It Wasn’t the Democrats!

The Reno-Sparks NAACP wants the Nevada State Assembly Republican Caucus to vacate its recent election of Sparks Assemblyman Ira Hansen as speaker after ‘questionable’ comments attributed to him appeared in a Reno paper. The Reno News & Review’s Dennis Myer, who was Nevada’s chief deputy secretary of state under Democrat Governor Bob Miller from 1987 to 1988, unearthed some old columns Hansen wrote for the Daily Sparks Tribune years ago.

“The Democratic coalition would split asunder if the NAACP & co. actually promoted what black Americans truly desire—educational choice. The shrewd and calculating [black] ’leaders’ are willing to sacrifice the children of their own race to gratify their lust for power and position,” wrote Hansen in one column. “The relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what’s best for his simple minded (sic) darkies. For American blacks, being denied choice and forced to attend the failing and inferior government school system is a form of involuntary servitude. Let’s call it what it truly is—educational slavery.”

Hansen has since capitulated and apologized: “I am deeply sorry that comments I have made in the past have offended many Nevadans. It is unfortunate that these comments, made almost 20 years ago as a newspaper columnist and talk radio host, have been taken out of context and are being portrayed as intentionally hurtful and disrespectful. These comments were meant to be purposely provocative in various political, cultural and religious views. I have the utmost respect for all people without regard to race, gender, religious or political beliefs.”

Even Nevada’s Republican Junior Senator Dean Heller is weighing in: “Assemblyman Hansen’s past comments and positions on race, religion, and gender that have recently been reported give me great concern,” Heller said in a prepared statement. “These comments were insensitive, wrong, and extremely offensive and insulting. Statements like these do not have a place in public discourse.”

Heller has obviously dipped too many times into Washington D.C.’s ‘political punch.’ He says these sort of comments have no “place in public discourse,’ but it is okay to debate the Second Amendment as he publicly supported in April 2013.

Unfortunately, such capitulations and apologies are never enough for those ruled by mob-mentality. They are now seeking a way to use his “I’m sorry,” against him.

Hansen wrote the truth – and it hurts, because it is and always has been the Democratic Party that has kept the Black man and woman on the dole, beginning with the Republican Civil Rights Act of 1866 and Democratic President Andrew Johnson veto. Congress passed the bill a second time, followed by Johnson’s second vetoed, but a two-thirds majority in each house overcame the veto and the bill became law.

Two years later, Congress reenacted the 1866 Civil Rights Act as Section 18 of the Enforcement Act of 1870. Also known as the First Ku Klux Klan Act, or Force Act, it empowered the President with the authority to enforce the first section of the Fifteenth Amendment.

This led to the Civil Rights Act of 1875, sometimes called Enforcement Act or Force Act, which guaranteed Black men equal treatment in public areas, public transportation, and prohibited exclusion from jury service. However, the Supreme Court decided the act was unconstitutional in 1883.

It would be another 82-year before another civil rights law would pass Congress.

The passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 ensured all Americans could exercise their right to vote. Democratic Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a segregationist, filibustered the bill for over 24-hours while trying to keep the bill from becoming law.

Three-years later, The Civil Rights Act of 1960 passed, establishing federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone’s attempt to register to vote. Senate Democrats again did their best to keep the bill from becoming law.

This same pattern continued with the passage Civil Rights act of 1964, for which the party took credit, despite a 57-day filibuster by West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan. Since then the Black community’s been told time-and-again that it is the Democratic Party that cares for their well-being.

Unfortunately, this is not true, as the party cares only about ‘minority’ votes and political power. To this day, operatives within the Progressive Democrat party are agitating not for civil liberty, but rather social justice, which is the politically correct way of saying, ‘redistribution of wealth, opportunity, and privilege.’

These agitators include the likes of Presidential advisor and MSNBC host Al Sharpton, Texas Congresswoman Sheila Lee Jackson and Maryland’s Congressman Elijah Cummings. Of course, no-one from the NAACP has yet to call on these individuals to step down from their duly elected posts.

UPDATE 11/23/2014: Hansen has stepped down as Nevada Assembly Speaker-elect.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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