Democratic race history is a basket of deplorable conduct
by Mike Kapic 9/18/2016
I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but never a deplorable racist much less belonging to a basket of deplorable racist’s. How about you? I didn’t think so. So why is it okay to for leftist Democrats (as opposed to centrists Democrats) to end a debate they can’t win by name calling? If facts, represented by their government, reveal the truth about a policy, why do they throw a tantrum and call out their opponent with racial slurs? It’s counter-productive and a childish way to end a discussion. The kettle is black.
As a point of reference, history is the study of not only what happened in a previous time, but also an analysis of how humans have changed or evolved over time as a result of the events in those periods. What was accepted long ago, but frowned on today, is the result of an evolutionary process. To evolve is to develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complex form. It’s foolish and inaccurate to judge earlier cultures based on today’s standards.
Today there’s no justification for holding any human against their will as a slave, but we humans do have a history. Let’s review a little. Today we associate the black race in America with slavery as if American slavery was exclusively our institution and the only one that ever existed. Or that all owners of slaves were white people and not blacks. We neglect the real history of humanity going back in antiquity, over 6000 years ago. Slavery, as an institution, was recorded in history as far back as 1760 BC.
Modern humans began evolving from our hunter/gatherer phase around 9,000 BC with the invention of agriculture and the family. Scientist tells us that as societies were forming and developing, slavery was almost nonexistent over the early millennia. As civilization advanced over hundreds of generations, wars, complex societies, caste systems, and slavery played an integral part of our human history.
Early slavery existed as a way of dealing with those captured in war, or born into it, or as a way of paying off debt, or of being a serf, or some other approved societal institution. During the Exploring Era, 15th and 16th century’s, slavery increased as an economic asset as a result of world trade.
The acceptance by King John of England of the Magna Carta in 1215 AD at Runnymede is said to be the spark that ignited the cause of freedom in the common man. The English Civil War in the 17th century, and the Enlightenment Period helped advance individualism as philosophers began to equate individual liberty as a God given right. The bourgeoisie or middleclass began to grow and question the validity of individual freedom and commerce as it related to their freedom and self-interest. Part of that questioning included the evolutionary process of coming to grips with slavery and the new philosophy of individual liberty.
The American Constitution of 1787 was the first document in history to protect the people from the government. But we had not quite evolved enough to include all people and some continued to resist change.
The Democratic Party was founded by Andrew Jackson in the mid-1830’s, and as President he began separating the Native Americans from their land and initiated forced migration westward, becoming rich from real estate it yielded. Divided over slavery the Whig Party split, with northerners joining the Republicans of Lincoln and Southerners joining the Democrats.
The American divide between the abolitionists of slavery, who were ideologically libertarians, and Southern Democrats, who’s very economic existence rested on slavery, fought the Civil War to decide the question. Ignoring the war’s outcome and not being good losers, the Southern Democrats, with their leader Vice-President Andrew Johnson on becoming President after Lincoln’s death, fought to maintain the status quo.
During Reconstruction, Congressional Democrats not satisfied with the changes in their new economic situation, continued their fight for the status quo. Republican’s countered and overwhelmingly created and passed laws and Amendments to the Constitution putting an end to slavery and defining liberties.
Not willing to roll over, Southern Democrats tried to maintain their economic lifestyle and power by instituting work-arounds such as the KKK, segregation, and Jim Crowe laws. In response, the Republican Congress passed the 13th Amendment, constitutionally freeing the slaves. Then they passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, before passing the 14th and 15th Amendments, further codifying blacks rights in America. All were opposed by Democrats.
The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was passed by Republicans, over the opposition of Democrats, after being gutted by Democratic Senator Lyndon Johnson. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was again passed by Republicans at the behest of President Lyndon Johnson who couldn’t get Southern Democrats to help. All of this after the Republican Party’s platform supporting the Supreme Court’s ruling on Brown vs Board of Education, ending legal segregation in public schools. It was, however, not adopted in the Democratic Party platform.
So, Hilary Clinton, was it Democrats or Republican who pushed for the end of slavery, racism, and fought for black voting, citizenship, and civil rights for all people? Is the Pot calling the kettle black? Who’s the real racist here?