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A Few of the Democrats Biden Missed When He Called Trump Our First Racist President

My latest in PJ Media:

If President Trump is really a “racist,” as Joe Biden claims, he is one of the strangest racists who ever lived: before the coronavirus hit, black and Hispanic unemployment was at record low levels, the president has repeatedly hailed the achievements of black Americans, and Trump himself, before he entered politics as an unapologetic, non-establishment Republican, was widely respected even by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for his work for the black community. But none of that matters to Joe Biden or whomever is putting words in his mouth: they want us to believe that Trump is a racist, indeed, the first racist president, because for years they’ve been destroying Republicans with this charge, however false it may be. Why stop now? But Biden has missed a few Democrats.

Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster recounts that progressive hero Woodrow Wilson, for example, was born in Virginia a bit more than four years before the Civil War broke out. Throughout his life, he retained the racist attitudes he learned in his youth, and when he became president, he made them U.S. government policy. In 1915, the notorious film The Birth of a Nation became the first motion picture to get a screening in the White House; the film portrayed the Ku Klux Klan as heroes, denigrated blacks in numerous ways, and quoted Wilson as a respected authority.

Wilson was also quoted decrying the supposed “policy of congressional leaders” to “put the white South under the heel of the black South.” In response, Wilson went on, as quoted in the film: “The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation… until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.”

The showing of The Birth of a Nation was indicative of Wilson’s attitudes: during his administration, government departments in Washington were segregated.

Rating America’s Presidents also shows how another Democrat, James Buchanan, presided over the dissolution of the Union in the years leading up to the Civil War, appealing to the South not to secede by adopting a full-hearted, enthusiastic endorsement of slavery and all it represented. On March 6, 1857, two days after Buchanan took office, the Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, published its infamous ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford, a case that had been brought by Dred Scott, a slave who had been taken into free territory and argued that, as a result, he was now free. The court voted 7–2 against Scott. In his opinion, Taney wrote that blacks were a “subordinate and inferior class of beings” who “are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States.”

There is much more. Read the rest here.

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The Democrat Party Flag

Listening to the incessant racist whining from the political left, one would think that the raising of the Confederate battle flag on the statehouse lawn in South Carolina is a well-conceived suicide plot by conservatives and Republicans.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  After two decades of relative quiet, the mass killings at Charleston’s Emanuel AME church, has brought the Confederate battle flag back to center stage as a major national political issue.  The deranged assassin who murdered nine people in cold blood during a bible study class had a representation of the Confederate battle flag and the flags of the apartheid regimes in South Africa and Rhodesia emblazoned on his clothing.  Clearly, he was a lone wolf race-hater, more than likely a registered Democrat, who simply hated black people.  Nevertheless, his affection for the Confederate flag has returned the flag to prominence as a symbol of racism in America.

The battle flag was first adopted in December 1861 and has served as a symbol of Southern ancestry and heritage ever since.  However, the flag was never officially adopted by the Confederacy and never flew over any of the southern capitols during the Civil War.  It is likely the flag would have remained a museum piece and a symbol of pride in southern culture and heritage had it not been adopted by the KKK, the paramilitary arm of the Democrat Party, and used symbolically by Dixiecrats during the 1948 presidential election.

In 1962, Democratic governor Ernest Hollings’ and a Democrat-controlled legislature caused the flag to be flown over the South Carolina Statehouse, beneath the U.S. flag, where it would fly for the next thirty-eight years.  Then, in 2000, the state legislature voted to move the flag from above the Statehouse to a Confederate soldiers’ memorial in front of the capitol building.  And while the flag has always served as a symbol of the courage of those who were conscripted to serve in the Army of Northern Virginia, and as a visible memorial to the 135,000 sons of the South who lost their lives in the American Civil War, racial agitators on the political left have never failed to use the flag to divide the American people along racial and political lines.

Liberals and Democrats have been very successful in convincing the American people that, in the years between 1854 and the 1960s, there were, in effect, two Democratic parties… the southern Democrats, who were pro-slavery secessionists and segregationists, and northern Democrats, who were devout abolitionists.  That simply is not the case.  While there were many northern Democrats who were as much opposed to slavery as Republicans, northern Democrats were often just as opposed to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and to Republican-sponsored cavil rights legislation of the post-Civil War era as were their southern counterparts.

