“Those that criticize others, reveal what they themselves lack.” ―
Disclaimer: The term “democrats” herein, speaks solely in the context of its LEADERSHIP. Not the loving, well-intended, party members who genuinely seek justice and equality for everyone. This article serves as a discussion point on claims of party switching and racist accusations.
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It’s not a secret but often forgotten. While Republicans have ALWAYS been civil rights champions, the Democratic Party has a long history of racism, including slavery, lynching, segregation, oppression, and filibustering of nearly every civil rights legislation policy. “Party switching” is often brought up, even though it can easily be disproven. Yet it serves the party as a tool to hide their painful history (including removing civil war monuments). A history that would be better served to remind us of our faults, than to be stored away and forgotten, only to be repeated again and again because we have forgotten our lessons.
Democrat (Blue) vs Republican (Red):
- Late 1700s: Federalists Party vs. Anti-Federalists Party
- Early 1800s: The Anti-Federalists eventually become the “Democrat-Republican” Party
- 1815-1824: The Federalist Party collapses, giving way to the “Democrat-Republican” Party splitting
- 1828: Democratic party gets its Pro-slavery start, a platform of individual rights, state sovereignty, and support of slavery.
- 1830: President Jackson creates the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced the indigenous people to assimilate and concede to U.S. law or leave their homelands.
- Many Native Americans were forcibly marched (Trail of Tears), particularly Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole moved to Oklahoma.
- 1832: The Democratic-Republican Party, under Andrew Jackson, drops ‘Republican’ from the name and became the “Democratic” Party
- 1854: Northern “Whigs Party” becomes the Anti-Slavery Republican Party
- 1857: U.S. Supreme Court rules slaves are “NOT citizens“
- Republicans voted against the ruling
- Democrats voted for the ruling and succeeded
- 1860 – 1861: President Lincoln elected Republican (previously Whigs), the “Anti Slavery Party”
- 7 southern slave states secede from the Union
- Democrats start the Civil War
- 1863: Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are henceforward shall be free.”
- 1863: Republicans elect their First Hispanic Governor, Romualdo Pacheco of California.
- 1864: First “Party Switching” claim – Parties did not switch, but had different goals for a new country. They never exchanged views on social rights and slavery:
- Republicans – In favor of a strong national government and federal spending on “internal improvements” including initial “big” government, pro-income tax, social reform, pro-economic intervention that more or less match up to contemporary Democratic policies.
- Democrats – In favor of small “limited” government, pro-localism, pro-states’ rights, which bear a striking resemblance to the contemporary Republican agenda today.
- 1865: Republicans pass the 13th Amendment, which permanently outlaws slavery.
- 1865: Confederate soldiers from the Ku Klux Klan, which quickly focused on terrorizing blacks & white republicans.
- 1866: Republicans begin reconstruction to fix the nasty problem the Democrats created
- Republicans promise “40 acres and a mule” to former slaves.
- Democrats reject it.
- 1868: House passes the 14th Amendment ratifying citizenship to all persons born in the USA
- Opposed by Democrats
- 1868: Republican P.B.S. Pinchback (First Black American to become a governor) officially makes black people, citizens.
- 1868: The Confederate general believed to be the KKK’s first Grand Dragon, speaks at the DNC.
- 1869: Republicans passed the 15th Amendment, giving black people the right to vote.
- Not one Democratic supported to the bill
- 1869: Democrats use intimidation at the polls to discourage black voters.
- Tactics include poll taxes, registration fraud, and literacy tests to prevent blacks from voting for nearly a century.
- Democrats leave Winchester rifles strategically dispersed near important voting precincts (sound familiar? Claims of Bricks being left in the 2020 riots?)
- 1871: Republican President Grant dismantles the KKK and used the military to enforce laws to put an end to the Confederacy.
- 1872: Republicans elect the first African American senators and representatives.
- Hiram Revels (R-MS)
- Benjamin S. Turner (R-AL)
- Robert DeLarge (R-SC)
- Josiah Walls (R-FL)
- Jefferson Long (R-GA)
- Joseph Rainey (R-SC)
- Robert B. Elliott (R-SC)
- William Holden (R-NC) fought vigorously against the KKK. Afterward, white Democrats impeached him
- 1874: Republicans elect the first black speaker of the House, Joseph Rainey.
- He was also the first black person to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
- 1875: Republican President Grant enacted the Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination.
- It was a response to civil rights violations to black Americans and “to protect all citizens in their civil and legal rights.”
- 1878: Senator Aaron Sargent from California introduces the 19th Amendment in Congress to give women the right to vote.
