Saturday, May 2, 2009
Klan Spokesman Rush Limbaugh Runs the Welcome Wagon
Democratic racism is ancient history. In the Civil War, the Democrats were the party of secession and the Confederacy. In the 1930's, Democrats were still the party of the Solid South and they did perpetuate Jim Crow laws in the South. FDR fought World War II with a racially segregated military and he did nothing to confront the racism of Southern Democrats. All that changed with Harry Truman. Truman de-segregated the military and fought for strong Civil Rights laws throughout his presidency. However, he could not overcome the Dixiecrats and their filibusters of his proposed legislation. Truman's civil rights bills caused many Southern Democrats to bolt the party in 1948 and form their own Dixiecrat Party supporting Strom Thurmond for the presidency. Somehow, despite a splintered party, Truman was re-elected in 1948 and continued his battle for civil rights legislation. Strom Thurmond, the segregationist who had been the Dixiecrat cnadidate for president, later left the Democrats and joined the Republican Party. By that time, Thurmond had joined a huge migration of racists moving from the Democrats to the Republican Party which had become, and remains, their new home. They even have Klan spokesman Rush Limbaugh operating the Welcome Wagon.