DEMOCRAT Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."
Fact: The Democrats have a long and ever-growing history of racism.
Ronn Torossian writes:
When did the revisionist history commence about which party is racist? The Republican Party was born just prior to the Civil War for the sole purpose of combating slavery and it fought against the party of slavery. The Republican Party is the party of freedom and economic liberty and prosperity – as it was then and now. The Democrat platform of the 1860s was a pro-slavery policy that sought to keep people enslaved. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Democratic Party was the enforcer of “Jim Crow” laws and segregation. In 1964, there was a filibuster of the Civil Rights Act by Democrat Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) which lasted 14 hours. The Act was crafted and supported by a vast number of Republicans in the Senate, while opposed by southern Democratic senators (including Al Gore Sr).Mona Charen writes:
Today, the Democrats continue to keep people in place and pursue centralized government, as a further way for more government control, particularly over the poor. The Democratic Party seeks to tell people how to eat, raise their families, and in this administration, how to have healthcare.
The concepts of freedom and individualism, and pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps, are Republican values which should be embraced. The Democrats’ continual race accusations offer an opportunity for Republicans – which include Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz– to jump on this discussion. The Democrats – who wrote and enforced the Jim Crow laws – have not and will not lead minorities (or the rest of this country) in the right direction.
It’s true that a Democratic president, Lyndon Johnson, shepherded the 1964 Civil Rights Act to passage. But who voted for it? Eighty percent of Republicans in the House voted aye, as against 61 percent of Democrats. In the Senate, 82 percent of Republicans favored the law, but only 69 percent of Democrats. Among the Democrats voting nay were Albert Gore Sr., Robert Byrd, and J. William Fulbright.The Democrats have an ugly history of racism.
The Republican presidential candidate in 1964 also opposed the Civil Rights Act. Barry Goldwater had been an enthusiastic backer of the 1957 and 1960 civil rights acts (both overwhelmingly opposed by Democrats).
He was a founding member of the Arizona chapter of the NAACP. He hired many blacks in his family business and pushed to desegregate the Arizona National Guard. He had a good-faith objection to some features of the 1964 act, which he regarded as unconstitutional.
Goldwater was no racist. The same cannot be said of Fulbright, on whom Bill Clinton bestowed the Medal of Freedom. Fulbright was one of the 19 senators who signed the “Southern manifesto” defending segregation.
Okay, but didn’t all the old segregationist senators leave the Democratic party and become Republicans after 1964? No, just one did: Strom Thurmond. The rest remained in the Democratic party — including former Klansman Robert Byrd, who became president pro tempore of the Senate.
Former racists of both parties renounced their old views (as Kevin D. Williamson points out, Lyndon Johnson himself voted against anti-lynching laws and poll-tax repeals), and neither party has a perfect record on racial matters by any stretch. But it is a libel to suggest that the Republican party, the anti-slavery party, the party of Lincoln, and the party that traditionally supported civil rights, anti-lynching laws, and integration, became the racist party after 1964.
That's not an opinion. It's a fact.
DEMOCRAT President Lyndon Johnson is on the historical record as a racist.
DEMOCRAT Senator Robert Byrd's history includes being an Exalted Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan. In old age, he continued to utilize the Klan's lexicon.
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and DEMOCRAT hero, was a eugenicist.
Both Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi received the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award, the organization's highest honor, an award named for an eugenics advocate.
Bottom line: The Democrats cannot rewrite their racist history. The facts are the facts.
Mark Levin provides a list of articles documenting the racism of the Democrats.
Wall St Journal
The Democrats’ Missing History (August 13, 2008)
President Lyndon Johnson using the “N” word
The long-forgotten racial attitudes and policies of Woodrow Wilson (March 4, 2013)
The Democratic Party’s Two-Facedness of Race Relations (August 24, 2011)
Progressive Racism (April 11, 2013)
The Myth of Republican Racism (August 26, 2014)
America: One Nation, Indivisible
Executive Order 9066: The President Authorizes Japanese Relocation