by Daveda Gruber:
On Thursday Republican Representative Louis Gohmert of Texas led a group of fellow GOP House Representatives and introduced a resolution that would essentially ban the Democratic Party from the House or change their name over past slavery ties.
This came about in response to House Democrats in their efforts to remove statues and pictures of past members of the Confederacy from Congress’s Halls.
The resolution refers to the Democratic Party’s platform that supported slavery from 1840 to 1856. It also refers to other racist actions by members of the party through the early-to-mid 1900’s.
It also calls on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from California to “remove any items that names, symbolizes or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy” from the House and its properties.
The bill mentions that such a party “shall either change its name or be barred from participation in the House of Representatives.”
Gohmert put out a statement that accompanies the resolution that says, “As outlined in the resolution, a great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred. Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan.”
He also wrote, “To avoid triggering innocent bystanders by the racist past of the Democratic Party, I would suggest they change their name. That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur.”
Gohmert tweeted this:
Democrat President Woodrow Wilson’s administration in 1912 began a racial segregation policy for govt employees. By 1914, the Wilson Administration required a photo be submitted with each employment application #CancelDemocrats https://t.co/fhKF18ary6
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 23, 2020
Co-sponsors are Representatives Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Jody Hice, R-Ga., Randy Weber, R-Texas, and Andy Harris, R-Md.
Although the bill is unlikely to pass, but it seems to draw attention to allegedly “blatant hypocrisy” around the House’s recent approval of a measure to remove Confederate busts in the Capitol this week.
After Gohmert spoke on the House floor, Weber spoke about the bill that passed yesterday.
Weber said, “The cancel culture train, H.R. 7573, that passed yesterday, was wrong on a deep level. I’m not going to get on that cancel culture train that says we have to do away with any mention or remembrance of everybody or everything that we don’t agree with, or that might have said something we don’t like, didn’t like, or that might have stood for something that we don’t stand for.”
The resolution is privileged, which means that it takes priority over all other business on the House floor.
If the resolution isn’t dispensed with via voice vote, then lawmakers may be forced to go on the record on the resolution. That could happen through a motion to table it or they could refer it to a committee.
Seventy-two Republicans and Representative Justin Amash, L-Mich., voted in favor of removing statues of Confederates in a 301 to 113 vote.
Here is the resolution:
Democratic Representative Karen Bass of California said, “Just imagine what it feels like as an African American to know that my ancestors built the Capitol, but yet there are monuments to the very people that enslaved my ancestors. These individuals do not deserve to be honored.”
Many consider a significant starting point to slavery in America to be 1619, when the privateer The White Lion brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. The crew had seized the Africans from the Portugese slave ship Sao Jao Bautista.
The 13th Amendment, adopted on December 18, 1865, officially abolished slavery, but freed Black peoples’ status in the post-war South remained precarious, and significant challenges awaited during the Reconstruction period.
Up until then the presidents were of different parties but the Democratic party had more.
Here is a list of presidents before 1865:
George Washington: April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797 ̶ Unaffiliated
John Adams: March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801 ̶ Federalist
Thomas Jefferson: March 4, 1801 to March 4, 1809 ̶ Democratic-Republican
James Madison: March 4, 1817 to March 4, 1817 ̶ Democratic-Republican
James Monroe: March 4, 1817 to March 4, 1825 ̶ Democratic-Republican
John Quincy Adams: March 4, 1825 to March 4, 1829 ̶ Democratic-Republican
Andrew Jackson: March 4, 1829 to March 4, 1837 ̶ Democratic
Martin Van Buren: March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1841 ̶ Democratic
William Henry Harrison: March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841 ̶ Whig
John Tyler: April 4, 1841 to March 4, 1845 ̶ Whig
James K. Polk: March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1849 ̶ Democratic
Zachary Taylor: March 4, 1849 to July 9, 1850 ̶ Whig
Millard Fillmore: July 9, 1850 to March 4, 1853 ̶ Whig
Franklin Pierce: March 4, 1853 to March 4, 1857 ̶ Democratic
James Buchanan: March 4, 1861 to March 4, 1861 ̶ Democratic
Abraham Lincoln: March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865 ̶ Republican
Andrew Johnson: April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869 ̶ National Union
History shows us what happened in the past. Without knowledge of the past, we tend to repeat it.
With that said, Democrats have been not doing well in Democratic run cities and states. Erasing history will not change that.
Still, Democratic lawmakers having been undermining Republicans and instigating probes, hearings, fact finding committees and an impeachment inquiry, all under the guise of President Trump being unfit in their eyes.
It’s about time that the GOP started slinging some crap back at the Democrats.
Thank you Louis Gohmert and company!