posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 01:30 PM
One cannot so easily slap a party label on someone from the past and use it to justify the current state of either political party in the U.S. Others
here are far better qualified and knowledgeable of Lincoln, the first Republican president, and his motivations and actions relating to the
emancipation of American blacks. However to somehow imply that today's Republicans are anything like him is disingenious.
I have seen the argument on many occasions by Republicans that they drove the Civil Rights legislation in the '60's and then use that as some
justification of their current status. Yet, history begs otherwise.
Lincoln was a northerner and a Republican. After the confederecy was defeated, the last person for whom a southerner would vote was a
Republican and thus the south became a bastion of the Democratic party. The "Dixiecrats" were much of the base of the Democratic party and as others
have noted, Strom Thurmond was one of them. So was George Wallace, the governor of Alabama that stood in the way of integration. Yet, driven by the
politics of JFK and later LBJ, the Democratic party helped drive the civil rights agenda throughout the south. Johnson sent National Guard troops to
force Wallace to allow black students to enter a "white school" and at that point, the southerners became disillusioned by their party. Being raised
as racists by ancestors that owned or supported the ownership of slaves, the last thing acceptable to them was equality of blacks in America.
The Republicans, sensing a shift in power, offered these southerners an alternative and the Dixiecrats eventually became Republicans. The only one
that did not, of which I am aware, is Robert Byrd, the (D) Senator of WV who is still in office today. And lives in a very red state. Republicans like
to point out that he was once a member of the KKK but the bottom line is that many of their base today have ancestors that were also part of that and
remain a part of the white supremacy movement. I would venture that there are few, if any, democrats in those types of organizations today.
Republicans call themselves conservative but the reality of it is that there has not been a true conservative republican that has run for the
presidency since Barry Goldwater. At one time, great thinkers like William F. Buckley, Jr. drove the agenda of conservatives but they have never
replaced him. The "mouthpieces" now are not true conservatives but some warped version of what they once were. One poster says that if JFK were
alive today, he would be a "conservative" yet seems to ignore that his brother Ted was a fixture of the Democratic party. Their beliefs were very
similar so trying to usurp JFK in such a way is simply silly.
If one wants to find a real conservative, look to Ron Paul, the "outcast" of the republican party. Simply put, today we have liberals (democrats)
and liberal lites (republicans).