Steve Wilkins, Michele Bachmann's Confederate historian

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Steve Wilkins is a good Confederate but a bad historian.
Michele Bachmann has a troubled past when it comes to race relations, particularly as it relates to her understanding of slavery.

Bachmann doesn't seem to know what is was like, or how it ended. Sometimes she forgets it existed at all.

How did this happen?

It probably doesn't hurt to take a closer look at Bachmann's favorite Civil War-era historian, a man called Steve Wilkins. Bachmann's appreciation for Wilkins, and the disturbing history he writes, was once promoted on her own campaign website, and was dug back up last week in Ryan Lizza's profile of Bachmann in the New Yorker.

Meet Steve Wilkins, Michele Bachmann's Confederate historian.

First, Lizza's discovery. As he tracked back through Bachmann's campaign site, Lizza found Bachmann's "Michele's Must Read List," a short selection of history books that she held dear. Among them: "The Federalist Papers," "The Declaration of Independence," and "John Adams," by David McCullough, with Bachmann exhibiting a real zest for Revolutionary-era American history.

As for the 19th century, she turned to a curious little biography from 1997, "Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee," or, in Bachmann's shorthand, simply, "Robert E. Lee." Here's some proof, via the Wayback Machine. (Click to enlarge.)


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The insight that the book's author, J. Steven Wilkins, brings to American history is essentially this: Slavery wasn't so bad. Here's a passage from "Robert E. Lee" where he examines the relationship between black and white Southerners:

The two races whose lives were intertwined in the Old South were more intimate and dependent upon each other than any two races in any country in the world. This mutual dependence produced an intimacy and trust between the white and black races that has seldom if ever existed anywhere in history.

You see, everybody? Slavery was about love, "intimacy and trust." As in, the slave owners loved having slaves, and loved having "intimacy" with slave women. And, sure, they trusted slaves, but not enough to put down the whips and chains, or pay them, or let them leave the plantation and do what they want.

But this is only one part of the strange, troubled career of Steve Wilkins, who is also a pastor at the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana. 

Wilkins was a founding member of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group made up of pseudointellectuals who never really recovered from losing the Civil War. Wilkins has since moved on, but the League of the South is still going strong. Its mission statement, as espoused on its website, is simple:

The League of the South is a Southern Nationalist organization whose ultimate goal is a free and independent Southern republic.
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Wilkins has reasons to want to change the past; Bachmann doesn't.
For his role in founding the League of the South, Wilkins has run up a pretty decent dossier with the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alabama-based nonprofit that pursues all things hate-based in America. SPLC describes Wilkins as "perhaps the leading theological thinker of the neo-Confederate right," which is sort of like being the sharpest of all the butter knives.

It turns out, the Robert E. Lee book that informed Bachmann's thinking of slavery and the Civil War is not even his worst offense as a historian, philosophically or ethically. Wilkins also co-wrote a book called, "Southern Slavery As It Was," a dark little venture that seeks to spin the Antebellum South as a peaceful place living right in line with God's will.

As Wilkins writes, modern America -- especially the North -- has slavery all wrong, thanks to the "abolitionist propaganda" that informs all of our history books. Setting about to correct the record, Wilkins considers such things as "The Strength of the Slave Family," as in this passage:

One could argue that the black family has never been stronger than it was under slavery. It was certainly stronger under the southern slave system that it is today under our modern destructive welfare state.
If that sounds familiar, it should. The passage is pretty close to the controversial paragraph in the FAMiLY LEADER's insane pro-marriage pledge that Bachmann signed back in June.

"Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President."
If Bachmann claimed she didn't agree with that part -- later redacted from the pledge, though long after she'd signed it -- it would actually put her out of step with her favorite slavery-era historian.

Wilkins isn't writing much history anymore, perhaps because it was later found that "Southern Slavery As It Was" had plagiarized at least 22 passages from another book.

As for Bachmann, all things lead to one question. It may be truly misguided, indeed downright hateful, for people like Steve Wilkins to wax romantic about the days when their Grandpappies owned black people from birth to death. Consider it a bit of blood shame, an attempt to spruce up the ol' family tree.

