“Keep America American” – Ku Klux Klan
“Keep America American” – Mitt Romney
Let’s begin this sad and salacious story as if it were a fairy tale for, once read, you will wish it fantasy rather than the repugnant reality that follows.
Once upon a time (now see, that’s nice) it crossed my exceptionally left-leaning mind (such as it is) that there might be a blog post in comparing and contrasting the conceivably compatible canons of the Grand Old Party and the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. But, as promptly as a Palin casts aside a condom or the Donald trumps dignity and human decency, nycityman negated the notion as being too implausible and preposterous a possibility for even the most prejudicially progressive opiner. Then, one lazy afternoon, a pint or two of Blue Point loosening up the more cautious concerns of commentary and political punditry, I did the research and despondently discovered that my initial assessment was accurate, with no need for either exaggeration or embellishment.
The overarching philosophical beliefs in common are quite obvious – they both exist solely for the advancement of white, male Christians and neither is reticent to cause harm to others outside of that narrow demographic to achieve their allied aims. While, for the most part, the tenor of language spoken is unalike (although under the current tutelage and leadership of openly intolerant frontrunner Donald Trump that hate-speak gap has significantly narrowed) and the techniques practiced differ (the Klan block African-Americans from voting with violence and physical intimidation, Republicans do so by passing legislation) the results are the same.
What’s very frightening, however, is that exploration into beliefs and behaviors reveal worrisome similarities and shared specificities between the two organizations, both whose agendas are primarily driven by bigotry and hatred.
Parallel Lines - The Platforms of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and Republican National Committee
“The Klan will take away all the special rights and privileges granted to homosexuals by the liberal dictatorship over the last few years. Homosexuals will no longer be permitted to adopt children or marry each other.” - KKK
“We support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman... we affirm that homosexuality is incompatible with military service.” - GOP
"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything … man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing… this is not about gay marriage, it is about changing what is right and wrong" – Rick Santorum
A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE
“The American Knights will outlaw this barbaric, satanic practice and punish the sadistic doctors who are guilty of these crimes against humanity.”- KKK
“We support a human life amendment to the Constitution outlawing abortion altogether, with no exceptions for the life and health of the mother, incest or rape. We will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.” - GOP
“The so-called gun control bills enacted by the government are nothing but anti-self defense laws designed to disarm law abiding White citizens.” – KKK
“We oppose legislation limiting the capacity of clips or magazines. We oppose federal licensing of law-abiding gun owners & national gun registration. We applaud those seeking to stop frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.” – GOP
“The Klan favors a strong foreign policy that closely guards American interests around the world. All aid to worthless third World nations will be cut off. The foreign policy of the Klan led United States will be: AMERICA FIRST, LAST AND ALWAYS!” – KKK
“As a party we should stand by the Bush doctrine of pre-emption. In a time when the greatest threat to our country is chemical or biological weapons in the hands of Islamic extremists who want to bring an end to the Western way of life; the percentage of Republicans endorsing diplomacy in preference to military action is minimal… 2/3 of Republicans believe that use of overwhelming force is best.” – GOP
“Millions of Third World bandits enter our country illegally every year. The Republicans and Democrats do nothing to halt this massive invasion. America is being transformed into a new Mexico. We shall halt all immigration from non-White nations and use the U.S. Army to restore integrity to our borders.” – KKK
“Many areas of the border are wide open, resulting in a steady flow of illegal immigrants, criminals, smugglers and cartel members heading north. The party strongly believes that providing amnesty to illegal immigrants only further encourages illegal immigration, and supports efforts to deport illegal aliens without the process of allowing the illegal alien to have a hearing before an immigration judge.” - GOP
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists.” – Donald Trump
“America's public schools, colleges and universities have been turned into political indoctrination centers run by depraved liberals, communist and Jews in our public. Forced bussing will be outlawed. Prayer will be returned to our schools.”- KKK
“We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and of our country's Judeo-Christian heritage, and we affirm the right of students to engage in prayer in public schools. The party is in favor of presenting alternative theories of biological or physical origins to evolution, leveling the playing field as it allows a teacher to bring forward the biblical creation story of humankind.” - GOP
"Colleges are indoctrination mills that harm the country... taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them"- Rick Santorum
“Homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuals, sado-masochism, and every other type of vile perversion is applauded by the scum that control our country. The American Knights demand a return to sanity. We call for a restoration of Christian values to all walks of life.” – KKK
"... reverence for God, support for the family unit." - GOP
“… and that's what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards.” - Mike Huckabee
“I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity ... We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit ... We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press - in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past ... (few) years.” – Adolph Hitler (Fear not, fellow rational thinkers, I'm not falling into that Fox-like trap of ludicrously comparing anyone to the Fuhrer, but the quote sheds some light on how far right Republican rhetoric has gone, in that it would be perfectly believable if those words were credited to any one of the 758 GOP Presidential candidates.)
If you are a Republican, well, you’re not reading this. But if, perchance, a stray GOPer has happened upon this page while in search of Ann Coulter erotica, Bush/Cheney prison escape plans or AK-47 white sales, please reconsider the party to which you give your allegiance. When you pull that lever or punch that chad under the illustration of the red, white and blue pachyderm, you are voting the values, or more accurately, lack thereof, of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Like peas in a pod and birds of a feather
Alone or together you’ll find
That we are two of a kind” – Darin/Mercer
To wrap up this joyful dissertation, a gem of a song performed and written by Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer, chosen to reflect the new chummy relationship between the post-Tea Party, 19th Century-centric GOP and the Ku Klux Klan, the twains have met – “Two of a Kind.”
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