In 1856, Democrats won a landmark decision in the Dred Scott Case.  In writing the majority opinion, Chief Justice Taney, a Democrat, stressed the point that slaves were property, much the same as horses and cattle.  He said, “The Constitution protects private property and makes no distinction between the various types of property owned by its citizens.”

On December 14, 1863, just months after pro-slavery Democrat John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, Republicans introduced the 13th Amendment, banning slavery forever in the United States.  As the amendment was being debated on March 19, 1864, a northern Democrat, Cong. Fernando Wood of New York, a principal spokesman for the Democrats, argued that, The proposed Amendment to abolish slavery in the states of the Union is unjust, a breach of good faith and utterly irreconcilable… It involves the extermination of all white men of the southern States and the forfeiture of all the land and other property belonging to them…”

The Civil Rights Act of 1866, introduced by Republicans, challenged the Democrats’ Black Codes by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race and insured that every citizen had the right to contract, sue, purchase and dispose of property; and to “bring action and give evidence and to equal benefit of all laws of the security of person and property.”  Sen. Willard Saulsbury (D-DE), said, “I regard this bill as one of the most dangerous that was ever introduced into the Senate of the United States…  I have never, since I have been a member of this body, seen a bill so fraught with danger, so full of mischief, as the bill now under consideration.”

Senator Michael Kerr, Democrat of Indiana, argued, “…The Constitution of Indiana, adopted in 1851, forbids any Negro or mulatto to come into or settle in that State after the adoption of that Constitution and declares all contracts made with any Negro or mulatto coming into the State contrary to the provision of that Constitution shall be void.” 

In 1869, Republicans proposed the 15th Amendment, giving African Americans the right to vote.  In subsequent floor debate, Cong. Thomas Hendricks, an Indiana Democrat, argued, I do not believe that the Negro race and the white race can mingle in the exercise of political power and bring good results to society… There is a difference not only in their physical appearance and conformation, but there is a difference morally and intellectually, and I do not believe that the two races can mingle successfully in the management of government.  I do not believe that they will add to the common intelligence of the country when we make them voters.”

During debate on the Enforcement Act of 1870, a Republican bill to enforce black voting rights under the 15th Amendment, Cong. James Bayard, a Delaware Democrat, said. “…This bill is intended not to prevent discrimination between various races of men, but to discriminate directly against the white race in favor of the black race… I consider this bill not an act of appropriate legislation fairly to enforce that amendment, but it is only another attempt to bolster… the inferior capacities of the Negro race in the struggle for racial and political equality…  Now, sir, for whom has all this been done…?  It has been only for the ignorant, semi-barbarous race unfit for voting, manufactured into votes and allies of the Republican Party to sustain themselves a little longer in power.”  Since the 1950s, Democrats have accomplished the same ends through social welfare programs, creating a state of political and economic dependency for many blacks.

In 1871, Republicans introduced the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, the purpose being to bring an end to the Klan’s terrorist activities against blacks and white Republicans, primarily in the south.  During floor debate, Cong. William Stoughton, Republican of Michigan, charged that Tammany Hall Democrats in New York were supplying arms to the Ku Klux Klan in the South.  He said, “We may concede, Mr. Speaker, that if this system of violence is to continue in the South, the Democratic Party will secure the ascendancy.  If political opponents can be marked for slaughter by secret bands of cowardly assassins who ride forth with impunity to execute the decrees upon the unarmed and defenseless, it will be fatal alike to the Republican Party and civil liberty.  But sir, we may well ask where will this endHow long will it be before the Tammany Hall Democrats, who are now furnishing arms to the Ku Klux Klan of the South to murder southern Republicans, will introduce this new element of Democratic success into the northern politics?

During floor debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1875, a public accommodations bill identical to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for which Democrats now like to claim authorship.  Sen. William Saulsbury, a Delaware Democrat, argued, “It proposes to enforce familiarity, association, and companionship between the white and colored people of this country… That is the object of this bill.  It proposes so far as hotels are concerned that the white and the colored people shall have the same advantages, equal advantages; that they shall enter with equal right into every part of the inn; that the keeper of the inn shall make no discrimination on account of their race or color; that colored men shall sit at the same table beside the white guest; that he shall enter the same parlor and take his seat beside the wife and daughter of the white man, whether the white man is willing or not, because you prohibit discrimination against him.”

