Liberals love to revise American history because they are ashamed of their past. Maybe it is time to set the record straight on things. Here is a timeline of the two parties from beginning until now. For those of you who may not be aware; in the year 2016 the term Liberal is synonymous with Democrat.
The Democratic Party officially adopted its present name during the presidency of Andrew Jackson in the 1830s, making him the father of the Democrat Party. Though Andrew Jackson did a few great things as president and before, Democrats refuse to acknowledge any of them because of The Trail of Tears. Amazingly enough however, they don’t even understand that Andrew Jackson wasn’t president when The Trail of Tears occurred.
For those of you who don’t know about The Trail of Tears, this started a troubling trend for the Democrat Party that they still continue to this very day; ignoring Supreme Court rulings. Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831) and Worcester v. Georgia (1832); were decisions that the Supreme Court passed down which stated that: “The native nations were sovereign nations and did not fall under the jurisdiction of the state.” Andrew Jackson did not care about these decisions since he signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, and spent the remainder of his 2 terms removing native nations from their lands.
Andrew Jackson’s 2nd term Vice President, Martin Van Buren; became his successor and the 2nd Democrat President of the United States. One of Van Buren’s first orders as President was The Trail of Tears, NOT Andrew Jackson. He sent 7,000 troops to Georgia to “expedite the process” and march the remaining Cherokee holdouts the 1,200 miles to the “Indian Territory” presently known as Oklahoma. It is also important to note that the only other measurable thing that the 2nd Democratic President did was oppose the slaves on the Amistad having their freedom.
The 3rd Democratic President is often referred to as the worst president, though there are many others who also compete for this title. James Polk is considered a bad president because he was the first president to invade a foreign country (Mexico) for land in the Mexican American War; now known as New Mexico, Arizona, and California. This is yet another case that Liberals always refer to when trash talking American History.
The 4th Democratic President was Franklin Pierce. Another shining example of Democrat racism when he signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 which repealed the ban of slavery in the western territories. This one occurrence, caused a political revival as Abolitionist Democrats, Whigs, and Free Soilers all united to create the Republican Party. Franklin Pierce in essence, was the pebble that started the landslide that soon became the American Civil War.
The 5th Democratic President was James Buchanan, and just like his 4 predecessors, was a horrible and incredibly bigoted president. Not only was he racist, but he also declared a war on Mormons, calling their community a “strange system of terrorism”. He also blamed the abolitionists for the upcoming Civil War stating; “Before many years the abolitionists will bring war upon this land.” But didn’t do anything in an attempt to stop it from happening, not to mention that he was very influential in the Dred Scott Decision.
The 6th Democratic President, Andrew Johnson, was a Democrat when he was the Vice President of Abraham Lincoln, but ran for President under the flag of the National Union Party. As President he was responsible for the amazing failure of “Reconstruction” and was adamantly against any and all civil rights legislation as you will soon see examples of. In 1868, he was also the very first president in United States History to be impeached! When the process started, he 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”
Also in 1868, the Democrat Georgia Congress expelled its 25 African American members, all Republicans, including Civil Rights activist Tunis Campbell. They remained expelled, harassed, and threatened until Republican President U.S. Grant reinstated them all in 1869.
We have covered the first 5 Democrat presidents so far that have led to the Civil War. I am sure that Liberals will say; “But they are just presidents! The congress passes these things!” So, since there is a large gap between Democrat presidents after the Civil War, lets focus on the congress for a minute.
1865 marked the passage of the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment was the constitutional amendment that stated that no persons could be held in slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime. This passed congress with 84 Republicans and only 14 Democrats voting to pass it, with ZERO Republicans and 49 Democrats voting against it.
Next came the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This law granted ALL citizens equal rights regardless of color without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude. This bill was passed with an initial vote of 84 Republicans and ZERO Democrats voting yes, and ZERO Republicans and 32 Democrats voting no. This passage was vetoed by Democrat President Johnson, and the veto was overturned. This was the precursor to the 14th Amendment.
The Republican Congress later passed the 14th Amendment, with an initial vote of 137 Republicans and ZERO Democrats voting yes, with ZERO Republicans and 32 Democrats voting no. The 14th Amendment granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States basically placing the Civil Rights Act of 1866 into the Constitution.
Another 2 pieces of legislation was passed in 1870, the 15th Amendment and The Enforcement Act of 1870. The 15th Amendment granted the right to vote to all Americans regardless of race and was. The Enforcement Act of 1870, prohibited discrimination by state officials in voter registration on the basis of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. This law was inspired by the Ku Klux Klan intimidating black voters at the polls. Both of these laws were passed, like those before it, with 115 Republicans and ZERO Democrats voting yes, with ZERO Republicans and 83 Democrats voting no.
