Parallel Lives: Allegedly Unfounded Investigations

The left felt that inquiries into “Benghazi” were unwarranted. As the investigation was done it was in fact unfounded. The actual “scandal” as far as I could tell with Benghazi was that the two-fold. The first part isn’t actually actionable, but should be scandalous. That was the part in which the administration and cabinet on the night the scandal happened, purely because it didn’t fit the foreign policy narrative they were trying to sell, decided to lie about the cause and what occurred. They knew clearly immediately that this was an organized attack, yet repeatedly told the public itr was riots that were a reaction to a year old video exposing and mocking abhorrent practices that Egyptian Muslims had done against Coptic Christians in Egypt. The actually actionable piece was another bold face lie by Ms Clinton who under oath at Congress claimed to know nothing and have no input or knowledge about the security measures at the Embassy. This was in fact against the law, as Congress had enacted a law that all embassy security needed sign-off by the Secretary of State after, I think, the Cole bombing. So. She had no knowledge (under oath) of a thing she was required to have personal responsibility for. Seems to me that’s not strictly, or not-strictly, legal.

Now, in parallel, the Dems are pushing for investigations into Mr Trump and the current administration’s Russian connection. Nobody, if you ask them, think anything the Russians did affected the election outcome. What little evidence has been made public is very weak. Sometimes you see, “We see this person talked to a Russian ambassador”. Uhm, that’s not actually actionable and more importantly what is an ambassador’s job? An ambassador’s job is to make contact with officials in the government in the county he/she is posted within to address issues relevant to the relations between the two states. That an ambassador talked to people in or likely to be in a position of influence in the government isn’t surprising. It’s expected. Furthermore, on the face of it, it was probably more in Russia’s interest that Ms Clinton be elected over Mr Trump. It is likely, that like the press and the left, a Clinton landslide was what they expected, what would their “tampering” motive be? What Russia might have wanted as well, was to weaken the position of whomever was elected. Oddly enough, just as in the cold war period, the left continues its role as useful idiots and acts apparently unknowingly to support the Russian regime (well, to be honest “unknowing” wasn’t really a factor in the 70s and 80s … idiots however still applied).d

So. What is the goal of the Democrats here? Do they really believe collusion with Russia? On what basis and to what end? That part never reaches their statements on the matter and I suspect isn’t one they’ve considered.

Swim Log: 3-28-17

“Standard warmup” (600 yards) then 4×50 breath control drill. After another easy 100 did a pair of 200s. Then some moderately fast 50s and kicking (8×100 all around 1:50 +/- 2 seconds … except the last one which was 1:46).

Total Yardage: 2300 yards.

Backpacking River to River (a section) 3/23-3/25

So my 2 daughters and I spend 3 days/2 nights on a short backpacking excursion. In past years we’ve done some back-country canoeing trips in the BWCA (starting here) for 4-6 days at a time. We started at midday on Thursday in intermittent rain, temp about 45.

trip start

This is us at the observation trail at the “Garden of the Gods” in Shawnee National Forest.

We hiked until about 4:30 and stopped at a riverside just past Herod. The rain stopped after about an hour and a half or so. We had prepared quickly because the kids were on spring break, so we just had freeze dried dinners.

We were serenaded to sleep by a small number of coyotes which must have been not far away. They didn’t bother us that night or the next day.

We got up at about 7, with the sun and broke camp and started walking about 9. We walked through the “One Horse Gap” and some interesting rock formations and small caves. This day we noticed our map differed from the markings and trail guides. This would be a problem the next day. After a second crossing of “Little Lusk Creek” we camped for the night.

The next morning we got greeted by rain, or at least drizzle. We thought we had about 6-7 miles out so we skipped breakfast (snacking as we started on bars, nuts and fruit as we walked and shortly thereafter got confused by signs and lost the trail. This made our day about 11 miles not 7. Two pictures of our travel that day follow:

rocks

We passed lots of large exposed rock formations

Streams are obstacles for hikers

The stream crossings were not ones you could do by walking on logs or stones without getting wet`

The main purpose of this trip was to test out some new equipment. Rain gear worked fine. Packs were fine. We forgot a few things and the pack bladders for water (we had one) will be gotten for all of us for our next trip. We need to condition ourselves to walking a little better (at least I do, at 55 I can’t just pick up and walk 10 miles a day after holding a sedentary job. Swimming uses enough different muscles that I’m going to have to get ready for May).

