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Republicans ‘Absent’ From March On Washington

First we have this from the Associated Press:

Obama inspires many in 50th-year King remembrance

By SUZANNE GAMBOA and ANDREW MIGA | August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — For many among the tens of thousands of Americans who thronged to the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Barack Obama’s challenge to seize the cause of racial equality from the "glorious patriots" of the tumultuous 1960s struck a deep generational chord.

As always, it’s always first, last and always about Obama. But notice how artfully the AP puts aside the low turnout. "Many" turns out to be "tens of thousands," when a quarter million had been predicted. (In fact, the crowd was probably only around 20,000. But who’s counting?)

Standing on hallowed ground for the civil rights movement, the very steps on the Lincoln Memorial from which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke a half-century ago, Obama urged each person in the crowd Wednesday to become a modern-day marcher for racial harmony and economic justice…

Just like the way Obama and his appointees like Eric Holder have been marchers for "racial harmony."

Obama’s words were steeped in history and rich with symbolism, especially for those in the crowd who could count parents or other family members who were part of the movement five decades ago.

Obama paid tribute to the marchers of 1963 and that era — the maids, laborers, students and more who came from ordinary ranks to engage "on the battlefield of justice" — and he implored Americans not to dismiss what they accomplished…

White and black and of other races and ethnicities, they all came this time to recall history — and live it…

There may have been some diversity in the color of the speakers’ skins, but not much diversity in the content of their character as represented by their thoughts. Their thoughts were all in rigid lockstep.

In fact, we even saw a widely beloved billionaire (The Oprah) complain about being oppressed.

Two of the four living former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, spoke of King’s legacy — and of problems still to overcome.

"This march, and that speech, changed America," Clinton declared, remembering the impact on the world and himself as a young man. "They opened minds, they melted hearts and they moved millions — including a 17-year-old boy watching alone in his home in Arkansas."

Is that the same Bill Clinton who remembered seeing black churches being burned by white people? The same Bill Clinton who told Ted Kennedy that just a few years ago Barack Obama would have been fetching them coffee? The same Bill Clinton who was mentored by the leading Democrat segregationist Senator J. William Fulbright?  

(Fulbright signed the Southern Manifesto opposing the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Fulbright joined with the Dixiecrats in filibustering the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964. Fulbright also voted against the 1965 Voting Rights Act.)

Meanwhile, we have this from the Washington Post:

Republicans absent from March on Washington

By Ed O’Keefe | August 28, 1963

Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence for a party seeking to attract the support of minority voters.

You see? It was the Republicans fault they didn’t attend. And it was a deliberate slap in the face to black America. When will the Republicans ever learn?

Event organizers said Wednesday that they invited top Republicans, all of whom declined to attend because of scheduling conflicts or ill health. But aides to some GOP congressional leaders said they received formal invitations only in recent weeks, making it too late to alter their summer recess schedules…

What flimsy excuses. If they truly cared they would have dropped everything come back from their vacations at the last minute.

King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, said Wednesday that he was disappointed “that we didn’t have bipartisanship.” He noted that his mother, Coretta Scott King, had maintained relationships with all the living former presidents. “It would have been great” to see, King said, “that around the banner of Martin Luther King everyone could come together, because Dad represented the interest of all who were mistreated.” …

Yes, you can see how much they were longing for bipartisanship in all of their speeches.

Some Republicans noted that organizers did not invite Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), the only black Republican senator, who was appointed to his seat this year. Aides said Scott planned to attend a church service honoring King on Wednesday night in North Charleston, S.C.

Senator Scott is not "the only black Republican Senator," he is the only black currently serving in the US Senate period. But the failure to invite him was probably just an oversight. They probably don’t even know he’s alive.

But, after all, what have Republicans ever done for blacks or Civil Rights? Except gone to war to end slavery, and fighting the Democrat KKK and Jim Crow laws. And championing the Civil Rights Acts. But we should all remember what Democrats have done for blacks.

Lest we forget, it was Democrats that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other Civil Rights protesters were fighting in 1963. Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox brandished an ax hammer to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. Democrat Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963, declaring there would be ‘segregation forever.’

And, lest we forget, it was had been Democrats who fought to expand slavery while Republicans fought to end it. Democrats who passed all of the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats who opposed educating blacks and murdered their teachers. Democrats who fought against anti-lynching laws.

Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans. Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as ‘the party for blacks.’

Democrat President Woodrow Wilson, reintroduced segregation throughout the federal government immediately upon taking office in 1913. Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first appointment to the Supreme Court was a life member of the Ku Klux Klan, Sen. Hugo Black, Democrat of Alabama. Democrat President Roosevelt’s choice for vice president in 1944 was Harry Truman, who had joined the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City in 1922. Democrat President Roosevelt resisted Republican efforts to pass a federal law against lynching. Democrat President Roosevelt opposed integration of the armed forces.

Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd were the chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, is well known for having been a “Grand Kleagle” in the Ku Klux Klan. Democrat Senator Byrd of West Virginia, personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14 straight hours to keep it from passage.

Democrats supported the School Board of Topeka Kansas in the case of Brown v The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. Democrat public safety commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, in Birmingham, Ala., unleashed vicious dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators. Democrat Arkansas Governor Faubus tried to prevent the desegregation of Little Rock public schools.

Democrat Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act. Democrat President Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King. Democrat President Kennedy and his Attorney General brother, Robert, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Republicans ‘Absent’ From March On Washington”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    Great post Steve! The facts don’t lie.

    Not a single democrat could ever get elected to any office if the truth of recent history were taught in the classrooms of America. That’s why they had to take over the education system. They knew they had no chance if the truth were known to coming generations.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Ah yes, Steve. By the democrats screaming that the sky is falling, they alone keep
    the uninformed/uneducated blacks on their plantations. Carrying the water buckets
    full of kool-aid. It doesn’t matter about the “facts”. Democrats don’t want blacks to
    think for themselves. That is why you see race cards zinging all over the place and
    placed blacks in their own comfy little class as the “victim”.
    Until blacks open their eyes as to who is the real whip master (cracka), they as a race
    will continue to be victimized by politicians who use to wear the sheets and pillow cases.

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