I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Barry Goldwater, 1964 Republican National Convention at San Francisco, California
Immediately following making that statement in his acceptance speech, he was dismissed as a racist by the entire country. He lost the election in dramatic fashion . His own party branded him not only a racist, but a destroyer of the party. That all changed in that year and in 1965. He was no longer a racist, but was becoming a hero.
This same party has taken that creed and built up on it. Goldwater and Nixon are now perceived as moderates now, compared to Reagan, Bush I and Bush II. They learned their lessons well. The Republican party has become a party of usurpers and destroyers.
It was done simple by a stroke of a pen in 1964 and 1965. It was the beginning of their destruction and evil. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 gave Republicans the “Solid South”. It once again opened the door to hatred and racism on a scale not seen since the Civil War. The South was ready and able. They were outraged that their rights to lynch and call blacks “niggers” was being infringed upon. The Republicans played their race card, and what was once a Democratic stronghold now turned and became Republicans.
We call it now the “Southern Strategy”. That phrase is an old Nixon line used by his political strategist Kevin Phillips. In an interview in a 1970 New York Times article, he touched on its essence:
From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need anymore than that… but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without the prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.
They sought to polarize ethnic voting in general, and not just to win the white South, but the South was by far the biggest prize. The Republican party pandered to the Bible Belt, every Sunday go to meeting whites and told them we feel your pain. The good Baptists of the South joined the new religion. Republicans candidates began expressing support for states’ rights, a code of opposition to federal enforcement of civil rights for blacks and intervention on their behalf. This strategy worked for Nixon in 1968 and for Reagan in 1980.
President Lyndon B. Johnson said it best in 1965:
I am signing away the south for 50 years.
It proved to be accurate. The Democrats have never recovered the vote of the white racists in the South.
This should all sound new and to some familiar. We have all watched the Republicans since the 2010 election. Correction since the 2008 election. They have perfected this strategy and the states with Republican power now, have moved forward the agenda. Only this time the Republicans include everyone. Many people in America have been wearing blinders so as not see that it is repeating itself. It was clear not long President Obama’s election. The famous line by Senator Mitch McConnell said it all:
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
This was and is the priority of the Republican party for 2008-2010 and now 2012. They have deliberately not legislated. They have made no to effort to work on the people’s business. Appropriation bills not passed. Racism is the religion. The so-called Religious Right no longer has any influence. Their mission is solely to return blacks and Hispanics to their slave status, take the voting rights away and to return women to their place of sexual objects. If you are not white and a man, you will be thrown out. You have no control over your person and all your rights rescinded. It is patriotic to be white. Be proud to be white and American. That is their message.
They also hope that we will forget. That we won’t remember the war on women, making voter id laws, heartbeat bills, Governor Vagina and Dr. Cooch. They hope that we will be more interested in the Olympics and gold medals to remember how they have violated all of us. They realize that the only way for Willard “The Rat” Romney to have any chance, is to not allow the majority of voters the right to vote.
There is an email floating around, at least here in Ohio, with parts of a transcript from Michael Richards defense speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act.
There are African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans etc. And then there are just Americans.
It is being sent out by Republicans with the last line reading:
Be Proud to Be White and American!
So now if you are African-American, Greek American, Irish American, Jewish American, German American, Italian American, etc. you aren’t white and you are not American. Imagine it, you are born in America, your heritage is Greek or Irish etc., but you are not American and certainly not white. Therefore, you have no right to vote. Enough is enough.
It is time to remember, it is time, especially women, to rise up and show them who has power in this country. It is time to show so-called white men who has control over their bodies and their country. Take it back. Fight.
I am as mad as hell, and I am not going to take it anymore.
Howard Beale, Network