The new Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is an insult to women and people of intelligence everywhere. Rep Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-FL, has overstepped once too often as she slurs Republicans for what she perceives as political gain. Instead, she brings the focus onto herself and her utter ignorance of American history.
It doesn't matter how much she dislikes Republicans - it is not ok to re-write history and slander Republicans along the way. It is time for the RNC and all Republicans to grow a spine and speak up. She must be shut down each and every time she makes outlandish statements, like the latest one.
Voicing displeasure at new laws passed in states concerned with voter fraud and the integrity of the ballot, Wasserman-Schultz decided to paint the entire GOP with the wide stroke of racism. Yes, racism, the common insult used by Democrats against Republicans when common sense is not on their side.
There are some people out there who don’t like the recent GOP push to make the presentation of a photo ID a pre-condition of being able to cast a ballot. Count among them Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a U.S. representative from Florida.
Speaking with Roland Martin of TV One, a network that, according to its website, provides “real-life and entertainment television for African-American adults,” Wasserman Schultz equated GOP support for the anti voter fraud measure with a desire to “literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.”
Wasserman-Schultz insulted the intelligence of the viewers of the predominantly black audience of that television show and she stupidly showed her utter ignorance of the history of the Jim Crow laws. It was, in fact, put into place by Democrats who were the ruling political party of the South.
The fact that the Voting Rights Act was pushed through Congress by a Democrat—Lyndon Johnson—does not erase the party’s history of support for institutionalized de jure racism. LBJ was only able to get the bill through with the support of Republicans, led by Senate GOP leader Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois.
The Democratic Party’s longtime love affair with segregation is undeniable. Who stood up for “Jim Crow” when President Eisenhower tried to enforce desegregation at Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School? Democrats like Arkansas Gov. Orvall Faubus, who called out the state’s National Guard to prevent black students from entering the school. It was a Democrat, Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who famously proclaimed "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." And it was a Democratically-controlled Georgia legislature that picked nationally-known segregationist Lester Maddox to be their state’s 75th governor in 1966.
Democrats like to pretend that they are sole defenders of people of color. It's a complete re-write of history that has been allowed to permeate for far too long. It is time for Republicans to speak up and correct the telling of history.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote, in part, recently:
More and more, elections are decided not on election night but in the incessant legal wrangling that too often ensues in the weeks after an election. Voter intimidation. Machine malfunctions. Suspect absentee ballots. Though our electoral system sets a high bar for integrity on a global scale, uncertainty too often abounds. When and where a reasonable opportunity arises to address that uncertainty, we should—as Americans—embrace it.
That is what elected leaders in countless states have done in recent months. Legislators in more than 30 states are working to institute photo identification laws. The laws simply require a voter to present a legitimate government-issued photo ID upon arriving at the polls to vote.
This common-sense proposal seeks to further preserve the sanctity of our elections by ensuring that only eligible voters vote in American elections. And what makes one eligible? Presenting a simple government-issued photo identification card—a driver's license, for example. The very same ID card required to cash a government check, enter a federal building, obtain registered mail, drive a car, apply for Medicare or Medicaid, and countless other everyday activities. States like Wisconsin even ensure that those who cannot afford a state identification card are issued one free of charge.
Democrats must let their new DNC Chairwoman know that they expect more honest and respectful representation. Remember the whole bit about striking a New Tone that President Obama spoke about earlier this year? The Democrats have so often lobbed the charge of racism against Republicans and Independent voters that it no longer packs the wallop it once did.
Wasserman-Schultz is dishonest and deceitful. Shame on her.