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Hollywood Welfare Paid by Taxpayers

Posted by FactReal on February 25, 2013

George Clooney’s film, Argo, received $6.21 million in tax credits
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Via Forbes:

Even as the Hollywood glitterati ruminate about social responsibility and the need for the wealthy “one percent” to pay their “fair share,” Hollywood millionaires and moguls are bagging an estimated $1.51 billion in tax revenues annually through something called “film tax credits.”

Consider a few of this year’s Oscar nominated films. According to a new report by the Government Accountability Institute, Quentin Tarantino’s controversial spaghetti Western, Django Unchained, featuring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio has applied to receive an estimated $8.4 million in film tax credits from the State of Louisiana. Actor-director Ben Affleck and producer George Clooney’s film, Argo, received $6.21 million in tax credits from the California Film Commission. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, featuring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones, hauled in $3.5 million in tax-free film credits. Silver Linings Playbook bagged a cool $5.6 million.

Indeed, 40 states now have some form of subsidy or incentive that allow filmmakers to defray income and/or sales taxes incurred during filming. Thirteen states even offer so-called “transferrable film tax credits” that allow filmmakers to convert unused credits into cash—at taxpayer expense, of course.

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[T]ax and policy analysts who have studied film tax credit programs say industry claims of job creation are vastly overstated. Worse, say critics, they drain vital state resources from things like education and healthcare.

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What’s more, the Tax Foundation says “that states lose money by offering tax credits for film production” and that “movie production incentives are costly and fail to live up to their promises” because “they create mostly temporary positions with limited options for upward mobility.”

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Gun Stats: U.S. #1 in Gun Ownership; #28 in Gun Murder Rate

Posted by FactReal on February 7, 2013

KEY FACTS
• The US has the highest civilian gun ownership rate in the world: Nearly 89 guns per 100 people. Followed by: Yemen (55 per 100 people), Switzerland (46 per 100 people), etc.
• The US is number 28 in firearm murder rate: 2.97 per 100,000 people.
• The worst firearm murder rate belongs to Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica.

