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Think Progress attempts to rewrite political history

Not that such an attempt should come as a huge surprise to anyone, but TP is attempting a common thing by the left – to paint the suppression of voters as a strictly Republican thing by misusing the word “conservative” and mischaracterizing history.

For instance:

JIM CROW SOUTH: In the Jim Crow South, historian Leon Litwack writes, “respectable” Southern whites justified their support for measures to disenfranchise African-Americans “as a way to reform and purify the electoral process, to root out fraud and bribery.” In North Carolina for example, conservatives insisted that literacy tests and poll taxes — which disenfranchised tens of thousands of African-Americans — were necessary to prevent “voter fraud.”

Left out is the identification of the “respectable” Southern whites, here provided context by Wikipedia:

Jim Crow laws were a product of the solidly Democratic South. Conservative white Southern Democrats, exploiting racial fear and attacking the corruption (real or perceived) of Reconstruction Republican governments, took over state governments in the South in the 1870s and dominated them for nearly 100 years, chiefly as a result of disenfranchisement of most blacks through statute and constitutions. In 1956, southern resistance to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education resulted in a resolution called the Southern Manifesto. It was read into the Congressional Record and supported by 96 southern congressmen and senators, all but two of them southern Democrats.

The above is inarguable history. Facts. That’s what happened. What the left has tried and failed to do for years is claim that “conservative Democrat” is the same as “Republican”.  It is the only way they can whitewash (no pun intended) this period of history.  But look at the cite from Wikipedia – what was it that these “conservative white Southern Democrats” displaced?  Reconstruction Republican governments.   Note the number of Southern Democrats who opposed any and all of the legislation of the Civil Rights era.  All but a handful remained Democrats till they day they died.  What the rewriters of history on the left want to do and try to convince you they were all really secret Republicans.

But who was it that opposed the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School and caused Republican President Eisenhower to send in federal troops to see it was done?  A life long Democrat.   Who was the Senator that was against all manner of integration and equality for blacks and was also a mentor to former President Bill Clinton?  A life long Democrat.  Who was it who participated in the Senate filibuster of civil rights legislation and was a former member of the KKK?  A life long Democrat.

Jim Crow was a result of Democratic politics not Republican politics.  Republicans were not welcome in the South during that era. The use of the word “conservative” as a means of deception is apparent and transparent.  The fact that the South was solidly Democratic during the civil rights era with only 2 Republicans tells the real story.  How the Democrats ever managed the slight of hand that has them become the heroes of the civil rights era is a lesson in and of itself of the power of propaganda.

In the case of Think Progress, the entire point of the post is to use misleading and anecdotal evidence in an attempt to claim that “conservatives”, i.e. Republicans, have engaged in the suppression of minority voters for years, when, in fact, it has been the Democrats.   And it is to confuse attempts at guarding the integrity of the voting system (such as requiring a photo ID to vote) with such repression.

It’s a hack job and a pretty shoddy one too boot.  But then, we’re talking Think Progress here … no surprises encountered.

~McQ

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19 Responses to Think Progress attempts to rewrite political history

  • Collectivists LIE.  A lot.  Constantly.
    One of the big aims of Jim Crow was to prevent white businesses who dealt with anybody (capitalists) from having any competitive advantage over bigots.

    • And are advocates of “The Big Lie” – that which is being demonstrated…..

  • The fact that the South was solidly Democratic during the civil rights era with only 2 Republicans tells the real story.

    I assume you mean, “only 2 Republicans in office,” or something like that…

  • Oh please … Think Progress  …  these guys would know what “progress” was if it walked up to them and introduced itself.

    • It’s more “Regress”.
      Their whole basis is tribalism and thuggery (see: unions) that is akin to ancient barbarism.

  • Well “TP” is an appropriate abbreviation for them!

  • Heh. Just think, the only reason this particular piece of revisionist history surfaced is because the author though no one “knew” history and might rebut.

    • Or even better, the author himself was essentially unaware of it, having been hand fed the lie that Republicans passed all those laws years ago, and was passing it on to the next generation of progressive neanderthals around the campfire.

    • Yes. I have seen this happen with Huey Long as well, in an on-line discussion of how the Republicans are fascist, someone brought up Huey Long. The progressives were ecstatic that someone had come up with this great historical example!
      I had to point out he was a Democrat. Wikipedia at that time did not have his party even listed, so I went in and added that. Some people didn’t even believe me. Crazy.
      Fred Phelps is another example often used by uninformed Democrats, claiming that he is a conservative. For that, you need to explain that he donated money to Democrats and there is a photo of him shaking hands with Al Gore.

  • Jim Crow was a result of Democratic politics not Republican politics.  Republicans were not welcome in the South during that era. The use of the word “conservative” as a means of deception is apparent and transparent.  The fact that the South was solidly Democratic during the civil rights era with only 2 Republicans tells the real story.

    No, no, NO!  These people, had they been alive today, would be REPUBLICANS, I tell you!  Yessir, Woodrow Wilson and “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman and Josephus Daniels and William Fulbright all the other famous Southerners revered by the democrats actually weren’t democrats at all. 

    Hmmm… If we extend this “logic”, that sort of means that those nasty ol’ Southern SLAVE OWNERS Washington, Jefferson, et al were also Republicans.

    I guess I can live with that!

  • A Republican freed the slaves, a Republican (Eisenhower) integrated the schools, the Republicans voted overwhelmingly for the Civil Rights Act contra Democrats…
    To this day, Republicans/libertarians insist on treating people based on the content of their character and as individuals, contrasted by the racial collectivism of the left.

  • Speaking of scandals … who said …

    “I do not consider myself a hero… what have we come to if turning down a bribe is ‘heroic’?”
     

  • “Conservative white Southern Democrats, exploiting racial fear and attacking the corruption (real or perceived) of Reconstruction Republican governments”

    Now, these “conservative” Southern Democrats were pro FDR’s New Deal and LBJ’s Great Society programs, were they not?

    If so, how does that make them “conservatives”?

    • They were racists, so, as night follows day, the must be conservatives or libertarian or monarchist.

    • As opposed to the extreme, tofu eating Nancy Pelosi left? That’s how Robert KKK Byrd became a “conservative Democrat”. Course that still puts them to the left of any Republican, even a RINO.

  • Having grown up in Louisiana back when it was 100% democrat controlled I can vouch for what you say.  My old racists uncles went to their grave as Democrats and would never have voted for any republican for any reason.  The reason that the south eventually turned mostly republicans was three fold.

     First, the younger generation was disenchanted with the old way of politics. People of my age became republicans when Ronald Reagan presented his vision of a conservative opportunity society.

    Second, a lot of the more enterprising individuals fled the high tax rustbelt states and moved to the low tax south, many of these were republican businessmen.

    Third, the right to life movement caused millions of Christians to move against the democratic party.

  • The Democratic party! Promoting racial hatred and class warfare since the 1830’s !