Presentation on theme: "Why I Am A Republican Dr. James Taylor. Whosoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world."— Presentation transcript:
Whosoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity will change the face of the world. Ben Franklin
"It cannot be emphasized to strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not be religionist, but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason people of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. Patrick Henry
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. John Quincy Adams *
Today, many critics point to the Constitution as a pro-slavery document, and to prove this they point to the Three-Fifths Clause, claiming that the Constitution says that Blacks are only three-fifths of a person.
The Constitution is a glorious liberty document. Read its preamble; consider its purposes. Is slavery among them? Is it at the gateway? Or is it in the temple? It is neither...If the Constitution intended to be, by its framers and adopters, a slaveholding insturment, why neither slavery, slaveholding, nor slave can anywhere be found in it? Frederick Douglas, The Frederick Douglas Papers, John Blassingame, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982), pp 385-386, from What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?, July 5, 1852.
Now, take the Constitution according to its plain reading and I defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand, it will be found to contain principles and purposes entirely hostile to the existence of slavery. Frederick Douglas, The Frederick Douglas Papers, John Blassingame, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982), pp 385-386, from What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?, July 5, 1852.
Ulysses S. GrantRutherford B. HayesJames A. Garfield Grover Cleveland Benjamin HarrisonFrederick Douglass
By 1820, most of the Founding Fathers were dead and the Democratic Party had become the majority party in Congress. They immediately began reversing laws prohibiting slavery in federal territory.
Missouri Compromise, 1820 First time since Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, slavery was being promoted by congressional policy. Democrats had to ignore Framers principles in founding documents.
The first steps of the slaveholder to justify by argument the peculiar institutions (of slavery) is to deny the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence. He denies that all men are created equal. He denies that he has inalienable rights. John Quincy Adams *
The Fugitive Slave Law 1850 The Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854 Republican Party Formed 1854 (Anti-slavery Democrat Charles Sumner)
1856 Republican Party 1st Presidential Candidate John C. Freemont
Democratic Platform 1856 All efforts of the abolitionists...are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences and all such efforts have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people. McKee, The National Platforms, Democratic Platform of 1856, p. 91
The Dred Scott Decision 1857 Declared that Blacks were not persons or citizens but instead were property and therefore had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. The US Supreme Court, Dred Scott at 407 (1856)
For over a century-and-a-half, Democrats often have taken a position that some human life is disposableas they did in the Dred Scott Decision. Today Democrats have taken the same position on unborn human lifethat an unborn human is disposable property to do with as one wishes. *
Black Abortion Statistics *12% American Blacks *35% of all abortions on Blacks *Last decade for every 100 Black live births there were 53 abortions.
Presidential Election of 1860 Abraham Lincoln Republican Stephen Douglas Northern Democrat John C. Breckenridge Southern Democrat *
Ku Klux Klan 1866 Formed as an arm of the Democratic Party to regain control in elections. They (the Ku Klux Klan) belongs to the reform party-(that is to) our party, the Democrat Party. South Carolina Democrat E.W. Sweibels Testimony,,,to Inquire...in the Late Insurrectionary States, Vol. III, p.97, testimony of E. W. Sweibels on June 22, 1871
13 th Amendment, 1865 Slavery Forbidden 14 th Amendment, 1868 Born in USA Naturalized Citizen 15 th Amendment, 1870 Right to Vote
Every Democrat must feel honor bound to control the vote of at least one Negro by intimidation, purchase, keeping him away, or as each individual may determine how he may best accomplish it. We must attend every Radical [i.e., Republican] meeting that we hear of, whether they meet at night or in the daytime. Democrats must go in as large numbers as they can get togetherand wellarmed. Major Problems in the History of the American South, Paul Escott an David Goldfield, editors (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990), Vol. 2, p. 46
Mississippi Blacks: 444,000 Whites: 383,000 Since Blacks voted overwhelmingly Republican they had to prevent them from voting. University of Virginia Library, Historical Census Browser (at http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/)
Disenfranchising Results Mississippialmost 70,000 more blacks, more white voters 8-1. Birmingham18,000 blacks 30 eligible. Texasblack voters 100,000 to 5,000. Alabama & Floridareduced 90%. By 1940 only 5% of blacks registered.
1884-1964 Lynchings 4743 Individuals lynched 3446 Black 1297 White
Each colored voter of the State should say in Scripture phrase, may my hand forget its cunning and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth (Psalm 137:5-6) if ever I raise my voice or give my vote to the nominee of the Democratic Party. Frederick Douglass, August 3, 1880
Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Black Cabinet. He was the first Democrat to place language in their platform calling for an end to racial discrimination.
Harry Truman (in 1946) was the first Democratic President to make bold civil rights proposals. He pushed for anti-lynching laws, a ban on poll taxes, and desegregation of the military. *