On This Day in 1964, Democrats Filibustered the Civil Rights Act

June 10, 1964, was a dramatic day in the United States Senate. For the first time in its history, cloture was invoked on a civil rights bill, ending a record-breaking filibuster by Democrats that had consumed fifty-seven working days. The hero of the hour was minority leader Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (R-Ill.).

On June 10, 1964, Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act.
Grand Old Partisan reported, via DANEgerus:

On this day in 1964, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), the Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate, condemned the Democrats’ 57-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Leading the Democrats in their opposition to civil rights for African-Americans was Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd, who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, spoke against the bill for fourteen straight hours. Democrats still call Robert Byrd “the conscience of the Senate.”

In his speech, Senator Dirksen called on the Democrats to end their filibuster and accept racial equality.

Michael Zak wrote about this in his book Back to Basics for the Republican Party and reminds us that Democrats, the party of Slavery, Secession, Segregation and the KKK… fought against equality.

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  • Matt

    Thank God they all became Republicans.

  • Tim in Cali

    There you go again..stating facts and telling the truth…

    Liberals can’t handle truth and you are aware of that

  • bg


    Thank You Mr. Zak

    scroll for more more here..


  • bg


    Matt #1 June 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm



  • Noovuss

    Does anyone really believe that by removing one mans rights that we are securing another mans rights? Do you really think that by removing private property rights that this is something to hang your hat on?
    Yes the Dems didn’t want the legislation for the wrong reasons, but the opposition to this was none the less correct.

  • Matt I didn’t know Bryd changed parties.. pretty sure he was a demOrat until the day he died. As well since when do those whom were defeated in the political arena join those that defeated them> Matt your an idiot and a tool of hate .. my you die a painful death resulting from broken bottles.

  • 1RedBeard

    Matt, thanks for the intellectually vacant talking point. Next time, try doing your homework before posting drivel, and you won’t seem quite so ignorant. You might start with this:


  • Liz

    If it weren’t for Republicans, we wouldn’t have a President Obama. Yikes.

  • bg


    DarthProphet #6 June 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    not smart to wish ill on anyone, especially in a public forum..

    it reflects badly on the host, as well as regular posters..

    and may your my not be karma..


  • mg4us

    Need to get the facts out about Civil rights and which party helped move it over the finnish line. .

    Most of my Dem friends believe that only Democrats were to be credited with Civil Rights. .

  • bg


    Liz #8 June 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    and if we all had crap for brains, you’d be a millionaire..


  • Patty

    Seems old habits have die hard, in today’s world there is more racial unrest about those who gained their freedom. You see, as I see it those who just happen to be in the Democratic Party still call on the race card when it seems anything isn’t going their way.

    It is like (with some) they use the race card for Obama care, Zimmerman and many other situations. And ACORN is the worse. And it seems Illegals, discrimination is part of this society in just about everything. Not that we want it or would discriminate but the socialists, occupiers, liberal in the media and even the DOJ.

    Many in the republican party worked diligently to stop inequality. After all these years it always creeps into our society and what a real shame that “some” just don’t feel justified. I feel like slamming my head against the wall when the so called leaders bring up race and how absolutely ridiculous they look when doing so.

  • MVH

    Thanks for posting this, Jim. A thorough knowledge of history keeps us aware of previous pitfalls. Otherwise, Santayana will be correct once again: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

  • Path

    I agree, most believe that the Democrats were the party who supported civil rights. It’s 180 from the truth and 99% of blacks have no clue about that fact.

  • Granny

    #10 June 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    mg4us commented:

    Need to get the facts out about Civil rights and which party helped move it over the finnish line. .

    Most of my Dem friends believe that only Democrats were to be credited with Civil Rights. .

    Funny, that isn’t the way I remember it – and I’m plenty old enough to remember it quite well. The Democrats were dead-set against Civil Rights – in 1865 and in 1965. Judging by their attempts to drum the One Drop Rule into today’s people of color, they still are.

  • Musingguy3

    Dirksen was a rockefellor republican. Opposition to the civil wrongs bill was bipartisan in the south. Texas republican senator voted against the bill too. Do your homework idiots

  • bg


    1RedBeard #7 June 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    nice link, thank you..


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  • bg


    actually, Ike had a lot to do with getting
    the civil rights act ball rolling so to speak..


  • mg4us

    Fully agree Granny #15. .
    Schools have Hijacked the history and put lies in the heads of our kids. .

    Here is the closing speech at Nutroots Nation. . by Commie Van Jones. . to save nation from TEA PARTY. .


    Even die hard Lefties are scratching their heads. .
    No Hope or Change. . NO Forward. .No Future. .

    The best is the last paragraph by Leftist Follower:

    “But on Sunday morning, I’m struggling to make any sense of what we were told. I’m all in for beating back the barbarians — we should always beat back the barbarians, no matter what’s happening with the Presidency – but after that, I didn’t hear a path towards fixing anything else.”

    Obama – – Incompetent, Inept, Inexperienced and Radical too. .
    No Hope so lets Change!

  • bg


    Musingguy3 #16 June 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    links please,



  • Taqiyyotomist

    Democrat Fairy Tales, cont.

    …and then, dear children, they all Magically Switched Sides! And it was then the Republicans who claimed to own the blacks. It was the Republicans who took Margaret Sanger’s idea of “exterminat[ing] the black race” and put her Planned Parenthood clinics in every single ‘hood in the nation. After they magically switched sides during the Mythical Southern Strategy it was the Republicans, from then on, nevermind that they had started, with 70 black men, the Texas Republican Party, it was the Republicans who controlled every single school in America’s Black Ghettos! It was a Republican who said “We’ll have those n&^gers voting Democrat for the next two hundred years!” It was Republicans, after that Magical Switch, who destroyed the black family by giving them endless benefits for having babies out of marriage! And the Magical Switching of Sides did all that! And more! EBONICS was, after the Magical Switch, started as a way of NOT teaching — by the Magically Switched Republicans, keepin’ ’em stupid just like their former (Democrat) slaveowners liked it — because teaching black kids to write like Booker T. Washington would be like trying to teach a dog to write, and just as mean-spirited and cruel….”

    Yep, folks, in the Progressive Fairy Tale, it was the Republicans that did all that and more to black Americans, and who continue to do so.


  • Patty
  • Patty


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  • Militant conservative

    I educate blacks every where

    I go. Many are amazed at the

    Lies democrats have done.

    The biggest lie is that MLK

    Was a democrat. Most blacks

    keel over when finding this

    out. “whites blacks and racist

    Democrats” written by a black

    Revered to educate his sons.

    Powerful and very true.

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  • subsonic

    Anyone can go the Library of Congress website and check the voting records. A majority of Republicans voted for the bill and a majority of Democrats voted against it. Too bad the news media are libs and willling to be history revisionists.

  • Patty

    #25 June 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    Militant conservative commented:


    It makes me sick, that is why I sent my children to private schools. They never missed a beat with the truth. It seems you get what you pay for. And we still had to pay for the Public School’s misinformation.

  • Patty

    #27 June 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    subsonic commented:

    Anyone can go the Library of Congress website and check the voting records. A majority of Republicans voted for the bill and a majority of Democrats voted against it. Too bad the news media are libs and willling to be history revisionists.


    Over 50% of the news media wants Obama to win.

  • Patty


    Dianne Feinstein vents ire over ‘avalanche of leaks’ (Sen. Feinstein compares Obama to Hitler)


  • Taqiyyotomist


    Patty, you are the Mistress of Understatement.

  • Patty

    Back to Basics for the Republican Party

    Now, if Romney can just considerate and put all his hopes for America into this basket he will win.

    Instead of teachers excoriating their students on things that don’t have any meaning and they have no real knowledge of, JUST START TEACHING THE TRUTH AND THE BASICS.

    Their political views have no place in the classroom. I still believe that Americans are in favor of this and do feel that we have been allowing the school system the honor of being our kids mentors and that we won’t ever scrutinized or question their teaching abilities.

    Obama certainly talks a big talk about hiring more teachers and asking Congress for more money but if we get more of the same liberals teaching our kids we will have given Obama this money in vain.

    Quality not the quantity matter and there must be a way that someone has a watchful eye on the teachers in the classroom and I suggest, because Obama won’t do it, parents sit in on all classes. A designated participate, like the designated driver. Because as I see it we need a watchmen or watch women. I can’t seem to come to another conclusion the Liberals way of teaching, it needs to stop.

  • Patty

    #31 June 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm
    Taqiyyotomist commented:


    Patty, you are the Mistress of Understatement.

