History of the Democratic Party: Part II

Over the past 200 years, Democrats as an institution --- not the average member --- evolved from overt to covert racism. The tactics they used to control minorities just changed, shifting from actual slavery on cotton plantations to ensuring blacks stayed on the plantation of government assistance.

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GLENN:  As we look back into history of the parties, the racist history of the Democratic Party has been very well documented.  While it is a fact that Democrats avoid it at all costs, when pushed, they will admit the truthfulness of it.  But they quickly claim that the racist Democrats in the South became Republicans who then became the racists.  They'll tell you that they now are the party of racial acceptance and inclusion.

Unfortunately, the problem is that statement is vastly untrue.  In saying that, it is important to remember that we're not talking about Democrats as your neighbors.  We're talking about Democrats as the institution.

And while Democrats like to claim that they are the party for a century now that has helped minorities and women get ahead, that they are the party of the downtrodden.  The facts simply don't back it up.

Not to put too fine of a point on it, but the opposite is actually the truth.

During the past 200 years, Democrats simply shifted their actions from overt racism to covert racism.

The tactics that they used to control minorities in America just changed.  They shifted from actual slavery on the cotton plantations to making sure that blacks remained on the plantation of government assistance.  Ever dependent on their Democratic overseers.

Republicans, meanwhile, as a general rule, have always fought for the rights of self-determination for minorities, any minority.  They tend not to promise that the government will take care of them.  Instead, the G.O.P., if true to its nonprogressive roots, has a philosophy that allows people to have the opportunity to take care of themselves, to chart their own course, make their own destiny, to thrive, rather than just survive on the handouts from supposed benevolent masters.  And the G.O.P. did this, first, as abolitionists.  Then they were the party that was opposed to the Jim Crow laws, the party in favor of women's suffrage and black civil rights.  Finally, the party that favors less government intervention in the lives of minorities and everyone else in this country.

On our last episode, it took us to the American Civil War.  It's just an interesting quick side note, the Confederate flag that is so hated today, is such a symbol of hatred and racism, but it was created and used by Democrats.

Even though the Union won the Civil War and the Republican president Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, still in the South, the rights for blacks were ignored, and oppression continued as Democrats passed laws to keep them down.

1866, Republicans went to work to put a stop on the southern lawlessness and to strengthen the newly passed 13th Amendment, which had finally constitutionally banned the practice of slavery in America.

VOICE:  By the time Congress convened in 1866, anti-slavery Republicans dominated both houses, led by men like John Bingham in the House, along with senators Charles Sumner and Jacob Howard, radical Republicans enjoyed complete control of Congress.

VOICE:  They have the power to amend the Constitution, and they are determined to use it.  They were faced with an unending series of abuses in the reconstruction of the south.  State and local governments had responded to the new 13th Amendment ban on slavery by trying to deprive newly freed slaves and their white supporters of any meaningful freedom, especially economic freedom.

GLENN:  This was a societal change that southern Democrats were passionate about stopping.

VOICE:  Economic liberty, the right to pursue a livelihood of your own choosing and to keep the money you earn was the opposite of slavery.  And the real opportunity for freed slaves to lead a free life.  The pro-slavery forces knew this.  So in the South, freed slaves weren't just banned from pursuing particular occupations, but in some places, it was actually illegal for black people to leave their employer's property without written permission.  In others, breaking a labor contract was punished by whipping.  The 14th Amendment was supposed to stop rights violations like these.

GLENN:  The Democrats in the South had lost the war, but they were determined that nothing in the states they controlled was going to change.

So it was up to Congress to try to do something about the deep schism that divided the nation.

VOICE:  The 14th Amendment protects three distinct interests:  Due process, equal protection, and the privileges or immunities, meaning rights, of United States citizens.

Of those three, privileges or immunities are by far the most important because that clause protects individual rights from government infringement.

GLENN:  In Congress, as was the case with the abolition of slavery with the 13th Amendment, every single Republican voted for the amendment.  All Republicans.  23 percent of Democrats in Congress voted in favor of the 13th Amendment, but not one Democrat in the US House or US Senate voted for the 14th Amendment.

100 percent Republican support, zero support from the Democrats.  Now, these are not opinions.  They are historical, provable facts.

They may be uncomfortable for some Democrats to hear, but they are indeed the truth.

David Barton explains why the 14th amendment was so important.

