Post by D Murphy Post by Too_Many_Tools
Society is and will continue to deal with the conservative nutjobs.
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History shows that the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the
Democrat Party. This ugly fact about the Democrat Party is detailed in
the book, A Short History of Reconstruction, (Harper & Row Publishers,
Inc., 1990) by Dr. Eric Foner, the renown liberal historian who is the
DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. As a further
testament to his impeccable credentials, Professor Foner is only the
second person to serve as president of the three major professional
organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American
Historical Association, and Society of American Historians.
Democrats in the last century did not hide their connections to the Ku
Klux Klan. Georgia-born Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Grand Dragon
of the Ku Klux Klan wrote on page 21 of the September 1928 edition of
the Klan's The Kourier Magazine: "I have never voted for any man who was
not a regular Democrat. My father
never voted for any man who was not
a Democrat. My grandfather was
the head of the Ku Klux Klan in
. My great-grandfather was a life-long Democrat
one of the founders of the Democratic
Dr. Foner in his book explores the history of the origins of Ku Klux
Klan and provides a chilling account of the atrocities committed by
Democrats against Republicans, black and white.
On page 146 of his book, Professor Foner wrote: "Founded in 1866 as a
Tennessee social club, the Ku Klux Klan spread into nearly every
Southern state, launching a 'reign of terror' against Republican leaders
black and white." Page 184 of his book contains the definitive
statements: "In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the
interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who
desired the restoration of white supremacy. It aimed to destroy the
Republican party's infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state,
reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial
subordination in every aspect of Southern life."
Heartbreaking are Professor Foner's recitations of the horrific acts of
terror inflicted by Democrats on black and white Republicans. Recounted
on pages 184-185 of his book is one such act of terror: "Jack Dupree, a
victim of a particularly brutal murder in Monroe County, Mississippi -
assailants cut his throat and disemboweled him, all within sight of his
wife, who had just given birth to twins - was 'president of a republican
club' and known as a man who 'would speak his mind.'"
"White gangs roamed New Orleans, intimidating blacks and breaking up
Republican meetings," wrote Dr. Foner on page 146 of his book. On page
186, he wrote: "An even more extensive 'reign of terror' engulfed
Jackson, a plantation county in Florida's panhandle. 'That is where
Santa has his seat,' remarked a black clergyman; all told over 150
persons were killed, among them black leaders and Jewish merchant Samuel
Fleischman, resented for his Republican views and for dealing fairly
with black customers."
The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks.
The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law
beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with
the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s. During the civil rights
era of the 1960s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the
school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let
loose vicious dogs. Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a
proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil
Rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Sen. Al Gore Sr. And
after he became President, Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on
Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph, who
was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Atty.
Gen. Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI
on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.
In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memphis, Tenn.,
after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Sen. Robert
Byrd (W.Va.), a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a
"trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble
is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was
assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Contrary to the false assertions by Democrats, the racist "Dixiecrats"
did not all migrate to the Republican Party. "Dixiecrats" declared that
they would rather vote for a "yellow dog" than vote for a Republican
because the Republican Party was know as the party for blacks. Today,
some of those "Dixiecrats" continue their political careers as
Democrats, including Robert Byrd, who is well known for having been a
"Keagle" in the Ku Klux Klan.
Another former "Dixiecrat" is former Democrat Sen. Ernest Hollings, who
put up the Confederate flag over the state Capitol when he was the
governor of South Carolina. There was no public outcry when Democrat
Sen. Christopher Dodd praised Byrd as someone who would have been "a
great senator for any moment," including the Civil War. Yet Democrats
denounced then-Senate GOP leader Trent Lott for his remarks about Sen.
Strom Thurmond (R.-S.C.). Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and
defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes
imposed on blacks by Democrats. If Byrd and Thurmond were alive during
the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched.