Who would have thought that the so-called "southern strategy" of Richard Nixon would come to pass? It appears it has. With defeat of Mary Landrieu in Louisiana yesterday democrats have been banished from most offices south of the Mason Dixon line. For me this is a real victory for race relations in our country.
As we all remember, the democrats had a lock on the South since the Civil War. They were in charge at all levels of government and policing in the old South. I remember the democrats had "poll" taxes, KKK and all other forms of intimidation of the blacks. It was not until President Dwight Eisenhower sent in the National Guard to escort black high school kids to class that we finally saw a rip in the seams of democrat racial hegemony.
The Republican Party was formed to get rid of slavery and Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President in 1861. Of course the democrats seceded from the Union and the Civil War began but the Republicans held strong to keep the Union together. A half million men died during the war to "free the slaves". Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation during the War which freed the slaves from "legal" bondage. After the war was over the democrats formed the KKK to kill and intimidate blacks and their supporters.
In the 1960's America was rocked by more democrats in the South trying to maintain their power over the blacks and as a result, people like the great Martin Luther King Jr., a Republican, traveled throughout the South preaching equality and non violence. The white democrats though would not agree and for many years in the 60's a lot of violence was perpetrated by these white democrats. They even banded together to support the Presidential candidate George Wallace. He was a white segregationist democrat who decided he would take his message of hate to the White House. He failed.
Richard Nixon's campaign came to the South to try and get people top boot out those racist democrats and vote for a Republican. Many did and he was elected twice. Over the years I have watched as more and more Republicans defeated the racist democrats at all levels of government in the South. Yesterday was the "cherry on the top"! Now the party that freed the slaves and has fought for the equality of all Americans has control of those once, democrat racist" states. I am proud of the people of the South for finally ridding themselves of the vermin racists. Now we must do our best to teach the people of the country that Republicans are all about individual freedom and equal opportunity. It is a message all Americans will understand as time goes by. Hopefully the democrats will be relegated to the back bench for many years to come.