Rank by Gun Ownership – Top 10 Listed

Country % of homicides by firearm Number of homicides by firearm Homicide by firearm rate per 100,000 pop Rank by rate of ownership Average firearms per 100 people Average total all civilian firearms
United States 60 9,146 2.97 1 88.8 270,000,000
Yemen 2 54.8 11,500,000
Switzerland 72.2 57 0.77 3 45.7 3,400,000
Finland 19.8 24 0.45 4 45.3 2,400,000
Serbia 33.1 45 0.46 5 37.8 3,050,000
Cyprus 26.3 5 0.46 6 36.4 275,000
Saudi Arabia 7 35 6,000,000
Iraq 8 34.2 9,750,000
Uruguay 46.5 93 2.8 9 31.8 1,100,000
Sweden 33.9 37 0.41 10 31.6 2,800,000
Rank by Gun Murder Rate – All Countries Listed
Rank by Gun Murder Rate Country % of  
homicides
by firearm
Number of
homicides
by firearm
Homicide   by firearm rate per 100,000 pop Rank by rate of ownership Average   firearms per 100 people Average   total all civilian firearms
1 Honduras 83.4 5,201 68.43 88 6.2 500,000
2 El   Salvador 76.9 2,446 39.9 92 5.8 400,000
3 Jamaica 75.6 1,080 39.4 74 8.1 215,000
4 Venezuela 79.5 11,115 38.97 59 10.7 2,850,000
5 Guatemala 84 5,009 34.81 49 13.1 1,650,000
6 Saint   Kitts and Nevis 85 17 32.44
7 Trinidad   and Tobago 72.1 365 27.31 129 1.6 21,000
8 Colombia 81.1 12,539 27.09 91 5.9 2,700,000
9 Belize 52.3 68 21.82 62 10 29,000
10 Puerto   Rico 94.8 692 18.3
11 Brazil 70.8 34,678 18.1 75 8 14,840,000
12 South   Africa 45 8,319 17.03 50 12.7 5,950,000
13 Dominican   Republic 65.5 1,618 16.3 99 5.1 450,000
14 Panama 75 569 16.18 26 21.7 700,000
15 Bahamas 61.2 52 15.37 98 5.3 17,000
16 Ecuador 68.7 1,790 12.73 142 1.3 370,000
17 Guyana 61.3 85 11.46 45 14.6 110,000
18 Mexico 54.9 11,309 9.97 42 15 15,500,000
19 Philippines 49.9 7,349 8.93 105 4.7 3,900,000
20 Paraguay 56.1 466 7.35 37 17 1,000,000
21 Anguilla 24 1 7.14
22 Nicaragua 42.1 338 5.92 77 7.7 395,000
23 Saint   Vincent and the Grenadines 30 6 5.49
24 Zimbabwe 65.6 598 4.78 106 4.4 400,000
25 Costa   Rica 57.3 201 4.59 64 9.9 430,000
26 Argentina 52 1,198 3.02 62 10.2 3,950,000
27 Barbados 40 8 2.99 76 7.8 21,000
28 United   States 60 9,146 2.97 1 88.8 270,000,000
29 West   Bank & Gaza 72.4 105 2.95 118 3.4 125,000
30 Liechtenstein 100 1 2.82
31 Uruguay 46.5 93 2.8 9 31.8 1,100,000
32 Peru 50.8 757 2.63 33 18.8 750,000
33 Sierra   Leone 87.7 128 2.28 164 0.6 34,000
34 Chile 37.3 353 2.16 59 10.7 1,750,000
35 Albania 65.9 56 1.76 70 8.6 270,000
36 Maldives 62.5 5 1.63 85 6.5 21,000
37 Congo,   Dem Rep 33.2 248 1.56 137 1.4 800,000
38 Sri   Lanka 21.1 291 1.48 133 1.5 300,000
39 Cambodia 36.7 187 1.44 109 4.3 600,000
40 Kazakhstan 12.5 210 1.34 142 1.3 200,000
41 Macedonia 62.5 25 1.21 20 24.1 490,000
42 Bangladesh 43.6 1,456 1.12 169 0.5 700,000
43 Vietnam 52.9 834 0.99 128 1.7 1,100,000
44 Uganda 10.5 280 0.87 137 1.4 400,000
45 Switzerland 72.2 57 0.77 3 45.7 3,400,000
46 Turkey 16.9 535 0.77 52 12.5 9,000,000
47 Lebanon 36.5 31 0.76 28 21 750,000
48 Italy 66.7 417 0.71 55 11.9 7,000,000
49 Belgium 39.5 70 0.68 34 17.2 1,800,000
50 Bulgaria 29.7 51 0.67 88 6.2 480,000
51 Luxembourg 42.9 3 0.62 41 15.3 70,000
52 Egypt 69.1 453 0.57 115 3.5 1,900,000
53 Taiwan 15.9 128 0.56 106 4.4 725,000
54 Georgia 13.3 24 0.55 79 7.3 330,000
55 Kyrgyzstan 8.3 28 0.54 156 0.9 45,000
56 Canada 32 173 0.51 13 30.8 9,950,000
57 Jordan 38.8 26 0.49 58 11.5 630,000
58 Bosnia   and Herzegovina 24.7 18 0.48 34 17.3 675,000
59 Ireland 42 21 0.48 70 8.6 360,000
60 Serbia 33.1 45 0.46 5 37.8 3,050,000
61 Cyprus 26.3 5 0.46 6 36.4 275,000
62 Finland 19.8 24 0.45 4 45.3 2,400,000
63 Liberia 13.2 17 0.43 129 1.6 51,000
64 Sweden 33.9 37 0.41 10 31.6 2,800,000
65 Portugal 33.8 44 0.41 72 8.5 900,000
66 Croatia 34.7 17 0.39 26 21.7 950,000
67 Zambia 11.7 28 0.35 68 8.9 230,000
68 Netherlands 30.7 55 0.33 112 3.9 510,000
69 Nepal 13.3 84 0.3 159 0.8 205,000