- Democrat-controlled Congress voted it out.
- Democrats battle the 19th Amendment and oppose it for several decades.
- 1884: Republicans invite John Roy Lynch, a former slave, to chair the Republican National Convention.
- 1888: Republican plank includes an affirmation that “sovereign right of every lawful citizen, rich or poor, native or foreign-born, white or black, to cast one free ballot in public elections, and to have that ballot duly counted.”
- 1892: Republican platform specifically condemned the “inhuman outrages perpetrated upon American citizens for political reasons in the certain Southern States of the Union.”
- 1896: Republicans are the first major party to favor women’s suffrage, and by 1896 three states had full suffrage for women, though it wasn’t until 1919 that women got the right to vote nationwide.
- 1911: Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, the father of income tax, stuffs his cabinet with Dixiecrats, and set back the cause of civil rights for decades with federal segregation.
- 1915: Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, airs the racially charged “Birth of a Nation” movie in the White House.
- 1916: Democrat President Wilson opposes women’s suffrage and women picket outside the White House.
- 1916: Republican Jeannette Rankin is elected the first woman to serve Congress.
- Also, the 1st woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and was affectionately called the “Lady of the house.”
- 1918: Democratic Ku Klux Klan rises by targeting Jews, Catholics, and immigrants in addition to blacks.
- 1918: Republicans introduce the Dyer anti-lynching bill.
- Republican Leonidas C. Dyer introduced H.R. 11279 to stop the lynchings which were terrorizing Republicans and blacks to intimidate them into submission.
- 1918: Democratic President Wilson finally joins his daughter, leading suffragist Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre in the women’s right to vote. His delay cost him political strife.
- 1919-1920: Republican Congress passes the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.
- The first women voters from every state allowed to vote gave a victory for Republican President Warren Harding.
- Women did not forget that Woodrow Wilson had initially opposed suffrage in 1917.
- 1921: Republican President Harding delivers a formal speech in Alabama condemning lynchings.
- 1921: Republican Homer P. Snyder proposes the Indian Citizenship Act granting full citizenship to America’s indigenous people. President Calvin Coolidge signs it into law.
- 1922: Democrats try to keep lynching legal by creating a filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
- 1924: Republican President Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act granting full citizenship to America’s Indigenous people.
- 1926: Republican Bertha Landes becomes the first female mayor. Landes served Seattle, Washington from 1926-1928.
- 1929: Republican Octaviano Larrazolo becomes the first Mexican American United States Senator.
- 1929: Republican Charles Curtis becomes the first Native American Vice President of the United States. He is Kansa, Osage Nation, and Potawatomi.
- 1930: Democratic President Roosevelt (FDR) had a New Deal that prolonged joblessness for millions and black people were especially hard hit. It likely extended the Great Depression.
- The New Deal gave jobs first to whites, paid blacks less than whites, and then segregated the Conservation Corps.
- 1939: Democrat and KKK Covergirl Margaret Sanger created “The Negro Project” and Planned Parenthood in 1939 to cull the black population, coded eugenics to eliminate the ‘unfit’.
- 1942: Democrat President Roosevelt sends 120,000 Japanese Americans to Internment Camps during WWII.
- 1948: Chief Justice Earl Warren, a Republican, ended miscegenation laws restricting interracial marriage.
- He wrote: “restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause.”
- 1948: Dixiecrats emerge as a breakaway faction of the Democratic Party determined to legislate racial segregation.
- 1948-1954: Democrat President Truman issues Executive Order 9981 to end segregation in the Armed Services.
- The first integrated armed services begins with the Korean War when heavy casualties forced segregated units to merge for survival.
- The Army’s last segregated units were finally disbanded in 1954.
- 1950’s: various Klans in the South acted as a “strong-arm” for many local Democratic politicians
- 1954: Republican lawmakers outlawed segregation in public schools by declaring that “separate but equal” public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional.
- Brown v. Board of Education legally ended, though some schools remained segregated.
- Democratic Governor of Arkansas Orval E. Faubus orders the Arkansas National Guard to prevent black students from attending Little Rock Central High School.
- Republican President Eisenhower removed the National Guard from Democratic state control, then sent in Federal Troops ~ the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army to stop Faubus from the obstruction of justice
1956:Democrat Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor, who defended segregation, forced the raid of the home black Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and had 3 of his minister colleagues arrested for the false charge of vagrancy.
- 1957: Republican President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act on Sept. 9 1957 making it illegal to suppress another’s right to vote.
- Democrats reject and begin filibustering the Civil Rights Act to water down the rights of blacks.
