"Open Letter to Democratic Party"

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Submitted by jficquette on April 3, 2008 - 10:01pm

http://www.lincolnheritage.org/About_Us/...

An Open Letter to the Democratic Party
By Lt. Colonel Frances Rice,U.S. Army Retired: Contributor to the LHI
"We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert:

Whereas in the early 1600's 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development,

Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,

Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices committed against African Americans during the past two hundred years, nor for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices and current soft bigotry of low expectations are having on us today,

Whereas the Democratic Party fought to expand slavery and, after the Civil War, established Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and other repressive legislation that were designed to disenfranchise African Americans,

Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them,

Whereas, according to leading historians (both black and white), the horrific atrocities committed against African Americans during slavery and Reconstruction were financed, sponsored, and promoted by the Democratic Party and their Ku Klux Klan supporters,

Whereas from 1870 to 1930, in an effort to deny African Americans their civil rights and to keep African Americans from voting Republican, thousands of African Americans were shot, beaten, lynched, mutilated, and burned to death by Ku Klux Klan terrorists from the Democratic Party,

Whereas Democratic Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission,

Whereas the Democratic party has used racist demagoguery to deceive African Americans about the history of the Republican Party that: (a) started as the anti-slavery party in 1854, (b) fought to free African Americans from slavery, (c) designed Reconstruction, a ten-year period of unprecedented political power for African Americans, (d) passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting African Americans freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote, (e) passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting African Americans protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, (f) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 granting African Americans protection from the Jim Crow laws, (g) established Affirmative Action programs to help African Americans proper with Republican President Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan that set the first goals and timetables and his 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act that made Affirmative Action Programs the law of our nation, and (h) never sponsored or launched a program, passed laws, or engaged in practices that resulted in the death of millions of African Americans,

Whereas Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka (a 1954 decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower) was a landmark civil rights case that was designed to overturn the racist practices that were established by the Democratic Party,

Whereas after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the vote of African Americans, he banned African American newspapers from the military shortly after taking office because he was convinced the newspapers were communists,

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law, opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was later criticized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for ignoring civil rights issues.

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy authorized the FBI (supervised by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy) to investigate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on suspicion of being a communist,

Whereas Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, made a 14-hour filibuster speech in the Senate in June 1964 in an unsuccessful effort to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and was heralded in April 2004 by Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd as a senator who would have been a great leader during the Civil War,

Whereas when the 1964 Civil Rights Act came up for vote, Senator Al Gore, Sr. and the rest of the Southern Democrats voted against the bill,

Whereas in the House of Representatives only 61 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act as compared to 80 percent of Republicans, and in the Senate only 69 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, compared to 82 percent of the Republicans,

Whereas Democratic President Bill Clinton sent troops to Europe to protect the citizens of Bosnia and Kosovo while allowing an estimated 800,000 black Rwandans to be massacred in Africa, vetoed the welfare reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan,

Whereas Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was "stolen" from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the "Miami Herald" and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,

Whereas the Democratic Party's soft bigotry of low expectations and social promotions have consigned African Americans to economic bondage and created a culture of dependency on government social programs,

Whereas the Democratic Party's use of deception and fear to block welfare reform, the faith-based initiative and school choice that would help African Americans prosper is consistent with the Democratic Party's heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery, a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party whose racist legacy bode ill until this generation of African Americans,

Now, therefore, for the above and other documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon African Americans, we demand a formal written apology and other appropriate remuneration from the leadership of the Democratic party.

Submitted by zk on April 3, 2008 - 10:19pm.

It figures that a guy who thinks Bush and Cheney are straight talkers would fall for garbage like this. The implication is that the Democrats are worse than the Republicans on this issue. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let's start with the greatest Republican of all:

"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.
I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything."

Abraham Lincoln

Submitted by tc on April 3, 2008 - 10:24pm.

PROPAGANDA

Submitted by tc on April 3, 2008 - 10:33pm.

In a close race, analysts say black voter turnout could affect a candidate’s chances of winning.)The vast majority – 90 percent -- voted for Democrat Al Gore, while Republican George W. Bush picked up 9 percent of the black vote (Green Party candidate Ralph Nader received the remaining 1 percent).

Submitted by orthofrancis on April 4, 2008 - 6:13am.

