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In 1956, 19 Democratic Senators and 82 Democratic House members signed a Southern Manifesto pledging to resist the integration of Southern public schools as ordered by Earl Warren’s Supreme Court.

Only two GOP House members, both from Virginia, signed. The American South was as solidly Democratic as it was solidly segregationist.

The break in the dam came in a special election in Texas in 1961 to fill the Senate seat of Lyndon Johnson, newly elected vice president.

John Tower became the first Republican since Reconstruction to win a Southern Senate seat by popular election.

After a raucous rally in South Carolina in 1966, Richard Nixon told this writer the future of the GOP was in the South. That was a year after passage of the Voting Rights Act and LBJ’s forecast that Democrats could lose Dixie for a generation.

Nixon believed that once desegregation was done, its natural conservatism would bring the South into the party of Goldwater, Nixon and Reagan. History has proven him right.

In 1972, President Nixon would sweep all 11 Southern states.

As for the Voting Rights Act, while it led to the enfranchisement and empowerment of the black South, it has proven a death sentence for Boll Weevils and Blue Dogs.

Southern white Democrats, descendants of the men who voted for that Southern Manifesto, are an endangered species, a dying breed.

South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas will not send a single white Democrat to Congress, if Mary Landrieu loses her run-off. The only Democrats in the House from Deep South states will be African-Americans. Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia are trending the same way.

Republican dominance in the New South is partly explained by the conservatism of the region, which is in tune with the national GOP. But the rise of the black Democrat and extinction of the white Democrat is also traceable to the Voting Rights Act.

Required by law and the Justice Department to create districts where African-Americans would be competitive, Southern legislatures began to draw up majority-minority districts where the black vote was so concentrated as to ensure the election of an African-American.

The GOP offer on the table for black Democrats was safe seats in Congress they could hold for decades, to build up sufficient seniority to garner real power to use on behalf of their constituents.

As Republicans took over legislatures, they not only followed the VRA mandate, they went beyond it. They created secure House seats for black candidates, which inevitably resulted in heavily white districts, tailor-made for conservative Republicans.

Moderate and liberal Democrats were squeezed out as African-American Democrats colluded with conservative Republicans to carve up Southern states in a way to ensure the results we see today.

As Hispanics, also geographically concentrated, begin to register and vote in greater numbers, Republicans will likely use the same strategy to carve out deeply Hispanic districts for them.

Thus the end result of the Voting Rights Act is likely to be more districts represented by blacks, Hispanics and Asians. These will be largely Democratic and come to represent a plurality of Democrats in the House, as white Democratic Congressmen shrink in number.

Moreover, by using naked race-based ads in the Nov. 4 elections, Democratic strategists are pushing us to an America where the GOP is predominantly white and the Democratic Party, especially in Dixie, is dominated by persons of color.

As Jeremy Peters of the New York Times wrote in the paper’s lead story a week before the elections:

“Democrats in the closest Senate races in the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim-Crow era segregation. …

“The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression.”

The ads worked. But while Dixie Democrats rolled up landslides among black voters, Michelle Nunn, daughter of Sen. Sam Nunn, carried only 27 percent of the white vote in Georgia, and was wiped out.

Ironically, as Republicans capture state legislatures across the South, they will wield their power as energetically to guarantee black Democrats get safe districts as the old Dixiecrat Democrats wielded their power to ensure that black folks could not vote.

This weekend, 2 million Catalans went to the polls in Spain and in a non-binding referendum voted 4-1 to secede. This follows the vote by 45 percent of the Scottish people to secede from Britain.


As ethnonationalism pulls at the seams of many countries of Europe, it would appear it is also present here in the United States. When political appeals on the basis of race and ethnicity are being made openly by liberal Democrats, as in 2014, we are on a road that ends in a racial-ethnic spoils system — and national disintegration.

