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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:30 AM
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Recasting Republicans as the Party of Civil Rights
(I did spit coffee when I read this
this morning...who are they kidding.
I guess a few people...)
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-sl...

Recasting Republicans as the Party of Civil Rights
Strategists reach back to GOP's antislavery roots in an attempt to lure black voters.

By Peter Wallsten
Times Staff Writer

January 29, 2005

WASHINGTON Condoleezza Rice took the oath Friday as the first black woman to be secretary of State, then immediately reached back into history to invoke the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Her words were the latest example of President Bush and his top aides citing the Republican Party's often-forgotten 19th century antislavery roots a strategy that GOP leaders believe will help them make inroads among black voters in the 21st century.
And if it reminds voters that the Democrats once embraced slavery, that's not such a bad byproduct, strategists say.

Bush, who keeps a bust of Lincoln prominently displayed in the Oval Office, is making Civil War references a staple of his speeches promoting democracy overseas and policy changes at home. And a glossy, GOP-produced "2005 Republican Freedom Calendar," spotlighting key moments in the party's civil rights history, has been distributed to party officials nationwide.

"We started our party with the express intent of protecting the American people from the Democrats' pro-slavery policies that expressly made people inferior to the state," Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach) wrote in a letter printed on the calendar.
The letter continued: "Today, the animating spirit of the Republican Party is exactly the same as it was then: free people, free minds, free markets, free expression, and unlimited individual opportunity."

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dave123williams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:32 AM
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1. There's not ONE African-American GOP member of congress...

Wonder why that is?
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:35 AM
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3. Exactly, they can appoint them but they won't elect them.
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 11:36 AM by LostInAnomie
And Colin Powell soon found out that when you are just a token your job consists of standing in the back and looking diverse.
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No Exit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:35 AM
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2. Oh, puh-LEEEZE!
Another irony is that the republicans were the ones who perpetrated Reconstruction; that's always a really nice thing to bring up when you're arguing against republicanism with some southern Bush cultist. "It's so nice to see a southerner like you supporting the party that brought you reconstruction". Heh heh.

Anything that'll shake up their misguided lemming-like following of this foul party...
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:38 AM
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4. GOP - "You can be a house slave!"
:puke:
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slor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:38 AM
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5. Dammit...
the Dems need to get out there and denounce this! We cannot allow, the party that just went after Affirmative Action. no less, to fool people into believing it. They are no longer the "Radical Republicans" of old, which is not to say they are not radical, O boy, they are radical alright, in a new evil way.
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:42 AM
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6. Our Democratic response team seems to be rusty
These things really do need answering
as soon as they come up....

but a letter to the LA Times is a good
place to begin:

letters@latimes.com

It's good to start with Re: (headline, date)
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Cats Against Frist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:49 AM
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7. Have these people gone ABSOLUTELY BAT-FUCKING MAD????????????????
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 11:58 AM by Cats Against Frist
free people:

Patriot Act
Office of Special Plans
Checking over your shoulder to see what books you rent, what you buy, and your tax return.
No-fly List
Consentual crime laws

free minds:

Revisionist history
Writing Jefferson & Rousseau & The Enlightenment out of our history
Shutting down free speech on campuses with thug groups
Paying pundits to spew propaganda
Fake news organization fronts to generate propaganda
Lying with no shame
Numbing gullible people with the logical fallacy droning of hate radio

free markets:
prohibiting internet gambling
keeping hemp illegal
prohibiting consumers from purchasing cheap drugs from canada
Reducing the purchasing power of medicaid/medicare recipients.
Corporate Subsidy & Bailout
Secret government energy policy
Crony Capitalism
The Military as a Corporate Arm

Free expression:

free speech zones
anti-flag burning amendment
anti-gay, anti-libertine everything
calling you a "traitor" if you speak out against the war machine


unlimited individual opportunity:

unless you're a gay person dying of cancer who wants to grow medicinal marijuana and set up a business that helps old people buy cheap drugs from canada, or you want to open a business in a small town that has a wal-mart, or you want to get a job at a place that won't hire blacks, women or disabled people, or you're dead because health insurance has gotten outrageously high, or you die during child birth, because a baby an empty skull cavity and three arms is more important than you, or you happen to be a dead or poisoned Iraqi child, or a dead soldier for a dumb war, or you want to bid on a contract when you don't have Dick Cheney on your country club list.