There was another act that was passed shortly thereafter called The Civil Rights Act of 1875. This act was put into place to guarantee African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury service. Keeping up with the trend of the last decade; 161 Republicans and (again) ZERO Democrats voted yes, with 12 Republicans and 84 Democrats voting no.
5 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1875, the Democrats finally get another president in office. The 7th Democrat President, Grover Cleveland was elected in 1884. He was the first Democrat President that wasn’t overly horrible! He was considered a moderate who supported the Gold Standard, rebuilt the Navy with new and improved equipment, ended the Indian Wars, and lowered tariffs. However, he did have some black marks on his record as well. He holds the record for the number of vetoes in a presidential term at 414 in his first term alone. He also signed the Interstate Commerce Act, which decimated the 10th Amendment and has been used ever since then to bypass the amendment. He also did not support equality for African Americans or voting rights for women, and he thought Native Americans should assimilate into mainstream society as quickly as possible rather than preserve their own cultures. He also joined the effort to repeal the Enforcement Act, which had safeguarded African-Americans ability to vote safely.
Woodrow Wilson was the 8th Democratic President, and was elected in 1913. Wilson was arguably the worst president in United States History, but I would need a whole another article to explain why. Yes, he had some accomplishments, but they pale to the Federal Reserve, signed a bill given to him by the Democrat controlled congress making sterilization of criminals and the mentally ill compulsory, threw people in jail who spoke against the government, segregated the civil service in 1913, and even celebrated the KKK inside the White House. He made his views on African Americans very clear when he purged blacks from their positions with the federal government. Wilson is considered the father of “Modern Day Liberals” because of his ideology that Americans needed to get “beyond the Declaration of Independence” and valued “progress” over freedom, all under the guise of “compassion”. It is important to note that Wilson did in fact sign the Republican pushed 19th Amendment with bipartisan support, which gave women the right to vote. It is equally important to note that in 1922, the Democrats in congress had a successful filibuster of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill. This was a bill that was put up by Republicans to make Lynching Illegal.
The 9th Democratic President was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was elected in 1933. Like Wilson, I need a whole other article to write about all of his massive failures that we are still paying for today, so I will try to keep this as brief as possible. Under his orders, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were relocated and imprisoned during World War II for the crime of having Asian heritage. In 1936, after the Berlin Olympics, FDR invited the athletes who competed for the U.S. to the White House. But Jesse Owens, who had won four gold medals, humiliating Adolph Hitler in the process, did not receive the invitation from the president. A famous quote of Jesse Owens was; “Hitler didn’t snub me, my president did!” FDR also appointed former Klansman, Senator Hugo Black, to the Supreme Court, and refused to comply with the Republican demand to desegregate the armed forces. He was referred to as “The First Dictatorial President” because of his policies and attempts to stack the Supreme Court, and federal agencies with people who agreed with his policies.
The 10th Democratic President was Harry S. Truman. Harry Truman is considered a much better president than his predecessor, FDR, because of the multiple accomplishments that he achieved during his presidency. He ended World War 2, helped Israel become a nation, created the CIA and NATO, and more. He is probably the first actually non-racist Democrat president. On July 26, 1948, after forcing a pro-civil rights platform on a hesitating Democratic National Convention, Truman issued executive orders desegregating the armed forces and ending discrimination in the Federal work force. However, his plans and desires for desegregation would have to wait until Eisenhower and a Republican controlled congress could actually accomplish it. Truman’s only real downfall was making the Korean War a police action, instead of an actual war. Whether or not dropping the bomb on Japan is a debate for another day.
Truman entering Civil Rights into the Democratic Platform brought on the creation of the short lived Dixiecrats. The Dixiecrats were members of the States’ Rights Democratic Party, which splintered from the Democratic Party in 1948. The faction consisted of malcontented southern delegates, led my Strom Thurmond, to the Democratic Party who protested the insertion of a civil rights plank in the party platform who after they lost, rejoined the Democrat Party.
It is important to note that the years between Harry Truman and JFK were momentous for the Civil Rights movement in America.
On 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. The court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional. On March 12, 1956; Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledged to continue segregation with the “Southern Manifesto.” On 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. September 24, 1957; President Dwight Eisenhower federalizes the National Guard and orders US Army troops to ensure Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas is integrated. Federal and National Guard troops escorted the Little Rock Nine.
On September 9, 1957 President Eisenhower signed the Republican Party’s Civil Rights Act of 1957. This act was primarily a voting rights bill ensuring that all people had a right to vote. This bill was filibustered by Democrat Strom Thurmond for a record 24 hours and 18 minutes.
