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Rick Perry and Black Lives Matter

Last week, the former governor weighed in on the movement in an unexpected way.

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention.
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After all these years in public life, Rick Perry retains the capacity to surprise people, and last week, he did so once again. Conservatives who attended the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), in Indianapolis, probably weren’t expecting the former governor of Texas to give a speech focused on racial injustice, much less to explicitly challenge his fellow Republicans to accept responsibility for the party’s failure to earn the confidence of African-American voters.

Perry invoked Texas’s 2014 gubernatorial race as an example of the problem. “My good friend Greg Abbott crushed Wendy Davis,” he said. “But Wendy Davis won the black vote, 93 to 7.” That kind of margin, he continued, gives the lie to the rationalizations Republicans offer when confronted with the disjunct: “Again, we can blame the left. We can blame political correctness. We can blame those who gin up resentment, who find grievance at every turn. I have an alternative explanation.”

The entire speech is worth reading in its entirety, which ranges from a discussion of the lynching of Jesse Washington, in 1916, to the intimidation and arrest of Ericka Dockery, in 2003. In addition to candidly acknowledging issues such as police bias, which have relatively straightforward discriminatory effects, Perry addressed the systemic injustice that manifests itself as, for example, differential childhood poverty rates–a symptom of the problem, and one that helps perpetuate it. Perry offered a number of practical ideas along the way, some of which are proposals that have actually been implemented in Texas, to salutary effect.

Readers may have different ideas, of course, or additional ones; the Black Lives Matter coalition announced six policy priorities, over the weekend. They may also disagree with Perry’s diagnosis of the problem. And I imagine many Americans will be suspicious of his motives. This is not the first time Perry has publicly called for Republicans to engage more seriously in the national discussion about racial injustice, and there is evidence, in his long public record, of a genuinely egalitarian ethos. On the other hand, prior to last week Perry had spent most of the summer stumping for Donald Trump, like the ineradicably puzzling person that he is. But the motives that spurred Perry to address the issue last week don’t determine whether his assessment is correct, or whether his ideas for how to pursue progress would, in fact, help Americans in their ongoing efforts to do so.

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  • WUSRPH

    There appears to be something about the middle of the summer that makes Rick Perry make a surprisingly eloquent speech on the problem of Blacks in America. He did the same last year during his short-lived second try at the presidency. I disagreed with many of his suggestions for how to improve the situation but what was remarkable about both occasions was that he had a major GOP figure addressing the problem from some direction other than “government programs have made them into slaves again” and “Law and Order” and passing numerous laws to make it harder for many Blacks to vote.

    Paul Ryan has not been as direct in talking about the racial aspects of the problem, but he at least has addressed the related problem of poverty. Trump, of course, has nothing to say on the subject other than the Nixonian code words of “Law and Order”.

    It is a shame that the Party of Lincoln is now seen by many Blacks as becoming the Party of George Lincoln Rockwell.

    A party that is becoming more White, more elderly and less educated—as is the GOP—either changes or it dies. It looks like too many prefer a slow death than addressing the continuing American tragedy of racism.

    • John Bernard Books

      Dems are the same party as founded in 1824, racist, crooked, looters.

    • donuthin2

      As I have said many times before, I will vote for Clinton this time, but have not seriously considered changing parties. I may, as I don’t especially care for a slow death.

    • WUSRPH

      I sure thought I’d get some reaction to the “Party of George Lincoln Rockwell”. Guess I am getting old…but I’m cursed with this great memory.

      • BCinBCS

        Or maybe they agree with him. 😉

  • DefendAmerica

    Screw BLM. Screw Progs/Communists. Screw the GOP. This ridiculous arm of the globalists to sew discord and divisiveness has run its course.

    If BLM continues its violence…we have a message for BLM: This time, we shoot back.

    I’ve lived under the oppression of Affirmative Action all my life, never owned slaves, and my ancestor was John Adams…never owned slaves either. Get off your couches, you lazy feks, and GET A JOB.

    Can’t find one? Blame Democrats…and stop voting for them.

    TRUMP/PENCE 2016

    • WUSRPH

      An eloquent expression of the need for Perry’s speech.

      • waynus siez

        Actually they are now under oppression of ‘Uncle Sam’s Plantation’ and I doubt you live anywhere near the south because it is not as you claim. Remember, we are looking at a snake with 2 heads, one repub and one lib. And it must keep the masses divided/distracted so they dont put the snake in a cage where it belongs. Was it Herman Gobles (hitlers propaganda minister) who realized the power of the media and said if you tell a lie long enough, they (the masses) will believe it is the truth. I, along with millions, are simply tired of being blamed for atrocities that occurred over a 150 years ago. Yes it was wrong, yes it happened, yes I stand for true equality for ALL people NOT special rights for a few………….. and the divisions continue

        • Jackson

          This reminds me of the dialogue we’d have heard from Homer Stokes in ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ if he’d eaten two xanax, drank seven Coors Lights, and decided to wax philosophical after binge watching some Truther documentaries.

          • WUSRPH

            I like the way he combined the first and last name of two different Nazis while misspelling the last name. Obviously a well-educated person.

          • John Johnson

            You are a pompous ass. Could you not decipher WS’s message without your slam about the spelling an old German’s name? Can yuo regconzie truth if it is splled worng?

          • BCinBCS

            Truth?
            Exactly which people are getting the special rights, in your opinion?

          • John Johnson

            Are you the Professor’s lackey? Why are you always answering my posts directed towards him?

            I bet WS is referring to things like the African American and Latino associations that all the federal and state departments seem to have. Even the senate and house have their caucuses. If I wanted to form a White Police Officers’ Association, what do you think would happen?

          • BCinBCS

            Well, JJ, except for the fact that until very recently almost all police departments were White Police Officers’ Associations I’d say, “What the hell’s the big deal”.

            The fact that you don’t understand why there are African-American and Latino organizations is proof of their necessity.

          • John Johnson

            what a bogus response. Brids of a feather clubs, associations and the like cause segregation and resentment. Constant harping on whites of this generation for sins of both black and white slave traders generations ago grows old. How is it that the oppressed Irish, Italians, Japanese, Polish, Chinese and 2nd generation Latinos have done so much better at assimilating and reaching levels of success in school and work than the African Americans? What advantage have they had over the African Americans? Not politically correct? I just don’t care anymore. These are valid questions.

          • dave in texas

            Those black and white slave traders from hundreds of years ago didn’t institute Jim Crow laws. They didn’t lynch African Americans in great numbers simply for trying to vote. They didn’t enact the red-lining laws (a government policy in effect until the 1970s) that prevented African Americans from the avenue that the overwhelming majority of white people used to build wealth – homeownership.

            These things all happened in living memory. It’s really disingenuous to claim that there have been no lingering effects of racism and white supremacy simply because slavery ended 150 years ago. Those Poles, Irish, and Italians had the benefit of white skin to help them assimilate. Since the end of the Civil War, there have been continuous, concentrated efforts to make it as difficult as possible for African Americans to assimilate. The animus towards African Americans has dwarfed anything that any other immigrant group has faced.

          • John Johnson

            You know what…neither did I. I wasn’t part of it; nor were most of us, who now because our skin is white, are blamed for it.

            How about the other people of color? They were oppressed and stymied and abused? Why, after a generation or so here, are their young people getting educated, employed and not shooting each other in record numbers. Please explain that to me.

          • dave in texas

            Nobody’s blaming you for anything. I’m going to repeat that: nobody’s blaming you for anything.

            You’re just being asked to take into account the fact that blacks in America occupy a unique spot in the history of American bigotry. First of all, they’re not immigrants in the traditional sense of the word; they were brought here in chains and for hundreds of years denied even the opportunity to *try* and assimilate.

            In fact, their attempts at assimilation often resulted in violence against them. Once the Irish, Poles, Italians and others had been here a generation or two, they assumed whiteness and all the privileges that entailed.

