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THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN: ECCLESIASTES 1:9
by Steven Neill, ©2017
(Jun. 29, 2017) — While the above phrase was written over 2,000 years ago, the author of Ecclesiastes composed one of the most profound truisms in history. There really is nothing new under the sun when it comes to human beings and that predictability has often been used by unscrupulous scoundrels to manipulate people. Such is the case in today’s Democrats/leftists who are playing into the hands of Leftopathic leaders intent on creating the chaos needed to bring about a new world order.
From their exalted positions in fields ranging from entertainment, politics, business, and news media, malevolent puppet-masters like Arianna Huffington, Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Lynch, George Soros and Rachel Maddow bang the drums of war and hate to their base, turning many of them into useful idiots willing to commit acts of violence, civil disobedience, intimidation, and worse.
Political violence is nothing new to the Democrat Party. For instance, in 1856, Democrat Congressman Preston Brooks (1) nearly beat Republican Senator Charles Sumner to death in the Capitol Building over the slavery issue; the Opelousas, Louisiana, Massacre (2) in 1868 in which white Democrats killed some 300 blacks and another 35-50 whites; the Wilmington, North Carolina (3) insurrection of 1898 in which white Democrat Party insurgents overthrew the legitimately-elected local government, killing between 15-60 people and destroying large sections of black-owned businesses/houses; Democrat George Wallace (4) and the Selma March in 1963. The current rounds of violence and anarchy are simply the external workings of the same old Democrat Party that has replaced the support of slavery with the anarchistic methods of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and combined them with Antonio Francesco Gramsci’s “Prison Notebook,” among others, to create a Democrat “no quarter” policy. Thus the “leaders” of the Leftopaths are simply using the longtime Democrat Party’s favorite tactics of violence and intimidation.
After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by the Southern Democrat John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s successor to the presidency, Democrat Andrew Johnson, started a political war between himself and the Republican-controlled Congress over the reconstruction of the South and the fate of the recently-freed slaves.
President Johnson sought to reunite the country as quickly as possible while keeping the white Southern Democrats in office. Under his liberal plan, Southern states needed only to agree to end slavery and pledge loyalty to the union so they could once again send representatives to Congress.
Johnson’s plan outraged Congressman Thaddeus Stevens (5) and the rest of the Republican Congress, who insisted that black suffrage be included as a precondition for the readmission to the union by the former Confederate States. Thaddeus Stevens, a forgotten giant of the fight for black equality, predicted that “every rebel state will send rebels to Congress.” He could not have been more accurate, as in a mere eight months after Lee had surrendered to Grant, the Southern representatives arrived to take their place in Congress. The delegates were voted for by whites-only in the newly-restored governments of the South. These members included the former Confederate vice president, (6) six members of the Confederate Cabinet, four Confederate generals and 58 Confederate congressmen. Appalled, Congress refused to seat the Southern delegations.
Those returning Southern states, for the most part, simply modified their existing “slave codes” and turned them into “Black Codes” which essentially turned the newly-freed blacks back into nearly-slave status by restricting their rights to vote, own property, travel, and forcing many of them to return to their former owners as laborers. These codes were enforced by the former Confederate veterans who made up the all-white police, judicial system and “patrollers.”
The Democrats committing these acts soon joined together under the guidance of former Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to create the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1866. This organization spread like a disease throughout the South to counter the growing power of the Republican Party and former slaves who voted for it.
“I shook hands with Bob before they hanged him an’ I helped bury him too” — Former slave Ben Johnson (7)
By 1868 the KKK became very open about its purpose to restore Democrat rule in the South by threatening, assailing, and/or murdering Southern Republicans, whether they were white, black, native Southerners or transplanted Yankees. The Republican majorities in most Southern states required the votes of the newly-freed blacks to stay in power, and those votes were crucial to the upcoming presidential elections. The election pitted former Union General Ulysses S. Grant, a Republican, against former Democrat New York Governor Horatio Seymour (who had supported the New York draft riots of 1863 which lasted several days, destroyed millions of dollars of property, injured over 2,000 people and killed some 120 others).
The 1868 Democratic Convention (8) welcomed Nathan Bedford Forrest as a speaker and supporter as well as another KKK founder, Confederate General John B. Gordon. Both worked for Democrat candidates in the upcoming election. Since Grant was determined to continue to work towards keeping the Democrat Klan from power, the Klan in turn stepped up its attacks on Republicans throughout the South. In Louisiana, some 1,000 blacks were murdered by the Democrats. In Kansas, they committed over 2,000 murders and unimaginable numbers of beatings, rapings and a savage campaign of property destruction; in Georgia, it was even worse. Using these brutal tactics, the Democrats were able to “win” all three Southern states, but they did lose to the Republicans in the national races as Republicans took commanding leads in both chambers of Congress as well as Grant becoming President. This Republican majority pushed through the 14th and 15th Amendments (9) to the U.S. Constitution which gave the former slaves the rights of citizenship and the right to vote.
During the 1870’s the KKK slowly disbanded as other, more politically-involved and open groups such as the Knights of the White Camelia, the Red Shirts and the White League came to the forefront. Primarily composed of former Confederate soldiers, these paramilitary groups were open about their being the paramilitary arm of the Democrat Party and their intention of overthrowing the Republican Reconstructionist governments of the South. They terrorized the freedmen to keep them from the polls, and in 1873, white paramilitary Democrats in Colfax, Louisiana (10) attacked and slaughtered some 150 recently-freed black Republicans in what is considered the most bloody racist attack in U.S. history. By the 1874 election, the Republicans had lost the South and the Democrats once again ruled it with an iron grip.