Swim Log: 3-26-17

A few days off backpacking (more in the next post on that regard). Although walking is difficult with stiff muscles from unaccustomed use, all swimming muscles were just fine as expected. Emily’s cold may have had some effect. Anyhow, pretty standard (weekday type) workout. Warmup + 400 yards drills (mostly breath control). 500 yards tempo work finishing off with 3×100 kicking descending sets (rate @ or just under 1:55, 1:50, 1:45 with varying rest (less than a minute)) done 3 times. Then an easy kick 100 and warm down.

Total yardage: 2550

Where In the World

So my daughter’s and I are heading South to go on a two to three day backpacking trip. In previous years we have gone on canoe trips in the Boundary Waters (BWCA) which I recommend highly if you do the backwoods thing. In conversations the girls indicated a desire to try backpacking. This past January we purchased backpacks and this week are doing a “test run” of our equipment on a short trip. In late May we plan to go for 7-10 days in North Central Pennslyvania on the Susquenahnock Trail System (and perhaps the Black Forest Trail). Before we do that we want to get feedback on shoes, packs and so on and have a chance to make corrections before the “big hike”. 

We are going to be hiking in the Shawnee National Forest in the far Southern tip of Illinois on the River to River trail. We are driving tonight into the area to get an early start tomorrow.  Or as early as you can get with college age kids on Spring Break. 

Swim Log: 3-21-17

An interesting development today. Main set and warmup went as usual, did a batch of 100s and some 50s. Then … instead of doing 10×100 kick keeping just under 2:00 for the kick set I decided to do 5×100 but after the first one I tried see if I could break 1:50. Well, the first one came in at 1:43, then I pushed it trying to break 1:40, didn’t but got a 1:42, and two 1:41s. Well the “under 2” just became “under 1:50”. Duh.

Total yardage 2000

Swim Log: 3-20-17

Worked this weekend, no swimming. Actually will be backpacking downstate later this week.

Swimming -> after warmup did 650 yards of 2×50 on 1:00 with a long rest. If the first 50 wasn’t either :46 or :47 … waited the long rest to try again. Made sure the 2nd 50 was *also* the same time. Next week will do 3x50s similarly, restarting if the first or second 50 isn’t in the time interval I’m looking for.

finished with 10×100 kicking under 2:00. total yardage 2800.

Swim Log: 3-17-17

Main set: 2×50 on the 1:00 repeated three times with a 1 minute break. Trying to keep :44 on the swim part. I think I’ve figured out how to practice pacing. The start interval was consistently :43 and the 2nd :45 on the above set. I need to work towards being able to complete 4×50 on the 1:00 keeping the time steady through all four 50s on the :46 or :47, not too fast on the first, and managing to hold the speed on the last 50 still at :46/:47. I’ll work on that in the next three weeks. Did 9×100 kicking with a final tempo (1:35 100). All breaststroke except for warmup. 4 weeks to my next meet.

Total yardage: 2500

Mental Schism

So apparently Mr Trump is a fascist. He is actively working to reduce the size of the federal government and the regulatory state.

Every other fascist in history collected and centralized power. It is in fact one part and parcel with the definition of fascism.

Of course the (currently insane) liberal press has been firebombed and marched to the internment camps. Oh, wait.

Question remains is why those who think he is fascist haven’t had short circuits in their heads. Reality is not matching their theory.

Swim Log: 3-16-17

Main set … 10×50 first 5 on 1:15 (:46-:48 swim) 2nd 5 on 1:30 (:42-:44). Didn’t do well to hold low :40s for the 2nd set so … since yesterday’s 10×100 kick set left me wobbly I did it again … a little faster I think.

Total yardage: 2600.

Swim Log: 3-15-17

Too much lunch (was traveling in morning so I couldn’t eat my normal pre-workout prep/food). So … after warm up (6×100 easy free/breast) and 8×50 drills … I did 5×100 at about a 1:46 pace with 30 seconds rest. Then did one 100 at my hoped for 200 pace (1:34) with a attention on keeping my pace even. Finally did 10×100 kicking (whip) all under 2:00.

Total yardage: 2600

Swim Log: 3-14-17

Main set (breaststroke still) did 10×50 on the 1:15 all :45 or just under. Followed by 5×100 descend on 50. Finished with 6×25 (odds @ 100%, evens freestyle ez). Those 3 25s I did my best ever, breaking :19 on all of them. Started with w/u, drills and ended with kicking.

