Right wing untruly claims Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican

This jumbled and distorted historical fiction lives at a popular site on Facebook, along with a revolting sign circulating among our Republican neighbors. I will post that soon. It’s sad.

See the Tennessee News Sentinel article that debunks (again) that claim.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=488151591217755&id=143928478973403

Martin Luther King Jr himself was a REPUBLICAN… If only they knew

Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican
By Frances Rice

Posted by “Heather Ann”

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. Why? It was the Democrats who Dr. King was fighting, and he would not have joined the Democratic Party, the party of segregation and the Ku Klux Klan. To understand why MLK was a Republican, let’s take a walk through history.
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History of civil rights – In a nutshell

• The Republican Party – From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks.
• The Democratic Party – As author Michael Scheuer stated, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.
Slavery

Slavery – Democrats fought to expand it, Republicans fought to ban it

Democrats formed the Confederacy, seceded from the Union and fought a Civil War (1861 to 1865) – a war where over 600,000 citizens were killed, including many thousands of blacks – in order to keep blacks in slavery because the Democrats had built their economic base on the backs of black slaves.
Democrats enacted Fugitive Slave laws to keep blacks from escaping from plantations
and instigated the 1856 Dred Scott decision which legally classified blacks as property. Democrats pushed to pass the Missouri Compromise to spread slavery into 50% of the new states. Democrats also pushed to achieve passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act that was designed to spread slavery into all of the new states.
Northern anti-Civil War Democrats, called “copperheads”, did not want to be drafted to fight in the Civil War. Starting in 1861, they attacked blacks in virtually every Northern city and pushed for a negotiated peace that would have resulted in an independent Confederacy where blacks were kept in slavery. In New York, anti-Civil War Democrats engaged in “Four Days of Terror” against the city’s black population from July 13-16, 1863.
The anti-Civil War chant of the Democrats, as reported by one Pennsylvania newspaper, was: “Willing to fight for Uncle Sam”, but not “for Uncle Sambo.” These anti-Civil War Democrats verbally attacked Republican President Abraham Lincoln because he fought to free blacks from slavery and make his Emancipation Proclamation a reality – a Proclamation that became the source of the Juneteenth celebrations that occur in black communities today.

The Party of Lincoln
The Republican Party was started in 1854 as the anti-slavery party by abolitionists opposed to keeping blacks in human bondage, and Republicans, under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, fought to free blacks from slavery.
After the Civil War, Republicans amended the US Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860’s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. In the book “The Political Lincoln: An Encyclopedia” Professors Paul Finkleman and Martin J. Hershock debunk the absurd myth that President Lincoln was somehow a “racist” because of his measured approach to ending slavery in the rebelling South first, while waging a war to end all slavery nationwide.
If the Democrats had left blacks alone at this moment in history, our nation would not be faced with racial divisiveness today. Instead, Democrats set for themselves the horrendous task of keeping blacks in virtual slavery.
Reconstruction

Reconstruction – Democrats fought to end Reconstruction started by Republicans

Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan in 1866 to lynch and terrorize Republicans -black and white and drive Republicans out of the South.
Photo: 1868 cartoon of the Democratic Party Donkey threatening the KKK would lynch Ohio Republicans – Printed in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Independent Monitor
In the book “A Short History of Reconstruction”, renowned historian, Dr. Eric Foner, revealed that the Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866 by Democrats as a Tennessee social club. The Ku Klux Klan became a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party, the planter class, and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy. The Klan spread into other Southern states, launching a ‘reign of terror‘ against Republican leaders, black and white.
The Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877 was an attempt by Republicans to end the presidential election stalemate, as well as get the Democrats to stop the lynchings and respect the rights of blacks. Contrary to popular belief, President Rutherford Hayes did not remove the last federal troops from the South, but merely ordered federal troops surrounding the South Carolina and Louisiana statehouses to return to their barracks.
Segregation – Democrats enacted the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws
Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every piece of civil rights legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960’s.
Democrats wanted to keep blacks in virtual slavery and deny blacks the promised “40 acres and a mule”.
After they took control of Congress in 1892, Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil rights legislation passed by the Republicans, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875. It took Republicans nearly six decades to finally achieve passage of civil rights legislation in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
It defies logic for Democrats today to claim that the racist Democrats suddenly joined the Republican Party after Republicans finally won the civil rights battle against the racist Democrats. In fact, the racist Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.
The Republicans started the NAACP in 1909 on Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday to counter the racist practices of the Democrats. The first black American to head the NAACP was Republican James Weldon Johnson who wrote the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, the inspirational song that is considered to be the Black National Anthem.

