The Inconvenient Truth About the Republican Party

Racist. Sexist. Republican. These words are virtually interchangeable—at
least, according to most professors, journalists, and celebrities. So, are they right? Let’s take a look at history. The Republican Party was created in 1854. The first Republican Party platform, adopted
at the party’s first national convention in 1856, promised to defeat, quote, “those
twin relics of barbarism: polygamy and slavery.” Those “twin relics” were spreading into
the western territories. Republicans feared that as those territories
became states, polygamy and slavery might become permanent parts of American life. Polygamy—the marriage of one man to multiple
women—devalued women and made them a kind of property. Slavery, of course, did the same to blacks. Literally. The Democrats were so opposed to the Republicans
and their anti-slavery stance that in 1860, just six weeks after the election of the first
Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, South Carolina, a state dominated by Democrats,
voted to secede from the union. The Civil War that followed was the bloodiest
war in US history. It led to the passage, by Republicans, of
the 13th Amendment, which freed the slaves; the 14th Amendment, which gave them citizenship;
and the 15th Amendment; which gave them the vote. In 1870, the first black senator and the first
black congressman were sworn in—both Republicans. In fact, every black representative in the
House until 1935 was a Republican. And every black senator until 1979 was, too. For that matter, the first female member of
Congress was a Republican; the first Hispanic governor and senator were Republicans. The first Asian senator? You get the idea. Republicans also kept their pledge to defend
women’s rights. In 1862, the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act was passed
by the Republican-controlled Congress to put an end to polygamy. In 1920, after 52 years of Democratic
Party opposition, the 19th Amendment was ratified thanks to the Republican Congress, which pressured
Democratic President Woodrow Wilson to drop his opposition to women’s rights. In the final tally, only 59 percent of House
Democrats and 41 percent of Senate Democrats supported women’s suffrage. That’s compared to 91 percent of House Republicans
and 82 percent of Senate Republicans. There certainly was a “war on women”—and
it was led by the Democratic Party. But while Republicans had won a major battle
for women’s rights, the fight for blacks’ civil rights had a long way to go. In the 1920s, Republican President Calvin
Coolidge declared that the rights of blacks are “just as sacred as those of any other
citizen.” By contrast, when famed sprinter Jesse Owens,
a staunch Republican, won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he was snubbed
by Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt only invited white Olympians to
the White House. Two decades later, it was a Republican President,
Dwight Eisenhower, who sent the 101st Airborne Division to escort black students into Little
Rock’s Central High when Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus—a Democrat—refused to honor
a court order to integrate the state’s public schools. The Civil Rights Act of 1960, which outlawed
poll taxes and other racist measures meant to keep blacks from voting, was filibustered
by 18 Democrats for 125 hours. Not one Republican senator opposed the bill. Its follow-up bill, the Civil Rights Act of
1964, is one of the landmark pieces of legislation in American history. That, too, survived a filibuster by Democrats
thanks to overwhelming Republican support. But, you might be thinking, all that’s in
the past. What have Republicans done for women and blacks
lately? The answer you’d hear from professors, journalists
and celebrities is… “not much.” And this time, they’d be right. They’d be right because the Republican Party
treats blacks and women as it treats everyone: as equals. The Democratic Party never has, and it still
doesn’t. Today’s Democrats treat blacks and women
as victims who aren’t capable of succeeding on their own. The truth is, this is just a new kind of contempt. So, there is a party with a long history of
racism and sexism…but it ain’t the Republicans. I’m Carol Swain, for Prager University.

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  1. Democrats have to create a victim class, that's what keeps them in power. At the podium "We'll do for you", but after election, nothing changes.
    Blacks stay poor on the inner city plantations, and no job creation, but the Dems feign support for 'liberty' by giving sexual rights to homosexuals via homosexual marriage and "freedom" to "chose" an abotion. Then in the next breath tax the country to death because THEY know better how to spend OUR money.
    Where's the liberty in that? Seems the Dems are for the wrong kind of freedoms. (The irresponsible, immoral kind.) We can't have financial liberty, but homosexuals can have sexual liberty??
    Something is seriously wrong about the Democrats.

  2. Political history also shows that it was African tribal leaders who sold their own people to the White Man for money and power, so where is the outrage about that? Racism is wrong no matter who does it. History shows slaves in shackles boarding ships while their leader counted the money. Our history is filthy and disgusting… no doubt. But don't act like Republicans are the "saviors" today. Thankfully, Democrats have evolved to fight against racism while Republicans are still stuck in promoting Racism today. Tables have obviously turned against the Republicans with good reason.