            That “conversion” to whiteness was never (and still isn’t, for that matter) available to African Americans. Christ, John, their right to vote has only been widely available for barely 50 years. They were very deliberately kept in the worst kind of grinding poverty for most of the history of this country. They were very deliberately denied the education that has been the key to other ethnic groups getting “educated, employed, and not shooting each other in record numbers.” Your expectation that any group can shed that kind of oppression over the course of a generation or two is incredibly unrealistic.

          • BCinBCS

            Nicely said

            If only there was a way to “walk in the other man’s shoes”, there would be no need for discussions like this.

          • WUSRPH

            You are right that no one is blaming JJ for what happened in the past……but he may be liable for some blame in the future, if not in this life but in the future one he says he believes in, if he continues to oppose efforts to relieve the problems with declarations of “just get over it” as his only recommendation.

          • BCinBCS

            Yea, in my book “just get over it” isn’t too far removed from former Republican nominee for governor Clayton William’s advise about rape to “just relax and enjoy it”. Both show incredible insensitivity.

          • John Johnson

            Why can other people of color assimilate so much quicker and without all the blame and rancor? Specifically, Chinese, Mexican and Vietnamese. Many came here uneducated, broke and homeless. A few generations later what do we find?

          • BCinBCS

            JJ, I’m sure that you’re familiar with the famous political statement by former House Speaker Tip O’Neill that “All politics is local”. There is the Crooker Corollary to that saying that states that “Everything is local”. What that corollary means is that everyone is a product of their genetics and especially their environment.

            For example, if you live in a household where everyone goes to college, it is understandable that you will unquestioningly go to college as well. If you live in a household where no one, including your neighbors, goes to college, it is understandable that you will almost assuredly not go to college. This analogy applies equally to a panoply of other actions.

            It takes considerable work to change an individual’s attitudes and actions (think how hard we have tried to change your mind about Trump and how you resist, preferring to go down with his ship). I refer you to Dave in Texas’ posts to demonstrate the “local” for African-Americans. Until we help them change their “local”, African-Americans will only slowly assimilate on an equal basis into the American society. You attitude, and that of others like you and especially the attitude of the many racist in our society, does not make this work any easier.

          • John Johnson

            Your reasoning does not hold water. You think most Vietnam or Mexican first generations in America were college graduates or business professionals? Naw, they weren’t, but there is a good chance their grandchildren have at least attended college and have viable jobs. Know what the difference is in the African American community and all others named? The others seem to maintain cohesive family units; the number of children born out of wedlock is proportionally higher in the black community and number of black children being raised by neither their fathers or mothers is horrendous.

          • BCinBCS

            I’m sorry JJ but you are simply wrong. According to the Wall Street Journal the number of whites, Hispanics and blacks that attend college after graduation is essentially the same, 67%, 69% and 62%, respectively.

            As for blaming all of African-Americans problems on family cohesion, I cannot comment but I suspect that the family cohesion meme is the same as the gays and lesbians can’t raise successful children meme. And, I certainly do not see how being born out of wedlock would have any affect on a child. I also have doubts that grandmothers, who frequently raise their grandchildren, are somehow worse parents than would be their mothers so I don’t see why the outcomes should vary in that case.

            I firmly believe that the poverty of the environment in which children are raised along with the monetary poverty with which they must cope is a far, far greater determinant in the outcome of any child raised in those conditions.

          • WUSRPH

            I made the mistake a couple of years ago of introducing JJ to Daniel Moynihan’s 1965 study “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”. Ever since then he has blamed everything bad about Blacks on the breakup of Black families …..even though there are many factors that contribute to their status. JJ is always attracted by the simplistic answer, as distinguished from just a simple one.

          • dave in texas

            The point I’m trying to make is that if you put *any* group of people in the same conditions that African Americans have faced, you’d see much the same results. Are you trying to assign specific traits to African Americans? Because I’m not sure that’s a road you want to take.

          • BCinBCS

            Case in point: the generations and generations of poor whites in Appalachia.

          • WUSRPH

            There is a new book entitled Poor Whites that traces the history of the Poor White “class” in America from their beginning as “indentured servants” to today. It destroys a lot of the illusions people have about this being “a classless society”.

            Of course, thanks to such things a public education, the GI-Bill, the FHA and VA loans, public health care and the minimum wage and other “socialist” programs….many Poor Whites are not so poor any more. That, however, does not mean that many of them do not continue to display the characteristics of their class or that some are not still victims of social and economic discrimination.

            JJ apparently recognizes the existence of this social class but calls them and himself “commonbreds” instead of Poor Whites. Of course, he tends to believe he and other commonbreds are being discriminated against in favor of Blacks when in reality poor blacks and browns and other colors of poor people should be the natural allies of Poor Whites. In fact, the populist movement in the south of the late 1800s started out as a bi-racial effort but was diverted into racism by those who wanted to dilute its strength. Stirring up fears that another even poorer group is going “to become you equal or betters” is an old technique to break up protest movements among the poor. It has worked every time.

          • BCinBCS

            The project with which you were involved found yet another example of “Everything is local” where the people stayed with how they were raised and with what they knew. It is very hard to break those cycles.

          • John Johnson

            Why not? There are facts and figures to be considered.

          • BCinBCS

            W, to make a statement that you don’t live anywhere near the south tells me that waynus siez probably doesn’t read this blog. That brings up the question about how waynus found Erica’s post in the first place. I’ve noticed this phenomena at BB before.

            Is there some conservative or racist alert system to which folks can subscribe so that they can swoop in, comment and then fly away, never to be heard from again?

          • It’s called Facebook.

          • dave in texas

            It’s the Bat Signal, or rather the Bat(sh*tcrazy) Signal.

          • BCinBCS

            I like the humor but I’d also like to know how they find this topic on this blog.

          • dave in texas

            I really don’t know, but it is a thing. I used to comment quite a bit over at The Atlantic until whatever it is that attracts the Breitbart/Stormfront/4chan hordes drew them to the Atlantic. The comments section there has just become a cesspool. You might enjoy a Disqus channel I’ve found called The Atlantic Discussions. There’s some really smart people that comment there, and it’s tightly moderated, so the trolls get weeded out and banned pretty quickly. Check it out.

          • BCinBCS

            I will.

            And, as a counter-offering, you might want to check out the blog at Lawyers, Guns & Money. There are some really smart smart people over there; the site runs fairly liberal, though. The best thing is the comments. They are wickedly funny at times and almost always thought provoking (click on the comment count at the title of each topic to read the comments for that topic).

          • dave in texas

            Small world. I actually bookmarked that a couple of weeks ago. I had gone over there occasionally, usually when someone linked to it, and someone I was talking to over at TAD reminded me how good it was. So I finally bookmarked it.

          • Sacagewea

            Try Balloon-Juice.com.

    • Sam Jacinto

      An ineloquent treatise on the rage and racism of trumpanistas. These people are seriously susceptible to fascist manipulation – and as familiar with the Constitution and our history as is their hero.

    • BCinBCS

      I’ve lived under the oppression of Affirmative Action all my life…
      Really? How so?

  • Pete Wagner

    The reality may be that racial issues are unsolvable, and that the politics just boils down how much you want to pay to manage the associated risks.

    • José

      Unsolvable? No.

      In an earlier time our country experienced similar problems with bigotry and prejudice against Italians, Irish, and even Germans. That’s kind of funny when you think about Scalia, O’Reilly, and Limbaugh. Catholics and Jews were also considered un-American, and now they make up the entire Supreme Court. It will happen but it takes time, and it’s especially slow when the oppressed group was once considered property, was later hobbled by institutionalized prejudice of legally mandated segregation, and they are so easily identifiable by physical appearance.

      Maybe you’re too young to see it. Over my lifetime there has been enormous progress in the breaking down of barriers against minorities and disenfranchised of all types.

      • donuthin2

        Agree. It has been slow but progress has been made. I’m supposing that as the “whites” become the minority, the progress will accelerate.

      • dave in texas

        Yes, enormous progress has been made, but the struggle is far from over. Look at all the various voter ID laws, the calls to ban Muslims from entering the country, etc. Still a lot of work to be done.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems are in denial this happened, so are dem voters liars or just stupid?
    “The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

    Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.”
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-sent-cash-to-iran-as-americans-were-freed-1470181874

    We are now paying ransom?