70 Armenia 13 9 0.29 52 12.5 380,000
71 Northern   Ireland 4.5 5 0.28 25 21.9 380,000
72 Denmark 31.9 15 0.27 54 12 650,000
73 Greece 34.9 29 0.26 23 22.5 2,500,000
74 India 7.6 3,093 0.26 110 4.2 46,000,000
75 Estonia 3.9 3 0.24 65 9.2 123,000
76 Cuba 4.4 27 0.24 104 4.8 545,000
77 Malaysia 13.4 64 0.24 133 1.5 370,000
78 Austria 29.5 18 0.22 14 30.4 2,500,000
79 Latvia 4.6 5 0.22 32 19 280,000
80 Moldova 3.3 8 0.22 83 7.1 300,000
81 Ukraine 4.5 100 0.22 84 6.6 3,100,000
82 Tajikistan 15.6 15 0.22 153 1 65,000
83 Spain 21.8 90 0.2 61 10.4 4,500,000
84 Germany 26.3 158 0.19 15 30.3 25,000,000
85 Czech   Republic 11 20 0.19 38 16.3 1,600,000
86 Slovakia 11.2 10 0.18 73 8.3 450,000
87 Lithuania 2.5 6 0.18 160 0.7 135,000
88 New   Zealand 13.5 7 0.16 22 22.6 925,000
89 Qatar 16.7 1 0.14 31 19.2 520,100
90 Australia 11.5 30 0.14 42 15 3,050,000
91 Belarus 2.5 12 0.12 79 7.3 710,000
92 Azerbaijan 6.5 11 0.12 115 3.5 290,000
93 Mongolia 1.4 3 0.11 126 1.9 50,000
94 Mauritius 2 1 0.1 44 14.7 180,000
95 Slovenia 15.4 2 0.1 47 13.5 270,000
96 Turkmenistan 2.4 5 0.1 114 3.8 180,000
97 Israel 11.7 6 0.09 79 7.3 500,000
98 Poland 7.1 35 0.09 142 1.3 510,000
99 England   and Wales 6.6 41 0.07 88 6.2 3,400,000
100 Hungary 5 7 0.07 93 5.5 560,000
101 France 9.6 35 0.06 12 31.2 19,000,000
102 Algeria 4.8 20 0.06 78 7.6 1,900,000
103 Norway 8.1 2 0.05 11 31.3 1,400,000
104 Korea,   South 1.7 14 0.03 149 1.1 510,000
105 Romania 1.3 5 0.02 160 0.7 160,000
106 Singapore 5.9 1 0.02 169 0.5 22,000
107 Japan 1.8 11 0.01 164 0.6 710,000
108 Bermuda 0 0 0
109 Grenada 0 0 0
110 Hong   Kong 0 0 0
111 Monaco 0 0 0
112 Yemen 2 54.8 11,500,000
113 Saudi   Arabia 7 35 6,000,000
114 Iraq 8 34.2 9,750,000
115 Iceland 0 0 0 15 30.3 90,000
116 Oman 17 25.4 650,000
117 Bahrain 0 0 0 18 24.8 180,000
118 Kuwait 18 24.8 630,000
119 Montenegro 21 23.1 150,000
120 United   Arab Emirates 24 22.1 1,000,000
121 Equatorial   Guinea 29 19.9 100,000
122 Kosovo 30 19.5 415,000
123 Angola 34 17.3 2,800,000
124 Thailand 39 15.6 10,000,000
125 Libya 40 15.5 900,000
126 Gabon 46 14 190,000
127 Suriname 48 13.4 60,000
128 Namibia 51 12.6 260,000
129 Malta 0 0 0 55 11.9 48,000
130 Pakistan 57 11.6 18,000,000
131 Somalia 66 9.1 750,000
132 Russia 68 8.9 12,750,000
133 Iran 79 7.3 3,500,000
134 Swaziland 86 6.4 72,000
135 Kenya 86 6.4 740,000
136 Scotland 93 5.5 280,000
137 Sudan 93 5.5 2,000,000
138 Seychelles 96 5.4 4,600
139 Cape   Verde 96 5.4 9,500
140 Mozambique 99 5.1 1,000,000
141 Morocco 101 5 1,500,000
142 Botswana 102 4.9 87,000
143 China 102 4.9 40,000,000
144 Myanmar 111 4 2,000,000
145 Syria 112 3.9 735,000
146 Bhutan 115 3.5 22,000
147 Djibouti 119 2.8 22,000
148 Bolivia 119 2.8 260,000
149 Cameroon 119 2.8 340,000
150 Lesotho 122 2.7 47,000
151 Congo 122 2.7 100,000
152 Côte   d´Ivoire 124 2.4 400,000
153 Senegal 125 2 230,000
154 Comoros 127 1.8 11,000
155 Guinea-Bissau 129 1.6 25,000
156 Mauritania 129 1.6 50,000
157 Uzbekistan 133 1.5 1,200,000
158 Nigeria 133 1.5 2,000,000
159 Brunei 0 0 0 137 1.4 5,400
160 Benin 137 1.4 120,000
161 Tanzania 137 1.4 550,000
162 Laos 145 1.2 71,000
163 Papua   New Guinea 145 1.2 71,000
164 Guinea 145 1.2 110,000
165 Burundi 145 1.2 200,000
166 Chad 149 1.1 109,000
167 Mali 149 1.1 143,000
168 Burkina   Faso 149 1.1 148,000
169 Central   African Republic 153 1 40,000
170 Togo 153 1 60,000
171 Gambia 157 0.8 123,000
172 Madagascar 157 0.8 150,000
173 Malawi 160 0.7 92,000
174 Niger 160 0.7 93,000
175 Rwanda 164 0.6 58,000
176 Korea,   North 164 0.6 130,000
177 Haiti 164 0.6 190,000
178 Fiji 169 0.5 4,000
179 Eritrea 169 0.5 20,000
180 Indonesia 169 0.5 1,000,000
181 Solomon   Islands 0 0 0 174 0.4 1,800
182 Ghana 174 0.4 80,000
183 Ethiopia 174 0.4 320,000
184 East   Timor 177 0.3 3,000
185 Tunisia 178 0.1 9,000

