History of the Democratic Party: Part IV

The real legacy of the Democrat Party is one of slavery, hypocrisy and lies. The party today has moved so far left that John F. Kennedy wouldn't recognize it --- or have a place within it. The roots of progressivism, planted in the 1800s, with seeds sewn by President Woodrow Wilson in the 1900s, have born rotten fruit, choking off and eliminating all other fruit that might have existed.

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GLENN: In this series, we've covered the almost inconceivable history of the Democratic Party from its inception in 1830 as a rabidly pro slavery party through the secession of the mostly Democratic southern states to the civil war, Democratic Party led Jim Crow laws in reconstruction all the way through one of our most racist democratic presidents. In fact, I think one of our most racist presidents, period, Woodrow Wilson.

In past series, we've discussed the horrific internment of the Japanese American citizens by another democratic hero, FDR. And the terrible policies that he enacted that prolonged the Great Depression by ten years and plunged us into serious debt. FDR, like Wilson before him, believed the Constitution to be inadequate, and he actually sought to change it from a charter of negative liberties, telling the government what they can do to a charter of positive liberties, telling the government exactly what they must do. This is more along the lines of the former Soviet Union, and he called it the second bill of rights. We've also featured a democratic President Lyndon Johnson in the past who in addition to being another big, fat racist who initially opposed civil rights, he passed more egregious debt programs than all other American presidents combined, leaving us, the U.S., with unfunded liabilities today of $128 trillion. Check your watch. That number will be a lot higher in about ten minutes.

Referring to the elections of 1960 and 1964 and speaking to a black audience, Malcolm X made his feelings known about the Democratic Party.

MALCOLM X: The Democrats have been in Washington, D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They've been down there four years. And all their legislation they wanted to bring up, they're bringing it up and getting it out of the way, and now they're bringing up you. You put them first, and you put them last because you're a chump. A political chump.

GLENN: So this is the real legacy of the Democratic Party. And I don't ask you to believe me. I ask you to do your own homework. Do it. Find out for yourself if what I've presented here is true. If not, drop us a note, will you? Let me know. The Democratic's Party racism is well documented. In fact, one of the Democrats most revered senders Robert Bird was a former Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. I can't imagine thinking -- hey, honey, guess what? I'm the Grand Cyclops. When he passed away in 2010, his fellow Democrats fell all over themselves in praise to Hillary Clinton, for instance. He was a friend and a mentor.

HILLARY: Today our country has lost a true American original. My friend and mentor Robert C. Bird. Senator Bird was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility.

GLENN: To the KKK, a Grand Cyclops is indeed noble. But that praise became even more poignant and telling.

HILLARY: It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Bird. He was not just its longest-serving member. He was its heart, its soul, and its historian.

GLENN: Based on everything that you have seen in this serial, it does seem appropriate to refer to Robert Bird, the Grand Cyclops, as the heart and soul of the Democratic Party --- at least of the past. Ironically, of the former Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, America's first black president said:

OBAMA: May we all find comfort in a verse of scripture that reminds me of our dear friend. The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. It's interesting that you've heard that passage from several speakers now. Because it embodies somebody who knew how to run a good and long race. And somebody who knew how to keep the faith. With a state, with his family, with his country and his constitution.

GLENN: Amazingly, unreserved and profuse praise for a man with a kind of history that Robert Bird had. Especially in light of the Democrats excoriation of Republican senator Trent Lott just a few years earlier.

OBAMA: Years from now when I think of the man we memorialize today, I'll remember him as he was when I came to know him. His white hair full like a mane, his gate steadied with a cane, determined to make the most of every last breath. A distinguished gentleman from West Virginia could be found at his desk until the very end doing the people's business --- delivering soul-stirring speeches, a hint of Appalachians in his voice, stabbing the air with his finger fiery as ever, years in his tenth decade. He was a senate icon. He was a party leader. He was an elder statesman. And he was my friend.

GLENN: Now, we all believe in forgiveness. But it seems as though when a Republican or somebody who's not a Democrat is involved, forgiveness just isn't in the cards. Let me give you the example of the Trent Lott in 2002, he spoke at a fellow Senator Strom Thurmond's 100 birthday celebration where he said, quote, when Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him, and we're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have all of these problems over the years either, end quote.

