Written by: Providence Crowder
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY’S SHAMEFUL PAST
To my great surprise, I found out that it was the Southern Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery. As Francis Rice has said, “They were the ones who passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. They started the Ku Klux Klan (the terrorist wing of the Democrat party) to lynch and terrorize blacks.” They fought against the passage of every single civil rights law from the 1800’s through the 1960’s.
I began watching other news outlets, those besides CNN and MSNBC, to get other perspectives on current events. I discovered that there was such a thing as a “liberal media” and it had an agenda; when the facts were not on their side, they changed the subject and called Republicans racist. Their strategy was very effective. I was bamboozled for years! I have since read the party platforms for myself, starting from their inceptions to the present day for both the Democrat and Republican parties. In the platforms, the facts speak for themselves. I even observed, within the platforms, the exact time period when the Democrats jumped on the civil rights bandwagon, something the Republicans had been pushing for over 100 years. Beginning in the 1950’s, the Democrats proposed to throw tons of government money into poor inner-city communities and offer other government “helps.” By the 1960’s they offered to provide welfare to young mothers and their children, requiring no work, as long as the father was not in the home.
The civil rights agenda met harsh resistance from most Democrats and the party struggled on whether or not they should include civil rights as part of their platform goals. They eventually agreed to do so, but with all of the wrong motivation. Blacks were gaining number and political power (able to provide a candidate with enough votes to win the presidency), and the civil rights agenda was not going away but instead gaining popularity; Democrats had to give blacks something. Not that they wanted blacks to be equal, but they wanted to give them enough to get them to voting Democrat so that Democrats could stay in power. When Republicans were unwilling to be frivolous with taxpayer dollars by robbing one group of people to pay for a host of government funded programs, Democrats were dishonest and said to blacks, “Republicans don’t want to help you. They don’t want to help poor people.” Republicans proposed other ideas to help combat poverty; most involved hard work, education, business ownership, and minimal aid from the government. Those ideas were overshadowed by the powerful attraction that free money had over people that were struggling to make ends meet. Despite the pleading of the Republican Party, which at the time still held the black vote, poor blacks took the bait. They were above all glad that Democrats were no longer interested in terrorizing and lynching them, and almost equally as ecstatic that they would be getting “help” from the government.
Eventually the message became, “Republicans are racist.” That message has stuck and resonated within black communities for the past 40 plus years.
It’s important for not only black Americans, but for all Americans to know the political history of this nation. Why? Because as Woodrow Wilson wisely stated, “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.” I thank God for freedom to think for myself, freedom to vote my values, freedom to truly participate in democracy and government. I thank God that I no longer vote out of tradition but because of conviction.
NO POLITICAL PARTY IS A SAVIOR
As a Christian, I know that the Republican Party is not a savior. It can’t save us. Government can’t save us. There is no such thing as perfect politics or perfect political parties because political parties are made up of imperfect and sinful people. The Republican Party is not without its faults and flaws for sure. And as a Christian, I don’t put my trust in a political party, whose doctrines and philosophies may change with the people, but I put my trust in God who is unchanging. With that being said, I have not yet attained paradise so I must continue living until I’m called home or Christ returns, loosely holding to the doctrines of my imperfect political philosophy (for God is neither Republican nor Democrat), all the while hoping my political inclinations are on the Lord’s side. I don’t believe for one minute that God sides with either Democrats or Republicans, but it is up to Democrats and Republicans to side with God and stand against sin, much in the way the Republicans did when they stood against slavery.
Some issues are debatable; who has the best ideas to combat poverty, who has the best views on foreign affairs, etc., but other issues are not –the (premeditated) murdering of innocent preborn children is always wrong.
BLACKS IN AMERICA
Concerning blacks in this nation; they have been used for political expediency, sometimes by friends and sometimes by foes. Blacks, among other minorities have been and still are discriminated against; however, blacks need not continue blaming the sin of racism for their failures. We don’t need a racist to do anything for us but to stay out of our way and allow us the same opportunity as everyone else to obtain success. We should readily embrace the freedom that we have in this country to both fail and succeed; freedom that was fought long and hard for. Some of us will have great success and others will struggle.
The beauty of Democracy is; we are all free. One who is born into poverty has an opportunity to become rich, and yet a rich man may also one day find himself impoverished. Nothing is guaranteed. Only in socialist and communist countries is equality of outcome promised. For many reasons that I won’t discuss here, socialism and communism don’t work. Government is not our provider; we as a people have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. Even Christ taught personal responsibility and didn’t require anything of the government, not even charity! That’s OUR individual responsibility towards our brothers and sisters, and fellow man. Christ didn’t teach covetousness or redistribution of wealth.
THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
Government does have its proper place. Biblically speaking, government was instituted by God to punish evil (1 Peter 2:13-15) and administer justice (Romans 13). Our U.S. constitution grants government the authority to protect individual freedoms and promote the general well-being of society. The government wasn’t designed to provide for people, but to allow people to provide for themselves. The legislative branch, for example, was given certain powers by the people to collect taxes, pay debts, borrow money, establish post offices and roads, appoint lower courts, declare war, raise armies, navies, militias, and legislate over Washington D.C., to name a few. We must keep the role of government in perspective, lest we the people give government so much power that we all end up slaves.
That is why Republicans opposed big government and government control. They knew, as well as this nation’s founding fathers– a government with too much power could oppress certain groups of people and strip away their individual freedoms. The Republicans of old wanted government to stay out of their lives because the government was the one who would strip their freedom and legislate through congress their demise. They just wanted to be left alone and have equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.
Those racist men and women who sought to terrorize and oppress blacks did not uphold the principle in the Declaration of Independence that stated that all men were created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. That was what the civil rights fight was about—equality. People fought and died to preserve and defend it. Numerous black slaves left plantations with nothing more than the clothes on their backs yet they did not let discrimination or racism define them. Instead, they pursued freedom and the responsibility that came with it; they sought to make themselves valuable to society and wanted government to get out of their way and stop preventing their forward momentum. That’s what the civil rights fight was all about—equality of opportunity.
Many ex-slaves taught themselves how to read and write, became congressmen and legislators, doctors, lawyers, farmers, and businessmen. Many were writers, teachers, and various professionals. With the help of countless others, they fought to advance freedom for not only blacks but for all groups of people in this country. Blacks would often make progress but would have that progress undermined when certain racists gained control of congress and the white house.
Editor’s Note – Walking Off the Democrat Plantation – The Providence of Change Part 3 Beginning with, “WHERE BLACK AMERICANS ARE TODAY” will be published here tomorrow.