Hiram Revels was the first African-American congressman, and was elected to the United States Senate in 1870, representing the state of Mississippi. Jeannette Rankin was the first congresswoman, and was elected to the United State’s House of Representatives in 1916, representing the state of Montana. What do these two have in common?
They were both members of the Republican Party.
In 1964, the Republican Party put forth the legislation known as the Civil Rights Act. Not only did Democrats disagree with it, but they filibustered the act to keep it from coming to a floor vote. They blocked this piece of legislation, one that put so many groups of people on an equal playing field, for almost TWO MONTHS.
Women and minorities, equality itself, were never priorities of the Democratic Party. They only became priorities when they realized that these groups could help to feed their agenda and further their political power. For example, the Ku Klux Klan was started by racist Democrats, including Democratic President Harry Truman.
At some point, President Lyndon B. Johnson realized that by telling minorities exactly what they wanted to hear, he could gain their vote. After all, one of his most famous lines is, “I’ll have those n****s voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” It wasn’t until after that revelation that he decided to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964, something he had staunchly opposed for decades.
Republicans have been fighting for a woman’s right to vote since 1854. In 1918, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, nicknamed ‘Kaiser Wilson’ was in office, an avidly anti-19th Amendment leader. He did horrific things to suffragettes, and only supported the 19th Amendment when it was attached as an amendment to a bill created to officially send us into WWI (which was voted down). Finally, in May 1919, a Republican introduced the 19th Amendment for a vote and it was passed.
Over and over throughout the history of this country, Republicans have been standing up for women and minorities in this country. Democrats have been exploiting them for political gain for centuries. Yet, there is a reason today why the Democratic Party is commonly known as the ‘party of women and minorities’.
It’s because Republicans have forgotten how to fight.
Folks, EVERY time Hillary Clinton pulled out her woman card, Republicans should have been standing up and shouting about Jeanette Rankin, suffragettes, and the countless women since them that we have supported. Republicans tell women that they’re strong enough to survive WITHOUT big government assistance; Democrats tell them that the only way they can survive is with big government assistance. Republicans say that all issues are women’s issues; Democrats like to tell us the only things we should care about are abortion on demand and birth control. Democrats talk about sexism in our country while simultaneously tearing down and slandering any successful Republican woman. Tell me, where is the real war on women?
Any time throughout the election that the Democrats started to tell the world that they are the only party that care about African Americans, Republicans needed to stand up and shout. We needed to shout about Hiram Revels, OUR success at getting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed. We needed to remind the world of the Democratic roots of the KKK, of the destruction of black neighborhoods under liberal agendas, and about Democrats trapping minorities into awful schools by REFUSING school choice.
Yet, have we stood up and reminded the world of who we and what we’ve done?
If the Republican Party doesn’t want to fade into nothing while the Democrats twist the things we’ve accomplished, continue to exploit mass groups of people for their own gain, and cut us down while doing it, we need to put our fists up and start swinging. We must remind the political world of who it is that cares, who gets things done. We must fight back against the lies that liberal propaganda has been perpetuating.
Stand up. Fight back. Remind the world that the Republican Party truly is the party of diversity.