[Rushtalk] MLK And The Republican Legacy Of Civil Rights

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Tue Jan 17 11:56:21 MST 2017


  Martin Luther King & the Republican Legacy of Civil Rights

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Paul Dowling
Written by Paul Dowling <http://eaglerising.com/author/paul-dowling/>

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          /“I think the authors of that notable instrument [the
          Declaration of Independence] intended to include all men.”
          —Abraham Lincoln/


        _Was Dr. King a Republican?_

Wikipedia reports that <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alveda_King>, 
“according to Fox News, Alveda King has ‘long argued’ that Dr. [Martin 
Luther] King was a Republican. She later blogged that MLK was 
politically independent.”

Indeed, it does appear that Martin Luther King, Jr., like his father 
before him, was a Republican, although he may not have voted 
consistently Republican with every election cycle.  He did, however, 
testify before fellow Republicans in San Francisco 
<http://www.sfchronicle.com/thetake/article/When-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-spoke-at-a-GOP-6479302.php>, 
in order to influence the 1964 Republican platform with regard to civil 
rights legislation.  It appears, however, that King may have taken issue 
with Barry Goldwater’s political position that the Constitution already 
guaranteed Equal Protection and that the federal government should leave 
to the sovereign states how civil rights should be enforced.


        _Goldwater_

One of the great false narratives of our time is that Barry Goldwater 
was racist and that, by extension, all conservative Republicans are 
racist.  This assertion is an unfair stereotype that simply holds no 
validity whatsoever.  Although Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights 
Act of 1964, the reason was because he had problems with Title II and 
Title VII of the act—which sponsored federal interference in the hiring 
and firing decisions of private businesses, as well as whom they might 
sell their goods and services to.  Goldwater feared the creation of a 
police state from the legislation which might eventually come back to 
haunt all Americans, no matter their race or ethnicity.

Goldwater actively fought racism, segregation, and other forms of 
bigotry in his home state of Arizona 
<https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/uncategorized/urban-legend-goldwater-against-civil-rights/>.  
And he was an advocate of private groups sponsoring boycotts against 
racist businesses, seeing this kind of citizen action as superior to 
federal dictates, since it preserved the private sphere for the people.  
Goldwater supported the integration of the Arizona National Guard and 
was an active member of the NAACP and the Urban League.

But, even though Goldwater and the Republicans were strong advocates of 
civil rights, the Democrats smeared Goldwater and his fellow Republicans 
as bigots, misrepresenting his Constitutionalist position; and they did 
this with the help of left-wing press.  This smear against conservative 
Republicans has continued in the American press, unabated.  But 
Republicans do not deserve the smear, since black Americans vote freely 
today, largely due to repeated Republican support for black voting 
rights.  In fact, the Republican Party created the first civil rights 
and voting rights laws in America, after the American Civil War, only to 
see the Democrats repeal all of them after the election of 1892!


        _The Ku Klux Klan: Democrat Terrorists_

In 1892, the Democrats were a pretty racist lot.  It was in 1865 that 
the Ku Klux Klan was created in Pulaski, Tennessee, by the Democrats, 
who wished to form a terrorist enforcement arm to instill fear in black 
Southerners and their Republican supporters.  Indeed, the Texas 
Republican Party was founded mainly by blacks in 1867.  These black 
Southerners were colorblind and wanted their party to welcome everyone.  
Twenty white people immediately joined.  Throughout the South, other 
blacks followed the example of black Texans and started Republican Party 
branches to oppose the racist Democrats and their KKK.


        _Fast Forward to the 1960s_

When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, 65% of Democrats voted for 
the legislation under pressure from President Johnson.  80% of 
Republicans voted for the law.  (Republicans opposing the act, among 
them Goldwater, did so because of the wording of Title II and Title 
VII).  Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat and an ex-Grand Dragon of the Ku 
Klux Klan, filibustered the bill in an act of defiance.

When the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed, it was with a great deal of 
help by Republicans.  It saw 94% of the GOP support it, but only 71% of 
Democrats.  Finally, Republicans could celebrate the restoration of the 
voting rights that they had originally approved for blacks a century 
earlier, before the Democrats had repealed them.  But this true history 
of Republicans supporting civil rights more than Democrats—even in the 
passage of the ’64 and ’65 acts—has all been rewritten by a corrupt media.


