Hello again and welcome. I’m Rita Phillips and this is Be the Light. The topic today is about choosing the right political party. “Rita” you’re asking, “is there a right political party?” Or you might be asking, “Does it really matter?” My answer is a resounding yes to both questions.
The left’s questionable history
So, with that in mind, let’s begin by examining the Democrat party. Since I was a former history teacher, I’d like to commence by taking you on an historical field trip of sorts. Let’s start with Andrew Jackson, our seventh president and the first Democrat president. (By the way, I never use the adjective Democratic when discussing a Democrat because I choose to use the correct labels for each party. The party on the right is labeled Republican. The label for the party on the left is Democrat, not democratic.) Anyway, Jackson was the President who signed the Indian Removal Act which expelled many tribes of Native Americans from their land at gunpoint and led to over 5000 dying while on a forced march to Indian Territory more than 1200 miles away west of the Mississippi. This became known as The Trail of Tears. Native Americans were ill prepared for the trip and died from exposure, diseases like typhus and cholera, and starvation. Does this sound like a party that cared for minorities as they claim today? Does this sound like Christian charity?
Moving on to the Civil War. It was Democrats in the South who seceded from the United States because they wanted to continue the practice of slavery. Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves part way through the Civil War. However it took another two years of fighting to end the practice of slavery in the South. Afterwards, a Democrat, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated President Lincoln, and Lincoln’s vice-President (a Democrat), Andrew Johnson became President. He is considered by many to be the most racist President we’ve had. He vetoed a Civil Rights bill designed to protect African Americans and urged Southern states not to ratify the 14th amendment granting them citizenship. In fact, his leniency toward former Confederates allowed many of them to become government officials in the South, and soon they enacted Black Codes limiting freedoms for former slaves.
Oh, and who can forget Nathan Bedford Forrest? He was a Confederate General who organized the KKK after the Civil War. Does this sound like a party interested in protecting minority rights? Does any of this mesh with Christ’s teachings?
Let’s step into the 20th Century. President Woodrow Wilson was a Democrat, a eugenicist, and a racist. Eugenicists believed it was important to breed a race of white thoroughbred people, and through forced sterilization and abortion, prevent people of color and those who were poor from procreating. Wilson also hosted the movie Birth of a Nation–originally titled The Clansmen–at the White House. And, you guessed it. It was a movie which portrayed the KKK as an heroic enterprise. Let’s listen to a short excerpt where Dinesh D’Souza interviews Carol Swain about this event. Swain is an African American Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University. (Audio Here) One has to wonder if the KKK could have been relegated to the ash heap of history sooner had it not been for the implicit White House approval of its activities via the airing of this deplorable movie. Does this sound like a party interested in protecting the innocent? Does any of this sound Biblical?
On to World War II. Adolf Hitler read books by several American eugenicists while he was in prison. Nearly all were part of the Progressive movement and believers in Social Darwinism–the view that qualities like productivity and the ability to accrue riches were inherited by the fit, while laziness and stupidity were passed down from generation to generation by the unfit. Social Darwinism at its essence was about “survival of the fittest.” These ideologies clearly influenced Hitler’s book Mein Kampf and his determination to create a master race, all the while eliminating over 6 million Jews and 4 million of those he deemed unfit: the Roma, and those with physical and mental defects.
And what of Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt? He had the ability to grant asylum to 937 Jews who fled from Germany on the SS St. Louis. Yet he did nothing, and the ship had to return to Europe where 254 of them perished in the Holocaust. He was also the President who signed a proclamation which led to the full-scale internment of Japanese-Americans during the War years. Is this truly the party of minorities and the little people? I seem to remember Jesus saying, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
The Democrats were also instrumental in the segregation policies of the South. One cannot forget four-time Democrat Governor of the state of Alabama, George Wallace leading the fight against the US government policy of integration. Then there was Democrat Governor Orville Faubus from Arkansas who refused to integrate white schools in his state. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who declared integration the law of the land, and sent US troops to Central High School in Little Rock to disperse an unruly mob of segregationists preventing Black students from entering the school. Have you figured out which party is the one you should belong to yet?
the big myths the left tells
Now after the 1950s, liberal academics and journalists created a myth claiming that the Democrat Party and Republican party suddenly switched places. The Republicans were now the racists, and the Democrats were the tolerant party. This was called the Southern Strategy. In essence, professors and journalists claimed that Republicans couldn’t win in the South and wouldn’t win a general election unless they appealed to racists.
