Conservative commentator Bill Whittle believes an important slice of our history has been selectively forgotten by those who do not want Americans to know about the Democratic Party’s racist past. In a video entitled “Pin the Tail on The Donkey,” he offers a history lesson on the subject.
Whittle first notes that it was the Democrats who scorned Republicans for standing up for the rights of African Americans before, during, and after the Civil War. The Republican Party was founded to limit the growth of slavery in the 1850s. Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, led the nation through the Civil War, which ended slavery in the 1860s. The party then oversaw the passage of the post-Civil War amendments in the 1860s and 70s, which freed the slaves once and for all, guaranteed them equal protection under the law, and granted them the right to vote.
During this time period, Democrats often referred to the GOP derisively as “The Black Republicans,” says Whittle.
The famous abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass was a proud member of the Republican Party and supported presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. He reputedly said, “I’m a Republican. A black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.”
Whittle states that, after losing on the battlefield and being defeated at the ballot box, southern Democrats formed the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize blacks.
In the years after the war, Democrats proceeded to pass gun control measures in the South to keep guns out of the hands of newly freed slaves so they could not protect themselves against the Klan and their like.
Marriage licences were also instituted by southern Democrats to keep black people from marrying white people, Whittle says. By the late 1800s, Democrats had passed a raft of Jim Crow laws which stayed in place until the 1960s, when Congressional Republicans were instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing them.
Whittle also argues that Democrat big government policies had the effect of enslaving African Americans and others on a type of social welfare plantation.
He contrasts the policies of President Calvin Coolidge, who led the country out of a severe recession in the early 1920s, with President Franklin Roosevelt, who turned the recession of the late 1920s into the decade-long Great Depression of the 1930s. The former instituted tax cuts (from 73 to 24 percent top rate) and controlled government spending, causing the federal government to have budget surpluses and the economy to roar; the latter instituted tax hikes (with the top rate reaching 94 percent) and doubled the national debt, causing the nation to experience a double-dip recession.
The same contrast could be made between the policies implemented under Ronald Reagan (a fan of Coolidge) and Barack Obama (a fan of FDR) and their subsequent economic results.
Whittle quotes President Lyndon Johnson as saying that the social welfare programs instituted during the Great Society in the 1960s “would have n–gers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
The overall outcome of the entitlement state initiated under FDR and grown under Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama has been to transform the United States from the world’s largest creditor nation to its largest debtor nation.
As reported by Western Journalism, PJTV’s Alfonzo Rachel made similar points about government entitlement programs enslaving African Americans in a video released in the spring. He said, “Now instead of using blacks to farm cotton, [Democrats] use you to farm votes. And you have been suckered into believing that this off-balanced circle of dependency is [the party] doing something for black folks.”
Rachel offers the example of taxing businesses. The Democrats promise that, by taxing rich, white business owners heavily and making them pay their “fair share,” black people will benefit. But in the end, everyone is hurt because the more money businesses have to pay to the government, the less they have to hire people.
His advice overall to his fellow African Americans: don’t let the Democrats keep you on the victimization plantation.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth