Democratic National Committee
Now the past is no proof of the present or future. They could be right on something, lord knows the law of averages says they're due to be right, one of these times. But this isn't about that. This article is about the ways that they were 100% sure they were right in the past, but were not. And thus when they approach every issue in the present with the sanctimony of self congratulations at being on the right side of history, it helps if they're reminded of how they thought that and were wrong in the past. Not to distract or ad hominem them today, but to maybe inject enough historical reality that they can accept some reasonable compromise in the present.
- 1829 – The first official Democratic Party president, Andrew Jackson, took office
- 1830 – President Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law. Under this act, Native American tribes living east of the Mississippi were rounded up and marched to camps farther west. The US Supreme court ruled in favor of Cherokee Indians in a suit against Georgia and said the Cherokee Nation could not be forcibly removed from their homes. Andrew Jackson was the first President to completely ignore the Constitution and rule-of-law and just ignored the decision, and the Cherokee people were rounded up at gunpoint and forced out. One in four Cherokee people died during the inhumane journey which became known as the Trail of Tears. If Democrats had values, that would have been the last Democrat elected President, instead of just the first.
- 1840’s – The Democratic Party adopted the doctrine of manifest destiny: the idea that white Americans were divinely entitled to dominate the North American continent.
- 1854 – A new anti-slave political party was formed to secure equal rights for black Americans and oppose the pro-Slavery Democrat Party. The new party named the Republican Party because it’s founders wanted to return to the principles of freedom and equality set forth in the governing documents of The Republic.
- 1856 – The first Republican presidential candidate ran on a platform that included equal rights for African Americans. The Democratic platform strongly defended slavery. The Democrats won the election. Founding Republican Party member, Sen. Charles Sumner gave a speech in the US Senate against slavery. Angered by Sumner’s message, Democratic House Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina, crossed the rotunda of the Capitol and in front of the entire Senate, literally clubbed Sumner almost to death. Democrats started the tradition of two sets of laws (one for them and one for everyone else) when they never charged Brooks with the attempted murder of a United States Senator on the Senate floor.
- 1857 – The Democrat-controlled Supreme Court approved the Dred Scott Decision, which declared that black American’s were “not persons but property” and therefore had no rights.
- 1860 – Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln won on a platform that opposed the Dred Scott Decision and slavery.
- 1861 – The confederate flag was created by the Democratic party, seceded from the Union and started the civil war. The Ku Klux Klan was started by Democrats to murder Republicans: black or white.
- 1866 – A Republican-controlled Congress enacted the 13th Amendment to constitutionally ban slavery in the US.
Here's a few articles that discuss different problems that I have with the DNC: 18 items
Here's a few articles that discuss different problems that I have with the People that represent the DNC: 25 items
❝ The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and every state in the Union. ❞
Other than having a vile history, a vile present, being full of nasty people representing them, and being on the wrong side of just about every issue (if not on side then on degrees), what's not to like?
Seriously, when it comes to my views, if the Democrats were what they claim to be, "Liberal", I'd be in their party. I'm a classical liberal leaning guy: leave people alone, as few regulations/laws as you can get away with, live and let live. Like many, I started thinking that liberalism and thus Democrats were fine. But I'm a fact checker and realized just about every cause they sold was done with lies (exaggerations and distortions at best), and they had zero capacity for introspection or admitting mistakes. That stuff kept turning me off.
This isn't to say all individuals who are Democrats are bad. Most are just intellectually lazy, or voting/supporting based on traditions, or listening to the words (and not judging the actions). Whatever, they're not professional politicians, and they're inundated with disinformation by the media. And a few are informed and sincerely dislike the other side. I'm fine with all of that, and not out to change the world or their minds. I more have problems with individual issues, or those that deny the facts on the micro, rather than what party they caucus with (or support). So when I'm barbing the DNC, I'm generally barbing the party leadership (career politicians that should know better), or only the people that can't be reasoned with, admit mistakes or uncomfortable truths. Basically, it's the 90% that give the rest a bad name. But I know the other 10% is out there, and I've even known a few.