On February 7, 1894, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed the Repeal Act of 1894, a bill to repeal much of the civil rights legislation passed by Republicans in the years since the Civil War.  A portion of that bill repealed a law providing U.S. marshals in the southern states to protect the voting rights of blacks under the 15th Amendment.  In a Senate floor speech, in opposition to the bill, Sen. George Hoar, a Massachusetts Republican, said, “Mr. President, If you will produce me a citizen of the United States, a Democrat, who (has) lost his honest vote in consequence of intimidation or impediment created by these United States marshals, I will find on record here the proof of ten thousand Republicans who have lost their votes by Democratic practices…”

He concluded by saying, “Mr. President, the nation must protect its own.  Every citizen whose right is imperiled, if he be but one, when it is a right of national citizenship and a right conferred and enjoyed under the Constitution of the United States, has the right to demand for its protection the entire force of the United States until the Army has spent its last man and the Navy fired its last gun.  Most of us have nothing else than the right to vote….  The urn in which the American casts his ballot ought to be, aye, and it shall be, as sacred as a sacramental vessel.” 

In the 121 years since Sen. Hoar’s challenge, no Democrat has ever responded to it.

It should be clear to everyone by now that Democrats will stop at nothing in their effort to absolve themselves of responsibility for slavery, secession, the KKK, and Jim Crow.  As a case in point, liberal history professor, Juan Cole, of the University of Michigan, now blames the Charleston church shooting on the “Islamophobia” spread by “right wing Jews” such as Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes.  He argues that “far right wing Jews,” like Geller and Pipes, and “the whole Islamophobic Network,” were “a key influence” in Dylann Roof’s decision to go on a shooting rampage in a black church in Charleston.

But Cole understands, as we all do, that there is not now, nor has there ever been, two Democrat parties.  There is only one Democrat Party and it is the font of whatever racism still exists in our country.  They, Democrats of the North and the South, have made it quite clear over the years where they stand on the subject of race.  It is their flag; they own it.

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Pinning the Tail on the Democratic Party Donkey

Two recent outrages following the 50th anniversary “Black Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama, require a pointed response to Democrats.  First, a photograph of Barack Obama leading a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma is minus its most distinguished participant, George W. Bush.  The photo appearing on page one of the March 8 edition of the New York Times, above the fold, has been skillfully cropped to eliminate any photographic evidence that George W. and Laura Bush marched across the bridge with Obama and other black leaders.

Then, a black woman named Diane Nash, identified as a Martin Luther King, Jr.“Lieutenant,” proclaimed that she refused to march in the reenactment because George Bush was a participant.  As she explained, the reenactment of the March 7, 1965 march was intended to show support for non-violence, which George W. Bush opposes.  Yet, she and other Democrats appear not to be concerned that Selma’s most visible landmark is named after a known white supremacist, a reputed member of the Ku Klux Klan.  Nor do they seem to find any incongruity in joining forces with the Democrat Party, a party that for nearly a century imposed its will on black people with whips, bullets, fire bombs, and the hangman’s noose.

Each and every year the American taxpayer spends billions of dollars and countless classroom hours on a curriculum called “black history.”  But one wonders exactly what is being taught in those classrooms.  Are the schools and classroom teachers innocently omitting significant truths of black history, or are they purposely lying to black children?  Are black children being taught that it was the Republican Party that was born out of opposition to slavery, and that it was the country’s first Republican president who put an end to the institution of slavery?  Are they being taught that hundreds of thousands of the sons of white Republican abolitionists gave their lives in order to free black men and women from the bonds of slavery?  And are they being taught that it was Republicans who gave us the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, outlawing slavery and giving blacks citizenship and the right to vote?

In the years immediately following the Civil War, southern Democrats found that they could no longer control and oppress their former slaves.  However, just because human slavery had been permanently abolished, Democrats didn’t immediately join the ranks of abolitionists.  Instead, in 1866, they established a paramilitary auxiliary called the Ku Klux Klan to keep the freed slaves in line and to force them to vote for Democratic candidates.  And once they’d regained control of the southern legislatures they set about enacting Jim Crow laws and the Black Codes, dictating where and for whom blacks could work, where they could live, where they could eat and sleep, which restrooms and drinking fountains they could use, and where they were allowed to sit in movie theaters and on trains and busses.  Such inhumane policies were still in effect as late as the 1950s.  As black historian John Hope Franklin has written, “The personal indignities inflicted upon individual whites and Negroes were so varied and so numerous as to defy classification or enumeration.”

Herbert Aptheker, in his book, Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States, Vol. 2, quotes the November 1, 1871 testimony of John Childers, a black resident of Livingston, Alabama, as recorded in Senate Report No. 579 of the 48th Congress.

