenda of many members of the media was proven during the Presidential election when they expected 100% of blacks to vote for Obama and were extremely disgusted if any black Conservative spoke out against his agenda. Some of the more liberal media have never been able to separate the 'agenda' of a person versus a personal attack on the person. To them it is all the same as they follow the mantra of the Democrats -- use 'racist' to describe anyone disagreeing with Obama's policies/agenda because they are only against it because he is black.
That has never been the case in Republican opposition to the policies of Obama. Many Republicans have said they like Obama personally but they are 180 degrees opposed to his agenda and ideas. That doesn't make any difference to the media who goes right along spouting the Democrat Talking Points against Republican Conservatives who they declare are racist since they oppose Obama. Shame on Republicans for wanting to elect a Republican as President. By some Democrats and Media calculations we should have run no one in 2008 and anointed Obama as President.
How did we get here today where disagreeing with someones agenda is 'racist'? Time to look back at history to see what happened from the early days where Africans were brought to the colonies as slaves until today where conditions in the inner cities have improved little in last 30-40 years. Do we have all the answers, not even close but without the history, the lies of the media will continue against Republicans and especially Black Republican Conservatives.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, Life of Reason, Volume I
By 1619, the use of indentured servants brought the first Africans to America at Jamestown, Virginia. Poor whites also worked alongside blacks during this period as indentured servants with a "contract" saying that this service would last from four to seven years. During the early years Africans and poor whites were able to work hard and complete the contract to become free tradesmen and own property in America. By 1770 there were about 40,000 free slaves throughout the colonies.
It wasn't long before the need for additional slaves grew not only in the south to work the plantations as more crops were planted, but also needed were the dock workers, factory workers of the north both skilled and unskilled and slaves to work smaller family farms in the north. By 1750 over 200,000 African slaves were in the colonies as their numbers increased rapidly. A short 50 years later after the Revolutionary War and Independence had been cleared there were 700,000 slaves at the turn of the new century.
For the next 60 years debate raged on in the new America about the ownership of slaves and the moral dilemma it created. Slavery was no longer viewed as as a state's rights but had become a national issue. Abraham Lincoln because the first Republican President and on January 1st, 1863, Lincoln freed the slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation which declared: "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the entire nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom. Moreover, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.Following the Civil War, Reconstruction began and with that came the founding of the Ku Klux Klan throughout the South which eventually worked its way into the North.
From the first days of the Civil War, slaves had acted to secure their own liberty. The Emancipation Proclamation confirmed their insistence that the war for the Union must become a war for freedom. It added moral force to the Union cause and strengthened the Union both militarily and politically. As a milestone along the road to slavery's final destruction, the Emancipation Proclamation has assumed a place among the great documents of human freedom. Source: Archives
The original Ku Klux Klan was organized by ex-Confederate elements to oppose the Reconstruction policies of the radical Republican Congress and to maintain "white supremacy." After the Civil War, when local government in the South was weak or nonexistent and there were fears of black outrages and even of an insurrection, informal vigilante organizations or armed patrols were formed in almost all communities. These were linked together in societies, such as the Men of Justice, the Pale Faces, the Constitutional Union Guards, the White Brotherhood, and the Order of the White Rose. The Ku Klux Klan was the best known of these, and in time it absorbed many of the smaller organizations.Even though blacks were free and the 14th Amendment was passed on July 9, 1868, granting the slaves rights of citizenship in the United States they were still refused the right to vote in many areas as Democrats consolidated power. The 14th Amendment Due Process Clause has been used to apply most of the Bill of Rights to the states. This clause has also been used to recognize substantive due process rights, such as parental and marriage rights, and procedural due process rights. Certain steps are required before depriving a person of their life, liberty, or property. This amendment also called the Equal Protection Clause eventually was used in the historic Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court decision which precipitated the dismantling of racial segregation in the United States.
The Klan was particularly effective in systematically keeping black men away from the polls, so that the ex-Confederates gained political control in many states. Congress in 1870 and 1871 passed legislation to combat the Klan (see force bill ). The Klan was especially strong in the mountain and Piedmont areas. In the Lower South the Knights of the White Camelia were dominant. That order, founded (1867) in Louisiana, is reputed to have had even more members than the Ku Klux Klan, but its membership was more conservative and its actions less spectacular. It had a similar divisional organization, with headquarters in New Orleans.
