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.”
“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 Progressives, here, “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.
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.