Note: Some data not available for some nations, but the dataset does include most developed nations.

SOURCES
“Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country,” The Guardian (London), July 22, 2012
●http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list/print#data

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Annual Crime Survey – Firearm Homicides
●http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/statistics/data.html

“Estimating Civilian Owned Firearms,” Small Arms Survey Research Notes (Number 9, September 2011) (Small Arms Survey is a research project at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland)
●http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/fileadmin/docs/H-Research_Notes/SAS-Research-Note-9.pdf

Stephen Gutowski, “U.S. #1 By Far In Gun Ownership – But, Only 28th In Gun Murder Rate,” CNSNews, February 6, 2013
●http://cnsnews.com/blog/stephen-gutowski/us-1-far-gun-ownership-only-28th-gun-murder-rate

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The Assault Weapon Myth

Posted by FactReal on January 31, 2013

There is NO such Thing as an “Assault Weapon”
Via DanaLoeschRadio.com:

First and foremost there is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” Any device used to assault (a behavior or action) someone can be defined as an “assault weapon.” There exist fully automatic firearms and semi automatic firearms, period. There technically is no such thing as an “assault rifle,” either…The problem with using this phrase to define scary-looking rifles is that it betrays a gross lack of knowledge on firearms…[C]alling any of these rifles “assault rifles” used in the Sandy Hook shooting and any other such tragedies…it’s simply nothing more than irresponsible reporting and commentary from individuals who should know better.

…It’s a tactic to encourage public prejudice against scary-looking guns and part of the overall strategy to ban them outright. You can purchase a pellet gun that is closely modeled to resemble an AR-15; just because it looks like an AR-15 (and AR stands for the manufacturer’s name, ArmaLite, not ”assault rifle”) doesn’t mean that it’s an “assault rifle,” no more than a semi-automatic similar in looks to a fully automatic makes the semi an “assault rifle.”

If the left can move conservatives into using their misused terminology, they’ve already won ground in the anti-Second Amendment battle. When we start taking on the language of the left, we are no longer defending our position, we will have ceded it. We can’t afford such mistakes.

Semi-automatic weapons fire one bullet with each trigger pull
Via The Washington Times:

Obama and his allies, such as Mrs. Feinstein, deliberately misuse the term “assault weapon” to confuse the public. Assault weapons are machine guns, automatic rifles that continue to fire until the trigger is released. These guns have been highly regulated since 1934 and are never used in crimes. The guns that this [Feinstein's] congressional bill targets are simply the standard semi-automatic weapons that fire one bullet with each trigger pull.

The AR-15 fires small caliber bullets (.22), which has one-tenth the power of the standard military round
(AR stands for the manufacturer’s name, ArmaLite, not “Assault Rifle”)
Via The Washington Times:

The best illustration of this deception is Mrs. Feinstein’s placing of the “Armalite M15 22LR Carbine” on her list of items that she claims have the sole purpose “to hold at the hip if possible, to spray fire to be able to kill large numbers.” This particular weapon fires a .22 long rifle cartridge, which has one-tenth the power of the standard military round and is generally suited for plinking tin cans or hunting small varmints. It simply looks like a military rifle, which fits Mrs. Feinstein’s effort to eliminate items that look scary to her.

