39 Responses to “Where is the Republican Knight in Steele Armor?”

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    Fit fit

    Michael Steele is a solid conservative, but if I were wargaming for the Republicans, I would look for a Hispanic candidate from California. California is 55 electoral college votes, and has a Republican governor, yet it’s treated as a freebie for Democrats. With 20% of the vote need to get to 270, it should always be a battleground.

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    road warrior

    I appreciate a message where democrats and republican come together on an issue. I do think the liberal illuminati have pushed forward a scare tactic when it comes to climate change. Yes, it is an issue and yes we do need to address but we are probably not going to see the world end any time soon.

  3. Once again, taking advice from Fit Fit is exactly what we don’t need. Something tells me he would be equally reluctant to accept my advice for Democrats.

    I usually don’t take advice from people who want me to lose.

    P.S. I have no idea what relevance his quote has to this post or any other. Is he trying to deny Obama deliberately used race in this election?

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    Mike, I believe that Fit fit just might be one of those members of Obama’s Internet Army of 3.5 million sent-out to help “make the Obama Presidency Work”.

    Or, something to that effect.

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    The Republican party does need younger more diverse faces. The image isn’t going to sell if it’s white old men when the number of white old Republicans are decreasing.

    They need a new tigher contract with America.

    They should drop the social wedge issues such as abortion. It doesn’t really work for them when it comes to election time. It also diverts from the real message of less government.

    The Republicans can’t just go after “small time” pork, but they should go after the big projects. The budget deficit for 2009 was projected to be $407 billion before the bailout.
    2009 budget expenses to attack:
    $644 billion Social Security
    $408 billion Medicare
    $224 billion Medicad and SCHIP
    $360 billion Unemployment/Welfare
    $59.2 billion Department of Education
    $38.5 billion HUD
    subsidies farm or otherwise.
    That’s $1.7337 trillion (54.8% of the expenses) of $3.1 trillion in expenses with only a projected $2.7 trillion in income.

    That’s what the Republicans should rework and offer a plan. Some of it should be hand up rather than hand out. I’ve already mentioned how to do that here.

    I believe the Republicans should offer DVDs on education. Make it in English, Spanish, French, the Chinese languages and Portuguese and Arabic. these should also offer something for the blind and deaf. Let them spread throughout North and South of America. The Republican leadership has complained for decades that teachers are not teaching the students properly. If they do it this way, the Republicans will be able to control the message and not be hampered by civil rights laws. This could make the Republicans look serious about education and maybe become the education leaders. Over time, it would boost the image of the Republican Party by immigrants. They would be as famous as other educational leaders such as Sesame Street.

    They need a long term diplomatic plan. Nobody really knows the patchwork of diplomacy the Republicans have. They need their own version of a new form of Manifest Destiny. For example it could be promoting Democracy, promoting free trade, ridding the world of tyrants and taking immediate action against terrorist threats and genocide around the world.

    The Republicans need an outreach program to the inner cities. The Republicans have nothing like ACORN except maybe the scouts and you’ll probably find the scouts more in the suburbs and rural areas than the inner city. Many of the religious organizations in the inner cities side with the Democrats. Maybe it should be a business venture program such as offering health care to minimum wage workers and in turn those workers do something for the Republicans on their off hours.

    The Republicans need a real long term energy plan and they need to promote it more.

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    (If this is a double post, please excuse it.)
    Michael Stelle was head of the Republican Party in Prince George’s County (MD) and for the state of MAryland.
    The Republican party in Prince George’s County is moribund.
    The State party has suffered losts: the governorship in 06 and this year, the 1st Congressional district.
    Not a very glowing recommendation.

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    Fit fit

    I have no idea what relevance his quote has to this post or any other. Is he trying to deny Obama deliberately used race in this election?

    Part of what Wordsmith is suggesting in the post is that Steele would help rehabilitate the Republican party’s image on race relations that has been wrecked by fourty years of embracing the “Southern Strategy”. This often involves stoking people’s racial anxieties as your post and comment were clearly meant to do.

