Liberals Have It Wrong When It Comes to Republicans and Race

More and more minorities are returning to the Republican Party. Democrats need to drop the race remarks.

Following the 2012 Republican National Convention, Democratic leaders and liberal pundits accused the Republican Party of trotting out minority speakers to give the false impression that the party was all-inclusive.  Past and recent history shows that the Republican Party has always been a party of inclusion, despite the racist moniker the liberals keep throwing at the party. 

This rhetoric by liberals, including Vice President Joe Biden, is not only factually wrong, but easily debunked.  For Biden to tell a recent majority black audience that the Republican Party was going to put them back in chains, ignores the history of the party, and insulting to its members.

From Joseph H. Rainey, the first black Congressman and Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first black Senator, to Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of state under George W. Bush, there has been a long history of elected officials that attached themselves to the Republican Party.  The party has had members that included Harriet Tubman, the founder of the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery activist; Sojourner Truth, famous civil rights activist and one of the strongest voices against women's suffrage; Ida B. Wells, co-founder of the NAACP; Booker T. Washington and many other advocates for civil rights.  And lets not forget about Frederick Douglas, the first black-American nominated to be Vice President.

In the modern era, we have had the likes of Alan Keyes (2000 Presidential Candidate), (2012 Presidential Candidate), Colin Powell (Joint Chief of Staff, Supreme Commander and Secretary of State), Condoleeza Rice (Secretary of State), Dr. Rod Paige (Secretary of Education), Rep. Allen West and a host of others. The 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed and affirmed by Republicans with an 80-20 percent margin, while the Democrats affirmed by a 63-37 percent margin.  And everyone know that President Abraham Lincoln was responsible for abolishing slavery.

The Republican Party has a rich history of supporting freedom and equality of blacks and have had many, many black leaders.  The difference is we don't judge people by the color of their skin as our party from its inception in 1854, has believed that all men and women are created equal and have equal rights.  We didn't have to come around to that way of thinking, its in our creed. Because of our past and future, we hold all of our leaders and politicians accountable.  We don't elect based on the color of skin, nor do we keep elected officials in power because of skin color.  So sorry Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews; you can not define us as racists.  It's time for those pundits to start following the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who said, "...not to judge by the color of their skin, but the content of their heart."  That is how we live.

You see, it is the content of our party's heart that attracts people to our party, not what we can promise them.  We believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out.  We've been their from the beginning, and have not changed course.  If anything, the left has had bigotry in as much as they just don't believe that all men and women can rise up on their own.  