SEMI-AUTOMATICS 101 (Aired 1/18/2013)
National & World champion pistol shooter Jessie Duff demonstrates the different caliber and firing power of semi-automatic rifles (including the AR-15) on the Hannity Show.
(Jessie Duff’s sites: Twitter, Facebook)

Other video source: here

GUN MYTHS DEBUNKED (Aired 1/22/2013)
Jessie Duff: “These are all semiautomatic firearms and when you pull the trigger once it fires once. They don’t spray bullets everywhere like you see in Hollywood or in the movies or video games.”
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RACISM & The Democrat Party

Posted by FactReal on January 21, 2013

RACIST QUOTES FROM PROMINENT DEMOCRATS
In his 2007 article, Bruce Bartlett reminded us of the racist history of the Democratic Party: “[Democrats] were openly and explicitly for slavery before the Civil War, supported lynching and “Jim Crow” laws after the war, and regularly defended segregation and white supremacy throughout most of the 20th century.”

Bartlett also provided a list of racist quotes from prominent Democrats:

“I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County. . . . The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union.”

–Robert C. Byrd, 1946 Democratic Senator from West Virginia, 1959-present Senate Majority Leader, 1977-80 and 1987-88 Senate President Pro Tempore, 1989-95, 2001-03, 2007-present His portrait stands in the U.S. Capitol.

President Truman’s civil rights program “is a farce and a sham–an effort to set up a police state in the guise of liberty. I am opposed to that program. I have voted against the so-called poll tax repeal bill. . .. I have voted against the so-called anti-lynching bill.”

–Rep. Lyndon B. Johnson (D., Texas), 1948 U.S. Senator, 1949-61
Senate Majority Leader, 1955-61 President, 1963-69

“This is a white man’s country, and will always remain a white man’s country.”

–Rep. James F. Byrnes (D., S.C.), 1919 Appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 Appointed Secretary of State by Harry S. Truman in 1945

“This passport which you have given me is a symbol to me of the passport which you have given me before. I do not feel that it would be out of place to state to you here on this occasion that I know that without the support of the members of this organization I would not have been called, even by my enemies, the ‘Junior Senator from Alabama.’ “

–Hugo Black, accepting a life membership in the Ku Klux Klan upon his election to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Alabama, 1926 Appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937

“You cannot go into a Dunkin’ Donuts or a 7-Eleven unless you have a slight Indian accent.”

“My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything [but] a Northeastern liberal state.”

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African American [Barack Obama] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.”

“There’s less than 1% of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4% or 5% that is, are minorities. What is it in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you’re dealing with.”

Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., (D., Del.), 2006-07 Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, 1987-95 Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 2008

If blacks were given the right to vote, that would “place every splay-footed, bandy-shanked, hump-backed, thick-lipped, flat-nosed, woolly-headed, ebon-colored Negro in the country upon an equality with the poor white man.”

–Rep. Andrew Johnson, (D., Tenn.), 1844 President, 1865-69

Blacks “are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both of body and mind.”

–Thomas Jefferson, 1787 Co-founder of the Democratic Party (along with Andrew Jackson) President, 1801-09

“I hold that the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding states between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good–a positive good.”

–Sen. John C. Calhoun (D., S.C.), 1837 Vice President, 1825-32
His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol.

“Resolved, That the Democratic Party will resist all attempts at renewing, in Congress or out of it, the agitation of the slavery question, under whatever shape or color the attempt may be made.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1852

Blacks are “a subordinate and inferior class of beings who had been subjugated by the dominant race.”

–Chief Justice Roger Taney, Dred Scott v. Sandford, 1856 Appointed Attorney General by Andrew Jackson in 1831 Appointed Secretary of the Treasury by Andrew Jackson in 1833 Appointed to the Supreme Court by Andrew Jackson in 1836

“Resolved, That claiming fellowship with, and desiring the co-operation of all who regard the preservation of the Union under the Constitution as the paramount issue–and repudiating all sectional parties and platforms concerning domestic slavery, which seek to embroil the States and incite to treason and armed resistance to law in the Territories; and whose avowed purposes, if consummated, must end in civil war and disunion, the American Democracy recognize and adopt the principles contained in the organic laws establishing the Territories of Kansas and Nebraska as embodying the only sound and safe solution of the ‘slavery question’ upon which the great national idea of the people of this whole country can repose in its determined conservatism of the Union–NON-INTERFERENCE BY CONGRESS WITH SLAVERY IN STATE AND TERRITORY, OR IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA” (emphasis in original).

