Democrats: The Party of Racial Politics
Democrat presidential nominee-in-waiting, the feeble Joe Biden recently ignited a furious firestorm with racially-charged remarks in a radio interview with a prominent African-American broadcast personality. In the interview, a clearly defensive Biden who was unable to advance a clear policy platform to benefit the nation’s black community, instead chose to insult the intelligence of listeners by saying that a “black” “ain’t really black” if he supports President Trump instead of Obama’s ex-Vice President.
In making that statement, Biden openly challenged the racial integrity of the more than 1.3 million African-American voters who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, essentially calling them “Uncle Toms” and “race traitors.” This was especially insulting and derogatory to African-American males who gave about 15% of their votes to the President. In making this statement, Biden is only the latest Democrat politician who uses and abuses racial minorities – be they blacks, Latinos, or Asian-Americans to get their votes at election time and then advises them to “shut up” and eat their soup.
Of course, we all know the sordid and ugly history of the Democrat Party itself, a virtual rogue’s gallery of racists, hatemongers, white supremacists, slaveowners, secessionists, cross-burners, and lynchers. The Democrat Party was the Party of Confederate separatism and slavery. After the Civil War, it was the Party that resisted the 13th, 14th, and 15thAmendments guaranteeing the newly-freed slaves basic freedoms. It is the Party that fought Reconstruction, the Party that denied African-Americans the vote, the Party that enacted Jim Crow laws and literacy tests, established the Ku Klux Klan as its military arm, and unleashed lynch mobs to hang blacks from trees throughout the South. Woodrow Wilson, the first Democrat President of the 20th century was a virulent racist who decreed racial segregation throughout the federal government and hosted a White House viewing of the pro-KKK film “Birth of a Nation.”
In more recent years, particularly in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Democrats in Congress were the chief opponents of anti-lynching laws. Democrats like FDR appointed KKK members like Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court and KKK members like Robert Byrd became prominent leaders of the party in the Senate. Some of the most prominent race haters in the Congress were Democrats like Tom Watson and Theodore Bilbo. The presidential candidate of the segregationist “Dixiecrat” Party in 1948 was the Democrat governor of South Carolina Strom Thurmond. Adlai Stevenson named segregationist John Sparkman as his vice-presidential running mate in 1952 and embraced the anti-civil rights “Southern Manifesto” in his rematch with Eisenhower four years later. LBJ led the opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 – sponsored by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. The chief opposition and most of the votes against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act came not from Republicans, but from Democrats, Senators like Eastland, Stennis, Fulbright, and Gore. The Governors who tried to prevent the integration of schools were Democrats like Orval Faubus of Arkansas, Lester Maddox of Georgia, and George Wallace of Alabama.
With a record like that, is it any surprise that the Democrat Party is about to nominate an individual who defended segregation well into the 1970s and associated with the Southern segregationist senators like Eastland and Talmadge?
Is it any surprise that Biden boasted that his home state of Delaware was a “slave state” and applauded locking up thousands of African-Americans in the Clinton Crime Bill?
Is it any wonder that African-Americans voted overwhelmingly Republican from the post-Civil War era until the early 1960s, with Richard Nixon still netting almost a third of the black vote against Kennedy in 1960?
Apologists for the Democrat Party ignore the party’s vile past and instead claim that the Party changed in the 1960s when President Johnson secured the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. The truth is that President Kennedy was lukewarm at best to civil rights and had to be pushed hard to introduce such legislation in Congress before he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. The corrupt politician LBJ who had previously opposed every piece of civil rights legislation cynically embraced the 1964 bill as a way to “buy off” a new constituency with his “War on Poverty” welfare programs which resulted in the destruction of the African-American family in America. Johnson figured it would be easier to ensure his party’s future success at the polls by creating an underclass dependent on the federal government for sustenance and survival.
Such began the “new era” of the Democrat Party’s policy toward racial minorities, not creating jobs, businesses, or wealth to make blacks, browns, and Asians self-sufficient and independent but to keep them “down on the plantation” with AFDC, food stamps, section 8 housing, and Medicaid. Only under Republican Presidents like Nixon and Reagan did the U.S. government try to encourage the development and expansion of minority-owned businesses such as Nixon’s “black capitalism” and Reagan’s inner-city “enterprise zones.”
Unfortunately, too many self-appointed so-called “leaders” of the African-American community like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton became little more than hustlers for the Democrat Party, willing to keep their people in bondage to Big Government in order to receive special favors from government and laudatory praise from the left-wing news media. They eagerly traded the votes of their community for crumbs from Washington and a seat at the table of a Party that has always sought their enslavement. That’s why when African-Americans like Tom Sowell, Walter Williams, and Justice Clarence Thomas arrived on the scene and challenged the “new plantation” agenda of the Democrat Party, they were and are vilified and crucified by the “thought police” of the Left which will fight to the death your right to agree with them and with them alone.
Joe Biden has to engage in racially inflammatory language in his campaign because neither he nor his party have any program to help African-Americans. Their “Great Society” programs spent trillions and failed miserably, leading to record numbers of broken families, illegitimate births, drug abuse, and crime. On the other hand, President Trump has worked hard to empower minorities in America, through record job creation in the pre-COVID period, record low unemployment, criminal justice reform, school choice, and opportunity zones.
Minorities in America are sick and tired of being stereotyped and pigeonholed by Democrat politicians. They are sick and tired of being used. African-Americans and Latinos want the same things as white Americans: liberty, opportunity, and the ability to raise and educate their families in a prosperous society. Instead, the Democrats offer them welfare checks, crime-infested cities, and sub-standard public schools. As Richard Nixon said in 1968 in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, the Democrat Party’s agenda toward the minority child is one that that “feeds his stomach and starves his soul. It breaks his heart.” A half-century later, these words could not be truer and a sadder commentary on the so-called “party of compassion” could not be made.
Dr. James Veltmeyer is a prominent La Jolla physician voted “Top Doctor” in San Diego County in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Dr. Veltmeyer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and by visiting his website at drveltmeyer.com
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