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oak creek resident September 06, 2012 at 05:39 PM
@ Ronald You need to learn how to spell, illiterate ghetto thug. You spelled "obviously" as "onviously". You have no education and therefore no cred. In trying to humiliate Dey in his there/their error, you have at the same time defeated yourself, foolish thug. No please take your crap over to the dailykos or some other small minded racist boards, you just don't cut it here, boy.
oak creek resident September 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
@ Randy the washed up loser hippy: As JB said, above: n 2007 at the State of Black Union, Al Sharpton said the following in reference to Obama (everyone is in agreement that he was speaking of Obama), "Just because you're our color doesn't make you our kind." In February of 2007 Stanley Crouch wrote the article, What Obama Isn't, Black Like Me. Refering to Obama's direct African roots and lack of African-American ancestry (aka slave blood). Then in March of 2007 the LA Times wrote an article Obama the 'Magic Negro'. Where proves that idea of Magic Negro as described in Wikipedia, "He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist", is true.
Randy1949 September 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@oak creek resident -- I don't see how that Wikipedia article proves that Republicans were overwhelmingly for the act and Dems were overwhelmingly against. The figures prove the opposite once you factor out the southerners in either party. Republicans initially wanted to water President Kennedy's proposal down: "President Kennedy met with the Republican leaders on June 11, 1963 prior to his television address that night to discuss the legislation. On June 13, Everett McKinley Dirksen, Senate Minority Leader, and Mike Mansfield, Senate Majority Leader, both voiced support for the president's bill except for provisions guaranteeing equal access to places of public accommodations. This led to several Republican Congressmen drafting a compromise bill to be considered." Check out the percentages of northern Democrats voting for the final House and Senate bills. You will see that the percentage in favor is higher than that of their northern GOP counterparts. Furthermore, not a single southern Republican voted in favor of the bills, while a few southern Democrats did.
Randy1949 September 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
@oak creek resident -- There is such a thing as a writer's syntax, which becomes recognizable the more they post. Yours is becoming very apparent, along with several 'other' posters on the Patch. I haven't forgotten last weekend.
Chris September 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
All of you, on whatever side of the issues, who have resorted to name calling or the haughtiness of becoming the self-imposed grammar or spelling police ought to be ashamed of yourselves. All you do is hurt your cause by making clear that you have no substantive arguments on your side.
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 06:16 PM
@Randy1949 - Hoffa never knew that you were a hippy ;-)
J. B. Schmidt September 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
More importantly, the judging of some else's grammar is totally racist.
agirlwithaview September 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I am concerned that people view this as an issue regarding opposing parties, or that digging back 30, 50, or even 100 years ago to prove which party isn't racist is important. The true and most important issue facing America today is the misguided belief that certain people; either based on race or a perceived economic status deserve free money from their government. It is this sense of entitlement that is ruining America. It starts with people who scam the government in order to "qualify" for this assistance, all the way down to today's children who think that they are entitled to a new $200 cell phone every six months - or even worse, a 13 year old girl who STEALS a car and thinks she has the right to run down a HARD WORKING father of three on his bicycle because he is in her way. If America doesn't go back to the pride and honor that comes with working hard for what you need and want and allows the current government to continue down this treacherous path of handouts for all, it won't matter who is wrong or right. T @hershal-webster actually got it right when he referred to this as "a new class in america that is growing at an alarming rate" - it has to stop now or the fallout will be far and wide beyond party lines and yes, even racism. We are not required to vote with a certain party and certainly shouldn't do so in order to prove we are better than the other. We are required to vote with thoughtfulness as to who will work to truly improve our country. Focus on that.
Randy1949 September 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
@Hoffa -- Maybe if I'm in a good mood sometime I'll tell you about the time a fellow student at UWW and i had to knock on the door of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Convent in Elm Grove as part of our Architectural Survey class. The two of us had long hair,patched bell-bottom jeans, sandals, the works. I'll never forget the looks on the faces of the retired nuns as the nice Sister who opened the door led us to the Mother Superior's office. I wasn't really a hippie -- I just dressed like one.
Randy1949 September 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
It's only applicable to Brian Dey because he's so vocal about education reform. And because this article has a very poor grasp of history.
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 06:42 PM
@Randy1949 - Hoffa hears that! Hoffa personally likes to dress like Don Johnson in Miami Vice on the weekends - pastel pink and blue t-shirts with the white slacks and tux jacket and ultra-cool shades! Gets a lot of smiles where ever Hoffa goes!
Dirk Gutzmiller September 06, 2012 at 06:43 PM
OK, given Brian Dey's writing skills, or lack thereof, what then are Dey's educational qualifications to be a "national" expert on education?
