“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana
“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” — Sir Winston Churchill
We are facing a new Marxism in America. Marxism’s original purpose was socioeconomic division and revolution. Today’s Marxism in America is focused on racial division and it manifests itself in disconcerting premises such as Critical Race Theory (CRT). I find it interesting that now, in response to the backlash against CRT, the progressive socialist left is denigrating people for not wanting history to be taught about slavery.
What a bunch of bovine excrement! But, leftists in America do not just want to revise history, but eliminate it . . . and actually steal it as part of their grand design, as our aforementioned quotes allude to.
So, let’s have that discussion on the history of slavery from a political party perspective, which is sure to enrage leftists.
In 1854, the Republican Party was established — some say in Michigan, others in Wisconsin — on a singular platform issue. That singular issue was the abolition of slavery. The first Republican president was Abraham Lincoln, something that truly upset the Democrat Party, the advocates of slavery. It was after the Battle of Antietam, and with the counsel of Frederick Douglass, that President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederate states. I find it very interesting that it was the cancel culture leftist mob that tore down the statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY, last year. I guess that Black life doesn’t matter.
It was President Lincoln, a Republican, who pushed for the 13th amendment to our Constitution, which ended slavery in America. That constitutional amendment was vehemently opposed by the Democrats, along with the 14th and 15th Amendments giving citizenship and the right to vote to former slaves. As a matter of fact, the very first Congressional Black Caucus was Republican, with seven Black Members of the US Senate and House.
This past Saturday was Juneteenth, remembering June 19, 1865, when Blacks in Texas finally learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, in Galveston, because of Union troops. I found it very interesting that the political Party that opposed ending slavery is now trying to steal history and take credit. Then again, those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.
Consider this, the largest state Republican Party in America, the Republican Party of Texas, was established on Independence Day of 1867, in Houston, by 150 Black men. Yes, 150 Black men who had just learned two years prior that a Republican president had indeed honored the platform of the Republican Party and abolished slavery. What was the Democrat Party’s response? Well, they created the Ku Klux Klan to suppress the vote and intimidate Blacks into not voting.
It’s rather comical to hear today’s progressive socialists of the Democrat Party screaming about voter suppression and “Jim Crow 2.0.” After all, the policy we know as Jim Crow was created and implemented by the Democrat Party, along with poll taxes and literacy tests. Am I the only one who finds it absurd to compare having a picture ID to vote with the well-known voter suppression practices of the Democrat Party?
How about that little political theater by ol’ Joe Biden in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to remember the murderous rage of white supremacists and destruction of Black Wall Street? Funny, Joe forgot to tell everyone that it was the Democrat Party behind that vicious attack. Nor does Biden remind people that he eulogized his former Senate colleague, Robert “Grand Wizard KKK” Byrd from West Virginia. Yeah, the same Joe Biden, Democrat, who referred to Black men as “predators.” And, the same Robert Byrd who, with other Senate Democrats, participated in the longest filibuster in US Senate history, against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yeah, that same Civil Rights Act that was enabled by Senate Republicans, led by Everett Dirksen.
Republicans have always stood for the emancipation and economic empowerment of Blacks in America, but that history is not taught, and it is being stolen. Today, instead of physical bondage, the Democrats have instituted the policies of economic bondage, and enslavement. They have turned inner cities into new plantations, based upon economic dependency and servitude. The crop to be harvested today is no longer cotton, but votes. These new plantations are rife with the devastation of fatherlessness, rampant killing of Black babies in the womb, rise of gangs, lack of quality education, and small business entrepreneurship . . . all controlled by the Democrat Party. And, in many cases, the new overseers of this economic plantation are those sellout Blacks placed into power by the Democrats to keep them on the plantation. If you escape? Well, as Joe Biden said, “you ain’t Black” if you were confused about voting for him.
Have you ever asked yourself how long it has been that the Black population in America has been stuck at 13 percent? We ain’t growing because Mr. Charlie and Missy done convinced blacks that killing our children in the womb is a right, by way of a white supremacist and racist named Margaret Sanger, who referred to blacks as “undesirables” and “human weeds.” Funny, the most pro-life President in America was not Barack Hussein Obama . . . it was Donald Trump.
The lowest Black unemployment rate in history was not through the policies of Obama, but Trump. Support to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were not under Obama, but Trump.
It is time that Republicans stop sitting around idly on defense and watching their political history be stolen by the real racists, the purveyors of systemic racism, and the implementers of the soft bigotry of low expectations, the Democrat Party.
To the Black community in America: if you are a registered Democrat, knowing their history, then you are truly, as Drill Sergeants say, “dead from the neck up.” If you want to know more about the Black community and conservatism, along with the history and failures of the Democrat Party, read a book called “We Can Overcome: An American Black Conservative Manifesto.” No rational, intelligent, and competent Black America should be a member of the Democrat Party, unless you see yourself as a perpetual victim and suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.
But the bottom line is simple. If you are Black and a member of the Party of the Jackass . . . well, they are exploiting you for being a dumbass.
The Emancipation of Blacks and the abolition of slavery is part of the history of the Republican Party in America. The original and continued enslavement of Blacks is the legacy of the Democrat Party.
I would be doggone happy to debate any progressive socialist, including the idiot Marxist founders of Black Lives Matter. The question to them is simple: which Black lives?
Steadfast and Loyal,
LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)