Childers was questioned about threats made against him and whether or not he was afraid of what might happen to him if he voted Republican.  Childers replied, “I was sir, because… there was a man that told me he had a coffin already made for me.  Yes, sir, I voted it, and don’t pretend to deny it before nobody.  When I was going to the polls there was a man standing in the door and (he) says, ‘Here comes you, God damn your soul, I have a coffin already made for you.’   I had two tickets in my pocket then; a Democratic ticket and a (Republican) ticket.  I pulled out the Democratic ticket and showed it to him, and he says, ‘You are all right, go on.’ ”

On March 25, 1871, Kentucky blacks sent a letter to the Congress, saying, “The Democratic Party has here a political organization composed only of Democrats – not a single Republican can join them…. We pray that you will take some steps to remedy these evils listed below?”  The letter provided details of 85 murders (hangings and shootings), 18 beatings, 5 fire-bombings, 1 rape, and 10 miscellaneous attacks in Kentucky in the three year period between January 1868 and January 1871.  Although no official records of Klan atrocities, nationwide, are available for the years 1866 to 1882, Tuskegee Institute records indicate that, between the years 1882 and 1951, some 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites, nearly all Republicans, were lynched by the KKK.

On May 17, 1918, Klansmen committed an atrocity in Valdosta, Georgia that almost defies description.  Mary Turner, a black woman who was nine months pregnant, announced that she would seek the prosecution of the Klansmen who had lynched her husband, Hayes Turner.  A mob dragged her from her home, tortured her, and hanged her.  And while she was still alive, hanging from the rope, they cut open her womb, the child spilled out onto the ground and they crushed the baby’s skull under the heel of a boot… proving only that Democrats, in the history of their party, have been just as ruthless and bloodthirsty as the fighters of Islamic State who have a fondness for cutting the heads off their captives and burning others alive.

Are black children instructed on the evils of the KKK and who they were?  If not, they may be interested in the congressional testimony of former Klan member Thomas W. Willeford.  When questioned about his initiation into the organization and what he was told of the objective of the Klan, Willeford replied: They told me it was to damage the Republican Party as much as they could… burning, stealing, whipping n_ _ _ _ _ s and such things as that.

Unlike blacks of today, 19th century blacks had a well-informed opinion of Democrats.  Herbert Aptheker has written that, on February 18, 1884, Mrs. Violet Keeling, a black woman, testified before a U.S. Senate committee regarding black voting preferences.  She was asked what she would do if she found that her husband had voted Democratic.  She said: “I think if a colored man votes the Democratic ticket he has already sold himself… I would just pick up my clothes and go to my father’s, if I had a father, or would go to work for 25 cents a day.”

And finally, what are black children taught about the Democratic Party’s longstanding fondness for fraud and political corruption?  After Democrats gained control of the White House and both houses of Congress in 1894, they introduced the Repeal Act of 1894, hoping to repeal all of the major civil rights laws enacted by Republicans since the Civil War, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the First Reconstruction Act of 1867, the Enforcement Act of 1870, the Force Act of 1871, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, and the Civil Rights Act of 1875 (identical to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which today’s Democrats attempt to take credit for).

Just before the final Senate vote on February 7, 1894, Senator George Hoar (R-MA) took Democrats to task on the Senate floor.  He said, in part, “Wherever there is a crevice in our protection of the freedom of the ballot there you will find the Democratic Party trying to break through.  Wherever we have left open an opportunity to get possession of an office contrary to the true and constitutional will of the majority, there you will find that party pressing; there you will find that party exercising an ingenuity before which even the great inventive genius of (the) American People, exerted in other directions, fails and is insignificant in the comparison… …

“If you will produce me a citizen of the United States, a Democrat, who lost his honest vote in consequence of intimidation or impediment, created by these United States marshals, I will find on record here the proof of ten thousand Republicans who have lost their votes by Democratic practices….  Mr. President, the nation must protect its own.  Every citizen whose right is imperiled, if he be but one, when it is a right of national citizenship and a right conferred and enjoyed under the Constitution of the United States, has the right to demand for its protection the entire force of the United States until the Army has spent its last man and the Navy fired its last gun.  Most of us have nothing else than the right to vote….  The urn in which the American cast his ballot ought to be, aye, and it shall be, as sacred as a sacramental vessel.”

