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.

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It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.