But if Michele Bachmann, whose family lived in Wisconsin, then South Dakota, then Iowa, where she was born, and now Minnesota -- a Northerner through and through -- if she embraces this view of slavery, the Confederacy and the Civil War... well, what do you call that?

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green23
green23

Kirk is proof that the dumber someone is, the smarter they think they are. To a geezer like Kirk, Nixon was yesterday and the Fifties were last week, so it's not surprising that he lives in a pre-Southern Strategy mindset.

So Bachmann is a fan of a historian who looks upon the pre-Civil War South and slavery fondly. According to Kirk's voluminous and off-topic screeds, this makes Bachmann a Democrat.

If, as Kirk posits, Republicans are vehemently pro-civil rights for minorities, Kirk must be outraged by Bachmann's proclivity towards a slave-holding South. I see none of this outrage over the matter in his comments. Obviously, per Kirk's logic, Kirk is a Democrat.

Kirk's comments usually feature insane logical leaps where facts are included as props for a completely unsupported conclusion. Typically, they go something like this:

Kirk: Quito is the capital of Ecuador. LOOK IT UP!         Therefore, Obama is a socialist Muslim who wants to take away your guns.

If this logical leap is pointed out, Kirk will generally scream that it's completely true that Quito is the capital city, and that only a stupid lib would not believe that, so he is right about Obama.

Now, since Kirk does not understand what the word "analogy" means, we will all be treated to a long, bile-filled rant about how he never said anything about Ecuador, ever. And then he will probably rant about how bad Ecuador sucks, and how it is all Obama's fault that it is such a sucky place.

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

wait...checking...checking...nope.  Subject Not Changed by Drooling Moron.  Michelle Bachmann is still a lying bigot with no ideas of her own.  Kinda like George Dubya.  It's quite important to expose her BS, since she (like many other pathetic losers) will still just change the subject when called out and indulge in empty lib-bashing and Obama-bashing--and then, of course, LIE about it.  What a sack of shit.

the rest of history
the rest of history

so true kirk....but then after the civil rights laws were passed in the 60's  the racist blue dog southern democrats left the party, and joined the repubs.  This making all of the south "red".

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

June 10, 1964

Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop

opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were

proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.August 4, 1965

Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose.

Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor

February 19, 1976

President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWIISeptember 15, 1981

President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programsJune 29, 1982

President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights ActAugust 10, 1988

President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDRNovember 21, 1991

President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislationAugust 20, 1996

Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial

discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law

And let’s not forget the words of liberal icon Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood…

We should hire three or four colored ministers,

preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population….

So the next time any Democrat claims they’ve been supportive of civil rights in America (and been so all along), ask them to explain their past. “We’ve grown” is not gonna cut it, considering they continue to

lie about their past to this day, and only someone lacking in common sense would believe two distinct political parties could juxtaposition their stances on civil rights seemingly overnight.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

August 8, 1945

Republicans condemn Harry Truman’s surprise use of the atomic bomb in Japan. The whining and criticism goes on for years. It begins two days

after the Hiroshima bombing, when former Republican President Herbert Hoover writes to a friend that “The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”September 30, 1953

Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of EducationNovember 25, 1955

Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travelMarch 12, 1956

Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation

June 5, 1956

Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” lawNovember 6, 1956

African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for PresidentSeptember 9, 1957

President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

September 24, 1957

Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne

Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schoolsMay 6, 1960

President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats

May 2, 1963

Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rightsSeptember 29, 1963

Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank

Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High SchoolJune 9, 1964Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still

serves in the Senate

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

March 1, 1875

Civil Rights Act of 1875, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican

support over 100% Democrat oppositionJanuary 10, 1878

U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage; Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval

in 1919. Republicans foil Democratic efforts to keep women in the kitchen, where they belongFebruary 8, 1894

Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to

voteJanuary 15, 1901Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

May 29, 1902

Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by

86%February 12, 1909

On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, African-American Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACPMay 21, 1919

Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote

with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats noAugust 18, 1920

Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part

of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislaturesJanuary 26, 1922

House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”June 2, 1924

Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans

October 3, 1924

Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National ConventionJune 12, 1929

First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL),

an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the countryAugust 17, 1937

Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his

Klan background was hidden until after confirmationJune 24, 1940Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

