Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Brief History Lesson...A lot of what you think you know, is WRONG

The Truth about the Democratic Party History that Liberals Try to Hide

Regardless of your Political or Religious affiliations, if you are under the age of 30 or so, half of what you were taught about American history is probably wrong.  So, here is a brief lesson in the REAL American history.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…   John 8:32

The KKK was founded in Tennessee immediately after the end of the Civil War as a sort of social club for former Confederate Soldiers whose influence quickly spread through the decimated Southern states. 

Klan groups spread throughout the South as a secret vigilante group.  They goal was to restore white supremacy by threats and with violence, including murder, against black and white Republicans.  Their violence was aimed at suppressing blacks voting and running Republicans out of office. 

The “Ku Klux Klan” name was used by a numerous independent local groups opposing the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation.  They often formed alliances with Southern police departments, as in Birmingham, AL, or with governor’s offices, as with George Wallace (AL).

The Longest Serving U.S. Senator
Robert Carlyle Byrd, Democrat, (1959- 2010) and was also a member of the KKK.  Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in West Virginia. He was a recruiter and leader in his chapter then became a top officer, an ‘Exalted Cyclops.’
In 1946, Byrd wrote to Senator Theodore Bilbo, Mississippi, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

As Columbia professor Eric Foner wrote in his A Short History of Reconstruction, in its early days, the group was loosely bound by one main principle: launching a reign of terror against Republican leaders black and white.

Racism was, of course, a guiding principle, but not quite as guiding as the hatred of the Republicans, the party of Lincoln, the Yankees who early Klansmen believed destroyed their homeland through what they termed a “war of northern aggression.”

The Republican Party had been founded in a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin just 12 years earlier, and Lincoln was its first president.  The Klan saw both as just as big a menace as the newly freed slaves.  Less than a year after Lincoln’s assassination, the Klan’s anti-Republican ideology spread rapidly.

As Dr. Foner wrote:
In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy.  It aimed to destroy the Republican party’s infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state, reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life.

In 1868, the Klan elected its first Grand Wizard, Nathaniel Bedford Forrest.  Decades later, his grandson wrote in the September 1928 issue of the Klan’s Kourier Magazine:
I have never voted for any man who was not a regular Democrat.  My father … never voted for any man who was not a Democrat.  My grandfather was …the head of the Ku Klux Klan in reconstruction days….  My great-grandfather was a life-long Democrat….  My great-great-grandfather was…one of the founders of the Democratic party.

Under the elder Forrest, the Klan’s violence grew almost uncontrollable.  PBS’ American Experience reports:
In the time leading up to the 1868 presidential election, the Klan's activities picked up in speed and brutality. The election, which pitted Republican Ulysses S. Grant against Democrat Horatio Seymour, was crucial. Republicans would continue programs that prevented Southern whites from gaining political control in their states. Klan members knew that given the chance, the blacks in their communities would vote Republican.

Across the South, the Klan and other terrorist groups used brutal violence to intimidate Republican voters. In Kansas, over 2,000 murders were committed in connection with the election. In Georgia, the number of threats and beatings was even higher. And in Louisiana, 1000 blacks were killed as the election neared. In those three states, Democrats won decisive victories at the polls.

So remember, it was Democrats.  Not Republicans, not Tea Partiers, but Democrats.

OK, now you know the truth about the KKK.   Now, what do you THINK you know about the National Rifle Association, in which by the way, I am proud to say, have a lifetime Membership.

The NRA was created to PROTECT freed slaves from racist southern DEMOCRAT slave owners.   Does that sound a little far fetched to you?

While we’re learning about history, I would like to invite you to read an old blog of mine which I posted some time ago.  It’s a brief history of the accomplishments of both the Republican and the Democratic Parties:

But hey, don’t take my word for it.  Do a little research.  There’s just no telling what all you “learned” in school that is wrong.


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