This is indeed historic and I'm not afraid to say it is. Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans have come up with is this: Slow down, stop everything, let's start over. If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, "Slow down, it's too early, let's wait." When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote. Some insisted they simply slow down. When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone, regardless the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today.
I have a quote for Senator Reid from Vladimir Lenin, another authoritarian:
Medicine is the keystone of the arch of Socialism.
Reid and the gang know this, which is why the Left has been peddling this historic moment for 80 years.
Reid is actually right about a couple points. There were those who dug in their heels against the abolition of slavery. In English, the correct term for those people is Democrats (mostly southern Democrats).
To assist the current House Majority Leader, I’ve linked to Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld’s brief overview of the Democratic Party’s core involvement in the creation and longevity of slavery in America. - SKELETONS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CLOSET - NewsWithViews.com
The Republican Party was the Abolition party. In fact, the party was born out the demand for an abolitionist party that could defeat southern Democrats.
1866 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race
There were also those who dug in their heels in against women’s suffrage. What’a ya know - those people were predominantly Democrats too.
Like JFK and LBG supported civil rights for Blacks to the extent that public opinion dictated, President Woodrow Wilson (D) was also less than enthusiastic about defending a woman’s right to vote until he gave way to political pressure.
Woman picketing Woodrow Wilson (D)
The majority of Republicans supported a woman’s right to vote, while Democrats remained split.
Linda Sue Grimes details this point with her column Women and the Republican Party:
Suffrage Rights First Fought for by Republicans - Suite101.com.
Women picketing President Woodrow Wilson (D)
1868 Cartoon threatening that the KKK would lynch carpetbaggers
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Independent Monitor
I recommend reading The Democrat Race Lie - a remarkable time-line of America’s civil rights struggle - put together by Black-and-Right.com.
It starts with:
October 13, 1858 During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nominee
It ends with a quote from Margaret Sanger - founder of so called Planned Parenthood, and liberal icon:
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population….
Pay particular attention to the congressional voting records for both parties on civil rights legislation since the end of the Civil War, and through ALL OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACTS FROM 57' - 68'.
Unlike most documentaries on American civil rights, which negate any Republican references regarding the struggle while romanticizing Democrat figures like John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and LBJ, this documentary destroys revisionist history.
There is plenty of room for criticism of Eisenhower’s civil rights record, but he clearly took more initiative on civil rights than did any of the aforementioned Democrats, who the media regularly adorn with civil rights accolades.
David Nichols - Presidential historian - brings attention to Eisenhower’s role in the Civil Rights Movement with his book - A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution.
I have yet to see one documentary on the Civil Rights Movement that details Eisenhower’s efforts behind the 1957 Civil Rights Act, or that mentions that John F. Kennedy voted against it as a Senator (D-MA).
Frances Rice - a lawyer and chairman of the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) -
did her part in taking such mythology to task with her column - Harry Reid Twists Civil Rights History To Bash GOP - RightsideNews.com.
Frances Rice, chairman of the NBRA
At a time when Marxist-Socialist (Progressive) views began to take root amongst northern Democrats, the polls in America began to reflect increasing support for Black equality.
As it has always been necessary for Marxist-Socialist movements to exploit the fears and desires of the so called have nots through class warfair propaganda, northern Democrats saw the shift in American polity, and seized the opportunity to exploit the very word itself while covering up the party’s 180 year effort to keep inequality institutionalized.
In defense of their party, the Left asserts that racist Southerners switched to the Republican Party simply because such Southerners were so put off by the extent of the Democrat Party’s role in the success of the 2nd civil rights movement.
Of course this makes perfect sense; that southern racist Democrats would leave their party that was, to a significant degree, against ALL of the civil rights acts to join a party that was, by in large, committed to ALL of the civil rights acts.
Yet Leftists can’t seem to point to any sudden racist shift in the Republican Party platform that would have seduced such racist southern Democrats. -Go figure
In reality, the shift in southern party affiliation occurred over the course of three decades and was due to numerous factors.
Gerard Alexander - an associate professor of political science at the University of Virginia and contributor to the American Enterprise Institute - explains The Myth of the Racist Republicans - Claremont.org.
Over time, the Republican Party’s race neutral Conservative platform became the preferable option for many Southerners, even for some who may have retained bigoted sentiments.
The bottom line is that the South has left it’s racist past in the past, and is probably one of the least racially pre-occupied regions in the country today.
* Why are more Blacks moving to the South than to any other region?
* Why is it that 55% of America’s Black population now resides in the South?
* Why are their more black elected officials in the South today than in any other region of the country?
Ivy Sellers gives some perspective changing insight about the South and the North in her column - Southern Culture Under Siege - HumanEvents.com
By the way, Senator Reid; those filibuster threats were more than threats. They were record long actual filibusters by Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-SC) and Robert Byrd (D-WV).
Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Robert Byrd (D-WV), former member - Kleagle of the KKK and current Democrat Senator, performed the longest filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act speaking for 14 hours and 13 minutes.
(Can you imagine how much CO2 these two filibusters emitted into our fragile atmosphere? Could it be that Democrat opposition to civil rights was the catalyst for Human Induced Global Warming (HIGW)…I mean Climate Change?
I’m doing my best to keep up with this Human Induced Terminology Change.)
It will truly be a historic day when Harry Reid and the posse acknowledge and apologize for the Democratic Party’s insidious role in American slavery, the repealing of post Civil War Reconstruction, the KKK, the Black Codes - Jim Crow Laws, the denial of voting rights for women, and for subsequently projecting such inhumanity on the very party that played a vital role in defeating it all.
I think Robert Byrd would be the perfect Democrat to deliver the Democratic parties official apology, considering his past experiences. But then again it would be a tough choice.
If you are a Democrat, have you written to your Democrat Senator, Obama, or the DNC to demand that your party officially recognize and apologize for it’s crucial role in the suppression of civil rights?
I’ll leave with a Pelosi Statement on Senator Robert Byrd Becoming Longest-Serving Member of Congress - IBTimes.com:
Senator Robert Byrd's remarkable life is defined by service to his state and to his country. Over the course of his momentous career in the House and the Senate, he has not simply witnessed moments of political progress, he has stood at the forefront of legislative achievements that have improved the lives of millions of Americans.
As Congress' foremost scholar on the Constitution, Senator Byrd has used the legislative process to advance the common good. He has spoken truth to power when needed, stood on principle when no one else would, and knew when to compromise when the time came.
I offer my congratulations to Senator Byrd on reaching such an extraordinary milestone today. His name will forever remain etched in the history books for his exceptional accomplishment and courage. For nearly 57 years, he has worked tirelessly for the good of our great nation, while never forgetting the people back home in West Virginia. Long may his voice continue to provide inspiration for all Members of Congress and the American people.