The Democratic Party takes great pride while pointing to their trophy case and saying, “See!” If you look a little closer, though, you’ll find that the trophies they’ve gathered have other names engraved upon them.
The Republican Party was established in 1854 for the primary purpose to end slavery. The GOP has ever since valued every life no matter their race, color, creed, gender, or if unborn in their mother’s womb. The Party has always stood for equal rights for everyone because of a fundamental belief that each person is created equal and have unalienable rights granted from our Creator. This view has not changed since 1854 and is still true today.
The Democrats need to own their past; they were the party of slavery, the KKK, segregation, Jim Crow laws, and voter discrimination against blacks and women. They only came around because politically they were fighting for a losing position.
Democrats in politics, academia, and the media have brainwashed much of the populous to believe that somehow after 100 years of fighting for equal rights for African Americans and women, that suddenly in 1964 the GOP became racist and sexist and the Democrat Party became the champions of all humankind. They want everyone to believe that the two parties suddenly switched. This may be the largest fabrication told in US history.
Here’s a brief look at some of the important racial and gender equality GOP successes…
13th Amendment – Abolishment of Slavery
On New Year’s Day 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation; changing the status of three million slaves to free. Lincoln then pushed for the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery in the US, which was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.
This passed Congress with 100% support from Republicans and 23% support from Democrats.
14th Amendment – Citizenship Rights
This amendment in 1868 granted citizenship to former slaves and the states could not “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This passed Congress with 94% support from Republicans and 0% support from Democrats.
15th Amendment – Voting Rights
This amendment in 1870 restricted the government from denying the right to vote for males “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
This passed the House with 83% support from Republicans and 0% support from Democrats.
This passed the Senate with 68% support from Republicans and 0% support from Democrats.
19th Amendment – Women’s Suffrage
This amendment in 1920 restricted the government from denying the right to vote on account of gender. Women’s suffrage was fought for by Republicans and fought against by Democrats.
The 19th Amendment was first introduced in 1878 by Republican, A.A. Sargent, but was defeated by the Democratic controlled Congress. The Republicans reintroduced the legislation every year, but the Democrats blocked it every step of the way. It wasn’t until the 1918 midterm election and a landslide victory by Republicans was the 19th Amendment finally passed in 1919.
This passed the House with 91% support from Republicans and 59% support from Democrats.
This passed the Senate with 82% support from Republicans and 59% support from Democrats.
Civil Rights Act of 1957
This act was meant to ensure voting rights for all American citizens. The black community had to endure poll taxes, literacy and comprehension tests, and other barriers to even register.
This passed the House with 90% support from Republicans and 52% support from Democrats.
This passed the Senate with 96% support from Republicans and 59% support from Democrats.
Civil Rights Act of 1960
This act closed loopholes from the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
This passed the House with 89% support from Republicans and 65% support from Democrats.
This passed the Senate with 83% support from Republicans and 65% support from Democrats.
It was Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower that advocated for and signed the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960.
Civil rights were initially opposed by the left’s chief trophy holder, Lyndon Baines Johnson. He fought against desegregation for twenty years and only changed sides because he saw that the tide had turned against his racist views. He had been on the wrong side of history. It wasn’t the Republicans that changed; it was the Democrats that finally came around.
Johnson, the Senate Majority Leader, watered down what President Eisenhower had wanted to the point that the final version of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was unenforceable. Eisenhower lamented after he signed the bill that "many fellow Americans will continue, in effect, to be disenfranchised."
Revisionists on the left claim that Johnson made the bill passable and without him there would be no Civil Rights Act of 1957. They make him out as the country's forerunner for racial equality when in fact he was obstructing still. The truth is that the Republicans would have passed the bill that President Eisenhower wanted.
LBJ often referred to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 as the "nigger bill." The following quote, which was recorded for posterity, Senator Lyndon Johnson (D-TX) said to Senator Richard Russell, Jr. (D-GA) regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1957…
“These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they 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. For if we don't move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there'll be no way of stopping them, we'll lose the filibuster and there'll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It'll be Reconstruction all over again.”
It was from this time forward that Democrats devised a strategy to maintain their political power. They were in jeopardy of losing the southern white vote by the passage of inevitable desegregation legislation. They needed to flip flop and instead acquire the black vote. They began to support civil rights and then enact the Great Society welfare programs that created government dependents and thereby, securing the black vote for decades.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
This act ended segregation in public places and banned discrimination based on race, religion, gender or national origin.
This bill was advocated for by President, John F. Kennedy two and half years into his presidency and after his assassination, was ultimately signed by Lyndon Johnson.
This passed the House with 80% support from Republicans and 63% support from Democrats.
This passed the Senate with 82% support from Republicans and 69% support from Democrats.
Voting Rights Act of 1965
This act banned existing barriers in voter registration and voting.
This passed the House with 82% support from Republicans and 78% support from Democrats.
This passed the Senate with 94% support from Republicans and 73% support from Democrats.
This act was signed into law by Democratic President, Lyndon B. Johnson.
After the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, LBJ won the 1964 presidential election in a landslide against Republican, Barry Goldwater. Five southern states did vote for Goldwater, but only because the Democratic Party finally abandoned racist policies. It was a vote looking for a racist, but Goldwater was no racist.
Barry Goldwater was a founding member of the Arizona NAACP and fought for integration in Arizona’s public schools. Goldwater voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act because he was a staunch libertarian and believed the federal government should not supersede the states. Ever since the 1964 election, the black community has supported the Democrats because of the myth that the parties switched.
The two parties did not switch sides on race equality, however. The Democrats convinced many of this lie, none more than the black community, but the truth is the Republican Party did not take up the mantle that the Democrats left behind.
In 1968 there were three candidates running for President. They were Republican, Richard Nixon; Democrat, Hubert Humphrey; and American Independent, George Wallace.
Wallace was a racist and fought against desegregation and racial equality. The southern states overwhelmingly supported George Wallace, not Richard Nixon. If the GOP switched sides, then George Wallace wouldn't have even run for the office.
Richard Nixon won in 1968 and again in a landslide victory in 1972. Nixon won a second term because of a booming economy, not because he was a racist. The southern vote in 1976 went to Democrat, Jimmy Carter. By looking at how the southern states voted after 1964, it is obvious that the parties did not switch positions on race.
Today, the southern states have long abandoned racism, although there are some exceptions, and predominately support the GOP because of conservative economic policies and social issues. The Democratic Party veered left with their support of abortion and their support of big government policy positions.
Just think how duped so many Americans are about our history. The truth should count for something no matter your political views or party affiliations. The Democrats should give back the trophies that are on display in their trophy case. After all, it was the Republicans and other non-politicians who earned them.
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