Progressive Southern Strategy
The PDA Progressive Southern Strategy includes opening chapters to build upon across the south – and to help find truly progressive democrats to run for office and who believe in the traditional core values of the party that are about human rights, dignity, compassion, fair and honest elections, and protecting the environment.
THE PDA cores values and issues: End Corporate Rule, Healthcare for All/Single Payer, Economic and Social Justice, End Wars and Occupations, Stop Global Warming, Clean, Fair, Transparent Elections and the Democracy Restoration Act
Devious Dicky Nixon and his Southern Strategy Rottweiler Kevin Phillips
Republican campaign strategist Kevin Phillips – Lord of Nixon’s “Racist” Southern Strategy – was the GOP’s extreme right-wing ethnologist (anthropologist), who was labeled by detractors as “an absurdly misprogrammed human computer filled with sawdust” and a “bumptious ass, an insensitive Neanderthal with almost sadistic social concepts“
Organizers of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) 2012 “Progressive Southern Strategy” remind voters that history shows that Republican Presidents created a “Southern Strategy” that was astoundingly racist and immoral.
We need to learn from history as we move progressively forward promoting compassion and human rights.
Even a popular quotation from past history is not always what it seem to be – tho making our point on several levels.
“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it“
— Above is the popular phrase that misquotes the original text written by George Santayana, who is an “important and profound philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.“
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,”
— Wrote George Santayana in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1.
Democrats and Republicans have always needed the southern vote – and in many cases the south propelled Democrats to office – but also has signaled defeat when swayed by a Republican “Southern Strategy”
After losing the south in 1968 to George Wallace (see above graphics), President Nixon made sure he’d capture the south in 1972 – and that he did thanks to GOP Strategist from Hell Kevin Phillips who brewed up Nixon’s Southern Strategy.
And sure enough the south burned again in 1972, thanks to Phillips’ ability to spread Nixon’s version of civil rights and humanity in America – at the hands of the extreme right wing Republicans and white southern racists.
Photo Caption and Credit:
Nixon flashes his famous “V” for Victory sign during a 1968 campaign stop in Philadelphia during his successful campaign to become President of the United States.
By Ollie Atkins, White House photographer in July 1968 while working for Executive Office of the President of the United States via Wikipedia.
Of course, the Watergate scandal that would take Dick and the boys down for good.
In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama defeated John McCain – and as expected won the Deep South.
However, McCain won North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.
Some argue that the state of Florida – due to an elderly transplanted population – is not really a “Southern State” (demographics, politics) despites it geographic location. Others say Florida has to be – and is a southern state.
Can President Obama rely on the south in 2012?
President Nixon’s Southern Strategy was severely condemned by many authors including a May 1970 article in the New York Times by James Boyd entitled: Nixon’s Southern strategy ‘It’s All In the Charts’
Later, President Ronald (Cowboy) Reagan was given 8 years of reign while the Democratic Party seemingly began shifting from the middle to the right especially in its social and civil rights policies.
Boyd cited these books for further details:
The coming of age marketing of Slick Tricky Dicky:
Republican campaign strategist Kevin Phillips – who created Nixon’s “Racist” Southern Strategy – was the GOP’s extreme right-wing ethnologist/anthropologist who was labeled by detractors as “an absurdly misprogrammed human computer filled with sawdust” and a “bumptious ass, an insensitive Neanderthal with almost sadistic social concepts”
Despite his right-wing narrowest views – Kevin Phillips is an Ethnologist aka anthropologist.
Below is a 1970 article by James Boyd also explains President Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” that many say was devoid of human kindness.
Read the entire story here:
PDA is organized around several core issues.
These issues include:
- End Corporate Rule
- Healthcare for All/Single Payer
- Economic and Social Justice
- End Wars and Occupations
- Stop Global Warming
- Clean, Fair, Transparent Elections
“The Neshoba Moment”: Reagan’s white supremacy express landed on the graves of three civil rights workers at Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi
Knowing he’d make a hit with white voters – and at the same insulting blacks across America – Ronald Reagan gave his first post-convention speech at the Neshoba County Fair after being officially chosen as the Republican nominee for President of the United States
“I believe in states’ rights,” Reagan said.
Then Reagan promised to “restore to states and local governments the power that properly belongs to them,” Reagan said.
Some analysts believe that Reagan used the phrase as a tacit appeal to Southern white voters and a continuation of Richard Nixon‘s painful and evil
“I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment, Reagan proclaimed in what would become known as “Neshoba Incident.”
Reagan was courting right-wing whites – and maybe some KKK thugs – during his infamous speech at the Neshoba County Fair – a once popular campaign stop but then became sacred ground because of the most famous civil rights murder cases in U.S. history and sparked the movie “Mississippi Burning” and other movies.