    The Ashley Todd incident is an excellant example of how Obama avoided racial issues as much as possible. When story initially broke, McCain officials pushed it to the press before all the facts were even in. When the truth came out, the Obama campaign just let the story die rather than take an Al Sharpton style approach of raising Holy Hell for the rest of the campaign.

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    Fit, INRE your comments:

    Part of what Wordsmith is suggesting in the post is that Steele would help rehabilitate the Republican party’s image on race relations that has been wrecked by fourty years of embracing the “Southern Strategy”.

    Forty years ago also saw Robert Byrd and quite a few DNC engaging in that “southern strategy” as well, Fit. It was the beginning of an end of an era. Many generations had to come thru to distance ourselves from that imbred mentality.

    However the last 40 years have not seen the GOP practicing that ‘southern strategy’. But it did have the DNC still trying to lay that on the GOP, to perpetuate old myths…. all merely to gain political advantage.

    This often involves stoking people’s racial anxieties as your post and comment were clearly meant to do.

    As in my last statement above, with the DNC trying to portray the GOP as a party of racists, instead of the principles of low taxes, smaller government and less centralized control, this *is* stoking racial anxieties. Then add Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton/Louis Farrakhan to the mix and I have to ask you… just who is stoking racial anxieties? Who keeps reminding us that prejudice is wide spread when, as we can see with this election, it is nothing more than crying “wolf”.

    And, just to hedge you off… no, I am not saying all racism is gone. As long as there are humans, scum will walk amongst us. But it is not the majority of Americans that harbor some sort of racism in their heart, as is constantly suggested by the progressive socialists.

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    “However the last 40 years have not seen the GOP practicing that ’southern strategy’. But it did have the DNC still trying to lay that on the GOP, to perpetuate old myths…. all merely to gain political advantage.”

    Jesse Helms and Wille Horton come to mind.
    However, on his deathbed, I believe Lee Atwater apologised for his behaviour.

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    Lew, what part of my very last paragraph did you miss? Do you think a Congressman born in 1921 is representative of the entire GOP?

    Perhaps I should point to the example of Murtha and his latest comments, accusing his constituents (of both parties, apparently) of racism?

    Your comeback is an example of my point… that progressive socialists try to keep the myth of the GOP as being nothing but a bunch of racists alive by doing exactly what you just did… and what Murtha does yet today. I rest my case.

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    Fit fit


    So Peter Feldman is a DNC plant and they hacked Mike’s PC to make racialized posts as an attempt to discredit Republicans? As long as Republicans keep making excuses instead of calling out those within the party who are spreading the hate, they will never reform their image.

    Scrapiron compares blacks to animals and the thread nanny just looks the other way… Excuses and finger pointing at the Pre Civil rights era Democratic party doesn’t change the fact that too many Republicans are willing to let that sort of thing slide.

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    mmmmm…. and I’m just bowled over by those DNC’ers calling out Murtha on his statements, Fit. Nope… that goes two ways.

    INRE FA community, I don’t respond to every thread… don’t even necessarily read every thread. I’m just like you guys… pick and choose. But since you brought up Scrapiron’s remark, I went back to that thread (one of those that I didn’t read, nor have posted on) to see what you are talking about.

    And how you manage to construe some sort of racist statement to that is one heck of a stretch indeed. N. Africans such as those in Somalia and Darfur are animals. In fact, Scrapiron places them higher on the food chain than I do… I call them human cockroaches. He also includes the jihad Muslims in his statement.

    He said “[A] Few animals eat their own and some humans are still in that class of animal.”

    Somehow I fail to see this as some blanket statement against all blacks, Fit. He was talking about some serious criminal types.

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    Lew, what part of my very last paragraph did you miss?
    But I did see the bit about how no Republican has practiced the Southern Strategy.

    40 years ago takes us to 1968. Richard Nixon ran on “states rights”
    Jesse Helms ran for office in the early 1970s, within the 40 years.
    Lee Atwater brought Willie Horton to politics in 1988, within the 40 years.
    Lee Atwater died in 1991, saying:
    My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The ’80s were about acquiring — acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn’t I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn’t I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don’t know who will lead us through the ’90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul.

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    Lew, ya got a reading/comprehension problem, dude. You said:

    But I did see the bit about how no Republican has practiced the Southern Strategy.