Here are the facts. Eisenhower, a Republican, won Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia in 1956 AFTER he supported the Supreme Court Decision of Brown vs. the Board of Education integrating schools and AFTER he sent troops to Central High.
Another myth says that Southern Democrats were angry with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, so they switched parties. The fact is that of the 21 Democrat senators who opposed the Civil Rights Act, only one became a Republican. The 20 seats remained Democrat for over two decades. In addition, Republican President Nixon, who was credited by deceitful academics and journalists with creating the Southern Strategy, lost the South in 1968, but Democrat Jimmy Carter won it handily in 1976. And, in 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton won the South and the Presidency. How did that happen if Republicans were using the Southern Strategy and appealing to those with racist leanings? Many history textbooks are filled with these blatant lies. Don’t believe them.
Let’s take a little break before we consider the two parties today. (Music)
the democrat party today
Okay, let’s talk about the Democrat party today. In 2012, the Democrat party faced criticism for not acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and for not having any mention of God in their platform. One delegate offered changes to the platform to quell the criticism. Then when LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa put it up to a quick vote. The delegates voted with an aye or no twice, and each time it seemed the “no’s” won. The third vote yielded the same result, but Villaraigosa declared that an amendment to restore a mention of God had been adopted as well as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Sounds good, right? Listen now to how that vote went as well as the ensuing negativity. (Audio here)
Did you hear the delegates booing? They shook their fists too. Does this sound like a party you want to belong to? Deuteronomy tells us, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” In addition, God tells us, when speaking of the Jewish nation, “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse…” These words speak for themselves: Love God and stand by Israel to be blessed. I stand by God and Israel. How about you?
The Democrat Party Platform currently also includes a staunch pro-abortion stance. When candidate Obama ran for the Presidency in 2008, he supported partial birth abortion. And, after Obamacare became the law of the land, his administration declared it would “require all employers to pay for and provide insurance coverage for everything from sterilization to a drug called Plan B which destroys human life.” Several lawsuits ensued which you might remember. Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor stood their ground. They both won their cases at the Supreme Court. In 2016, Democrats pushed to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which disallows federal funds to be used to pay for abortion. And, of course, Democrats claim that abortion is an important part of women’s healthcare. Let’s call it what it is. Abortion is the taking of innocent life. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about this. Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I chose you for a special work…” In addition, Proverbs 6:15-17 explains, “There are six things which the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him. Here are the first three: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…” Do you want to belong to a party that wholeheartedly endorses the taking of innocent life? One only has to look at the Nazis to understand the slippery slope a nation treads when they cheapen life.
famous racists in the democrat party
Okay, moving on. Let’s talk about an insult often hurled at Republicans by Democrats to shut down any debate. That insult is “racist.” As discussed previously, it has been the Democrat party that enslaved African Americans, fought a war to keep them enslaved, afterwards began the KKK to torment them, and denied them civil rights. However, the left, which dominates the public schools, colleges, and the media uses Josef Goebbels’ propaganda strategy. In Goebbels’ famous words: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” In this next clip, Professor William H Chafe, Professor of History at Duke University is being interviewed by Dean Laurence R Velvel on Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his views on Civil Rights. (audio here) Let that sink in for a moment. Johnson voted against the anti-lynching bill. He voted against the abolition of the poll tax which was a tax African Americans had to pay to vote. And, most disturbing is the way he belittled his driver referring to him as the N word his whole life and telling his driver to get used to it.
Here’s Johnson in his own words saying that more African Americans are voting than “white folks.” But he doesn’t say African Americans; instead he uses the N word. Listen carefully.(audio here)
Remember this was a Democrat President. Did your history books tell you about this?
It’s time to talk about another famous Democrat, Robert Byrd. Robert Byrd was the longest serving senator in the history of Congress. Prior to serving in Congress he joined the Ku Klux Klan and rose to the title of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter. Then as a congressman in the 60s he called Martin Luther King “a self seeking rabble rouser” and actively opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After his position became unpopular, he made an about face…or did he? Here is Robert Byrd in an interview on Fox News in 2009 being interviewed by the late Tony Snow. (audio here)
Did you catch the white N word phrase? Alright Byrd is bad enough, but what of those who supported him. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton at one time have claimed Byrd as a mentor. Listen to Bill eulogizing him at his funeral. (audio here)
Whoa, did you hear that? Poor Robert Byrd. He was dirt poor and just trying to get elected. Do you think the Dems would ever give a Republican a break for being part of a racist organization for nearly 10 years? Of course, that would never happen. It’s not who Republicans are.