Source: "Ku Klux Klan." The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2008. Retrieved April 06, 2010 from Encyclopedia.com: Columbia Encyclopedia
For years the KKK remained small in mostly rural areas of the country as America moved into the the 20th Century. Following the disastrous election where William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt decided their egos were too big to get along and split the vote when Roosevelt ran as the nominee of the Bull Moose Party electing Woodrow Wilson, the Democrat, as President who fired all the black Civil Service workers.
The second Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1915 by William J. Simmons, an ex-minister and promoter of fraternal orders; its first meeting was held on Stone Mt., Ga. The new Klan had a wider program than its forerunner, for it added to "white supremacy" an intense nativism and anti-Catholicism (it was also anti-Semitic) closely related to that of the Know-Nothing movement of the middle 19th cent. Consequently its appeal was not sectional, and, aided after 1920 by the activities of professional promoters Elizabeth Tyler and Edward Y. Clarke, it spread rapidly throughout the North as well as the South. It furnished an outlet for the militant patriotism aroused by World War I, and it stressed fundamentalism in religion.By 1930, the members of the KKK were estimated to be near 30,000 compared to the millions they claimed (never proven) in the mid-20's. With the depression the Klan shrunk to almost nothing but their beliefs stayed with Klan members ready to make a reappearance.
Professing itself nonpolitical, the Klan nevertheless controlled politics in many communities and in 1922, 1924, and 1926 elected many state officials and a number of Congressmen. Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Oregon, and Maine were particularly under its influence. Its power in the Midwest was broken during the late 1920s when David C. Stephenson, a major Klan leader there, was convicted of second-degree murder, and evidence of corruption came out that led to the indictment of the governor of Indiana and the mayor of Indianapolis, both supporters of the Klan. The Klan frequently took extralegal measures, especially against those whom it considered its enemies. As was the case with the earlier Klan, some of these measures, whether authorized by the central organization or not, were extreme.
Source: Columbia Encyclopedia
Before President Truman left office, he ordered the American military desegregated but never carried out his own order. That task was left to President Dwight David Eisenhower who was born in a small Texas town and raised in Kansas part of the Heartland of America. President Eisenhower enforced the desegregation of our military and he didn't stop there.
During the Eisenhower Administration on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled using the 14th amendment in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education that segregated schools were "inherently unequal" and ordered that U.S. public schools be desegregated "with all deliberate speed."
In 1957 an Executive Order September 23, 1957, signed by President Dwight Eisenhower, sent Federal troops to maintain order and peace while the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, AR, took place. This happened after the Arkansas Governor, Orval Faubus called out the state's National Guard to surround Little Rock Central High School and prevent any black students from entering. The AR Governor by his actions set off riots and for what? He didn't want blacks attending school with whites? He didn't have a choice because of the Supreme Court ruling not to mention it was fundamentally wrong to have very good white schools and very poor black schools.
President Eisenhower was also responsible for pushing the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and another one in 1960 which a coalition of Republicans and Northern Democrats passed, and he signed into law with the help of the Republican Illinois Senator Everett Dirkson who wrote much of the legislation.
Once again the KKK tried to revive itself after WWII but didn't gain much traction until the 1960's when it reared its ugly head again.
The beginning of the media coverup on Presidential candidates we believe started in full force in 1960 with the Presidential Candidacy of John R. Kennedy. He was lauded as a proponent of civil rights but voted against the 1956 Civil Rights Act while he was a Senator along with Al Gore Sr. Yet the media had JFK as single handily taking up the plight of every black in the 1960 race. As President, JFK's tune changed from championing the equality of blacks. He thought he had bought off Martin Luther King but he hadn't. JFK was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.
Following the assassination of JFK, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became President and with him every 'feel good' bill you could think of to spend the American taxpayer dollars was passed at his request. Runway spending knew no end under Johnson when he not only spent huge sums on domestic programs but decided to escalate the Vietnam War micromanaging every move. The War on Poverty which has spent $7T to date may be one of the most unsuccessful programs ever as all it has managed to do is keep inner city residents in poverty still today. Shocking that $7T was spent and there is little to show for the expenditures except more of the same level of poverty in rundown conditions.
In 1964 when LBJ ran for his first full term, the Democrats were relentless in their attacks on Barry Goldwater distorting what he had to say and of course the willing liberal media went right along with the attacks.