Politicians had not campaigned at the fair in the 16 years since the brutal murders – and other unsolved disappearances.
It became known “The Neshoba Moment” because many believed Reagan purposely launched his campaign at that fair hoping to have a “thinly veiled appeal to white supremacy,” said one critic.
Reagan “couldn’t have been ignorant of the significance of the location,” wrote Brian Jones while reviewing a documentary that examines the fallout of the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi.
President Reagan furthered “the southern strategy of Goldwater and Nixon, making the Republican Party the party of hardcore racist ideology.”
– said writer Ben Greenberg about Reagan articles written Jim Prince III, editor of the Neshoba Democrat, who doesn’t worry about being tactful and some say is racist.
Greenberg is a researcher, editor and activist.
Indeed, (Reagan) deliberately and calculatedly chose the Neshoba Fair to kick off his presidential campaign.
When Reagan took the stage, with dozens of Confederate flags festooning the fairground, the crowd chanted, “We want Reagan.”
A beaming Regan shouted back, “There isn’t any place like this anywhere.”
There was thunderous applause, and rebel yells.
Nixon’s Southern strategy ‘It’s All In the Charts’
By JAMES BOYD
New York Times (1857-Current file); May 17, 1970; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 – 2003)
The “Southern Strategy,” fulfilled
When Ronald Reagan’s invoked “states’ rights” in 1980, it helped seal a massive political realignment
Help support the Progressive Southern Strategy developed by the Progressive Democrats of America, its massive team, and its Southern Regional Organizer Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, Georgia:
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PDA Announces Progressive Southern Strategy: Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, Georgia is working with the National team and other PDA regional and state organizers to craft policy and action plans for building a Progressive Southern Strategy.
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The Progressive Southern Strategy is Georgia – 8 PDA Chapters:
PDA Augusta, PDA Southern Regional Organizer and PDA State of Georgia Coordinator of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) are based in Augusta, Georgia:
Rev. Terence A. Dicks, PDA Augusta, PDA Southern Regional Organizer and PDA State of Georgia Coordinator
GA Congressional Districts: 10 and 12
email Rev. Terence A. Dicks:
Macon Middle Georgia Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is based in Macon, Georgia:
Stephanie Woods-Miller, Chapter Leader Middle Georgia PDA
GA Congressional District: 8
email Stephanie Woods-Miller:
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President of the Macon Chapter of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and legal counsel to the National Federation of Democratic Women:
Georgia Democrats Congressional District 8 Chair:
Coastal Georgia Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is based in Brunswick, Georgia:
Thomas Mullen, Chapter Leader Coastal Georgia PDA
GA Congressional District: 1
email Thomas Mullen:
Metro Atlanta/Fulton County Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is based in Atlanta, Georgia:
Erica Pines, Chapter Leader Metro Atlanta/Fulton County PDA
GA Congressional District: 5
email Erica Pines:
Gwinnett County Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is based in Norcross, Georgia:
Michelle Thorns, Chapter Leader Gwinnett County PDA
email Michelle Thorns:
Georgia Mountains Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is based in Jasper, Georgia:
David Robinson, Chapter Leader Georgia Mountains
email David Robinson:
PDA Savannah Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is based in Savannah, Georgia:
Miguel Camacho, Chapter Leader PDA Savannah
email Miguel Camacho:
Progressive Democrats of CSRA (Tri-Counties) Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is based in Avera, Georgia:
Dr. Diane Evans, Chapter Leader Progressive Democrats of CSRA (Tri-Counties)
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Among those highlighting the 2010 PDA National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio were:
Daniel Elsberg is perhaps best known for releasing the “Pentagon Papers” that some say were the final nail in the coffin of the Vietnam War – all because of he and his family’s graver coping hundreds of thousands of papers during clandestine midnight copying scenarios (using actual copying machines long before transferring info on a computer disk)
U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich in 2012 is seeking to regain his Ohio U.S. Congressional seat and is the father of the PDA because it was out of his campaign for the Presidency that PDA was born in 2004.
Kucinich fights for progressive values like these listed on his website: “Changing the Debate, Jobs, Monetary Policy, The Economy, Equal Education, Campaign Finance Reform, Energy and Environment, Energy and the Environment, Worker’s Rights, Human Rights, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Food Policy, Retirement Security, Animal Welfare, Health Care, War or Peace?”
