(Shenandoah Joe) Speech concerning the Democratic Party and black people, 1975

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THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES STANDS TODAY IN DISARRAY.

THE WOUNDS COLLECTED IN CHICAGO IN 1968 AND IN MIAMI IN 1972 HAVE FAILED TO HEAL.

THE ONE MAN WHO WAS SURELY BRINGING THE PARTY'S PARTISANS TOGETHER HAS RETIRED - INVOLUNTARILY - FROM THE PRESIDENCY.

THE PARTY'S RIGHT WING - DIRECTED BY THE DEMGOGUE FROM ALABAMA - IS GROWING IN STRENGTH.

THE FORCES OF ORGANIZED LABOR STILL INSIST THAT THE GAME BE PLAYED WITH THEIR RULES OR THEY'LL TAKE THEIR BALL - AND THEIR MONEY - AND GO HOME.

THE REFORMERS OF YESTERDAY ARE THE MODERATES OF TODAY, AGAINST INCLUSION OF WOMEN AND BLACKS, AGAINST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

THE YOUTH WHO BEGGED SO LOUDLY FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE ARE ENGAGED IN RUNNING NAKED, PROVING THAT ALL MEN ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL.

THE OPPOSITE PARTY HAS INSTALLED AN HONEST NIXON--THE BLAND LEADING THE BLAND.

THE MOST LOYAL GROUP OF DEMOCRATIC VOTERS IN THE COUNTRY THE BLACKS - SEE THEIR PARTY'S LEADERS PAYING HOMAGE TO THE OLD SOUTH, EMBRACING A RETURN TO THE BOSSIM OF YESTERDAY, AND REFUSING TO CHAMPION THE CAUSE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE WHICH MADE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY OUR PARTY.

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WHY ARE WE WHERE WE ARE? WHAT HAPPENED TO NUMB THE AMERICAN CONSCIENCE?

SINCE THE HEADY DAYS OF THE 1960'S, THERE SLOWLY GREW A COALTION OF THE COMFORTABLE, THE CALLOUS AND THE SMUG WHO CLOSED THEIR RANKS, AND CLOSED THEIR HEARTS, AGAINST THE CLAIMS AND CALLS TO CONSCIENCE PUT FORWARD BY THE FORGOTTEN AND UNREPRESENTED ELEMENTS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY.

IT WAS A TRIUMPH FOR THE NATIONAL NULLIFICATION OF THE NEEDS OF THE NEEDY AND THE GRATITIOUS GRATIFICIATION OF THE PREVARICATION AND IMPROPRIETY, OF PIOUS PLATITUDES AND SELFRIGHTEOUS SWINISHNESS.

TWO ELECTIONS GAVE THEM AWESOME POWER. THE SECOND, A ROUTE THAT REINSTALLED THE FISCAL FACISTS, THE MERCILESS MERCHANTS OF THE COST ACCOUNTING SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARISM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND INSURED A FOUR YEAR REIGN FOR MEN WITH AN ARROGANT CONTEMPT FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR PROBLEMS.

THE LATE AMERICAN BALLADEER WOODIE GUTHRIE ONCE SAID THAT SOME MEN KILL WITH BULLETS; OTHERS WITH THE STROKE OF A PEN.

COUPLED WITH AN IMPOTENT CONGRESS, THE VETOES, CUT-BACKS, SHIFTS IN SHARING AND REVERSES IN REVENUE CUT SHARPEST AT THE PEOPLE AT THE BOTTOM, THOSE WHO LOOK TO GOVERNMENT FOR HELP.

IF THE KENNEDY AND JOHNSON YEARS TAUGHT ANY LESSON AT ALL, IT WAS THAT GOVERNMENT, UNDER PRESSURE, WOULD MOVE, SLOWLY AND PONDEROUSLY, ALL TOO OFTEN WITH ALL DELIBERATE

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LACK OF SPEED-TO BECOME A PARTNER OF SORTS WITH THE AMERICAN UNDERCLASS IN THEIR STRUGGLE TO DO BETTER FOR THEMSELVES. THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE CHANGED ALL THAT. THE GOVERNMENT'S ATTITUDE CHANGED FROM BENIGN CONCERN TO MALIGNAT NEGLECT.

IN THE DECADE OF THE SIXTIES, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY NEARLY HALVED.

IT'S NOT UNREASONABLE AT ALL TO ASCRIBE SOME OF THESE GAINS TO THE GREAT SOCIETY PROGRAMS OF THE ERA.

YET THE CALLOUS CASTRATORS MOVED WITH COLD CALCULATION TO KILL, FREEZE, OR WIND DOWN URBAN RENEWAL. MODEL CITIES, COMMUNITY ACTION, PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYMENT, STUDENT LOANS, PUBLIC HOUSING, FEDERAL IMPACT FUNDS FOR EDUCATION, AND TO IMPOSE A SIXTY PERCENT NATIONAL PULL-BACK IN SOCIAL SERVICES.