The Modern Civil Rights Era – Democrats fought against civil rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Democrat Public Safety Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor in Birmingham let loose vicious dogs and turned skin-burning fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.
Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox famously brandished ax handles to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. In 1954, Democrat Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of a Little Rock public school.
Democrat Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963 and thundered, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
All of these racist Democrats remained Democrats until the day they died.
Democrat Senator Robert Byrd was a former “Exalted Cyclops” and “Keagle” (Recruiter) in the Ku Klux Klan
Byrd remained a Democrat until he died in 2010. He was a prominent leader in the Democrat-controlled Congress where he was honored by his fellow Democrats as the “conscience of the Senate.” Byrd was a fierce opponent of desegregating the military and complained in one letter: “I would rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”
The relentless disparagement of Dr. King by Democrats led to his being physically assaulted and ultimately to his tragic death. In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King’s leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Byrd called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

President John F. Kennedy was not a civil rights advocate
Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Senator Al Gore, Sr. And after he became president, Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.
Contrary to popular belief, Kennedy never made the call to get Dr. King out of jail. The call was made by Harris Wofford, Kennedy’s Civil Rights Advisor, who was a personal friend of the Kings. Wofford said Kennedy was angry about the call because Kennedy thought it would make him lose the Southern vote. However, the call eventually worked in Kennedy’s favor. This revelation is contained in Wofford’s book “Of Kennedys and Kings” on pages 14-23.
The truth about Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”
Photo: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Republican President Richard Nixon who voted for the 1957 Civil Rights Act
Democrats condemn Republican President Richard Nixon for his so-called “Southern Strategy.” These same Democrats expressed no concern when the racially segregated South voted solidly for Democrats for over 100 years, while deriding Republicans because of the thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party. The “Southern Strategy” that began in the 1970’s was an effort by Nixon to get fair-minded people in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were discriminating against blacks. Georgia did not switch until 2004, and Louisiana was controlled by Democrats until the election of Republican Bobby Jindal, a person of color, as governor in 2007.
As the co-architect of Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”, Pat Buchanan provided a first-hand account of the origin and intent of that strategy in a 2002 article posted on the Internet. Buchanan wrote that Nixon declared that the Republican Party would be built on a foundation of states’ rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense. Nixon said he would leave it to the Democratic Party to squeeze the last ounce of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.

Nixon started affirmative action implementation
Photo: Fletcher meets with former President George H. W. Bush at the White House
The enforcement of affirmative action began with Richard Nixon‘s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher who became known as “the father of affirmative action”) that was merit-based and set the nation‘s first goals and timetables. Nixon was also responsible for the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1970’s.
Notably, Fletcher, as president of the United Negro College Fund, coined the phrase “the mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Fletcher was also one of the original nine plaintiffs in the famous “Brown v. Topeka Board of Education”. Fletcher briefly pursued a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1995.
Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system that even most blacks do not support, affirmative action was pushed by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson kicked almost all blacks out of federal government jobs after he was elected in 1912. Also, while Wilson was president and Congress was controlled by the Democrats, more discriminatory bills were introduced in Congress than ever before in our nation’s history.

Democrats talk tolerance, but practice intolerance
Democrats claim that they care about diversity, but readily demean black professionals who do not toe the Democratic Party’s liberal line, slandering blacks as “Uncle Toms”, “Sellouts” and “House N-word”, including Dr. Condoleezza Rice, General Colin Powel, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and former Maryland and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele. With impunity, a Democrat Senator, the late Ted Kennedy, called black judicial nominees “Neanderthals”. Democrat Senator Harry Reid slurred Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an incompetent Negro who could not write good English. “Slap at Thomas stinks of racism,” was the headline of the New York Daily News’ December 7, 2004 editorial.
Democratic Party operatives depicted Michael Steele on the Internet as a “Simple Sambo” with big, thick red lips and nappy hair, reminiscent of the way Democrats depicted blacks during the days of slavry. Cartoonist Jeff Danziger and Pat Oliphant portrayed Dr. Condoleezza Rice as a “stooge” and a bare foot “Ignorant Mammy”, just the way Democrats demeaned blacks during the days of slavery.
Democrat President Bill Clinton – following in the footsteps of his mentor J. William Fulbright, a staunch segregationist – refused to enforce a court-ordered affirmative action plan while president and was himself sued for discriminating against his black employees while he was the Governor of Arkansas. Clinton also had his Attorney General, Janet Reno, file a class action, reverse discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a group of white janitors at Illinois State University to stop the University from hiring blacks. None of Clinton’s inner-circle of advisors were black, and he failed to take action to stop the massacre of over 800,000 Rwandans in 1994. Without congressional or UN approval, Clinton sent 20,000 troops to help the white Europeans in Bosnia, but refused to send troops to help the 800,000 blacks in Africa.

