Posted by Curt on 8 February, 2006 at 10:38 am. 3 comments already!

We all heard about the rousing ovation the Clintonista’s got yesterday during Coretta King’s funeral. Why? Because they are the Democrats of course. The party that has protected blacks for a century. Or have they? (Via Macsmind)

A little known fact of history involves the heavy opposition to the civil rights movement by several prominent Democrats. Similar historical neglect is given to the important role Republicans played in supporting the civil rights movement. A calculation of 26 major civil rights votes from 1933 through the 1960’s civil rights era shows that Republicans favored civil rights in approximately 96% of the votes, whereas the Democrats opposed them in 80% of the votes! These facts are often intentionally overlooked by the left wing Democrats for obvious reasons. In some cases, the Democrats have told flat out lies about their shameful record during the civil rights movement.

Democrat Senators organized the record Senate filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Included among the organizers were several prominent and well known liberal Democrat standard bearers including:

  • Robert Byrd, current senator from West Virginia
  • J. William Fulbright, Arkansas senator and political mentor of Bill Clinton
  • Albert Gore Sr., Tennessee senator, father and political mentor of Al Gore. Gore Jr. has been known to lie about his father’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act.
  • Sam Ervin, North Carolina senator of Watergate hearings fame
  • Richard Russell, famed Georgia senator and later President Pro Tempore

The complete list of the 21 Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes Senators:

  • Hill and Sparkman of Alabama
  • Fulbright and McClellan of Arkansas
  • Holland and Smathers of Florida
  • Russell and Talmadge of Georgia
  • Ellender and Long of Louisiana
  • Eastland and Stennis of Mississippi
  • Ervin and Jordan of North Carolina
  • Johnston and Thurmond of South Carolina
  • Gore Sr. and Walters of Tennessee
  • H. Byrd and Robertson of Virginia
  • R. Byrd of West Virginia

Democrat opposition to the Civil Rights Act was substantial enough to literally split the party in two. A whopping 40% of the House Democrats VOTED AGAINST the Civil Rights Act, while 80% of Republicans SUPPORTED it. Republican support in the Senate was even higher. Similar trends occurred with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was supported by 82% of House Republicans and 94% of Senate Republicans. The same Democrat standard bearers took their normal racists stances, this time with Senator Fulbright leading the opposition effort.

It took the hard work of Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen and Republican Whip Thomas Kuchel to pass the Civil Rights Act (Dirksen was presented a civil rights accomplishment award for the year by the head of the NAACP in recognition of his efforts). Upon breaking the Democrat filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Republican Dirksen took to the Senate floor and exclaimed “The time has come for equality of opportunity in sharing in government, in education, and in employment. It will not be stayed or denied. It is here!” (Full text of speech). Sadly, Democrats and revisionist historians have all but forgotten (and intentionally so) that it was Republican Dirksen, not the divided Democrats, who made the Civil Rights Act a reality. Dirksen also broke the Democrat filibuster of the 1957 Civil Rights Act that was signed by Republican President Eisenhower.

How short people’s memory is. Should we be surprised? No. They have almost forgotten what happened 4 1/2 years ago and now say there really is no war. So how could we expect people who think like this to remember which party was the party of civil rights.

Yesterday was a disgrace. To turn a funeral into a political stump speech was over the top and should never have happened but as most of us know, pretty much everything the left does is disgraceful so no one was surprised. The fact that Bush, knowing this would happen, still showed up at the funeral speaks volumes for his character. Once again Bush should who the bigger man was, and the better man.

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Yesterday was a disgrace. To turn a funeral into a political stump speech was over the top and should never have happened but as most of us know, pretty much everything the left does is disgraceful so no one was surprised. The fact that Bush, knowing this would happen, still showed up at the funeral speaks volumes for his character. Once again Bush should who the bigger man was, and the better man.

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