Dismantle the largest monument to racism

By Cameron Jones

It didn’t start in Charlottesville, but it has accelerated after the events there.

I’m speaking about the removal of monuments to Confederate figures, other symbols of the Confederacy and political figures representative of racism in America. This purging of American history is being perpetrated by Democrats and, ironically, the monuments they are so quickly tearing down are monuments to Democrat heroes of yore, men like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. These men were leaders of the Confederacy, and the Confederacy was 100 percent Democrat.

Democrats supported slavery, and in the years leading up to the Civil War, a faction of Democrats left and formed the Republican Party. The new Republicans held their first nominating convention in June 1856, and in May the violence began in earnest. Just prior to the convention, two Democratic senators from South Carolina, Preston Brooks and Lawrence Keitt, brutally attacked and nearly killed Charles Sumner, a Republican from Massachusetts on the floor of the Senate with a cane following a passionate anti-slavery speech by Sumner, with which they disagreed. One might say these two were the first fascists of the Democratic Party, but they certainly have not been the last.

Democrats seceded from the union and fought to maintain slavery, ultimately losing in the bloodiest conflict the United States has ever known. Yet even after their defeat, they clung to the principals of white supremacy and found new ways to prevent freed slaves from obtaining their civil rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. Segregation, Jim Crow laws and even lynching were tactics employed to insure the black man would never be equal. The Ku Klux Klan and later white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups were spawned from within the Democratic Party. In the 1960s, Democrats fought against the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

These are facts of history, the history no longer taught in our schools, but the undeniably true history of our nation nonetheless. Even so, the Democratic Party of today acts like they had nothing to do with any of this. Even the Germans do not deny their history of the Nazi Party and the holocaust. I have visited the concentration camp at Dachau, and it is a stark reminder of that past, but it has not been purged from the German memory.

These white supremacists have now been labeled by the Democratic media as “Alt-Right,” but that is nothing more than an attempt to smear President Trump. They do not share a single principal with conservatives or the Republican Party, and all the rhetoric to the contrary is just that.

In recent years, we have seen a new violent arm of the Democratic Party come on the scene, the so called Anti-Fascists or ANTIFA. These lawless masked anarchists that confronted the white supremacist nationalists in Charlottesville have a history: Berkley, the 2017 inauguration violence and numerous gatherings of world leaders such as the G8 and G20 summits, just to name a few.

They’re not hard to figure out. Go on Twitter and Facebook or find their websites. They’re quite frank about their goals to overthrow government, their hate for the U.S. and capitalism, and their Communist beliefs. They are the fascists who violently stop the speech of anyone they disagree with, particularly conservatives, and they live to violently confront “The Nazis.”

So is it any wonder that when these two groups came together in Charlottesville, violence was the outcome? Without intervention, it was predictable and inevitable, and none was provided because the Democratic government officials at the scene were not interested in preventing it.

This is why the Democratic Party, like the monuments it erected and now are so vehemently opposed to, must be dismantled. There is no larger monument to racism and violence in our history than the Democratic Party, and it must not be allowed to continue destroying our nation.

Jim Griffin · August 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Cameron calls those who express disagreement leftists, claiming he espouses the truth. You are wrong, Cameron, about us being leftists and you espousing the truth about, say, Democrats and civil rights.

In fact, your claims against Democrats are demonstrably incorrect, persuasive only to the naive, an accident of geography that placed Southern politicians in the Democratic Party until the 1960s. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the turning point, after which Strom Thurmond switched to the Republican Party and Barry Goldwater ran as a Republican against the law’s enactment.

The South from the civil war to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was opposed to minority rights. Do you deny that?

Geography predicts voting on civil rights more than does party affiliation. In fact, 90% of members of Congress from Union states voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while less than 10% of members of Congress from old Confederate states voted for it. This 80pt difference between regions is far greater than the 15pt difference between parties.

Democrats in the north and the south were more likely to vote for the bill than Republicans in the north and south respectively. Southerners made up a larger percentage of the Democratic caucus, which created the initial impression than Republicans were more in favor of the act.

Nearly 100% of Union state Democrats supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act compared to 85% of Republicans. None of the southern Republicans voted for the bill, while a small percentage of southern Democrats did. The more liberal a congressman or senator was the more likely he would vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 once controlled for geography.

Anti-civil-rights crusader Strom Thurmond left the Democrats after the Civil Right Act passed. The Republican party was more hospitable to his message. The Republican candidate for president in 1964, Barry Goldwater, was one of the few non-Confederate state senators to vote against the bill. He carried his home state of Arizona and swept the deep southern states – a first for a Republican ever.

Obama carried only 18% of former Confederate states, while taking 62% of non-Confederate states in 2012. Only 27% of southern senators are Democrats, while 62% of Union state senators are Democrats. And 29% of southern members in the House are Democrats compared to 54% in states or territories that were part of the Union.

Minorities make a knowing choice when joining the Democratic party. They recognize that the Dems of today look and sound a lot more like the Dems of the North that with near unity passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 than the southern Democrats of the era who blocked it, and today would, like Strom Thurmond, likely be Republicans.

Cam Jones, you are engaging in sophistry when you make these claims and even school children know it. Shame on you. To paraphrase James Carville, it’s the geography, stupid, not the party label. Geography isn’t fluid, party labels are.

Jim Griffin · August 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm

This is funny creative writing, science fiction almost. Bravo, Mr. Jones, for making us laugh in the dog days of summer. This is the stuff of despots ruling without freedom of speech or freedom of association.

You gotta hand it to Cameron — he’s watched this state turn bright blue, at times harassing his own party, others penning junk like this about those with whom he disagrees. I favor neither party, but it’s obvious the string of losses is going to grow for Republicans, especially in the Commonwealth, where even the second-place Democrat out-polled every Republican, the front-runner taking more votes than the top Republicans combined.

Good luck and best wishes, Cameron Jones. Keep trying! Unfortunately for you it’s up to the average Virginian and they’re clearly not buying whatever it is you are selling.

Unless they can “dismantle” the Democrats, it’s another futile effort ahead. Bless his pointy little head.

Freedom warrior · August 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Did not know we had Democrat monuments. Are there Republican monuments then too? Seems like a pretty stupid idea to inteject partisanship into this debate but if it serves ones agenda, so be it. So Cameron Jones has taken the Corey Stewart approach, no surprise there. But think about what he’s saying…he’s advocating for one party, one set of views, his of course. Sorry, I like a healthy two party system, it encourages debate and thoughtful governing. And while it isn’t working well now, I’ll take it broken any day. Heck, I wish 3rd parties could have a better seat at the table.

Whatever the history, whichever party owns it, does it really matter? When I hear David Duke stating he is fulfilling the campaign promises of Donald Trump…that speaks volumes. Let’s not cloud the issues here. And those people there, with respect to the staue itself, they were not celebrating Robert E. Lee, or did I miss that part in the anti-Semitic and blood and soil rhetoric. History aside, on the political spectrum, the “right” owns it by virtue of the outspoken political views of the participants. As someone that leans Republican, do I like it? Nope I don’t. But I sure as heck am not about defend the misguided individuals either. Don’t make excuses for their ignorance Mr. Jones, unless of course you agree with their views on minority and Jewish populations.

And in case you bring up the whole “at least I post using my real name” bit as some sort of ad hominem attack, let me remind you of Joe Civitas. Do you know Joe?