On May 6, 1960 President Eisenhower signed the Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats. This was a bill that established federal inspections of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone’s attempt to register to vote.
The 11th Democratic President was John F Kennedy who was elected in 1961. Like Harry Truman, John F Kennedy as president vocally supported the Civil Rights Movement. However, before he was president while he was a senator, he voted against President Eisenhower’s Civil Rights bill in 1957. During his campaign for President, John F Kennedy campaigned hard for Civil Rights, saying that it would be his key issue as President. However, once he became President, he failed to do anything of any measurable significance in that regard. The one thing that JFK did accomplish was that he appointed more African Americans than any president before him to federal positions.
Apart from his lacking Civil Rights legislation; Kennedy was more of a Conservative than he was a Liberal. He cut taxes, he truly disliked racist Democrat Al Gore Sr, he was a major proponent of free trade, he was extremely anti-communist, he went to Vietnam to help those being slaughtered who did not want communism, he was anti-abortion, believed in the full letter of the law, he preferred to spend money on the military than social programs, he was very pro oil and gas, and even the press called him a Conservative.
The very first piece of civil rights legislation that the Democrats finally outnumbered the Republicans on was the Equal Pay Act of 1963. On this bill, 160 Republicans and 201 Democrats voted yes, 0 Republicans and 9 Democrats voted no, and 17 Republicans with 45 Democrats voted present. Even on this bill that the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans, the Republicans still showed more unity and solidarity for equality than the Democrats did.
The assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963 brings us to the 12th Democratic President; Lyndon B Johnson. LBJ is touted as a “Civil Rights Hero” by many people. However, those same people only look at the legislation that was passed during his tenure in office which we will cover shortly. Though an extremely racist person, LBJ was a political genius. He understood that he could guarantee the Black vote through a series of bills that were catered to African Americans and minorities who were typically lower income.
When it came to Civil Rights, Johnson signed into law some key legislation. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbade job discrimination and the segregation of public accommodations which was filibustered, and 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.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, passed with 94% of Senate Republicans voting for the landmark civil rights legislation, while 27% of Democrats opposed it. It assured minority registration and voting and it suspended use of literacy or other voter-qualification tests that had sometimes served to keep African-Americans off voting lists and provided for federal court lawsuits to stop discriminatory poll taxes.
It also reinforced the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by authorizing the appointment of federal voting examiners in areas that did not meet voter participation requirements. The Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965 abolished the national-origin quotas in immigration law. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 banned housing discrimination and extended constitutional protections to Native Americans on reservations.
However, even though LBJ had these Civil Rights accomplishments, some have said that the only reason he signed them was to pander for the black vote. His “Great Society” legislation helps this idea hold some merit.
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 is a good example of the pandering that came about as Johnson started the Liberal ideology of a “War on Poverty”. This legislation created an Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to oversee a variety of community-based antipoverty programs. These programs were coined to help the black community rise to the level of their white counterparts through federal aid. That sounds like a great idea right? But the historical facts and figures disagree markedly, and it’s hard to paint this disparity as sheer coincidence. Those facts indicate that the plight of blacks had been improving up until the passage of the Great Society program, but that in the forty-some-odd years since, blacks economic, social, familial, and educational situations have gotten much worse.
One of the many consequences of the Great Society strategy was that the government used child poverty to crush individualism and pride among inner-city blacks. Then Congress mandated food stamps and welfare “recruiters” went into the cities to convince poor people to enroll. At the end of the day, their welfare state, though it may have possibly been created out of love, concern, and niceness, or a plethora of other well-meaning reasons, resulted in more damage to the black family. Today black children are less likely to be raised by two parents than they were during the era of slavery.
Prior to the advent of the Great Society, black families were much better off. Poverty was on the decline, and crime was at a low level, but not for long. Crime soared because of the Great Society and the attitudes of which it partook. In the decade after the Great Society, the murder rate effectively doubled and riots exploded. Black-on-black crime soared in particular.
The AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children’s) was enacted in FDR’s New Deal but was limited to helping widows with children. However, under the Great Society, Johnson and Congress quietly changed AFDC qualifications to include any household where there was no male family head present, a shift that made virtually any divorced or single mother of low income eligible for taxpayer money. The incentives of the program made it financially more lucrative not to be married than to be married. The no-father policy of the Great Society left inner-city black boys with no male role models. After a few years a young black man could literally look in any direction and not see an intact black family. Stepping up as role models, the gang leaders, inducted thousands of impressionable young males into drug running, gun battles, and often death. No amount of jobs programs would fill the void produced by the Great Society’s perverted incentives that presumed as unnecessary the role of the father.