Well, that's kind of a problem. Strom Thurmond ran for president in 1948. Lot was 7 years old at the time, so he couldn't actually vote for him. The "we," he described, referred to his state. And, no, I'm kind of actually really glad we didn't vote for Strom Thurmond. But he was 100 years old. It was his birthday party. Say something nice and move on with your life. Still, the attack on Lot from the Democrats was vicious. And maybe it was appropriate. But definitely not consistent. It was so vicious, in fact, that lot had to resign from leadership in the senate. The problem for Democrats was that in 1948 during the same period Robert Bird was the Grand Cyclops in the clan, Strom Thurmond supported segregation. No cross burning for Thurmond. Just support in Congress for separate living space.

While not right, neither was it even close to being a member, in fact, a leader in the KKK. It's also interesting and relevant to note that at the time presidential candidate Strom Thurmond was a Democrat.

Today's Democrats purport now to champion the minorities that for two centuries they persecuted and killed. But do they actually champion them? Or by pushing government assistance and continually harping about income inequality, are they actually enslaving them all over again and creating even more racial and economic discord? That's a serious conversation that Americans should have.

Today's Democrats have a party that for eight years was led by a man who was raised and mentored by communists. That isn't an insult or a slur. It's just stating a fact. And as president, Barack Obama maintained at least some of the Marxist beliefs of those around him like redistribution of wealth.

OBAMA: I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

GLENN: He was a man who led the nation for eight years and believed America was just like everybody else, no worse and no better.

OBAMA: I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

GLENN: That's a far cry from the days of Washington or Lincoln, even FDR, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan. The Democratic Party elites of today believe that climate change is the greatest threat we face --- even greater than terrorism.

OBAMA: Today there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change.

VOICE: ISIS renewed its call to followers to launch attacks here in the U.S.

OBAMA: No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

VOICE: He was apparently beheaded by ISIS militants.

KERRY: It is indeed one of the biggest threats facing our planet today.

VOICE: The two suspects brothers would assault assault rifles...executing editors, cartoonists.

BIDEN: Climate change is the threat multiplier.

VOICE: In a baron desert, the mangled remains of a plane that was carrying 224 --

OBAMA: If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we would do everything in our power to protect ourselves. Climate change poses the same threat right now.

VOICE: Bodies lay in the streets after multiple coordinated terrorist attacks.

OBAMA: And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect them. Thanks, everybody.

GLENN: It's a party that complained about spending under George W. Bush then doubled America's debt in eight years from $10 trillion in debt accumulation from George Washington to George W. Bush to 20 trillion during Obama's first two terms. And it was policies like this that made it happen.

BIDEN: Now, when I say that, people look at me and say what are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?

GLENN: It is a party that to some seems so obsessed with aborting babies at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason that many in the party leadership aren't even willing to admit that their own children were human when they were inside the womb. Here's former Democratic National Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

VOICE: You have three children, correct?

WASSERMAN: I do.

VOICE: What are their ages?

WASSERMAN: I have twin 16-year-olds and a 12-year-old.

VOICE: And in your opinion, were they human beings before they were born?

WASSERMAN: You know, I believe that every woman has the right to make their own reproductive choices.

VOICE: What did you believe about your children, though?

WASSERMAN: That I have the right to make my own reproductive choices, a right which I was proud to have.

VOICE: Were they human beings, just yes or no?

WASSERMAN: They're human beings today, and I'm glad that I had an opportunity to make my own reproductive choices, a right that every woman has and should maintain.

GLENN: But somehow or another, those who oppose Democrats are called fanatics for trying to protect human life in the womb.

And the Democratic Party today is a party that recently nearly made congressman Keith Ellison the head of the National Democratic Committee.

So you know a little bit about Keith, while he was a U.S. congressman, he was also a man who had dabbled in 9/11 conspiracy theories. He has spoken frequently at fundraisers for CAIR, an organization that was unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror financing trial in American history. CAIR is also banned as a terror group in the United Arab Emirates. Keith also, from 2009 up until the present day, has engaged with several figures who were close to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. And in 2009, he met with a man described by the FBI as a fundraiser for the terrorist group Hamas. And in the end because, they wanted to make sure that everybody knew that they didn't stand for this kinds of policies, rather than voting for Ellison as the DNC chair, the DNC just made him Deputy Chairperson.

The Democratic Party today is so far to the left that John F. Kennedy wouldn't recognize it nor have a place within it. It all comes back to its roots. Not only the roots that were planted in the early 1800s, but then again, the seed sewn by Woodrow Wilson over 100 years ago. They all have years ago born their rotten fruit and those progressive roots have now completely choked off and eliminated any moderate fruit that might have once existed.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


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.