Like all nations, America has had her growing pains. Our history is full of amazing stories of patriotism, the fight for liberty, and of the people behind them. Even the proudest of Americans will tell you that not all American history is bright and sunny. America has dark moments in her history, but the genius of the Founding Fathers in their creation of the Constitution has ensured that the mistakes made during those dark periods of American history could be corrected through the political process.
Most Americans will agree that the Civil War, the period leading up to it, and certain events beyond it were not the most shining moments in the story of America. But now, liberals, those keepers of political correctness are calling for the removal of monuments commemorating Civil War battles and statues of Confederate generals all over the nation. Conservatives argue that it does not matter how many dusty old statues you remove, you cannot erase or change history. But when we talk about revising history, whose history are we really talking about, American history that liberals and Democrats don’t like, or Democrat Party history?
You have to hand it to the Democrats. Because of their willing accomplices in the mainstream media, they have been fairly successful in covering up their own less than stellar history. It is a history that goes back almost 200 years. Here are a few tidbits:
Since its founding in 1829, the Democrat Party was a big fan of America’s original sin of slavery, defending slavery and segregation at every turn. After the Civil War, while the first elected black members of the House of Representatives and the Senate were Republicans, chronic sore loser Democrats were busy founding the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK would go on to be the muscle, the enforcers of the Democrat Party. As Congress introduced post-war amendments to the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln’s successor Andrew Johnson and the rest of the Democrat Party resisted efforts every step of the way. They opposed the 13th amendment to abolish slavery. They opposed the 14th amendment, which gave the newly freed slaves citizenship. They then opposed the 15th amendment that gave blacks the right to vote. Opposing blacks would continue to vote Republican for the next 100 years as Democrats came up with all sorts of schemes to keep blacks out of the voting, poll taxes and literacy tests among them.
Beginning in the 1920’s, far left socialist reproductive rights activist, Margaret Sanger began to hire numbers of black employees at the “clinics” she opened. Sanger claimed to want to assist black women, as well as immigrant women, become more knowledgeable about birth control and reproductive rights. What was not so widely known about Sanger was her rabid racism and disdain for American immigrants. Her goal was, in fact, to wipe out the African-American population through birth control methods. She considered blacks and immigrants inferior, calling them “human weeds,” and would somehow dilute the American population.
The 1960s saw the rise of the Civil Rights movement. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was introduced by Congress. While 80 percent of Republicans supported the bill, less than 70 percent of Democrats supported the bill. In fact, Democrat Senators filibustered the bill for 75 days. Former West Virginia Senator and one-time “Exalted Cyclops” of the Klan, Robert Byrd filibustered the bill for 14 hours. Other prominent Democrat Senators also voted against the bill, including Bill Clinton mentor William Fulbright and Al Gore Sr.
When the Democrat Party realized that the Federal Government was going to protect the voting rights of black Americans, the reasoning was that if the Democrats could not keep them from voting, it would just convince them that the Democrat Party was the place for them to be. Democrats expanded the welfare state, especially in places like inner cities, and kept the freebies coming. The soft bigotry of low expectations was the rule. The message to African Americans being, you can’t do it by yourself, you need the Democrat Party to help you.
In 2016, record numbers of African-Americans voted for Donald Trump in the presidential election. They had been a reliable voting bloc for Democrats for as long as they have been able to sugar-coat their own questionable history. With roughly 1200 legislative seats lost during the Obama years at both the state and national levels, Democrats simply cannot afford more defections of black voters from the Party. Revisionist history seems to be their answer.
American history cannot be erased. If Democrats are attempting to erase their own past, they will need one giant pink eraser.