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September 4, 2012 - 10:08 am

The Democrats’ new website propagates an old lie: That their party wasn’t the party of racism and oppression for most of American history. Jeffrey Lord picked up the lie on their site and in a new DNC video starring the party’s chairman, Rep. Debbbie “Dead Last” Wasserman Schultz.

Check the “Our History” section, found here of the DNC’s website. See it? The history section — now written to reflect the history of the Obama administration — begins with this breathtakingly bold lie:

For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights…..

That is one of the most massive lies ever told to the American public.

During the first half of the 19th Century, the Democratic Party was the party of racism oppression and slavery. This is not a debatable assertion, it’s simply a fact. The Democrats were divided over slavery, between those who accommodated it and those who actively supported it. Their party officially supported slavery in its six platforms from 1840 to 1860. They opposed the constitutional amendments that wiped out slavery and set the freed slaves on the path to full voting citizenship. They repealed a Republican-passed civil rights law in 1892. Again, not debatable: Simply a fact.

In 1854, the Whig Party collapsed and the Republican Party was born. The Republicans were the anti-slavery party. Neither party could at the time claim the mantle of truly supporting equality and civil rights, but of the two, the Republicans were clearly the party that sought to abolish slavery. The Democrats have no claim at all to supporting civil rights at that time. The election of Republican abolition supporter Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was met by the southern Democrats with secession. The Democrats started a war to divide the country in order to preserve slavery.

After the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Democrats became the party of Jim Crow and segregation. Again, not debatable: Simply a fact. The Democrats controlled the South from Reconstruction to the 1960s and on into the 1980s for some southern states. During that time, up until 1964, Democrats opposed civil rights and were far more likely to stand on the side of segregation, if not outright population control among races that certain Democrat elites deemed “undesirable.” Republicans were more likely to vote for the 1964 act than Democrats, and it would not have passed without GOP support. Planned Parenthood stands today as the legacy of racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger. In Texas, the Democratic Party pioneered what it called “white primaries” in which non-whites could not participate. Democratic President Woodrow Wilson was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, as was President Harry Truman and former Democratic icon Sen. Robert Byrd. Democrats lionize all of these figures today and happily accept the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. The Klan itself was regarded for decades as the Democratic Party’s paramilitary wing. None of this is debatable. They are just facts.

The Democrats’ view of their own history and of American history is monstrously dishonest.

The media and educational establishment, however, cooperate in propagating the lie. The media will not call the Democrats out for lying on their website, and the educational establishment is in thrall to the teachers unions, which support the Democrats. The lie mainly works because most Americans don’t know much about history, and the Democrat-media-educational establishment makes sure they never will.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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