HUMAN PROBLEMS ARE NOW PLACED ON A BALANCE SHEET AND FORCED TO ADD UP: TO PAY FOR THEMSELVES. THE NEW ADMINISTRATORS RUIN THE PROGRAMS THEY DIRECT WITH THE SOLICITUDE OF A HUNGRY MORTICIAN AT AN OLD FOLKS HOME.

SOME FRIGHTENING FIGURES RELEASED BY THE CENSUS BUREAU REVEAL JUST HOW POORLY WE ARE DOING. ON THE GOOD SIDE, WE ARE MORE LIKELY TO FINISH HIGH SCHOOL THAN EVER BEFORE, MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY BLACKS GO TO COLLEGE, AND MORE BLACK PEOPLE ARE EARNING MORE MONEY.

BUT WE ARE TWICE AS LIKELY AS WHITES TO BE OUT OF WORK, THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE, AND

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JUST AS LIKELY TODAY AS WE WERE SIX YEARS AGO TO EARN HALF AS MUCH MONEY AS EVERYONE ELSE DOES.

THE STATISTICAL INDICES WHICH REVEAL A WORSENING OF THE BLACK CONDITION COINCIDE ALMOST EXACTLY WITH THE BEGINNING OF THE NIXON PRESIDENCY.

THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY THAT BLACK PEOPLE DON'T MENTION THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE. THESE FIGURES DON'T LIE, BUT THEY DO PROVE THAT LIARS FIGURE.

WE ARE WHERE WE ARE TODAY BECAUSE OF EVENTS OF THE SIXTIES. THE NONVIOLENT MARCHERS OF THE FIRST PART OF THAT DECADE WERE REPLACED, IF NOT IN FACT THEN CERTAINLY IN THE PUBLIC FANCY, BY THE RAPACIOUS RIOTERS IN THE LAST PART OF THE SIXTIES.

AMERICA'S CITIES WERE BELIEVED TO BE EITHER IN FLAMES, UNDER MARTIAL LAW, OR SINKING UNDER THE DEAD WEIGHT OF A POPULATION OF PENSIONERS, THE UNEMPLOYED YOUNG AND THEIR PRESUMABLY UNEMPLOYABLE PARENTS.

THE REST OF AMERICA WAS RUNNING FROM THE CITY IN A CRISIS STATE OF THEIR OWN. THEY RIGHTLY PERCIEVED THAT THEIR TAXES-HIGHER PROPORTIONALITY THAN THOSE WHO PAYED BY ITT--WERE ESCALATING TO PAY FOR BARELY MAINTAINIG WHAT THEY HAD TO RUN AWAY FROM, BUT WERE WRONGLY TAUGHT - BY THEIR PRESIDENT AND OTHERS - THAT THEIR TAXES WERE HIGH BECAUSE OF THE LAZY POOR, AND NOT BECAUSE OF THE CORPORATE EVADER OF THE MILITARY GLUTTON.

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THE RULERS OF THE CITIES, ON THE OTHER HAND - THE MAYORS, COMMISSIONERS AND COUNCILMEN - FACED AN ALL TOO COMMON LIST OF PLAGUES WE HAVE COME TO CALL THE URBAN CRISIS - DRUG ADDICTION, INCREASED RACIAL FRICTION, CIVIL SERVICE MILITANCY, HOUSING DESTROYED BY PLAN "A" FASTER THAN IT WAS CONSTRUCTED BY PLAN "B"; SCHOOLS WHICH WAREHOUSED AND MISEDUCATED THEIR STUDENTS, RELIEF ROLLS GIVING RELIEF TO NO ONE. FOR THEM THE NEW FEDERALISM PROMISED TO BE MANNA FROM HEAVEN.

IT PROMISED NEW MONEY FOR THEM ALL, MONEY TO DO WHAT THEY THEN COULD NOT, MONEY TO PAVE THE STREETS, TO PAY THE POLICE, TO CLEAN THE AIR AND WATER.

INSTEAD OF MANNA AND MILLIONS, IT BECAME PENNIES STOLEN FROM THE POOR, ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL HALF OF WHAT PETER COULDN'T GET BY ON TO BEGIN WITH.

THE RESULT WAS TO SHIFT THE BURDEN FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHERE THE RESOURCES WERE TO THE TOWNS AND CITIES WHERE THE RESOURCES AREN'T.

THE MUNICIPAL MANAGERS, FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FUNDING UNDERFUNDED PROGRAM X OR Y, CHOSE MORE OFTEN THAN NOT TO BUY VOTES AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PUBLIC GOOD, WITH TAX REBATES AND FANCY HARDWARE.

THE ADMINISTRATION'S RHETORIC ABOUT SHARING THE WEALTH BECAME A SCANDALOUS EXERCISE IN CONSOLIDATING WEALTH AND POWER WHERE THEY ALWAYS WERE: AWAY FROM THE CITIES, AWAY FROM

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