1. America was a nation built on the individual as the basis for all power, and the Constitution as the restrictions on governmental power. Not group identity....not collectivism......individualism. In Thoreau’s On the duty of Civil Disobedience, he states: “ There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all of its own power and authority are derived.” 2. Yet one particular group has proven to be the road to success for the major party. That, in itself, follows a tortuous path. The first blacks were brought here just as many Europeans were...as indentured servants. Both were released as free people after a set number of years. Maldwyn Allen Jones, “American Immigration,” p. 13, 32. a. How and when this changed to perpetual slavery for blacks is unclear, but by the 1640’s, Africans brought to Virginia no longer had indenture contracts. Yet as late as 1651, some Negroes whose period of indenture expired were still being assigned land for themselves, as were the white indentured servants. Franklin, “From Slavery to Freedom,” p. 71-72. b. 1647 Nathaniel Bacon born. Led Bacon’s Rebellion which united poor blacks and poor whites in Virginia to kill all Indians. Ruling class feared that such union might threaten them; hastened transition to racial slavery. c. The first explicit law passed in America that recognized slavery as a perpetual condition, extending to future offspring, appeared in 1661 in Virginia. Franklin, Ibid. 3. Now....in order to address the servitude imposed on an entire group of Americans, individualism had to be put aside...temporarily....and confronted via a civil war and a set of amendments accomplished by Republicans. The political party in power in the South, the Democrats, were always the party of slavery, then of segregation and second-class citizenship. a. "Nothing Liberals relish more than searching for reasons for being morally indignant! This is because they can’t take the moral high ground on abortion, adultery, illegitimacy, the divorce rate, drugs, crime, a president molesting an intern and then lying to federal investigators. They stake out a clear moral position only on the issue of slavery…of course, when it mattered, they were on the wrong side of that, too." Coulter Judging the steps the Democrats have taken in the service of black Americans.... ...coming right up.