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Truth versus Conjecture
May 16, 2012 - Rick Burdt
I learned something about myself that I never knew until reading my counterpart’s blog; I’m more than likely a racist. According to Mr. Stack’s logic, since I’m a white Christian and a conservative Republican, I am probably a racist. But the truth is completely the opposite for both me and the party I represent in this forum, and I will defend it with a history lesson.
The Republican Party was formed in 1854 to oppose slavery and called for the repeal of the Kansas-Nebraska and Fugitive Slave Law. They gained momentum early and six years later our first Republican president was elected, Abraham Lincoln. Together with the first Republican Congress, he fought, and won, a civil war to abolish slavery and reunite our country. Unfortunately, he was assassinated by a pro slavery Democrat. I do find it ironic that he died on April 15, arguably a liberal's holiday. In 1869, not a single Democratic member of Congress voted for the 15th amendment, giving African Americans the right to vote. About this same time, the Ku Klux Klan was formed, by Democrats, in an attempt to overthrow the Republican Party and repeal the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.
Let's skip ahead to 1920 and the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Congress had 89 votes against, 70 of which were Democrats and the Senate had 25 votes against, 17 of those were Democrats. And when it went out to the states for ratification, it came down to one Tennessee official's vote; fortunately he was a Republican, and the rest is history.
In 1957 and 1960, Republican President Eisenhower proposed bold civil rights bills but the Democratic congress at the time butchered them to the point that only weak, partial versions of the originals passed. In 1964, President Johnson acquired the strong civil rights bill proposed by President Kennedy prior to his assassination. The proposal used wording and language taken directly from President Eisenhower's original civil rights bill. Since Johnson didn't have enough support from the Democrats in Congress, he worked directly with Republicans and was able to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Bill followed by the 1965 Voting Rights Act. When the Voting Rights Act went to the Senate for the vote, there were 18 against, 17 were Democrats.
Here's another interesting little fact that the main stream media never seems to bring up. President George W. Bush appointed more minorities and women than any other president in history.
It would be safe to assume, based on these historical facts and how I presented them, that all Democrats are racists, but that is just as far from the truth as assuming all conservatives are. Unfortunately, racism still exists today, but I don't believe for a minute that it belongs to any particular political party. I find it quite interesting that so many liberals treat conservatives as if they are all racists, when by doing so, all they succeed in is prejudicing themselves.
When you point an accusatory finger at someone, always remember there are three fingers pointing back at yourself
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