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.

Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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On Thursday's "Glenn Beck Radio Program," BlazeTV's White House correspondent Jon Miller described the current situation in Virginia after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency and banned people carrying guns at Capitol Square just days before a pro-Second-Amendment rally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

Glenn noted how Gov. Northam initially blamed the threat of violence from Antifa for his decision to ban weapons but quickly changed his narrative to blame "white supremacists" to vilify the people who are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution.

"What he's doing is, he's making all all the law-abiding citizens of Virginia into white supremacists," Glenn said.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at kryan@blazemedia.com