Total yardage: 2400.

Election Meme Still Required

A blog I’ve followed, “Just a Earth-bound Misfit, I” has forgotten a meme from the election. On of the differences noted between those who had positive things to say about Trump and the reporters and left was that those who supported him took what he said seriously, but not literally. Those reporters and those who mocked him, took him literally but not seriously.

Ms Conway remarked about security in the wake of the discussions about leaks remarked about security in her microwave. Internet security experts have not stopped speaking about the myriad security holes with IoT. There are in fact “smart” microwaves. Be my guess that:

  1. they get their voice recognition from the cloud (sending data to be interpreted and getting a response)
  2. have a microphone
  3. and … have poor or no security

In that light, the only revelation that is a little disappointing is that Ms Conway likely has a very very expensive microwave, as my first check showed “smart” microwaves aren’t the $50 item you pick up at Target or Walmart but cost considerably more (one or two orders of magnitude more).  Your Internet connected gadgetry is convenient, for you and … for any hacker that has an interest in you. You can gamble that the set of hackers interested in screwing with you is an empty set. But that is, in fact, a gamble.

Drugs and Crime

Mr Borepatch is apparently for decriminalization. I have in the past had sympathy for that notion. Until I read the statistic that 90% of the money spent on legal marijuana in those states is spent by people devoting 80% of their income to the stuff.

The problem is that we don’t have enough responsible adults as consumers to make that viable. If you make all (many/most?) drugs which are illegal today you’re going to fill homeless shelters, cemeteries and hospitals.

Yes, the “war on drugs” has cost a lot. Not warring might very well be more costly.

Nationalism and Common Sense

Our former sexual predator-in-chief, err, former President Clinton recently pontificated quoted here as saying, ““taking us to the edge of our destruction.” Mr Trump’s campaign slogan “make America Great Again” and the left reaction that this is tantamount to fascism stems from some pretty wobbly thinking on the left’s part. It is a common and not unrelated economic judgement/mistake by liberals to think that economic transactions are zero sum. Zero sum economic transactions are in fact very rare. Usually they are not zero sum, but both parties benefit from the exchange. I benefit from my customers from their paying me, they benefit from my work as a programmer for example. Both of us come out ahead in the transaction. America “being great” is also not a zero-sum exchange with other nations. Other nations don’t have to have their “greatness” diminished for America to be a healthier stronger nation. One would think that to be obvious. If America’s education system, roads and infrastructure, and pride of place was among the best in the world … this would not come at the expense of the infrastructure in China or France. But both China and France could benefit from medical and technological developments that came from here. And likewise, if China became “great” in those areas as well that would not mean our freeways would be in worse repair.

Liberal elite similarly tout that education should be equalized. They go to great efforts to reduce suburban parents ability to assist their local school district because there exist urban school districts who don’t have parents with the same interest or resources. At the same time, oddly enough, the liberal elite members pretty much universally send their own (actual) children to the best private schools available.

The instinct to get the best for your children is not far from the instinct to wish for the best for your own nation ahead of other nations. It isn’t wrong. Doing otherwise is what is unnatural (which is why those liberal elite fail so often to put their own children in public schools).

The actual Nationalism that liberals would be right in fearing is if Mr Trump desired or thought, like the Nazi Germany they allude to in their responses to Mr Trump, that our Nation should rightfully be conquering or ruling other countries. Alas, all lack of evidence of this motivation has not in any way hampered the liberal mindset in their allergy to National aspirations.

A Remark on Candles, Incense, and Crossing Self

Recently a young man who frequently visits our parish asked why we light candles during services. He didn’t mean the altar candles, but many people purchase candles and light them near the icons of Christ or the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary, from the Greek literally Birthgiver of God). The short answer is that a candle it to represent, on our behalf, the light of Christ. This is however, while technically correct, not really the answer. Orthodox (and Roman Catholic) Christians in their worship practice do a lot of things mainline Protestants have either quit doing because they don’t remember that Christians did these things from the first century or have rejected them. Things like prostrations, metanias (bowing at the waist), kissing icons, burning candles and incense, crossing oneself, kneeling, standing to pray, using a prayer rope, and so on are the sorts of things that have been rejected.

Early protestants rejected these things, in the most part arguing that our faith is in our mind, these things are a distraction from “true” worship. Many were stripped of artwork and icons, their services pared down and minimized (repetitions removed). I think the mistake here is forgetting that we embodied. Repetition and the act of doing things physically to connect our bodies motion to our minds thoughts is an important tool to learn a thing better.

