In all of the discussions that give me headaches, nobody has talked much about George Wallace. I have a couple entries about the so-called Republican Antipathy to Civil Rights (wow was it really 7 years ago?) and other blather about the Southern Strategy. But nobody, including me, ever spent any time talking about George Wallace. Let me dangle this jewel in front of you:
This nation ws never meant to be a unit of one ... but a untied of the many.. that is the exact reason our freedom loving forefathers established the states, so as to divided the rights and powers among the states, insuring that no central power could gain master government control...
And so it was mean in our racial lives .. each race within its onw frameworks has the freedom to teach .. to instruct ... to develop ... to ask for and receive deserved help from others of separate racial stations. This is the great freedom of our American founding fathers ... but if we amalgamate into the one unit as advocated by the communist philsophers .. then the enrichement of our lives ... the freedom for our development ... is gone forever. We become, therefore a mongrel unit of one under a single all powerful government ... and we stand for everything .. and for nothing.
I have never seen a more succinct, explicit and principled demonstration of white supremacy as a twisted riff on states rights as this. There was never presented to me in all these years any such actual verbiage that linked communism to miscegenation or suggested this was the true legacy of the Founders. For all the extended blather about code words and assumptions and crypto-racist conspiracies, it is astonishing that George Wallace has been left out of the conversation. It's as if his body had been exumed and all of the Republican party thrown into his grave without any regard to the headstone. It is George Wallace's grave.
1968: 10 million Americans voted for George Wallace and his American Independent Party. That was 13.5%. That's American Independent Party. Not Republican Party.