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Democrats see good in Rebel statues' exits

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This article was published August 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.



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WASHINGTON -- Leading Democrats on Sunday morning talk shows defended moves by local governments to remove monuments of Confederate leaders, saying that the unrest in Charlottesville, Va., last week showed that the statues had become rallying points for white supremacists instead of educational tools about the nation's history.



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RBear says... August 21, 2017 at 7:17 a.m.

These statues are coming down and that's a good thing. Last night, the University of Texas took down several statues that had been located on the South Mall. They will probably be moved into a museum or some other place. I'm sure some would want to call a special session to debate the issue, but this is a matter of local control. If a city wants to keep their statue, so be it but don't expect it to escape protest.
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These statues are NOT history (a statue isn't history), but served as a veneration of the Confederacy during two periods of the civil rights movement, the enactment of the Jim Crow laws and the advancement of voting rights in the 50s and 60s. They were erected by supporters of the Confederacy and racism as an affront to the federal government. Now they have become a rallying point for racists.

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mozarky2 says... August 21, 2017 at 7:31 a.m.

Right you are, RB. They are a rallying place for the racist democrats of today attempting to erase the racist acts of the racist democrats of yesteryear.
democrats OWN the Confederacy.

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RBear says... August 21, 2017 at 8:08 a.m.

moz, we got rid of those Dixiecrats several decades back. Guess where they ended up.
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Not all Trump supporters are white nationalists, but all white nationalists are Trump supporters

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23cal says... August 21, 2017 at 8:34 a.m.

Mozarkey's claim will play well with the people who are too ignorant to have learned about the Southern Strategy which turned the southern Democrats into rabid Republicans, and it will play well with those who are color blind and can't see that the pre-1964 Civil Rights Act Democrats of the solid blue southern states are now the solid red Republicans of the southern states.
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As David Duke said:
"This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back, we're going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that's what we believed in, that's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back and that's what we gotta do,"
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"I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists."
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For those of you who don't know who Duke is, like Donald Trump who said in February of 2016:
"Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?......."I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don't know. I don't know -- did he endorse me, or what's going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists."
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He is the ex-Grand Wizard and perennial spokesman for the Ku Klux Klan, in case you're too ignorant to know it or too much in denial to admit it. I wonder which applied to Trump.

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mozarky2 says... August 21, 2017 at 8:39 a.m.

Democrats of today purposely hold back blacks solely for their votes. The Trump job boom will put many blacks to work, thereby eliminating their automatic votes for dems.
If Dems lose just 5% of black votes, they'll never win another election.
What makes me truly ill is that it is black dem politicians that are at the forefront of black suppression.
For instance, Marxine Waters represents a district that is among the poorest for blacks in the nation.
And, look at Chicago. Local politics OWNED by Dems, and look at the plight of blacks there!
It's not Confederate statues killing all those blacks!
Just wait until November 2018, when Trump is campaigning for the GOP on a platform of jobs and economic growth. Nobody will believe it all began under Obama, nor will they care about the dem's platform of "We tore down Confederate statues"!

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RBear says... August 21, 2017 at 9:02 a.m.

Republicans hold back lower class whites with claims of jobs they have yet to fulfill and will not be able to thanks to changes in manufacturing and trade. If Republicans lose 5% of the white vote, they'll never win another election. Documented facts.
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It's not the Confederate statues holding blacks back. It's the people rallying around them and the attitudes they have that are holding blacks back. Documented facts.

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PopulistMom says... August 21, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.

The same two factors are holding back anybody who is poor in this nation: lack of education and drugs. Republicans hurt on the education front because they don't want to spend the money to improve the schools. The Democrats hurt on the education front in many poor states because they too often are in bed with the teachers unions. Asians are outperforming blacks, whites, and hispanics because they value education and hard work. Asians are the most discriminated group in the country when it comes to college admissions, but you rarely hear them complain. They are too busy working hard. Jews also perform well because they value education. Poor whites and poor blacks want to blame each other for their lack of economic prosperity; yet, they need to look at their own faces in the mirror. Success comes to those who pursue education and work hard. Of course, with the victim mentality comes drug use. People need to stop feeling sorry for themselves.

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23cal says... August 21, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.

The sadness and the irony that the Republican party who idolized President Reagan when he said, "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

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Later on in his speech, President Reagan said, "As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner, 'This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.' Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom."
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Can you imagine having a president like that......one who might, at this time of great division and the rise of Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacy......who would stand against these statues dedicated to traitors to our nation and to slavery, rallying points for the scum just mentioned? Who would stand in front of them and proclaim, much as Reagan did:
" 'This statue will fall. Beliefs become reality.' Yes, across America, these statues will fall. For they cannot withstand faith; they cannot withstand truth. The statues cannot withstand freedom."
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"Tear down these statues."
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Where were our current right wingers then? Were they screaming and squealing about how to take down that wall would be to "erase history", as they are now?

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LR1955 says... August 21, 2017 at 10:11 a.m.

Popmom: drugs, lack of education, AND lack of a stable family unit

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mrcharles says... August 21, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.

The right wants the statutes to promote divisiveness and to remind others that the thugs still have the power to promote hate and their disregard for others and to satisfy their insecurity.

Amazing that most supporters of the statutes are the ones that also support trump.

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