I'm not quite sure what this letter has to do with the economy, or the housing crisis, but here are a few points of interest.
Political parties were switched back in Lincolns time. The Republicans then changed into the Dems now, and vise versa. Wikipedia has a nice summary of it.

This is a letter from one person. I don't think this viewpoint is shared by many, and many African Americans are actively against it.

I just can't see the government paying out for this. At what point does it stop? Do we also pay the Native American Indians for their land? What about the 100-300,000 Irish sold into slavery in America. Do we pay their descendants too? Why not also ask for reparations from the Arabs, or Africans who sold many of the slaves to the colonists

The world was a cruel, hard place, even 150 years ago. Everyone now realizes it was a barbaric thing to do, but at some point, people have to move on, or else we'll be like the Middle-East, with unresolvable disputes going back 2000 years.

Submitted by jficquette on April 4, 2008 - 11:54am.

Due to the MSM there is a common misconception that Republicans are the racist right wing Nazi's when in truth it was the Republicans who were the ones for racial equality and freedom for all.

Whenever I find a glimmer of the truth I try to spread it around.

I doubt that very few young people today know the truth about the Democratic Party and is roots.

If there is any doubt on how the Democratic leadership feels about Blacks then all you have to do is watch the Clinton's do whatever they can do to cheat Obama out of the nomination.

John

Submitted by NotCranky on April 4, 2008 - 12:40pm.

"If there is any doubt on how the Democratic leadership feels about Blacks then all you have to do is watch the Clinton's do whatever they can do to cheat Obama out of the nomination."

Look for the logical fallacy in this statement, John. The Clinton's would probably be nasty to anyone running against them. I hope the race thing continues to back fire against them. Tolerance for oppression doesn't seem to follow strictly along party lines. I can't really understand trying to make the argument that it does, especially when it is necessary to contain three or four hundred years of history in it.

Malcolm X said something like ...A Republican is a wolf and a Democrat is a wolf in sheep's clothing....whether it is true or not, I think the balance of altruism or lack thereof is probably about equal.

Submitted by svelte on April 4, 2008 - 1:00pm.

I doubt that very few young people today know the truth about the Democratic Party and is roots.

So...it appears that your thought is leading to young people should not support the Democratic Party because of what you believe they supported 100-150 years ago?

Using that logic, you could hate all Americans because, in the past, America supported slavery and did not give women the right to vote. You could hate all Germans because, in the past, Germans supported anti-semitism. And you could hate all Republicans because, in the past, Republicans supported Bush. (sorry, had to throw that one in)

I don't care what the long ago dead members of the Republican or Democratic parties did or thought 100+ years ago...I care what they are doing right now .

Submitted by Arraya on April 4, 2008 - 3:17pm.

jficquette, you need to turn off Rush and Hannity. That stuff will rot your brain. You probably think the economy is great right now and it is just the liberal media spin trying to make Bush look bad, huh?

Submitted by jficquette on April 4, 2008 - 4:29pm.

I have not listened to Rush for 10 years nor do I listen to Hannity and no I don't watch Fox news but you apparently really grove on the MSM or else the facts that the retired Col presents would not be so threatening to you.

My opinion is no one owes Blacks anything but the Democrats need to face up to the fact that they just use Blacks to get their votes. Their treatment of Obama is testament to that.

BTW, Klansman Byrd is still as Senator. If he were a Republican you would never hear the end of it.

John

Submitted by jficquette on April 4, 2008 - 4:09pm.

Well right now they are trying to cheat Obama out of his nomination, that is of course when they are not taking Sniper fire.

John

Submitted by jficquette on April 4, 2008 - 4:32pm.

The race thing will backfire which will be a good thing for Blacks because they will be free to support the party who has their best interests at heart which now is the Republican Party.

BTW, I am sick of the Moralistic Wing of the Republican Party too. They only care about telling people that they have to have unwanted children, or who they can be married to or that they can carry guns around. They do this while ignoring that the Government has $50 Trillion in unfunded SS liability and that our entire Political system and Government is broken and pretty much beyond repair.

Welcome to Socialism, its only going to get worst.

John

Submitted by NotCranky on April 4, 2008 - 4:42pm.

In any case, lets hope McCain doesn't play the race card. If he does it would be terrible what that would mean about all republicans. In fairness, Obama has played it too.

Submitted by Deal Hunter on April 4, 2008 - 5:33pm.

