Bandwagon History Lesson


Today is starting out in a roller coaster kind of way. Queen of the Domain was in a hellified mood: angry, pouty face, not eating AND the heifer was  hissing to top it off. I quickly assessed that this chick was a bitch on wheels with no brakes, so I hurried up on out of there. I am hoping she will be in a better mood by dinner. Unemployment says that it is a glitch (again) in the system but not to worry, all will be well. Eventually. I did get the laundry done so I am pleased with that and I even had a conversation with Sister Someone. She is thrilled to be Sister Someone-Everything, and wants to spend her every moment making Brother Everything happy for the rest of his days. Of course they have only been married 10 days, so we will re-visit that statement in 6 months to a year.

Now, I am surfing the internet and between the CL ads (the guy who wants a woman to “milk the evil goat” and feel the “power of Beezlebub coursing through his lower intestines” is back), I am reading about blacks voting for Obama simply because he is black although the ones interviewed said it isn’t like that. They don’t want Romney because he is white and they want someone who looks like them. I am reading articles about black celebrities being threatened and disrespected because they support the Republican platform and on Facebook, blacks are encouraged to “know their history”. Well, my history shows me and tells me that my predecessors fought and died so that as a black woman and a PERSON, I can make my OWN choices and vote the way I think will best suit my priorities and purposes. And I decided to check into the history of the political parties, so I could further know my history.

  • The Democratic party is the oldest political party in America and has the lengthiest record of continuous operation
  • The Democratic party was especially large and strong in the Southern US and  was majorly comprised of slave owners
  • The Ku Klux Klan was founded by the Democratic Party and its targets were members of the Republican party (both black and white)
  • An estimated 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites died at the end of KKK ropes from 1882 to 1964
  • The first grand wizard of the KKK was honored at the 1868 Democratic National Convention
  • NO Democrats voted for the 14th Amendment to grant citizenship to former slaves
  • Proposed by John F. Kennedy, and signed into law in 1964 by Lyndon Johnson, the Civil Rights Act was a sweeping, comprehensive piece of legislation intended to end discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin; it is often called the most important U.S. law on civil rights since Reconstruction. A number of southern and border state Democratic senators tried to block the Civil Rights Act through a filibuster, during which West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd held up the bill’s passage by speaking for nearly 15 consecutive hours.
  • The Republican party is the second oldest political party in the USA
  • It emerged in 1854 to combat the Kansas Nebraska Act which threatened to extend slavery into the territories, and to promote more vigorous modernization of the economy
  • The Republican party had almost ZERO presence in the South
  • Republicans often led the efforts to pass federal anti-lynching laws and their platforms consistently called for a ban on lynching. Democrats successfully blocked those bills
  • The Republican Party was based on northern white Protestants, businessmen, professionals, factory workers, farmers, and African-Americans. It was pro-business, supporting banks, the gold standard, railroads, and tariffs to protect industrial workers and industry.

So when did the ones who wished to enslave us become the ones who wanted to save us? When did the party that fought for us to have equal rights and for all to have a piece of the pie abandon the middle class for the upper class? It is hard to say but most historians and experts pinpoint it to Lyndon B. Johnson (a Democratic President) pushing the Civil Rights Bill through, despite severe opposition from a Democratic Congress; that act won the black vote over to the Democratic party and since then, Democrats have won the black vote in the upper percentile (88%-92%), primarily because Democrats woo African Americans with programs and platforms that appeal to them. With their primary base gone from under them, the Republicans then began wooing the upper class and wealthy for their votes…and so the flip began.

This election may be the most important election of my lifetime to date….things are a HUGE mess and each side is blaming the other and now is the time to be objective. Not blinded by race or party. This deficit has been ongoing for a loooong time now; mistakes were made by both sides, by the Presidents’ various Congresses and while I am not expecting anyone to fix everything in 4 years, I would appreciate a leader whose priorities align with mine…and right now my priorities are the economy and employment. Now is the time to realize that both candidates are politicians; both candidates are millionaires and NO ONE will ever understand your story until they have lived it.

Realize that your opinion is just that…your opinion. You cannot tell people who to vote for (and STOP telling people who you are voting for). People died so that we can have the right to vote and voting is sacred. You cannot threaten or force  people to follow your path…let them follow their own. The leader of this country has to be one who can effectively lead and can address the issues and follow through with positive, productive actions…the color of his skin or his party affiliation should not be a factor. Review the issues, know what you need from effective leadership and then make your decision. Because your vote affects YOU…let us give other folks the courtesy and respect we wish simply because their vote (which affects THEM) is not the vote you would make.

Hopefully, this was objective, unbiased and educational. As always, thanks for stopping past and reading and as usual….enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

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