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The Southern Strategy v the Second Amendment

ColinPowell

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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I Have A Dream

“I have a dream where one day my four little children are judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.” – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. (here)

Dr. King made that statement on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington DC.

Election Day, 2008, was that day. Enough voters judged Barack Obama by the content of his character, not the color of is skin, that he was elected President of the United States.

Let’s hope for the same in November, 2012, and going forward.  And that all are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.  As Dr. King said,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
                Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

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