This Article With Maps and Facts Will Piss Progressives Off
Every damn time it is brought up in here, or in political debate, that it is, in fact, the Democrat Party that has a history of championing racism, we get the same tired story from "progressives":
All of the Democrats in the South that voted for Segregation immediately turned to the Republican party and that's why the Republicans are the racists today.
This article highlights how the Democrat Party has not only successfully rewritten its own party's history, but the history of the entire country.
It can't be stressed enough: The Republican party freed slaves, promoted Civil Rights, and spearheaded a woman's right to vote. I mentioned in a thread last week that all three of these items have come back to haunt the Republican party due to the successfull revisionist history by today's Progressives, their teachers, and their media. No good deed goes unpunished with this group, and the entire Republican Party should know this.
In order to escape their truly wretched past (click on the link for my short book on the subject), modern Democrats have has adopted as an article of faith the bedtime story that, thanks to Tricky Dick Nixon’s “southern strategy,” the racists who had been the backbone of their party for the better part of a century suddenly switched to the GOP en masse some time around 1968, with the happy result that now all the racists are on the right. Presto — instant virtuousness and a clean slate!
If the parties had in some meaningful way flipped on civil rights, one would expect that to show up in the electoral results in the years following the Democrats’ 1964 about-face on the issue. Nothing of the sort happened: Of the 21 Democratic senators who opposed the 1964 act, only one would ever change parties. Nor did the segregationist constituencies that elected these Democrats throw them out in favor of Republicans: The remaining 20 continued to be elected as Democrats or were replaced by Democrats. It was, on average, nearly a quarter of a century before those seats went Republican. If southern rednecks ditched the Democrats because of a civil-rights law passed in 1964, it is strange that they waited until the late 1980s and early 1990s to do so.
Interesting, so it took the south nearly two generations to become "racist"? How convenient.
Here is a map I found interesting that I admit, I've never seen before: Jimmy Carter's Electoral Map... Image: http://cdn.pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/files/2013/03/ElectoralCollege1976.svg_.png
Look at all those redneck REPUBLICANS voting blue in the south. Amazing...
The article concludes:
The Republican ascendancy in Dixie is associated with the rise of the southern middle class, the increasingly trenchant conservative critique of Communism and the welfare state, the Vietnam controversy and the rise of the counterculture, law-and-order concerns rooted in the urban chaos that ran rampant from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, and the incorporation of the radical Left into the Democratic party. Individual events, especially the freak show that was the 1968 Democratic convention, helped solidify conservatives’ affiliation with the Republican party. Democrats might argue that some of these concerns — especially welfare and crime — are “dog whistles” or “code” for race and racism, but this criticism is shallow in light of the evidence and the real saliency of those issues among U.S. voters of all backgrounds and both parties for decades. Indeed, Democrats who argue that the best policies for black Americans are those that are soft on crime and generous with welfare are engaged in much the same sort of cynical racial calculation President Johnson was practicing when he informed skeptical southern governors that his plan for the Great Society was “to have them ****s voting Democratic for the next two hundred years.” Johnson’s crude racism is, happily, largely a relic of the past, but his strategy endures.
So, what other history will soon be rewritten by the Democrats, their academia, and their media?
I bet once Obamacare is revolted against, this too will be a Republican idea.