Republicans are Nazis

Or at least that’s what Julian Bond, head of the NAACP has to say. Mr. Bond is no stranger to expressing hatred of Republicans but this latest tirade of his is a bit far, I feel. Who does he think pushed the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964? Who does he think led the filibuster trying to kill the measure? What Political Party did Abraham Lincoln, credited with ending slavery in America, belong to? These are questions Mr. Bond should take a look at and find the answers to as they might surprise him.

 

President Bush is credited with appointing the first Black as Secretary of State and the first Black woman in the same role, Colin Powell and Condaleeza Rice. Of course, Bond says they are mere “tokens.” Seems to me both were well qualified and given the job on their merits, not their skin color.

 

Bond also said, “"The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side.” Best I remember, it was Democrats and Republicans both fighting Nazis in WW2 with Southern Democrats leading the charge of keeping Blacks “in their place” as cooks and servants. It was a major break through that other Democrats and Republicans fought hard and gave the famed “Tuskegee Airmen” the chance to show that Blacks are every bit American as any White and capable of defending their country.

 

Bond also ranted, "We now find ourselves refighting old battles we thought we had already won," he said. "We have to fight discrimination whenever it raises its ugly head."

What can be more discriminatory than keeping Blacks poor and dependant on a Democrat led Welfare System? Republicans wish for all Americans, Black, White or whatever, to be free to fulfill whatever their talents and pursuits may bring them. Welfare doesn’t build wealth, hard work does. Being dependent on handouts from the government is akin to keeping the poor locked away on a plantation, telling them they are incapable of progressing and making something of themselves. Is it any wonder that several prominent, well-educated Blacks leave the Democrats and become Republicans? Does Mr. Bond include all those Blacks in the GOP as Nazi’s also?

 

Interestingly, back in 2001 Mr. Bond claimed, "[Bush] has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing, and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection."

 

The last part of that ridiculous statement is the most interesting. Who do you think has more devotion to the Confederacy? Bush’s Cabinet Nominees or a certain Democrat that Mr. Bond assuredly embraces today?

 

In 1964, as the Civil Rights Act was on the floor of the Senate, who led the filibuster trying to block and kill the measure? None other than Senator Robert Byrd, D. W. Va., still a prominent member of the U.S. Senate. Democrats were bitterly divided over passage of the bill, mostly Southern Democrats opposing it. Predominant Republican votes passed the bill after ending the Democrat led filibuster that threatened to kill the bill.

 

No, Mr. Bond, Republicans are not the new Nazis, not even close. We wish for your people to finally be free to enjoy the American Dream. They cannot as long as wealthy people as yourself live off of their backs encouraging them to send their welfare checks to you. We don’t tell them they cannot manage themselves unless we give them a break, we feel they have the same advantages as any other and wish to see them use it.

 

It’s been a long bitter fight for Blacks in America and no, it isn’t completely over. It may never be as there is always some nincompoop ready to state he is better than another. But, trying to convince Blacks they cannot get ahead without major hassles and driving wedges between Blacks and Whites does not further the cause, it just instigates more hatred for the White Separatists to use to regain the power they lost.

 

Martin Luther King said he had a dream of all of God’s children sitting side by side, equal to each other. More than ever, that is happening today. Trying to convince others it isn’t or that they must demand more from the government isn’t equality, it’s subjecting one class under another, just like it was before the Civil Rights Act passed.

 

Give Black people the chance to show what they can do, let them become achievers, Mr. Bond. Stop holding them back with your hateful words!

Lew

 

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