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The Southern Strategy v the Second Amendment

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The Republican Party, the “Party of Lincoln,” once stood against slavery. And the KKK was organized by Democrats. But in the 1960’s, when Loving v Virginia was being litigated (Cornell Law School, here), when, perhaps in recognition of the roles of the African American Tuskeegee Airmen, the Navajo Code Talkers, of the Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe in the Manhattan Project and the massive injustice of the American incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II, when President Johnson had followed President Kennedy’s lead on Civil Rights, when the US military was desegregating itself as it had integrated Little Rock, Arkansas, the Republican Party was embracing what it called “The Southern Strategy.”

Kevin Phillips, one of President Nixon’s strategists, quoted in the New York Times, May 17, 1970, put it succinctly, here,

“From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that…but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are.”

Allen Clifton pointed out in Forward Progressiveshere, “Essentially it was the Republican party saying, ‘Look, blacks are voting for Democrats so you white people need to vote for Republicans—the party that will represent whites and oppose the blacks.’”

In Saddam’s Iraq the army’s top brass, if not the army itself, was composed of the Sunni minority. This is why ISIS is so effective: It is composed of officers from Saddam’s army and it’s Sunnis (we once trained) fighting for their country. In Assad’s Syria the army was – and remains – comprised of members of the Alawi minority. Here in the United States we appear to have overcome segregation in the military.

The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (US Archives, here).

I think this means that no one may, on the basis of his or her gender, skin color, hair color, religious beliefs, lack of religious beliefs, cultural or ethnic heritage, may be denied the right to serve in the defense of our nation. Unlike Saddam’s Iraq or Assad’s Syria the defense forces of the United States are comprised of members of all the tribes, regardless of how they live, how they love or when they or their forebears came to the United States.

Let’s look at a comment from a 1970′s interview in the New York Times with Richard Nixon’s political strategist: “From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that…but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.” Essentially it was the Republican party saying, “Look, blacks are voting for Democrats so you white people need to vote for Republicans—the party that will represent whites and oppose the blacks.”Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/the-truth-about-republican-racism-and-the-southern-strategy/
Let’s look at a comment from a 1970′s interview in the New York Times with Richard Nixon’s political strategist: “From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that…but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.” Essentially it was the Republican party saying, “Look, blacks are voting for Democrats so you white people need to vote for Republicans—the party that will represent whites and oppose the blacks.”Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/the-truth-about-republican-racism-and-the-southern-strategy/

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Governor Christie – An Apology

Governor Christie wants an apology from the press. (Politicker and Vice). As a citizen of New Jersey, a blogger, and a card carrying member of the newspaper guild, I would like to apologize for Governor Christie.

Photo, Gage Skidmore

Photo, Gage Skidmore

I am sorry that the Governor of New Jersey settled New Jersey’s $9.0 Billion damages suit against Exxon Mobil for $225 Million, pennies on the dollar, 2.5 ¢ on the dollar (NY Times, here) but I’m glad NJ General Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon is fighting the settlement (NJ Journal, here).

I am sorry that the Governor of New Jersey, who in 2011, before Superstorm Sandy said, “climate change is real…. human activity plays a role” and that climate change is “impacting our state” (Star Ledger, here) has, since Sandy refused to acknowledge any role climate change may have played in Hurricane Sandy, calling it “a scientific discussion and debate that I’m simply not engaged in” (Star Ledger, here).

I am sorry that the Governor of New Jersey is an arrogant bully and an obnoxious thug who’s only decisions while governor seem to be which contracts to reward to which cronies (“Politics, Policy & Jersey“) and which non-allies to punish.

Governor Christie may or not have directly ordered the closing of the George Washington Bridge, aka “Bridgegate,” as an act of retribution against a political non-ally. However, whether he ordered it or not, and whenever he knew about it, he clearly created the cultural milieu in which such an action was desired. As such, he has demonstrated a lack of fitness for office and an incapacity to govern.

Most of all, I’m sorry the voters of New Jersey elected Christie in 2009 and re-elected him in 2013.

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