The presidential election of 1876 led to the demise of Reconstruction in 1877. After Reconstruction and after the Republican’s success of freeing the slaves, the Republican Party found themselves in an internal crisis. Because of the Great Compromise of 1877 between Republicans and Democrats, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes became president, Democrat Samuel Tilden conceded, but the federal troops who had long protected the very breath of black life were pulled out of Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. (Hayes was rightly handed the Oval Office under the Twelfth Amendment, in part, because it was proven that the Democrat candidate suppressed black votes by killing, injuring and intimidation.)
The aftermath of Republicans turning away from their principles ended the freed slave’s right to vote, the right to hold elected office and the right to pursue liberty. Democrats reestablished white supremacy in the South. Blacks quickly fell under the control of Black Codes and were later oppressed under government-sanctioned Jim Crow.
In 2013, once again Republicans find themselves repeating their own internal compromise of the principles they stand for. In the mid-nineteenth century, the GOP was considered the liberal party. Many fought and won the freedom of the slaves as abolitionists. Some were even referred to as Radical Republicans. Because of their history to that point, the GOP was often referred to as the Party of the Niggers. They soon became more interested in controlling more southern governments and their support for blacks waned. As a result, they added more of the southern Democrat voters to the Party which changed its makeup to say the least. These events drove the GOP away from its liberal core and the Lily White Movement was born.
The Lily White Movement was a split between those Republicans who wanted to gain more control of southern governments after Reconstruction by becoming more like the southern Democrats (The Lily Whites) and the “Blacks and Tans” which were comprised of blacks and the liberal whites who remained true to the Party principles of equality and freedom. Well, by the end of the nineteenth century, the Lily Whites won the power struggle for the GOP and the Party slowly turned its back on the liberal principles that led them to the greatness of the mid-nineteenth century.
It is worth noting that the Republican effort to be seen as a conservative alternative to the long-established conservative Democrats failed but they did succeed in alienating their historical base among blacks.
Now, the Republican Party in 2013 is once again at war for its principles. The old guard, who like the Lily Whites, are fighting to be more like Democrats and appease or attract more Latino support now war against the Tea Party legislators who are fighting to hold on to a Constitutional Republic anchored in what made the GOP great in the late-twentieth century under Ronald Reagan.
The United States needed a liberal agenda to free the slaves in 1865. Now it needs a conservative agenda to stop the federal government which has been hijacked by liberals and is responsible for the unconstitutional behavior found in the IRS, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, oh and The White House. Liberty is fleeting while Rome burns.
I believe there are enough conservatives left in this nation to give the conservative legislators the support they need to save this country by holding fast to their principles of limited government, personal responsibility and liberty. Conservatives, including many Latinos, understand the rule of law and fairness. The United States is a country made up of immigrants. It is foolish to play a race card that pits the GOP against any ethnic group immigrating to the United States and it’s more foolish for the GOP to fear that hype themselves. They must simply do the right thing as it relates to what is just, moral, and lawful; and that does not include open borders during a time of war and allowing millions of illegal aliens to leap frog in front of those who respect the laws of the United States. Moreover, border security must be real and not illusory as is currently the case as passed by the Senate this week.
If the conservatives in the Congress do not prevail on this very issue of immigration, the GOP of 2013 will go the way of the Republican Party under President Lincoln and lose its soul.
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