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1856

“I hold that a Negro is not and never ought to be a citizen of the United States. I hold that this government was made on the white basis; made by the white men, for the benefit of white men and their posterity forever, and should be administered by white men and none others.”

–Sen. Stephen A. Douglas (D., Ill.), 1858 Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, 1860

“Resolved, That the enactments of the State Legislatures to defeat the faithful execution of the Fugitive Slave Law, are hostile in character, subversive of the Constitution, and revolutionary in their effect.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1860

“The Almighty has fixed the distinction of the races; the Almighty has made the black man inferior, and, sir, by no legislation, by no military power, can you wipe out this distinction.”

–Rep. Fernando Wood (D., N.Y.), 1865 Mayor of New York City, 1855-58, 1860-62

“My fellow citizens, I have said that the contest before us was one for the restoration of our government; it is also one for the restoration of our race. It is to prevent the people of our race from being exiled from their homes–exiled from the government which they formed and created for themselves and for their children, and to prevent them from being driven out of the country or trodden under foot by an inferior and barbarous race.”

–Francis P. Blair Jr., accepting the Democratic nomination for Vice President, 1868 Democratic Senator from Missouri, 1869-72His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol.

“Instead of restoring the Union, it [the Republican Party] has, so far as in its power, dissolved it, and subjected ten states, in time of profound peace, to military despotism and Negro supremacy.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1868

“While the tendency of the white race is upward, the tendency of the colored race is downward.”

–Sen. Thomas Hendricks (D., Ind.), 1869 Democratic nominee for Vice President, 1876 Vice President, 1885

“We, the delegates of the Democratic party of the United States . . . demand such modification of the treaty with the Chinese Empire, or such legislation within constitutional limitations, as shall prevent further importation or immigration of the Mongolian race.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1876

“No more Chinese immigration, except for travel, education, and foreign commerce, and that even carefully guarded.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1880

“American civilization demands that against the immigration or importation of Mongolians to these shores our gates be closed.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1884

“We favor the continuance and strict enforcement of the Chinese exclusion law, and its application to the same classes of all Asiatic races.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1900

“The repeal of the fifteenth amendment, one of the greatest blunders and therefore one of the greatest crimes in political history, is a consummation to be devoutly wished for.”

–Rep. John Sharpe Williams (D., Miss.), 1903 House Minority Leader, 1903-08

“Republicanism means Negro equality, while the Democratic Party means that the white man is supreme. That is why we Southerners are all Democrats.”

–Sen. Ben Tillman (D., S.C.), 1906 Chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs, 1913-19

“We are opposed to the admission of Asiatic immigrants who can not be amalgamated with our population, or whose presence among us would raise a race issue and involve us in diplomatic controversies with Oriental powers.”

–Platform of the Democratic Party, 1908

“I am opposed to the practice of having colored policemen in the District [of Columbia]. It is a source of danger by constantly engendering racial friction, and is offensive to thousands of Southern white people who make their homes here.”

–Sen. Hoke Smith (D., Ga.), 1912 Appointed Secretary of the Interior by Grover Cleveland in 1893

“The South is serious with regard to its attitude to the Negro in politics. The South understands this subject, and its policy is unalterable and uncompromising. We desire no concessions. We seek no sops. We grasp no shadows on this subject. We take no risks. We abhor a Northern policy of catering to the Negro in politics just as we abhor a Northern policy of social equality.”

–Josephus Daniels, editor, Raleigh News & Observer, 1912
Appointed Secretary of the Navy by Woodrow Wilson in 1913 Appointed Ambassador to Mexico by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 USS Josephus Daniels named for him by the Johnson Administration in 1965

“The Negro as a race, in all the ages of the world, has never shown sustained power of self-development. He is not endowed with the creative faculty. . . . He has never created for himself any civilization. . . . He has never had any civilization except that which has been inculcated by a superior race. And it is a lamentable fact that his civilization lasts only so long as he is in the hands of the white man who inculcates it. When left to himself he has universally gone back to the barbarism of the jungle.”