- They make it difficult for blacks to vote in many southern states and start requiring literacy tests.
- 1959: First Asian Senator, Hiram Fong, Republican from Hawaii. He served from 1959 until 1977.
- Fong also was the first Asian American to receive votes for president at a major party convention.
- 1960: Republicans enact the 1960 Civil Rights Acts, a Federal law to establish inspection of local voter registration polls and to introduce penalties for anyone obstructing voting privileges enabling blacks and Hispanic Americans to vote without harassment.
- 1963: Democrat Governor George C. Wallace blocks black students from registering at the University of Alabama.
- The following month Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his iconic “I have a dream” speech.
- 1964: President Johnson’s campaign runs an ad titled “Confessions of a Republican” to ensure election.
- Democrats learned that accusing a Republican of being racist (without evidence) was a potent political weapon. It would not be the last time they used this tactic.
- 1964: “The Southern Strategy” – Republicans in the north attracted white voters in the South, by appealing to being against racism towards black Americans. The Southern Strategy successfully pulled many white, conservative, Southern Democrats into the Republican Party.
- 1964: Republican-controlled Congress passes the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as an extension of the Republican Party’s 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts.
- Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
- It is a watered-down version of the 1957 civil rights legislation under Eisenhower, and LBJ was against the acts of 1948 and 1957.
- The Democrats tried to filibuster it. Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, who was a KKK member, publicly denounced this measure on the Senate floor for 14 hours.
- 1964: Second “Party Switching” claim – Dixiecrats who actually remained Democrats (ONLY 2 Became Republicans) :
|Robert Byrd||Bull Connor|
|James Eastland||Allen Ellender|
|Orval Fabus||Al Gore, Sr.|
|Benjamin Laney||Russell Long|
|Lester Maddox||John Rarick|
|Richard Russell||John McClellan|
|John Sparkman||John Stennis|
|Herman Talmadge||George Wallace|
Only 2 Dixiecrats became Republicans after 1964. There was no “party switching”; no Republicans became Democrats. Those that were Republicans, stayed Republicans. The 2 that saw the light:
- Miles Godwin
- Strom Thurmond
- 1965: Republicans pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- The Republicans had to overcome a Democrat Lead Filibuster to pass this legislation. On the final vote, 94% of the Republican but only 27% of Democrat Senators supported this law. The Republican action forced Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign. The law prevented literacy tests as a voting requirement.
- 1965: The Democrats continue to defend the “Jim Crow” laws where state and local laws mandating segregation.
- Confederates Statues were erected by Democrats between the 1890s and 1950s, which aligned with the Jim Crow laws set by white supremest democrats.
- “Jim Crow” was a derisive slang term for a black man. The so-called “Jim Crow Laws ” were really not laws, but unwritten rules of white supremacy and of segregation.
- 1965: Malcolm X is assassinated by some “Nation of Islam” members.
- Malcolm X stated: racism itself, not white people, was the greatest foe to African Americans.
- His father was killed by the Ku Klux Klan.
- Malcolm X did not like Democrat President Johnson and had much disdain for Democrats in general.
- Here is his famous “Chump” speech saying if you vote Democrat, you are a traitor to your race:
- 1967: Democrats furnished 10 of 11 votes against Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (America’s first black Supreme Court justice).
- 69 Republicans confirmed him
- 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is shot dead by Democrat James Earl Ray.
- 1969: Republican President Nixon appoints Vice President Agnew to lead a multi-racial task force to integrate schools.
- Was Nixon a racist? Nope, learn more:
- 1980: President Reagan becomes president, the Republican party’s hold on white Southerners was firm. Today, the Republican party remains the party of the South. It’s an ironic outcome considering that a century ago, white Southerners would’ve never considered voting for the party of Lincoln.
- 1983: Republican President Ronald Reagan signs by executive order, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
- 1984: Republicans elect Jim Koble of AZ, an openly gay member of Congress and the only opening Gay Republican in House.
- 1986: Republican lawmakers install the Federal Holiday signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 to coincide with the birthday and to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- 1989: Republican Illean Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban American, becomes the first Latina elected to Congress.
- She is the most senior ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- 1993: 100 years after Republicans, The Democratic Party finally elects their first African-American Senator.
- Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun, represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999
- 1995: President Clinton asks to build a border wall to stem the tide of illegal aliens
- 2005: Republican President George W. Bush appoints Republican Alberto Gonzales, as the 80th US Attorney General.
- Gonzales became the highest-ranking Hispanic American in the executive government to date.
