[Marxism] The Democratic Party civil liberties hall of fame
srobin21 at comcast.net
srobin21 at comcast.net
Tue Nov 2 09:52:32 MST 2004
Hey, what about FDR and the passage of the Smith Act? and, the internment of Japanese Americans?
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> As we go to the polls in "the most important election of our time",
> with our civil liberties at stake in some people's view, it might be
> worth paying tribute to some other great Democratic party leaders and
> their record on civil liberties.
> 1. Special award to the Democratic Party of the southern states for 100
> years of white supremacist rule and racist state terror, with the
> support of the Ku Klux Klan and White Citizens' Councils.
> 2. Woodrow Wilson. Interned German and Italian immigrants.
> Responsible for (Attorney General Palmer's) "red raids".
> 3. Harry S. Truman. Nourished the anti-communist witch hunt by Hoover
> and McCarthy's more effective colleague in the Senate, Pat McCarran
> (D-NV). Smith Act prosecutions; HUAC hearings.
> 4. Lyndon Johnson. J. Edgar Hoover given free rein. COINTELPRO.
> Murder of Black Panther leaders and members. Spying on Rev. King and
> Malcolm X.
> 5. (Chicago mayor) Richard J. Daley. "Police riot" against
> demonstrators at 1968 Democratic convention, and subsequent trial of
> organizers. Murder of Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.
> 6. Bill Clinton. LA 8 case (frameup of Palestinians and supporters).
> Instituted pre-emptive arrests of demonstrators at Democratic
> convention in Chicago, 1996, creating the model of oppression used
> today by both parties.
> 7. (Chicago mayor) Richard M. Daley (shared with Cook County State's
> Attorney Dick Devine). Extraction of confessions in capital cases by
> the use of torture. Mass arrests of anti-war demonstrators (and
> bystanders). Civil rights activist May Molina Ortiz dies in police
> 8. Senator and presidential nominee John Kerry. Voted for Patriot Act.
> Despite the illusions of his supporters, has said not one word against
> the frame-ups, state terror, arrests without charges, and deportations
> aimed at the Palestinian, Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and immigrant
> communities. Supports anti-immigrant raids. Crackdown on protest at
> Boston convention indistinguishable from crackdown at Republican
> convention in New York (except that there were more protestors in New
> Additional nominations are welcome!
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