Of course, those 1964 Southern Democrats quickly switched their party affilliation to the Republican Party. An analysis of the battles that followed the 1964 acts show the shift and the votes giving an aire of unjustified puffery to the claim of this thread. That shift by formerly "Safe South" Democratic party was the basis for the rise of the GOP to the dominant position it now enjoys in the South. Intellectual blindness and revisionist history are transparent to anyone but the most uninformed and party loyalists.
posted on 02/23/2006 1:19:19 PM PST
Oh really they did? James O. Eastland? John Stennis? Allen Ellender? William Fulbright? Fritz Hollings? Al Gore? Richard Russell? John Sparkman? Harry Byrd? Robert Byrd? Jeez, I thought they didn't, stupid me...OK, now let's go back to reality - the ONLY Democratic Senator who voted against the CRA and switched his affiliation was Strom Thurmond. ALL other Democrats remained in their party and most of them maintained their influential positions (like Eastland - Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and later President pro tempore, who, while already being a Senator, once said that the "Constitution guarantees...the right to life, liberty and pursuit of dead niggers").
posted on 02/23/2006 1:45:13 PM PST
(Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.)
Wrong. The Republicans voted in higher percentages than the Dems for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and it was only Dem lies that continually persuaded blacks that the Dems were "on their side." Even Martin Luther King, Jr., was a lifelong Republican. However, once the welfare hooks were in the black underclass, it became a matter of freebies, and not freedom, as to which party to support.
Nice try, though.
posted on 02/23/2006 1:47:04 PM PST
(CNN is the Amtrak of news)
At the Rosa Parks funeral there was four US Presidents there, two had publicly praised segregationists and supported them in their day. Jimmy Carter had Lester Maddox and George Wallace and Bill Clinton had William J. Fulbright and Orval Faubus.
GW and his dad George Herbert Walker Bush on the other hand owe little to racists in their political careers.
posted on 02/23/2006 3:02:00 PM PST
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