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October 14, 2009

GOP history is Highlighted by Things that Republicans Now Hate, says GOP.com

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The Republican Party’s new website, GOP.com, has made a long list of Republican accomplishments beginning in 1860 with building the railroads and freeing the slaves. It seems that the GOP has a tawdry past of being overrun by liberal agendas, including major public works projects, electing diverse people to public office, embracing diversity and launching civil rights reforms, which are today all liberal policy points. GOP accomplishments include:

Establishing the Trans Continental Railroad, though it is Barack Obama who currently wants to launch an interstate high-speed rail system, and Republicans routinely oppose funding public transportation.

Passing the Land-Grant College Act to build a nationwide system of affordable public universities, which began the Republican Party’s long love-affair with er, resentment of uh, lets say mixed feelings about academia.

Electing the first Mexican-born governor in California; (well, Republicans now want to restrict immigration, but, you know.)

Passing the 14th Amendment; “The original purpose of the 14th Amendment was to defend African-Americans from their Democrat oppressors in the post-Civil War South” says GOP.com. See, they started it.

Beginning Affirmative Action by starting the first African-American university, Howard University; (but don’t Republicans oppose Affirmative Action?)

Passing the 15th Amendment so that African-Americans could vote; “The 15th Amendment was ratified the following year, but using intimidation, poll taxes, registration fraud, and literacy tests, Democrats prevented most African-Americans from voting for nearly a century.” Damn, who knew Obama’s party hated “African-Americans” so much? (By the way, Michael Steele, it’s OK to say “black.”)

Opposing racial segregation in schools; (henceforth the GOP shall be renaming itself ACORN!)

Banning the Ku Klux Klan; (we know that today’s white supremacists voted for Obama in 2008).

Founding Yellowstone National Park; (Republicans now oppose the establishment of new federal protected areas…)

Giving Women the Right to Vote (but opposing their right to control their bodies).

Electing the first women mayors (Republicans for Hillary Clinton!)

Appointed the first Jewish person to cabinet secretary. Most Jewish Americans are Republicans, right? Oh wait…

Granted American Indians U.S. Citizenship.

Elected the first Asian-American senator in Hawaii. (Republicans love the idea of increasing diversity in public office, which is why they go out of their way to support members of minority groups…)

Called to end racial segregation in the military; (But still opposes gays in the military).

Established the Federal Highway System; (funded by a 91% peak income tax rate, I might add!)

Ended segregation in schools; “Republicans were unfazed by the many Democrats, including John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, who criticized President Eisenhower for the action he took to uphold civil rights” says GOP.com. That’s right, it was Eisenhower and not Kennedy who ch

At this point, it devolves into the Reagan and Bush tax cuts, Welfare Reform (er– I thought Bill Clinton was a Democrat), Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghan war) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (getting progressively more unpopular now…).

Now if there’s one thing it seems the Republican Party has done consistently, year to year, throughout this list, it’s to oppose whatever the South wants. Which is ironic, since the South is now the core of the party and the only place it did not lose electoral votes and house seats in the 2008 election.

But anyway.

Methinks you have something of an identity crisis when everything you highlight about your past is, ironically, everything you vehemently oppose in our current political climate.

But it’s nice to see that the GOP agrees that everything great and lasting in American history are the very things that liberals are gung-ho about. Maybe a reconciliation is afoot?

Anyway. I encourage you to check out the Republican list yourself, at GOP.COM

Now I’m genuinely confused. When I celebrate these progressive moments in U.S. history as being what it’s all about to be proud as an American, I’m told that this is a revisionist history, or at least a strong liberal slant on history. I’m told that “multiculturalism” is not just a sentiment geared towards respect, but an insidious political agenda that might fit with my values but doesn’t fit with Middle America (whatever that is). Now Michael Steele has put it on the GOP webpage as the main thrust of the Republican party? Inasmuch as this is a “culture war,” they’ve sided with liberal culture.

I’m glad, of course, that they’re turning out to value this, but I doubt that this signifies as any sort of cultural shift in the party, but is rather an attempt to seem more moderate (or to appeal to people of color, who are growing in numbers in the U.S.) If I thought that any of this sentiment was heartfelt (and if they took out the anti-Democrat vitriol when Democrats are now nearly universally on board with civil rights; Republicans, however, are not) then I would certainly celebrate.

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1 Comment »

  1. That’s kind of an awesome site. It’s like they’re trying to make fun of themselves.

    Comment by micahblitz — October 15, 2009 @ 3:04 pm | Reply


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