On Wednesday night I swung by Hannity on Fox News to discuss the Democratic Party's uniquely appalling record on racism - unique in the English-speaking world, that is.
The starting point, of course, was the Confederate flag flap. The Confederate flag means nothing to me one way or another. Nor does it seem to have meant much to this racist murderer Roof. I mean, he seems to have had no particular objection to it as a cultural marker for genial rednecks in pick-ups - or whatever Howard Dean meant when he said he wanted the votes of fellows with Confederate flags on their trucks. But it evidently didn't do it for Roof as a serious emblem of white supremacism, which is why he favored on his garb the flags of apartheid South Africa and UDI Rhodesia.
So as usual the Democrats and media have artfully loosed a total distraction whose only purpose is to put Republicans on the defensive and force them to fold on something while we're waiting on them to fold on Obamacare or the immigration amnesty. As I always say, the GOP's so good at folding they ought to be White House valets.
But even for the Stupid Party you have to be the chumps of the planet to let the Democrats hang what is uniquely their history round your neck.
You can see my entire interview with Sean here:
Steyn added that the "Democratic Party was the largest and most powerful institution supporting slavery in the English speaking world."
More from Breitbart News:
Steyn said, "I know the GOP is called the stupid party, but the idea that Republicans can have the Confederate flag hung around their neck is ridiculous. It's a Democrat flag. The flags — the states that seceded during the Civil War were all Democrat states, that's their flag, the slave states were Democrat states, the racist states, until the 1960s, were Democrat states. The Democratic Party is the — was the largest and most powerful institution supporting slavery in the English-speaking world. And it's the only one that has survived till the 21st century."
He continued, "it's their flag, Hillary Clinton had it on campaign bumper stickers when she ran for president in 2008. You mentioned Robert C. Byrd, Sean. Bill Clinton was doing Klu Klux Klan Grand Kleagle jokes at Byrd's funeral, saying, Robert C. Byrd, he used to — was the Grand Kleagle, he just did what he had to do."
It's a party with an incredible century and a half history of institutional racism. There's nothing like it anywhere on the planet.
I mean that. The Anglo-Celts who settled America and elsewhere are not great slavers. No slavery in Canada, or Australia, or New Hampshire. In the anglosphere, slaveholding was an enthusiasm of the southern states of the US, and the biggest institutional supporter of slavery - in the entire English-speaking world - was the Democratic Party. And, after slavery was abolished by Republicans, the Democrats created a century-long apparatus of enforced segregation and anti-miscegenation laws, again unique in the English-speaking world.
The only comparable movement was Afrikaaner nationaliism in South Africa, and as I said to Sean:
People go on about apartheid South Africa; the National Party came to power in 1948 and they were gone 45 years later. That's how long they lasted and they're nothing now.
The Democratic Party has never come to terms with the evil of its past. It was a party committed to the proposition that one human being could own another human being and they've never said a word about that. They've never apologized for it. They've never atoned for it in the way that they have the reconciliation commission in South Africa.
I mentioned the faintly absurd phenomenon started a few years ago of western politicians apologizing for historical events - Tony Blair for the Irish potato famine, Brian Mulroney for the internment of Japanese Canadians, etc. And then I wondered:
When is the Democratic Party going to apologize for being the biggest slave-holding supporting institution on the planet and sticking with racism for the century after the abolition of slavery?
In no other country would the Democratic Party still be here. It would have gone the way of the National Party.
You can watch the entire interview here.
~On Thursday I'll be keeping my weekly radio date with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific. Hope you'll tune in.