Just in case anyone needs a refresher on how Bernie Sanders garnered his support this year, take a look at this montage below:
Any questions? Moving on.
The fact of the matter is that Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Free Stuff Tour was neither original nor innovative nor progressive nor realistic; it was however, ironic – ironic in the fact that people are so poorly versed on their own American history that they’re willing to watch it repeat itself right before their eyes and run with it hook, line, and sinker. The last time it happened (on a scale of this magnitude)? When the Democrats stole the minority vote in the South by promising a beleaguered post-slavery population a boatload of goodies – many of which are still costing tax dollars today. I’m talking about FDR’s New Deal. Prior to the 1930’s, the African American population in the US was by and large Republican; however, that all changed.
I’ve already talked about Americans voting against their own interests, but it’s incredible just how quickly we’re willing to do it. One could easily make the argument that supporting FDR was absolutely in the best interest of the entire country. We were trying to get out of the Great Depression, and a candidate promising jobs and prosperity amidst a time of perpetual hopelessness is pretty appetizing, especially if you’re a member of the black community. Do not forget, however, who the black community had to support, side-by-side, in order to get it done: racist Southern Democrats. Because of the allure of the New Deal, the African American population began its alignment with the same political party who felt that they should still be enslaved. In 1938, 50% of African Americans were Democrats.
Folks, this isn’t racism. This isn’t propaganda. This is American history.
In previous posts, I’ve already discussed how that 50% jumped to 90%, but here’s a recap:
… prior to 1948, the black community was split about half-and-half Republican and Democrat. Early in 1948, President Truman signed an executive order desegregating the military and began working on eliminating the racial bias in the federal government (FactCheck.org). You’ll see another spike in 1964. Why is that there? Because Lyndon Johnson was running for president, and at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, he helped eliminate the South’s all-white primaries, creating a huge wave of support for Johnson from the black community. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, only two Senate Republicans opposed it, one of whom happened to be Johnson’s presidential opponent, Barry Goldwater. Additionally, the Republican Party really had no footing in the South, so when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed (signed by then-President Johnson), naturally, the Democratic Party absorbed most of the black vote. At that point, the Democratic Party established itself as the party of the African-American people – despite the fact that Republicans supported their civil rights at a higher rate than Democrats (based on Congressional votes). From that point on, no Republican presidential candidate has garnered more than 15% of the black vote. – @JustifiablyPolemical, “Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?”
But let’s get back to Bernie. He’s been heralded as some kind of political maverick this year, and in reality, he’s just new packaging on the same tired message: “Vote for me because I’ll give you stuff and make other people pay for it.” But he’s clever! I’ll give him that. Bernie pandered quite well to the minority vote by saying that they had been given a “raw deal.” What he failed to mention is that his own political party who gave it to them.
So, when I see people call Donald Trump a racist for saying things like this, I really don’t understand why:
Look how much African American communities have suffered under Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose? … You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58% of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose? – Donald Trump
Oh, goodness, no! The racism – it burrrrnssss!
I have just one question: How in the hell is that racist?? That’s like saying that Al Gore is anti-Earth because he said we’re catastrophically warming it (except in this case, Trump is telling the truth, and Al Gore is completely full of bovine post-digestion material). Take a look at this headline:
NEWSFLASH: Donald Trump accused of racism for saying non-racist things. Want to know how confused people are with what racism even means these days? It’s in the top 1% of popular terms researched on Encyclopedia Britannica.
I guess you really can’t fix stupid. At least we can give people credit for wanting to know what racism is. Unfortunately, most of them probably just did it to know the correct spelling for their Black Lives Matter protest signs.