Sunday, December 24, 2006


This Day in American History

On this day in 1865, several Confederate veterans form the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, TN. Soon the white supremacist, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, nativist group includes lots of southerners including the great General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The name derives from the Greek word for circle (kuklos) which was the name of the sort of Confederate CIA. Grant destroyed the original Klan beginning in 1871, with vigorous enforcement of the Civil Rights of 1971. Unfortunately, it rises again in 1915 and not just in the South. We historical savvy types in Denver remember when the Klan ran the place in the 1920s; by 1924 the Klan had an estimated 6 million members, but I am happy to report that the Klan now has maybe 2,000 members, no political power or money, is social and political death even to associate with it for a second and is the last refuge of the racist nut jobs that exist in tiny numbers in every society.

It was shown as a heroic force for good in the 1915 D. W. Griffith movie The Birth of a Nation, which nearly ruins the otherwise first great epic movie. I like to point out that its members have been, if not exclusively Democrat, overwhelmingly Democrat. The soon to be President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Robert Byrd (D-WV) was a leader in the Klan in his youth. Yet black Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats and think the party specifically organized for the abolition of slavery, the GOP, are the racists. Some mysteries absolutely defy explanation.

So you're saying that if Black Americans were smarter and better educated, they would realize that Trent Lott, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney are their friends and would vote for them. Because 100 years ago some democrats organized the KKK? I don't think so. Although I will admit I've heard this question posed by certain white males before.

The better question is why do poor whites in the south continue to vote for a party who's main agenda is cutting taxes for the wealty and doing away with the capital gains tax?
Yes, to your first question (in response to better educated). Not exactly to the second, the Democrats were domination the KKK within my lifetime, not just in the ancient past. Because the poor whites know the tax rate cuts are advantageous for them despite the really stupid liberal talking point of tax cuts for the rich. 53% of Americans own in some fashion stock and some of them are poor southerners and even the poor southerners you seem prepared to dump on can recognize that the Republican fiscal and tax policies (other than the overspending) creates a strong ecomony and a rising tide floats all boats. Thanks for the comment.
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