20 January 2009

My fellow Repubilcans ....

My good friend, victorsleeps, celebrated MLK Day by remembering that the good Doctor himself was ... a Republican!

And I suspect that many more blacks will now see the way clear to be as well, as James Taranto yeah scratch that pointed out after the election.

At any rate, happy birthday Dr. King. You had a dream, and many of us still hold it. You paid a high price, and we continue to reap the rewards of your sacrifice.

2 comments:

Flavor Country said...

You are right he was a republican. The party was not the party it is now.

When Reagan came out in the 60's in support of Barry Goldwater most if not the majority of republicans became democrats and democrats became republicans. The South in the early years were heavily democratic not republican. Those same folks and their children are still there and are now democrats.

Because King was a republican before he was killed, you know if he were alive today he would have long since abandoned his party of old.

Tony said...

And while Reagan and Goldwater were certainly not particularly progressive on racial matters - they were men of their time - the history of the conversion of the South is different than you relay.

The South was solidly Democratic and Racist until Lyndon Johnson pushed through the Voting Rights and Civil Rights acts in the mid-1960's.

It was Richard Nixon who developed the Southern Strategy, but it only succeeded because the Dem vote was split in 1968. Remember, George Wallace was a Democrat, who running as an independent carried 46 electoral votes and nine million popular votes. Nixon and Humphrey split 62 million pop votes, with Nixon having a mere 500 k margin of victory.

Your statement that Because King was a republican before he was killed, you know if he were alive today he would have long since abandoned his party of old. is simply untrue. We "know" no such thing.

I suspect, rather, that King would have changed the path the Republican Party took, and both parties might have been better.

But then we cannot know what would have happened.