Those sleazy Republicans

 

I WAS BORN a Democrat. My parents were politically obsessed Democrats. My sister is one. My daughter is one. Both my ex-wives are Democrats. My grandparents, on both sides, were Democrats too. I was swimming in a Democrat Sea.

I was content with that. It made sense. Until …

I jumped the fence in 2007, but it had been brewing for years due to two things: First, the ballooning effects of Political Correctness back to the early 1990s. Political Correctness is a cultural cancer, the love child of Democrats, not Republicans. Second, the election of Barry Obama, but it was one element of his campaign that kicked me in the teeth.

That element was Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the revelation early in Barry’s 2007 campaign that Barry and Michelle had spent years sitting in a front-row pew of Wright’s anti-American, race-hate church. When Wright’s famous “God damn America” videos came to light early in the campaign, the action was swift and Draconian. Wright disappeared or, perhaps more accurately, was disappeared. Remember that?

It was my “Ah-Ha!” moment.

It was akin to those Stalin photos where political opponents were eliminated from the crowd. Wright was eliminated. And Americans, full of self-righteousness, elected their “first black president,” proving forever that racism was not in their hearts.

Except Obama is not black. He is biracial, as much white as black.

But that’s another, related, issue. America continues to delude itself. The nation still has to elect its first black president. Maybe one day. Likely be a Republican.

For the first time in my life I would have voted Republican. John McCain and Sarah Palin. Alas, some glitch in the absentee voting process kept me from voting that year. I was totally on board with McCain but in doubt about Palin. That has totally reversed. McCain turned out to be a vindictive turncoat, and Palin is a joy to behold.

Love that gal.

Like most Democrats I was largely ignorant of the two parties’ history. I was a newspaper guy! How did that happen? Because I was a newspaper guy. That’s how. The media have been inbred leftists for a long, long time.

And I was one.

But Democrats were the party of slavery, the Klan, Jim Crow, voter suppression and school segregation. Republicans were the party of emancipation, equal rights, school integration and the death of Jim Crow. Republicans today are about liberty and individualism. Democrats are about victimization and heavy-handed government.

Here are two five-minute videos from the great YouTube channel PragerU. The woman speaking is Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt University professor of political science and law. I know you leftists won’t watch because they are “inconvenient truths,” but you conservatives will enjoy them very much. Feel good about yourselves.

 

18 thoughts on “Those sleazy Republicans

  1. Being Canadian I’ve got no horse in the race, but I always thought it strange that America had a two-party system. Pick one or the other. As far as I could tell, they were both corrupt, more so every year. We all cheered on the likes of JFK because he was so handsome and had a nice family, but it turns out he wasn’t all that great. Just a nice image to vote for like the biracial Barry. It seems you wanted a figurehead puppet for president. He must act presidential and exude confidence and stoicism. And that’s why we’ve got the idiot prince Trudeau up north. He’s a drama teacher! I always leaned towards the Democrats. Didn’t like either of the Bushes. Warmongers. As for Barry, I was just glad that you got electing a person of colour over with. Then it was supposed to be a woman, and then Trump came out of nowhere, and I was a Trump fan ever since. He’s great because he’s not really a Dem or a Rep. He sort of flits between both worlds, depending on what is needed. It’s looking pretty good for his re-election chances as his challenger can hardly string two sentences together without making a gaffe.

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    1. Brent: First off, as I have mentioned before when you say you have no horse in the race, you do have a horse in the race. Sadly, what happens in the United States has global effects, and that surely includes your Canada.

      As for both parties being corrupt, you’re right, but now it’s the Democrats who far outdistance the GOP in the corruption race. Take it to the bank. Probably been that way for a long time. Of course, politics is always full of corruption all over the world, and the people who are drawn to it, if not corrupt at the get-go, often become so later. I imagine the temptation is extreme.

      You are also right in that Trump is no textbook Republican. He’s an outsider, which drives the Democrats bonkers, and many Republicans too. He is a unique phenomenon.

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      1. When I say I don’t have a horse in the race I mean I don’t get to vote, so I just have to live with the result regardless. I realize that whomever gets elected has big effects on Canada and Canadians. Perhaps I should not like Trump because he’s an America-first president, but I can’t help myself. I’m a Trumpite! The entertainment value has been awesome if nothing else.

