And again I ask my Republican friends for some help

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civ...

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, look on. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today a video came via email sent out by a strong willed Republican. This video shows a black man, Senator Elbert Guillory from Louisiana. Senator Guillory is telling us why he joined the Republican Party. He tells us of Lincoln being a Republican and how the Republicans supported Eisenhower in the 1950s when he pushed through some civil rights issues; against the wishes of those “Jim Crow” Democrats of the 1950s.

This video creates confusion in my simple mind.

First question is why does this man talk about things Republicans did 60 to 150 years ago?

Why does he not explain how the Republicans deserted the blacks in 1965 when Democratic President Lyndon Johnson pushed through civil rights legislation and voting rights legislation that were as important to many as the emancipation proclamation?

Why does he not speak of how the “Democrats” that fought with Eisenhower in the 50s soon became Republicans?

Second question is who is this message addressed to?

This may be the key question, surely this message would not gain any support in the tea party. Is he attempting to woo black voters?

Does the provider of this message think anyone will believe it with all the voter suppression efforts going on in Republican controlled states?

Just too confusing for me, help me if you can.

Here is a link to the video. Check it out and let me know what you think.


2 thoughts on “And again I ask my Republican friends for some help

  1. I think that the question is really, “Why do some people vote against their own best interests?” Have your seen a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker on an old beat-up car, or had a look at many of the people who attend Tea Party rallies? They are definitely NOT the 1%. The Republicans have learned how to stir up resentment against the “liberal elite”, all those do-gooders who assume they know what poor people ought to be thinking.

    Right-wing politics has become a vehicle for channelling this popular anger (rage) against intellectual snobs. The result is that many of America’s poorest citizens have a deep emotional attachment to a party that serves the interests of its richest. To stay on top of what is happening in this country politically takes an enormous amount of time and concentrated energy. The man in the video you posted puts forth simplistic, out-dated, and sentimental ideas about the Republicans. He seems to be unaware of how they have crippled the US economy and decimated many civil rights of blacks as well as other minorities. My guess is that he depends on a dumbed-down, highly slanted version of the news, not hard to come by in this country .This is easy to understand since making an effort to follow what’s really going on in Washington and Wall St. takes an enormous amount of time and produces a kind of intellectual whiplash.

    Until Democrats pay attention to people like George Lakoff who has given them the rhetorical tools and template for countering Republican doublespeak, there will continue to be a large part of the population which not only swallows the conservative bait, but also the hook. I am at a loss to understand why progressive liberals continue to use the same old tactics and expect to see different results. People are mad as hell, and the Republicans have learned how to turn that rage to their political advantage. Democrats still have not.


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