Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party


The Weekly Sift

Tea Partiers say you don’t understand them because you don’t understand American history. That’s probably true, but not in the way they want you to think.


Late in 2012, I came out of the Lincoln movie with two historical mysteries to solve:

  • How did the two parties switch places regarding the South, white supremacy, and civil rights? In Lincoln’s day, a radical Republican was an abolitionist, and when blacks did get the vote, they almost unanimously voted Republican. Today, the archetypal Republican is a Southern white, and blacks are almost all Democrats. How did American politics get from there to here?
  • One of the movie’s themes was how heavily the war’s continuing carnage weighed on Lincoln. (It particularly came through during Grant’s guided tour of the Richmond battlefield.) Could any cause, however lofty, justify this incredible slaughter? And yet, I realized, Lincoln was winning. What must the Confederate leaders…

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2 Responses to Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

  1. One look at the Tea Party/KKK will show the ties run deep. In Jules Archers book ,”The Plot To Seize The White House”, the KKK was to be part of the strong arm to over throw the U.S. Government in 1933. Please refer to Bill Moyers PBS special “The Business Plot” revealed, broadcast just last summer. Also You Tube Major Smedley D. Butler -“The Business Plot”.

  2. Terry M Gresham says:

    Dixiecrats turned Republican.

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