Well, this line up of Democrat racists wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging Lunch Bucket Joe. For the uninitiated, that would be Joe Biden, former vice president. Let’s listen to Biden discuss the problems soldiers face regarding banking issues and loans. (audio here)
Biden used an extremely anti semitic remark in calling bankers Shylocks. The word shylock got its origin in Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice where a character named Shylock was a Jewish money lender. Today it means a ruthless, greedy Jewish banker or loan shark.
Here’s another doozy from the Veep. (audio here) Did you catch that. He said, You can’t go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. He actually thinks he’s being funny. Nothing funny about racism, Joe.
And one has to wonder why Obama picked this guy for his Vice President after this comment fromthe Vice President: (audio here)
So, in Biden’s view, most African Americans are not articulate, clean, bright, and good looking. Obama is the first. Wow! What can you say about that. Once again, imagine what the reaction would have been had a Republican uttered those words. More importantly, racism has no place in the Christian heart.
Switching gears again… it’s time to discuss party ideals. The Democrat party seems to believe that their ideals are so important that the “ends justify the means.” That means that anything is allowed so they can win and implement their policies. Let’s consider the recent example of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. The thinking went like this. If Kavanaugh became a Supreme Court Justice, he would become the fifth conservative justice out of nine justices. Since Democrats can’t win issues at the ballot box, they do so through judicial activism; that’s why it’s so important to them to have left leaning judges on the federal courts and the Supreme Court. Therefore, they planned to use any means necessary to end Kavanaugh’s quest for the high court.
What were those means? They brought up a questionable letter by a California professor at the eleventh hour claiming the justice sexually assaulted her nearly 30 years prior. It didn’t matter that the professor had no proof, no witnesses, and couldn’t remember much. Suddenly, several other women came forward to assert similar accusations. But, as we saw, it all fell apart, and we discovered that several of the women had lied.
Regardless, the Democrats told us to believe all women, that no woman would lie about such a thing. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this script before when it was tried against Justice Clarence Thomas, another conservative. The left trolls for someone willing to bear false witness. What do the women get out of it? Fame, notoriety, money in the form of book and movie deals, or a Go Fund Me account raking in thousands and in some cases millions of dollars. Machiavelli had nothing on the Democrats.
Let’s check out the Bible to see what it says about lying and bearing false witness. Proverbs 6:9 says, “A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.”
Democrats don’t concede
Another case in point regarding Democrat corruption is the recent midterm elections. When the Democrats don’t win elections, they don’t concede, or they take back their concession. They claim voter suppression by the Republicans or claim the Republicans cheated to win. They suddenly “find” votes in the trunks of cars, or in carts in school closets. Ask Norm Coleman in Minnesota about this. He lost to former Senator Al Franken when a large number of ballots were “found” in the trunk of a car. You also might ask Senator Rick Scott, Governor Ron DeSantis, and Governor Brian Kemp about these Democrat tactics. If you think something smells fishy, you’re right. But remember the Democrat motto: the ends justify the means.
Here’s what the Bible has to say about cheating others. 1st Thessalonians puts it this way: “…no one should defraud or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.”
What to make of all this
I could probably provide many more examples, but let’s wrap this up. Are there Republicans that do unsavory things? Absolutely. But, in those cases, it involves an individual acting alone. As you have now realized, the Democrat party has a nefarious past and is a corrupt organization intent on achieving power at any cost so as to implement its unethical ideals.
If you have never joined a political party, you really only have two choices. You can choose to vote Republican or Independent. If you are currently in the Democrat party, I urge you to consider what your party stands for and look to God’s word to see if you should remain a Democrat.
Let’s ask God for help
Let’s end with a prayer. Father in Heaven, you are Holy and Deserving of all the glory. You are also merciful and tenderhearted. We ask you today, O God, to show anyone who is trying to make a decision about which political party to belong to, to take seriously the racist background of the Democrat party as well as its corrupt ideals. We know there is no such thing as a perfect organization, but we also know that we are responsible as Christians to not partake of unethical practices like those found in the Democrat party. Lord, for those who refuse to vote or belong to any party whatsoever, please show them that as Christians and citizens of a free nation it is our responsibility to vote in leaders who will work to limit or abolish abortion, stand with Israel, and have nothing to do with racism, lying, cheating, and bearing false witness. Let us remember what one of our founding fathers, John Adams, wrote to his wife Abigail, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Father only you can ail what is wrong in our country now. Help us begin by acknowledging your sovereignty in our lives and in our government. In Jesus precious name, Amen.