Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel knows his crackers.
He should. He’s a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus whose members claimed they were spat on and called racist names by Tea Party protesters during the Obamacare debate.
(Personally, I can think of lots of reasons Democrat legislators should be spat upon, none of them having to do with skin color. But let Charlie have it his way. Here’s a HuffPo video of the alleged spitting incident involving Rep. Imanuel Cleaver, who later denied saying he was spat on, despite his office having issued a press release saying he was.)
Rangel’s been at the forefront of the “Tea Party is Racist” brigade since then.
So it was no great surprise to hear Rangel spouting off once again the other day, when he said of the Tea Party, “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked.”
Rangel, demonstrating once more what a racist tool he is, is making himself the very definition of “Uncle Tom” by reinforcing the Left’s false historical narrative about civil rights.
It is instructive to take a look at some of the most famous segregationists of the Civil Rights Era and see what their political affiliations were. Admittedly, there were some Republicans, such as William F. Buckley and Trent Lott, and there were some segregationists like Jesse Helms who later became Republicans. But none of those big names seems to be associated with the modern Tea Party, most of whose leaders were probably kids at the time of the Civil Rights struggle.
First, prominent segregationists who were Republicans at the time:
William F. Buckley, Jr., National Review editor; Howard “Bo” Callaway, United States Representative, Georgia; Jerry Falwell, conservative evangelist; Trent Lott, U.S. Senator; Charlton Lyons, State Chairman, Louisiana Republican Party; James D. Martin, United States Representative, Alabama; Rubel Phillips, Mississippi lawyer.
Prominent segregationists who were Democrats at the time:
Dale Alford, United States Representative of Arkansas; Taddy Aycock, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana; Ross Barnett, Governor of Mississippi; Hale Boggs, United States Representative of Louisiana; Albert Boutwell, Lieutenant Governor of Alabama; Bryant Bowles, white supremacist organizer in Florida; Parey Branton, State Representative of Louisiana; Overton Brooks, United States Representative of Louisiana; C. Farris Bryant, Governor of Florida; Garland T. Byrd, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia; Harry F. Byrd, Governor and U.S. senator of Virginia; Harry F. Byrd, Jr., U.S. senator of Virginia; Robert Byrd, United States Senator, West Virginia; Francis Cherry, Governor of Arkansas; Kent Courtney, activist from Louisiana; Jimmie Davis, Governor of Louisiana; Vail M. Delony, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Lake Providence; James Eastland, United States Senator, Mississippi; Allen J. Ellender, United States Senator, Louisiana;
Clyde Fant, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana; Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas; William Fulbright, United States Senator, Arkansas; John Sidney Garrett, State Representative, Louisiana; Peter Zack Geer, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia; James H. Gray, Sr., Georgia Democratic state chairman; Marvin Griffin, Governor of Georgia; Jack P.F. Gremillion, Attorney General of Louisiana; F. Edward Hebert, U.S. representative from Louisiana; Jesse Helms, United States Senator, North Carolina; Lister Hill, United States Senator, Alabama; Orville L. Hubbard, Mayor, Dearborn, Michigan; Wellborn Jack, State Representative of Louisiana; Shelby M. Jackson, Superintendent of Public Education, Louisiana; James D. Johnson, Arkansas Supreme Court justice; Paul B. Johnson, Jr., Governor of Mississippi; J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., United States Senator, Louisiana; B. Everett Jordan, United States Senator, North Carolina; Robert F. Kennon, Governor of Louisiana; James J. Kilpatrick, Columnist, Virginia; Russell B. Long, United States Senator, Louisiana; Speedy O. Long, United States Representative, Louisiana; Lester Maddox, Governor of Georgia; John McClellan, United States Senator, Arkansas; John McKeithen, Governor of Louisiana; Harold Montgomery, Louisiana state senator; Danny Roy Moore, Louisiana state senator; deLesseps Story Morrison, Mayor of New Orleans; W. Lee O’Daniel, Governor of Texas; John H. Overton, U.S. senator from Louisiana; Otto Passman, U.S. representative from northeastern Louisiana; John Malcolm Patterson, Governor of Alabama; Dave L. Pearce, Louisiana Agricultural Commissioner; Leander Perez, Louisiana judge; William M. Rainach, Louisiana state senator; John Rarick, United States Representative of Louisiana; A. Willis Robertson, U.S. senator from Virginia; Richard B. Russell, U.S. senator from Georgia; Victor Schiro, Mayor of New Orleans; George W. Shannon, Louisiana journalist; Gerald L. K. Smith, evangelist from Louisiana and Arkansas; Howard W. Smith, United States Representative from Virginia; John Sparkman, U.S. senator from Alabama; John C. Stennis, United States Senator from Mississippi; Ford E. Stinson, State Representative of Louisiana; J. B. Stoner, Georgia political candidate; Herman Talmadge, U.S. senator from Georgia; A. Roswell Thompson, Louisiana political candidate; Strom Thurmond, Governor and U.S. senator from South Carolina; Ned Touchstone, Louisiana journalist and printer; Joe D. Waggonner, United States Representative of Louisiana; George C. Wallace; Albert W. Watson; John Bell Williams, Governor of Mississippi; Edwin E. Willis, United States Representative of Louisiana; Fielding L. Wright, Governor of Mississippi.
Students of history will also recall that it was Democrats who opposed ending slavery, who formed the KKK, who tried to keep blacks “in their place” after the Civil War, who founded Planned Parenthood to control black breeding, who largely opposed the Civil Rights Act.
And yet blacks today, like Rangel, vote in a bloc for Democrats. Historically, Republicans started losing the black vote when FDR came out with the New Deal and began giving away government (really taxpayer) money and services to the poor, which included a lot of black families.
Today’s black communities remain loyal Democratic servants because of government benefits and “Obama phones,” not because of any rational self-interest.
People like Rangel are the Democrats’ overseers, making sure their fellow blacks stay on the plantation by any means necessary, including bald-faced lies and historical revisionism.