By: Daniel John Sobieski
The death of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, coming as it has amidst urban riots in Democrat-run cities following the murder of George Floyd by a deranged cop in a Democrat-run city offer the Democrats another opportunity for a Paul Wellstone-type funeral, a somber event to be transformed into a political rally in an election year.
The October 29, 2002 funeral service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota quickly morphed into a political rally against the administration of Bush 43. The Democrats filled the basketball arena chosen for the event and if you never heard booing at a memorial service you heard it as a video of GOP Sen. Trent Lott appeared offering his condolences
The services for John Lewis threaten to be similarly exploited as Democrats believe that funerals and crises are terrible things to waste. The funeral for Lewis won’t be so much about honoring Lewis as it will be about sticking it to Trump for his alleged racism and for stoking the fires of racial unrest in our inner cities, the same inner cities he is trying to rebuild with opportunity zones fighting liberal urban decay, prison reform freeing the young black men Joe Biden pushed into prison, and encouraging the freeing of blacks from bad schools through school vouchers and choice.
The Democrats will ignore John Lewis’ tunnel vision that overlooked who the real oppressors of blacks were and are and the genocide of black babies under Planned Parenthood’s since 1973’s Roe v. Wade, leaving the black population of America half of what it should be, a carnage even the KKK could never have dreamed of or hoped for.
When John Lewis dared to march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge at Selma, Alabama he was attacked and beaten by white Democrats, something you will not hear at his funeral. Nor will you hear the bridge was named for Edmund Winston Pettis, a former Confederate brigadier general, former U.S. Senator from Alabama, and Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. Edmund Pettis was a Democrat as were most of the officeholders in the South of 1965.
Georgia Democrat Rep. John Lewis refused to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum because President Trump was there, yet he would have been the first to condemn Trump had he not gone. The irony is that much of the brutality, oppression, and denial of civil rights the museum records were committed by the party of white racism – the Democratic Party.
Reps. John Lewis and Bennie G. Thompson issued a joint statement full of righteous indignation but little truth in explaining their absence from the ceremony:
President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi.
What really happened in Mississippi and throughout the South is that Democrats, who never got over losing the Civil War, sought to move blacks to a new plantation of oppression and suppression. As one wag put it, the reason Democrats hate Republicans so much is that the Republicans took away their slaves. All the Democrats have succeeded in doing is moving blacks to the urban plantations of inner cities like Baltimore, Detroit, and Chicago, all run by Democrats, where black children are preyed upon by black gangs, are trapped in failing schools and have little or no job opportunities.
It is hard to fathom what Rep. Lewis meant by “hurtful policies.” Did he mean trying to rid the inner cities of gangs like MS-13, supporting school choice, fighting illegal immigration which increases competition for entry-level jobs, or just generally promoting economic growth, the rising tide President John F. Kennedy said lifts all our boats.
One would have thought that the 8-year presidency of the first African American President, Barack Obama, would have been an era of progress for blacks, which it decidedly was not:
… the seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black Americans across the board has slipped from 63.2 percent to 61.7 percent — down 2.4 percent.
The seasonally adjusted labor-force-participation rate for black teenagers also sagged from 29.6 percent to 28.8 percent — down 2.7 percent.
During Obama’s tenure, the percentage of black Americans struggling below the poverty line has advanced, according to the most recent Census Bureau data, from 25.8 in 2009 to 26.2 in 2014 — up 1.6 percent.
Real median income among black households during those years, according to the Census Bureau, sank from $35,954 to $35,398 — down 1.5 percent.
The number of black food-stamp participants exploded across that time frame from 7,393,000 to 11,699,000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports — up 58.2 percent.
Also, from Obama’s oath of office through the fourth quarter of 2015, the percentage of black Americans who own homes foundered from 46.1 percent to 41.9 percent, according to the Census — down 9.1 percent.
One can search in vain for John Lewis and his liberal brethren saying anything about Barack Obama’s “hurtful policies.” Obama, like most liberal Democrats, blames the plight of blacks on racism when in fact the impediments to black progress are to be found in fatherless homes, out-of-wedlock births, gang crime, failing public schools and cities run by Democratic Socialists who blame racism but not their opportunity killing policies.