    Really? I said:

    However the last 40 years have not seen the GOP practicing that ’southern strategy’.

    I really attempt, without fail, to NEVER speak in absolutes. Thus I knew as soon as you said how *no* Republican has practiced… that you just read with preformatted bias. You read it, saw what you wanted to see, and responded with your cyber foot in your mouth.

    You want to take a single – or even a few – GOP member’s action to indict the whole party? As a DNC type, be careful where you tread.

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    Before you come back here, Lew, and remove one cyber foot to replace it with another, you might want to do some required reading. Obviously, if you are so willing to place the Willie Horton onus on Bush, without noting that it was Al Gore who first brought it up… but by not calling him out by name… I suggest you pick up They Think You’re Stupid” by Herman Cain.

    From a 2007 article in Newsblaze by Frances Rice:

    A book that is well worth reading is They Think You’re Stupid by Herman Cain. Information in that book and recent articles in liberal newspapers demonstrate that Democrats want to continue the political anomaly where the Democratic Party takes the black vote for granted. The primary method used by the Democrats is to falsely accuse the Republican Party of being “anti-black.”

    Given the commendable civil rights record of the Republican Party that was started in 1854 as the anti-slavery party, as well as the current policies and actions by Republicans to help blacks prosper, the accusation that the Republican Party is “anti-black” is ludicrous on its face.

    As author Michael Scheurer so succinctly stated, history shows that the Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s: Slavery, Secession, Segregation, and now Socialism. The Democratic Party has hijacked the civil rights record of the Republican Party and taken blacks down the path of Socialism that has turned our black communities run by Democrats for the past 40 years into economic and social wastelands.

    Considering the horrendous record of racism and “anti-black” Socialist policies of the Democratic Party, the question becomes, how do Democrats keep blacks voting overwhelmingly for a party that has caused so much harm to blacks?

    With the help of the liberal media, Democrats use a combination of deception, hypocrisy, and re-writing of history to paint the Republican Party as a racist party, causing blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans, not a vote for Democrats.

    Continue reading at the link above, if you’re not interested enuf to buy the book… that way you’ll see what you’re swallowing hook, line and sinker from your friendly media propagandists and your selected elected. Via Rice, Cain expounds on Democrat Deception, Hypocritical Democrats, and Democrats’ Re-written History.

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    A few more educational tools for you, Lew. Even many of the young aren’t fooled, including VoIPpoetry and his rap videos.

    Here’s the youtube, but if you don’t like listening (or can’t make out the lyrics) they are below. He gives people like you a History Lesson 101 in racism.

    Real History 101, put on your thinkin caps
    Sit back, relax, while I hip you to the hap
    They wanna fool you let me school youwith some educated raps
    Them revisionist hipocrite Liberal Democrats
    Real History 101, put on your thinkin caps
    Sit back, relax, while I hip you to the hap
    They wanna fool you let me school you with some educated raps
    Them revisionist hiporite Liberal Democrats

    VERSE 1:
    The original Declaration of Independence draft
    Thomas Jefferson denounced slavery and said it was bad
    Jefferson tried to eliminate slavery you see
    ‘Cause his vision for the future was to make all men free
    A politician, did not have enough majority vote
    Forced to rewrite his draft, a new version he wrote
    The nation’s framework was in place but slavery still existed
    Abolish slavery cried Lincoln, Southernists resisted
    Liberals claim slavery was abolished for business
    We know the real truth, their claims are nonsense
    Democrats mislead us about Lincoln’s intentions
    They fear the truth, cuz we may vote against them
    Lincoln’s Gettysburg address needed no sequel
    His speech, made it clear that all men are equal
    Northern white men died to give freedom to everyone
    Liberals want us to believe it was some other reason

    VERSE 2:
    Liberals promote rhetoric to ensure racial tension
    They know without it they can’t win a major election
    With two major hurdles now overcome
    John Kennedy said there was more work to be done
    Jack pushed for the Civil Rights Bill and freedom was on track
    For blacks after his death, Liberals turned their backs
    Kennedy supported the constitution and Bill of Rights
    Contradictory Democrat policies will diminish our might
    Down with their anti-freedom and re-enslavement policy
    On election day we’re fighting – laws better set us free
    We’re strong, we’ve endured, can’t be fooled twice
    Our decisions aren’t made by the roll of the dice
    Liberals stop lying about how we got our freedom
    Stop creating racial conflicts to ensure your stardom
    History’s now clear, no more tales from space
    We can smile back at Liberal’s – we rest our case

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    You want to take a single – or even a few – GOP member’s action to indict the whole party? As a DNC type, be careful where you tread.

    Who was Nixon?


    blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans, not a vote for Democrats.

    Why are “blacks” deceived?
    How come they can’t see through it but you can?

    You forgot to mention that Dr. Martin L. King, Jr was registered as a Republican.

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    Who was George Wallace, Lew? Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings? Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox? Who appointed Earl Warren to SCOTUS? A Dem? Nope… Eisenhower. It was then SCOTUS came up with Brown vs. Board of Education.

    The main opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were Democrats – Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd. Nixon lobbied *for* the bill. What the heck are you talking about?

    How about the Voting Rights Act of 1965? When Dems finally decided not to filibuster, it passed. But only one GOP member voted no compared to the DNC’s 17 naes. But, of course, the GOP is the party of “racists”.

    Remember the Dixiecrats and their “segregation forever” slogan? Evidently not… Robert Byrd was one of those.

    You want to condemn Nixon for his “Southern Strategy” to get DNC disenfranchised voters to stop casting their ballots for those that opposed their progress because it kept them in political power? He was trying to impart the truth… something you apparently wish to ignore.

    Continuing this futile one on one of names – counteracting your attempts to prove the DNC is pure as the driven snow in civil rights – is a waste of time. You are rewriting history in your mind. You really should read more of Dr. Frances Rice’s works… she is the great great granddaughter of slaves. And she is nothing short of an amazing woman.

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    Dear Mata,
    The people and events you detail are from MORE THAN 40 years ago.,

    I am not condemning Nixon, just pointing out what he did.

    After the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson said:
    “I know the risks are great and we might lose the South, but those sorts of states may be lost anyway.”

    The votes on the 1964 Civil Rights Act were:
    Southern Democrats: 7-87
    Southern Republicans: 0-10
    non Southern Democrats: 145-9
    non Southern Republicans: 138-24

    Southern Democrats: 1-20
    Southern Republicans: 0-1
    non Southern Democrats: 45-1
    non Southern Republicans: 27-5

    Based on this, one might disparage the Southerners as opposed to the rights of American Americans.

    your attempts to prove the DNC is pure as the driven snow in civil rights
    I’ve written nothing about the DNC.

    Thanks for the link to Dr. Frances Rice.
    I read through a few of her commentaries, such as http://www.nationalblackrepublicans.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.DYK-Democrats%20and%20identity%20politics&tp_preview=true, but she did not answer my question:

    Why are “blacks” deceived?
    How come they can’t see through it?

    PS Unless I am mistaken, Gore harped on Dukakis’ parole program and did not mention Willie Horton by name, race or picture.

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    Bears repeat mention:

    It is the Republican Party that has a profound history of support for blacks; not the Party of Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations:

    Partial list:

    The Republican Party was formed in 1854 specifically to oppose the Democrats, and for more than 150 years, they have done everything they could to block the Democrat agenda. In their abuses of power, they have even used threats and military violence to thwart the Democrat Party’s attempts to make this a progressive country. As you read the following Republican atrocities that span three centuries, imagine if you will, what a far different nation the United States would be had not the Republicans been around to block the Democrats’ efforts.