Here is an example from my recent swimming experience. First some background, a little over 3 years ago I started swimming regularly for exercise. I’ve been improving a lot, last spring and this fall I had lessons with some of the local age group competitive swim coaches. This winter I joined US masters swimming and have now participated in 2 races and am working hard for my last of the season in April. And here’s the point that connects this to prior two paragraphs. After my first meet, for my primary event I identified two mistakes I’d made that I wanted to work on, to correct. One of them was my turns. I needed to improve my “breath control” to hold the underwater part after the turn fully even on the 7th turn of the 200. So I worked on that every day in practice with variety of drills. The second problem I had was that I “went out” too fast in the first two lengths, and couldn’t hold the tempo/speed I wanted to sustain for the last lengths. To work on this I spent a lot of time in visualizations. Fixing the four 50s, the 8 25s of my 200 in my mind rehearsing how it would go and how I would take it easy and smooth the first two lengths. The 2nd meet was fairly successful. I dropped 4 seconds from my earlier 200 time, but … while my turns were much much improved … I still was too fast in the first 50. My mental only exercise didn’t do very well at all in the heat of the moment to calm myself and hold to what I had rehearsed in my mind.

We are not bodiless. We need to practice with our bodies and minds working together, not just with our minds. Those things noted above, done in worship that are doing exactly that, all involve motion and intent.

So the lesson is, try crossing  yourself when you mention the trinity in worship or when you hear something that connects with you personally …  it will help make you a better swimmer. uhm, wait. That’s not right but you know what I mean.

Of Bigotry and the Left/Right Divide

For three to five decades the left has been hammering the right on racism and sexism. And for the great majority it is clear that this programme of theirs have been successful. After all, if it wasn’t successful then we wouldn’t be seeing the goal posts shift so violently in the last decade adding numerous other “isms” as well as adding such thought crimes like “micro-aggression”. Clearly, if macro-aggression was a thing that was a big issue micro- wouldn’t be discussed. However, unnoticed certainly by the left, the left has become as bigoted as the right ever was. It’s just that the left isn’t bigoted and horrifically biased against a particular race or gender. Their target of hatred is the GOP and conservative Christianity. Don’t believe me. Take the following thought experiment.

  1. Scan the headlines today, tomorrow, or over the past week. Look at a dozen articles (can’t find one? here’s a humdinger … note absolutely no evidence is given for the outrageous claim) making over the top claims against Trump or the right. (How about the person who claimed Mrs Trump was a prostitute? as another example)
  2. Now .. replace Mr Trump with Mr Obama and modify the insult to match (with as much basis in fact) and pretend a conservative said that new statement.
  3. Is your immediate reaction that the speaker must be racist?
  4. Guess what. You’d be right.
  5. And if you found yourself not being outraged by the original article or perhaps agreeing with it.
  6. Then guess what? You are just big a bigot as the mythical conservative (who you might note, most of whom never ever said things that outrageous about Mr Obama)

Midnight terror raids have been replaced by beatings and violence at rallies, burning and rioting at speeches, and paid thugs disrupting political rallies (a side note, while the Dem right now have been quick to equate our President with Hitler … paid thugs to disrupt rallies, beatings at rallies, riots to disrupt and so on … where the tactics used by actual, not pretend Nazi party members). This is however just a symptom of the bigotry noted above.

Question then is, how best to show to liberals their own growing bigotry? Here’s one small suggestion. Many times you’ll hear statements made by liberals to the effect “Conservatives say/believe/think XYZ” and the XYZ statement is one that you as a conservative is ridiculous (for example, conservatives want the poor to have no access to healthcare). You might try pointing out that you’ve heard that if one would say,

I’ve heard that if one was to say ‘Black women just have babies without marrying their husbands for the welfare checks’ that the liberal response to this is that that this statement is both untrue and racist. Many have those children for a variety of reasons, they have numerous different ways of approaching the opposite sex in their communities and making derogatory generalizations like that is racist.

And you know what, you’d be right. Statements like that are evidence of bigotry.  So … why do you think it OK to generalize about conservatives in the same manner? Why do you pretend that it isn’t just as an egregiously bigoted statement that you just made?

Academic Insanity

Noted. Seriously, how dumb can you be. Although perhaps he was just repeating a common left wing meme.