    😆 Thank you??

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  • Patty


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    America really is fading away before our very eyes.

    A public school principal in New York City has banned kindergartners from singing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation, but according to the New York Post, is allowing them to perform Justin Bieber’s “Baby”:

    Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.

    Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.

    Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. [..]


  • billntwrk


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  • bg


    billntwrk #36 June 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    that you Luka..


  • mg4us

    Let’s not forget Trayvon. . . Obama’s If I Had a son he’d look like Trayvon

    Perhaps same folks will be marching in Auburn, AL

  • gd

    Just google “one drop rule” from an earlier comment. If President Obama had stated that he was half black and half white, just imagine the healing that would have take started, instead we’ve seen an increase in racism.

  • Gospace

    THe Dems are the same party now as then- the party that believes in group rights, not individual rights, and believes that some groups should have priveleges over others. . They’ve simply chaged which fgroups they faver.

    Group rights and individual rights are incompatible- of groups have rights, you don’t and I don’t.

    The Constitution fails to mention group rights at all. Smart guys, those founding fathers, or to use the PC term, those founders.

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  • Buffalobob

    Progs cannot accept reality or the truth. They have it in their DNA.

  • Robert Williamson

    Small correction: Democrats *from the South, such as Tennessee, Arkansas, and West Virginia* Filibustered the Civil Rights Act. All these states have long since been Republican strongholds. Support for the act didn’t cut between party lines…more like the Mason Dixon. 😉

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  • obfuscatenot

    Didn’t Eisenhower begin the push for civil rights way back, and then Sen. Johnson kept it from becoming a Republican “feather in the cap”, so the Democrats could claim “credit” later under a Dem Pres? Typical Democrats.
    Just drove down Dirksen Pkwy in Springfield the other day, after visiting Oak Ridge Cemetery to see Lincolns tomb. Ever get the chance, it’s a fitting tribute! Just another Republican who had a little to do with civil rights.

  • The Elector of Saxony

    Unfortunately, the Civil Rights Act has resulted in the greatest erosion of liberty and common sense in the history of the United States. From it, we got “disparate impact”. From it has derived the absolute voiding of American property rights. From it, we have arrived at a place in which 12 percent of the country virtually rules the rest. This is the legislation that required us to empty our cities of productive persons, destroyed our schools, drove up crime rates. Every time you hear a court set aside the result of a fair civil service promotion or hiring exam as having “disparate impact on minorities” or citing due process of law where a minority got her feelings hurt because she was fired for utter incompetence, you can thank the Civil Rights Act. Affirmative Action? Yep. Greatest unconstitutional expansion of Federal power since Roosevelt tried to turn himself into Joe Stalin in the 30s. We were founded to be a society of individual liberties and rights. Yet another awful consequence of the 1960’s.

    Are you better off being an American today than you were in 1964? It’s doubtful. You have cooler stuff, but you’re less free and you live in a cesspool of violence and dysfunction. The promised land. Enjoy it.

  • The Elector of Saxony

    I almost forgot consent decrees! That’s where Federal Judges can order changes to your school district (for which your taxes are confiscated) by fiat. Hey, that’s what democracy looks like! Also, down south, we can’t alter our voting districts unless a Federal Judge likes what he/she/it sees. By fiat, it can be changed or nullified after being duly passed by an elected legislature. Democracy!

  • Limousine Barry

    What wrong?

    It is true, we actually don’t support civil rights. Is that any justification for voting against me and my fellow cronies?

    Don’t answer that!

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  • jwyatt03

    Is it just me, or did anyone else think that Dirkson looked like Al Franken about 10 years later?

  • jtb032810

    You idiots are applauding the passage of the CRA of 1964? Are you kidding me? Have you seen what it has done to our school system? How about our jail population(the worlds largest)? Violent crime rate? STD rate? Unwed births? Abortions? Should i go on? What a bunch of absolute clueless clowns….and Satanic clowns at that.

    Why did ONE girl have the right to rule over the other 250 million people and then tell me where my kids can go to school? Easy: because you tards like APARTHEID (minority ruling majority). The CRA of 1964 was a death blow to our society, freedom, common sense and made our schools an international joke overnight. ANd, you are PAYING for it. Brilliant. The only one who had an ounce of common sense was Jesse Helms. The ONLY one.

    You dont make thoroughbreds by tearing down fences. You make them by putting up fences any DOPE knows this. Well except for Roman Catholic dopes. Its funny…the Roman Catholic church is original a Latin church which is a North African church. Bible believing Christianity didn’t start in Alexandria Egypt it started in Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:27).

    Lastly, Acts 17:26 goes on to say that God’s purpose in “setting boundaries” was so men would seek the Lord. Those that “remove the bounds” are hindering God’s work, not aiding it (Hosea 5:10). But, then again, I thought you roman catholics gave us the “bible”? That’s another funny joke. The Bible is a Jewish book written by Jews. Good job clueless ones you have now brought us into the Laodicean church age found in Revelation 3. Uhhhhhhh, know what Laodicea means? It means “rights of the people” as in CIVIL RIGHTS. You know what God thinks of this age? He calls it the most disgusting, gross, vile, wicked period of time on earth because everybody has “rights” but Him. So, therefore He will spue you out of His mouth. Its happening right in front your face.

    “If they speak not according to this word, its because there is no light in them. He that is of God, heareth God’s words, ye therefore hear them not because ye are not of God”

  • Tobias Took

    Two words: MLKJr: Republican

  • bg
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    re: #54 June 11, 2012 at 11:45 am bg

    The Truth May Inconvenience Our Perceptions

    [Indeed, I have a videotape of black historian, Dr. Edward Smith of American University in Washington D.C., in which he points out that at least 90,000 blacks served under arms in the Confederate armies. This long ignored, or silently suppressed fact is only now beginning to reach the public where it can help to alter our perceptions of the realities which existed in the Old South. It might be worth noting that in the Southern armies, black and white men were not segregated as they were in the Northern armies. They fought side by side with fellow Southerners. In support of this fact, perhaps you are not aware that the first military monument in Washington D.C. honoring black soldiers is in Arlington National Cemetery near the Custis-Lee Mansion. Erected in 1914 by Moses Ezekial, a Jewish Confederate who wanted to correctly portray the racial realities in the Southern armies, it clearly shows a black soldier marching in step with his white comrades in arms. It further portrays the trust that existed between them by depicting a black woman receiving a white soldier’s child for protection as he is going off to war. Somehow, this Confederate monument is never pointed out on the usual tours that you’ll get up there. Does anyone think they might know why?


    We must come to understand that slavery can come in many forms and under many names. It may still be of a physical nature, best represented today perhaps by imprisonment. What kind of a society imprisons 2 million of its people? Is not media propaganda, government indoctrination of our school children, and mandatory sensitivity training a form of intellectual or mental slavery? Can’t we become slaves to our passions, our fears, or any series of misconceptions and falsehoods on which we act? Can we not be legislated into slavery, or simply taxed into it? If many blacks recoil in horror at the thought of tens of thousands of black Confederates fighting and dying under the Confederate Battle Flag 135 years ago, it may just show the extent of their indoctrination, their alienation with the past, and the magnitude of the challenge Southerners face in ending racial hostility.]

    scroll & click or click & scroll for much more here..


  • Roger

    To bad the Republicans do not have that same party today. Berry Goldwater would not even be a Republican today.

  • Gary Roberts

    You all are all wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. Martin Luther King Jr. supported neither party. This is a quote of Martin Luther King Jr. “Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights.” The Dixiecrats were eventually all defeated mostly by Republicans in the south. President Johnson was responsible for creating open welfare. President Clinton introduced a bill that required welfare recipients take jobs if physically able. What was President Johnson’s motive to create open welfare? I haven’t a clue. I do remember before the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Everywhere in the south there were signs identifying colored or white drinking fountains, bathrooms and amusement parks in the south would not allow Blacks on the grounds. In 1959 I witnessed a black soldier, who accompanied by his wife and child, were barred entrance to Oceanview Amusement Park, located between Norfolk and Virginia Beach Virginia, because of their color. In the north there was discrimination; it just wasn’t as visible. We are all Americans, that’s what is important to remember. But there is force trying to divide us. We can’t let that happen. I sincerely ask all of you to not follow the dogma of any political party. Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, Rachael Maddow, Hannity, Glen Beck, or Chis Matthews. Also, don’t confine yourself to only one news media. Watch all the news stations and carefully evaluate there messages. This idea of the liberal media is nonsense; it’s a device used to confuse us and keep us separated. We are subject to the same dilemma, the banks and corporations have hijacked our democracy via lobbyists, who practice legalized bribery.

  • cons_equal_liars

    Yep, filibustered by the Dixiecrats.

    After the passaged of the bill (which more democrats voted yes than republicans), the vast majority (not all, but most) of Dixiecrats moved to the GOP, and are still there today.

    Which prompted LBJ to state that the democrats have lost the south for a generation.

    Cons hate the truth. They prefer to drink the GOP Kool Aid

  • Dennis A Lippy

    When the Democrats couldn’t stop civil rights and equality, they jumped on board by passing every “vote buying” welfare bill they could…….Democrats knew that once blacks in the USA were promised all this welfare money and benefits, they would forget how awful Democrats had treated them and be bought off by welfare money……Democrats have been buying minority votes everysince with taxpayer money and are now doing it with Hispanics and the immigration issues as well as Muslims and sharia law issues…….DEMOCRATS CARE ONLY ABOUT POWER AND THEY KNOW HOW TO BUY VOTES…….THEY BOUGHT THE UNIONS VOTES AND POLITICAL DONATIONS TOO.

  • Taqiyyotomist Most of the people here are informed so your hateful rantings won’t convice anyone. Fact are facts if it had not been for the Republicans who voted for it it would not have passed and Lyndon Johnson said so at the signing ceremony in the Rose Garden.

  • come_correct

    Martin Luther King Jr. a republican? Best laugh I had all day. He was called a communist, supported unions, entitlements, and reparations. Conservative sites even debunk these same claims.

    Abe Lincoln thought slaves were inferior and the original Emancipation Proclamation called for the resettlement of slaves outside the US. And black minsters who were republican also agreed.

    Another question for conservatives on the board. Why are you still talking about 1964. What are you doing today about civil rights?


  • Wesley Scott

    Quit believing leftist lies…
    The Dixiecrats did NOT all become Republicans

    (D)VA Harry F. Byrd, 1933-1965
    Stayed in the Democrat party after the civil rights amendment
    (D)VA A. Willis Robertson, 1946-1966
    Stayed a member of the Democrat party even after losing his Senate seat in 1966
    (D)MS John C. Stennis, 1947-1989
    Stayed in the democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1989
    (D)MS James O. Eastland, 1941-1941, 1943-1978
    Stayed in the democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1978 also helped in election to elect Jimmy Carter
    (D)LA Allen J. Ellender, 1937-1972
    Stayed in the Democrat party and Senator till his death in 1972
    (D)LA Russell B. Long, 1948-1987
    Stayed in the Democrat party till his death in 2003 and Senator till 1987
    (D)AL J. Lister Hill, 1938-1969
    Stayed in the democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1969
    he also favored federal control of offshore oil with revenue to be earmarked for education. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Lister_Hill
    (D)AL John J. Sparkman, 1946-1979
    Stayed in the Democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1979
    (D)FL Spessard Holland, 1946-1971
    Stayed in the Democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1971
    (D)FL George Smathers, 1951-1969
    Stayed in the Democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1969
    (D)SC Olin D. Johnston, 1945-1965
    Stayed in the Democrat party and a Senator till his death in 1965
    (D,R)SC Strom Thurmond, 1954-1956, 1956-2003
    Switched from Democrat to Republican party after 1964
    (D)AR John McClellan, 1943-1977
    Stayed in the Democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1977
    (D)GA Richard B. Russell, Jr., 1933-1971
    Stayed in the Democrat party and a Senator till his death in 1971
    (D)GA Herman E. Talmadge, 1957-1981
    Stayed in the Democrat party and a Senator till his retirement in 1981
    (D)TN Herbert S. Walters, 1963-1964
    Lost election in 1964 but stayed in the Democrat party
    (D) then (R)Jesse Helms
    Sayed in the Senate as a Democrat till 1970 then switched to the Republican party

  • cac

    Visit http://www.nbra.org for excellent information and facts about how the Democratic party has destroyed the blacks in this country. They’re next target is the Mexicans, you can count on that. Put a check in the mail and a meal on the table and you’ll get their votes. That’s how the Dem’s operate. And let me tell you, I know many blacks that I’ve talked to and they have concluded the same thing – that the Dem’s ideology has destroyed them. They know that their policies have removed all ambition from the majority of blacks. You must think that Blacks are stupid if you think they’re not starting to figure out the Dem’s game.

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  • Yep, Idiots know nothing of political realignment nor of Dixiecrats. Those same people are the “modern” Republican party.

  • Sam

    Nancy, before you break out the childish name-calling, you might want to learn a thing or two about the Dixiecrats. They were Democrats, and of the roughly 27 Dixiecrats (there’s no official list), only three switched parties to become Republicans.
    Only Gov. Godwin, Sen. Thurmond and Sen. Helms changed parties. You’re not an idiot, but you are as ignorant as most people on the left.

  • magnatron

    We were Republicans in the 1960s and we are still Republicans. Everyone I know in the south who was a Republican then is a Republican now. Everyone who was a member of the KKK was – and is – a Democrat.

  • Vin

    Bob, 80% of Republicans supported the civil rights act.

  • JesseTMims

    Bob, you need to stop with the selective history lesson.

    The truth is that Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Senator Al Gore, Sr. And after he became president, Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.

    Contrary to popular belief, Kennedy never made the call to get Dr. King out of jail. The call was made by Harris Wofford, Kennedy’s Civil Rights Advisor, who was a personal friend of the Kings. Wofford said Kennedy was angry about the call because Kennedy thought it would make him lose the Southern vote. However, the call eventually worked in Kennedy’s favor. This revelation is contained in Wofford’s book “Of Kennedys and Kings” on pages 14-23.

    As for Senator Mike Mansfield, he was from Montana, one of the farthest west of all the midwestern states; so, he does not help your attempt to pit the South against the North.

    Lyndon B Johnson was weak on Civil Rights, only wanting to give blacks enough incentive to keep them on the Democratic Plantation; once going so far as to say, ““These Negroes, they’re getting uppity these days. That’s a problem for us, since they got something now they never had before. The
    political pull to back up their upityness. Now, we’ve got to do
    something about this. We’ve got to give them a little something. Just
    enough to quiet them down, but not enough to make a difference. If we
    don’t move at all, their allies will line up against us. And there’ll be
    no way to stop them. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

    You can learn more true facts about the myth of Republican racism here: http://images.nbra.info/docs/library/NationalBlackRepublicanAssociation2009/NBRA%20Civil%20Rights%20Newsletter%202Feb11.pdf

  • JesseTMims

    Democrat Senator Robert Byrd was a former “Exalted Cyclops”
    and “Keagle” (Recruiter) in the Ku Klux Klan. Byrd was from the
    state of West Virginia; which, became a northern state during the
    Civil War when it split from the Confederate State of Virginia to join
    the Union. Again, this destroys your attempt to lay all the blame
    for racism on the southern states.

    Byrd remained a Democrat until he died in 2010. He was a
    prominent leader in the Democrat controlled Congress where he
    was honored by his fellow Democrats as the “conscience of the

    Byrd was a fierce opponent of desegregating the military and
    complained in one letter: “I would rather diea thousand times and
    see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this
    beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”

  • bigal64

    Robert Byrd was a Dixiecrat and a. Dem till the day he died….the dems even made him the Majority Speaker of the Senate… Oh yea ..the dems have changed… Also the klan was started by democrats to stop,blacks (3000+ killed) and whites (1600+ killed) from voting republican… What’s changed?

  • bigal64

    Also find it strange ..Lincoln, JFK, and MLK all republicans were assassinated…hmmmm

  • Dems discovered giving away everything for free was a winning agenda. That was the beginning of the end.

  • Ignatz

    And the people who filibustered it joined the Republicans not long after that.

    How’s that “Southern Strategy” working about for ya?

  • Ignatz

    Maybe we should take a poll of Republicans and Democrats and find out which ones think the Civil Rights Acts was a good idea NOW.

  • bigal64, JFK was not a Republican. But yes, the other two were.

  • KKeys

    Slavery, Secession, Segregation and the KKK…I’m confused. These are the southern states issues. The article says Kennedy was mad his staff bailed Dr. King out of jail because it might jeopardize the southern vote. All these states are red today. Read for yourself – 1960’s democrats were conservatives, not liberals!


  • Why was Barry Goldwater against it?

  • Charie

    Because he was a Constitutionalist. More specifically, Goldwater had problems with title II and title VII
    of the 1964 bill. He felt that constitutionally the federal government
    had no legal right to interfere in who people hired, fired; or to whom
    they sold their products, goods and services. He felt that “power” laid
    in the various states, and with the people. He was a strong advocate of
    the tenth amendment. Goldwater’s constitutional stance did not mean he
    agreed with the segregation and racial discrimination practiced in the
    South. To the contrary, he fought against these kinds of racial divides
    in his own state of Arizona. He supported the integration of the Arizona
    National guard and Phoenix public schools.[4] Goldwater was, also, a member of the NAACP and the Urban League.

  • Charie

    First of all, you might want to start by not reading a Liberal propaganda site for your information. Man, they were convoluting everything so badly it took me 2 minutes to get my eyeballs untwisted.

    Southerners then weren’t Conservatives, they simply didn’t want to be desegregated. It’s that plain. They had been so indoctrinated that black people were not fit to be mixed in with white people that they could think no other way. Seeing as how Republicans had always from their beginning been anti-slavery (abolitionists) it took a lot of configuring for the Democrats led by Lyndon Johnson, who when a senator had himself voted against the civil rights acts to try to take the issue away from the Republicans. However, if you look at the difference in the size of the majority and minority parties at the time you’ll see that the Democrats needed the Republicans to pass the civil rights act because so many of the Democrats voted against it.

    Jesse, Byrd was a “Kleagle”.

  • Charie

    You know why? They were so pissed at the Democrats they wouldn’t rejoin the party. Look it up! Uhhh, don’t bother looking at Liberal sites. Just look it up an verifiable history sites.

  • Guest

    Yeah, many of those (southern) democrats ended up leaving the party. Guess where they went?

  • Overwhelmingryan


    “He filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supported the Vietnam War, but later backed civil rights measures and criticized the Iraq War. He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, serving as a recruiter and leader for his chapter, but later left the group and denounced racial intolerance.”

  • Overwhelmingryan

    Robert Byrd may have stayed with the party, but he himself changed. He later supported civil rights.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    “Everyone who was a member of the KKK was – and is – a Democrat.”

    lol no

  • Overwhelmingryan

    Yeah, best to let people starve to death.

  • John W. Kerr

    Its hilarious to hear all the “revisionist” history that has been taught to the leftist they never bother to research. The Library of congress so far doesn’t cater to political bias and supports little or NOTHING that is being taught today. None of the founding fathers copious documents support the lefts views of the constitution, or amendments concerning freedom OF religion and the free exercise thereof etc., but they continually drag out the monosyllabic arguments of biased piecemill snapshot opinions. The facts of the civil rights battle are totally ignored in favor of the Demonrat biased propaganda spoon fed consistently to thier ignorant sheeple. Being a 47 year Independent it is entertaining to read and wonder at their consistent gullibility. Kennedy did make one of our better Presidents eventually, but he was the LAST real Democrat one.

  • Linda Skempris

    JFK was a conservative even though he was a Democrat.

  • Linda Skempris

    That is the problem. We need more Constitutionalists and less Ds and Rs.

  • sanity_in_florida

    Only one left–Thurmond. The other 19 southern Democrat senators stayed Democrats. Many served in the Senate for years. Hill, Sparkman, Fulbright, McClellan, Holland, Smathers, Russell, Talmadge, Ellender, Long, Eastland, Stennis, Ervin, Jordan, Gore, Walters, Harryy Byrd, Robert Byrd all styaed Democrats. So did Wallace, Maddox,…Being ignorant with so much information available is silly.

  • Bob

    , So you’re saying that the South is solidly Democrat considering the vast majority of African Americans are Democrat and so are the racist whites. Facts prove otherwise.

    BTW, what do you think Nixon’s advisor Kevin Phillips, meant when he said in an interview included in a 1970 New York Times article,
    “From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that…but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats”

  • mtwcebu

    The FULL history is that Democrats were against it and Democrats were the party of racism. Then Pres. Kennedy and Johnson changed all that by pushing civil rights legislation and embracing civil rights and equality as part of the party platform. This so angered the bigots that the lunatic Republican Nixon was elected twice. Then, in 1980, the Reagan campaign realized Republicans could win a majority by courting bigots and made bigotry an official part of the Republican party platform. This was very successful until recently, when angry white Christian bigots finally, and thankfully, became outnumbered by decent people.

  • JJ

    Is that my Tim going off again?

  • Rick Shaftan

    Kennedy voted with LBJ on the amendment to water down the 1957 law, but ultimately voted for final passage. The argument was that a weak bill would “break the virginity” on Civil Rights. Read Caro’s Master of the Senate.

  • Rick Shaftan

    LBJ voted for the 1957 Civil Rights Act and Caro wrote how he convinced the Southerners it was meaningless and the Northerners that it was “something.”

  • Rick Shaftan

    Not really, just too inept to pass his liberal agenda.

  • David Veal

    In case you are suggesting the Kennedy’s were against civil rights:

    ….” By the 1960 presidential campaign, civil rights had emerged as a crucial issue. Just a few weeks before the election, Martin Luther King, Jr., was arrested while leading a protest in Atlanta, Georgia. John Kennedy phoned Coretta Scott King to express his concern while a call from Robert Kennedy to the judge helped secure her husband’s safe release. The Kennedys’ personal intervention led to a public endorsement by Martin Luther King, Sr., the influential father of the civil rights leader

    Across the nation, more than 70 percent of African Americans voted for Kennedy, and these votes provided the winning edge in several key states. When President Kennedy took office in January 1961, African Americans had high expectations for the new administration.

    But Kennedy’s narrow election victory and small working margin in Congress left him cautious. He was reluctant to lose southern support for legislation on many fronts by pushing too hard on civil rights legislation. Instead, he appointed unprecedented numbers of African Americans to high-level positions in the administration and strengthened the Civil Rights Commission. He spoke out in favor of school desegregation, praised a number of cities for integrating their schools, and put Vice President Lyndon Johnson in charge of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. Attorney General Robert Kennedy turned his attention to voting rights, initiating five times the number of suits brought during the previous administration……”


  • The majority of the voters against it were SOUTHERN democrats. What were the southern states back then? Democrat. What are the southern states now? Republican.

  • lovedums

    Another stupid argument from a clueless democrat. You better hurry, you may miss your pro-abortion rally. You CANNOT assume that because the majority of the South is now Republican it means that they are racists. Ever thought about the fact that the democrat party has a pretty much Godless, anti-family, anti-religion platform? Most Southerners are more religious than Northerners. It is because the Democrap party has moved away from traditional family values and toward abortion on demand and gay marriage that Southerners are now mostly Republican. All the old fart racists (democrats) who MAY have switched parties are dead. Furthermore, there is no clear, hard evidence racism was the determining factor causing people to switch party allegiances–but facts don’t matter to democraps.

  • lovedums

    Idiot….there is NO HUNGER in the USA. All of the people on Food Stamps are FAT!!!! No one is going hungry unless they choose NOT to go on food stamps out of principle. Which means they are Republicans going hungry because Democraps have no principles.

  • lovedums

    That was a crappy and wrong-headed political strategy. However, It did not encourage racism or condone it. It simply draws upon people’s tendencies to behave a certain way. Again, a bad strategy and an immoral one at that, but not one that ENCOURAGED racism in any way.

  • lovedums

    You fool. They were conservatives because of their RELIGION as they still are because of their RELIGION. Conservatives have always been more RELIGIOUS than those who were not conservative. NOT racist. Religious. Religious does NOT mean racist.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    “All of the people on Food Stamps are FAT!!!!”

    My family uses food stamps. I’m 6’0″ 165lbs. (AKA not fat).

  • Sammy Jackson

    So they voted for an unqualified an scandal magnet black man… typical

  • Humberta Pirinho

    The Republican party has instructed its minions to say this about segregation, “the Democrats passed the Jim Crow laws.” I see a need for a little American history. In American politics, the “Southern strategy” refers to the Republican Party strategy of winning elections in Southern states by exploiting anti-African American racism and fears of lawlessness among Southern white voters and appealing to fears of growing federal power in social and economic matters (generally lumped under the concept of states’ rights).

  • Humberta Pirinho

    Though the “Solid South” had been a longtime Democratic Party stronghold due to the Democratic Party’s defense of slavery prior to the American Civil War and segregation for a century thereafter, many white Southern Democrats stopped supporting the party following the civil rights plank of the Democratic campaign in 1948 (triggering the Dixiecrats), the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, and desegregation.