A black man, Kenneth Gladney, was physically assaulted by white Democrats in the Service Employees International Union thugs. Gladney was beaten, kicked and called a racist name while working as a vendor at a health care reform town hall meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on August 6, 2009 organized by U.S. Rep. Democrat Russ Carnahan.
The assault was a calculated attempt to intimidate and silence Tea Party protestors and town hall activists. On the morning of the Gladney attack, the White House presented to Senate Democrats a “battle plan” to quell the protests. The advice given to the Democrats by President Barack Obama was to “punch back twice as hard”, and the first casualty was Kenneth Gladney. In the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Gladney was treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face suffered in the attack. The six people arrested in the Gladney case, including a Post-Dispatch reporter, were charged with mere misdemeanor ordinance violations, with a total of ten charges spread out among the six offenders. Not one Democrat rushed to a microphone to denounce the attack against Gladney as a “hate crime”. Yet they falsely call Tea Party activists racists.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden Practice Racial Politics
Democrat Vice President Joe Biden, while he was a US senator, boasted that his home state of Delaware was a slave state. President Barack Obama, while he was an Illinois senator, provided funding for slum projects in Chicago that kept blacks trapped in rat and roach infested housing, as reported in a Boston Globe article.
As a US senator, Obama voted against the minimum wage bill and wrote a letter of support for former Klansman Senator Robert Byrd that helped that racist win re-election. After he became president, Obama cut funding for historical black colleges and universities (HBCU’s). He ended school choice scholarships in the District of Columbia and sent poor black children back into the failing DC public school system. Obama’s out-of-control spending killed private-sector jobs and created nearly twenty percent black unemployment. In his book “Dreams from My Father”, Obama described what he and other Democrats do to poor blacks as “plantation politics”.

The myth of Voter Suppression by Republicans
Every election cycle, Democrats try to deceive blacks by claiming falsely that Republicans engage in “voter suppression” and want to “disenfranchise” blacks, even though blacks are voting in record numbers, particularly in the 2008 election when President Barack Obama was elected. Notably, after several investigations in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2101 by civil rights organizations and liberal newspapers, Democrats have produced no blacks who were denied the right to vote. If even one black person had been denied the right to vote, that person’s name would have been blasted on the front page of every newspaper in this country. Democrats gleefully ignore the charges, investigations and convictions of the Democrat-controlled group, ACORN, for massive voter fraud in several states. Democrats also vigorously fight the enactment of voter identification laws that would prevent voter fraud.

Democrats Practice Voter Intimidation
Real voter intimidation was done by Black Panthers who wielded weapons, hurled racial insults at voters and blocked polls at a Philadelphia polling place in the 2008 Election. Incredibly, the charges were dropped by President Obama, which resulted in a unanimous Civil Rights Commission decision expressing outrage. Jerry Jackson, one of the Black Panther defendants is an elected member of Philadelphia’s 4th Ward Democratic Committee and was a credentialed poll watcher for Obama and the Democratic Party.

Hurricane Katrina – Democrats failed blacks
To their eternal shame, Democrats and the media used the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to perpetuate the falsehood that Republicans do not care about blacks. In fact, it was the Democrats in charge of Louisiana and New Orleans who failed to act to protect black citizens. Democrat officials refused to implement the emergency evacuation plan and did not pre-position emergency supplies and personnel in the Super Dome. Over 1,000 buses were allowed to become ruined by the flood, and the Red Cross was prevented from bringing in tuck loads of food and supplies into the city.
The 1898 Posse Comitatus Act precludes a president from going into a state without an invitation from the governor, and the Louisiana Democrat Governor Kathleen Blanco withheld her consent until it was too late for effective federal help. Democrats blocked Bush’s 2001 energy bill which had $540 million for levee repairs.

BP Oil Crisis Exposed Democrats’ Race-based Double Standard
Contrast the media’s reaction to the Hurricane Katrina disaster with how they focused attention toward BP and away from President Obama’s incompetent handling of the Gulf oil crisis that resulted in oil sludge reaching the Gulf Coast, devastating that region’s economy and adversely affecting ten percent of our nation’s gross national product (GDP). With the callousness of a committed ideologue, Obama used the oil spill catastrophe to push his cap-and-tax agenda. That reckless legislation will skyrocket the cost of energy and spend billions of dollars on green energy programs that even Spain abandoned because such green schemes are unworkable and economically disastrous. Obama’s green energy agenda – along with his takeover of parts of our private sector industry, as well as our entire health care system – will make all Americans poorer and less free.