- 2006: The Secure Fence Act (2006) – This legislation mandated that the Department of Homeland Security construct about 700 miles of border barrier on the US-Mexico Border. It passed with bipartisan support and resulted in about 350 miles of the wall being built by presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
- 2008: Democratic President Obama elected – Some extreme racism in the beginning. No rioting.
- Democrats had no problem with confederate statues during the entire presidency of Barack Obama 2008-2016.
- The historical monuments only became racist to Democrats when Trump became president.
- Unemployment was 12.7% in January 2009 and peaked at 16.8% in March 2010 (without a Virus)
- 2010: Democrat Robert Byrd was the last member of Congress to hold membership in the KKK.
- Hillary Clinton called Byrd her “mentor.”
- 2011: Republican Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, becomes the nation’s first Latina governor.
- 2011: Republican Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by President Reagan, authored the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. He was the swing vote.
- 2016: Openly gay Republican Peter Thiel founder of Paypal, was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention.
Above, openly gay Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal speaks at the 2016 Republican Convention about why he is a Republican.
- 2016-2017: Antifa rises as a conglomeration of leftist militants to terrorize the right side of the political spectrum.
- Antifa Democrats begin tearing down confederate statues to erase its racist past.
- Confederates were Democrats, and Democrats seditiously have been rewriting history for decades.
- 2017: Offered school choice to free children trapped by zip code in failing schools, allowing blacks to choose their own schools.
- 2017: H.R.2989 – the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act. In honor of American social reformer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities to on the bicentennial anniversary of his birth and to recommend the federal government entities appropriate to carry out such programs and activities.
- 2017: H.R.228 – Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017.
- 2018: Prioritized women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.
- 2018: H.R.1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. 17,519 acres of land be part of the reservation of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.
- 2018: H.R.1927 – African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017 This law establishes a Civil Rights Network in the National Park Service.
- 2018: H.R.267 – Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017.
- 2018: Black unemployment rate falls to 6.8% ~ historic lows under President Trump
- 2020: WITHOUT Question, the people of the democratic party are making huge gains on repairing its identity. Hopefully, the leadership acts accordingly.
Systemic racism is indeed a vile problem,
one that must be addressed immediately.
When Democrats stop pointing fingers and look in the mirror,
we can begin the conversation fixing the issue we all share.
Why do Black People vote Democrat?
The Democrat party has always been the party of racism, so why did black people vote for Democrats? The answer is twofold ~ they lured them with freebies then lied to them:
- Democratic Lure: The lure of a “New deal” after the Great Depression or Chuck Schumer’s “better deal” today to try to keep them. But, The Republicans have always been the party of racial tolerance and have been civil rights champions. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to sedulously rewrite history…
- Democratic Deception: The Democrat lie today is that Republicans are fascists, racists, misogynists, homophobes, sexists, and xenophobes, and so on. Democrats ought to look in the mirror. They are fomenting hatred in attempting to confuse, conflate, and obfuscate. You need only to look at history to see who the real racists are. Founded in 1828 the Democrat Web site erases the first 100 years of their existence. They start with 1920 and Women’s Suffrage. He was opposed to women’s right to vote. They think America has forgotten, but it’s up to you to point to their racist past and remind them.
Why are more black Americans voting Republican?
The Blacks for Trump campaign is growing because they know Trump is not a racist. He is the only president to break through to provide a hand-up, instead of a handout. More blacks today have jobs than ever before. Trump’s historic black low unemployment record speaks for itself. It’s the lowest it’s been in 45 years!
The Inconvenient Truth About the Democrats…
The parties never magically switched.
How did the Democratic party change over time? If you have believed in the party switch myth then you’ve succumbed to propaganda fabricated by Democrats, because they were embarrassed that their party supported slavery. They were the party of physical slavery and today they are keeping the chains of mental slavery. They haven’t changed.
How did the Republican party change over time? The GOP hasn’t changed much since its inception on March 20, 1854, as the anti-slave party. Follow the facts and follow the time-line and you will see it is true. Republicans are the Civil rights champions ~ they always have been.
The “parties switched myth” as well as the media push to destroy civil war monuments, is a result of Democratic propaganda to hide a racist history of slavery, of lynching, of segregation, of oppression, and of filibustering nearly every civil rights legislation in our history.
We are one race: the human race. The Democrats need to stop calling the Republicans racist. Let’s discuss the issues and not the color of our skin. Let’s look at our past and learn from it. You must consider that democrats want to destroy monuments, in order to hide their own racist history from the voters they hope to lure. Stop destroying monuments, educate people about them, they are what brought us here today.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana
How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about racism ~ Morgan Freeman