I don’t often do a straight clip/paste of something that ends up in my in-box. I am today. It was forwarded by NM State Senator Rod Adair (R), one of the few honest politicians in the state of New Mexico.
Democrats Smeared Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960’s
By Frances Rice
Character assassination. That’s the tactic used by Democrats in the 1960’s to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Republican who was fighting the Democrats and trying to stop them from denying civil rights to blacks.
The relentless disparagement of Dr. King by Democrats led to his being physically assaulted and ultimately to his tragic death. In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King’s leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Prior to his death, Democrats bombed Dr. King’s home several times. The scurrilous efforts by the Democrats to harm Dr. King included spreading rumors that he was a Communist and accusing him of being a womanizer and a plagiarist.
An egregious act against Dr. King occurred on October 10, 1963. With the approval of Democrat President John F. Kennedy, Democrat Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy – President Kennedy’s brother – authorized the wiretapping of Dr. King’s telephone by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Wiretaps were placed by the FBI on the telephones in Dr. King’s home and office. The FBI also bugged Dr. King’s hotel rooms when he traveled around the country.
The trigger for this unsavory wiretapping was apparently Dr. Kings’ criticism of the Kennedy Administration, according to the author David Garrow in his book, “Bearing the Cross”. The justification given by the Kennedy Administration publicly was that two of Dr. King’s associates, including David Levinson, had ended their association with the Communist Party in order to work undercover and influence Dr. King. However, after years of continuous and extensive wiretapping, the FBI found no direct links of Dr. King to the Communist Party.
The unrelenting efforts by Democrats to tarnish Dr. King’s reputation continued for years after his death. To his credit, Republican President Ronald Reagan ignored the Democrats’ smear campaign and made Dr. King’s Birthday a holiday.
Today, while professing to revere Dr. King, Democrats are still trying to tarnish his image by making remarks that diminish his civil rights achievements and continuing to claim that Dr. King embraced Communism – a system that is secularist and socialist.
In reality, Dr. King was a Christian who held deeply religious beliefs and was guided by his faith and his Republican Party principles in his struggle to gain equality for blacks. He did not embrace the type of socialist, secularist agenda that is promoted by the Democrat Party today, which includes fostering dependency on welfare that breaks up families, supporting same-sex marriage and banning God from the public square.
An understanding of who the real Dr. King was can be gained from a glimpse of Dr. King as a young man who participated in an oratorical contest when he was 14 years old. The title of his speech was “The Negro and the Constitution” which had the following sentences: “We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance…We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flout the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule….”
If Dr. King were still alive, he would be slandered by Democrats in the same way that they smeared him in the 1960’s and demean all black Republicans today.
Frances Rice is a lawyer, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and Chairman of the National Black Republican Association.
Chaves & Lincoln Counties
“I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother, I was
oppressed and broken-hearted with the sorrows and
injustice I saw, because as a Christian, I felt the dishonor to
Christianity, because as a lover of my country, I trembled at
the coming day of wrath.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1855
“The first Republican I knew was my father and he is still
the Republican I most admire. He joined our party because
the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not
register him to vote. The Republicans did. My father has
never forgotten that day, and neither have I.”
– Condoleezza Rice, 2000, Republican
“The Republican Party is the ship, all else is the sea.”
– Frederick Douglass, 1860, Republican
“Every right that has been bestowed upon blacks was
initiated by the Republican Party.”
– Mary Terrell, African-American
Republican and co-founder of the NAACP
ON THE OTHER HAND L
“The Democrat Party: Tolerating Negroes and other
minorities only since 1964.”
– Robert Byrd, Kleagle, Ku Klux Klan, 1941-49
Democrat Party Leader, Hero and Iconic Figure