To The Daily Sun,
Having a fair, open and honest debate, where the truth can set us free, is the supposed clarion call of those on the left, including Bernadette Loesch, L.J. Siden and Marty Valengavich. So here is an addendum to my previous letters on race and diversity. Here's hoping the left-leaning statist types are willing to actually embrace the truth, rather than just continue to give it short shrift as viewed through a deceptive, mind numbing, ideological lens.
Yes indeed, Hubert Humphrey and other white liberals did play a leading role in the final passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Also, Senator Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act. Tis true the Republicans made a big mistake in admitting segregationist Strom Thurmond to the Republican Senate Caucus in 1964. These points, and others to follow, are verified by Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, two men of integrity with regards to their research of history.
Having said that, Republicans still deserve the lions share of credit for the progress in race relations over the past century, as I have previously written about. There is yet more unraveling of another of the lefts' twisted racial yarns to be undertaken. Back in the year 2000, during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, Jesse Jackson and Al Gore utilized an oft repeated but erroneous lie. They told the crowd that George W. Bush's supporters believed that black people were only three-fifths of a person. Then just last fall, Chris Mathews claimed that conservatives believe black people are, or once were, only three-fifths of a person.
In actuality, that rule of compromise was a mathematical formula the founders used to limit the power of the slaveholding states. All those southern states had to emancipate the slaves in order to count them as full representation. Republicans were imploring the southern Democrats to consider the blacks as whole persons and set them free and they were to be penalized politically, to think otherwise.
It was the brilliant Frederick Douglass, who after studying this compromise at length concluded, the three-fifths compromise was an anti-slavery measure. Here is his quote: "It is a downright disability laid upon the slaveholding states; one which deprives those states of two fifths of their natural basis of representation .... taking it at it's worst, it still leans to freedom, not slavery; for, be it remembered that the Constitution nowhere forbids a coloured man to vote".
I attended a diversity conference many years ago that included some of the finest, hardworking social workers I had ever met. During the lunch break, a keynote speaker brought up the three-fifths rule in much the same way as noted by Chris Mathews, Jesse Jackson and Al Gore. An emotional shower of guilt soaked the consciousness of the room. I was ashamed, again, of my privileged "whiteness". Unfortunately, Walter Williams was not present to offer a clarifying response. I researched the issue and found out the true nature of this compromise. I was relieved of some undeserved guilt, yet dismayed at the acceptance of this lie by folks far more educated than I.
If a lie is repeated often enough, people come to regard it as fact. All these honorable, charitable and compassionate people had apparently come to believe this lie. A lie that has long been perpetuated by the Democrat party and their accomplices in the media and academia. I find it immensely frightening, frustrating and demoralizing that Republicans have let their political opponents twist the truth into a pretzel. To the point where this audacious lie has become an historical fact, settled science if you will.
I pray to God every day that someone from the Grand Old Party will emerge as a strong, moral and charismatic leader, ready to counter the corrupt liberal, progressive politicians. Barack Obama has seemingly become the emperor of a "Secular Democracy". Eric Holder has, for all intents and purposes, become the attorney general of the Dept. of Social Justice. Will anyone emerge to stop them from their fundamental transformation of our moral, Judeo-Christian imbued Republic into a morally bankrupt, secular humanist democracy?