    • vippy

      Iran had asked for their gold back and I wonder if that was the exchange. The USA keeps the gold of a lot of nations, spends it I am certain and then when countries ask for it back we have to pay up. Ransom is silly, stay out of their waters or better yet, stay out of all countries that don’t attack us.

  • John Johnson

    Rick Perry is a chameleon. He always has been. He sticks his wet finger in the air, sees which way the wind is blowing, and lights out in that direction.

    After bouncing around from uber conservative to moderate conservative several times and being bested by someone either more conservative or more appealingly moderate, he has taken to latching on to more specific red meat issues to gin up publicity and self promotion…namely, veteran’s affairs, with Marcus Luttrel in tow, and now, how to make Blacks love us.

    Rick Perry loves one thing…and that is himself.

    • donuthin2

      Pretty good description of the Rickster.

    • Unwound

      “Rick Perry is a chameleon. He always has been. He sticks his wet finger in the air, sees which way the wind is blowing, and lights out in that direction.”

      this also sounds like ….donald trump

  • Wilson James

    Why does this seem so unlikely and self serving? It seems like he is channeling someone with a brain……very unlike Rick so I guess I have to say while I totally distrust his motives, are highly skeptical of his honesty and wonder what he is angling for this was not so bad and he is close to correct.

    • SgtBeavis

      He’s still a politician. A healthy dose of skepticism is allowed.

      That said, he is at least trying to start a debate that I think is worth having and even taking action on. A agree with much of what he’s saying. Conservatism should be the stalwart of equal rights for all but the Republican party hasn’t been that standard bearer.

      • WUSRPH

        Being a politician does not mean that you may not have concerns about racial issues. It may affect how he approaches the issue, but not a belief in equality.

        • SgtBeavis

          I agree with you. I’m only saying to keep that grain of salt in hand.

  • oblate spheroid

    Don’t be fooled: Perry’s rational thoughts aren’t fueled by genuine concern for racial justice. They’re fueled by votes. He’s still a politician, after all, despite not holding office, and is searching for ways his party can win more elections (other than gerrymandering and disenfranchising voters).

    • pwt7925

      Who cares whether they’re genuine or not, if the end result is positive and not illegal? And, in case you haven’t noticed, politicians of all stripes always want to win more elections, and are looking for ways to do so. The requirement of ideological purity of heart is for the Tea Party and Bernieistas, who would rather be pure than effective.

  • SgtBeavis

    The thought has occurred to me that Rick Perry sees the self destruction of the RNC and perhaps has a few ideas on how to rebuild the party, post-Trump.

    • donuthin2

      And will include him being at the helm. He has not values, just ambition.

      • Wilson James

        Which way will the wind blow…..

  • David

    It is sickening that after a half-century of using racism as a political tool, Republicans want us to forget. It doesn’t take a story of extreme prosecutorial misconduct to illustrate that racism is alive and well in America. For those who see it, feel it, and live it every day, it is abundantly clear that Black people are still considered inferior and untrustworthy in every way. Republicans have exploited that to rise to ascendancy throughout the South. A few sympathetic speeches cannot erase the harm they have done for the last fifty years by making people feel comfortable with their racism (to paraphrase Jimmy Carter from long ago). The Republicans are fond of talking about leading from behind. This is an issue in which they have been the behind and everything else you can call low-life pond scum. Besides, the entire premise of Rick Perry’s speech is that trickle-down economics (which they like to call limited government – what a joke) would be the solution for Black people. His speech is not a surprise and it is not something to be admired. Get a clue.

    • bb2712

      As is noted above, many of the policies Perry speaks about have been implemented in Texas with good success rates. The Republican party has been more helpful in promoting ALL people on an equal basis than it is given credit for.

      • David

        With respect to race, that is utter and complete nonsense. That is what people tell themselves to avoid dealing with the obvious. If you are referring to economics, folks in Texas always want to take credit for our good fortune of living in a geographical location with very valuable natural resources. Oil and gas is the reason Texas has so much wealth – it has been for my entire life – nothing has changed. The niggardliness of its people is the reason Texas is a leader in wealth disparity, but I don’t see any Texans rising up to take credit for that. On the other hand, folks here think poor people are to blame for their OWN lot in life – they are lazy and shiftless. I’ve lived here for forty years – two-thirds of my life. I have prospered largely due to the energy industry. I have also watched as Texas becomes more and more hard-hearted towards the poor and less fortunate. That too is sickening. This is not about politics – it’s about people. Things were a little bit better when everyone was a Democrat, but not that much better. But there were things then that were advantages for people who wanted to try to better themselves, like less expensive access to educational resources. The changes in that arena tell a story in and of itself. Texans are not evil, and neither are Republicans, but let’s get real – THEY ARE NOT AND HAVE NOT BEEN PROGRESSIVE ON SOCIAL OR RACIAL ISSUES AND THEY HAVE BOUGHT TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER. There’s always hope that things might change, but don’t delude yourself that there is some sort of alternative analysis that makes everything right – there’s not.

      • Wilson James

        Can we give them credit for voter suppression? Gerrymandering? Making little PR moves is not a success in race/minority relations. Big picture? The Texas GOP has done a less than admirable job.

      • Skip Moreland

        The problem is that texas has a lower wage than the median for the country. Most of the jobs created were min wage jobs and if it wasn’t for the boom of the energy sector would not have had any success. Plus a large chunk of federal money is used to prop up the state. All of those military bases in texas bring jobs and cash into the state.
        Then we can get into the state of the poor educational rate. The highest childbearing out of wedlock rate, the poorest healthcare, the lack of health insurance.

    • Browneigh

      Racism has an ugly past in the Democratic party. The accusation of racism has an ugly present.

      Civil Rights Act of 1964, let’s review (since they don’t teach this in schools): The percentage of House Democrats who supported the legislation? 61 percent. House Republicans? 80 percent. In the Senate, 69 percent of Democrats voted yes, compared with 82 percent of Republicans.

      When he was running for president in 2000, Vice President Al Gore told the NAACP that his father, Senator Al Gore Sr., had lost his Senate seat because he voted for the Civil Rights Act. Uplifting story — except it’s false. Gore Sr. voted against the Civil Rights Act.

      As recently as 2010, the Senate’s president pro tempore was former Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd (D., W.Va.). Rather than acknowledge their sorry history, modern Democrats have rewritten it.

      During the Senate debates on the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, it was revealed that members of the Democratic Party formed many terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan to murder and intimidate African Americans voters. The Ku Klux Klan Act was a bill introduced by a Republican Congress to stop Klan Activities. Senate debates revealed that the Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party. –

      David get your facts straight……..get Look it up, there is much more.

      • David

        I didn’t say that Democrats were good and Republicans were bad on the issue of race. I am well aware that is not the case. I am also well aware, as are you I’m sure, that Republicans came to power throughout the South by exploiting the race issue. My point, which you obviously don’t want to hear, is that Rick Perry, now that his political career is certainly over and done with, should not now be admired for pointing this out. He should have done that when he actually could have made a difference. That would have taken guts.

      • WUSRPH

        Included in those voting against the Civil Rights Acts were Barry Goldwater, 1964 GOP nominee, and John G. Tower, the first GOP senator from Texas since reconstruction.

      • Fantasy Maker

        This delusional clown is gulping the Cliinton Kool Aid from a fire hose

        • Both political parties have ugly histories involving racism and racist policies. Neither has more moral standing than the other when it comes to this subject. To pretend otherwise is foolish.

      • Sacagewea

        Ancient history . . .

      • Skip Moreland

        Actually you should get your facts straight. After the civil rights act was passed, the southern strategy was used which is why the KKK votes republican these days. The racists left the democrats for the most part to heed the siren call that racists would be accepted by republicans.

        That is why the republicans now support flying the confederate flag when decades ago, they would have supported the union side.

        Every republican president has used the southern strategy since Nixon. Most republicans running for office in southern states use the southern strategy. And the racists know what the dog whistles mean.