"Well right now they are trying to cheat Obama out of his nomination, that is of course when they are not taking Sniper fire."

LOL!

Submitted by larrylujack on April 4, 2008 - 5:58pm.

"The race thing will backfire which will be a good thing for Blacks because they will be free to support the party who has their best interests at heart which now is the Republican Party."

What caught my attention about this statement was that "Blacks...will be free to support...the Republican party."

I think not all folks in the US of Amnesia forget, particularly African Americans. LBJ and Robert Kennedy following Brown vs Board of Education advanced civil rights legislation while the Republicans and southern Dems dug their heals and resisted it. Yes, I do remember George Wallace too. And the successful southern strategy Nixon employed, too.

I remember the Vietnam War era as well and how peculiar it was that I would observe my uncle diving in the bushes when the 4th of July fireworks went off (He died of bladder cancer at 40, leaving two children 5 and 2, my dear cousins, perhaps dioxin in the agent orange used as a defoliant, but I digress, after all I would never doubt that the US government is looking out for us or would do anything to harm its own soldiers).

Bottom line is that because of LBJ and Kennedy African Americans vote Democrat by huge margins and will continue doing so. Please consider reading a history book to understand that your fantasy of republicans having african american's best interest at heart is laughable.

best
LL

Submitted by marion on April 4, 2008 - 6:07pm.

Bottom line is that because of LBJ and Kennedy African Americans vote Democrat by huge margins and will continue doing so. Please consider reading a history book to understand that your fantasy of republicans having african american's best interest at heart is laughable.

best
LL,

I agree with this.

In any case, lets hope McCain doesn't play the race card. If he does it would be terrible what that would mean about all republicans. In fairness, Obama has played it too.

Rustico, how has Obama played the race card?

Submitted by NotCranky on April 4, 2008 - 6:29pm.

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=na...

Sorry don't know how to make those tiny URLs.

I was going comment how I am too lazy to dig to find the events that give me a recollection of his playing the race card and I guess I should have done that.

See if you think any of these links that come up are valid. I don't know if they are or not.

I'd like to hear what you think.

Submitted by gandalf on April 4, 2008 - 7:06pm.

If I remember, this Fickett guy is the same one who rants about patriotism and war but avoided military service. College Republican or something. What a troll.

Back to housing...

Submitted by jficquette on April 5, 2008 - 11:54am.

Troll? I can't really get too offended by someone who names themselves after a fictional character in a kids movie.

John

Submitted by jficquette on April 5, 2008 - 12:12pm.

Post Deleted by me. I thought a question was being directed to and it appears that was not the case.

John

Submitted by equalizer on April 5, 2008 - 12:55pm.

A little known secret, but Klansman Byrd was responsible for the "race calls" about McCain in 2000 in SC.

Another secret is that in 2007, 74.56% of Klan members in south are Democrats and support Clinton. (+/- 74% margin of error)

Submitted by Arraya on April 5, 2008 - 1:14pm.

Another secret is that in 2007, 74.56% of Klan members in south are Democrats and support Clinton. (+/- 74% margin of error)

HAHA

Submitted by equalizer on April 5, 2008 - 1:20pm.

LL,

Was a teen back then listening to the Murph and music on Q101 (wait, I'm still listening)
http://airchexx.com/markets/chicago/morn...

instead of WLS. "What dem cereals did they feed you there on air"

Submitted by larrylujack on April 5, 2008 - 8:02pm.

"LL,

Was a teen back then listening to the Murph and music on Q101 (wait, I'm still listening)"

Yes I did as well while growing up in Chicago and was an avid WLS listener, but just to be clear, I am a LL admirer but I am NOT the LL radio host.

My screen name is just a homage to those youthful memories.

LL

Submitted by equalizer on April 5, 2008 - 10:37pm.

LL,

Why do we wistfully long for those youthful memories?

Submitted by NotCranky on April 6, 2008 - 12:46am.

Why do we wistfully long for those youthful memories?

Because our understanding of decrepitude and mortality was pretty shallow back then?

Submitted by equalizer on April 6, 2008 - 12:49pm.

This answer will make us feel better:

Because our understanding of depraved attitude and morality of others was pretty shallow back then?

Submitted by NotCranky on April 6, 2008 - 1:02pm.

What about physical decay? Just kidding! I am on board with what you are saying,equalizer.

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