Wednesday, June 24, 2009


The Real Racial History of Democrats

One of Rush Limbaugh's guest hosts (oxymoron) Roger Hedgecock, has a good article on the real history of the Democrats' treatment first of African slaves and then the freed African-Americans, now their most enthusiastic and loyal supporters. I have one quibble. Here is what the other Roger wrote:

Southern Democrats spent the next 100 years trying to keep freed slaves down with segregation laws, poll taxes to deny the right to vote, and lynching to enforce the social order. The KKK was formed by a Democrat; no Republican has ever been a member of the KKK. This is the heritage of the Democratic Party.

Not true, there were a handful of Republican KKK members, but 99.9% of the KKK were Democrats. Try to be more careful, Roger.

Here are some more little known historical facts:

The war was started by Democrat secessionists, and just as President Lincoln was on the verge of victory, the Northern Democrats wanted to save the South and slavery with "peace talks"!
As recently as 1964, when the Senate debated the Civil Rights Act, Southern Democrats (including Al Gore's father) voted no. While Northern Democrats voted yes, their votes were not enough. The deciding votes to pass this landmark bill were provided by Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., and the Republicans.
Martin Luther King, Jr., who was well aware of the history Mr Hedgecock describes, was a Republican.


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