John Lewis’ historical amnesia omits, for example, the fact that it was not a Republican but the honored and celebrated Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia and former “Grand Kleagle” with the Ku Klux Klan, who holds the distinction of being the only Senator to have opposed the only two black nominees to the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and led a 52-day filibuster against this legislation.
Sen. Al Gore, the father of the former vice president, voted against the act, as did Sen. J. William Fulbright, to whom Bill Clinton dedicated a memorial, current senior Senator from South Carolina Ernest Hollings, Sen. Richard Russell and, of course, Sen. Strom Thurmond, who was a Democrat at that time.
John Lewis forgot that it was Democrats who unleashed the dogs and turned on the fire hoses on civil rights marchers. It was Democrats who stood in the schoolhouse door and are still standing there by opposing school choice and trapping minority children in failing schools. It was Democrats who blocked the bridge in Selma.
Lewis’ amnesia omitted the fact that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would never have been possible without Republican leadership. Not only was that legislation a personal victory for Illinois Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen, then-Senate Minority leader, but it was also Republicans in both the House and Senate who supported the measure in far greater percentages than Democrats. Only six GOP Senators voted against the act, compared with 21 Democrats. The party of Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump beat back the fire hoses and dogs of the party of Robert Byrd and John Lewis.
As one pundit put it, the Democrats should know a lot about Jim Crow laws, since they are the ones who wrote them. Condoleezza Rice, President George W. Bush’s national security advisor, explained at the 2000 GOP national convention why a black college professor would be a Republican:
“The first Republican I knew was my father John Rice. And he is still the Republican I admire the most. My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did. I want you to know that my father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I.”
And neither should we. Lewis’ colleague in the Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., badgered Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the awards he received from various groups whose founders or leaders have made politically incorrect statements Blumenthal found offensive. Neither Blumenthal nor Lewis had any problem with Hillary Clinton, their 2016 presidential candidate, accepting the Margaret Sanger Award.
Back in March of 2009, Hillary Clinton accepted Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, an organization originally called the American Birth Control League. In accepting the award, the Weekly Standard noted, Hillary had high praise for the noted eugenicist:
Now, I have to tell you that it was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision … And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her.
As J. Kenneth Blackwell, writing in the Washington Times, notes, those who chant “black lives matter” obviously exclude the abortion rate of black babies that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and the KKK could only dream of:
138,539 black babies, nearly one baby in three, were killed in the womb in 2010. According to the CDC, between 2007 and 2010, innocent black babies were victimized in nearly 36 percent of the abortion deaths in the United States, though blacks represent only 12.8 percent of the population. Some say the abortion capital of America is New York City. According to LifeSiteNews, the city’s Department of Health reported that in 2012, more black babies were aborted (31,328) than born (24,758). That’s 55.9 percent of black babies killed before birth. Blacks represented 42.4 percent of all abortions.
This is a disturbing and tragic situation that continues unabated and is the fulfillment of the dream of Hillary Clinton’s heroine Margaret Sanger.
Planned Parenthood asserts, “To our Black patients, supporters, and colleagues across the country and the Black community whose lives, health, and safety are constantly under attack, Planned Parenthood stands with you. #BlackLivesMatter.”…
There is so much sick irony here. It’s so sick that it seems like a cruel racist joke by some white supremacist organization.
And today? Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood is the single leading abortion provider to African Americans.
As for Planned Parenthood’s “Black patients,” and its concern for a pandemic that has been “disproportionately ravaging Black communities,” Planned Parenthood for nearly 50 years has disproportionately ravaged black communities through abortion. You want to talk about a public health crisis facing black communities, well, Planned Parenthood owns one….
About 40 percent of abortions are among black women, even though blacks make up only 13 percent of the population. This number has remained consistent for years. Some civil rights leaders, including Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., have called this “Black Genocide.” There have been upwards of 20 million abortions of unborn African American babies since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
As Blackwell also noted:
According to Sanger, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” She opened her first abortion clinics in inner cities, and it’s no accident that even today, “79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located in black or minority neighborhoods.”
