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  •  1964 Republican Convention (1+ / 0-)
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    Jackie Robinson said it best:

    "Republican" Jackie Robinson on the 1964 GOP Convention

    What are you going to tell me, Senator Goldwater, which you cannot or do not choose to tell the country – or which you could not have told the convention which you controlled so rigidly that it booed Nelson Rockefeller, a distinguished fellow-Republican?

    What are you going to say about extremism now?  You called for it and the answer came in the thudding feet and the crashing store windows and the Molotov cocktails and the crack of police bullets and the clubbing of heads and the hate and the violence and the fear which electrified Harlem and Rochester and Jersey.  I am solidly committed to the peaceful, non-violent mass action of the Negro people in pursuit of long-overdue justice.  But I am as much opposed to the extremism of Negro rioters and Negro hoodlums as I am to the sheeted Klan, to the sinister Birchers and to the insidious citizens’ Councils.

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    Early in 1964 I wrote a Speaking Out piece for The Saturday Evening Post.  A Barry Goldwater victory would insure that the GOP would be completely the white man's party.  What happened at San Francisco when Senator Goldwater became the Republican standard-bearer confirmed my prediction.
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    That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life.
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    A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP.  As I watched this steamroller operation in San Francisco, I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.

    The same high-handed methods had been there.

    The same belief in the superiority of one religious or racial group over another was here.  Liberals who fought so hard and so vainly were afraid not only of what would happen to the GOP but of what would happen to America.  The Goldwaterites were afraid – afraid not to hew strictly to the line they had been spoon-fed, afraid to listen to logic and reason if it was not in their script.

    But that was only the Republican declaration of war. Before that there was Strom Thurmond's 1948 Dixiecrat run for President, and before that The Birth of a Nation, Jim Crow, and so on back to the Civil War, the split between northern and southern Baptists over slavery, and the original introduction of slavery into the US in the 17th century. And all of the preceding conquest, pillage, piracy, religious persecution, and occasional genocide.

    Did I leave anything out?

    Busting the Dog Whistle code.

    by Mokurai on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 08:44:10 AM PDT

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    •  You forgot the Constitution itself (1+ / 0-)
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      Who do you actually think the minority was that needed to be protected from the tyranny of the majority?

      Blacks? Gays? Women?

      No, it was the new class of merchant elite proto-aristocrats.

      Keep D.C. Democratic in November. Then work like fucking mad to reattach the reins of power to a more noble steed.

      by chipmo on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 08:48:43 AM PDT

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