The Democratic Party today is anti-black
Democrats have been running black communities for the past 50 years, and the socialist policies of the Democrats have turned black communities into economic and social wastelands. Democrats have the audacity to blame Republicans for the crisis in black neighborhoods created by the Democrats.
Democratic Party operatives trashed black Democrat Juan Williams, calling him a “Happy Negro” for daring to expose the failed socialist policies of the Democrats in his book “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America”.
Without remorse, Democrats deliberately keep blacks in poverty because Democrats have built their political power base on the backs of poor blacks, just as Democrats built their economic power base on the backs of poor blacks during the days of slavery. The centuries-old election year strategy of the Democrats is to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Every election cycle, Democrats preach hatred against Republicans and incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans, not for Democrats.
With the complicity of the liberal press, Democrats hide their actions that keep blacks in poverty. For instance, Democrats are aligned with teachers’ unions and block efforts of Republicans to provide school choice scholarships to black parents so they can get their children out of failing schools. Democrats put the special interests of teachers’ unions over that of poor blacks. Democrats do not want to acknowledge that the money belongs to the people, not the buildings that are controlled by the teachers. Democrats are also aligned with the AARP, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest special interest groups, and block Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the system because blacks on average have a five-year shorter life expectancy.

The Republican Party today promotes black prosperity
The core socialist philosophy of the Democrats is to give a man a fish, so he can eat for a day. Socialism uses welfare — giving a man a fish — to keep blacks in poverty. The core enterprise philosophy of the Republicans is to teach a man how to fish so he can feed himself for a lifetime.
Since the so-called War on Poverty, over $9 trillion has been spent on poverty programs, with little movement in the poverty needle. Money is not the issue. Instead, adherence to socialism and dependency on government handouts has produced generational poverty in black communities.
Even though most blacks have been wrongly convinced that the Republican Party is a racist party and refuse to vote for Republicans, Republicans at the federal level continue to help blacks prosper.
Reagan and Bush Helped Blacks
Photo: President Ronald Reagan signs MLK Day Bill
Contrary to popular belief, blacks prospered under President Ronald Reagan who also made Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a holiday. Notably, in an article entitled “Ronald Reagan — More of a Friend to Blacks Than Obama?” the son of Ronald Reagan, Michael Reagan, describes in detail all the good that President Reagan did to help blacks prosper during his administration. Reagan filed more civil rights suits in housing, education and voter discrimination cases than his predecessor, Democrat President Jimmy Carter. He also signed the bill that extended the 1965 Voting Rights Act for 25 years.
President George W. Bush appointed more blacks to high-level positions than any president in our nation’s history and spent record money on education, job training and health care. Bush also spent $18.8 million for Historically Black Colleges, $24 billion for small business loans and grants, and $10 billion for Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance for the poor.
Access to free community health centers was extended to 2.2 million poor people, starting in 2001. In May 2003, Bush provided $15 billion, three times more money than President Bill Clinton, to fight AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. Under President Bush, our country had its longest run of uninterrupted job growth — 52 straight months, or six straight years, with 8.3 million jobs created. GDP grew by more than 17 percent from 2000 to 2007, a remarkable gain of nearly 2.1 trillion dollars. Growth thanks to Bush’s tax cuts.
All Americans received tax cuts under Bush’s tax cut plan—108 million average families received $2,500. Over 3.8 million more poor people were freed from the tax rolls entirely, and poor blacks received an additional gift of $1,000 per child plus $1,658 per family under the Earned Income Tax Credit program. “Tax cuts for the rich” is a deceptive Democratic Party talking point. Witness how President Obama grudgingly agreed in 2010 to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.

MLK would be a Republican today
Today, while professing to revere Dr. King, Democrats are still trying to tarnish his image and diminish his civil rights achievements by claiming that, if Dr. King were alive today, he would embrace the secularist, socialist policies of the Democratic Party.
In reality, Dr. King was a Christian who held deeply religious beliefs and was guided by his faith and his Republican Party principles in his struggle to gain equality for blacks.
He did not embrace the type of socialist, secularist agenda that is promoted by the Democrat Party today, which includes fostering dependency on welfare that breaks up families, approving partial-birth abortion and banning God from the public square. An understanding of who the real Dr. King was can be gained from a glimpse of Dr. King as a young man who participated in an oratorical contest when he was 14 years old. The title of his speech was “The Negro and the Constitution” which had the following sentences: “We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance…We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flout the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule….”

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