Allen West Delivers Epic Speech On GOP's Proud History Fighting For Black Equality...

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    In a sweeping and stirring oration on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) proudly recounted the Republican Party’s long history of fighting for black freedom against the Democratic Party’s history of racism and oppression.

    Rep. West’s speech offered a timeline of Republican Party victories on behalf of African Americans’ long battle for equality. From the elections of the first black members of Congress (Sen. Hiram Revels (R-MS) and Rep. Joseph Rainey (R-SC)), to the adoption of the 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 15th Amendment, 1875 Civil Rights Act, 1957 Civil Rights Act, 1964 Civil Rights Act, and of course the Emancipation itself, Rep. West recounted how each victory was the result of the Republican Party’s commitment to freedom for all citizens, regardless of hue.

    Rep. West also recounted the victories of GOP luminaries like President Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, President Dwight Eisenhower, and Sen. Everett Dirksen.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXJ-9QyJtEg]Allen West commemorates Black History Month by telling the truth about Republicans and Black history - YouTube[/ame]


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    Great thread!!!
     
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    Didn't see anything in there about Ron or Rand Paul....hmmmm.
     
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    Yeah, it's a great speech. :)
     
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    He is such a racist.

    Right, USMB lefties?
     
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    I wouldn't have expected this thread to come from a Ron Paul supporter. Paul has denounced Lincoln as a Hamiltonian proponent of a strong central government; somehow I doubt he approves of Lincoln's use of executive authority in the Emancipation Proclamation.

    The 1875 Civil Rights Act was struck down as unconstitutional "on the basis that although the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits discrimination by the state, it does not give the state the power to prohibit discrimination by private individuals"--precisely the logic behind the Paul boys' opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    I admire the old Republican Party's recognition that federal power was indeed necessary to fulfill the nation's "commitment to freedom for all citizens, regardless of hue." If you do as well, I can't fathom why you would fancy yourself a Ron Paul supporter.
     
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    The only ones who would call Allen West a 'Racist', would be dumb White Liberals and racist African American Democrats. And there are many of them on this Board. So stay tuned i guess.
     
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    I'm also a big Allen West fan.
     
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    You do indeed seem unusually taken with personalities and party labels.

    The interesting point to note is that "African Americans’ long battle for equality" is a key part of a larger historical struggle to define American federalism. You're right to denounce the Democratic party's history of racism and oppression, and yet I doubt you'd denounce the ideological mantle they used to advance that agenda: states' rights. It was the Republican party that, for the first several decades of its existence, fought to use federal power to protect the rights of minorities, while the Democrats were the party of states' rights. Abhorrent as it has been in practice historically, the latter philosophy is the one whose mantle Paul has assumed today.

    Indeed, after the Southern delegation walked out of the 1948 Democratic convention following Hubert Humphrey's famous speech pushing for a minority plank in the party platform ("To those who say that this civil-rights program is an infringement on states’ rights, I say this: The time has arrived in America for the Democratic party to get out of the shadow of states' rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights," Mayor Humphrey declared), what splinter faction did those holdovers of the Democrats' racist history form? Why, the States' Rights Party, of course. The Dixiecrats' standard bearer that year, Strom Thurmond, of course ended up joining the Republican party to help complete the realignment that saw the two parties' perspectives on federalism flip.

    The irony here is that in your blind hatred of the Democratic party, you're denouncing its shameful past without realizing that Ron Paul's regressive vision entails molding the modern Republican party into the Democratic party of old. Thereby betraying everything you're touting in this thread.
     
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    Republican Abe Lincoln freed the slaves.
    A Republican Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
    The Republican's during the Civil War were "civil rights oriented".
    In 1892, the Democrats took the presidency & Congress and repealed most of the civil rights laws.
    In 1929, most blacks were Republicans.
    In 1932, Republican Herbert Hoover drew 3/4 of the black vote. Democratic Franklin Roosevelt drew 1/4. Roosevelt won.
    By 1936, millions of blacks starting changing parties.
    In 1942, Democrat Harry Truman integrated the armed forces.
    A Democratic Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     
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