Rep. Chris Smith reminded Hillary Clinton, who proudly accepted the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood in a speech to Congress in 2009 of the nature of Sanger’s belief that eugenics, something the Nazis would put into horrifying practice, was Margaret Sanger’s solution to all our problems, particularly racial ones. As LifeSite News reported at the time:
Addressing Mrs. Clinton, Smith said, “Are you kidding? In ‘awe’’ of Margaret Sanger, who said in 1921, ‘Eugenics … is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems’. And who also said in 1922, ‘The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it’?”….
Highlighting the racist nature of eugenics, Smith further quoted Sanger, who said in 1939, “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds and with engaging personalities … We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”
Yet none of this bothered the great civil rights leader John Lewis. Lewis supported Black Lives Matter, but not black lives in the womb. Rev. Johnny Hunter, a black pastor and leader at the Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the largest African American evangelical pro-life ministry in the U.S., gave a powerful sermon linking abortion to racism in the film Maafa21. As LifeSite News reported on the film:
“Brothers and sisters, it is time for us to go to the streets on this issue,” Hunter said. “If we look the other way, while our smallest brothers and sisters are being lynched in the womb, we lose the right to be outraged that we were once lynched by the Klan.”
Today, people are rioting and protesting in the streets to fight racism. But Black Lives Matter, the leading organization behind the protests, does not include unborn babies in its mission. Quite the opposite, the group supports “reproductive rights,” including abortion.
But, while rioters are defacing and destroying statues of U.S. leaders in the name of ending racism, Sanger’s statue still has a place of honor in The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
“As our nation struggles to address racial injustice, it is unconscionable that an avowed racist and eugenicist is featured so prominently,” U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher wrote this week in a letter to the Honorable Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, the head of the Smithsonian Institution….
It’s time for the Smithsonian to stop honoring the person who planted these beliefs into an organization that continues to abort 247 black unborn babies every single day. It’s time for it to reject Sanger and, in doing so, reject a movement that wants to expand abortions to minority communities even though, according to New York City health statistics, more African American babies already are aborted in the city than are born each year.
Yet John Lewis never led a march against Planned Parenthood, a white supremacist organization if there ever was one
When Jeff Sessions was being crucified for his alleged racist past during his confirmation hearing for attorney general, Sen Ted. Cruz pointed out that Democrats had better look in the mirror of history:
The day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was rebuked while making a speech critical of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Democrats, saying their party is the one rooted in racism.
“The Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan,” Cruz (R-Tex.) said in an interview on Fox News on Wednesday. “You look at the most racist — you look at the Dixiecrats, they were Democrats who imposed segregation, imposed Jim Crow laws, who founded the Klan. The Klan was founded by a great many Democrats.”
Cruz is right. John Lewis is wrong. Under President Trump, African Americans were finding work in greater numbers and are increasingly participating in an economy freed from oppressive taxation and regulation:
The unemployment rate, labor participation rate, and overall employment for black Americans appears to be improving under President Donald Trump, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data….
In the president’s first 7 months in office, the unemployment rate for said group dropped from 8.0 in March 2017 to 7.4 in July.
The participation rate for black American workers is up one percent since March 2017, and the number of black Americans with a job is up roughly 700,000.
Black Americans were one of the hardest-hit groups during the Great Recession and throughout much of former President Barack Obama’s two terms in office. The unemployment rate for this group was 13.7 when Obama took office in 2009, reaching a height of 16.8 in March 2010.
John Lewis didn’t remember the thrilling days of yesteryear, when Democrats stood in the schoolhouse door, wrote Jim Crow laws, and unleashed the dogs, or even the era of Barack Obama when blacks were a source of votes, treated as victims, while trapped in urban plantations run by Democrats.
Trump asked Africans during the campaign what did they have to lose? The answer so far is they have lost nothing and have and will gain much as they are freed to participate in and pursue the American dream. That is if they are allowed to be born. Don’t defund the police. Defund Planned Parenthood.
* Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.