In a nation that touts rule-of-law as a foundation principle, it is more than a little disturbing how the left-wingers in the Democratic Party and the east coast elitist media embrace criminality as a means of securing power. But, it sadly is part of the Democrats’ long tradition.
Democrats’ 100-year reign over Dixie was a prime example of how a corrupt and racist political party could maintain power by ignoring or breaking virtually every law and constitutional right. They did not maintain power at the ballot box because there were no legal elections held in the south for more than a century. The source of power was the deployment of allied paramilitary terrorist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, the White Citizens’ Councils and the Red Shirts.
Democrats used so-called “social clubs” – which were nothing less than gangs to prey on black citizens. Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago was the head of one such club that sought out and beat the hell out of black folks. It is believed – although not proven that he was involved in a murder of a young black man.
Leadership in these criminal organizations were often the first step of a political career. South Carolina’s “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman became a governor and a senator by gaining fame for leading his Red Shirts on a rampage that killed a number of black federal militia men. He openly bragged about what he had done – saying they had it coming to them.
Leaders of the Democrat political machines that imposed one-party rule over many major American cities were often dependent on the support of organized crime – the Mafia. In my hometown of Chicago, it was widely known that the infamous First Ward was the power base of the crime syndicate. If you wanted to be the alderman of the First Ward, you had to have the endorsement of the mob. Similar synergism was seen between New York City’s Tammany Hall and the capodecina who oversaw the Harlem rackets.
The presidential campaign of Senator Jack Kennedy used the services of mob boss Sam Giancana to engage in massive vote fraud and voter intimidation specifically in Illinois and West Virginia. The President and the mob don even shared girlfriends.
There was a less elegant, but more effective, association between the urban political machines and the criminal elements – especially in the crime-ridden inner-cities. Street gangs were often part of the political infrastructure – used as precinct enforcers and to intimidate other politicians. The violence might result in the firebombing of an opposition headquarters and even murder.
That was then. What about now”
Today, the KKK is virtually non-existent, the Mafia is not what it used to be and the street gangs direct more of their energies to the business of big-time crime. None of these have entirely abandoned the political turf, however.
The contemporary left still considers lawlessness as part of its strategy to achieve and maintain power. Based on their policies, it is undeniable that the Democratic Party still sees the criminal element as an important part of its power base.
Democrats want to ban the prohibition against convicted felons voting. In fact, they propose that polling places be established in prisons. Not only do they want to restore the voting rights of former convicted felons, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is paying off the fines and court-ordered restitutions of thousands of felons so that they can vote in Florida. Democrats have passed laws enabling illegal aliens to vote in local elections.