LBJ: I’ll have those n****** voting Democratic for the next 200 years
Civil rights history has been an interest of mine since I saw “Emancipation Revelation Revolution” at the Liberty Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2005. It was at that moment that I learned, as if being swept away in a flood, 150 years of a history that has long lay hidden by the dominant powers in America.
The first black members of the US House and Senate were Republicans. The first civil rights legislation came from Republicans. Democrats gave us the KKK, Jim Crow, lynchings, poll taxes, literacy tests, and failed policies like the “Great Society.”
Republican President Eisenhower ordered troops to enforce school desegregation. Republican Senator Everett Dirksen enabled the 1964 civil rights legislation to pass, in opposition to Democrat Senators Robert Byrd (KKK Grand Wizard) and Al Gore, Sr.
As a matter of fact, it was Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson who stated, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” as he confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One regarding his underlying intentions for the “Great Society” programs.
Yep, and who are the real racists? So far, thanks to a Republican Party that is ignorant of its own history and gave up on the black community, Democrats have 50 of those 200 years under their belt.
There’s so much more. The Democrats have always been the party of racism, enslavement, and control. They started with blacks, and now they seek to control everyone.
But the point I want to make today isn’t specifically about the Democrats’ vile history on civil rights, but rather, the vile history they have on everything. To borrow from the character “Fly Guy” from I’m Gonna Git You, Sucka . . .
the left isn’t wrong about some of what they believe or espouse, or half of what they believe—they’re wrong about all of it.
Look at France, where 50% of young people say they would leave if they could, and where the productive members of their society are fleeing in droves, leaving behind a collapsing welfare state and a hard-left still devoted to Marx and still willing to use kidnapping and violence to push their failed ideas.
Look at the 20th century, where social and economic totalitarianism slaughtered over 100 million, oppressed millions more, and ruined economies and lives across the planet.
Look at the mountains of evidence, from study after study, that more economic freedom makes people’s lives better, and less economic freedom makes people’s loves worse.
Look at here in America, where we were winning the war on poverty until we launched the War on Poverty:
I know correlation isn’t always causation, but look at the text and chart below!
Take a look at the graph below. From the end of World War II until 1964 the poverty rate in this country was cut in half. Further, 94% of the change in the poverty rate over this period can be explained by changes in per capita income alone. Economic growth is clearly the most effective antipoverty weapon ever devised by man.
The dotted line shows what would have happened had this trend continued. Economic growth would have reduced the number in poverty to a mere 1.4% of the population today ? a number so low that private charity could probably have taken care of any unmet needs.
But we didn’t continue the trend. In 1965 we launched a War on Poverty. And as the graph shows, in the years that followed the portion of Americans living in poverty barely budged. In 1965, 18% of the population lived in poverty. Today we are at 15%, or 50 million Americans. That’s after spending $15 trillion on antipoverty programs and continuing to spend $1 trillion a year.
Poverty was declining and then AS SOON as we started massive government entitlements to combat poverty, the rate of decline leveled off. Not years later. Right away. Why?
We could look at case after case and the story would be the same. The left claims to “care” about “people,” and yet their policies hurt people at every turn, and they claim that we—those who oppose them—are uncaring monsters. And yet, in truth, we are the finger in the dyke. Take that finger out, give them complete power, and watch society collapse. The 20th century was a case-study in this, and yet, what is the left’s rallying cry?
YES, GIVE US MORE OF THAT! Give us more socialism and fascist corporatism. Give us more command and control. Give us more rule of “experts.” We can find no place in the world where these ideas have ever, Ever, EVER worked, but we believe in them nonetheless. Give us more.
So my question is this:
Their tactics have long been to hold themselves out as having superior compassion for the plight of man, and to accuse their opponents of lacking that compassion.
Our response has long been defensive—to say, “No, we’re compassionate too—look, see—our policies work better. No, really, they do.”
Is it now time to stop defending our compassion and, instead, start questioning theirs?
How long do we continue starting every debate by ceding them the ground that they “mean well.”
Why should we give them that, after 100 years of evidence to the contrary? Might it not be time to take a new tack—to question their compassion the way they question ours. Does anyone who pursues the same failed, hurtful, oppressive policies over and over for more than a century deserve to be given the deference that they “mean well”?
I am starting to think the answer is no. Yes, that might make for some unpleasant discussions, but maybe it’s time for some unpleasantness.
The Great Society metastasized poverty and dependence into the tissue of American society. It shredded families, and crushed innovation, self reliance, and dignity. It created generational dependence and a permanent lower class, one that free markets and human innovation was in the process of slowly eliminating. There is more harm in the welfare village than is dreamt of . . .
And yet, on the eve of the launch of the Great Society, President Lyndon Johnson confided in aides as to its real purpose: “I’ll have those n****** voting Democratic for the next 200 years,” he said.
Perhaps that is the real face of the left. And perhaps it is time that we start saying so at every turn, rather than bowing to their supposed superior compassion and meekly asking them to acknowledge that we’re compassionate too.
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.