DEMOCRATICS & THE KKK – Hey Democratics! Move those feet, shake that sheet!
Grab you children and put on your old Grandpa’s sheet and “special” pillow case! Then fold your arms and dance “The Pointy Hat” to your favorite Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd! That “Sheets” Byrd can play a mean fiddle – he’s The “Mountain Fiddler” Come on now! Move those feet, shake that sheet! It’s “Turkey in the Straw”! WooHoo! Yeehaa!
Robert Byrd, the Democratic Party’s Leader in the Senate from 1977 to 1989 . . . Hillary Clinton’s “Mentor” . . . Barack Obama’s “friend” . . . Robert Byrd, the Democratic’s 60th Vote for Obamacare in 2009 . . . Americans were deprived of life and liberty by this hate mongering, anti-semitic, cross burning, pointy hat wearing racist Exalted Cyclops segregationist who built a political career by lynchin’ and klannin’ throughout West Virginia? . . . WTF?
In the early 1940s, Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Sophia, West Virginia. According to Byrd, a Klan official told him, “You have a talent for leadership, Bob … The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation.” Byrd later recalled, “Suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did.”
Byrd became a recruiter and leader of his chapter. When it came time to elect the top officer (Exalted Cyclops) in the local Klan unit, Byrd won unanimously. In 1946, Byrd wrote to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore G. Bilbo:
I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.—Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1946
“Turkey in the Straw” is a well-known American folk song dating from the early 19th century. Originally a tune for fiddle players, it was first popularized in the late 1820s and early 1830s by blackface performers, notably George Washington Dixon, Bob Farrell and George Nichols. Another song, “Zip Coon”, sung to the same tune, was popularized by Dixon and flourished during the Andrew Jackson administration. This version was first published between 1829 and 1834 in either New York or Baltimore. All of the above performers claimed to have written the song, and the dispute is not resolved. Ohio songwriter Daniel Decatur Emmett is sometimes erroneously credited as the song’s author.
“Zip Coon” has many different lyrical versions. Thomas Birch published a version in 1834, while George Washington Dixon published a version called “Ole Zip Coon” with different lyrics circa 1835. Both Birch’s and Dixon’s versions keep the same chorus and the first four stanzas:
(3x) O ole Zip Coon he is a larned skoler,
Sings posum up a gum tree an conny in a holler.
(3x) Posum up a gum tree, coonny on a stump,
Den over dubble trubble, Zip coon will jump.
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Most Americans know little about the real history of our nation’s civil right struggles – the role of the segregationist Democrat Governors & Senators “Dixiecrats”; Democrat filibusters of the 1957 Civil Rights Act championed by President Eisenhower; the creation, leadership role and membership in the Ku Klux Klan by most Democrat rank and file, plus high profile Democrat leaders & politicians; Democrat filibusters of the Republican Sponsored Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill in 1922, 1923, and 1924 – and much, much, much more. The untold story of your Father and Grandfather’s and Great Grandfather’s Democrat Party.