Have I mentioned (recently) that Allen West rocks?

February 22, 2012

I’ve written before about the undeserved pass the Democratic Party has gotten for its dirty history on race in America and how the Republican Party deserves much more credit than it gets.

Not surprisingly, Allen West did it much better with a recent speech on the House floor in honor of Black History month:

Congressman West not only recounted the early history of the Republicans in defense of civil rights (Passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments; sending the first Black members to the House and Senate; and passing the landmark 1875 Civil Rights Act — all over stiff Democratic opposition), he also spoke of recent history:

In the 1990s, it was the Republican-controlled 104th Congress that passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. Then-Democrat President Bill Clinton signed it only after reluctantly having vetoed it twice.

This reform changed the face of welfare, ensuring that recipients who were able to work would be required to seek employment. No longer would government checks be seen as an entitlement. No longer would States have a financial incentive to add as many names to their welfare rolls as possible. Finally, there was an alternative to the cycle of poverty caused by years of misguided Democrat policy. And it’s been Republicans who have continued to fight for the underprivileged communities, even as we’re painted as the party of the white upper class.

In 2004, another Republican-controlled Congress under the leadership of Republican President George W. Bush signed an omnibus bill that included a voucher program for school children right here in the District of Columbia. Instead of being shackled to the failed public school system, thousands of students were able to use the first Federal Government vouchers to escape high-performing private schools.

Mr. Speaker, what Republicans have long understood is that poor communities are best served when they’re empowered to care for themselves. The more they come to rely on government checks, the less they learn to rely on their own ability and ingenuity.

Our party firmly believes in the safety net. We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.

Oh, and that voucher program meant to help poor children in D.C., largely African-American, help themselves? President Barack Obama, an African-American and a Democrat, killed it. Again.

There’s much more. Watch the speech or read the transcript. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. (1)

RELATED: If you want to know more about the real history of the Democratic Party and race relations in America, have a look at Bruce Bartlett’s “Wrong on Race: the Democratic Party’s buried past.” It’s a thorough, detailed, highly footnoted, and altogether damning indictment.

Footnote:
(1) Unless you’re some sort of reactionary liberal or lefty who can’t handle the truth.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Red-Meat Monday: the truth about the Democratic Party and civil rights

November 7, 2011

I’ve written before about the dirty history of the Democratic Party when it comes to race and civil rights (1), a history that’s largely been swept under the rug as the Party pretends to have always been a virtuous fighter for civil rights and the welcoming home for African-American voters.

Below is a video from Frantz Kebreau, via Flopping Aces, that juxtaposes great moments in the history of the Democrats and civil rights with images of Democratic supporters.

The irony is so thick, you can cut it with a knife:

Like I said, red meat. One can quibble (2), but the basic facts are right; if we’re to be honest about our history and if American Blacks are ever to free themselves from being played for suckers into giving their votes en bloc to just one party –a party that is not serving their interests– then these facts need to be much more widely known.

PS: I haven’t read Kebreau’s book, Stolen History, so I can’t recommend or comment on it. However I do highly recommend Bruce Bartlett’s “Wrong on Race: the Democratic Party’s Buried Past.” Copiously footnoted and deeply researched in both primary sources and academic journals, it should be the standard one-volume reference on the topic. I reviewed it in 2008.

Footnotes:
(1) My apologies to proud average-American Democrats reading this, but it’s the truth and it’s been hidden from you, too.
(2) One can argue that the large blocs in Congress opposing civil rights legislation were “less Democrat” than they were Southern, the legacy of both the region’s history with slavery and the place where Jim Crow originated and was most strongly in force. (Though Jim Crow was not limited to the South, to be sure.) This line of argument also would point out that they were Democratic politicians because of the Civil War, in which a Republican administration first crushed the Confederacy and then imposed the hated Reconstruction. And that would be a fair observation. BUT… it is also fair to note that Northern and Western Democrats continually allied with racist Southern Democrats to win national elections and get legislation passed, each giving the other what it wanted. Which means there is no way around it: the Democratic Party as a whole owns that dirty history.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Say it after me: “If Bush had said this…”

July 29, 2010

What would your reaction be if President George W. Bush, his father, or any president of the last 100 years had referred to African-Americans as a “mongrel people?” You’d be shocked at the tone-deafness, right? Maybe outraged, determined to vote for his next opponent, maybe even calling for his resignation?

How about if President Obama said it?

President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’

President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”

The president appeared on ABC’s morning talk show “The View” Thursday, where he talked about the forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, his experience with race and his roots.

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

“I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

The president’s remarks were directed at the roots of all Americans. The definition of mongrel as an adjective is defined as “of mixed breed, nature, or origin,” according to dictionary.com.

I’m sorry, but the writer’s breezy dismissal of Obama’s use of “mongrel” is just plain specious. It is an incredibly charged word in the history of American racism, often made use of by White supremacist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, the late Senator Robert Byrd, once a Klan officer, wrote long ago in a letter that he never wanted to:

“…see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.”

And now we have a President of the United States using the same words as the Klan? An African-American president? How clueless and tone deaf do you have to be to miss the significance of calling Blacks “a mongrel people,” no matter how you try to spread it around?

(This reminds me of the interview he gave in Britain, in which he said he believed in American exceptionalism, just as Greeks believed in Greek exceptionalism and Britons in British exceptionalism. In other words, it’s further proof he does not understand the country he leads.)

To go back to the opening questions, you can be sure that, if Reagan, either of the Bushes, Clinton… or any modern president had said that, there would be huge demonstrations and race hustlers such as Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton would be calling for his resignation. If it were said at a Tea Party or put on a sign, it would be taken as proof that the Tea Parties are just a racist front.

But, just watch. I have a sneaking suspicion that,since the press corps largely sees his success as their mission, they’ll try to give this a pass and let it flow down the memory hole.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go pick my jaw up off the floor.

UPDATE: Bruce at GayPatriot reminds us of the use of “mongrel” in perhaps the most inflammatory movie in US history.

RELATED: “Jew money??” What is it with Democrat politicians lately? What’s next? The Theodore Bilbo memorial dinner?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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