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.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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