October 7, 1868

Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s national campaign theme: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”October 22, 1868

While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux KlanDecember 10, 1869

Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs

FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public officeFebruary 3, 1870After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans’ 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to

all Americans regardless of race

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

May 31, 1870

President U.S. Grant signs Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rights

June 22, 1870

Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the SouthSeptember 6, 1870

Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John CampbellFebruary 28, 1871

Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American votersApril 20, 1871Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

October 10, 1871

Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto

murdered by Democratic Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousandsOctober 18, 1871

After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the

Ku Klux KlanNovember 18, 1872

Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for “the Republican ticket, straight”January 17, 1874

Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate governmentSeptember 14, 1874Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to

overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

April 9, 1866

Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes lawMay 10, 1866

U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote noJune 8, 1866U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process

and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

January 8, 1867

Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.

July 19, 1867

Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-AmericansMarch 30, 1868

Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”September 12, 1868Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by

Republican Congress

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Are you prepared for the largest history lesson on who has been the "racists" throughout history?

Check this, you will NEVER think the same way again

This is the kind of BS spewed by Democrats on a daily basis, and unfortunately the media and other so-called watchdogs are so apparently ignorant of American history, Democrats continue to LIE through their

teeth to their constituents, and via academia, to our kids. Despite the truth being out there for years, it’s probably not going to explode until some big shot news anchor gives us an “explosive expose” bringing

us all those facts first, so he/she can proudly receive a Pulitzer…

While I have only scratched the surface of civil rights history, here’s an except from yet another list of historical bullet points that dispute Democrat claims of civil

rights support. As you read through it, remember, Democrats claim they “are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights

laws”…

October 13, 1858

During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nomineeApril 16, 1862

President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

July 17, 1862

Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy “shall be forever free”January 31, 1865

13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat oppositionApril 8, 1865

13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat opposition

November 22, 1865

Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discriminationFebruary 5, 1866U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and

a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

See Michele Bachmann need me to set the "racist" record straight.

Are you prepaired for the largest history lesson on who has been the "racists" throughout history?

Check this, you will NEVER think the same way again

This is the kind of BS spewed by Democrats on a daily basis, and unfortunately the media and other so-called watchdogs are so apparently ignorant of American history, Democrats continue to LIE through their teeth to their constituents, and via academia, to our kids. Despite the truth being out there for years, it’s probably not going to explode until some big shot news anchor gives us an “explosive expose” bringing us all those facts first, so he/she can proudly receive a Pulitzer…

While I have only scratched the surface of civil rights history, here’s an except from yet another list of historical bullet points that dispute Democrat claims of civil rights support. As you read through it, remember, Democrats claim they “are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws”…

October 13, 1858

During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nomineeApril 16, 1862

President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

July 17, 1862

Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes Confiscation Act stating that slaves of the Confederacy “shall be forever free”January 31, 1865

13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat oppositionApril 8, 1865

13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat oppositionNovember 22, 1865

Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “black codes,” which institutionalized racial discriminationFebruary 5, 1866U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

April 9, 1866

Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; Civil Rights Act of 1866, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes lawMay 10, 1866

U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote noJune 8, 1866U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

January 8, 1867

Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.July 19, 1867

Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-AmericansMarch 30, 1868

Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”September 12, 1868Civil rights activist Tunis Campbell and 24 other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by Republican Congress

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

October 7, 1868

Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s national campaign theme: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”October 22, 1868

While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux KlanDecember 10, 1869

Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public officeFebruary 3, 1870After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans’ 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to all Americans regardless of race

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

May 31, 1870

President U.S. Grant signs Republicans’ Enforcement Act, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rightsJune 22, 1870

Republican Congress creates U.S. Department of Justice, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the SouthSeptember 6, 1870

Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John CampbellFebruary 28, 1871

Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American votersApril 20, 1871Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

October 10, 1871

Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto murdered by Democratic Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousandsOctober 18, 1871

After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux KlanNovember 18, 1872

Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for “the Republican ticket, straight”January 17, 1874

Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate governmentSeptember 14, 1874Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

March 1, 1875

Civil Rights Act of 1875, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican support over 100% Democrat oppositionJanuary 10, 1878