        Look who supports BLM, it’s democrats, not republicans. The democrats support rights for all minorities while the republicans fight against them.

        Byrd apologized for his racism and membership in the KKK, something david duke, a supporter of trump and grand wizard of the KKK has never done. In fact david duke insists that this is a white country and trump will help make america white again. In 2003 Byrd got a 100% from the NAACP for supporting their issues. There were only 16 other senators who received that 100% that year.

        As for al gore sr, he protested against the southern manifesto of 1956 along with LBJ (there were only 4 southern senators who refused to sign the manifesto.). He did vote against the 64 civil rights act, but voted for the 65 civil rights act. Which did cost him his seat as his son said. In fact Al Gore sr lost his seat when the southern strategy was used against him because he had voted for the 65 act and other liberal positions.

        Your whole post ignores the changes in the parties since the late 60’s where the conservatives and racists came to the republican party and liberals and blacks went to the democrats. Up to then blacks voted republican, now they don’t. All points you ignore.

        • waynus siez

          AND since then, with all that Democratic backing, we’ve seen the Black community go straight down the tubes. 75% have no father at home and it just gets worse. Thats not the fruit of rascism. you’re so focused on pointing the finger that you don’t even see whats happening behind you. and the success of “divide and concor” continues

    • Fantasy Maker

      Contrary to what we learn from progressives in education and the media, the history of the Democratic Party well into the twentieth century is a virtually uninterrupted history of thievery, corruption and bigotry. American history is the story of Democratic malefactors and Republican heroes. Yes, it’s true.

      The Democrats were the party of slavery, and the slave-owning mentality continues to shape the policies of Democratic leaders today. The point isn’t that the Democrats invented slavery which is an ancient institution that far predates America. Rather, Democrats like Senator John C. Calhoun invented a new justification for slavery, slavery as a “positive good.” For the first time in history, Democrats insisted that slavery wasn’t just beneficial for masters; they said it was also good for the slaves.

      From Democratic support for slavery, let’s turn to the party’s complicity in segregation and the Ku Klux Klan. Democrats in the 1880s invented segregation and Jim Crow laws that lasted through the 1960s. Democrats also came up with the “separate but equal” rationale that justified segregation and pretended that it was for the benefit of African Americans.

      The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866 in Pulaski, Tennessee by a group of former confederate soldiers; its first grand wizard was a confederate general who was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. The Klan soon spread beyond the South to the Midwest and the West and became, in the words of historian Eric Foner, “the domestic terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.”

      The main point of the Klan’s orgy of violence was to prevent blacks from voting—voting, that is, for Republicans. Leading Democrats including at least one president, two Supreme Court justices, and innumerable Senators and Congressmen were Klan members. The last one, Robert Byrd, died in 2010 and was eulogized by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

      The sordid history of the Democratic Party in the early twentieth century is also married to the sordid history of the progressive movement during the same period. Progressives like Margaret Sanger—founder of Planned Parenthood and a role model for Hillary Clinton—supported such causes as eugenics and social Darwinism. While abortion was not an issue in Sanger’s day, she backed forced sterilization for “unfit” people, notably minorities. Sanger’s Negro Project was specifically focused on reducing the black population.

      It was a Republican President who ended slavery another astute Republican was former slave, abolitionist, author and suffragist Frederick Douglas who was also a Republican.

      • David

        So I guess your point is that the Republican Party should get a pass on their exploitation of racial hatred over the last 50 years due to its heritage as the Party of Lincoln. Nice try, but even Governor Good Hair appears not to agree with that judging by the speech referenced in Erica’s blog. Also, as I’m sure you know, Robert Byrd regretted his KKK association and rejected their views – Obama and Clinton wouldn’t have eulogized him otherwise (let’s be honest). Besides, as I said very clearly, Democrats have an ugly history too (and you are welcome for the opportunity to recount some of that). As for a slave-owning mentality shaping modern Democratic Party policy, I assume you are speaking of social welfare programs. Here again you are repeating the modern day Republican racial division rhetorical lies. THE LARGEST NUMBER OF RECIPIENTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE FUNDS ARE WHITE PEOPLE, NOT BLACK PEOPLE. Ask yourself, are European social welfare programs an extension of slavery? Social welfare programs are more influenced by the teachings of Jesus than anything else – “love your neighbor,” “do unto others,” “whatever you do to the least of them you do unto me.” The New Deal was a response to the Great Depression – it was not a response to racial injustice.

        Once again, the purpose of my original comment was this – to say that Rick Perry does not deserve accolades for stating the obvious now that he has nothing to lose.

        • BCinBCS

          David, what you probably do not know is that Fantasy Maker is going point by point through Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film Hillary’s America. What Fantasy and Dinesh fail to mention is that the people and the policies of the racist Democratic party began leaving it for the Republican party when LBJ signed civil rights and voting rights legislation in the mid-60’s. The exodus of racist to the Republican party was completed with Nixon’s “Souther Strategy” in the late-60’s and early-70’s.

          The Republican party is now the home of the racist ideology of the old Democratic party. Until recently, Republicans used code words and dog whistles to lure racists to vote for them but with the nomination of Donald Trump, they have eliminated even that, dismissing their overt racism as a merely opposition to liberal “political correctness”.

          • David

            You’re right – I have not seen the movie and did not know that, but I’m not surprised. And I’m sure you agree that The Donald is the unwashed version of the Republican national election strategy of the last fifty years. My son and I just spent an entire lunch commiserating about the fact that even if Trump loses, the support for him among White people just illuminates how ingrained racism and xenophobia are in this country. God forbid if he wins. It is not difficult to imagine events occurring that would lead him to declare a state of emergency, declare martial law, and start an ethnic cleansing process that could lead anywhere. People act like it couldn’t happen here, but that’s delusional.

          • WUSRPH

            In fact, it appears that Trump’s only real chance is to get the votes of a huge majority of White males.

            http://tinyurl.com/j6nto59

          • David

            And the sad truth is that he just might.

          • WUSRPH

            One GOP pollster says he would need 67 to 68% of the total white vote. Romney got 59%….and that included many White women, including some who just cannot bring themselves to vote for Trump.

          • WUSRPH

            I agree with you (and the Houston Chronicle among others) that Trump is “a danger to the Republic”…but I have to hope that the very structure of our government….the three independent branches, checks and balances and the lingering respect for the rule of law….would stop him if he tried what you suggest.

            These institutional barriers were specifically designed by the Founders to protect our republic from the momentary passions of the mob and/or the fanaticism of a single leader or even one of the branches gone wild. This is completely different from the forms of government where the Executive could dominate all the other branches found in Weimar Germany or Pre-Mussolini Italy.

            Although a Trumptarian president might try to overwhelm these built-in protections by the force of his WILL and the power of the mob, I have to continue to convince myself that they will stand against such a threat.

      • Skip Moreland

        History has changed the parties since the 60s. Those republicans flocked over to the democrats while the racists and conservatives went to the republicans. In fact it was and always has been the conservatives who regardless of party were the people who supported slavery, jim crow, the KKK etc. Which is why when LBJ signed the civil rights act of 64 declared that he had lost the south for a generation. Which he was wrong about, because he lost the south forever to the racists.

  • WUSRPH

    Based on some of the posts I think there just may be some truth in this report about how Texas is NO 1 in the number of “hate groups”…Another thing for which we can take pride. 

    http://tinyurl.com/h99kktb

    • John Bernard Books

      When your boss Lt Guv Bob Bullock slapped Atty Gen Dan Morales and called him a little Mexican piece of s**t, was that done out of love?
      “Morales says that the 61-year-old lieutenant governor leaped from his chair and slapped him across the face. “You little Mexican piece of s**t!” Bullock shouted, as an aide restrained him.”
      http://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/so-whats-the-truth-about-dan-morales-and-tobacco/

      dems showed America how to hate….
      Stop preaching to us you old fool.

    • WUSRPH

      Before someone starts yelling that they only list White hate groups, I should point out that list for Texas includes 10 Black Separatist groups as well.

      • Kozmo

        Well, I have a hard time blaming black folks for wanting to separate themselves from what they see, with some justification, as an inherently biased and rigged system. It’s a very different mindset than what the white racialist militants are striving for.