–Sen. James Vardaman (D., Miss.), 1914 Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources, 1913-19

“Slavery among the whites was an improvement over independence in Africa. The very progress that the blacks have made, when–and only when–brought into contact with the whites, ought to be a sufficient argument in support of white supremacy–it ought to be sufficient to convince even the blacks themselves.”

–William Jennings Bryan, 1923 Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, 1896, 1900 and 1908 Appointed Secretary of State by Woodrow Wilson in 1913 His statue stands in the U.S. Capitol.

“Anyone who has traveled to the Far East knows that the mingling of Asiatic blood with European or American blood produces, in nine cases out of ten, the most unfortunate results. . . . The argument works both ways. I know a great many cultivated, highly educated and delightful Japanese. They have all told me that they would feel the same repugnance and objection to have thousands of Americans settle in Japan and intermarry with the Japanese as I would feel in having large numbers of Japanese coming over here and intermarry with the American population. In this question, then, of Japanese exclusion from the United States it is necessary only to advance the true reason–the undesirability of mixing the blood of the two peoples. . . . The Japanese people and the American people are both opposed to intermarriage of the two races–there can be no quarrel there.”

–Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1925 President, 1933-45

“Mr. President, the crime of lynching . . . is not of sufficient importance to justify this legislation.”

–Sen. Claude Pepper (D., Fla.), 1938 Spoken while engaged in a six-hour speech against the antilynching bill

“There is no warrant for the curious notion that Christianity favors the involuntary commingling of the races in social institutions. Although He knew both Jews and Samaritans and the relations existing between them, Christ did not advocate that courts or legislative bodies should compel them to mix socially against their will.”

–Sen. Sam Ervin (D., N.C.), 1955 Chairman, Committee on Government Operations, 1971-75

“The decline and fall of the Roman empire came after years of intermarriage with other races. Spain was toppled as a world power as a result of the amalgamation of the races. . . . Certainly history shows that nations composed of a mongrel race lose their strength and become weak, lazy and indifferent.”

–Herman E. Talmadge, 1955 Democratic Senator from Georgia, 1957-81
Chairman, Committee on Agriculture, 1971-81

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

–Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D., Texas), 1957

“I have never seen very many white people who felt they were being imposed upon or being subjected to any second-class citizenship if they were directed to a waiting room or to any other public facility to wait or to eat with other white people. Only the Negroes, of all the races which are in this land,
publicly proclaim they are being mistreated, imposed upon, and declared second-class citizens because they must go to public facilities with members of their own race.”

–Sen. Richard B. Russell Jr. (D., Ga.), 1961 The Russell Senate Office Building is named for him.

“I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes.”

–Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, 1961 Kennedy later authorized wiretapping the phones and bugging the hotel rooms of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I’m not going to use the federal government’s authority deliberately to circumvent the natural inclination of people to live in ethnically homogeneous neighborhoods. . . . I have nothing against a community that’s made up of people who are Polish or Czechoslovakian or French-Canadian or blacks who are trying to maintain the ethnic purity of their neighborhoods.”

–Jimmy Carter, 1976 President, 1977-81 Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2002

“The Confederate Memorial has had a special place in my life for many years. . . . There were many, many times that I found myself drawn to this deeply inspiring memorial, to contemplate the sacrifices of others, several of whom were my ancestors, whose enormous suffering and collective gallantry are to this day still misunderstood by most Americans.”

–James Webb, 1990 Now a Democratic Senator from Virginia

“Everybody likes to go to Geneva. I used to do it for the Law of the Sea conferences and you’d find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they’d just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.”

–Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D., S.C.) 1993 Chairman, Commerce Committee, 1987-95 and 2001-03 Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 1984

“I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation.”

–Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), 2004 Chairman, Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, 2008

“It has of late become the custom of the men of the South to speak with entire candor of the settled and deliberate policy of suppressing the negro vote. They have been forced to choose between a policy of manifest injustice toward the blacks and the horrors of negro rule. They chose to disfranchise the negroes. That was manifestly the lesser of two evils. . . . The Republican Party committed a great public crime when it gave the right of suffrage to the blacks. . . . So long as the Fifteenth Amendment stands, the menace of the rule of the blacks will impend, and the safeguards against it must be maintained.”

–Editorial, “The Political Future of the South,” New York Times, May 10, 1900

Source: Bruce Bartlett, ‘Whitewash: The racist history the Democratic Party wants you to forget,’ The Wall Street Journal, December 24, 2007

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