To: Grand Old Partisan
While this is a fair point to bring up, the problem is that several of the then-Democrats who opposed this and other civil rights laws become Republicans. This leaves Republicans in the uncomfortable position of explaining how and why anti-civil rights congressmen found a home in the Republican party. No, I don't think that this means that the Republicans are racist but I do think that blacks will zero in on this question and the Republicans need to do better than I've seen them do in the past in explaining what happened. Bear in mind that many blacks specifically will not vote Republican because they feel that the Republican party, if not racist, is a home to racists and the large number of anti-civil rights Democrats who fled to the Republican party only reinforces that impression.
"..... the problem is that several of the then-Democrats who opposed this and other civil rights laws become Republicans."
True, but why confuse a great talking point with facts. I'm not sure what the geographic make-up of the for/against Civil Rights were, but I would not be surprised to see a definite Southern opposition to the legislation with the Republican support being from the NE, West coast & midwest (rust belt).
Al Gore's father, a life-long Democrat. filibustered against the bill, as did current Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, whom the Democrats STILL call "the conscience of the Senate." The notion that all those segregationist Democrats becmae Republicans is a fantasy perpetuated by the Doris Kearns Goodwin's of academia.
Ignorance is the Democrats' best friend, so Republicans should welcome any un-distorting of American history.
posted on 08/08/2003 7:49:15 AM PDT
by Grand Old Partisan
(You can read about my history of the GOP at www.republicanbasics.com)
While this is a fair point to bring up, the problem is that several of the then-Democrats who opposed this and other civil rights laws become Republicans.
And most of the Rats that lead the filibuster like Gore, Fullbright and Sheets Byrd stayed Democrat. So isn't it logical that the few segregationists of that era who moved to the GOP (Strom is the only one I can think of) had different reasons than race for becoming Republican?
Vietnam, The Cold War and the tilting of the Democrat leadership to the far left on foreign policy comes to mind as a reason. Reagan was surely not a segregationist --- he supported the Civil Right Act --- but he and many others like him moved to the GOP at the same time.
posted on 08/11/2003 6:21:44 AM PDT
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