“If the colored people made a mistake in voting for me, they ought to correct it.” Woodrow Wilson (11)
The Klan had a revival in 1915 with DW Griffiths’ movie, “The Birth of a Nation.” The film was a fictional account of the Klan saving the South from being dominated by former slaves. It was extremely controversial at the time it was released, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) publicly boycotting it and no Protestant church endorsing. It was, however, endorsed by Democrat liberal progressive President Woodrow Wilson after he was given a private screening of the movie at the White House.
According to some accounts, Wilson enjoyed the movie and stated afterwards, “It’s like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all terribly true.” The author of the book and screenplay, Thomas Dixon Jr., a personal friend of Wilson’s, showed Wilson the movie to lend respectability to it. Dixon told Wilson that the purpose of the private screening was to “show him the birth of the mightiest new art engine for molding public opinion in the history of the world.” However, Dixon later confessed the true purpose of the movie was to “revolutionize Northern sentiments by a presentation of history that would transform every man in my audience into a good Democrat!”
But whatever the truth is about the Wilson/Birth of a Nation (12) controversy, the film brought the Klan back from obscurity into a multimillion dollar cash cow for some and influenced several major Democrat governor and congressional races. It was Democrats who halted the passage of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill in 1922 which would have made lynching a federal crime.
In 1924, the Democrat Convention was affectionately called a “Klanbake” (13) because of the presence of so many Klansmen in their white robes and long hoods who came to support former Woodrow Wilson Cabinet member William G. McAdoo. McAdoo was barely defeated on the 103rd ballot. Between the McAdoo loss and the famous murder trial of David C. Stephenson, the Klan membership fell from 3-4 million to around 30,000 by the end of the 1920s.
“I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for 200 years’” Lyndon B. Johnson (38)
The third and final rise of the Klan (14) was in the 1950s and 60s. Although it numbered only between 30,000 and 50,000 people, it was extremely violent with numerous lynchings, bombings assaults and other acts of racial intimidation that swept the South in vain attempts to keep the Jim Crow laws (15) in place. Democrat President Lyndon Johnson realized that the issue of race was being replaced by economics and the fear of communism as the top political issues of the day, and he signed the Republican-crafted Civil Rights Acts of 1964 over violent and determined Democrat opposition.
Coinciding with the fall of segregationist Democrats and the slow decline of unions, the fruits of decades of Cultural Marxist influence had begun to bear its unholy fruits in American Universities as the words of Cultural Marxist academic, political revolutionary and psychological theorist Herbert Marcuse became the marching orders for the “New Left.” His essay entitled ‘Repressive Tolerance’ (16) argued that a tolerance for all viewpoints in Western society contributed to social oppression. He believed that unconscious assumptions and biases gave greater weight to messages presented by powerful entities to such a degree that they would be universally accepted. So his answer to this dilemma became the marching orders of the Leftopaths ever since: “A pervasive network of assumptions and biases implicitly privileges the viewpoint of the powerful, so that seemingly “equal” presentations of opposite opinions actually end up benefiting the viewpoint of the powerful. Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left. As to the scope of this tolerance and intolerance: … it would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion and propaganda, of deed as well as of word.”
Under the guidance of the Cultural Marxists, (17) Antonio Gramsci, (18) Saul Alinsky, (19) and the Cloward-Piven Strategy, (20) the 1960s saw the beginnings of attacks on every institution of the U.S.. The church (21) was oppressive and outdated; education (22) was turned into indoctrination; the environment (23) was being destroyed; and marriage (24) was repressive; so the New Left began a multi-pronged attack on these institutions as well as others. On the military side were radical groups like The Black Panthers, (24) Symbionese Liberation Army, (25) the Weathermen, (26) the Black Liberation Army (BLA), (27) Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), The Weathermen, (28) and the Youth International Party, (Yippies) (29) started a campaign of killings, bombings, kidnappings and violent protests that shook the U.S. to its core. It also created a new class of heroes for today’s Democrats to emulate. On the political front it was people like Bill and Hillary Clinton, (30), John Kerry, (31) Al Gore Jr, (32) Gloria Steinem, (34) and late-comer Barack Obama (35) who were smart enough to infiltrate the system to look respectable on the outside and evil enough to push others into violence to further their goals.
Since the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, the floodgates of riots, rampages and rhetoric have opened on a scale unseen since the Days of Rage (36) in 1969, with few voices of reason anywhere in the mix. One of the more ironic twists to this tale of escalating thuggery is that a historically-outspoken supporter of violence has now publicly called for calming the rhetoric down before there is no turning back. Musician and advocate of “hateful rhetoric” Ted Nugent, (37) came out publicly against hate speech the day after the ballpark shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise. He is calling for civility in this dangerous escalation of rhetoric. Whether or not he is sincere remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: only one side in the country will win if this cycle is not broken, and it is not the people, left or right, but rather the puppet-masters like Soros, Koch, Gates, Clinton and Kissinger.
36. Days of Rage
38. Did LBJ Say