The Democrats hijacked the issue of race and have used it as a wedge between Americans based solely on skin color. Along with the media it appears the Dems believe they have something to gain from creating racial tension. As a military veteran I assure you that we are all brothers and the only colors those in uniform see are red, white and blue. The Dems are quick to portray Republicans as racists but history tells us a different story. In the 1800’s the Democrats were pro-slavery and for its expansion into the new Western states while the Republicans opposed its existence everywhere. Several years into the Civil War Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation freeing Northern slaves. With little to no Democratic support Republicans pushed through the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. These amendments ended slavery(13th), granted full citizenship(14th), and the right to vote(15th) to all blacks. The Ku Klux Klan was founded by Democrats in 1867 to create voter intimidation among blacks. Southern Democrats passed Jim Crow laws that reinstated segregation policies. The 20th century witnessed the election of two racist Democratic presidents. The first was Woodrow Wilson who reversed much of the social progress made following the war and segregated much of the federal government. He was sympathetic to the KKK and believed that blacks were inferior to whites. The second racist president was Lyndon Johnson. Despite promoting his Great Society and pushing through the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act Johnson was known to use the “N” word on multiple occasions. His support of minority rights was politically motivated as much or more so than socially motivated. Johnson’s efforts proved highly successful as blacks have tended to “block vote” for Democratic candidates ever since.
Like the mindless Democrats in the Senate who vote lock-step with the Party regardless of what is best for the nation, Dems feel they can count on the minority vote. Democrat inspired social “safety nets” have created a degree of dependency on the federal government. In contrast Republicans have focused on capitalism and economic growth as a way to help the poor and minorities. A good job is a best way to achieve success and build self-esteem. Through regulatory reform and tax cuts President Trump and the Republicans have stimulated the economy and increased jobs and those participating in the work force. Unemployment has been lowered to 3.8% (5.9% among blacks), and numbers are equally good for women and Latinos. Republicans believe in the color of money and in the expression, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Don’t be swayed by messages of hate; remember there is more that unites us than divides us.