John Nichols is an author and Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine
Jeff Cohen is the author and founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College
Marcy Winogradis is the the former PDA-endorsed congressional candidate and Advisory Board member
Wendell Potter is the Senior Fellow on Healthcare with the Center for Media and Democracy
Video with Daniel Ellsberg, Dennis Kucinich, and Donna Smith in Cleveland:
Congressman Dennis Kucinich, out of whose campaign for the presidency PDA was born in 2004, gave a rousing speech:
Watch Jeff Cohen’s remarks at the 2010 PDA conference here:
Website of media watch dog group “Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting” (FAIR):
Other videos with Jeff Cohen:
Progressive Southern Strategy from Past Elections:
PDA: Progressive Southern Strategy and the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina: “Creating Leadership for a Southern Progressive Strategy” August 8, 2009
The Nation: “A Progressive Southern Strategy” Posted by George Six on March 17, 2009
The Nation: “Progressive Southern Strategy Conference” by George Six on July 16, 2009
Wikipedia page about the Southern Strategy used by several campaigns:
The Progressive Influence looks at the 2012 Republican Southern Strategy: “The GOP; Its base and rationale for its southern strategy” Feb. 24, 2012
Daily Kos: “Southern Strategy explains all” by Mokurai on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 07:18 PM EST
Confederate GOP Elephant/Maps collage graphic:
GOP Confederate Elephant courtesy Hackwhackers, Electoral College maps via Wikipedia (see entire list below at end of this post)
Hackwhackers: A progressive perspective on politics, culture and the media
White House page about President Jimmy Carter:
Wikipedia page about President Jimmy Carter:
Official White House website section devoted to President Richard Nixon:
President Richard Nixon page on Wikipedia:
Richard Nixon gives his trademark “victory” sign while in Philadelphia during his successful campaign to become President of the United States.
By Ollie Atkins, White House photographer in July 1968 while working for Executive Office of the President of the United States
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35thPresident of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas:
National Archives: The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection
JFK / The Kennedy Assassination Home Page by John McAdams – who recommends “the best resources on other Kennedy assassination web pages.”
The John F. Kennedy Assassination Homepage (includes copy of the Warren Commission Report):
Website is hosted by a 40 year old IT guy Ralph Schuster of Frankfurt, Germany after being both inspired and confused by Oliver Stone’s JFK.
Republican Barry Morris Goldwater: Republican U.S. Senator and 1964 Republican candidate defeated by incumbent Pres. Lyndon Johnson.
Info about President Ronald Reagan:
Wikipedia page about Nixon Strategist and right-wing ethnologist Kevin Phillips:
Kevin Phillips “Author” page on Facebook:
Amazon.com page for books written by Nixon Southern Dictator Kevin Phillips
Amazon.com page for book written by Nixon Southern Dictator Kevin Phillips entitled “The Emerging Republican Majority”:
New York Times Reviews and Critics of books and career of infamous Nixon strategist Kevin Phillip, who some say later tried to make amends for his evil GOP deeds.
In fact, the prolific author Phillips went on to write several books critical of the Republican Party and the elitist attitudes:
Has Kevin Phillips Been Making Amends in Recent Years?
Personally, Phillips is a man in denial about his past, but his recent books apparently show a George Wallace kind of revelation about his evil past.
Only Phillips knows for sure whether his heart has changed (see interview below)
For example, check out the comments Kevin Phillips made in this salon.com story by Joan Walsh, Salon’s editor at large:
The Bush dynasty’s dark magic – One-time Republican hero Kevin Phillips dares to speak up against the Walker-Bush oligarchy that rules the American state through oil, intelligence, big money and the power of the Christian right.”
Kevin Phillips Book: American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
Kevin Phillips Book: The Politics of Rich and Poor: Wealth and the American Electorate in the Reagan Aftermath [Paperback]
Kevin Phillips Book: After the Fall: The Inexcusable Failure of American Finance: An Update to Bad Money (A Penguin Group eSpecial from Penguin Books) [Kindle Edition]
Democracy Now! interview in March 2006 with fromer GOP Strategist Kevin Phillips about his book: American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
Links about Author Joe McGinnis, whose books include – “The Selling of the President 1968”:
Wikipedia page for Author Joe McGinnis:
The homepage of Author Joe McGinnis whose books include – “The Selling of the President 1968”:
The Amazon.com selling page for the Author Joe McGinnis book – “The Selling of the President 1968”:
Author Richard Harris book entitled “Justice: The Crisis of Law, Order and Freedom in America”
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd; First edition (October 1, 197o)
Links for Author Richard Harris and his book “Justice: The Crisis of Law, Order and Freedom in America”:
Amazon.com pages for selling the Richard Harris book “Justice: The Crisis of Law, Order and Freedom in America”:
Amazon.com info page about Author Richard Harris:
Google page for selling the Richard Harris book “Justice: The Crisis of Law, Order and Freedom in America”:
Photo shows beginning of a “Harvard Law Review” Review of Author Richard Harris book entitled “Justice: The Crisis of Law, Order and Freedom in America”
Vol. 83, No. 8, Jun., 1970
Harvard Law Review © 1970 The Harvard Law Review Association
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