So, let's get this straight: 1.) President Obama nominates Susan Rice who is a black woman to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, 2.) the Republicans are opposed to her confirmation because they see her as less than candid in her remarks about the terrorist attack in Libya on the anniversary of 9-11. Therefore, 3.) Republicans are "racists" and "sexists." Here we go again. Sigh...the Republican wimps are already backing off. What are they ducking for? Condoleeza Rice is a black woman, isn't she? Will they ever learn?
I'll start slowly, and use small words so that all of you liberal/socialist/Democrats (LSDs) have at least the ghost of a chance of understanding the message. The fact is that your "racist," and "sexist," and "Nazi" characterizations of Republican leaders, not to mention those who voted for them, have long been tiresome. What's worse is that, whenever you LSDs resort to their use, which is just about every other time you take a breath, the Republicans scatter like chary old women who are afraid of what the neighbors might think rather than firing back in kind.
As Candidate Obama was so fond of repeating ad nauseum during the campaign of 2008, "Enough is enough." This is going to be a history lesson, admittedly brief, scantily detailed, but nontheless true. I defy any LSD to deny it. Credibly.
Ready? Then here we go.
First of all, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. Bull Connor, George Wallace, Orval Faubus, and Robert Byrd were all Democrats. Margaret Sanger, LSD patron saint and founder of Planned Parenthood once said that, "We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population." Wasn't she sweet?
But, as history is a story, not a recitation of "Who struck John," let's go back a bit farther. How about let's start with the undeniable fact that it was the Republicans who ended slavery. The Democrats favored it.
As a matter of fact, when Abraham Lincoln, a man who had described the Democrat's pro-slavery policy as "cruelly wrong," was elected President in 1860, 11 Democratic-controlled southern states seceded from the Union in protest and formed the Confederate States of America. Many say that the Civil War which followed was about 'state's rights," and that's true. However, it's also true that without the issue of slavery, none of it would have happened.
Mr. Lincoln made his "cruelly wrong" observation during the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. His opponent, Stephen A. Douglas, was rather more aloof regarding the plight of American slaves.
"I do not regard the Negro as my equal," he said in reply to Mr. Lincoln, "and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatsoever." Guess who became the nominee of the Northern Democratic Party for President in 1860. Yep, Stephen A. Douglas. The Southern Democrats (the party was split at the time) nominated former Vice-President and future Confederate General John C. Breckinridge.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Vice-President Alexander Stephens were both Democrats, each unapologetically pro-slavery even in defeat, right up until the day that he died. Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was a pro-slavery zealot. He made up his mind to kill Mr. Lincoln after hearing the President propose, in an impromptu speech from the White House gallery two nights after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia, to grant suffrage to those Negores who had served in the armed forces of the Union.
Before the Civil War, Democratic Presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were slave-owners.
It was a Democratic President, Franklin Pierce, who signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which extended slavery into the territories.
For denouncing Democratic pro-slavery policy, Republican Charles Sumner was beaten nearly to death on the floor of the U. S. Senate by Democratic Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina. Brooks became a hero throughout the south for his "exploit."
Seven Democratic Supreme court Justices ruled that fugitive slave, Dred Scott, had "no rights which any white man was bound to respect." Only one Supreme Court Justice dissented, Republican John McClean.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Have I mentioned that Mr. LIncoln was a Republican? I have. Anyway, in the same year, his Republican allies in the Congress repealed the Fugitive Slave Act, and proposed the 13th Amendment which ended slavery. It passed in 1865 with 100% Republican support. Only 37% of the Democrats voted for it. It was vetoed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson. His veto was overridden in 1866.
Also in 1866, the Republicans passed the first Civil Rights Law, which granted American citizenship to blacks. That May, the Republicans passed the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing due process and equal protection under the law. It passed with 100% of Democrats opposed.
In 1865, the Democrats enacted "black codes" and "Jim Crow" laws. The Ku Klux Klan was established as a "social club," headed by its first "Grand Dragon," former Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. You guessed it: Forrest was a Democrat.
According to Eric Foner, author of "A Short History of Reconstruction," the KKK functioned almost as a "military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party." What were those interests? Simply to keep black people in their places on the plantation.
There is more, much more. Too much to include in this small space. Suffice to say that it wasn't the Republicans who refused to allow black people to eat in the same restaurants or drink from the same water fountains. It wasn't Republicans who forced blacks to ride in the back of the bus or give up their seats to a white person. Republicans didn't lynch a black man for kicks on Saturday night because of the color of his skin. That was all Democrats.
In 1964, the second Civil Rights Act was passed. House Republicans favored the bill by a margin of 138-34. Democrats? 152-96 in favor. In the Senate, Republicans voted 27-6 in favor. Democrats 46-21. Strom Thurmond, who current LSDs love to hate, was in 1964 a Democrat who was working feverishly to kill the bill.
It's puzzling that today's LSDs, the Congressional Black Caucus included, condemn the Confederate Battle Flag as the "Confederate swastika," yet they fail to recognize that they walk in lockstep with the spirits of those who fought under it and/or supported what it stood for even decades after the Civil War was over.
Even more confounding is that they don't see that the post-war aims of the Democratic Party have been achieved. It's especially astonishing that they've done it with the aid, and continuing support of the Congressional Black Caucus. The LSDs have somehow convinced half of America, mostly black people and other minorities, that the only part of the American Dream still available to them is a monthly entitlement check from the U.S. Government. The Government determines how much the American Dream is worth, and under what circumstances it may be had. And that's what you're entitled to.
That is the epitome of putting people in their places and keeping them there, just as the KKK intended. That is the very definition economic slavery. That is the concept that Republicans should ridicule 24/7/365.
The Republicans should adopt the "We're Movin' On Up" theme song of "The Jeffersons" television series. "To a deee-lux apartment in the sky!" It was a God-awful show. Without the doorbell, there would have been no action. Nobody would ever have had a cue. But the show highlighted the upward mobility of Capitalism. George Jefferson came across, mildly, as a racist, but he really saw white people as customers with some of them his competitors in the dry-cleaning business.
George worked hard and because he did, he finally got "a piece of the pie." He had a nice home, owned a thriving business, ate good food, and wore tailored clothing. The message was that if George Jefferson, an under-priveleged black man working under a host of disadvantages could have what he has, and get it on his own, so could anyone else.
That is the message that Republicans should jump on and ride into 2014 and beyond. When some LSD moron calls them a "racist," a "sexist," or a "Nazi," trumpet the Republican record. The Republican Party was founded in opposition to slavery. The Democrats defended it to the point of fighting a Civil War to keep it in place. Contrast that, LSDs.
It can't be reiterated often enough that the Republican message should be simple: the liberty of free enterprise and upward mobility, vs the stagnation and economic chains of the entitlement system.
So the next time one of you LSD lamebrains takes it in mind to label Republicans as "racist" or "sexist" or "Nazis," reread this, or have someone read it to you, and hear these words: Stuff it.