Over two years ago I posted the following, which I obtained from a Facebook friend’s posting:
The person who provided this on Facebook is known to me to be of a decidedly conservative persuasion. This is also a person who favors Republican Party candidates. I took the Facebook posting as intending to disparage the character of the Democratic Party—Republicans supported the 13th Amendment, Democrats opposed it; Republicans supported universal suffrage, Democrats opposed, etc.
I pointed out in my post these facts are all true. What is not true is any implication this alignment of the two parties holds to the present day. The nature of the parties has changed. What has not changed is the nature of the political mindset. Liberals supported abolition of slavery. Liberals supported universal suffrage. The difference is that now the Republican Party is the party of political conservatives, and the Democratic Party is decidedly liberal.
Since I posted the original in November 2013 it has received a continuous readership. Statistics provided by Word Press show 3,166 views in 2015 and 1763 so far this year. I count seven comments submitted and accepted for this post, many of them informed and informational. Some not so much so. The most recent is an example of the latter:
The person, whose name is likely Alec C. Baker, has apparently missed the point of my post entirely, or else he has not missed it, but disagrees with it. He says, “the liberals or democrats never changed and never change.” History shows otherwise. While liberals may not change, since the term “liberal” describes a political inclination, the parties have changed. This latter point I spelled out in my post, citing the historical record.
Furthermore, Alec wants to picture Hillary Clinton as cozying up to the KKK, a stretch by any standard. Alec correctly cites Clinton’s admiration for Margaret Sanger, in spite of some of Sanger’s very controversial positions on some issues. Unfortunately for Alec, the video he linked to shows Clinton putting Sanger’s stance in historical perspective, effectively deflecting any accusations against herself.
Alec concludes with, and this bears repeating, “The Democrats are still racist and blacks and GLBTs are following blindly without asking the right questions. Sheep that get led to the slaughter by the shepard [sic].”
“Still racist?” That’s a serious charge, and it’s something worth looking into. There are possibly a number of ways to tell whether Democrats are “still racist.” Here’s one. Let’s go over to a Hillary Clinton campaign rally. Or let’s go to a Bernie Sanders rally. Wander over to any large delegation of Democratic Party supporters. Now examine the cars in the parking lot. Those that drove to the gathering of Democrats. How many Confederate battle flags do you see? How many bumper stickers show support for the KKK. How many bumper stickers say “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012?” Now turn that around. Wander over to a Cruz rally or a Trump rally. Take a count. Get back to me with your results.
CPAC is the Conservative Political Action Committee. A matter came up three years ago, and I posted on it. Here’s an excerpt from that post (quoting from yet another source):
The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.
The point I made was not that CPAC was coming down in favor of racism, but when a racist like Scott Terry cast about for a safe harbor to shelter his racist philosophy, he didn’t go to a liberal PAC. Mr. Terry may have been absolutely wrong in his choice, but the proclamations and the actions of CPAC and some other conservative movements put out a message that attracts people like him. Significantly, Scott Terry knew his ideas would not be welcome at a Hillary Clinton appreciation dinner. It’s a point Alec Baker seems to be missing.
Alec, if you are reading this, feel free to respond with additional commentary. I have nothing to offer but the facts. Biological evolution occurred by natural processes, human activities are responsible for global warming, and the Earth is round. All the rest is just bat shit crazy.