U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage; Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919. Republicans foil Democratic efforts to keep women in the kitchen, where they belongFebruary 8, 1894

Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to voteJanuary 15, 1901Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

May 29, 1902

Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%February 12, 1909

On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, African-American Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACPMay 21, 1919

Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats noAugust 18, 1920

Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislaturesJanuary 26, 1922

House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”June 2, 1924

Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native AmericansOctober 3, 1924

Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National ConventionJune 12, 1929

First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the countryAugust 17, 1937

Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Klan background was hidden until after confirmationJune 24, 1940Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

August 8, 1945

Republicans condemn Harry Truman’s surprise use of the atomic bomb in Japan. The whining and criticism goes on for years. It begins two days after the Hiroshima bombing, when former Republican President Herbert Hoover writes to a friend that “The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”September 30, 1953

Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of EducationNovember 25, 1955

Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travelMarch 12, 1956

Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregationJune 5, 1956

Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down “blacks in the back of the bus” lawNovember 6, 1956

African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for PresidentSeptember 9, 1957President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

September 24, 1957

Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schoolsMay 6, 1960

President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate DemocratsMay 2, 1963

Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rightsSeptember 29, 1963

Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High SchoolJune 9, 1964Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate

“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”

June 10, 1964

Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.August 4, 1965

Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favorFebruary 19, 1976

President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWIISeptember 15, 1981

President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programsJune 29, 1982

President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights ActAugust 10, 1988

President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDRNovember 21, 1991

President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislationAugust 20, 1996

Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law

And let’s not forget the words of liberal icon Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood…

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population….

So the next time any Democrat claims they’ve been supportive of civil rights in America (and been so all along), ask them to explain their past. “We’ve grown” is not gonna cut it, considering they continue to lie about their past to this day, and only someone lacking in common sense would believe two distinct political parties could juxtaposition their stances on civil rights seemingly overnight.

vitajex
vitajex

"if [Michele Bachmann] embraces this view of slavery, the Confederacy and the Civil War... well, what do you call that?"

Easy- gullibility.  This poor woman has stated again and again that she has no ideas or thoughts of her own but rather merely regurgitates the thoughts and opinions of others.  She says she never wanted to go into tax law, but Marcus said she should, so "okay!".  Everything from her is merely barely digested pablum spat right back up with no introspection or reflection.  She's a perfect example of what some call "sheeple".  Even her "rebellious"- "mavericky", even!- views and attitude are simply aping others like Bradlee Dean and this ordained moron. 

She reminds me of the old Platters song:"Oh, yes,she's the great pretender-pretending that she's thinking well.Her need is suchshe pretends too muchHead's empty but no one can tell..."

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

oh wait here it is-

June 10, 1964

Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.August 4, 1965

Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favorFebruary 19, 1976

President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWIISeptember 15, 1981

President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programsJune 29, 1982

President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights ActAugust 10, 1988

President Ronald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act of 1988, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDRNovember 21, 1991

President George H. W. Bush signs Civil Rights Act of 1991 to strengthen federal civil rights legislationAugust 20, 1996

Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law

And let’s not forget the words of liberal icon Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood…

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population….

So the next time any Democrat claims they’ve been supportive of civil rights in America (and been so all along), ask them to explain their past. “We’ve grown” is not gonna cut it, considering they continue to lie about their past to this day, and only someone lacking in common sense would believe two distinct political parties could juxtaposition their stances on civil rights seemingly overnight.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Any proof of that?

Oh wait,  1964 - current things the Democrats did to oppress the blacks. 

And I forgot one-Just this year (2011) in July

http: //nymag. com /daily /intel /2010/07 /bill_clinton_jokes_about_rober.  html (take the spaces out and paste in browser)Speaking at the memorial for the deceased Ku Klux Klan Grand Kleagle (d) Robert Byrd, William Jefferson Davis Clinton said it’s alright to join the Ku Klux Klan. Why?

Because "Robert Byrd needed to get elected."

And, of course, for members of the Clinton administration, getting elected improves one’s chances of having sexual encounters with staff assistants, interns, and New Age masseuses.

