How does the party of America’s oppression continue to draw so much obsession and attention?
I am going to be very personal in this one. If you’ve read my previous articles, you understand that history is my passion, and I feel that teaching people the truth about America’s history and heritage is one of God’s callings for my life. That being said, this article is focused on a question that I, as well as many members of the Republican (or Libertarian) Party have always wondered: How does the Democratic Party – the party of America’s historic oppression – continue to draw such a crowd? I ask this rhetorical question in hopes that members of that party will read this and ponder the question, as I am truly at a loss.
Most conservatives and libertarians are familiar with the liberal narrative: “During the 1960s, the two parties switched platforms. Republicans became the evil, racist party, while the Democrats saw the light and became the champions of liberty. I mean, why else would minorities today vote largely for Democrats?” This is a myth that, when properly studied, can be very easily debunked. Before I tackle the issue of current Democratic voters, I want to take a brief look at certain primary historical myths and debunk them.
The founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, was no conservative in the traditional sense; he did not follow the state conservative belief system of George Washington or Alexander Hamilton. He sought to abolish the Electoral College after losing the 1824 election, considering the outcome to be the result of a “corrupt bargain.” Jackson owned slaves, as did the founders, but the founders envisioned an end for slavery, and they knew that the Declaration of Independence paved the way for abolition. They also wished to contain slavery to the states in which it already existed, as they outlawed it in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Jackson, however, was a proponent of extending slavery into the west. His vice president, John C. Calhoun, even went as far as to suggest that slavery was a “positive good.” Andrew Jackson was also the president to begin the Trail of Tears, during which five of America’s most cherished Native tribes were forcibly removed to western territories.
Some conservatives in the South are very proud of their heritage, and as a result, some of them support and display the Confederate flag. They are often labeled as flaming racists by liberals for doing so. While certainly not all Confederate soldiers supported or fought for the institution of slavery (most insisted they were fighting for defense of their homeland), a look at Confederate government officials shows an interest in promoting a race-based statehood. Alexander Stephens, the Confederate vice president, stated during his Cornerstone Speech: “The prevailing ideas entertained by (Thomas Jefferson) and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were, that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with; but the general opinion of the men of that day was, that, somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away…Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error.”
Alexander Stephens shows, what I assert, to be one of the first statements of progressive political ideology in the 19th century. Stephens’ statements would later be used to justify Jim Crow laws, and the progressivism of American Democrats would later be a model for Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Alexander Stephens also stated in his Cornerstone Speech another progressive claim: “Our new government is founded…its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, on the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition…It is the first government ever instituted upon the principles in strict conformity to nature.” Slavery was not only supported by Southern Democrats, but by Northern Democrats as well, such as Stephen Douglas.
Figure 1: Alexander Stephens
Flash forward fifty years, and progressivism under Woodrow Wilson begins to make a massive leap forward in the country. Woodrow Wilson is, in fact, the founder of the modern Democratic Party. Wilson re-segregated the federal government and showcased the first movie to ever be shown in the White House, the racist, Klan-praising “Birth of a Nation.” This caused a revival of the Ku Klux Klan, and while the Klan was originally a primarily-Southern institution, it began to spread across the nation. Wilson’s progressive economic policies, on the other hand, are what Democrats model their current governmental structure on – along with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.
Figure 2: Woodrow Wilson
Today, the left foams at the mouth over the issue of abortion. Many liberals claim that abortion is necessary for a woman’s health. Some go so far as to say that they are pro-choice, not because they would personally have an abortion, but because they feel they are in no position to dictate what someone should do with their own body. To me, this echoes the pro-slavery Democrats, such as Stephen Douglas, who maintained that they respected the right of slave-owners to own slaves, though they personally did not own any. A famous quote reads: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” What many liberals don’t want you to know is that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a racist who wished to use abortion to decrease the black population. Sanger also wished to use abortion as “population control” to bring about a “new race.” This would later be echoed by the Nazi Party.
Figure 3: Margaret Sanger
As the Nazi Party became more powerful in Germany during the 1930s, they sought to implement many of the Progressive policies that had been established by American Democrats. The fact is, Fascism (in this case, national socialism) has always belonged on the left wing of the political spectrum. Nazi is actually a German acronym for National German Socialist Workers. The left often accuses you of being a buffoon if you call a Nazi a socialist, though they won’t actually give you a rebuttal as to why they think Nazis weren’t socialists. Aside from racial discrimination, Hitler’s policies were virtually the same as that of the Soviet Union: Government-controlled healthcare, no freedom of speech or press, no freedom of religion, seizure of property rights…which American political party, both historically and currently, does this remind you of? Nazi Nuremberg laws were actually modeled after Jim Crow laws in the Democratic South. In fact, black U.S. soldiers fought what they considered a “Double-V Campaign,” in which they fought against Nazi racism abroad and Jim Crow racism on the home front (Due to the size of this article, I will cover that topic much more in another one).
Franklin D. Roosevelt – a liberal hero – was infatuated with fascism before World War II. Although FDR was no fan of Hitler, in private, he admired Mussolini. In fact he told a White House aide, “I don’t mind telling you in confidence that I am keeping in fairly close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman. Roosevelt’s leading advisor, Rexford Tugwell, said of Mussolini’s fascism, “It’s the cleanest…most efficiently operating piece of social machinery I’ve ever seen. It makes me envious.” Today, Franklin Roosevelt continues to be a Democratic hero, while Republicans such as Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump are slandered as racists and fascists.
Flash forward to 1964, which is when the magic supposedly happens: The mythical party switch. It is true that Lyndon Johnson – a Democratic president – signed the Civil Rights Act of ’64, but if we look at Johnson’s quotes and motives, we understand why. Strategically, Johnson knew he needed to sign the Civil Rights Act to protect the Democratic Party. He stated, “These n******, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now that they’ve never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”
Figure 5: Lyndon B. Johnson
Every main civil rights act of the 1960s passed with more Republican support than Democrat. The 1960 Civil Rights Act, signed by Dwight Eisenhower, had no Republican senator to vote against the bill. The 1964 Civil Rights Act was signed by two-thirds of Senate Democrats, but 82% of Senate Republicans signed it. Many liberals then claim the myth of Richard Nixon’s racist “Southern Strategy.” While Nixon had a southern, or sunbelt, strategy, it was not racist. Pat Buchanan, the speechwriter for Nixon, said, “We would build our Republican Party on a foundation of states’ rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense, and leave it to the party of Maddox, Mahoney and Wallace to squeeze the last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.”
Every American deserves to know the lies put forth by the Democratic Party. For years, they have attempted to claim themselves as the champions of civil rights, but the facts and data show otherwise. Today, the Democrats wish to keep minorities in their control through systems such as the Welfare State. In other words, give them just enough to keep them going, but not enough to lift them up, and make sure they keep voting for Democrats. Imagine if Democratic voters learned the truth – and actually acted on it, by no longer voting for the party of America’s oppression!
I want just once more to reflect upon the question I asked at the beginning of this article: “Why do people continue to be obsessed with the Democratic Party?” It is time for us to stand up to the lies and false narratives. The Republican Party is far from perfect, and has had its fair share of mistakes, but it is definitely the best chance for us to beat the Democratic machine, and historically, it has done so, numerous times. My final message is simple. You don’t have to be a Republican. You don’t have to be a conservative or a libertarian. If you wish to remain in the Democratic Party, I will absolutely respect your opinion. All I ask is that people start reflecting better upon their history, and that they stop shifting the blame onto others. Even if the party switch were true, blaming today’s Republicans would not deter from the fact that it was still under the Democratic Party in which the atrocities were committed. It’s time for everyone to learn the truth.