Lyndon B Johnson was a Progressive Liberal genius and even he knew it himself! His most famous quote that has haunted the Democrat party to this very day, will continue to be used by Conservative Americans is:
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference… I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years”.
The 13th Democratic President was Jimmy Carter, elected in 1977, is another contender for the worst president trophy. Mainly known for bowing to the Russians in the midst of the Cold War, failing to recover 20 American hostages from Iran, and accomplishing practically nothing to recover from the recession he was in. What many people don’t know is that Jimmy Carter set the stage for the Bank Crash and Great Recession of 2008.
The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 sought to address discrimination in loans made to individuals and businesses from low and moderate-income neighborhoods. The Act mandates that all banking institutions that receive Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance be evaluated by Federal banking agencies to determine if the bank offers credit in all communities in which they are chartered to do business. Basically, this was an extension of the “Great Society” ideology that banks needed to be forced to give loans to those who couldn’t afford it.
Now, after Jimmy Carter, there were some more accomplishments for Civil Rights that were brought to you by the Republican Party. On 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, and on June 29, 1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act.
On August 10, 1988 President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR. One cannot forget that on November 21, 1991 President George H. W. Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen the existing federal civil rights legislation.
This brings us to the 14th Democrat President; William Jefferson Clinton, who was elected in 1993. Clinton was constantly joked about as being our “first black president”, though he his record isn’t exactly stellar. One of his biggest mistakes as president concerning the black community was potentially The Violent Crime Control Act of 1991. To quote the former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, this bill was to deal with urban youth she referred to as “super predators” with “no conscience, no empathy” who were needed to be “brought to heel”.
The second thing that Bill Clinton did that was bolster the Community Reinvestment Act that Jimmy Carter put into law. Because of this, regulators in the mid-nineties, began to hold banks accountable in serious ways. Banks responded to this new accountability by increasing the CRA loans they made, a move that entailed relaxing their lending standards even to the point of “predatory lending”. All under the guise of equality and bringing up the poor, banks were forced to give loans that the poor couldn’t afford, which played a very large part of one of the worst recessions in our nation’s history.
This brings us to the 15th and most recent Democrat President; Barack Obama. In what was supposed to be a historic moment for the nation that used to have Blacks in the chains of slavery, Barack Obama became the first Black President. Unfortunately, his legacy has much to be desired in the matter of race. He has spent his entire presidency interjecting himself into local issues, demonizing the police force, continuously stating how African Americans cannot succeed without the Government, and instilling multiple programs to bolster that thought process.
The President that was supposed to show that “racism is dead” in America, has done more to set race relations in this country back, than both Lyndon Johnson and Andrew Johnson combined. Optimists hoped Obama would usher in a new age of racial harmony. Pessimists feared a surge in racial strife. Unfortunately, the Pessimists were correct. Multiple race riots, dead police officers, terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and an extremely disappointed African American community is all that Obama has for a legacy.
The Obama presidency has played out as a cruel joke on members of the African American community who, despite providing indispensable votes, critical support and unstinting loyalty, find themselves largely shut out from the nation’s post-Great Recession economic recovery. Blacks have, traded away substantive policy demands for the largely symbolic, psychological, and emotional victory of having a black president and first family in the White House for eight years.
In Conclusion, let’s go over some quick facts and talking points.
Fact: The Republican Party was founded primarily to oppose slavery, and Republicans eventually abolished slavery. The Democratic Party fought them and tried to maintain and expand slavery.
Fact: During the Civil War era, the “Radical Republicans” were given that name because they wanted to not only end slavery but also to endow the freed slaves with full citizenship, equality, and rights.
Fact: The Ku Klux Klan was originally and primarily an arm of the Southern Democratic Party. Its mission was to terrorize freed slaves and “ni**er-loving” (their words) Republicans who sympathized with them.
Fact: Contrary to popular misconception, the parties never “switched” on racism. The Democrats just switched from overt racism to a subversive strategy of getting blacks as dependent as possible on government to secure their votes. At the same time, they began a cynical smear campaign to label anyone who opposes their devious strategy as greedy racists.
So the next time a Liberal tries to tell you that Republicans are racist, or that the Democrats have done many positive things to help the Black Community in this country. Just refer them to some actual history. Knowledge is power! History matters! Knowledge of history is just as important as current events, especially when history just continuously repeats itself. To understand history, to remain current, and to utilize common sense is vital for the future of the people of America.
African Americans, and all other minorities should NEVER vote for the Democrat Party. It’s Common Sense!