And finally, are young blacks taught that, in 1909, four white Republicans issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice for African Americans?  The organization created as a result of that meeting was the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)… the once-respected organization whose politics has drifted so far to the left that it has lost all relevance as a force for the social and economic advancement of minorities.

Since the earliest days of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, African Americans have been so thoroughly propagandized by Democrats that most rank-and-file Republicans consider them to be a lost cause.  They won’t even attempt to reach out to blacks because they’re convinced that, if they do, black leaders will only attempt to draw them into a bidding war for the hearts and minds of black people.  That, Republicans will never do.

Sadly, the spineless men and women Republicans elect to Congress today seem blithely unaware that they are playing an entirely different game than their colleagues across the aisle.  Perhaps one day they will come to understand that Democrats of today are pretty much like Democrats of the 19th and 20th centuries.  The only major difference being that, today, they no longer arrive on horseback in the middle of the night, carrying ropes and torches and dressed in hoods and white sheets.  Today, they fly in private jets and wear Armani suits, silk ties, and Rolex watches.

On March 7th, Ms. Diane Nash refused to participate in the reenactment of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge because she was afraid she might accidentally rub elbows with George W. Bush.  Wouldn’t it be fun to sit down with Ms. Nash just to remind her of all the things black children are not being taught in “black history” class?

FL Rep. Grayson: Did you know that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, spoke at Ku Klux Klan rallies?

For a larger view click on the image. Image courtesy of Dave Leventhal.

Florida Representative Alan Grayson (D – FL District 6) invoked the image of a burning cross in a fundraising email. The intent of his email was to discredit the TEA Party of Florida and its affiliates. In using this image of a burning cross perhaps Rep. Grayson does not know nor understand the history of the Ku Klux Klan?

Here are some facts about who really created and supported the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1926, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a guest speaker at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silverlake, New Jersey. Sanger wrote in her biography, “Eventually the lights were switched on, the audience seated itself, and I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak. Never before had I looked into a sea of faces like these. I was sure that if I uttered one word, such as abortion, outside the usual vocabulary of these women they would go off into hysteria. And so my address that night had to be in the most elementary terms, as though I were trying to make children understand. In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered. The conversation went on and on, and when we were finally through it was too late to return to New York.”

Sanger was a proponent of Eugenics, the racial cleansing of American society. In Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12, Sanger wrote, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities.  The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

According to Wikipedia:

From the mid-1870s on in the Deep South, violence rose. In Mississippi, Louisiana, the Carolinas and Florida especially, the Democratic Party relied on paramilitary “White Line” groups such as the White Camelia to terrorize, intimidate and assassinate African American and white Republicans in an organized drive to regain power. In Mississippi, it was the Red Shirts; in Louisiana, the White League that were paramilitary groups carrying out goals of the Democratic Party to suppress black voting. Insurgents targeted politically active African Americans and unleashed violence in general community intimidation. Grant’s desire to keep Ohio in the Republican aisle and his attorney general’s maneuvering led to a failure to support the Mississippi governor with Federal troops. The campaign of terror worked. In Yazoo County, for instance, with a Negro population of 12,000, only seven votes were cast for Republicans. In 1875, Democrats swept into power in the state legislature.

Once Democrats regained power in Mississippi, Democrats in other states adopted the Mississippi Plan to control the election of 1876, using informal armed militias to assassinate political leaders, hunt down community members, intimidate and turn away voters, effectively suppressing African American suffrage and civil rights. In state after state, Democrats swept back to power.From 1868 to 1876, most years had 50–100 lynchings.

White Democrats passed laws and constitutional amendments making voter registration more complicated, to further exclude black voters from the polls.

Bob Unruh of World Net Daily, in his column “KKK’s 1st targets were Republicans” reports, “The original targets of the Ku Klux Klan were Republicans, both black and white, according to a new television program and book, which describe how the Democrats started the KKK and for decades harassed the GOP with lynchings and threats. An estimated 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites died at the end of KKK ropes from 1882 to 1964.”

“The documentation has been assembled by David Barton of Wallbuilders and published in his book “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White,” which reveals that not only did the Democrats work hand-in-glove with the Ku Klux Klan for generations, they started the KKK and endorsed its mayhem,” writes Barton.

It appears Rep. Grayson and Democrats with the help of the IRS are again targeting those who oppose them and big government. Invoking the burning cross is in character especially for those who believe in supremacism.

The below video is the full text of Margaret Sanger’s autobiographical recollections on addressing the Ku Klux Klan: