Monday, December 07, 2009

Revisionist history from Pantload.



"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today."

Yeah, weren't they mostly Democrats?

There were members of Congress in both parties opposed to civil rights legislation -- today we call them "conservatives." That's because in 1964, the Democratic Party still had conservatives and the Republican party still had liberals. Conservatives in the South and at National Review opposed civil rights legislation.

The liberal president, Lyndon Johnson, was able to cobble together a coalition of liberals in both parties to get it done.
The original House version:
  • Southern Democrats: 7-87 (7%-93%)
  • Southern Republicans: 0-10 (0%-100%)
  • Northern Democrats: 145-9 (94%-6%)
  • Northern Republicans: 138-24 (85%-15%)

The Senate version:

It's rather telling that the Father of Modern Conservatism voted against.

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