VOICE:  You get to the end of the Civil War, shortly after you abolish slavery, now you have all these states who separated to have slavery, and they have to come back to the Union somehow.  But you have to convince them that if you're going to get back in, you have to do so, upholding the 13th Amendment.  Slavery has got to be offered.  Well, they wouldn't.  They said, all right.  So what.  You freed all the slaves, but they're not going to be citizens of our state.  We're not going to let them be citizens of Louisiana or Georgia or Texas or whatever.  So Congress says, let's do a little arm twisting here.

GLENN:  And that set the stage for another amendment for the Constitution.

VOICE:  So they came up with a 14th Amendment that says that a freed slave is a citizen of the state in which he lives.  So what had happened in the South, you had two types of citizens.  You had state citizens, and you had others just living there, free blacks who can't be citizens.  Federal constitution says, no, no, no, that stops right now.  You live in a state.  You're a citizen of that state.  That's the end of it.

So that when it came time to vote on that in the federal Congress, 14th Amendment that says that these former slaves get civil rights, not a single Democrat in Congress voted for the 14th Amendment.

GLENN:  Democrats were losing the battle constitutionally and legislatively.  But they were finding other ways around their perceived problem.

VOICE:  You have all the slave owners, all these racist mentality people, who were willing to form their own nation on the basis of race.  And now you're trying to say that my elected representatives are black.  I'm not going to do this.

Well, in Democratic states, not only do you have Republicans, you've got black Republicans.

So nationally, in 1866, to stop this forward progress, there was a group that was started to keep Republicans out of office.  The group that was started in 1866, we recognize today.  But it was the Ku Klux Klan

GLENN:  The early days of the Klan was marked by violence against blacks, of course.  But white Republicans were not spared their wrath either.

VOICE:  In 1871, a black US congressman from South Carolina, Joseph Hayne Rainey, reported an instant concerning an elderly man named Dr. John Winsmith, a white Republican state senator.

VOICE:  The doctor, a man nearly 70 years of age had been to town.  Returning home late, he soon afterward retired.  A little after midnight, he was aroused by someone knocking violently at his front door.

VOICE:  The Klan shot down the state senator, a white state senator because he was a Republican and was fighting for the rights of blacks of his state.  In that hail of bullets, Dr. Winsmith was hit seven times.  However, he survived the shooting and lived to testify before Congress about the attack made on him by the Klan.

GLENN:  The Klan was really after the Republican, black or white.  And the Democratic Klan only got worse from there.

The shameful history of the Democratic Party is one of America's best kept secrets.  From the party's inception with its founder Martin Van Buren and President Andrew Jackson, the Democrats desperately tried to take away the rights and in many cases, the lives of many minorities.  Blacks and Indians.  From the devastating war against the American Indians to the continued scourge of slavery, seceding from the Union, igniting Civil War, fighting against the Constitutional rights gained by blacks after the war, and starting the KKK, wow, the Democrats were to this point, a century-long blight on the United States.

Whether that blight would continue during the next century is a topic that we have to explore.  However, listen to today's Democrats, and much of their supportive media.  The Democrats are positioned as the keepers of the flame of liberty.  The ferocious fighters in defense of the underdog.  But honestly, if you look at the facts, nothing could be further from the truth.

Next time, let's examine how the Klan lost its steam, and then became reinvigorated by an American Democratic president.  We look into the men who furthered the racism of the party and started the ideological radicalism of the progressive Democratic Party.

VOICE:  Tomorrow on the Glenn Beck Program in chapter three of the history of the Democratic Party, you'll learn how the progressives elected the most bigoted president we ever had, Woodrow Wilson.  Listen live or online at GlennBeck.com/serials.

A town in Sweden is under fire after denying requests to ring church bells in the 1990s and the 2000s but recently approving a mosque's request to conduct a weekly Islamic call to prayer.

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Authorities in the town of Vaxjo in southern Sweden have given the local mosque a one-year permit to recite the call to prayer every Friday for about four minutes. But Fr. Ingvar Fogelqvist of St. Michael's, the local Catholic church located about a mile from the mosque, says similar requests to ring church bells were denied.

On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this story and favorable bias toward the Muslim faith. The issue isn't that the Islamic call to prayer is allowed; it's that all religions are not being treated equally.

Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

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Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting

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For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

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The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.