The Spirit of Bondage
Part of what defines America is that “ … all men are created equal … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”
By “equal” the founders did not mean equality in wealth, abilities, or outcomes. They meant equal under the law and in three rights enumerated.
There has been a strain of thought in America that has resisted the founder’s ideal of equality. More than just an idea, it is a competing spirit that seeks to wield power over one’s neighbor; to limit his freedom of self rule, to regulate, control, and exercise dominion over the fruits of his labor. Such a spirit has existed since the dawn of man. It is this spirit that the founders sought to control in America.
Slavery was the most glaring expression of this spirit. After slavery was eradicated by the Civil War, the spirit did not die but continued. The Democratic Party is the political force of that spirit in America, and its members continued to afflict the descendants of slaves after the Civil War. It gave America the Ku Klux Klan, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws and other repressive legislation.
Finally, the Democratic Party gave America the welfare state which created greater poverty, inequality, dependence, and social dysfunction than existed before it.
Dependence is the key. Creating a permanent state of dependence creates a state of bondage. It grants control to others, and freedom is lost once again.
A Brief Record of the Democratic Party … Pre and Post Civil War Era
Democrats fought to expand slavery while Republicans fought to end it.
Democrats supported and passed the Missouri Compromise to protect slavery.
Democrats supported and passed the Kansas Nebraska Act to expand slavery.
Democrats supported and backed the Dread Scott Decision.
Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 overturning civil right laws by Republicans.
Democrats opposed The Emancipation Proclamation, The 13th Amendment, The 14th Amendment, The 15th Amendment, The Civil Rights of 1866 ,The Reconstruction Act of 1867, The Enforcement Act of 1870, The Forced Act of 1871, The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, The Civil Rights Act of 1875
Democrats supported and Judge Ferguson in the Supreme Court case of Plessy v Ferguson (1896) which supported segregation, the famous “separate but equal” case.
During the Senate debates on the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, it was revealed that members of the Democratic Party formed many terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan to murder and intimidate African-Americans voters. The Ku Klux Klan Act was a bill introduced by a Republican Congress to stop Klan Activities.
Klan members lynched, burned, mutilated and murdered thousands of blacks and completely destroyed entire towns and communities occupied by middle class Blacks, including Rosewood, Florida, the Greenwood District in Tulsa Oklahoma, and Wilmington, North Carolina to name a few. Google these names for the awful stories.
20th Century to the 1960’s
Democrat President Woodrow Wilson reintroduced segregation throughout the federal government immediately upon taking office in 1913.
Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt first appointment to the Supreme Court was Sen. Hugo Black, member KKK, Democrat of Alabama.
F.D.R resisted federal laws against lynching (to placate southern Democrat racists)
F.D.R. opposed integration of the armed forces.
Democrats passed discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws.
Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws
Democrat Senator Robert Byrd held high office in the KKK. Despite this, many landmarks in Virginia are named in his honor.
Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd were the chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Byrd personally filibustered the Act for 14 hours.
Democrats supported segregation in schools in the Supreme Court case of Brown v The Board of Education, which declared segregation in schools unconstitutional.
Democrat public safety commissioner “Bull” Connor, in Birmingham, Ala., unleashed dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.
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.
Democrat Arkansas Governor Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools.
Democrat Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act.
Senator Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King.
Democrat President Kennedy had King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI.
Democrat Sen. J. William Fulbright voted against the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Democrat President Bill Clinton’s mentor was U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright.
Democrat Sen. Fulbright filibustered the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964.
Southern Democrats opposed desegregation and integration.
Democrats opposed the United State Civil Rights Commission
The Republican Record
Republicans pushed through much of the civil rights legislation in Congress:
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was more heavily supported by Republicans:
House: 64% Democrats (153 yes 91 no) 80% Republicans (136 yes 35 no)
Senate: 68% Democrats (46 yes 21 no) 82% Republican (27 yes 6 no).
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
The 1968 Civil Rights Acts
The Equal Opportunity Act of 1972
Goals and Timetables for Affirmative Action Programs:
Comprehensive Employment Training Act of 1973
Voting Rights Act of Amendment of 1982
Civil Rights Act of 1983
Federal Contract Compliance and Workforce Development Act of 1988
Republicans founded the HBCU’s (Historical Black Colleges and Universities)
They started the NAACP to counter the racist practices of the Democrats.
Republican President Eisenhower sent troops into the South to desegregate the schools.
Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Democrat President Lyndon Johnson, was the one who pushed through the civil rights laws of the 1960’s.
Dirksen wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Dirksen also wrote the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing.
Republican and black American A. Phillip Randolph, organized the 1963 March by Dr. King on Washington.
It was Abolitionists and Radical Republicans such as Henry L. Morehouse and General Oliver Howard that started many of the traditional Black colleges, while Democrats fought to keep them closed. Many traditional Black colleges are named after white Republicans.
Morehouse College 1867 Atlanta, GA … Howard University 1867 Washington, DC
Spelman College 1881 Atlanta, GA … Shaw University 1865 Raleigh, NC
Fisk University 1866 Nashville, TN … Atlanta University 1867 Atlanta, GA
Virginia Union University 1899 Richmond, VA … Straight University 1869 New Orleans, LA
Talladega College 1867 Talladega, AL … Clark University 1870 Atlanta, GA
Meharry Medical College 1867 Nashville, TN … Morgan College 1867 Baltimore, MD
New Orleans University 1873 New Orleans LA … Philander College 1883 Little Rock AR
Rust College 1883 Holy Spring MS … Samuel Houston College 1900 Austin, TX
During the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s, the Democrats began the era of the welfare state.
The “war on poverty” was implemented by President Johnson in 1964 and is a classic example of government overreach and incompetency. In terms of relieving poverty, inequality or dependency it was a gross failure. In terms of expanding of government and creating the bureaucratic class, it was a resounding success.
There never really a “poverty crisis”. Poverty had already been steadily declining. In 1940, 87% of black families lived below the poverty line. This had declined to 47% by 1960. The trend was good.
Over the next 20 years from 1960 to 1980 the black poverty rate dropped another 18 points, compared to the 40% drop in the previous 20 years. The downward trend continued, but at a much slower pace.
The previous trend of declining dependency reversed and began to rise within a few years after the program began. Dependency on government welfare to avert poverty had also declined from 1950 to 1965 by about a third. Prior to the welfare state, the black family was relatively stable. The proportion of all black children being raised by a single mother in 1960 was 22%. This rose to 52% by 1995 while in poverty level households only it was 85%. By 1992, more people were in poverty after the war on poverty and collapse of the black family, than in 1964.
So the welfare state struck 3 blows; it increased dependency, increased poverty, and weakened the black family.
Those responsible for creating, then sustaining the vision of a welfare state after it had clearly failed are fundamentally at fault for its unintended consequence: creating greater poverty, inequality, and social dysfunction than ever before. Thomas Sowell put it this way: “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do. . . . And that is to destroy the black family.”
With the demise of the black family, the carnage of black on black crime in American cities naturally followed. This is a devastating critique. But Thomas Sowell presents the evidence to support it, in his books “Vision of the Anointed” (1995) and “Wealth, Poverty, and Politics” (2015) and other essays.