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism,” roared Teddy Roosevelt, “a hyphenated American is not an American at all.” Typical hate crime by a man unappreciative of our diversity.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2014

• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2014 Election, Blacks, The South 
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  1. Jonathan says:

    Why is local/regional devolution, increased autonomy, or outright secession such a bad thing? I’d be perfectly happy with a South composed of loosely federated autonomous regions, some majority black, some majority Latino, some majority Appalachian whites, some culturally conservative, some liberal, and so on. Beats a world in which the game remains one big zero-sum slug fest with acrimonious competitors divided along racial, ethnic, and cultural lines (which is pretty much an inevitable fact of any sprawling empire made up of diverse and geographically distinct peoples). Would that the break-up could be peaceful and end with federative or similar structures coordinating those things that do work best at scale (continental defense, for instance).

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Taorider
  2. @Jonathan

    It sounds like you’re describing states like we have now, but with distinct ethnic majorities. I think what would happen is large numbers of blacks and hispanics would start moving into the white majority states, because things would be better there. Kind of the same thing that’s happening between countries now. So, it wouldn’t really change anything. Pretty soon everything would be just as mixed up as it is now…unless movement between those states was restricted…So our current immigration problem would just be multiplied on slightly smaller scales.

  3. Corvinus says:

    “Southern white Democrats, descendants of the men who voted for that Southern Manifesto, are an endangered species, a dying breed.”

    Indeed, because they are assimilating themselves into the Republican Party, which subscribes more to their agenda.

    “But the rise of the black Democrat and extinction of the white Democrat is also traceable to the Voting Rights Act.”

    Exactly, because your boy Lee Atwater clearly outlined the strategy to curry favor with white conservatives–As to the whole Southern strategy that Harry S. Dent, Sr. and others put together in 1968, opposition to the Voting Rights Act would have been a central part of keeping the South. Now [the new Southern Strategy of Ronald Reagan] doesn’t have to do that. All you have to do to keep the South is for Reagan to run in place on the issues he’s campaigned on since 1964 and that’s fiscal conservatism, balancing the budget, cut taxes, you know, the whole cluster. You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

  4. Taorider says:


    I agree whole hardly. I believe that was the original idea
    When this nation was founded. How do we get back to that
    place peacefully is a big question. That the forces of
    autonomy are alive is confirmed by Scotland, Quebec and

  5. Jefferson says:

    The White Democrat is not an endangered species in Virginia and Florida. But than again most people in the Deep South do not consider Florida and Virginia to be culturally part of the South.

  6. @Jefferson


    I’d suspect that anything south of the Northern Virginia suburbs of DC would very much be considered part of the South, even the Deep South. It’s Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and, even possibly, Loudoun County that keep Virginia from being a guaranteed red state.

    It’s not that Virginia isn’t culturally part of the South; it’s that Northern Virginia isn’t culturally part of Virginia.

  7. Kevin says:


    Thanks for the great article, Mr. Buchanan. I agree with you. I never understood the gullible whites who vote for Democrats, most of whose politicians are just crooks and criminals.

    Instead of secession, a better solution is binding superseding national referenda. For example, majority of whites and blacks, democrats and republicans agree that immigration should be banned, but the politicians from both sides are being bribed.

    I think the root of the problem is that we do not have binding superseding national referenda, which even many 3rd world countries have. So we do NOT have real democracy in USA. And that is the root of the problem. This has allowed the govt. to terrorize the public.

    But there is one great solution: It is a constitutional amendment to allow irreversible binding superseding national referenda, so people can pass good laws in the national interest themselves. These laws will supersede laws passed by Congress or Parliaments and Sup. Ct. rulings and cannot be overturned except on constitutional grounds by a supermajority of both houses and a unanimous vote of the Supreme Court. The people can thereupon override them with a 66% vote. Some believe that this right to amend the constitution is inherently vested in the American people (the citizens of respective nations). Others suggest an actual amendment to the country’s constitution (with paper ballots and after ID showing proof of citizenship). A survey showed that 76% of the American public approved the idea.

    Laws that affect the nation as a whole, such as raising taxes, large welfare programs, foreign aid, immigration, bailouts, and raising the debt ceilings, etc. can become law only if finally approved by the people. We will solve 90% of our problems this way.

    For eg., see:

    National Citizen’s Initiative for Democracy:

    We Americans (and Europeans and Australians and Canadians) need to visit these websites, join these groups, contribute and call radio talk shows, etc. and promote this idea and get the process started soon, before it is too late or America (and similarly Europe/Canada/Australia), as we know it, will be finished.

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