  • ron

    cicil rights act in 1964 was filibustered by DEMOCRATS. this day

  • 1catfish

    The democrat party are now the demoroids. The Republican party is made up of former democrats. And for good cause, the demoroids are liars, thieves, thugs, freeloaders and slime of the worst kind. As a young person I was a democrat as most were. This great grandpa has had a front row seat to the lowest form of government that has ever existed. The redistribution of income through affirmative action and I had a front row seat as I was in management 25 of my 33 year government career. Not only has the education system sunk to new lows, all government agencies have done the same and guess who has paid the price, the taxpayers. Guess what? The practice is still in place and just look at the ignorance with people like Maxine Waters and Shelia Jackson Lee and that is just a couple. Ignorant and thugs.

  • RKelley

    And it was Johnson who said “I’ll have those n*****s voting Democrat for the next 200 years” so this whole notion that the Democrat party decided,out of the blue,to embrace the Civil Rights movement is not only absurd,it’s intellectually indefensible. They just knew that if they couldn’t hold blacks down through slavery and segregation they’d hold them down by destroying the black family and making them hopelessly dependent on the government for their every need. The only lunatics are the Democrats who created the KKK not only to kill blacks but also to kill white Republicans and went on to enact the Jim Crow Laws and filibuster the Civil Rights act. They also created Planned Parenthood for the sole purpose of eradicating the black race and they’re more obsessed with killing black babies today than ever before so to say that they’re the “decent people” just goes to show how delusion and/or dishonest you libs truly are. The Republican party (the party that freed the slaves in the first place) is the same party it’s always been and the same can be said the the Democrats and all one has to do is look at how they treat black conservatives to see it. The second a black person leaves the liberal plantation they’re branded an “uncle tom” and a “house n*****” because you people know that if blacks ever actually acknowledged basic American history the Democrat party would be screwed. Without racism and class warfare,they’d would never win another election.

  • RKelley

    Exactly,unlike today,there were a few Democrats with integrity back then.

  • 1catfish

    The federal government is the sole culprit of racism through preferential treatment in hiring and promotion through minority and women. It just didn’t work the way it was written. It was preferential treatment for blacks and black women.

  • RKelley

    Political realignment my ass. I’ve heard this silly argument a thousand times but there is not the slightest shred of evidence to support it in any way. The Republican party (the party that freed the slaves in the first place) is the same party it’s always been and the same can be said for the Democrats. They just traded the shackles for a welfare check.

  • 1catfish

    No , they can do what GOD said. You have to work to eat. Up off you ass and onto your feet, and if you choose to starve, so be it. Cut off welfare, food stamps and all foreign aid and put the welfare recipients out on I35 in August and they will quickly change careers.

  • 1catfish

    Surprise, surprise, surprise your family on food stamps. You are the ones I say put you to work on I35 in August and you will certainly find a new career.

  • 1catfish

    All the Kennedys were liberals and whore mongers.

  • 1catfish

    Affirmative action is what is a criminal action perpetrated by your demoroid party. No one ever had a problem with hiring and promoting based on merit. We do have a problem with preferential treatment based on race and that most certainly is not racist

  • 1catfish

    What has angered white conservatives is affirmative action that is going strong today. Being Christian and angry are decent people and have no use for people that have been turned over to a reprobated mind. The people using the word bigot are in most cases homosexual.

  • 1catfish

    He was a politician, typical liar. Surely you didn’t think he changed his mind. Same is true of Ohomo.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    You’re two months late. Actually yes, people do indeed see the errors of their ways all the time.

    And Ohomo? Seriously? Are you 12 years old?

  • Overwhelmingryan

    Ok, that’s two pathetically childish insults from you. You don’t deserve a real response until you learn to have a discussion without insulting people.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    That “real” unemployment rate had never been used with past presidents either. It’s silly to bring it up now and act like the “liberal media” is hiding it.

    “BUT probably the vast majority of those on food stamps today are just plain LAZY and won’t work.”

    Probably? I’m going to need a little more than probably. Preferably some actual evidence to back up that claim. Don’t assume something is true just because it fits well with your world view. That may sound obvious, but I’m willing to bet that’s exactly what you just did.


    How much do you actually know about communism? Are you sure you’re not just blithely tossing that word around because it sounds scary?

    “Dems play into that and supply the bait so the lazy idiots will give them the power they crave. That’s the problem that is destroying this country, and soon we will ALL be hungry because of this mass abuse of the wealth and blessing this nation has had.”

    Have anything of substance to say? No? Just mindless rhetoric?

    Oh well.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    I think you misunderstand. I’m 22, but I still live with my parents because I have had no need to move out. The house is plenty big enough and I have no need to move on quite yet.

    My parents work their asses off and we just barely get by. Not only that, but they are the most conservative people I know. They’re not proud of using food stamps, but they don’t have much choice. But I guess this doesn’t fit with your world view that anyone on food stamps is some lazy liberal. I hope you use this as a lesson that not everything is black and white.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    My parents are extremely conservative. They hate Obama with a passion and think he is trying to destroy the country. They vote republican in every election. They works their asses off, but still need the assistance of food stamps. You have no goddamn clue what you’re talking about.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    Ahh… you’re a Christian. I could tell since you’re just so compassionate! Jesus would be proud.

  • Fin

    You are 22 do you work? Maybe it’s time to move out so as to lessen the financial burden on your parents. It costs plenty to feed, clothe, insure a 22 year old.

  • gym123

    Why do you receive food stamps? Did you complete your education? Are you disabled? Are you unwilling to look for a DIFFERENT job from what you have always had? Do you not have some kind of marketable job skills? Explain yourself, please.

  • StanO360

    They were red long after Civil Rights were no longer an issue, or do you forget the term “Reagan Democrats”? Jimmy Carter was a failure and he lost all of the Southern vote that felt national security, limited government, and low taxes were important.

  • StanO360

    Ryan, don’t be simplistic. Black folks in the 60’s were skyrocketing in key areas of education, income, health, etc. LBJ’s Great Giveawa . . . I mean Society was just unresearched nonsense. It undermined families, the backbone of society. It encouraged (unintentionally) out of wedlock children. It’s been trillions spent with the same level of poverty as when we started (the blacks have risen greatly financially it has little to do with The Great Society.

  • StanO360

    Personally I think JFK was just a political animal that just cared about power. He was disgusting as an individual.

  • StanO360

    Yes he did Ryan. But the Republican party has ALWAYS been the party of Civil Rights, that does not mean Racial preferences, big government, etc. that Democrats consider Civil Rights. They are not. Why did blacks that were overwhelmingly Republican switch parties in the late 60’s?

  • StanO360

    That is about the stupidest rant I’ve ever read. Kennedy didn’t push anything in Civil Rights, his hand was forced to. There was a backlash vote for Nixon, but he was not a lunatic (and not that conservative either). Reagan won, due to his agenda of low taxes, national security, and small government (with mixed results) . . . if that is racist to you . . . . well you are beyond help. “angry white Christian bigots” wow, now that’s just bizarre, go back to your OWS camp.

  • taleteller

    Char, not sure what part of the south you grew up in, or when. ?”southerners then weren’t conservatives”? Surely you jest. I grew up in the 50’s & 60’s in Texas and it was the majority view that supporting the rights of minorities, women, etc. were for Commies and others, not true Americans. The same planks the Conservative Repubs put in their platforms were the same planks being put in today’s Repub platforms. That hasn’t changed. It’s just now that the party in power espousing those views is Repub.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    Not me. My parent never got a college degree. They regret this, but what’s done is done. They get food stamps because they just barely get by as it is. And by the way, they’re huge conservatives. They can’t stand Obama.

    Did this or did this not fit with what you were expecting?

  • Overwhelmingryan

    Yes, I do help them out. If anything, they would be burdened by me leaving.

    And we don’t have health insurance because we can’t afford it.

  • Joe Murgittroyd

    Ignatz Civil rights is as it should be. Entitlements have to go. I by the way am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, I am more middle of the road, although I tend to side slightly to the right. The Democrats take from the working and give to those who won’t just doesn’t set that well with me.

  • Joe Murgittroyd

    Affirmative action is by any other name reverse discrimination….unfortunately it is still alive and well.

  • Joe

    Anybody that starves to death as you put it, in this country, was meant to.

  • Joe

    Don’t sound like you agree with your parents. What a surprise.
    Sounds like a lot of doo-doo.

  • Joe

    gym123 Notice Overwhelmingryan’s post was 14 hours ago. He was posting on here. I was getting up for work.