    March 20, 1854
    Opponents of Democrats’ pro-slavery policies meet in Ripon, Wisconsin to establish the Republican Party

    May 30, 1854
    Democrat President Franklin Pierce signs Democrats’ Kansas-Nebraska Act, expanding slavery into U.S. territories; opponents unite to form the Republican Party

    June 16, 1854
    Newspaper editor Horace Greeley calls on opponents of slavery to unite in the Republican Party

    July 6, 1854
    First state Republican Party officially organized in Jackson, Michigan, to oppose Democrats’ pro-slavery policies

    February 11, 1856
    Republican Montgomery Blair argues before U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of his client, the slave Dred Scott; later served in President Lincoln’s Cabinet

    February 22, 1856
    First national meeting of the Republican Party, in Pittsburgh, to coordinate opposition to Democrats’ pro-slavery policies

    March 27, 1856
    First meeting of Republican National Committee in Washington, DC to oppose Democrats’ pro-slavery policies

    May 22, 1856
    For denouncing Democrats’ pro-slavery policy, Republican U.S. Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA) is beaten nearly to death on floor of Senate by U.S. Rep. Preston Brooks (D-SC), takes three years to recover

    March 6, 1857
    Republican Supreme Court Justice John McLean issues strenuous dissent from decision by 7 Democrats in infamous Dred Scott case that African-Americans had no rights “which any white man was bound to respect”

    June 26, 1857
    Abraham Lincoln declares Republican position that slavery is “cruelly wrong,” while Democrats “cultivate and excite hatred” for blacks

    October 13, 1858
    During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nominee

    October 25, 1858
    U.S. Senator William Seward (R-NY) describes Democratic Party as “inextricably committed to the designs of the slaveholders”; as President Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, helped draft Emancipation Proclamation

    June 4, 1860
    Republican U.S. Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA) delivers his classic address, The Barbarism of Slavery

    April 7, 1862
    President Lincoln concludes treaty with Britain for suppression of slave trade

    April 16, 1862
    President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no

    July 2, 1862
    U.S. Rep. Justin Morrill (R-VT) wins passage of Land Grant Act, establishing colleges open to African-Americans, including such students as George Washington Carver

    July 17, 1862
    Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy “shall be forever free”

    August 19, 1862
    Republican newspaper editor Horace Greeley writes Prayer of Twenty Millions, calling on President Lincoln to declare emancipation

    August 25, 1862
    President Abraham Lincoln authorizes enlistment of African-American soldiers in U.S. Army

    September 22, 1862
    Republican President Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation

    January 1, 1863

    Emancipation Proclamation, implementing the Republicans’ Confiscation Act of 1862, takes effect

    February 9, 1864
    Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton deliver over 100,000 signatures to U.S. Senate supporting Republicans’ plans for constitutional amendment to ban slavery

    June 15, 1864
    Republican Congress votes equal pay for African-American troops serving in U.S. Army during Civil War

    June 28, 1864
    Republican majority in Congress repeals Fugitive Slave Acts

    October 29, 1864
    African-American abolitionist Sojourner Truth says of President Lincoln: “I never was treated by anyone with more kindness and cordiality than were shown to me by that great and good man”

    January 31, 1865
    13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat opposition

    March 3, 1865
    Republican Congress establishes Freedmen’s Bureau to provide health care, education, and technical assistance to emancipated slaves

    April 8, 1865
    13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat opposition

    June 19, 1865
    On “Juneteenth,” U.S. troops land in Galveston, TX to enforce ban on slavery that had been declared more than two years before by the Emancipation Proclamation

    November 22, 1865
    Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discrimination

    December 6, 1865
    Republican Party’s 13th Amendment, banning slavery, is ratified

    February 5, 1866
    U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves

    April 9, 1866
    Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes law

    April 19, 1866
    Thousands assemble in Washington, DC to celebrate Republican Party’s abolition of slavery

    May 10, 1866
    U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote no

    June 8, 1866
    U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans [Senate] vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no [96% of GOP House members also-ws]

    July 16, 1866
    Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of Freedman’s Bureau Act, which protected former slaves from “black codes” denying their rights

    July 28, 1866
    Republican Congress authorizes formation of the Buffalo Soldiers, two regiments of African-American cavalrymen

    July 30, 1866
    Democrat-controlled City of New Orleans orders police to storm racially-integrated Republican meeting; raid kills 40 and wounds more than 150

    January 8, 1867
    Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.