Now, in the last two terms Mr Obama was secure from the threat of impeachment largely for two reasons. The first being that the GOP learned after impeaching Mr Clinton if that tact fails, it strengthens the impeached and doesn’t weaken him. The second reason is … after impeachment Mr Biden would have been President … and nobody in their right mind would want that. However, apparently the left has forgotten exactly how impeachment works. While any House member may suggest proceedings, you need a majority in the House to start impeachment. Hello liberals? The GOP has a strong majority in the House … and then … if impeached he’d be tried in the Senate, which is also has a GOP majority.

The left is also blind to the notion that their strident and, frankly, horrible and unjustified reactions against Mr Trump are pushing people exactly in the opposite the direction that they desire. Worked for me. I was lukewarm at best over the notion of a Mr Trump presidency. The left is every day convincing me more and more to support him more and more. Go figger.

Mr Trump and the Wiretap

So, several things were proven by the latest round of “Obama wiretapped me”. One of the main takeaways is that left wing reporters can’t use google. See this “8 point” review. Point 2 quoted although I think “diving deep” is an exaggeration:

Diving deep into Roget’s Thesaurus, media outlets were quick to call the President’s charges “baseless,” “unfounded,” and “without evidence.” What they seem to mean is that he didn’t footnote his tweets. But any halfway decent reporter could have found the source of the President’s charge—a Breitbart article that built on earlier reports by the BBC and Heatstreet. These articles make quite specific claims that the Obama administration used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to investigate alleged Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

“Any decent reported” aka one who’s heard of google … kinda a low bar, eh?

The final point is the real salient takeaway, btw.

Monday: Swim Log 3-6-17

Recovery from yesterday’s LSD. Shorter set.

Total Yardage: 2250

After warmup (600 yards 2 x (100 free + 2 x 100 breast)) and drills (400 yards). Did 100 repeats (5) at tempo (sub 1:40 breast) and 4×50 trying for speed. Tired today best was :43. The kicking and cool down.

Sunday Swim 3-5-17

LSD (Long steady distance) workout was intended. I didn’t make my goal … but legs are tired so that’s good.

Total distance 5050 yards

Came in thinking I’d do 100 repeats of 75 yards on the 1:40. Did 44 and was feeling a little soreness in knees and elbow. Finished with kicks and easy 100s. 95% breaststroke today. Probably should have persisted to do 6 more to make it 50 repeats. Oh, well.

Not Shostakovitch’s 7th Exactly … But

So, Shostakovitch’s 7th Symphony was written in Leningrad during the horrific siege of the same city in WWII, first movement. After the introduction there is a quiet pizzicato in the violin section with a Mozart-like melody accompanied almost inaudible snare drum. The melody is meant to evoke an (allegedly) favored Mozart piece that Hitler liked. The melody and drum represent the far off Nazi war machine and the threat of the violence of war. By the time the movement ends, this melody has been repeated louder and louder and louder with more and more sections and instruments joining in to a terrific climax. See this … 5:50 starts the crescendo. Listen to the whole movement though, it is worth your while.

This post then is to presage the weekend, when blogging will resume here on a regular basis.

Say What?

Links found around and about those interwebby things.

  1. Of Mr Obama and Mr Trump.
  2. Social or geographical structures and people living in them.
  3. Cute and effective, which probably means Roger Goddell wasn’t involved, heh.
  4. Not held back by Star Trek (bad) doctrine.
  5. Yah think?
  6. So the clerk arrest is “bad optics” … speaking of which
  7. A drone meets its match.
  8. A subtitle for the “Black Lives Matter” crowd.
  9. Or your dating methodology suffers a systematic error (like you got the age of the parchment not the text).
  10. Ms Clinton’s email problem.
  11. Cruz gets it wrong. Look if you call one side hypocritical, don’t turn around and do the “other sides” version of the same hypocritical nonsense.
  12. On the county clerk … seems to me if she wanted to do what she is doing and avoid the legal problems, she should have read more Kafka. Bureaucratic runarounds have been around a long time. In some place they are probably an art form (see Havel).

Kentucky Cloaking, err, Clerking Devices

So, the lone Kentucky clerk is now in jail. On charges? Of contempt. Well, h*ll, I’ve bushels contempt for a whole lot of jurists, elected officials, and public scalawags pretending to serve the people while most assuredly not doing so. I hadn’t realized holding in contempt those well deserving of same is actionable.

Her jailing is apparently (“bad optics”) is a meme going around. Ya think?

But aside from that, this jailing is done by the feds. This is a state (actually county) clerk enforcing state laws. Her failure to do so doesn’t violate federal statutes, but state ones. Apparently the state hasn’t decided to censure her or prosecute. What is odd that … those who think this sort of thing is wrong, fully supported those who decide that the biased non-supporting of federal immigration statutes by just deciding not to is in the purview of the federal law enforcement and prosecutors is just peachy.

Either supporting the law (all of them) is the job of the President, the Attorney General, and every public official on regards to immigration and every other statute on the books … as well as by county clerks or disobeying such statutes because they are inconvenient or against some personal principles is ok. Both are wrong nor neither. You cannot and maintain any principles declare that these statutes can be disobeyed by those you like and those you don’t like can’t.

Which reminds us, why exactly is Ms Clinton not being arraigned on security related charges? Hmm. Could it be politics. See above. If the clerk goes to jail, so should Hilary. They could share a cell. Last thing I read about Ms Clinton’s “emails not marked confidential” included an email detailing all the known locations of North Korean nukes. On what planet does anyone pretend that isn’t confidential or higher in security clearance (answer apparently: Democrats with inactive grey cells).

An Observation

Those who are outraged by a single county clerk in Kentucky might be reminded that those who put so much everyday power in the unelected governmental agencies and agents that are basically unstoppable and unchecked … should be feeling a little abashed right now.

Consequences of the fulfillment of your desires. You’ve got ’em in spades.

Links and Suchlike

Around and about (from North Las Vegas this week)

  1. Trump and verse in the context of the Stasi.
  2. “Science” figures out repentence and forgiveness are useful. How clever.
  3. But, don’t dismiss science, they give you 6 foot scorpions to dream about.
  4. Of word vs deed. Gosh, I hope there is a place to spit when I actually hear someone use a term like “xe” or “zir”.
  5. Sometimes I wonder if it is the error of Star Trek and their “Prime Directive” crap that keeps us from actively opposing ISIS with little more than harsh words.
  6. This post, reminds me of an anecdote set in British colonial India. A Brit military chap is arresting some blokes for burning a woman after the death of her husband. He is informed by the outraged locals that “we have an ancient custom of doing so”. He replies his people too have an ancient custom of arresting people who burn women. Multicultural-ism is all well and good. It’s useful to understand the ways of thinking of the other guy. Doesn’t mean however, that your way of thinking isn’t actually wrong or even not better.
  7. Micro-aggressions noted. Those who promote a “theory” of micro-aggression may want claim that saying “affirmative action is racist” and/or “I believe that the most qualified person should get the job” are racist, wrong and “micro-aggresions”. They’d be 100% completely wrong. If you want to claim something true is false, go right ahead. But you’d still be wrong.
  8. Speaking racism of a more obvious sort, one of the main organs of the left gives a good one example of that.
  9. I remain confused about the Senate vote/non-vote for the Obama/Iran “deal”. If it isn’t ratified by 67 Senators, it’s not a treaty and isn’t binding. It’s not law and it’s not going to survive a President who doesn’t support it.
  10. On the basis of this, I’ve started reading this. Coincidentally I’d also picked up and started reading another book by the same author, Rob Roy.
  11. Your President’s (likely racist) legal eagles in action.
  12. An “ethical” question. My answer is no. And that the only person you can ethically suggest to sacrifice for her sake is your own.

I’m No Expert But … This Isn’t Passing the Scratch/Sniff Test

Mr Rowe writes:

Drawn in part from the writings of Christian Reconstructionists, that narrative recasts modern-day Republicans as the racially inclusive party, and modern-day Democrats as the racists supportive of slavery and postemancipation racist policies.

Here’s the problem with casting Democrat’s as the drivers behind confronting racism in the 50s and 60s in the South. Look at these two lists, here and here. Note the dates and party affiliations of those Governors of those two very very Southern (and presumably at one time, quite racist) Southern states. Recall also Mr George Wallace. Democrat? Yes. Hmm.

It may very well be that in the north of Mason Dixon line Democrats (union + intellectual elite driven) parties opposed racism and that is what the Democrats perceive as their legacy of opposing racism. But to deny that in the South the dominant party during the racial turmoil in the South was not both opposing racial integration and rights and was in fact part of the Democrat party is revisionist.

If accurate this wiki article supports the “it’s more complicated” than claiming one party or the other was complicit/non-complicit in enforcing racism and racially unfair policies.