  • sierra1919

    Not disagreeing with you in general but… there are starving people in the US but, unfortunately, there’s nothing left for them after all the illegals and lazy people take it all. We spend all our tax money on taking care of other countries and not our own… unless, of course, you are talking about fat-cat government pensions then we do “take care of our own”

  • Joe

    Overwhelmingryan You never did say what it is you do for a living. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to know. Enlighten us, will ya>

  • Guest

    Maybe you should find yourself a job and start contributing to feeding the household.

  • Joe

    Compassion is reserved for those who NEED it

  • sierra1919

    Actually, most of us here are probably old enough to speak from experience. A lot of us also were probably as idealistic as you at your age. Wait a few years and you’ll see reality (hopefully).

  • Joe

    Here here. Right on the money.

  • radsenior

    On this day in 1964, the states in Dixie were called “Southern Democrats” who later joined the Republican party. Sen. Robert Byrd, was a “Southern Democrat” at that time. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, later, on May 19, 2008, Byrd endorsed Barack Obama (D-Illinois).

  • SpencerChaffin

    In the area of Alabama I live in every member of the KKK was and most of their families still are democrats. I became aware of that fact in the late 1940’s. I was taught not to be racist by my parents. I did vote for George Wallace a couple of times, because his opponent was much more racist. George lost his bid for Govenor the first time because the Birmingham Alabama NAACP endorsed him.

  • SpencerChaffin

    Yes , I am soon 76 and from Alabama. All KKK member I knew of were democrats and their families for the most part are still democrat.

  • SpencerChaffin

    Read Dr. Sowell’s articles on affirmative action, the uninformed call him Uncle Tom for his stance on the subject.

  • SpencerChaffin

    I am from Alabama, my reason for being conservative has nothing to do with race. A lot of my friends and some of my best blue collar workers happened to be black Americans.. Because we worked and paid tax we all opposed the liberal socialist path of the democrats

  • SpencerChaffin

    I disagree with you Nancy, I was raised in Alabama, in the area I am in your comments are completely wrong and has been for most of the 76 years of my life.

  • SpencerChaffin

    I did not get a college degree either, My baby brother never finished high school, never made over 25,000 a year. At 65 he is doing good. He knows the difference between needs and wants.

  • gym123

    I wasn’t expecting anything- I was wondering why. My curiosity gets the best of me, sometimes. My parents came from poor families and in my mom’s case, it’s hard to even call it a ‘family’ because of how my grandfather remarried and sent the three remaining kids packing because his new wife didn’t want anything to do with them. They got by and it was well before Welfare, food stamps, etc. They just shared with each other, whether they had enough, or not. They did, however, develop a strong work ethic and that allowed them to make do with what they had. If they were of working age now, I don’t think they would fare as well, though. Technology and the workplace would have passed them by, unfortunately. Good luck to all of you.

  • SpencerChaffin

    Four of the most intellegent men I know are black Americans, they are conservites, and you would probably call them Uncle Tom’s. They all would disagree with you. Dr Sowell, Dr Walter Williams , Mr. Allen West, Dr Ben Carson, Herman Cain also

  • have things changed? Need another Dirkson to step up

  • Overwhelmingryan

    No, I would not call them “Uncle Tom’s”.

    Actually that was an odd response to my post. It didn’t really follow.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    My liberal views are mostly on social issues (gay marriage, abortion, etc). Those likely aren’t going to change significantly. I don’t have strong opinions on economic issues. It’s kind of insulting when you imply that I’m just a silly idealistic young person who hasn’t acknowledged reality yet. I’ve meet plenty of dumb old people and I’ve meet plenty of dumb young people. Stupidity and ignorance has no age preference.

    He still needs to back up his claims with evidence though.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    If 1catfish wants the government to cut off welfare and foodstamps, then he must not care about the thousands of people that would suffer because of that. You can’t cite god in your argument and then in the next breath display an open contempt for the poor. There are tons of legitimately hard working people that would suffer if welfare and food stamps were completely cut off. But he has this caricature in his mind that all people on welfare and foodstamps are just lazy liberals who don’t want to work. The world isn’t quite so black and white.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    So I’m a liar? My mom is the most conservative person I know. She hates Obama, thinks he wasn’t born in the US, and thinks he’s a Muslim. She watches nothing but Fox News and she listens to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. More or less the same for my dad. Why is this so hard to believe?

    No, I generally don’t agree with them on political issues. They can be pretty extreme. But we rarely talk about politics.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    That’s some pretty vile views right there.

  • Overwhelmingryan

    If I wasn’t sure that your motives were less than pure, then I might indulge you.

    You’d probably just accuse me of lying again.

  • sierra1919

    When I say “old enough” I don’t mean “old”, child. It means over 30. You ARE young! You’ve not been out on your own and learned the ways of the world. You’ve not had to support yourself, paid your fair share, had your taxes impacted by welfare programs and other programs. You do not know what it takes to keep a household going, you’ve not really owned anything, especially a home. Whether you like it or not YOU ARE YOUNG and inexperienced! Come back when you are 30is and after you’ve bought a house or are responsible for something other than your very existence in this very moment.

  • Prince of Peeps

    Yet blacks continue to support Democrats. Not surprising, though. Much like a drug addict would support his supplier, even though everyone knows the ravages of drugs and how much better a drug-free life would be.

  • Paul Chambers

    Robert Byrd was a conservative! A conservative democrat (i.e. Dixie-Crat) just like Jefferson Davis and the southern confederates. The same kind of democrats that waged war on this great republic when the first republican president (a Liberal) named Abraham Lincoln was elected. Need I remind that neither party’s are the same party’s of 50 years ago. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by Liberal Abolitionists, one of whom was a socialist named Charles Fourier. Robert Byrd was a conservative when he was in the Klan, when he was a Dixie-Crat and he died a conservative democrat. So nix the revisionist history and stop trying to pawn off the ugly behavior of conservatives to liberals just because the Democratic Party is now dominated by Centrist Liberals.

  • Paul Chambers

    I don’t know if you know this or not but Senator Everett Dirksen was not a conservative, he was a moderate republican, yes, back then there was such a thing. Here is the way the vote went and as you see more democrats voted for the bill than republicans.
    By party

    The original House version:[12]
    • Democratic Party: 152-96 (61%-39%)
    • Republican Party: 138-34 (80%-20%)

    Cloture in the Senate:[13]
    • Democratic Party: 44-23 (66%–34%)
    • Republican Party: 27-6 (82%–18%)

    The Senate version:[12]
    • Democratic Party: 46-21 (69%–31%)
    • Republican Party: 27-6 (82%–18%)

    The Senate version, voted on by the House:[12]
    • Democratic Party: 153-91 (63%–37%)
    • Republican Party: 136-35 (80%–20%)

    By party and region

    Note: “Southern”, as used in this section, refers to members of Congress from the eleven states that made up the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. “Northern” refers to members from the other 39 states, regardless of the geographic location of those states.

    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:
    • Southern Democrats: 1–20 (5%–95%)
    • Southern Republicans: 0–1 (0%–100%)
    • Northern Democrats: 45-1 (98%–2%)
    • Northern Republicans: 27-5 (84%–16%)


  • Paul Chambers

    Funny how there’s no mention of the fact that it was a democratic bill fashioned
    by liberal and moderate democrats (from northern states) and that the only
    democrats that fought the bill were conservative southern democrats (A.K.A.
    Dixie-Crats). And where are those racist Dixie-Crats today? They left the Democratic Party and those like Strom Thurman became Republicans. Why? Because they were pissed off that the bill was able to pass. And that my winger friends is why the GOP is filled to the hilt with racists today.

  • Paul Chambers

    Spot on Humberta, give these revisionist a history lesson please. Whew!

  • Overwhelmingryan

    Just because I haven’t done those things, doesn’t mean I don’t understand those things. I’m not naive. And as I said, I don’t have strong opinions on economic issues.

    How about I respond to you again when I’m 35, and I’ll let you know if my views have shifted 🙂

  • Humberta Pirinho

    The Southern strategy was first adopted under future Republican President Richard Nixon and Republican Senator Barry Goldwater in the late 1960s. The strategy was successful in some regards. It contributed to the electoral realignment of Southern states to the Republican Party, but at the expense of losing more than 90 percent of black voters to the Democratic Party. As the 20th century came to a close, the Republican Party began trying to appeal again to black voters, though with little success.

    Republicans say this about segregation, “the Democrats passed the Jim Crow laws.”

