EXPOSING DECEPTION & LIES
THE PARTY OF SLAVERY PINS THE CONFEDERATE FLAG, KKK, GREAT DEPRESSION, URBAN DECAY & RACIST MARRIAGE LAWS ON THE GOP.
“The Democratic Party used to support slavery!” You’ll read a phrase like this on conservative websites sometimes. You might have heard it from political commentator Dinesh D’Souza, or more recently from The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren.
This is technically accurate, but misleading history. It’s actually the modern Republican Party that’s the spiritual successor of the pre-1964 Democratic Party. Please understand, though: This article isn’t a partisan smearfest. The story behind all this doesn’t make any region of the county look good, nevermind political organizations.
It’s kind of a convoluted story, so let’s untangle all this piece by piece. In a clip published Wednesday, Lahren skewered the Democratic Party for hypocrisy after donor Benjamin Barber was recorded calling black Republicans “f—ked in the head” for “helping the enemy who want to destroy them.” She points out that the ostensibly liberal organization has a troubling institutional history of racism.
Well, it was southern Democrats that fought for slavery. Oh, and the KKK, it was originally an arm of the southern Democratic Party. The mission: to terrorize freed slaves, and those who sympathize with them which would be “the Radical Republicans.
Dems largely opposed the 13th Amendment, she said. That bigotry continued through the decades, even to the vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“supported by a higher proportion of Republicans than Democrats”) and racist President Lyndon Johnson. She said that the current Democratic depictions of the Republicans as bigoted are really just self-serving hypocrisy.
And her history is absolutely correct, but it’s used in a selective, misreading view of history that ignores a lot of the mid-to-late 20th century, as well as the “southern strategy.”
Here’s the situation. The Democratic Party was founded in 1828, and soon established a solid base in slave states, though it was reasonably popular in the North, too. This continued through the Civil War, when it was the de facto part of the Confederacy. Later, President and Democrat Andrew Johnson opposed equal rights for black people even though he was Lincoln’s vice-president.
Alberto Luperon | 7:36 am, November 7th, 2016