        _Flashback to Lincoln’s Advocacy of a Colorblind Society_

President Lincoln, the first Republican president, issued the 
Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.  In 1865, he secured 
passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery 
for all time.  100% of Lincoln Republicans voted for the amendment.  
Only 23% of Democrats voted for it, and many of them had to be coerced.

In 1868, the 14th Amendment gave African Americans full civil rights, 
guaranteeing terms of equality that restrained the Democrat-run South 
from abridging those rights.  Every voting Republican voted for this 
law, while not a single Democrat voted for it.

The 15th Amendment was passed when many Democrat-run states tried to 
thwart the 14th Amendment by blocking voting rights. Once again, every 
Republican voted for the amendment; every Democrat voted no.


        _The Democrats Cancel Equal Rights for Blacks_

Until 1875, the Republicans in Congress passed and enforced appropriate 
civil rights measures to ensure the rights of all black Americans.  In 
1876, however, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives and 
blocked further Republican reforms.  In 1892, Democrats also took 
control of the Senate and the White House.  Then, the Democrats 
proceeded to repeal all the civil rights laws the Republicans had 
passed.  Until this happened, the GOP was on the road to bringing about 
the colorblind society envisioned by Lincoln and the Republican founders 
of America’s rebirth subsequent to the Civil War.

With Democrats in charge, Southern states began to pass Jim Crow laws 
without federal opposition.  Blacks would now be subjected to literacy 
tests to qualify for their civil rights and would be subjected to 
unaffordable poll taxes.  Racist officials also withheld from blacks the 
permits needed to carry firearms for self-defense.  How many lynchings 
might have been prevented, had blacks been allowed to protect themselves?


        _Truman Changes Some Minds_

Although President Harry Truman changed the minds of many blacks, when 
he began the desegregation of the armed forces, receiving 77% of the 
Black vote in 1952, Senator John Kennedy and other Democrats voted 
against the Civil Rights Act of 1957 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1957>.  After 
becoming president, Kennedy (who needed the electoral sympathy of 
Southern Democrats to remain popular) also opposed Dr. King’s 1963 March 
on Washington.  But Kennedy was assassinated, leaving Johnson, who 
wanted to pass civil rights legislation to secure black votes, in charge 
of the presidency.  Not a fan of black people or of civil rights, 
Johnson was, indeed, a fan of obtaining the black vote.


        _The GOP: Still Colorblind After All These Years_

To this day, Republicans continue to favor colorblind policy-making that 
is based on the Golden Rule, as is the US Constitution.   Contrary to 
Progressive media propaganda, Republican conservatives believe in the 
exact opposite of racism, and the Party of Lincoln remains committed to 
the notion of Liberty and Justice for All.

The current state of affairs in America, however, is such that not every 
American is treated the same.  When black racist groups, such as Black 
Lives Matter, demonize individuals who say “all lives matter” as being 
the ones who are racist, despite the fact that “all lives matter” is a 
principled statement based on the Golden Rule, that only goes to show 
that our nation is no longer united behind a unified belief in the 
Golden Rule and the principle of Equal Protection for All.  Valuing and 
helping all Americans equally, in preparation for life’s challenges, is 
the ethic which is needed, rather than the unequal valuing of some 
groups’ lives over those of other groups.

Dr. King dreamed of a world devoted to the Golden Rule 
<http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm>, as laid 
out in the Declaration of Independence by Mr. Jefferson, saying “this 
nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold 
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”  King 
would not have approved of a group like Black Lives Matter, although he 
may have approved of one called All Lives Matter.  Indeed, BLM’s goal of 
assassinating white police officers runs counter to King’s dream of a 
world where “little black boys and black girls will be able to join 
hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers,” 
for, if the black parents are murdering the white parents, what kind of 
hope are they modeling to their little boys and girls?  What kind of 
world are they building for us to live in?  Surely, a world in keeping 
with the views of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King would be a 
better vision for all of us.

/The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their 
author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com/

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