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The Republican Party Is Dead. There Are Only 6 Remaining Members.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins

A significant number of the American people have been bamboozled, swindled, and otherwise cheated and lied to for at least the past 40+ years, at least since 1980, and beginning in earnest in January 1981 with the Reagan administration.

In actuality, the Republican party’s seeds of destruction were sown in 1964 at the Republican National Convention in Daly City, California when then-New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller warned the assembled delegates that

“The Republican party is in real danger of subversion
by
a radical, well-financed,
and
highly disciplined minority.”  

He was given 5 minutes to address the delegates, but was booed for over 16 minutes.

Why?

He was seeking the inclusion of language in the official party platform which would have said,

“The Republican Party fully respects the contribution of responsible criticism, and defends the right of dissent in the democratic process. But we repudiate the efforts of irresponsible, extremist groups, such as the Communists, the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society and others, to discredit our Party by their efforts to infiltrate positions of responsibility in the Party, or to attach themselves to its candidates.”

One would think that such language condemning and repudiating the Ku Klux Klan, Communists, John Birch Society members, and others, would have been welcomed.

Ku Klux Klansmen rally in support of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, the GOP 1964 Presidential nominee.
Image: Universal History Archive/Getty Images

But, it wasn’t.

That was the year Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater was the party’s Presidential nominee.

That was also the year the GOP suffered one of the greatest losses in American political history.

A mere 6 states – Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina – voted for Barry Goldwater.

Lyndon Baines Johnson won in a landslide with 486 Electoral College votes to Goldwater’s 52.

The Popular Vote was just as decisive:
Johnson 43,127,041 (61.1%), to Goldwater 27,175,754 (38.5%).

The next quadrennial election cycle proved to be a harbinger of things to come.

Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse

In 1968, Alabama Governor George C. Wallace – a stridently biogted racist and segregationist, at the height of his hatred of Blacks – campaigned on the American Independent ticket against Republican Richard Nixon of New York, and Minnesota Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, who had been LBJ’s Vice President. That year’s election was equally decisive in its victory, but what may be most interesting, is the fact that as a 3rd Party Candidate, the openly racist, bigoted Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, though he was a Democratic governor, campaigned on a platform of racial segregation as a Presidential candidate on the American Independent ticket – and commonly, though incorrectly known as a “Dixiecrat” – won 5 states (AL, AR, GA, LA, MS) and their 46 Electoral College votes, along with 9,901,118 Popular Votes, for 13.5% of all Popular Votes cast. It remains the strongest showing of a 3rd Party candidate in American political history. Not even John B. Anderson in 1980, or Ross Perot in 1992 won any Electoral College Votes, though Ross Perot made a good showing among the Popular Vote with 19,743,821, or 18.9% of all Popular Votes cast, and in 1996, Perot secured 8,085,294 Popular Votes, which was 8.4% of all Popular Votes cast, though he never won any Electoral College votes in any election.

Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski

Wallace’s strong showing among those 5 Southern states in 1968 was resounding evidence of how pervasive, ingrained, and embedded – how thoroughly infiltrated – the message of hate, and he as its chief messenger – along with the Ku Klux Klan, Communists, John Birch Society, and other such elements as then-New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller had mentioned at 1964’s RNC convention – had become in the South. Sadly, Nixon did nothing to help, and rather, relied upon a “Southern Strategy” to win over those very voters – the racist bigoted “Dixiecrats” who had become enured with the Ku Klux Klan, Communists, John Birch Society members, and others – to welcome them into the fold of the Republican Party.

Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” was the creation, per se (it was more an anthropological and demographic analysis of long-term trends than anything else), of Kevin Phillips (b.1940), a brilliant, if not genius (matriculated Colgate University aged 16, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, spent his junior year at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, where he knew more about Scottish history than his Scottish classmates), Harvard Law-educated man who authored the 1969 book The Emerging Republican Majority in which he detailed an ethnographic political strategy that capitalized upon, an exploited alleged hostilities between the Irish, Italians, and Poles, and Jews, Negroes, and affluent Yankees to achieve its goals. He later abandoned the GOP in the 1990’s after becoming grossly disaffected by them.