Randy1949 September 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I think Brian Dey doesn't like paying a boatload of taxes for a poor educational result, and neither do I. He and I just differ on the possible causes and solutions, and I don't claim to be any kind of expert. I just wonder what the perdition has happened to public primary education in the last fifty years.
J. B. Schmidt September 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
@Dirk It is also racist to judge some one on the basis of their education.
Brian Dey September 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Ronald Raygun said, "Let me get this right - Brian Dey (a white guy) is claiming to know about racism? Oh, how absolutely PRECIOUS! Is that how you plan for education reform? Getting someone who knows absolutely NOTHING about a subject to teach it?" Yes I did read it. Claiming that just because you are black makes you superior to a white man on racism fits neatly into the definition of racism. And just so you know, sentences start with a capital letter if you are going to be that picky about a usage mistake.
Drive To 24 September 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Bill Clinton just impregnated Sandra Fluke backstage... Coulter Tweet - Inclusive??
Drive To 24 September 06, 2012 at 10:55 PM
The party's new platform, coincidentally ensconced this week, is a case in point. Set to be adopted in Tampa, the platform is the party's most conservative yet, embracing the starchy credos of the 1950s. "The document," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the platform committee chairman, "will reflect the heart and soul of the Republican Party."It is also nothing less than a stealth attack on modernity, revealing the true colors of the Republican base. It reveals a party which has marched far to the right, thanks to the Tea Party movement and populist chagrin over the party's more moderate establishment.Tough luck if you're gay, poor, an immigrant, a minority or an independently-minded woman: These retro-Republicans don't like you, don't trust you and don't want you making your own decisions. They resent government meddling in their own lives but love meddling in yours, as chaperones, judges and moralizers.According to CNN and the New York Times, which obtained excerpts of the platform, they would outlaw abortion without exceptions for cases of incest or rape, or when the mother's life is at risk. A "Human Life Amendment" to the constitution would make sure that the states don't create loopholes.They would also make sure that same-sex marriage never becomes reality, calling it an "assault on the foundations of our society." Again, a constitutional amendment would annul all contrary state laws and court rulings.
James R Hoffa September 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
That's funny! Good one Coulter!
Brian Dey September 06, 2012 at 11:01 PM
For those that are critics of my gramar, I'm glad you could point out the one mistake I made in an article that contained over 700 words. For those that are liberal and don't know math, that would be 99.86% accuracy. I never did profess to be perfect but in academia, that would be an extremely high "A". And Randy, I don't mind paying a boatload of taxes provided it is netting results. Increasing my taxes for the past two decades each year and producing the second lowest graduation rate in Wisconsin of 73% overall and 50% for blacks tells me there is a lot of waste. Listening to the Superintendent make excuses and not produce results tells me they have no clue. Busing poverty and minority children to non-Title 1 schools tells me that they both don't have a clue and and waste our tax dollars. With the exception of Principal Thompson at West Ridge Elementary, they have not reduced the gap in over 30 years of trying. Get a clue, stop making excuses and start believing that every child has the same capacity to learn.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 07, 2012 at 12:01 AM
J.B. - Everyting is racist to you, but yourself. The grand self-deception. Education is not racist, of course, but you seem to be very defensive in that area.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
And then these juveniles talk so sanctimoniously about how Republicans support women.
Ima Hippee September 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds" - Bob Marley
Ima Hippee September 07, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Who are these people who tell me what I should eat?
Ima Hippee September 07, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Randy 1949, did you say writers syntax? wait,what? e.e. cummings
Dirk Gutzmiller September 07, 2012 at 01:36 AM
oak creek resident - My concern is not the occasional misspelling, punctuation, etc. My concern is with someone that is rabid classifying himself as a national expert. That may work for a beer can collector, or '57 Chevy fan, but when it comes to educating the next generation, I want someone that is not just a political idealogue, but someone educated in educating, not just getting his own property values up and cutting his tax dollars.
Brian Dey September 07, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Ronald Raygun- Yes, and Republicans throw thidiots out; The Democratic Party has them introduce the President, a.k.a. Joe (they gonna put y'all back in chains) Biden.
Brian Dey September 07, 2012 at 03:36 AM
"the idiots"
The Anti-Alinsky September 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
@ Dirk Gutzmiller: "This Patch blog is one of several in the last six months poorly defending the CURRENT Republican Party from charges of racism. " From my response to Lanore above: "Lanore, there is a huge difference between today's Republican party and today's Democratic party concerning race. The Democrats think so little of African-American's that they feel they need to give them everything. Republicans have enough faith in African-Americans to let them succeed on their own with only the same public support (education) that are given to other groups."
jennifer call September 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
That was one idiot. Does not reflect Republicans.
jennifer call September 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
That was one idiot. It doesn't reflect Republicans. My in-laws were Democrats and the biggest load of racists on earth.


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