If they're so for "liberty," then why do the LIBERTARIANS hate them?

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/red-state-fascism.h...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts81.html


I'll tell you what they want -- they want mob rule that enforces out-moded, out-dated oppressive conservative social institutions, and a church and affluent upperclass that operates like the good kings and corrupt churches of old.

How the fuck can these people say they're for "liberty," if they want to amend the constitution to CONTRACT liberty, they want to own my uterus, and they're picking on SPONGE BOB?

These people are fascists, and those who formerly didn't trust the government, have become right-wing authoritarian statist lapdogs.

WAKE UP FREEPERS. THE NEOCONS AND THE REPUBLICAN ELITE ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO BE STUPID.


*edited to add extra link
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iwantmycountryback Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:51 AM
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8. They have to go back 100+ years
to find a reason for black people to vote for them? How hilariously pathetic.
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:59 AM
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9. and Condi...you are no Frederick Douglass n/t
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:10 PM
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10. I read that, too, and thought now we know why during the Rice floor debate
all the repubs stressed "the first African American Woman". Remember the thread we had that day?
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:05 PM
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14. I know really
It's so silly. And Boxer was just using her own words against her. :eyes: Who are they going to invoke next? They already have Martin Luther King jr and now Abraham Lincoln. Hmm I wonder if they're getting his spirit mad if he'd haunt the House. LOL. I think they also forgot about what happened in 2000 in Florida. x( That's all they know how to do. If they don't get their way they cry, kick and scream with racisim and "traitor" nonsense. Ugh. It pisses me off so bad. If you go back and look at history look at who has stud up for civil rights in the past. Watch the RNC convention. More white people are there then anything! I was watching late last year the DNC convention and saw a good mixture of people there. Whites, blacks and even a muslim or two.
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itzamirakul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:16 PM
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11. Condi said the the Civil Rights Movement was unnecessary...
she said that segregation would have died out ALL BY ITSELF EVENTUALLY...Yeah...like around about now?
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:23 PM
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12. They really think we are stupid
Not me :puke:
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Cats Against Frist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:59 PM
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13. I thought this was a nice example of Republicans welcoming blacks
These are quotes from freepers responding to pleas by Black Baptists that George Bush learn and govern from the teachings of Jesus.

Seems there's no room in the party for either blacks OR Jesus.



http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1331410/posts


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To: Chi-townChief
"...issuing a list of demands..."

Stuff your freaking list, morons.



7 posted on 01/29/2005 10:59:08 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: Chi-townChief
Black Baptist leaders put demands to Bush
STFU.


8 posted on 01/29/2005 11:01:53 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: Chi-townChief
"We want 'The Man' to continue to keep us down."



9 posted on 01/29/2005 11:03:18 AM PST by kenth (my dog ate my tagline)
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To: Chi-townChief
Dateline January 2105:

African Americans still whining. African Americans still victims. African Americans still demanding "justice". Congressional Black Caucus meets with President to damand.............blah, blah, blah, etc., etc., etc., and on and on and on,...



13 posted on 01/29/2005 11:08:15 AM PST by garyhope
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To: Chi-townChief
Poor babies, whining their lives away!

WTFU! (first word is wake) :)



18 posted on 01/29/2005 11:22:23 AM PST by blackie
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:06 PM
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15. So sad
And here I THOUGHT they stud for blacks and civil rights. Doesn't sound like it to me if they just say they "whine." x(
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