Having now authored over 13 books, the premise of his first book “The Emerging Republican Majority,” was the presumption that most voters “still voted on the basis of ethnic or cultural enmities that could be graphed, predicted and exploited. For instance, the old bitterness toward Protestant Yankee Republicans that had for generations made Democrats out of Irish, Italian, and Eastern European immigrants had now shifted, among their children and grandchildren, to resentment of the new immigrants – Negroes and Latinos – and against the national Democratic party, whose Great Society programs increasingly seemed to reflect favoritism for the new minorities over the old.”

Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy

In a May 17, 1970 article entitled “Nixon’s Southern strategy ‘It’s All In the Charts’” for the New York Times, James Boyd, a former Senate aide and then-Director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism in Washington, D.C., interviewed Kevin Phillips on several topics covered in his book. One such topic was the future of “Negroes and the GOP,” of which he said:

“All the talk about Republicans making inroads into the Negro vote is persiflage. From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that … but Republicans would be short sighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe Whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the Blacks, the Whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.” [emphasis added]

And yet, weakening enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act – if not completely making it moot – is precisely what happened in the Shelby County, Alabama v Holder, Attorney General decision. The Republican conservative-majority United States Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, voted in a 5-4 June 2013 decision that sections 4(b) – and by extension, section 5, since it relied upon 4(b) – of the VRA (the “coverage formula” and “preclearance” parts of the law, respectively) were unconstitutional. Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act could essentially be thought of as the “heart and lungs” of the act.

Kevin Phillips’ most prescient, if not eerie, remark in the interview is perhaps this statement:

“When you are after political converts, start with the less extreme and wait for the extremists to come into line when their alternatives collapse.”

That is precisely what has happened to the GOP. It has become a de facto haven for the extremist adherents and proponents of racism, White Supremacy, Communism, John Birch Society adherents, anarchists, and others – including the ignominiously heterodox Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, which teaches the elimination of all government and regulatory oversight in almost all instances.

Of the accuracy of Philips’ futuristic “vision” for the Republican party, Richard J. Barnet, also interviewed in that article, who was then-co-director of the Institute of Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. said in part,

“Phillips may be right. If people don’t take his theory seriously enough to come up with alternatives – and the Democrats haven’t yet – the forces he mentions, together with the national security-military institution, may well produce the nightmare he describes. But the analogy is not with Jefferson; it is with Hitler. The elements are all there – deep-rooted social cleavage, insoluble problems, rhetoric which attempts to legitimize and encourage hate, a phony genetic and geographical underpinning, a despised minority to blame for everything. It all adds up to scapegoat politics, which is a tactic of fascism.” [emphasis added]

Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney

“The new gains of the Republican party are based upon preserving the status quo by stopping the civil rights advance. The Administration tries to legitimize this by saying it will carry out the orders of the courts against de jure segregation. But it’s an old tactic to use the courts as a way of of avoiding executive or political action. And to build a political majority based on racism is taking a long step toward fascism.”

Lee Atwater, former RNC Party Chairman, the day after the 1984 election, became a Senior Partner at the lobbying/political consulting firm of Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly – consisting of Charles Black, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Peter G. Kelly.

Yes… that Paul Manafort, and that Roger Stone – the infamous lobbying and political advising agency whose clients included infamous dictators such as: Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, and Jonas Savimbi of Angola.

That firm has also represented, and lobbied the U.S. Congress on behalf of, numerous foreign governments and heads of state from representative democracies and unelected dictatorships.

Atwater was the one who, as a member of the Reagan administration, gave an anonymous 1981 interview with political scientist Alexander P. Lamis’ which was later published (without attribution) in Lamis’ book “The Two-Party South,” and later reprinted in “Southern Politics in the 1990s” with Atwater’s name revealed. Atwater died from astrocytoma – a type of brain cancer – aged 40 on March 29, 1991.

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey

In the interview, Atwater described the machinations that the “Southern Strategy” went through to win over radicalized and racist Whites during the Reagan administration:

Lamis: But the fact is, isn’t it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?

Atwater: Y’all don’t quote me on this. You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.” So, any way you look at it, race is coming on the back-burner.

One Response to “The Republican Party Is Dead. There Are Only 6 Remaining Members.”

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