democratic dreams

anonymous asked:

You said the Republican party fought against slavery.. That is true, but the Republican party around that time period have more modern Democrat beliefs. They were northerners who believed in equal rights. And the Democratic party in the 1800s had view more similar to modern Republican beliefs. The party's beliefs flip flopped around late 1800s-early 1900s.. The conservative states were always advocating for slavery and oppression. They were also the last states to give women the right to vote.

Originally posted by onemorechapter11

Let’s discuss some history then.

1791 - The Democratic-Republican Party is formed by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson against Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party. The Democratic-Republicans strongly opposed government overreach and expansion, the creation of a national bank, and corruption.

1804 - Andrew Jackson purchases the plantation that will become his primary source of wealth.

1824 - The Democratic-Republican Party split. The new Democrats were supported by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, and the National Republicans were supported by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay.

1828 - Andrew Jackson is elected President of the United States.

1830 - Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, whereby the Cherokee and other native tribes were to be forcibly removed from their lands.

1831 - Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, whereby the Supreme Court ruled that Cherokee Nation was sovereign and the U.S. had no jurisdiction over Cherokee lands. Andrew Jackson had already started to enforce the removal of the Choctaw.

1832-33 - The Whig Party is formed in opposition to Jackson’s government expansion and overreach in the Nullification Crisis and the establishment of a Second National Bank. The Whig Party successfully absorbs the National Republican Party.

1838 -  Many Indian tribes had been forcibly removed. Under Jackson, General Winfield Scott and 7,000 soldiers forced the Cherokee from their land at bayonet point while their homes were pillaged. They marched the Cherokee more than 1,200 miles to the allocated Indian territory. About 5,000 Cherokee died on the journey due to starvation and disease.

1854 - The Whig Party dissolves over the question of the expansion of slavery. Anti-slavery Whigs and anti-slavery democrats form the Republican Party with their sole goal being to end slavery.

1861 -The election of President Lincoln spurs the beginning of the Civil War.

1862 - Lincoln writes a letter where he declares he wishes to preserve the union regardless of the morals on slavery. He issues the Emancipation Proclamation, whereby all slaves in Union territories had to be freed. As states came under Union control, those slaves too had to be freed.

1863 - Frederick Douglass, former slave and famous Republican abolitionist, meets with Lincoln on the suffrage of emancipated slaves.

1864 - Lincoln revised his position on slavery in a letter to Albert G. Hodges stating “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders at the Appomattox Courthouse to Union victory. After Lincoln’s Assassination, Democrat President Johnson issues amnesty to rebels and pardons the slave owners of their crimes.

1865 - The 13th Amendment which ended slavery passed with 100% Republican support and 63% Democrat support in congress.

1866 - The Klu Klux Klan is formed by Confederate veterans to intimidate black and Republicans through violence, lynching, and public floggings. They gave open support to the Democrat Party.

1866 - The Civil Rights Act of 1866 is vetoed by Democratic President Andrew Johnson. Every single Republican voted and overturned the veto.

1868 - The 14th Amendment which gave citizenship to freed slaves passed with 94% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress. The first grand wizard of the KKK, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest is honored at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

1868 - Representative James Hinds who taught newly freedmen of their rights is murdered by the KKK.

1870 - The 15th Amendment which gave freed slaves the right to vote passed with 100% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress.

1871 - The violence of the KKK grew so savage that congress passed the Enforcement Acts to repress their influence.

1875 - Democrat Senator William Saulsbury speaks out against the Civil RIghts Act of 1875, claiming it will allow “colored men shall sit at the same table beside the white guest; that he shall enter the same parlor and take his seat beside the wife and daughter of the white man, whether the white man is willing or not, because you prohibit discrimination against him.“

1884 - A train conductor orders Ida B. Wells, a black Republican woman, to give up her seat and move to the smoking car. Wells was an investigative journalist who worked for a Republican journal to expose the horror of lynching. She advocated for the 2nd amendment rights for blacks so that they could protect themselves, and she denounced the Democratic Party for treating blacks as property unequal to whites.

1892 - Democrat Benjamin Tillman is re-elected to the Senate. He was a white supremacist who boasted his participation in lynchings. He is quoted saying that “as long as the Negroes continue to ravish white women we will continue to lynch them.”

1915 - Democrat President Woodrow Wilson screens KKK promotion film Birth of a Nation. The film pictured blacks as ignorant and violent savages, and the Klu Klux Klan as rescuers and protectors of the civilized world. The popularity of the movie revived the Klu Klux Klan which had previously gone extinct. Reportedly Wilson said about the film that “[it] is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”

1919 - The 19th Amendment which officially gave women the right to vote passed with 82% Republican support and 54% Democrat support in congress.

