Leadership Rejects Middle American Supporters
Samuel Francis, Syndicated Columnist
Tuesday, January 26, 1999
at least a month, the nation's media have been on a rampage against
the Council of Conservative Citizens, a nationwide grassroots
conservative activist group of which I am proud to be a member.
The charge against the CCC is that it is (take your pick) "racist,"
"white supremacist," "anti-Semitic," "neo-Nazi,"
and/or all of the above.
it is none of them. As CCC chief executive officer Gordon Lee
Baum wrote in a letter to The Washington Post -- which to date
has carried no fewer than five news articles, at least four opinion
pieces and one major Style section article on the Council - -
the group "speaks out for white European Americans, their
civilization, faith and form of government, but we do not advocate
or support the oppression or exploitation of other races or ethnic
that these days "speaking out for white European Americans"
is considered by many to be indistinguishable from "racism,"
etc., though whenever other racial and ethnic groups "speak
out" for their own people, that's OK. Be that as it may,
the onslaught against the CCC, initiated by the left and by left-
wing law professor Allan Dershowitz in particular, has now penetrated
the bottomless cranial cavity of the Republican Party, where any
hope of grasping fine and subtle distinctions is forlorn.
statement released last week, Republican National Committee Chairman
Jim Nicholson demanded that Republicans who are members of the
CCC resign from the latter. "It appears that this group does
hold racist views," Mr. Nicholson pronounced. "The Republican
Party rejects and condemns such views forcefully and without hesitation
particular national committeeman from South Carolina who is a
member of the CCC was cordially invited to resign (from the CCC,
not yet as far as I know from the RNC, though you can bet your
bedsheet that will come soon enough). "I will continue to
use my good offices," beamed Mr. Nicholson, to persuade the
committeeman "that a member of the party of Lincoln should
not belong to such an organization."
since Lincoln endorsed deporting blacks to Africa and actually
proposed a constitutional amendment to expedite their return,
he might have been quite comfortable in the CCC if it were the
sort of group Mr. Nicholson has been led to believe it is. Even
so, if Mr. Nicholson thinks he or his party will get very far
in South Carolina by boosting Honest Abe, they probably have another
in South Carolina last year that the CCC helped rid the governor's
mansion of the incumbent Republican governor, David Beasley. Mr.
Beasley had earned the wrath of the increasingly powerful CCC
by proposing, contrary to his campaign promises made some years
before, to remove the Confederate Flag from the state Capitol.
In the event, and thanks to the CCC, it was Mr. Beasley who was
removed, not the flag.
purging CCC members from the GOP, the CCC's leader, Mr. Baum,
has this to say: "The Wallace-Reagan Democrats are the ones
who made the Republicans have enough votes to win. Without the
Wallace-Reagan Democrats, the Republicans aren't going to have
near the voting strength" they now have. Mr. Baum has a point,
and it too needs to penetrate the Republican cranial cavity.
CCC is mainly composed of just such "Wallace-Reagan Democrats"
as Mr. Baum mentions. It is a working-class and middle class group,
and without these voters, the GOP would not be in a majority in
either House. Every successful Republican presidential candidate
since Richard Nixon has understood this.
today, the party's leaders are obsessed with attracting black
and Hispanic voters, and hence they neglect, ignore, take for
granted and not infrequently just plain insult what has become
the backbone of the party -- namely, the Wallace-Reagan Democrats,
also known as Middle Americans, who also happen to be mainly white
and who regularly see themselves, their heritage and their future
threatened and insulted. Mr. Beasley imagined that by taking down
the Confederate Flag he would win black votes. He didn't, but
he did lose the middle-class white votes that put him in office.
as South Carolina goes, so goes the nation, if Mr. Nicholson has
his way. Should the Republicans really and truly purge themselves
of the CCC and the kind of voters the group represents and mobilizes,
Mr. Nicholson will soon find himself a committee of one and in
a political party of even fewer. But perhaps he believes all the
black and Hispanic voters he's going to attract to the GOP will
bail the party out and keep it in the majority? If that's what
he's counting on, maybe he should ask ex-Gov. Beasley what he
thinks about that strategy.