    Yes, and then the Republican party started implementing its “Southern Strategy” starting in the 1970’s. Those looking for a party to meet their racist needs swiched from Democrat to Republicans,

    1990 – Lauch Faircloth, to run for the U.S. Senate in 1992
    1991 – Buddy Roemer, Governor of Louisiana
    1994 – Richard Shelby, while U.S. Senator from AL
    1995 – Billy Tauzin, while U.S. Representative from LA
    1996 – Norm Coleman, while mayor, MN
    1998 – George Wallace, Jr., before running for Alabama Public Service Commissioner
    1998 – Sonny Perdue, while a GA State Senator

    More racist Dems turning to the Republican party to meet their needs.
    1964 – Strom Thurmond, while U.S. senator from South Carolina switched to Republican party in Sept, 1964.
    1966 – Thomas A. Wofford, before write-in campaign for State Senator from South Carolina
    1970 – Jesse Helms, two years before running for the U.S. Senate from NC
    1970 – Bob Barr, who later became U.S. Representative from GA (1995-2003).
    1972 – Trent Lott, prior to running for the House of Representatives from MS
    1973 – John Connally, six years before he sought the Republican presidential nomination
    1975 – Elizabeth Dole, while employed by the FTC
    1983 – Phil Gramm, while U.S. Representative from TX
    1986 – William Bennett, while U.S. Secretary of Education
    1988 – David Duke, prior for running for a seat in the lower house of the Louisiana state legislature
    1989 – Rick Perry, before running for Agriculture Commissioner of TX

  • Ignatz

    Define “entitlement.” And entitlement is something you’re entitled to. Do you think taxpayers shouldn’t receive what they are entitled to?

  • Hootyman

    Why mention the obvious (that the majority party control what bills get introduced).

    What is important is to note that Republicans outvoted Democrats for Civil Rights. 80% of Republicans voted for this bill versus the 60% of democrats.

    Last i checked the only KKK member of the Senate (Byrd of W. Virginia) stayed a democrat.

  • Hootyman

    More Republicans voted for the civil rights act (80%) than democrats (61%).

    Can’t use a pure count in that there were many more Democrats.

    Put another way, 4 out of 5 republicans voted for teh Civil Rights Act – ONLY 3 out 5 Democrats voted for civil rights.

    That’s the fact Jack – by your own numbers.

  • Lgbpop

    Hey, dumbass – in 1964, JFK was dead. Killed by southern Democrats on November 22, 1963 who didn’t like desegregation. The long busses don’t go down your street, do they?

    I rarely call people names, but you’re a special case if you try to say JFK was a senator in 1964 who supported desegregation. He was a dead president.

  • brownsfan32

    Interesting how all those Republicans in the south elected Bill Clinton
    and Jimmy Carter . Nice puking up of Dem talking points , however . Are
    you saying that people like Robert Byrd became Republicans ? Or
    Fulbright or the Gores ?Funny ,when the Dem party was essentially the only party in the south, black voting registration was about 6%.

  • jspurr01

    Dude – a little civility?

  • ElderAl

    It was Abe Lincoln, the first Republican president who freed the slaves over the objection of the Democrats.
    It was the Democrats who enacted the Jim crow laws and kept their boots on the neck of Black people for another century after the Civil War was ended.
    It was the Republicans who promoted civil rights but were repeatedly blocked by Democrats.
    It is the Republicans who have elected more minorities in “old south” Texas in recent years than all of the years combined while under Democrat control.
    Yet just yesterday (07/25/13) the federal attorney general targeted Texas Republicans and accused them of discriminating against minorities. Tell that to my school board member, a Black man. Also tell three of the five members of the county commission who are female. Also tell my state representative, who is Hispanic. Tell the chairman of the state education agency, a Black man. Tell my state attorney general, who is physically handicapped. Tell the Black justice on the state supreme court. Tell my US senator, who is Hispanic.
    Mr. Holder is living in the past. The old discriminatory attitude held in the past in Texas left years ago when the Democrats went out of power.
    “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

  • Xrism

    Eisenhower tried to pass civil rights in 1954. Democrats shot it down. Throughout the history of civil rights legislation 76% of Democrats voted against the legislation while 89% of Republicans voted in favor of the same legislation. So. The fact is that Republicans unarguably were and have always been the civil rights party while only until the 40 plus years ago had Dems had a change of heart. But anyone with half a brain knows that they were on their way to being extinct if they didn’t suck it up and start ACTING as if black people were equal. Which to this day there is still underlying racism. When liberals believe black people are so inept that they need special treatment as if they were special needs lowering test expectations, manipulating stats and ratios making excuses for bad behavior like a parent would for a child. These are all example of PURE race supremacy. Examples of one race being inferior. That is the essence of Hitlers superior race and how he looked at minorities, only difference is today it subtle.

  • Xrism

    Liberal and Conservative has nothing to do with the party structure. There are liberal Republicans and Conservative Democrats. So your argument is ridiculous. It is the core principles that seperate parties. You fell for the last argument Democrats had to shake off being the party of racist. But anyone with half a brain knows its just semantics. The GOP is still the same party as it was when it freed slaves, past civil rights, voting rights etc. and the Democrats are still the party of racism, slavery etc. they just had a change of a heart but still haven’t done a damn thing to help poor minorities to not be poor minorities anymore. Conservative today means something different today just like liberals were once called progressives and so on. Back then, Republicans acted “liberal” but that was for men to be equal. It wasn’t an idealism or a religion like it is to some today. It wasn’t used as a noun. They were all Christian so they did not support abortion or gay marriage or free hand outs. They stood for hard work and love of country which is the exact opposite of a “liberal” today. So there goes that argument. A conservative today is more used as a noun to describe someone who conserves the way Republicans were in Lincoln’s day. Love of country, Christian values, equal rights and oppurtunity etc. Robert Byrd wanted to conserve the racist ways of the Democrat party. There!hope that educated you.

  • Paul Chambers

    Oh really, if thats the case and both party’s are tge same as tgeyve always been then you shouldnt have a problem naming a few liberal repiblicans, so name for me. I’ll be awaiting your reply.

  • Bill Norris


  • Bill Norris

    No they didn’t. That is an outright lie from a libtard. Robert Byrd remained a democrat until he died. They still refer to him as the conscience of the senate. Read up, it’s all there. Facts are kryptonite to liberals

  • Bill Norris

    Entitlement is used as a democratic term synonymous with a right, which falls in line with liberal ideology. Liberals believe that welfare is a right, just like they think healthcare is a right. Nowhere in our constitution does it say welfare is a right. The founders were clear on this. They did not want the citizens to become dependent on the government if they were able to bring themselves out of it.

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in the opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”

    The Democrats want to make it and keep it easy for the poor. Even if they didn’t want that, you would need a leader to bring them out of it. Currently, we do not have one, only a spoiled brat that wants as many victims as he can produce. Obama has created millions of new victims, slaves if you will, to social welfare programs that are riddled with fraud, waste, and abuse.

  • quillerm

    95% of Blacks and liberals were taught that Republicans were responsible for the KKK not the Democrat Party. If you ask any leftist about the Civil Rights Act they will tell you that Republicans opposed it, they just don’t know the truth. The same about the KKK. Democrats have turned History on it’s Head and brain washed our youth. They don’t realize that Generational Welfare destroyed Black America.

  • Piceance Watchdog

    It was a Democratic administration that pushed the Civil Rights Act through Congress, even though they knew it would mean a realignment of the south…and all the racists fled to the GOP. See Strom Thurmond.

  • cordeg

    And, having read “Master of the Senate”, I can safely say it offers nothing to refute this basic truth: Both Democrats could only vote for the bill AFTER it had been watered down — neither could vote for it in its original form — why? because of partisan reasons since it was written by Republicans? NO. instead, because in their original form both the 1957 and 1960 acts were anathema to the Democratic Party platform, and both JFK and LBJ were Good Democrats. The watered-down bill was left with no “teeth”, and that was a safe bill for a “Liberal” Democrat to vote for. They weren’t going to stick their necks out for a bunch of black people they never gave a serious thought to before it became clear the COUNTRY was leaving the Democratic Party behind in the march toward civil rights. Only when it became clear the Democrats could get more votes being FOR civil rights rather than AGAINST it, did either man “change their mind” on the subject.

  • Kernighan

    Right, but the Southern Strategy was no resounding success, nor did it change human nature. Go and find the Dixiecrat politicians (we cannot track the millions of individuals living in Jim Crow south, through decades, but we certainly can track their Congressmen, Governors and other politicians). Once I began to actually spend a lot of time researching this, I found that the politicians who filibustered the Civil Rights Act, mostly stayed Democrat and were considered valued colleagues for decades after the law was passed. Only a few followed Thurmond.

