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Political Party Ideological Transformation -vs- Its Historical Roots
The implosion of the George W. Bush Administration, from 2000 through 2008, culminating in the Great Recession of the United States of America, put the Republican Party on a collision course with utter confusion and instability, right down to its core. It also marked what would later become what I believe to be the ultimate the turning point in how that party would relate to the American People going forward.
In the 1950's and the 1960's, both major political parties in the United States, seemed quite different than they appear today. Often times, the high pressure water hoses turned on Black Activists fighting for Civil Rights and equality under the law, the police dogs unleashed on unsuspecting peaceful protestors and the police batons levied against the bodies that made up the masses of American Citizens seeking freedom from legalized discrimination, were both authorized and held by not just White hands, but White hands that clung to Democratic Party principles and ideals that indeed separated an entire nation into two distinct social tracts.
Once upon a time (it is very true) the Democratic Party used to be behind legislative agenda that would set Americas Black Citizens back for eons to come. In fact, it was the then Democrat Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, who once said:
"I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes."
And, it was also Democrat, Harry S. Truman, who once wrote to his wife:
"I think one man is just as good as another so long as he's not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a n*gger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America."
And, who can forget one of the all time classic comments made by Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson:
"I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years."
Yes, indeed. Today's Political Party Transformation in juxtaposition to its roots, is an interesting topic of conversation.
Even more so, is the massive transformation that has taken place since the American epochs that led to both social and political change associated with World War II, The Great Society and the first of what I call the Neo-Republican Party shift which ushered in the era of the Reagan Democrat. Of course, this is not to be confused with the current William Kristol and Robert Kagan Neoconservative movement within the Republican Party, which laid the literal foundation and the script for September 11th, 2001, the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, as well as the ongoing Great Recession of 2008 (like so many ducks in a row).
Today, the Democratic Party is considered champion of all things social and progressive, while the Republican Party, once upon a time actually stood against the expansion of American Slavery, held the most notable Abolitionists names amongst those opposed to the idea and actually voted in large degree to abolish Lynching in some of the Northern States. Of course, precious little of that same sentiment flowed down from the North and into the Southern States, as a higher percentage of Southern Republicans, spoiled the party by voting against the Civil Rights Legislation in larger numbers than their counterparts wearing the Democratic hat and also residing in the same Southern Region.
They say that politics makes for strange bed fellows, and that could be no more highlighted by this next video of epic confusion:
As an African American Man myself, what blows my mind about the Tea Party and its mouthpiece, C.L. Bryant, a former Baptist Pastor and former NAACP Regional President, is that on the one hand he claims that our freedoms do not come from either the Republican Party, or the Democratic Party - yet, out of the other side of his mouth and during his most recent appearance on C-Span, C.L. Bryant, concludes that if you are a Tea Party member, then there is absolutely no way that you could ever vote Democrat.
If C.L. Bryant, and this so-called new wave of Black Republican sponsors of the Tea Party, were so intensely concerned with the issues that African Americans deal with on a daily basis in this country, why do they so easily lay down their vote for the Republican Party? The assert the claim that 95% of all African Americans, simply lay down their automatic vote for the Democratic Party in national elections, and my question is what would be the difference in shifting that automatic vote to the Republican Party!
If C.l. Bryant, and these trailing new cast members of Black Republicans are growing in number, then why not create a new national African American Swing Party, and force both the Republicans and the Democrats to the negotiation table on all matters relevant to the African American Community, and to the United States as a whole? Since neither political party genuinely respects the African American vote, why not take the massive numbers of colored people from all walks of life in America, create a real national Swing Party, and then make both sides of the isle beg for their vote. Or, maybe selling videos is more important than seeing to it that people truly become that "Runaway Slave" spoken about so eloquently. I don't have the answer - I'm just asking the question.
Political Party Ideological Transformation -vs- Its Historical Roots, is a thread to discuss the massive confusion that now exists between what BOTH parties claim to represent, in juxtaposition to their natural source and origin as the two dominant forces in American Politics. Quite frankly, it is a bit confusing these days, to say the least.