1924 - Thousands of Klansmen attend the 1924 Democratic National Convention.

1933 -  The chief Nazi newspaper, Volkischer Beobachter, praised “Roosevelt’s adoption of National Socialist strains of thought in his economic and social policies” and “the development toward an authoritarian state.”

1933 - Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passes the Agricultural Adjustment Act with the well-meaning goal to help farmers and sharecroppers. Instead, though it aided white farmers, it resulted in increased unemployment and displacement of black farmers.

1933 -  FDR established the National Recovery Administration to stimulate business recovery by forcing employers to pay higher wages for less work. This relief program was enforced on a local level and allowed Jim Crow racism to flourish, resulting in many blacks being fired to be replaced by whites. 

1934 -  The Federal Housing Administration is introduced under FDR. The FHA made homeownership accessible for whites, but explicitly refused to back loans to black people or even other people who lived near black people.

1936 - The Roosevelt Administration finally begins vying for the black vote. Though the relief programs neglected blacks, their communities were bombarded with advertisements. FDR began to garner black support though the vast majority remained economically unchanged and locked into poverty.

1942 - FDR orders American citizens of Japanese ancestry from their homes into interment camps without due process after the bombings at Pearl Harbor.

1953 - Senator Robert Byrd is elected into congress and remains a staunch Democrat until his death in 2010. He was a prominent member in the KKK and praised by Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

1955 - Democrat Richard Daley is elected mayor of Chicago. He resisted residential desegregation, defended public school segregation, and used urban renewal funds to build massive public housing projects that kept blacks within existing ghettos.

1957 - The Civil Rights Act of 1957 is passes with 93% Republican support and 59% Democrat support.

1963 - After the assassination of JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office. LBJ was a Democrat remembered by a famous quote: “I’ll have them niggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.”

1965 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 passes with 94% Republican support and 73% Democrat support.

1968 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. MLK voted Republican.

1960-70s - A total of 24 Democratic members of congress switched to become Republican over a 20 year period. The majority of democrats in that time period remained democrats.

1995 - Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama is published. Obama discusses how the urban cities would become the new plantation for blacks under Democrat political bosses: “The plantation, the blacks have the worst jobs, the worst housing, police brutality rampant; but when the so-called black committee man come around election time, we’d all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey. White folks spit in our faces, and we reward them with the vote.“

2009 - Hillary Clinton lauds Margaret Sanger, KKK advocate, white supremacist, and eugenicist at the 2009 Planned Parenthood Honors Gala: “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision. I am really in awe of her, there are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life.”

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History revisionism: 0

Originally posted by whiteangelxoxo

Those conservatives who believe that the confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch is sufficient justification for the Trump presidency are ignoring Trump’s psychic and moral destruction of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Clinton, with a small number of changed votes, would have defeated Republicans. But Trump is doing a kind of harm beyond anything Clinton could have done. He is changing the party’s most basic moral and political orientations. He is shaping conservatism in his image and ensuring an eventual defeat more complete, and an eventual exile more prolonged, than Democrats could have dreamed.

The conservative mind, in some very visible cases, has become diseased. The movement has been seized by a kind of discrediting madness, in which conspiracy delusions figure prominently. Institutions and individuals that once served an important ideological role, providing a balance to media bias, are discrediting themselves in crucial ways. With the blessings of a president, they have abandoned the normal constraints of reason and compassion. They have allowed political polarization to reach their hearts, and harden them. They have allowed polarization to dominate their minds, and empty them.

Nader 2.0 all over again.

Progressives used the same disgusting tactics against Al Gore. Criticized him for the same things. I guess progressives get too comfortable after 8 years of a Democrat in office?

Could have continued the Clinton surplus with Gore. Think where we would be on climate change?

Could have continued Obama’s progress after George W. Bush with Hillary and the most progressive platform of all-time. Hillary would have gotten sh*t done and you know it.

The Clintons rocked the White House during the 1990s. 23 million new jobs. More Americans lifted out of poverty than at any time in U.S. history [7 million]. Incomes rising at all levels. Balanced budget and surplus. And we all knew Hillary was the one that ran the White House in the ‘90s.

Hillary was ready to implement the most progressive platform of all-time. But you demonized her for playing the game and trying to get to the very top for a 3rd time. ROUND 3.

The Clintons are legends.

Bernie’s 15 minutes of fame is up. Go back to Vermont and support the NRA. You never build coalitions. Just demonize Democrats from the nose-bleed section of Congress for not being “progressive enough.” Didn’t you want a primary challenge against Obama in 2012?

Bernie blew it. Half-heartedly campaigned for Hillary because he demonized her to the point of being called a “sell-out” by his more ardent supporters. Thanks for giving validity to Trump’s “crooked Hillary” narrative.

