Be Not Ashamed
Here’s a question that’s always puzzled me. Why are we, as conservatives, ashamed of our position?
Perhaps we feel this way because we are inundated with messages from the left and the MSM that we represent the worst of America. That we are the side that supports racism and big business squashing the little guy. We are told that we are uncaring, cold and brutal toward the poor.
But is it true?
The Republican Party started auspiciously in 1854. The primary purpose to form was in direct opposition to slavery. Republican lawyer Montgomery Blair defended the "Dred Scott" case before the Supreme Court.
Our dear, delicate brethren in the Party of Peace almost beat Senator Charles Sumner to death. He required three years to recover from the beating he endured on the Senate floor.
Of course we come to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was instrumental in freeing the slaves over the howls of outraged Democrats. We are to believe these days that slavery was but one issue among many that precipitated the Civil War, in my reading of history I must say that’s not exactly how it looks to me.
Republican opened the first black colleges, passed the 13th amendment outlawing slavery, opened the Freedmen bureaus to help blacks integrate after the war.
But Jake you’re saying, this was many years ago. What does this have to do with McBushie Hitler Chimpie Fascist Mcgee?
Well, I glad you asked. In 1956 On the campaign trail, Vice President Richard Nixon vows: “American boys and girls shall sit, side by side, at any school – public or private – with no regard paid to the color of their skin. Segregation, discrimination, and prejudice have no place in America”
From 1952-1960 President Eisenhower is a staunch defender of civil rights. Eisenhower’s administration pushed Brown vs. Board of education, bans racial segregation for interstate bus travel, championed Rosa Parks, met with Martin Luther King to talk about racial equality, signed the 1957 Civil Right Act, and so on ad nauseum.
But still, you’ll say, that’s ancient history. To which I would reply, only in this country is that ancient history, bub.
But okay, more current examples abound.
Both Reagan and Bush I were strong advocates of civil rights. Each man signed Civil Rights legislation strengthening civil rights laws. Our current president has spoken eloquently on the ‘soft bigotry of lowered expectations’. Many who know our current president consider him to be very strong on civil rights who had much success in Texas.
History is both mutable and fungible, and hmmm, who’s writing and teaching history in our country right now? The Republican Party isn’t perfect, that is not the point I’m trying to make here. No, rather the Republican Party has a proud tradition of supporting those in greatest need in stark contrast to the Democratic party that has found itself time and again on the wrong side of the issues that most effect us as a nation.
The Democratic Party had to be hauled kicking and screaming into the reality of civil rights and they were a most unwilling party (pun intended) to the changes that Republicans had embraced for over a hundred years.
Somehow, the Democratic Party has managed a stunning reversal of fortunes. Far from being rightfully considered the party of racists of every stripe, they are now the alleged champions of racial equality. This isn’t even a good joke.
Quick quiz – What party is Robert Byrd in?
So, the next time some smelly hippie is haranguing you about being a conservative feel free to let them know that their party isn’t all that!
Hat tip LoneRanger
Lone Rangers site is a must read for all Conservatives.
He also runs This Day in Republican History Another must read. Thanks Lone Ranger your research is appreciated!