Here is the list of the top ten other reasons Bill Clinton thinks joining the KKK is OK:

10. Robes also double as togas for White House office parties.9. Saturday Night Klan Monte Carlo night is perfect excuse for ditching the old lady and meeting the mistresses.8. Grand Dragon sounds kind of Bruce Lee, doesn’t it?7. Look on Obama’s face when former president shows up in full Klan regalia is priceless6. The Pope already has Hitler Youth and Volkstrum vote tied up.5. Few white separatists among D.C. paparazzi.4. Fond memories of wearing the hood and robe, sneaking up to Ted Kennedy, and saying, “Where are all the white women?”3. There’s no barbecue like a Klan barbecue.2. DNA stains don’t show up on white sheets like they do on blue dresses1. Good laugh every time Gore wins popular vote for Grand Dragon, but loses electoral college.

jww
jww

Facts stolen verbatim from black-and-right dot com/the-democrat-race-lie/Kirk the Conservative King of Copy and Paste

Guy
Guy

So you just copy-pasted every bad statement or act that someone with a "D" next to their name has done and every good statement or act that someone with an "R" next to their name has done, ignoring the grander context of American history and ignoring how the two parties have changed so much since slavery as to be unrecognizable today. You're really getting quite boring. It seems the only person you succeed in angering is yourself. (and now for the all-too-predictable rejoinder: "THIS IS WHAT LIBS DO! THEY ATTACK PERSONALLY INSTED OF DEBATING THE FACTS!!111!!!)

jww
jww

Facts stolen verbatim from black-and-right dot com/the-democrat-race-lie/Kirk the Conservative King of Copy and Paste

jww
jww

Facts stolen verbatim from black-and-right dot com/the-democrat-race-lie/Kirk the Conservative King of Copy and Paste

jww
jww

Facts stolen verbatim from black-and-right dot com/the-democrat-race-lie/Kirk the Conservative King of Copy and Paste

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

You're not speaking to the point of the fucking article, Jerk Off.

minblottermod
minblottermod

No, we're not. Please don't leave a bunch of comments in a row like that. If you have a comment that's more than a few hundreds words, I suggest you write a book instead.

jww
jww

August 17, 2011

Kirk the Conservative Jerk is a total douche bag.

jww
jww

Facts stolen verbatim from black-and-right dot com/the-democrat-race-lie/Kirk the Conservative King of Copy and Paste

HJ65
HJ65

Ok Kirk - So every time someone is racist, you'll just spout out other people that have been racist in the past and therefor it makes it ok? Democrats and Republicans aside, you seem to honestly think that people can be as vile as they want because someone else has already done it. How about growing as a society together and being overall better human beings? We should learn from our past, not site it as examples of why it's ok that we do shitty things today. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Try googling Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" its one of the most well known American political strategies in United States history.   The modern Republican party made an explicit choice to appeal to bigots and racists.  It was successful because the Democrats continued evolving to the progressive tolerant party that it is today.   The Republican's appeal to hate is why you find the Republican party so appealing kirk because you are a bigot and a racist that hates Mexicans, Gays, and Muslims.   You are the typical Republican voter these days, stupid and filled with hate. 

Sweeney the Liberal Weenie
Sweeney the Liberal Weenie

Lord, getting a little obsessive-compulsive on the old comments, Kirk. Remember -- never drink coffee right after the Adderall. 

jww
jww

Facts stolen verbatim from black-and-right dot com/the-democrat-race-lie/Kirk the Conservative King of Copy and Paste

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Historical facts are facts!

If you prefer, I can post a couple facts about democrat racism, per day, per article.

Either way, the truth will be known.

jww
jww

Facts stolen verbatim from black-and-right dot com/the-democrat-race-lie/

Kirk the Conservative King of Copy and Paste

green23
green23

You know, Kirk, you can get your own blog for free and post the 'truth' there all day long.

You don't have to squat in the comment section of the blog counterpart to a local alt-weekly newspaper. It's a big internet, buddy.

Here's a helpful hint: look up the word "relevant" some time. It will shock you.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Is the truth that the two parties you mention share almost nothing with their analogs today? Because anyone who has taken a civics class knows this...and a civics text book uses far fewer words.

vitajex
vitajex

Why don't you go post all this shit on some stupid website where people will actually listen?

Don't you ever get sick of having to buy new pants all the time because you can't stop pissing in the wind?

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