  3. Slavery is one thing, but comparing its implications to polygamy where people enter freely into a relationship is nonsense. Read the journals of many women married within a polygamous union and you encounter the same kinds of advantages/problems that exist in a monogamous marriage. In fact, feminist have been arguing for years that marriage itself is a form of slavery imposed on women by the patriarchal order, so the complaints against polygamy really don't hold.

  4. Look at the voting lines from 1860 compared to today. The names of the groups have switched, but the ideologies haven't. Republicans used to call themselves liberals. Now Democrats call themselves that. Too bad she didn't name the cities these Republican Latina/Asian senators were from. New York, Chicago, San Diego, Sacramento. All liberal today. "The North" was the Republican Party and today it holds the same ideals of freedom that it held in the past. "The South" was the Democratic Party and the Confederate States which are all Republican radical alt-right today.

    I'm a conservative centrist but quit this idiotic stance that Abraham Lincoln would approve of Trump.

  5. The democratic party has changed dramatically in the last century, African Americans are no longer the property of white owners, they are now the property of Black owners, no change in the way of living though

  6. That’s nice. But what does this video have to do with the modern GOP?

    Meanwhile do a video on how the Whig Party is still basically the same today as it always was.

  7. What characterize socialists more than anything else, is lies. It goes right down to the name. Since the early part of the 20th century, socialists in America have claimed to be liberals, and the conservative-liberal right have let them. And the colours: Red is the internationally recognised colour of socialism, and blue of conservatism, yet in America it is reversed. It is all nothing but lies.

  8. For a video/institution that prides itself on logic, it makes quite a few logical errors in this video. First, it draws a false equivalence between the Republican Party that abolished slavery and the Republican Party of today. The Republican Party that abolished slavery was the LIBERAL party of that era, and the Democratic Party that opposed it was the CONSERVATIVE party. Second, the video tries to suggest that Republicans not passing laws on the subject race in recent years demonstrates that they see minorities as equals. By that same logic, wouldn't that mean that the conservative Democrats of the 1800s and early 1900s saw minorities as equals because they did not want to pass laws on the basis of race? I think, at the end of the day, the individuals who made this video want to make the conclusion that Republicans are not "racist," "sexist," or "bigoted," and will go through any logic to make that statement. While I agree with the overall conclusion that Republicans are not bigoted by the mere fact of being Republican, the video makes several false claims to reach this conclusion and is rather disingenuous.

  9. It doesn't matter, because the republicans now aren't the same republicans, a political party dont inherit being good/bad

  10. It's interesting how PragerU rails against identity politics yet plays it themselves by using minority pundits in order to make themselves seem less "racist" in getting their message across.

  11. Here is something that will blow your mind… Abraham Lincoln was friends and corresponded with Karl Marx. It’s not the party it’s the values. Everyone that ever pushed for progressive values was taken out. It’s about the political establishment vs us and that’s it.

  12. 4:45 she literally says they don't do anything for women, and people of color today. She excuses this by saying it's contempt to do anything to help, even though the whole video talks about the past accomplishments of the republican party helping people of color as a positive thing. Such a stupid video and it literally just proves the parties switched

  13. So how come the south which has a history of slavery and lynching is today completely Republican? I mean if the Democrats are the racist ones you would expect to see more of them where all the cases of racism actually happened (Honestly asking)

  14. It's so sad how more and more "sources" are burying the truth and trying to attach the Confederates and kkk onto the Republican Party whilst appropriating Lincoln.. I'm sick of having this type of conversations, I think I'm just going to have to save my breath and just cut people off..

  15. You know, I honestly am tired of this "Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in the 1860's and he was Republican so therefore all Republicans in 2019 are wonderful people who never ever say anything bad about black people" argument. People change, and so do political parties. The Republican Party of 2019 is NOT the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln's day.

    And even if it was, Abraham Lincoln himself made it abundantly clear that he was NOT OPPOSED to the continuation of slavery in this country! Also, his "Emancipation Proclamation" only impacted southern states, but northern states where slavery was legal were untouched by it.

    I'm not saying that the Democrats are any better, but at least be honest about things instead of going back hundreds of years and using what the GOP was like in 1864 as an example of what the GOP is like in 2019. What Lincoln did is irrelevant to whether or not the GOP of 2019 is racist or sexist.

