I’ve been reading a book titled, “RIP Ford’s Texas.” In it, John Ford, a Texas Ranger and Democrat Legislator living in the mid 1800’s, wrote about the early stages of Texas’ history. He wrote about the challenges they faced ridding Texas of the Indian problem, and their skirmishes with Mexico’s thugs.
He also talked about politics, and the Democrat Party in particular, with much insight on their perspective of slavery. It’s amazing to me, how the Democrat Party has positioned itself as the Party of “compassion,” especially considering their founding principles.
While the Democrat Party, along with the media, have done all they can to reverse history by making Republicans look like the Party that supported slavery, the fact is, it was the Democrats, in our nation’s early history, who fought for slavery. They felt it was their “God given right,” to own slaves, stating “throughout history, man has owned slaves.”
When the Republican Party in the mid 1800’s started pressuring the slave states to abolish slavery, it was Democrats who resisted. They rallied together, formed alliances, and claimed slaves were their “property,” and not entitled to equal treatment under the law.
In 1854, the situation became so bad, that within the Democrat Party, many anti-slavery Democrats left the Party, joining what eventually became the Republican Party. As tension continued to mount, and President Lincoln (a Republican…not a Democrat) decided he was willing to go to war in order to free the slaves, Democrats in the South still rejected it. If Democrats are the compassionate Party, then why didn’t they release their slaves?
Instead, they held their ground and decided to go to war rather than turn their slaves free. In their minds, the slaves “belonged” to them, and they weren’t going to give them up.
Given every opportunity to do the right thing and free the slaves, Democrats held fast to their core beliefs…that slaves (Negroes/Blacks/Africans) were not equals, and should not be allowed to live as free men. It was the Democrat’s unwillingness to give up their slaves that ultimately brought on the Civil War.
It’s easy to try and re-write history, especially when you have the media on your side, and it’s even easier when no one’s willing to discover truth. But as one great American famously said, “the truth shall set you free!” No wonder Democrats have tried so hard to distance themselves from the facts. If the Black population actually discovered they were in the former slave-owner’s camp, they’d leave the Party in droves, but they’ve been hood-winked. As long as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyonce make it “cool” to be a Democrat, the rest will follow. To me, they’re no different than the African tribes who helped capture their own people and sell them to the slave traders.
The truth is, the foundations of the Democrat Party are not rooted in equality and fairness for all, as they pretend to be. That’s why I’m amazed so many Black people identify themselves as Democrats, based on this clear fact. It’s as if they don’t know, or if they do, aren’t willing to accept the truth. Instead, they support the Democrat Party because they believe it’s the Party of the “little guy.” How sad.
I guess in one way, the saying is true, “you are where you are because of the choices you make.” In my opinion, the Democrat Party is continuing their tradition of slavery, by capturing the poor, disadvantaged people desperate for help.
By offering a lifetime of financial benefits, setting the hook and placing the shackles isn’t so uncomfortable. It comes with a smile and an unwritten request…”if you want to keep getting your benefits, you’ll vote for a Democrat.”