    July 19, 1867
    Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans

    March 30, 1868
    Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”

    May 20, 1868
    Republican National Convention marks debut of African-American politicians on national stage; two – Pinckney Pinchback and James Harris – attend as delegates, and several serve as presidential electors

    September 3, 1868
    25 African-Americans in Georgia legislature, all Republicans, expelled by Democrat majority; later reinstated by Republican Congress

    September 12, 1868
    Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and all other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by Republican Congress

    September 28, 1868
    Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana murder nearly 300 African-Americans who tried to prevent an assault against a Republican newspaper editor

    October 7, 1868
    Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s national campaign theme: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”

    October 22, 1868
    While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux Klan

    November 3, 1868
    Republican Ulysses Grant defeats Democrat Horatio Seymour in presidential election; Seymour had denounced Emancipation Proclamation

    December 10, 1869
    Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public office

    February 3, 1870
    After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans’ 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to all Americans regardless of race

    May 19, 1870
    African-American John Langston, law professor and future Republican Congressman from Virginia, delivers influential speech supporting President Ulysses Grant’s civil rights policies

    May 31, 1870
    President U.S. Grant signs Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rights

    June 22, 1870
    Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the South

    September 6, 1870
    Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John Campbell

    February 28, 1871
    Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American voters

    March 22, 1871
    Spartansburg Republican newspaper denounces Ku Klux Klan campaign to eradicate the Republican Party in South Carolina

    April 20, 1871
    Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans

    October 10, 1871
    Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto murdered by Democratic Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousands

    October 18, 1871
    After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux Klan

    November 18, 1872
    Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for “the Republican ticket, straight”

    January 17, 1874
    Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate government

    September 14, 1874
    Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed

    March 1, 1875
    Civil Rights Act of 1875, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican support over 100% Democrat opposition

    September 20, 1876
    Former state Attorney General Robert Ingersoll (R-IL) tells veterans: “Every man that loved slavery better than liberty was a Democrat… I am a Republican because it is the only free party that ever existed”

    January 10, 1878
    U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage; Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919

    July 14, 1884
    Republicans criticize Democratic Party’s nomination of racist U.S. Senator Thomas Hendricks (D-IN) for vice president; he had voted against the 13th Amendment banning slavery

    August 30, 1890
    Republican President Benjamin Harrison signs legislation by U.S. Senator Justin Morrill (R-VT) making African-Americans eligible for land-grant colleges in the South

    June 7, 1892
    In a FIRST for a major U.S. political party, two women – Theresa Jenkins and Cora Carleton – attend Republican National Convention in an official capacity, as alternate delegates

    February 8, 1894
    Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to vote

    December 11, 1895
    African-American Republican and former U.S. Rep. Thomas Miller (R-SC) denounces new state constitution written to disenfranchise African-Americans

    May 18, 1896
    Republican Justice John Marshall Harlan, dissenting from Supreme Court’s notorious Plessy v. Ferguson “separate but equal” decision, declares: “Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens”

    December 31, 1898
    Republican Theodore Roosevelt becomes Governor of New York; in 1900, he outlawed racial segregation in New York public schools

    May 24, 1900
    Republicans vote no in referendum for constitutional convention in Virginia, designed to create a new state constitution disenfranchising African-Americans

    January 15, 1901
    Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans

    October 16, 1901
    President Theodore Roosevelt invites Booker T. Washington to dine at White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country

    May 29, 1902
    Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%

    February 12, 1909
    On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, African-American Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACP

    June 18, 1912
    African-American Robert Church, founder of Lincoln Leagues to register black voters in Tennessee, attends 1912 Republican National Convention as delegate; eventually serves as delegate at 8 conventions

    August 1, 1916
    Republican presidential candidate Charles Evans Hughes, former New York Governor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, endorses women’s suffrage constitutional amendment; he would become Secretary of State and Chief Justice

    May 21, 1919
    Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats no

    April 18, 1920
    Minnesota’s FIRST-in-the-nation anti-lynching law, promoted by African-American Republican Nellie Francis, signed by Republican Gov. Jacob Preus

    August 18, 1920
    Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislatures

    January 26, 1922
    House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster

    June 2, 1924
    Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans

    October 3, 1924
    Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National Convention

    December 8, 1924
    Democratic presidential candidate John W. Davis argues in favor of “separate but equal”

    June 12, 1929
    First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country

    August 17, 1937
    Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Klan background was hidden until after confirmation