        • WUSRPH

          Actually, I think a lot of those White racists might accept “separate nations” if that is the best they can get. I’m almost wiling to give the White separatists their own “home land” in say Nevada if they promise to go there and never come back.

      • It is very telling that the vast majority of these militias, neonazi, and supremacist groups are predominately run and supported by white males.

  • John Bernard Books

    Anyone who dwells on race or hate as much as dems do shows a sick mind.
    If you haven’t learned by an early age garbage in garbage out, you destined to live a life afflicted with a “the sky is falling attitude.”
    It is simply a waste of time.
    You might say this negative outlook is caused by being a bored state worker with too much idle time on your hands…..and I would say this certainly has merit.

    • BCinBCS

      You say that being opposed to racism shows a sick mind and it’s mainly due to being a bored state worker.

      JJ says that you say these things to “bait” people and I could accept that as an explanation except for the fact that they are the only things about which you write. This leads me to believe that these aren’t “baits” but, instead, your beliefs. In that case, I can safely state that you are one sick puppy.

      • John Bernard Books

        No I said anyone who dwells, I should have said obsessed.
        But I will tell what I do dislike, stupid people like you.

        • BCinBCS

          You are a perfect example of the Dunning/Kruger effect.

  • John Bernard Books

    Come on dems you can hate better than this…..lets hear the dog whistles.

  • John Bernard Books

    Don’t you dems preach to republicans about justice. We saw what dems think of justice when Obama, Lynch, Comey et al refused to indict Hillary.
    Dems have made a mockery of our Republic’s rule of law.

  • donuthin2

    Looks like the RNC is in meltdown. I think they believe it is a given that Hillary will win, but the bloodbath in down ticket elections looks really hideous. What to do?

    • WUSRPH

      Don’t just love all this talk about the GOP doing an “intervention” on Trump? Maybe they can send him to the Betty Ford Clinic for six weeks. It certainly would not hurt his campaign to have him off the road for a while.

      • Beerman

        An “intervention” for drug use may be in order for DJT? Have you noticed, during his appearances at events and recent interviews, how his pale skin color changes, how he seems confused, and the many mood changes? The anger, paranoia, aggression and irritability are very similar to traits of drug abuse. I am surprised that the media has not noticed these characteristics.

        Like I said on the previous thread, whatever it is, it doesn’t come in a 12 fl. Oz. aluminum can…longnecks…or On Tap.

        • WUSRPH

          There is also a mental disease or injury in which a person loses the ability to control what he says….almost anything can burt out……He has some of those symptoms too.

  • WUSRPH

    There may be some hope for the GOP yet! Yesterday Kansas GOP voters in that state’s GOP Primary defeated Congressman Tim Huelskamp, one of the most TP of all the congressmen elected in 2010, AND 10 TP state legislators. It was a great night for responsible Republicans.

    • Beerman

      It was reported that Rep. Huelskamp “lost because of being ineffective and putting ‘rigid’ conservative Tea Party values over the needs of his constituents.” Sounds very familiar to the performance of Ted Cruz as our “ineffective” Senator. All that Cruz has done from day one is run for President, he has accomplished zero for Texas, except embarrassment within the Senate.

      Could Perry be posturing to mount a run for Senate in 2018?

      • WUSRPH

        Perry would probably love the title US Senator….but he is not the type to do the day-by-day work required for a Senator. He left that behind when he left the Texas House in 1990. So I doubt that he is planning on a senate race.

        • Beerman

          Perry would fit perfectly with Mitch/Paul and our do-nothing Congress!

      • BCinBCS

        Oooh, great catch Beerman
        I hadn’t thought about that. Here I was thinking he was doing it out of altruism.
        Silly me.

        • Beerman

          Shooting for that 3rd big government pension…….

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/gnhxlfn

    Another view of the GOP’s approach to racial issues…Perry’s views are not prevailing.

  • John Bernard Books

    Now I’m beginning to see why so many are attracted to Trump.
    The dems are corrupt….

  • John Bernard Books

    I’m beginning to think I am wrong…..surely I thought not all dems are this stupid.
    “Back Lives Matter activists there want to change the name of a hall which honors a former president of the college. Why? His name was “Lynch.” To be clear, the man was never accused of lynching anyone. That was just his surname.”
    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/08/03/not-the-onion-yale-prepares-to-reconsider-buildings-with-racist-offensive-names/

    But I’m wrong this is just plain old stupid.

  • John Bernard Books

    ABC reporting Trump may drop out…
    “They feel that rather than risk being seen to lose, Trump might voluntarily quit the race. According to party officials, there are no procedures for forcing him to withdraw from the race, and Trump has not yet indicated that he would choose to do so. But should Trump quit rather than risk a humiliating loss, it would be up to the members of the Republican National Committee to choose his successor.

    A Republican legal expert has advised the party officials that in order to have enough time to pick a replacement and get their name on enough state ballots to win, Trump would have to drop out by early September.
    ABC News provided a copy of the bylaws for the RNC for filling a vacancy on a presidential ticket:”

    Now if Crooked Hillary gets indicted……..told ya this was gonna be fun.

    Shrewd move picking Pence he will look like Saint Ronnie compared to Crooked Hillary.

  • John Bernard Books

    Hillary is coming after you dummies….
    “I will raise taxes on the middle class”…..dummies, “yea!!!!!!!!!”
    “It’s almost like Hillary supporters don’t really care what Clinton says or how her presidency will effect their wallets, just as long as she becomes the first female president.”
    http://www.youngcons.com/hillary-says-she-will-raise-taxes-on-the-middle-class-crowd-cheers/

    How stupid are dems…….bunches……you dummies

  • John Bernard Books

    When your prez has doubled the debt accumulated by all the presidents combined to $19,000,000,000.00…….you bet you want to call someone a racist!
    The last thing you want to discuss is policy……and btw the $400,000,000 he just gave the Iranians what could that have done for our students?

  • WUSRPH

    Things must be getting bad for Trump when EVEN the Fox Polls have him getting slaughtered. A 10 point lead for Hillary in a face-to-face with Trump and 9 points when Johnson is added. That big of a win would certainly take down several GOP Senate candidates and a some in the House as well. The GOP is watching its candidate defeat it……

  • John Bernard Books

    Who will be the nominees in Nov? Will Hillary be indicted, will Cruz replace trump……it gets gooder and gooder.

    Meanwhile dems fixate on racism.

  • WUSRPH

    I see The Donald is now claiming that had the “Trump Policy” been in effect at the time there would have been no 911 attack because “those people” would not have been in the US. I wonder how long it will be before he just comes out and proclaims that his America is White and Judeo Christian only….It may depend on how desperate he gets about losing…
    .
    Of course, the person who had a chance to stop 9-11 from happening was George W. Bush, but he paid no attention to the intelligence briefings that warned him that Al Qaeda was planning something big that might involve hijacking commercial airliners.

    • On the one hand I want to see him drop out of the race and the RNC choose someone rational, on the other hand I want to see his ugly a$$ beat so badly that he goes away to never be heard from again.

      • José

        That is a dilemma, isn’t it? While the prospect of President Trump is unthinkably scary in the long run we will benefit by letting his candidacy run its course to a resounding and catastrophic loss. Today’s GOP is thoroughly compromised, so rotten, that the only good solution is to let the party burn down completely and rebuild from scratch.

  • John Bernard Books

    The paid dem shill says Hillary is a consistent liar…..
    “Wallace remarked, “After a long investigation, FBI director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true.”
    That’s not what Clinton heard Comey say, she responded.
    “Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails,” she said.”
    and….
    “We rate her claim Pants on Fire.”
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/aug/01/hillary-clinton/hillary-clintons-wrong-claim-fbi-director-comey-ca/

    Dems rate their liars consistent and inconsistent. Apparently a consistent liar rates high with the dem party…….sheesh.

