The Southern Strategy and Changing History

As student of history and politics, I’ve always been fascinated on how the Democrats were able to paint the Republican Party as the party of racism, contrary to the objective truth to the opposite.    Did history change?  Certainly in the minds of many it did.

I just came across the attached article by Kevin Willamson for NRO in 2012.  A great summary of the events and activities on how the Democrats’ created the myth of the Southern Strategy which is characterized by the Left as:

“The Southern strategy was Richard Nixon’s strategy to whiteify the electorate so Republicans could hold onto power in light of demographic changes. It began as a grab for southern states during the 1968 and 1972 elections: a combination of dog-whistle politics as well as a deliberately racist agenda”  (1)

In political practice, it is this narrative Democrats use to falsely explain how the party of Lincoln, the party of Civil Rights in America became the party of the KKK and Jim Crow.  And when you understand the Democrat’s monopoly on our children’s education, it is easy to understand how this lie was perpetuated as a general truth in our society.

What today’s “Progressives” want you to believe is that in 1964 Democrat President Lyndon Johnson passed civil rights laws, and as a result, all the racist southerner Democrats jumped party and joined the Republicans.   There can be no other explanation.   It couldn’t be for economic reasons, or that Democrats’ sympathy for Communism, Socialism, and the growth of the welfare state, or that Republicans were strong on law and order, or that in fact, it was the Republicans who pushed for and passed civil rights legislation in our country.  Nope, the only plausible explanation is racism.

Factually, there is a mountain of evidence to suggest this premise is complete nonsense.   As KW points out:

“It was in fact not until 1995 that Republicans represented a majority of the southern congressional delegation — and they had hardly spent the Reagan years campaigning on the resurrection of Jim Crow.”

In summary, KW offers that:

“The Republican ascendancy in Dixie is associated with the rise of the southern middle class, the increasingly trenchant conservative critique of Communism and the welfare state, the Vietnam controversy and the rise of the counterculture, law-and-order concerns rooted in the urban chaos that ran rampant from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, and the incorporation of the radical Left into the Democratic party.”

Can you change history as Winston Churchill suggests when he states “history is written by the victors”?  Apparently you can.

The entire article can be found here:

time cover 1964 dirksen



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