Republican Heroes & Accomplishments

October 14th, 2009at 07:28am Posted by Eli

So the new GOP.com website has a section on Republican heroes, and another section on Republican accomplishments.  Which is all well and good, except their choices of heroes and accomplishments are very strange.  Let’s go to the numbers:

Out of the 18 GOP heroes presented, 12 of them are either civil rights icons or “the first” black/hispanic/female something.  And the civil rights achievements of another three are heavily emphasized.  Additionally, 12 out of the 18 are from the 19th century, and only three had careers that extended past 1970.

The story on the accomplishments side is very similar.  Of the 37 achievements listed, 23 are civil rights related (although judging by the photo accompanying the school vouchers item, it kinda looks like they want a civil rights credit for that one too), and and another four are public works projects or other big-government enterprises like the Land-Grant College Act and the establishment of the national parks system.

In fact, their first 31 accomplishments, up through Nixon going to China in 1972 are both undeniably positive and completely out of character for today’s GOP. (Redundant, I know.)

It is very interesting that the Republicans are trying so hard to portray themselves as some kind of progressive, pro-civil-rights party, when over the last 45 years they’ve been the exact opposite.  Yes, the pre-Southern Strategy GOP did a lot of great and important things, especially in the area of civil rights, but today’s GOP would have stubbornly opposed every single one of them.

Entry Filed under: Economy,Racism,Republicans


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