Grand Old Partisan recalls an Democrat journalistic outrage from five years ago.
Steve Kornacki, news editor at Salon, published a lengthy denunciation of the Republican Party, and of Rush Limbaugh specifically, on the subject of civil rights. The title of the article was Dittoheads, race and denial. Kornacki made a pretense of setting the record straight about the civil rights movement, but instead he imparted his own lefty spin. Rather than go through the article point by point, I'll let just a few observations serve to illustrate the overall duplicity.
The very image atop his article is a lie. It portrays a Republican, Rush Limbaugh, on the Confederate flag despite the fact that the Confederates were Democrats.
Hey, Steve! How about speaking some Truth to Power? Your article should have admitted the fact that the Confederates were Democrats. You could also admit the fact that you, as a Democrat, are a member of the Party of Slavery, Jim Crow, and the Ku Klux Klan.
The historical argument he made was based on another lie:
"When Rutherford B. Hayes, convinced that these whites would be more cooperative if they were left to control their own affairs, ended Reconstruction in 1877, one Republican state government after another fell."
This is false. In fact, by 1877, Reconstruction had already ended -- that is, Democrats were back in charge -- in eight of the eleven former Confederate states. Only in Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina were there Republican governors. Their administrations fell to Democrat mobs when President Hayes agreed to withdraw soldiers who had been guarding the Capitol buildings in those three states. Of course, if Samuel Tilden had been president, this would have happened anyway.
[re-published from this day in 2016]
Back to Basics for the Republican Party explains that contrary to decades of Democrat distortions, the true hero of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was not Lyndon Johnson, but a Republican Senator, Everett Dirksen. Just as importantly, the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not appear out of thin air. It was based on the GOP's 1960 Civil Rights Act, which was based on the GOP's 1957 Civil Rights Act, which was based on the GOP's 1875 Civil Rights Act.
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