    June 24, 1940
    Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it

    October 20, 1942
    60 prominent African-Americans issue Durham Manifesto, calling on southern Democrats to abolish their all-white primaries

    April 3, 1944
    U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Texas Democratic Party’s “whites only” primary election system

    February 18, 1946
    Appointed by Republican President Calvin Coolidge, federal judge Paul McCormick ends segregation of Mexican-American children in California public schools

    July 11, 1952
    Republican Party platform condemns “duplicity and insincerity” of Democrats in racial matters

    September 30, 1953
    Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education

    December 8, 1953
    Eisenhower administration Asst. Attorney General Lee Rankin argues for plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education

    May 17, 1954
    Chief Justice Earl Warren, three-term Republican Governor (CA) and Republican vice presidential nominee in 1948, wins unanimous support of Supreme Court for school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education

    [GOP President Dwight Eisenhower’s Justice Department argued for Topeka, Kansas’s black school children. Democrat John W. Davis, who lost a presidential bid to incumbent Republican Calvin Coolidge in 1924, defended “separate but equal” classrooms.]

    November 25, 1955
    Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel

    March 12, 1956
    Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation

    June 5, 1956
    Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” law

    October 19, 1956
    On campaign trail, Vice President Richard Nixon vows: “American boys and girls shall sit, side by side, at any school – public or private – with no regard paid to the color of their skin. Segregation, discrimination, and prejudice have no place in America”

    November 6, 1956
    African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President

    September 9, 1957
    President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act

    September 24, 1957
    Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools

    June 23, 1958
    President Dwight Eisenhower meets with Martin Luther King and other African-American leaders to discuss plans to advance civil rights

    February 4, 1959
    President Eisenhower informs Republican leaders of his plan to introduce 1960 Civil Rights Act, despite staunch opposition from many Democrats

    May 6, 1960
    President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats

    July 27, 1960
    At Republican National Convention, Vice President and eventual presidential nominee Richard Nixon insists on strong civil rights plank in platform

    May 2, 1963
    Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights

    June 1, 1963
    Democrat Governor George Wallace announces defiance of court order issued by Republican federal judge Frank Johnson to integrate University of Alabama

    September 29, 1963
    Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School

    June 9, 1964
    Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate

    June 10, 1964
    Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirkson, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.

    [According to Congressional Quarterly, only 61% of Democrats in the House of Representatives supported the act, while 80% of Republicans voted in favor. In the Senate, 69% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans voted in favor. Among the Democratic senators who voted against the legislation were J. William Fulbright (Bill Clinton’s mentor), who was a racist- pg 82, Do-Gooders, Mona Charen]

    *[Senator Barry Goldwater (R., Ariz.) opposed this bill the very year he became the GOP’s presidential standard-bearer. However, Goldwater supported the 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts and called for integrating Arizona’s National Guard two years before Truman desegregated the military. Goldwater feared the 1964 Act would limit freedom of association in the private sector, a controversial but principled libertarian objection rooted in the First Amendment rather than racial hatred.]

    Goldwater was also a founding (lifelong) member of the Arizona chapter for the NAACP.

    June 20, 1964
    The Chicago Defender, renowned African-American newspaper, praises Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) for leading passage of 1964 Civil Rights Act

    March 7, 1965
    Police under the command of Democrat Governor George Wallace attack African-Americans demonstrating for voting rights in Selma, AL

    March 21, 1965
    Republican federal judge Frank Johnson authorizes Martin Luther King’s protest march from Selma to Montgomery, overruling Democrat Governor George Wallace

    August 4, 1965
    Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose

    August 6, 1965
    Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor

    July 8, 1970
    In special message to Congress, President Richard Nixon calls for reversal of policy of forced termination of Native American rights and benefits

    September 17, 1971
    Former Ku Klux Klan member and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black (D-AL) retires from U.S. Supreme Court; appointed by FDR in 1937, he had defended Klansmen for racial murders

    February 19, 1976
    President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII

    September 15, 1981
    President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs

    June 29, 1982
    President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act

    August 10, 1988
    President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR

    November 21, 1991
    President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislation

    August 20, 1996
    Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law

    April 26, 1999
    Legislation authored by U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) awarding Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks is transmitted to President

