The Confederate Flag: Legacy of the Democrats

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Less than a week ago you couldn’t find a news story about the Confederate flag if you tried.  Now there are numerous articles about the flag filling several pages of any Internet search.  Everyone knows what the catalyst for all these stories has been.  The murder of nine black people at a South Carolina church started all the clamor after it was revealed in the media that the murderer is a racist whose goal was to start a race war.  Pictures surfaced of him displaying the Confederate battle flag and before you could say ‘way down south in Dixie’ there were politicians and talking-heads in the media calling for the removal of the flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol.  South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley eventually made a public statement calling for the removal of the flag, saying, “it’s time.”

Is the flag a symbol of racism that should be removed?  It depends who you ask.  To some it is a symbol of southern pride.  Others see it as a historic symbol of state’s rights.  And many see it as a symbol of oppression and slavery.  That the flag has been displayed for years by the Ku Klux Klan certainly adds to the perception of it as representing racism.  My own view of the Confederate flag is mixed.  Whether or not it is a symbol of racism depends on the context of where and why it is displayed and by whom.  The flag displayed on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol was not, in my opinion, a purposeful racist display of the current politicians in the state government.  The flag has been flying there for fifty-three years.  Democrat Governor Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings, later to be a Senator, was responsible for the flag first flying over the Capitol building back in 1962.  He and the Democrats ruling the South Carolina legislature considered flying the Confederate flag to be a form of protest against civil rights for black people.  Republicans later tried to remove the flag but were thwarted by Democrats.  The compromise reached had the flag being removed from atop the Capitol building but still displayed on the Capitol grounds.

If the elected officials in South Carolina want to remove the flag from display, I have no agreement or disagreement with that.  It’s their state.  The same for other states that are beginning to have political murmurs about removing the flag from display.

But isn’t it strange that it takes the murder of nine people by a racist to create this firestorm of protest against the Confederate flag, simply because he held one in a photograph.  Had he not done that, would there be this huge groundswell of desire to remove the flag?  Highly unlikely.  A week ago there was no call for the flag to be removed, no business banning merchandise with the flag, no politicians trying to score points by making public statements about the flag and nobody writing about it on their blog.

But is all this hullabaloo that’s been stirred up really about the flag or is it political opportunism by the Democrats and their friends in the media, trying to stir up racial animus like they have been for the last several years?  The media does more to incite racism and create division than the Confederate flag has in generations.  This flag, which was created by Democrats, carried by Democrats and used as a symbol of racism by the Democrat-created Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups for more than one hundred years is now being laid squarely at the feet of Republicans.  Markos Moulitsas has a GOP-bashing piece for The Hill in which he says that the “GOP has a flag problem.”  Really?  Historically ignorant people may fall for the meme that the flag and the racism behind it are owned by the GOP, but nothing could be further from the truth.  The Republican Party was formed in 1854 because Democrats thought black people were property.  The Confederate flag, in all its forms, is a creation of 19th century Democrats who took up arms against their country because they wanted to protect what they considered to be ‘property rights.’  Today’s Democratic Party also considers black people to be their property, just in a different fashion.

Whenever possible, Democrats and the media have sought to put distance between blacks and the GOP.  They stoke animosity with incendiary responses to police shootings when the officer is white and the person shot is black.  It matters not if the shooting was justified or not.  All that matters is the mileage that the left can get out of it and how many news stories can be run to further fan the flames of racial division.

The left would prefer that everyone forget about the origins of the Confederate flag, the party that created it and the racist groups that carried it because they were all Democrats.  If the Confederate flag is going to be labeled as offensive and relegated to museums, let it be a reminder of just who the real racists in this country have been.

  • Democrats fought to expand slavery while Republicans fought to end it.
  • Democrats passed those  discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws.
  • Democrats supported and passed the Missouri Compromise to protect slavery.
  • Democrats supported and passed the Kansas Nebraska Act to expand slavery.
  • Democrats supported and backed the Dred Scott Decision.
  • Democrats opposed educating blacks and murdered our teachers.
  • Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws.
  • Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia is well-known for having been a “Kleagle”in the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14 straight hours to keep it from  passage.
  • Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans.
  • Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.
  • Democrat President Woodrow Wilson, reintroduced segregation throughout the federal  government immediately upon taking office in 1913.
  • Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first appointment to the Supreme Court was a life member of the Ku Klux Klan, Sen. Hugo Black, Democrat of Alabama.
  • Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s choice for vice president in 1944 was Harry Truman, who had joined the Ku Klux Klan in  Kansas City in 1922.
  • Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt resisted Republican efforts to pass a federal law against lynching.
  • Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt opposed integration of the armed forces.
  • Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd were the chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  • Democrats supported and backed Judge John Ferguson in the case of Plessy v Ferguson.
  • Democrats supported the School Board of Topeka Kansas in the case of Brown v The Board of Education of Topeka  Kansas.
  • Democrat public safety commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, in Birmingham, Ala., unleashed vicious dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.
  • Democrats were who Dr. Martin  Luther King, Jr. and the other protesters were opposing.
  • Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox  “brandished an ax hammer” to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant.
  • Democrat Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963, declaring there would be segregation forever.
  • Democrat Arkansas Governor Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools.
  • Democrat Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights  Act.
  • Democrat President John F.  Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr.  King.
  • Democrat President John F. Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the  FBI.
  • Democrat President Lyndon Johnson said, “I’ll have those n—–s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”
  • Democrat President Bill Clinton’s mentor was U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, an Arkansas Democrat and a supporter of racial segregation.
  • Democrat President Bill Clinton interned for J. William  Fulbright in  1966-67.
  • Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright signed the Southern Manifesto opposing the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
  • Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright joined with the Dixiecrats in filibustering the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964.
  • Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright voted against the 1965 Voting Rights  Act.
  • Southern Democrats opposed desegregation  and integration.

So let’s be clear.  If the Democrats and the media are going to make an issue of the Confederate flag then let it be a reminder of the blatant racism in the Democratic Party history.  It’s their flag.  If I were a Democrat I suppose I would want the flag removed, too.  It’s stained with more than one hundred and fifty years of Democratic racism, violence and lynchings.  If it represents anything today it’s a symbol for everything racist that the Republicans have opposed since the party was founded in 1854. 

I read about a poll recently that said twenty-six percent of blacks now self-identify as conservative.  That’s a huge change from recent years.  Just think about what the people who created and carried the Confederate flag would have done to that twenty-six percent and it should be clear to you which party really has a flag problem.  It’s not the Republicans.

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2 comments to The Confederate Flag: Legacy of the Democrats

  • Billiam

    Excellent points. I guess the lefties are ignoring the photo of him with a burning American flag as well. I do wish the majority of regular people would de-sphincter their heads and wake up.