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        1. Brent: Oh, I knew what you meant, of course. As for Trump being an America-first guy, it is true. My wife, thanks to me, sees his value and knows that if Mexico had someone similar — and it doesn’t at all — we would be cheering him on.

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  2. This woman knows her history. It’s quite a shame that more of us don’t here in the good ole USA. Having spent some years as a student and teacher of the subject, I’m probably more interested than some. In these times, it would be good if we all took more interest in the political parties we choose between when we vote.

    I can say with assurance that we have not yet had a president who was a perfect man (or woman). I don’t expect any.

    Vote for the one you can find reasons to support. But, take some time and effort to understand exactly what they represent and what they intend to do with the power if elected.

    And don’t waste time lobbing hate bombs at those who disagree with your choices.

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  3. Sir, I always feel good about myself. My father took the same path as you. He was a life-long Democrat, but he could not take Lyndon Johnson any longer. He saw the light before you did — in 1966. But he was a generation older. My mother, on the other hand, came from a long line of aboltitionist New England Republicans.

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    1. Señor Cotton: Oddly, I do not recall in detail what my parents thought of Johnson. I was too caught up in the drama of my own life in those times. They would have loved him for his purported role in the civil-rights legislation, but they were against the Vietnam War. As for your mother, I hope she’s firmly on the Trump Train and not all wishy-washy like at least one of her boys. I will name no names.

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      1. My mom and dad both supported the Civil Rights Act, and forgave Barry Goldwater because they understood his constitutional objections. Mom was ambivalent about the war. Dad was opposed. He wanted to hear Objective Goals that we should fight for — or get out. He wore a “No More Koreas” button.

        Mom is a True Believer in President Trump. Her two sons and daughter-in-law are agnostic. Biden is tripping no one’s interest in our family.

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        1. Señor Cotton: Tell your mom I am so very proud of her. Tell her also to take action to repair the theatrical waffling of her oldest boy. Thanks in advance.

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  4. I looked up professor Swain and the first page contained a link to a petition by students seeking her removal 😦

    Makes you wonder who exactly rallies hardest against others’ freedoms, doesn’t it?

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  5. OK, let’s look at some actual history now. It’s true that the South was once a one-party Democratic region, but they were a particular strain of Democrats known as Dixiecrats: people like George “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” Wallace and Lester Maddox, who came to prominence because he refused to serve black people in his restaurant in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signing of that same Civil Rights Act led the aforementioned Lyndon Johnson to correctly predict that the South would be lost to the Democratic Party for a generation. Then came Nixon and the Southern Strategy, and campaign advisers like Lee Atwater: “You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. (ed.–Politically Incorrect). So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.”

    So, as regards to the South going from an almost completely one-party Democratic region to an almost completely Republican region, which do you think is more likely; the people changed their views to reflect party priorities, or the parties changed their views to reflect the people’s priorities?

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    1. Creigh: You didn’t watch the videos, at least completely, did you? I know you’re not a video man.

      But, but, but, did you use the n-word? I am appalled and will report you to DNC headquarters this afternoon. Expect blowback. You may have to become a Republican. Let me be the first to welcome you aboard.

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      1. I demand transcripts! Seriously though, Swain’s argument (2nd one, didn’t watch the first) is pretty much entirely that the timing is off for the southern strategy to be right. I think she underestmates inertia, especially given that most people aren’t obsessing about politics all the time. Heck, I know southern conservatives who didn’t switch until 2007. Even worse, my girlfriend who detests Trump and never votes R still claims to be a Republican because growing up in NY her family voted for Nelson Rockefeller. So yes, Mr. Williamson, people really are that slow.

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        1. Creigh: I recommend the first video to you. It’s just five minutes. Virtually all PragerU videos are about five minutes because they wisely appreciate the modern attention span. Even I, with all the time in the world on my hands, rarely watch a video that lasts more than five minutes. That’s what made USA Today so popular. Tell your girlfriend that she should quit posing as a sharp Republican if she’s not on the Trump Train. Sad.

          You brought up the Dixiecrats previously. The Dixiecrats were to Southern Democrats what the SS was to the Nazi Party. Anyway, the Dixiecrats were a relatively short-lived phenomenon.

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