Was the real reason for these attacks the fact that Goldwater wanted to force the Democrats in the South to stop passing discriminatory laws and thus end the need to continuously enact federal civil rights legislation? Goldwater successfully predicted that LBJ would escalate the war, but LBJ, Democrats, and the liberal media blamed Goldwater as the war monger. We can still remember that little girl picking the daisy ad which turned out to be a lie but very successful for LBJ.
After winning the election by an overwhelming number after painting Goldwater as a radical, Johnson, in his State of the Union Address on January 4, 1965, devoted only 35 words to civil rights. Only 35 words when he campaigned as the champions of the blacks in America and promised how he would take care of them. In 1967, LBJ showed his true colors over his anger with Dr. King's protest against the Viet Nam War, as LBJ referred to Dr. King as "that Nigger preacher." Following the LBJ decision not to run for reelection in 1968 because the Vietnam War was going so bad, Richard Nixon became President.
Republicans started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon‘s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation‘s fist goals and timetables. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system, affirmative action was begun by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson in 1912 kicked all of the blacks out of federal government jobs.For years Republicans have been putting up with how the racist "Dixiecrats" became Republicans throughout the South. That is blantantly false -- many of them stayed Democrat and became the "yellow dog" Democrats as they would rather die then vote for a member of the Republican Party who they considered the Party of blacks. How ironic that today 90% of blacks vote for Democrat including for "yellow dogs" which makes zero sense.
Few black Americans know that it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Unknown also is the fact that Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois was key to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Not mentioned in recent media stories about extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is the fact that Dirksen wrote the language for the bill. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing. President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans
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Anyone who was ever associated with the KKK should never be in Government but today we have a sitting Democrat Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia who is a 'former' Klan member. In March of 1968, Byrd commenting on Dr. King's leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, called Dr. King a "trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Byrd wasn't finished with his 'racist' comments in public. Cannot fathom his comments in private. On March 4, 2001, Byrd told Fox News's Tony Snow: "There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time; I'm going to use that word." Note: Why have National Democrats never have arranged a primary challenge for this 'former' member of the Klu Klux Klan or put pressure on him to resign. In fact why hasn't the mainstream media led the way?
Yet the Democrats have always praised Robert Byrd while trashing Strom Thurmond who left the Democrats to become Republican. Take a look at the two men and then ask yourself what was behind the trashing of Thurmond:
Senator Byrd rose to the rank of Exalted Cyclops in KKK while Senator Thurmond was NEVER in the Ku Klux Klan. Not only was Thurmond not a member of the KKK but he defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats. There may be some truth in the statement we have heard before that if Senator Byrd and Senator Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched. Once again we had the media not only tar and feathering Thurmond but also Trent Lott who was honoring Thurmond. Seems to us the MSM left out a few details about Thurmond at the request of their Democrat allies who wanted rid of Lott.
From PoliticalHotwire.com comes this timeline which we found extremely iinteresting and puts everything in perspective:
May 22, 1856: Two years after the Grand Old party's birth, U.S. Senator Charles Sumner (R., Mass.) rose to decry pro-slavery Democrats. Congressman Preston Brooks (D., S.C.) responded by grabbing a stick and beating Sumner unconscious in the Senate chamber. Disabled, Sumner could not resume his duties for three years.What have blacks gotten over the years for loyally voting the Democrat ticket? For the past 30-40 years Democrats have been controlling the inner cities. Even before that Democrats have been throwing money at blacks in the inner cities since the days of LBJ and circumstances they find themselves in today have gotten worse not better after all the money. Some of the worst schools in America are in the inner cities. All you have to do is look at Chicago schools which we have discussed on here several times. They throw plenty of money at the Chicago Public Schools but the problem is a lot of the money ends up in contractor's pockets not in the schools where students can take advantage of good schools. Go into their libraries and see the lack of books for them to use as reference material. How are they supposed to get a good education with the tools? Would bet that the amount wasted in Chicago schools making others wealthy over the years is well into the billions and more.
July 30, 1866: New Orleans's Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated GOP meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150.
September 28, 1868: Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana killed nearly 300 blacks who tried to foil an assault on a Republican newspaper editor.
October 7, 1868: Republicans criticized Democrats' national slogan: "This is a white man's country: Let white men rule."
April 20, 1871: The GOP Congress adopted the Ku Klux Klan Act, banning the pro-Democrat domestic terrorist group.
October 18, 1871: GOP President Ulysses S. Grant dispatched federal troops to quell Klan violence in South Carolina.
September 14, 1874: Racist white Democrats stormed Louisiana's statehouse to oust GOP Governor William Kellogg's racially integrated administration; 27 are killed.
August 17, 1937: Republicans opposed Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Supreme Court nominee, U.S. Senator Hugo Black (D., Al.), a former Klansman who defended Klansmen against race-murder charges.
February 2005: The Democrats' Klan-coddling today is embodied by KKK alumnus Robert Byrd, West Virginia's logorrheic U.S. senator and, having served since January 3, 1959, that body's dean. Thirteen years earlier, Byrd wrote this to the KKK's Imperial Wizard: "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia." Byrd led Senate Democrats as late as December 1988.
Every election we get the same mantra that Republicans caused the problems in the inner cities because they want to cut taxes and government and thus give less money to states/cities for the 'poor.' The MSM willingly goes along printing the press releases of the Democrats as facts knowing full well they are lies. Where are the investigative journalists who are brave enough to look into what has been happening to our tax dollars in the inner cities in the last 30-40 years and why people cannot break out of the poverty cycle with all these money floating around. Republicans want accountability and know where their money is spent which doesn't fit the Democrat agenda.
Better schools require parents to be involved. Why don't some parents want their children to get a good education? Why are Democrats opposed to vouchers and charter schools as a way to educate children from the slums/poor schools and give them a chance at a real future? Are Democrats afraid if a new generation of blacks are educated, that maybe they will start to lose their hold on their largest voting block?
Democrats have tried it with Hispanics as well but the more properous Hispanics become and start their own business, the more they become Republican. We need to start making even more inroads in the black community not just ignore them. They need to understand that Republicans are not keeping them down but that in fact Republicans have been pushing 'equal' rights since the Civil War.
Republicans do not believe in quotas but in giving every person the opportunity to be successful so they can compete on their own merits. Democrats, on the other hand, prefer to have bad schools and place minorities in jobs they are not qualified to have just because they are a minoritiy and they want their vote. That is a fundamental difference in the two parties and why Republicans need to make voters understand that we are not elitists -- we are people from all walks of life who believe that everyone has a right to fundamental freedoms. We believe that education forms the backbone of America as students complete their educations and become participants in The American Dream. We believe good, honest work is the key to success and that handouts over a period of years will harm not help people. People are going to need a hand from time to time as illustrated now with the lack of jobs but that doesn't mean for the next 15-20 years that person should be on unemployment.
Every child in this Country has the "RIGHT" to expect a good education and it is up to each State and local School District to see they get that education. It is up to the parents to make sure their elected school board who hire the administrators and teachers are providing their child a first rate education they need to be successful. When that isn't happening, they need to make their voices heard. Politicians are not going to fix inner city schools because it is not in their best interest to keep their job by keeping blacks tied to the Democrat Party. That is why Democrats routinely vote against vouchers and charter schools.
With an education the sky is the limit on what anyone can do. That doesn't mean everyone should go to college but it does mean that every last student should know how to read, do math, and understand the history of this Country. Knowledge is a precious gift that we need to bestow on every student in this Country so they can make informed decisions and not be led around or told what to do.
Frances Rice, Chairwoman of the Black Republicans, said it best in her essay about Martin Luther King was a Republican:
In order to break the Democrats' stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party's economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.This is the message Republicans need to take into 2010 and 2012 and in the years beyond that. We need to show the youth of America there is a better way and that way is through Education. No matter if you come from the inner city, suburbia, or rural America, you have the right to expect a first class education from your local community whether big or small.
Maybe in ten years, we will no longer be asking "Why do Blacks vote 90% Democrat?" but will be welcoming more Black Conservatives into the Republican Party to join the ones we have today who are so welcome and can give us such an insight on how we grow as Conservative Republicans.
We can become a mighty force for capitalism and democracy once again as we look to Ronald Reagan's 'Shining City on the Hill.' It is going to be tough at times along the way as we are fighting Democrat Socialists and their handouts for votes along with their lapdog media members who cover for them every day. It is too important to the future of America to quit. We have to keep pushing forward and win one battle at a time until we have driven the socialists and their corrupt allies from power.
Would like to thank Frances Rice for her writings which inspired me to explore this question along with Walter Williams, Dr. Alveda King, Rev Jesse Lee Peterson, and others who have become Republican Conservatives and have taken the shots the liberal Democrats give them and they are still standing tall today.