Why are most Blacks Democrats?

It seems obvious that many Blacks who belong to the Democrat party have forgotten recent history. Unfortunately, Black History Month seems to leave the wrong impression that Democrats have provided Blacks with the most benefits. It’s likely 90% of Blacks will not vote Republican.

Most know that it was a Republican president that inaugurated the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Amendments that benefited Blacks the most–the 13th, 14th, and 15th. All were pushed through with a majority Republican Congress. Charles Sumner, a distinguished abolitionist and Republican, was distinctly against Democrats who said “If you were for the [Civil] war, you are against the union.” [Old Guard Journal]

Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson’s biographer Robert Caro stated: Prior to 1957 LBJ “had never supported civil rights legislation”. His appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court was praised, but Wynton Hall (Hoover Institute/Stanford) corrected the story: presidential historian Robert Dallek recounts, LBJ explained his decision to a staff member by saying “Son, when I want to appoint a n—-r to the court, I want everybody to know he’s a n—-r.”

LBJ allowed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but had to get it passed through opposing Democrats. Democrats, including Senator Robert Byrd,…

Americans Relate to Founders, Not Progressives

By Michael Barone

Democrats are reportedly planning to raise $125 million for a campaign to sell Obamacare to the voting public. Apparently, the idea is that what 50-plus presidential speeches and statements and months of congressional debate could not do can be done by $125 million spent on everything from TV ads to community organizers.

Maybe. But there seems to be a more fundamental problem here. The Obama Democrats didn’t set out to produce an unpopular stimulus package, an unpopular health care bill and an unpopular cap-and-trade scheme.

They thought these initiatives would be popular. In their view, history is a story of progress from small government to big government, and as historians of the New Deal wrote, that progress is especially welcome in times of economic distress.

The massive unpopularity of the Obama Democrats’ programs suggests that view of history is defective. Let me propose another, starting with the Founding Fathers. Read more