Why?

Seriously, why? Why is it that our African-American and Hispanic American brothers and sisters typically vote Democrat? With known racists in the Democrat party such as George McGovern, David Dukes, and Robert Byrd, why do they still insist on voting Democrat? Even Black leaders are stating that “The Democratic Party is the architect of modern day racism.” Even the so-called liberator and civil rights President – Lyndon B. Johnson was a segregationist:

Lyndon Johnson never believed in racial segregation. He pushed for the civil rights bill, but as a Southerner, he had to be politically careful. He could not attack segregation outright without jeopardizing his chances of being re-elected. Still, Johnson was convinced that segregation condemned the South to educational and economic backwardness. Johnson believed that, in order to join the mainstream of America, the South would have to abandon racial segregation. Most important, Lyndon Johnson wanted to be president of the United States — he realized he would never be accepted outside the South if he were perceived as just another Southern segregationist.

When we look at the differences between the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party and the conservative views of the Republican Party and then compare them to the value systems of most African-American and Hispanic-American families we find that their value systems are more closely tied to the conservative views. Conservatives are pro-life, pro-family, pro-self responsibility, and pro-self reliance. Most African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans are very pro-church and consider themselves to be religious people. Again, I ask you, why do they typically vote Democrat? I just don’t get it!

I hope that one of our African-American or Hispanic-American brothers or sisters reading this will provide a very logical and coherent response to this question. How is it that the Democratic Party hi-jacked the civil rights platform of the Republican Party? After all, wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln (a Republican) who freed the slaves and drafted the Emancipation Proclamation? Wasn’t it Howard Smith (a Democrat) in 1963 who promised “to keep the Civil Rights bill bottled up indefinitely?” This is the same guy who was quoted as saying “The Southern people have never accepted the colored race as a race of people who had equal intelligence . . . as the white people of the South.” In fact, it was the Democrats who filibustered the bill..led by none other than the aforementioned Robert Byrd. The Republicans were able to muster enough votes and broke the filibuster. After LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2, 1964, he is quoted as having said “We have lost the South for a generation.”

Why is it that up until 1935 every African-American who was ever seated in government was a Republican? I still don’t understand how the Democrats hi-jacked the civil rights platform of the Republican Party. It was the Republican Party who introduced and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875 that was overturned 8 years later by the Supreme Court as being unconstitutional. It was the heart and soul of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 that was passed as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Again, there were more Republicans than Democrats that voted to institute the CRA of 1964. For our Hispanic brothers and sisters…were you told that the very first Hispanic Senator elected was…yup..a Republican. He was from New Mexico and elected in 1928.

Two of the co-founders of the NAACP, Ida Wells and Mary Terrell, were African-American Republican women! The Republican Party is RICH with a history of supporting equal rights for all Americans and is the party of civil rights. Conversely, the Democrat Party is the original supporters of the KKK! (this link is from The University of Indiana).

“By the time the six Klan founders met in December, 1865, the opening phase of Reconstruction was nearly complete. All eleven of the former rebel states had been rebuilt on astonishingly lenient terms which allowed many of the ex-Confederate leaders to return to positions of power. Southern state legislatures began enacting laws that made it clear that the aristocrats who ran them intended to yield none of their pre-war power over poor whites and especially over blacks. These laws became known as the Black Codes and in some cases they amounted to a virtual re-enslavement of blacks.

In Louisiana the Democratic convention resolved that “we hold this to be a Government of White People, made and to be perpetuated for the exclusive benefit of the White Race, and….that the people of African descent cannot be considered as citizens of the United States.” Mississippi and Florida in particular enacted vicious black codes, other southern states (except North Carolina) passed somewhat less severe versions, and President Andrew Johnson did nothing to prevent them from being enforced.

These laws and the violence that erupted against blacks and union supporters in the South outraged Northerners who just a few months before had celebrated victory not only over the Confederacy, but its system of slavery as well. In protest of the defiant Black Codes, Congress refused to seat the new Southern senators and representatives when it reconvened in December 1865 after a long recess. Thus at the moment the fledgling Klan was born in Pulaski, the stage was set for a showdown between Northerners determined not to be cheated out of the fruits of their victory and die-hard Southerners who refused to give up their supremacy over blacks.

Ironically, the increasingly violent activities of the Klan throughout 1866 tended to help prove the argument of Radical Republicans in the North, who wanted harsher measures taken against Southern governments as part of their program to force equal treatment for blacks. Partly as a result of news reports of Klan violence in the South, the Radicals won overwhelming victories in the Congressional elections of 1866. “

So..with all of this overwhelming evidence, why is it that our African-American and Hispanic-American brothers and sisters continue to support the Democratic Party and vote for the liberal agenda..an agenda that is so completely the opposite of their own values and belief systems? How is it that Black Leaders such as Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and other religious activitists like themselves continue to push their brothers and sisters towards a party that only serves to oppress them? How is it that Hispanic activists such as Dolores Huerta and Hector Flores continue to push their brothers and sisters towards a party that only panders to them for their votes?

I guess, the main question should be how did the Republican Party allow the Democratic Party to hi-jack the greatest civil rights accomplishments and make them theirs? After that, I gotta ask our African-American and Hispanic-American friends….Why? Why the Democrats?

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