  • John Bernard Books

    Eastwood tells Wassup to get over it….
    “In an interview with Esquire published Wednesday, the actor/director/producer said young America — which he has dubbed both the “kiss-as” and “pu**y” generation — needs to stop throwing the word “racist” around so freely.
    “[Trump’s] onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up,” he said. “We’re really in a pu**y generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”
    http://www.thewrap.com/clint-eastwood-donald-trump-racism/

    We’re $19,000,000,000.00+ in debt and dems want to call everyone who doesn’t agree with Obama’s policies a racist……enough you morons.

    • BCinBCS

      No, JBB. People label racist people, actions, ideas and laws as being racist.
      Overgeneralization will not win debates or converts.

      • John Bernard Books

        No the only way a moron can defend Obama’s policies is by accusing everyone who disagrees with them as racist.
        That is both stupid and moronic.

        • BCinBCS

          JBB, if you and your ilk aren’t racist then no one is talking about you. On the other hand….

          • John Bernard Books

            How dense are you, its the only thing dems know how to spew…..stop it. Learn how to have a discussion w/o calling someone a racist. Learn what the issues are , ie the $19,000,000,000.00 debt we owe. Have you even heard of it?

    • John Johnson

      Agree wholeheartedly.

  • John Bernard Books

    How dumb are dems……you won’t believe this one.
    “Immigrants who want to enter the U.S. illegally can learn how and where to avoid the Border Patrol from an advisory on the agency’s own website, which critics say is evidence of the Obama administration’s “schizophrenic” approach to enforcement. ”
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/02/border-patrols-website-offers-advice-on-eluding-border-patrol.html

    sorry folks but there are morons running the Fed Guv.

  • BCinBCS

    Even though this is OT to Erica’s post, I thought that I’d pull the conversation back to the Presidential race. NBCNews has a piece written by Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann today that lists the controversies with the Trump campaign in just the past 24 hours. They are:

    (i) In a Washington Post interview, Trump declined to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan against his primary challenger
    (ii) He reiterated that he hasn’t endorsed Sen. John McCain and said the onetime prisoner of war “has not done a good job for the vets”
    (iii) He slapped out at Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, saying “she has given me zero support”
    (iv) He suggested that Americans should pull their 401(k) funds out of the stock market
    (v) He said he’s “always wanted” to receive a Purple Heart but that having one gifted to him by a supporter was “much easier”
    (vi) He said that the handling of sexual harassment has “got to be up to the individual”
    (vii) He accused Khizr Khan of being “bothered” by his plan to keep terrorists out of the country, and said that he had no regrets about his clash with the family
    (viii) He appeared to feud with a crying baby during a rally
    (ix) He reiterated that “if the election is rigged, I would not be surprised”
    (x) The sitting president of the United States publicly called Trump “unfit to serve” and urged Republicans to withdraw their support for him.
    (xi) Trump spokesman Katrina Pierson suggested that Obama and Clinton are to blame for the death of Humayan Khan, who died in 2004, when neither were in the executive branch at the time
    (xii) An ally of Paul Manafort told our colleague John Harwood at CNBC that the campaign chairman is “mailing it in,” leaving the rest of the staff “suicidal.”
    (xiii) Sitting GOP congressman Richard Hanna, HP head Meg Whitman and former Christie aide Maria Comella all said they plan to vote for Hillary Clinton
    (xiv) The Washington Post released a transcript of its full interview with Trump, indicating among other things that he paused five times to watch TV coverage in the middle of the sit-down
    (xv) A GOP source told NBC’s Katy Tur that Reince Priebus is “apoplectic” over Trump’s refusal to endorse Ryan and is making calls to the campaign to express his ‘extreme displeasure

    All of this in only the last 24 hours. I’m not surprised to hear about whispers from the GOP about their hope that Trump withdraws from the race.

    One downside to this year’s Presidential campaign is that Trump has caused me to gain nearly ten pounds from eating so much popcorn. 😉

    • John Bernard Books

      yawn…….ya big dummy.

    • Wilson James

      Living in Berlin on the Brazos would make anyone eat a lot of popcorn, BCS (assuming BCS means what I think it does). Watching the GOP dumpster fire has been fun, but sad. The far right takeover of the party has let the dimmest lead, and the result is tragic/comic.

      • This is not the Party that got me excited about politics and government as an 18 year old college student.

        • Wilson James

          Same with me. The GOP was losing moderates towards the end of Reagans last term and as they opened the “big tent” and added the gun whackos, religious fanatics and weird Fox news/ Am radio consumers they lost any real direction and became the party of hypocrites. The Tea Party and its regressive agendas was the last straw. The GOP is lost, will lose and is rapidly becoming a party of dimwits.

      • BCinBCS

        Yup Wilson, B/CS does stand for what you think it means.

    • BCinBCS

      Shortly after the disastrous 24 hours that my post described Trump, at a campaign stop in Florida, spoke to an audience boasting about the turn-out for his rallies and then wondering why he isn’t leading Hillary Clinton by wide margins in the polls.

      Trump is quoted in Politico as saying, “I hear we’re leading Florida by a bit,” he said. “I don’t know why we’re not leading by a lot. Maybe crowds don’t make the difference.”

      The article also states that “A Fox News national poll published Tuesday showed Trump trailing Clinton by 10 percentage points, 49 percent to 39 percent…”

  • BCinBCS

    I consider Trump a grifter and that has me wondering what he hopes to get out of this Presidential run – besides the narcissistic ego rub. I’m not sure that The Donald had anything specific in mind when he began His Excellent Adventure but Vanity Fair has information about what he may have decided to get out of it now:

    Trump is indeed considering creating his own media business, built on the audience that has supported him thus far in his bid to become the next president of the United States. According to several people briefed on the discussions, the presumptive Republican nominee is examining the opportunity presented by the “audience” currently supporting him. He has also discussed the possibility of launching a “mini-media conglomerate” outside of his existing TV-production business, Trump Productions LLC. He has, according to one of these people, enlisted the consultation of his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who owns the The New York Observer. Trump’s rationale, according to this person, is that, “win or lose, we are onto something here. We’ve triggered a base of the population that hasn’t had a voice in a long time.” For his part, Kushner was heard at a New York dinner party saying that “the people here don’t understand what I’m seeing. You go to these arenas and people go crazy for him.” (Both Kushner and Ivanka Trump did not respond to a request for comment.)

    Trump, this person close to the matter suggests, has become irked by his ability to create revenue for other media organizations without being able to take a cut himself. Such a situation “brings him to the conclusion that he has the business acumen and the ratings for his own network.” Trump has “gotten the bug,” according to this person. ‘So now he wants to figure out if he can monetize it.’

    Of course, as some have reminded, Sarah Palin’s media rocket seems to have exploded in mid-flight, so caveat emptor might be the operative word for Trump.

    • John Bernard Books

      Now you see why Bill Clinton asked him to run? Now you understand why dems crossed over in the millions to vote for him.
      Cruz and his knowledge of the US Constitution scared dems, who so desperately want to run our lives for us.

      • Skip Moreland

        Too bad cruz never showed his knowledge of the constitution. I find too many republicans who don’t know the constitution nor do they really want the constitution to be used. Which is why they and cruz fight against equal rights for people, why they fight for religion to become part of the government in spite of that pesky constitution they claim to love.

    • Wilson James

      Trump media would be very similar to Fox, methinks. No integrity, all slanted but highly entertaining.

      • Well now that Roger Ailes is gone Fox just might move towards being an objective and less biased network.

        • John Johnson

          Please give us your network of choice. The one that truly “tells it like it is”.

          • In order, BBC & NPR, then NBC, CBS, ABC, then the 24hr channels, with FOX being the most biased willing to ignore facts over ratings.

            Unlike you, I am not afraid to hear views that do not agree with mine. I find that having my views challenged on a regular basis allows me to grow in both intellect and compassion. I also have changed some of my views overtime.

          • John Johnson

            You are truly a special person, Shelly.

          • Glad that you finally realized this.

          • John Johnson

            Yeah, you were definitely the first to realize it. It took your telling me for the light to go off.

        • Sam Jacinto

          Not.