  16. And the first BLACK president….DUR Democratic. Y'all lost ur mindS. The Republican party has switched sides YEARS ago. They are manipulation at it's ugliest

  17. The usa is a western country with too many statistics that are bordering on a third world country. The republican party has become so extremely right wing that – as a european – i can not think of any westerns political party being like that. Gop treating everyone as equal? If only. As W. Buffet said: my secretary has to pay more taxes than i do, thats wrong. Gop: bought politicians with one goal only: to fill the pockets of corporations, the rich and the weapon industry. O yeah and appoint anti abortian judges to please the fundamentalistic evangalics. Dear americans: take a look at all the other western countries and remember what you are: a western country! That means affordable health care for everyone, social safety nets, a non banana republic style president etc

  18. How about men's rights and war on men. When will they stop sending us to war and using us for the hard labor while giving women all the power./ What a crock.Women whine so they can have extra privileges…

  19. How many of these accomplishments were GENERATIONS ago???? Do we conveniently FORGET the the parties SWITHED PLATFORMS during the NIXON ADMINISTRATION????

  20. "But DoEsN'T tHe dEmOCrAtIc PaRtY DeSErVe tO ReDEeM ThEmSeLveS?"
    No. If they did, they would've created a new party after all the racists "left" it. The only thing that flip-flopped is who they're racist towards.

  21. Republicans want you to be the victim under the guise of equality and the democrats want to make a victim out of you under the guise of equality.

  22. Hellooooo the party switched around 1980!! Barry Goldwater did not support dr king prayeru don’t just pick and choose the history

  23. The issue I have with the Republican party is their refusal to admit that structural racism exists and is very much the larger issue for black Americans.

  24. The historical illiteracy required to take these videos seriously is astounding but not surprising. Funny how they never mention Barry Goldwater the father of the modern conservative movement who ran against civil rights in the 1964 presidential election and how the parties flipped on civil rights. The southern strategy is well documented despite how these Prager cretins lie about it.

    Also, the GOP was against women when it mattered most recently—1970s feminist movement. I know a lot of morons will get triggered by the f word and expose their historical ignorance with a comment. Try reading a book instead.

    Funny how PragerU and other right wing bubble keepers basically say, "you can't believe anyone with expertise, you can only believe us." That eould be a red flag to, you know, critical thinkers.

    Yes, Carol Swain is a historian, who is clearly comfortable with lying to promote a facile ideological narrative. But Kevin Kruse is a Princetin historian who actually studies the history of conservative movements who confirms the southern strategy.

    Another book has just come out "The Long Southern Strategy." I know the right wing illiterati prefers dumbed down videos to books, but maybe one day they'll stumble into the history section of a library.

  25. The truth is never wrong. Saving this video in playlists! 🙂 God bless you Carol Swain and PragerU! 🙂

  26. Prager most of us know about the communist party and they lust for power so much the people who don't give a shit about political join the right to stop those demons from destroying America.

  27. Praise God for this video. We are all one large family, let's find good family values such as in Acts 17:26, Genesis 10, Exodus 20:11, 31, John 3:16, and 1 John 4:7 & 8.

  28. 3:30 – Something to consider when the left considers FDR to be one of the greatest presidents in American history.

  29. This video is great I just wish the sources were cited. I want to be reassured that I’m not being biased in where I get my information.

  30. Remember this thing call 40 acres a mull! Did happen under which party! Asian can not work in America which president sing that older! Yes Republican!

  31. I’m a bit shocked by this vid. It is a bit ignorant. The “Mormon “ polygamy of that time was never a form of slavery of women in fact Joseph Smith started the relief society one of if not the biggest woman’s organization controlled by woman. They could vote long before the rest of the nation could. And I believe it is still the worlds longest woman’s organization. polygamy helped those who lost there husbands to bigoted mobs people who massacred there husbands and family in Missouri. So I say to you! Don’t ever compare my heritage to slavery! The polygamy of today may have controlling practices and dishonest people but it is not the faith of that time. I do expect more from Prager University. I know Dennis is not a bigot. Don’t take what the world thought of polygamy as fact. Look at the woman and men of the time who practiced it.

  32. Women of the “Mormon “ polygamy of that time we’re never thought of as property! Your a bit ignorant here.

  33. That’s why I’m a republican today. Because I believe we are all equals. We all have the right for freedom and liberty!

  34. Lincoln did not fight the civil war to free blacks. That is only a cover story to keep European support from the south. The emancipation proclamation did not apply to slaves held in the north. It did not apply to the slaves in the south because they were in, a different country. Although many aspect of the this video are correct not all of them are. I enjoy many of the videos please do all your homework

  35. I am just going to point out that Democrats today believe in what Republicans dis back then. Yes we were the party of racism but we aren’t anymore. Now the small fraction of idiots that are the KKK have turned Republican

  36. Can you please run under republican ticket for the 2024 presidential elections. I would love to see you as our next president to follow Trump.

  37. The issue here is that there was a party realignment before those times so actually the republicans had democratic ideas and vice versa. However she isn’t wrong about the statement republicans.

  38. Social media censorship continues to raise its ugly head: I just discovered that when I tried to watch this video when the title was "The Inconvenient Truth about the Democratic Party" Youtube has inserted long boring commercials instead and no longer runs the PragerU. vidoe, as well as blocking the ability to post comments. It seems Youtube has an algorithm that seeks to prevent videos critical of Democrats. Check it out if you have doubts about Youtube's current censorship activities.

  39. Swear to God commenting this on leftist youtube i say:-

  40. Democrat delusional inaccurate way out: "The parties switched sides, republicans became democrats and Democrats became republicans".The inconvenient fact, the Dixecrats whom opposed civil rights in the 1960's, less than 20% of them eventually moved to the Republican side thus over 80% of the Dixecrats never left the Democrat party till death". When you run into a lying ass Democrat suggesting the parties switched sides, they will try to claim that stupid shit, make sure you tell them that 80%+ of the 200+ Dixecrats NEVER LEFT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY and that will shut up their maniputive lies.

  41. The Democratic party has done nothing for the people since Trump took office. All they care about is how to impeach him. How can anyone vote Dems when they do nothing for you???

  42. Frustrates me to see so many people who think they are high and mighty yet they get it all upside down and then hurt the real good people. Keep up the good work PragerU

  43. Democrat party is Finished. This Country belongs too the American patriots conservatives. And Will Defended By the American patriots Death squads. Yes We exist.

  44. This isn't a terribly great video. All of the history stuff is correct, but irrelevant given the current state of politics in this country. This point is granted later in the video, and responded to by saying the republican party now treats all equally, while the democrats still do not. PragerU uses this to validate republicans no longer fighting for equal rights for black people and women. But this is to say that those groups are now on equal footing, which they clearly are not.

  45. God Bless Carol Swain and PragerU! 🙂 I'm a woman. I'm not a victim. I was born and raised in California, before the Democrats took it over. I became a Correctional Officer for CA Dept. of Corrections when I was 23. After 5 months of working I was diagnosed with juvenile onset type 1 diabetes. Worked on and off for 4 years and was retired on disability by a workman's compensation judge when I was 27. God is good. He saved me when I was 20! 🙂

  46. It's funny though, because the parties flopped sides
    This is propaganda portraying modern democrats as being the same as those from the 1800's

  47. I really don’t understand all this party above country. I have voted Republican for over 40 years but did not vote for Trump. Anyone with half a brain could’ve seen this narcissistic con man who only has his own interests at heart. How anyone believes awannabee billionaire from New York City cared a flying [email protected]&$ about you I don’t understand. And otherwise good Republicans are defending Trump because of his popularity rating with his base,Persons that jumped on the Trump train because it sounded like he was going to do something for them ,all empty promises.And don’t dare use his name in the same sentence with Abraham Lincoln!

  48. I’m a Democrat and it’s funny. In fact I’ll always be a Democrat. I’m Pro-Life, Religious (Traditional Roman Catholic of course), 2A supporter with regulations, support border security and then make legalize illegal alien if they aren’t a threat, etc. And I’m a proud Democrat.

  49. Not to argue against what Mrs. Carol Swaine is saying, I completely agree with her, but I do want to point out one thing. Fran-Okay, Nevermind, I just remember while writing this that I'm thinking of Teddy Roosevelt, Franklins Uncle-in-law. I was going to say that TR actually invited(who I believe to be) the first black man into the white house to dine with him and his family. But never did so again only because of public backlash. But I was thinking of TR, not FDR, so nvm. BTW, TR was a Republican(well, until he left it to start his own party in 1912).

  50. NOW, what are they NOW! Traitors, child molesters, white supremacists. I don't give a damn what they DID, it's what they are DOING that matters!


  52. Ms. Swain talks facts, explains by example. Most Democrats today, scream and point fingers, ordering people with opposing views to conform so as to fit their agenda. Scary times indeed.

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