And despite it all, Hillary won all three debates and won by 3 million votes.

Bernie never should have been allowed to run as a Democrat. But he finally got his chance to really fuck over the Democratic Party. His progressive dream since the 1960s. And now we have Trump. Sad ;(


Bernie Sanders does not want you to write him in as a third-party candidate.

I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump, in so many ways, will be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president. We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry…is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women. Who does not believe in the reality of climate change when virtually every scientist who has studied this issue understands we have a global crisis. This is not somebody who should become president.”  x

Memories mean fuck all in the end, don’t they? You can’t reach out to them. You can’t touch them. You can’t hold the person you loved who is now gone, forever. Memories are too distant and far away. Memories are glossy, rose-tinted and ultimately unreal.

No one ever wants to admit that, though. 

“Hey, let’s hold on to the memories!” and all that Oprah Winfrey/new age nonsense everyone buys into..

But memories are a shitty substitute for the real thing. 


well, one nice thing about being at my parent’s house is that i can work with my home-made linux server directly, instead of having to do everything via ssh/sftp. also there are several spare monitors/etc. laying around that i have accumulated over the years. 

sooo, I decided to try doing a little project

i’m in the process of creating a blogging bot - a python program that will generate post content, and then post it to a blog. a lot of these things already exist - the various shitpostgenerators, for instance. 

to make it a little more fun, i’ve decided to try to make it so my bot can post different kinds of content. so far I’ve already gotten a relatively decent shitpost-generating function to generate short text posts, using a pre-programmed vocabulary and set of sentence structures / grammar rules. the vocabulary is still a little limited, and i need to add in more sentence structures to create more variety, but right now she can generate stuff like:

  • friendly reminder: misogyny requires patriarchy
  • stealing my brownie - finally??
  • you should photoshop his painting!!
  • extroverts: thousands of happy cats! lol
  • special cows doxx a cake
  • homophobia: my warm democrats kissing. lol
  • depression??
  • dream about global warming! spread this like wildfire!
  • exploitation: pigs punching and nobody’s noticed!

so eh kinda rough but i’ll keep working on it

anyway, next, i’m working on using markov-chain text generation (aka analyzing a large sample text, and then creating new sentences based on the patterns in that sample text) to generate poems / song lyrics! for instance, when i fed the bot a bunch of Circle Takes The Square and Saetia lyrics, she can generate stuff like:

Streaks of crows fills up to regress and a shaper’s song of haloes
To Fear To Love To know
Its a minute its beautiful, its at angels through the birth of this day
I’m spiraling spiraling down Spine, thigh, and less like the memory
The faithful say its god’s will suit my helpless passion for yesterday when you all connected by the first to side, but we found logic and light and it seems
I play all love to regress and a new beginning torn prematurely from the storm
Forget the bell tower, at my own deities
Forget the crowd the wake of sundays in a century’s worth of the darkness
Smiled that they’ve befriended, I want, And to sleep

so yeah that sounds pretty cool, even if it doesn’t make much sense

and nexxxxxt, i’m working on programming random generation algorithms for music! so that the bot will be able to randomly string notes together, write it out into an audio file, and post it as an audio post!

and after that, i’ll see if i can do some random abstract art image generation? anyway idk i’ve got big plans

i’m also getting the hang of the tumblr API, so that the bot will be able to post directly to her own blog, without me having to do anything. 

so yeah the bot will ~eventually~ be live at - right now it only has one test post that i generated from a python script, but in the next few days/weeks i should have her start posting things?

lol and she’s named jenny… after jenny holzer and jenny schecter, because i am trash

And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.
—  Barack Obama, State of the Union Address 2015

last night i had a nightmare about donald trump where we were on a train or some shit and outside we could see hugeass billboards with that fricker grinnin on it and good ole bern was on the train and he was like “anyone got any questions for me” and i raised my hand and said “why does donald trump have to be so racist and awful” and i started legit cryin and he put his hand on my sh ou lder and said “yea i know he’s a bad guy” and i kept cryin but was consoled by the best old man to every exist shout out 2 u @bern sanders  

I will, generously, magnanimously give some advice to the dudes of the world right now: This whole Manic Pixie Dream Girl thing? It’s bullshit. Utter bullshit. And, deep down, we all know it.

No one wants to dye their hair 9 different colors to impress a guy and appear “cool” and “mysterious.” No one wants to ride around on bicycles.  No one wants to be Zooey Deschanel. She looks too much like Katy Perry, who can’t sing for shit or do anything remotely creative anyway.

Like, seriously, guys. If I’m in a creative mood, the only person I want to inspire is myself. Not some lonely writer guy. 

Why the fuck am I supposed to be bothered about some geeky guy and his typewriter? Why would anyone be? Get your own ideas, dickhead.