    • WUSRPH

      Starting his own media outlet would be an excellent way for Trump to keep his movement alive and connected. The German fellow knew that…that is why he started several nationwide newspapers and magazines after his unsuccessful coup attempt in 1923. That was the way to reach people in those days and if there is any talent Trump and he clearly share it is an insight in how to manipulate the media.

  • John Bernard Books

    Are dems too immature to have a grown up discussion?
    “That’s what happened earlier this evening when strategist Liz Mair called Donald Trump a “loud mouth dick” live on CNN. In the clips below, watch as Anderson Cooper tries to pretend he didn’t hear it and moves forward with the interview as though nothing had occurred. It’s exactly what a broadcaster should do in this situation.”
    http://mediaequalizer.com/brian-maloney/2016/08/this-is-cnn-trump-called-loud-mouth-dick-live-on-air

    Sounds like most dems here…..

  • Browneigh

    http://humanevents.com/2006/08/16/why-martin-luther-king-was-republican/

    It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

    It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s.

    • José

      Ah yes, all those great Democrats such as Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms. Even that well known politician from Louisiana, Dr. David Duke, first ran for office as a Democrat.
      Parties change. Unlike lame talking points.

      • WUSRPH

        You might note that Thurmond started out as a Democrat but left the party and ran as a Dixiecrat for president in 1948 in protest of the Democratic Party having a pro-civil rights plank in its platform that year. In fact, he led a bolt out of the convention. Later he found a very warm happy home in the GOP. LBJ correctly prophesied that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would turn the South Republican.

        • John Bernard Books

          more gibberish from a sad old man….

          • BCinBCS

            JBB: “more gibberish from a sad old man….

            Are you talking to yourself in a mirror again?

          • WUSRPH

            Please ignore him. The rest of us do.

          • Sacagewea

            Booksie’s a sad old man himself.

    • Sacagewea

      Where have you been since the inception of the Southern Strategy?

    • BCinBCS

      My suggestion to you, Browneigh? Do a lot more modern (post-60’s) history reading and a lot less Dinesh D’Souza film watching.

    • Snopes is your friend…

      A commonly circulated item about Martin Luther King that is not included in this list is the claim that King was a Republican. Such claims are based purely on speculation; King himself never expressed an affiliation with, nor endorsed candidates for, any political party, and his son, Martin Luther King III, said: “It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican.”

      As for the assertion that “no other public holiday in the United States honors a single individual” besides Martin Luther King Day, we note that Columbus Day (honoring explorer Christopher Columbus) is a federal holiday, as is George Washington’s Birthday.

      http://www.snopes.com/history/american/mlking.asp

      It is at the very end of the article the link above is to.

      • WUSRPH

        And don’t forget Christmas.

  • John Johnson

    Maybe you bleeding heart, enabling white apologists for bad behavior, disguised as an uprising against racism, should take a look at this lunacy.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/08/01/student-body-vice-president-writes-a-forget-black-lives-matter-post-and-a-university-erupts/

    • I really need to figure out how to post gifs here.

      Poor JJ, having to compete as an equal rather than having the advantage of being a white male.

      • John Bernard Books

        You have a lot more to figure out than posting here….

      • John Johnson

        No, no, no. I have it really good. No complaints. I count my blessings everyday, and pray that I never get reincarnated as your husband. He must be up for sainthood.

  • WUSRPH

    Ace of Spades quoted in the National Review blog:

    “Trump is immune from social pressure. He grew up a rich kid that routinely skated from trouble due to his wealth; he simply never had to learn, as most of us learned and internalized at an early age, that bad behavior, and upsetting conventional (even if dumb) social wisdom, has consequences and should be avoided.”

    • Sacagewea

      Even wealthy parents teach values and virtue. Trump’s did not. He’s the Queens Affluenza Teen.

  • John Bernard Books

    When the media lies to you and you eat it up…how does that make you feel dems?
    “The leftist activists disguised as “journalists” will do whatever it takes to advance their politics, even if it means using — or ignoring — the parents of fallen patriots. They have entered a new era of base dishonesty, which makes their hypocrisy more dangerous than ever.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/3/medias-lives-double-standards-accelerate/

    This is the one and same Monica Crowley that debated Romney for Obama.

  • John Bernard Books

    Hillary wants to raise middle class taxes and increase debt?
    “Hillary Clinton comes up $2.2 trillion short in paying for her policy agenda, despite hiking taxes by $1.3 trillion, according to a new analysis of the Democratic nominee’s campaign platform.”
    http://freebeacon.com/politics/report-hillary-clinton-hike-taxes-1-3-trillion/

    Awww jeez dem voters……

  • Sacagewea
    • Sam Jacinto

      But he’s the best, easily the greatest common despot. Believe me.

  • John Bernard Books

    I remember when the last dem from Chicago came to Texas and told us we were doing it all wrong…..he met Sheriff Nolan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=VIZB9O24BEE

    • John Johnson

      My son was the Ranger batboy sitting in front of Geo Bush that evening. He handed the ball to the ump, who handed it to Pudge Rodriguez, who tossed it to Ryan, who then drilled Ventura with it. I’ve told him for years that he started the fight.

      • BCinBCS

        Great story.

      • dave in texas

        The best job I ever had in my life was being the batboy for the Amarillo Giants (Texas League affiliate of the SF Giants). All I had to when I got there at 3:00 or so was drag out the bats and balls and helmets and such (15 minutes, tops) and then I had until game time to play baseball with professional ballplayers. I’d take infield, take bp, pitch bp, shag flies in the outfield. Learned how to cuss and chew tobacco. Had my first beer.

        The SF Giants and Cleveland Indians came to town right after spring training one year. They were playing exhibition games in the minor league cities where they had farm clubs on their way east to open the season. Those were the Giants of Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, and most importantly, the best ballplayer of all time – Willie Mays. (I will brook no argument on this, btw. Willie’s the best; sorry, Babe). Worked the game and saw Willie crush a double off the left field wall. Absolutely one of the highlights of my life.

        Best. Job. Ever.

        • John Johnson

          You were a lucky boy! I told Johnny that I would have given up one and maybe both to do what he was able to do. Lots of behind the scene stories. He worked much harder helping with polishing shoes, gathering up gear, and the like, but also got to take part in onfield shagging and taking throws at first during BP. Was even in a Dr. Pepper commercial. He still talks about Ryan’s work ethic…would pitch a complete game; get on the stationary bike afterwards, and be the first one in the weight room the next day.

        • BCinBCS

          Nice!

        • WUSRPH

          Willie may have been the greatest overall baseball player….but I have my own candidate for the greatest pitcher—Robin Roberts. Still holds several records I saw him pitch two one-hitters the last year of his career when he played for the Astros after may years with the Phillies. One of those greats who are not well-known because of the club they played for during most of their career.

          • dave in texas

            That’s a good point; pitcher and everyday player are really separate arguments. Big props for Robin Roberts. Truly underrated, as most folks today have never heard of him. Of the pitchers I’ve seen in my lifetime (Roberts pitched in my lifetime, of course, but I have no memories of seeing him), I’m not sure who among them I’d say is the greatest. It would probably be between Bob Gibson (best World Series pitcher maybe ever) and Nolan Ryan. For about 4-5 years, Pedro Martinez was as good as anybody ever, but he wasn’t able to sustain it.

          • WUSRPH

            Gibson would certainly rank up there….He had a reputation of being the meanest pitcher in the League, but I think that was more act than reality. One of the many great St. Louis Cardinals. (Q—Which two pitcher brothers won a world series by winning two games each?)

          • dave in texas

            Dizzy and Paul Dean.

  • John Bernard Books

    Liberals you’re gonna get caught…
    “The latest one of these is Catherine Byrne, a military mother who confronted Gov. Pence during a rally in Carson City, Nevada, over the Republican nominee’s rebuttal to Gold Star father Khizr Khan.
    “Time and time again, Trump has disrespected our nation’s armed forces and veterans and his disrespect for Mr. Khan and his family is just an example of that,” she said at the rally, calling on Pence to disavow Trump.
    “Will there ever be a point in time when you’ll be able to look Trump in the eye and tell him, ‘enough is enough?’” Byrne said over a cascade of boos.”
    http://conservativetribune.com/military-mom-demanded-pence/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=TheFederalistPapers&utm_content=2016-08-04&utm_campaign=manualpost

    she was a Hillary plant…..dems are such liars

  • WUSRPH

    Isn’t it funny how The Donald seems to be able to see things no one else can? For example, all those thousands of Muslims in Newark celebrating 9-11 and now the top-secret Iranian film. I’m beginning to wonder if that hairdo is hiding an antenna over which he receives secret updates from the Russian propaganda ministry.