    January 25, 2001
    U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee declares school choice to be “Educational Emancipation”

    March 19, 2003
    Republican U.S. Representatives of Hispanic and Portuguese descent form Congressional Hispanic Conference

    May 23, 2003
    U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) introduces bill to establish National Museum of African American History and Culture

    February 26, 2004
    Hispanic Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX) condemns racist comments by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL); she had called Asst. Secretary of State Roger Noriega and several Hispanic Congressmen “a bunch of white men…you all look alike to me”

    National Voting Rights Act of 1965 signed for a 25 year extension by President George W. Bush on July 27, 2006.

    Shattering glass ceilings

    Until 1935, every black federal legislator was Republican. America’s first black U.S. Representative, South Carolina’s Joseph Rainey, and our first black senator, Mississippi’s Hiram Revels, both reached Capitol Hill in 1870. On December 9, 1872, Louisiana Republican Pinckney Benton Stewart “P.B.S.” Pinchback became America’s first black governor.

    August 8, 1878: GOP supply-siders may hate to admit it, but America’s first black Collector of Internal Revenue was former U.S. Rep. James Rapier (R., Ala.).

    October 16, 1901: GOP President Theodore Roosevelt invited to the White House as its first black dinner guest Republican educator Booker T. Washington. The pro-Democrat Richmond Times newspaper warned that consequently, “White women may receive attentions from Negro men.” As Toni Marshall wrote in the November 9, 1995, Washington Times, when Roosevelt sought reelection in 1904, Democrats produced a button that showed their presidential nominee, Alton Parker, beside a white couple while Roosevelt posed with a white bride and black groom. The button read: “The Choice Is Yours.”

    GOP presidents Gerald Ford in 1975 and Ronald Reagan in 1982 promoted Daniel James and Roscoe Robinson to become, respectively, the Air Force’s and Army’s first black four-star generals.

    November 2, 1983: President Reagan established Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday, the first such honor for a black American.

    President Reagan named Colin Powell America’s first black national-security adviser while GOP President George W. Bush appointed him our first black secretary of state.

    President G.W. Bush named Condoleezza Rice America’s first black female NSC chief, then our second (consecutive) black secretary of State. Just last month, one-time Klansman Robert Byrd and other Senate Democrats stalled Rice’s confirmation for a week. Amid unanimous GOP support, 12 Democrats and Vermont Independent James Jeffords opposed Rice — the most “No” votes for a State designee since 14 senators frowned on Henry Clay in 1825.

    “The first Republican I knew was my father, and he is still the Republican I most admire,” Rice has said. “He joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did. My father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I.”

    “it is a plain fact of American political life today that Democrats are completely dependent on black votes. The day African Americans stop casting 80 to 95 percent of their votes for Democrats is the day Democrats stop winning elections.”– Mona Charen, Do-Gooders

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    Oh… my fault for duplicating Fit, using his exact number on the years, I see, Lew. That serves me right for being “absolute” when I am normally not. LOL Certainly none of the civil rights legislation in the decade before could have any possible bearing on our cyber conversation.. uh huh.

    But then, for a guy who likes to call me Lucy (yeah, you’re not the only sleuth novel/movie fan here, Philip/Sam), I’d say now that you… wanting to split the southern and northern Dems votes up merely to try and score another four downs… prohibits you from calling the kettle black in the future. Change of moniker, but the same condescending endearments… oh my.

    Glad you like the link to Dr. Rice. Now read and stop regaling us with BS and semantics. Parsing words will not make your revisionist history any more correct.

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    Slight change of subject here, since I can’t (understandably) start threads, but Joe The Plumber has his website up now:

    I’m glad you enjoy the sleuth novels. It too bad there aren’t a lot of Lew Archer books.
    His version , as well as PhillipMarlowe’s, of California is gone.
    It’s a long goodbye,
    it happens everytime.

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    Fit: You also need to stop allowing comments like this:

    Quite the bastion of 1st Amendment rights, you are, Fit. Lots of rhetoric from your side of the aisle about stamping out dissenting opposition of late. That’s a seriously anti-Constitutional ‘tude.

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