Larry Elder

The GOP is the party of Lincoln, a party founded to oppose slavery. The GOP, over the objections of the Democratic Party, backed the 13th, 14th and 15th constitutional amendments that freed blacks, granted blacks citizenship and granted blacks the right to vote, respectively. For over 100 years, Democrats fought against civil rights legislation, often reversing pro-civil rights legislation passed by Republicans.

Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan, once called the "terrorist wing of the Democratic Party." It was Southern (SET ITAL) Democrats (END ITAL) like Alabama's Gov. George Wallace and Birmingham Commissioner of Public Safety "Bull" Connor who opposed integration. As a percentage of the party, more Republicans supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act than did Democrats.

Second, since good education is the ticket to the middle class, why does the Democratic Party force children to go to government schools with a 50 percent urban dropout rate -- while refusing to give the parents a say in the matter?

Third, how has government dependency helped black Americans? Since Democratic President Lyndon Johnson launched the pro-welfare-state "war on poverty," poverty has flatlined. But the percentage of black children born to unwed mothers -- many living in government-dependent households -- has increased from 25 percent to 70 percent.

Fourth, why is there a double standard that protects Democrats who make racially insensitive or racist comments? Here are just some examples:

Jesse Jackson called Jews "Hymies" and New York City "Hymie-Town." He apologized. Case closed.

Black Democratic former U.S. Rep. Diane Watson never apologized for her Ku Klux Klan-like attack against a black political opponent: "He's married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn't want to be black."

Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said of then-candidate Obama, he's articulate and "light-skinned" with "no Negro dialect" unless he wants one.

Former President Bill Clinton, in attempting to dissuade Ted Kennedy from endorsing Obama, said, "A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee."

Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel said of Republicans, "They don't say 'spic' or 'nigger' anymore, they just say 'let's cut taxes.'"

Donna Brazile, Al Gore's former campaign manager, said Republicans "have a white-boy attitude."

Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton told a black audience that the Republicans run the "House ... like a plantation -- and you know what I'm talking about."

The GOP should also demand an apology.

It should demand an apology from Democrats who play the race card to divert voters from the destructive effects of their wrongheaded policies. It should also demand an apology from their co-conspirators in the media for allowing them to get away with it.

Now, let us all continue the pursuit of a society based not on color of skin -- but on content of character.


Larry Elder

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