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/z8wapxm

    George Will, until recently a leading voice for the GOP, thinks he may have discovered the method in Trump’s madness…overwhelm us with so much crazy stuff and lies that we stop paying attention.

  • WUSRPH

    To those who think Perry’s remarks were solely or principally some part of a political plan by him to stage a comeback……take a look at what he said and particularly the part where he denied all the traditional GOP excuses for why it can not attract voters from other the White race:

    “Again, we can blame the left. We can blame political correctness. We can blame those who gin up resentment, who find grievance at every turn. I have an alternative explanation.”

    And then look at the comments by some of the posters on this thread, including JJ and the Troll, and tell me how a man who talks like that…..who tells it like it really is….can expect to have a political future with those kinds of people as his constituency. I know it is hard….that there is much to overlook in the past…but give the man some credit when it is due.

    • John Bernard Books

      “can expect to have a political future with those kinds of people as his constituency.”???????

      How about the not very bright ones like you?
      http://www.youngcons.com/hillary-says-she-will-raise-taxes-on-the-middle-class-crowd-cheers/

    • donuthin2

      It is really hard for me. I believe that one’s character is so much a part of who he is that real change is very difficult. I can purposely be concealed, but usually comes out again. But I do agree that the comments are encouraging.

    • I’m torn. I’ve pretty much loathed him since he first ran for Ag Commish. On the one hand he can give a really amazing speech and sound very statesman-like as he did here. OTOH, he’s said things then gone back on them like when he denounced Trump then a few months later turned around and endorsed him. So I guess I will hold my tongue on this and wait to see if this is a one-off or if he is really sincere about what he said.

  • John Bernard Books

    Obama sets more records….he has accumulated more debt that the previous 43 prezs before him %19,000,000,000.00

    “President Barack Obama officially pardoned the sentences of 214 prisoners including 67 life sentences. A overwhelming majority of these sentences were sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
    This brings his total to 562 sentences pardoned since the beginning of his presidency. This number is higher than all of the pardons granted during the last nine presidencies. Over 200 of these sentences were life sentences.}

    http://ktrh.iheart.com/onair/michael-berry-13986/barack-obama-pardons-214-prisoners-14977198/#ixzz4GS1uYCax

    Prez Obama, “what does that even mean rigged?” hahaha

  • John Bernard Books

    Have the voters had enough of rigged elections?
    “In 2008 when Barack Obama swept into office on the promise of “hope” and “change,” the United States was its most Democratic — or blue — leaning in years.

    Now, eight years later, Gallup reports that things have taken a dramatic turn:

    “Gallup’s analysis of political party affiliation at the state level in 2015 finds that 20 states are solidly Republican or leaning Republican, compared with 14 solidly Democratic or leaning Democratic states. The remaining 16 are competitive. This is the first time in Gallup’s eight years of tracking partisanship by state that there have been more Republican than Democratic states.”
    http://ijr.com/2016/02/529130-map-gallup-change-red-blue/

    Dems know they are losing power so they have to steal this election.

  • John Bernard Books

    When dems are in charge…
    “”Welcome to the State Department,” spokesman Mark Toner said. “I think we have some interns in the back. Welcome. Good to see you in this exercise in transparency and democracy.”

    Toner then burst out laughing at his own comments as reporters in the room laughed with him.”
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/spokesman-erupts-in-laughter-after-claiming-state-dept.-is-transparent/article/2598633

    Did you expect him to keep a straight face?

  • John Bernard Books

    Another coincidence? Remember the guy that accused dems of rigging the election for Hillary, a couple of weeks ago? He ain’t breathing no more…..
    “In August 2016, rumors began circulating that Shawn Lucas had died unexpectedly; Lucas was known to many frustrated Democrats as the young man who served the Democratic National Committee (DNC) with a lawsuit in early July 2016 charging that the DNC had committed “fraud” in favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary process:”
    http://www.snopes.com/2016/08/04/dnc-lawsuit-process-server-shawn-lucas-has-died/

    Yeah I know….sh*t happens….

  • John Bernard Books

    Whoa….
    “Former President Bill Clinton collected $5.6 million in fees from GEMS Education, a Dubai-based company that teaches Sharia Law through its network of more than 100 schools in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/03/exclusive-bill-clinton-got-millions-from-worlds-biggest-sharia-law-education-firm/#ixzz4GSY4af7s

    For a second I was starting to believe the Clintons are corrupt……

  • Here are some more intelligent and well articulated arguments for why we should not vote for Trump.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/08/05/1557023/-I-Ran-the-C-I-A-Now-I-m-Endorsing-Hillary-Clinton?detail=facebook%3Fdetail%3Dfacebook

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/opinion/campaign-stops/i-ran-the-cia-now-im-endorsing-hillary-clinton.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=1

    What good does it do to vote for all the myriad of reasons that conservatives are giving to vote for Trump if the US and the Constitution is destroyed? National Security, is vastly more important than USSC appointment, an email scandal (BTW have any of you actually read the emails? I’m starting to), the continuous lies being spread about a multitude of inconsequential matters, etc.

    • donuthin2

      Thanks for the link. Enlightening for sure. But even more discouraging as the problem seems more deep seated than just lack of information.

      • WUSRPH

        Indiana Pearl would tell you it is genetic…..but I still have hope for mankind.

      • Sacagewea

        And the fearful folks have children together to continue the species . . .

    • BCinBCS

      Shelly, thanks for providing the link. I have known about Dunning/Kruger and the hypersensitivity to threat aspects of uninformed and/or conservative brains but I was unaware of the terror management theory and hadn’t connected attention engagement to the Trump phenomena.

      The truly sad part of the article was this:

      So what can we do to potentially change the minds of Trump loyalists before voting day in November? As a cognitive neuroscientist, it grieves me to say that there may be nothing we can do. The overwhelming majority of these people may be beyond reach…

      • Exactly. Which is why convincing people who are considering voting 3rd party to not vote 3rd party is so important IMO. Moderates are the ones who need to be swayed into voting for Hillary.

        Those who have bought into Trump aren’t going to be swayed and would probably cheer if he were elected and dropped a nuke on the Middle East or elsewhere.

  • Jackson

    For those of us who have been in sufficient possession of our senses to have seen from the beginning what Trump really is, this HOLY SH*T TRUMP IS DANGEROUS narrative is all starting to get rather boring… but for those who weren’t/aren’t, then maybe this article from Krauthammer can serve as the figurative nail in Trump’s coffin: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438692/donald-trump-gold-star-family-can-trump-cross-fitness-threshold

    Clinton/Kaine 2016. For Liberty.

    • Thanks for the link, not a huge fan of Krauthammer, but he’s one of the pundits on the right who puts forth reasoned arguments. Even when I don’t agree he always makes me think about what he says.

  • Sacagewea
  • John Bernard Books

    Did Hillary blow a fuse?
    “Clinton told reporters at an event for the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists that she might have “short-circuited” in her comments to Fox News.
    “I was pointing out in both of those instances that the Director Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful,” Clinton said. “That’s really the bottom line here. And I have said during the interview and in many other occasions over the past months that what I told the FBI, which he said was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly.””
    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/08/05/hillary-i-may-have-short-circuited-when-i-claimed-the-fbi-said-i-didnt-lie-to-the-public-about-my-emails/

    “I may have short circuited” is as close as we’ll ever get to a democrat admitting they lied.

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/z733t7g

    Attention JJ:

    I thought you said Trump was going to fight “THE BIGS” in the world of finance who oppress us all…Funny that, instead, he make them his official Financal Advisors.

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