  • Kernighan

    He’s projecting. He claims others are filled with hatred, but look at the wording here. Rant is right. Somebody here is filled with hatred, even going so far as to join up one of the several “bigot” words with “Christian”, just to spike his rhetoric a bit more. Beyond help is likely right. Hatred can be very deep. It’s growing.

    I looked at those who filibustered, and found that most, like their exemplar, Robert Byrd, stayed firmly Democrat through their entire life. But then, I’m certain Byrd probably appreciated the “passion” of his party.

  • Are you an idiot?

  • Nobody is entitled to a free ride just so they will vote one way or another.

  • LBJ also purportedly said after the Civil Rights Act, ” Now all them n****rs will vote for us. That is what really prompted him to sign.

  • Sounds like you have a wonderful hardworking family but there are many who are just living off the system and it is not just one race that is doing it.

  • boone walton

    Who would believe anything they say now,you have to water-board pols to get the truth.



  • Look_A_Squirrel

    Wrong. Democrats are still the party of segregation and racism. See all the black plantations in Detroit, Camden, Trenton, Chicago, Oakland, Atlanta, Philadelphia…

  • Al Gee Brah

    all the segregationist wing of the Democrat party opposed it. and all the northern democrats put on a good show, they didn’t want to accept the civil rights bills, which is why they had people water down the civil rights acts and made sure those bills had no teeth of enforcement. both JFK and LBJ were at their hearts, segregationists. only the republican presidents desegregated our schools by use of the military. and only nixon fully backed and supported the 1965 civil rights bill by actual enforcement. now, IF LBJ was serious about the 1965 civil rights bill how come MLK didn’t come to shake LBJ’s hand? Why is it that you have to wait for a republican president in order for MLK to come and shake a republican (nixon’s) hand? I’m sure MLK knew a snake in the grass when it came to civil rights. LBJ hated that 1965 civil rights act and he only did it in order to gain his party votes. and that it’s done ever since. Actual history gets revised, Liberals repeat the lies often enough and long enough that people of low intelligence and no ambition to study history believe the lies.

  • deepblue

    +Nancy Harby
    Not so Nancy Dumb-Dumb.

    Here’s your Dixiecrats right here:

    Progressive Woodrow Wilson who’s first act as President was to RE-Segregate the White House, Progressive Franklin Delano Roosevelt – who FOUGHT ANTI-LYNCHING legislation as a Senator, appointed “Progressive” Democrat Klan member Harry Truman as his VP, and later appointed Klansman Hugo Black to the Supreme Court, Harry Truman the “Progressive” Democrat who was that multi-year dues paying Klansman FDR made his VP, and Lyndon “N-Word” Johnson – the Progressive “champion” of civil rights:

    LBJ here, as he always did, using the N-Word to explain to Mike Mansfield that Progressives weren’t going to be able to use “poll taxes” and “literacy tests” to stop blacks from voting anymore, and that this time Progressives were going to have to use welfare legislation and the plantation system to fool and control Blacks instead:

    LBJ N-Word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1rIDmDWSms

    And you guys STILL love all their programs and positions don’t you? Wood-pecker-wood Wilson – the “Progressive” income tax? FDR’s “New Deal” which deliberately fired Blacks to give Whites jobs and gave every American a SSN number for tracking purposes which would never be used for tracking purposes? Truman who tried to legislate universal health care insurance after Germany’s T-4 program, the federal centralization and takeover of education, and anti-capitalism that failed? Hey hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today Johnson? Welfare, food stamps, public housing, cash assistance, medicare Johnson? You guys still love that crap, don’t you? And still worship those good o’le boy Krackers? The ones your handler try to tell you are “conservatives”? Wilson, Truman, FDR, and LBJ?!?

    What a joke.

    And what about every one of your “modern” rednecks too? Georgia Kracker Jimmy-Joe Karter, Billy-Bob “Bubba” “I’m not a redneck” KKKlinton of Little Rock? Hillary Joe-Sue “Obama aint done the SPADE WORK to be President” “Ghandi ran a gas station” Klinton? John “cotton plantation” Edwards of “Kerry Edwards ’04” Bumper sticker fame? Robert Byrd, who was appointed “Speaker Pro Tempe” (3rd most powerful position in the US govt) who was literally THREE HEARTBEATS from being President of the United States of America in 2010 – despite being a one time “Grand Cyclops” and national chapter “Kleagle” of the KKK? George Wallace – one of the most infamous segregationists of all time who was a DNC Presidential Candidate in 76? “Progressive” Al Gore Jr. – son of THE HEAD OF THE SEGREGATIONIST AND HEAD OF THE OPPOSITION TO CIVIL RIGHTS – Al Gore Sr.? Vicious Progressive Chris Dodd, son of Thomas Dodd, who ALSO along with Al Gore Sr. led the opposition to civil rights who was later the head of the modern DNC? “First-clean-and-articulate-Black-man” “Kyke and Shylock” Biden?

    Those are the dixiecrats who left? And they’re Republicans now?

    How STUPID are you?

    James Earl Ray who assassinated Martin Luther King is “Progressive” Bill Maher’s cousin for ‘crine out loud. Lucy Maher – Billy-Joe “Crypt Keeper” Maher’s aunt on this father’s side was James Earl Ray’s mom lol.

    Need me to remind you what JFK said about Hitler?
    “Hitler WILL EMERGE from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures in history” “He has the stuff from which legends are made”. – Prelude to Leadership, the European Diary of John F Kennedy, Summer of 1945. p 74 Regnery Publishing Inc. Washington DC

    Dailykos: “Who Snubbed Jesse Owens, Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Adolf Hitler?”

    Huh.. even the Daily Chaos knows the TRUTH. So why don’t you?

  • You left out the free public schools for all children. But even conservative Republicans like compulsory public education.

  • Duane Savage

    I pay school taxes .. nothing free about it.

  • “Free public schools for all children” is the 10th Plank of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. It’s relatively free for the parents, at least it appears so to them. But compulsory education, and most people’s belief that it is our right and obligation to have it is so strong, even the party that claims to be about economic liberty stands behind it.

  • Duane Savage

    Schools are locally controlled (aside from the recent Federal interference) and paid for locally (though, now Federal grants are used to apply undue influence). I believe if you look at what Communism is, there is no local control over anything, just local sock puppet governments. The premise is not the same.

  • Localities have nothing to do with anything.

    As I stated previously, people believe they have a right to free public education for their children (or the children of the poor), and will come up with all manner of argument to justify their desire for other people’s money, and a powerful governing body to forcefully take it from earners.

    “From each according to his ability; To each according to his need.”

  • Duane Savage

    Politburo or local city/state individually voted on .. I see a difference

  • “…I see…” No you don’t.

  • USAPatriotSC

    As someone stated earlier the ignorant can be taught but the stupid are un-teachable. Your post is valuable and the link is priceless. There is too much Liberal BS to sort through nowadays and I always appreciate being pointed in the right direction, thank you.

  • USAPatriotSC

    Liberals are always trying the magic flip scheme. So that means as a Conservative today, tomorrow I will magically go poof and become a racist Liberal. I love the magic flip argument, it takes a special kind of stupid to believe that BS.

  • USAPatriotSC

    I live in SC, I am a Conservative and agree with you 100%. Being a Conservative is about Constitution not skin color. Only Liberals are hung up on skin color and killing the past so everyone doesn’t know they are the Party of racists. White Liberals are the worst and the most racist against their own race, it must be that guilt thing.

  • USAPatriotSC

    I looked at your posts, most of them are about gaming and TV. Try getting a job, you know where you actually make money to buy your own food.
    When you reply back saying no one can find a job, then you got what you voted for! You voted for freebies so starve. One day you might wake up and discover this great Country was not built on Government handouts and video game players, it was built by hard work and sacrifice.

  • USAPatriotSC

    Your Mom is not talking, you are. You are a freeloading Liberal, your Mom is taking care of you. Put the video games down get off the Computer and go get a job to help out your Parents. Now do you understand why I call you a freeloader.

  • USAPatriotSC

    I have a GED and my own business because I worked hard and sacrificed.

  • Xrism

    Out of the 12 segregationist Dixiecrats 11 remained Democrat, all voted against civil rights. ONE, Strom Thurmond became a Republican. So there wasn’t a political realignment, there goes that argument. A lot of ignorant people bring up Dixiecrats yet never actually research. The same Republicans all voted in favor of civil rights, stayed Republican and ended their careers as Republicans knowing that they helped black people get civil rights while the Dixiecrats went back to being Democrat all voted against civil rights and ended their careers voting 76% of the time AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE getting civil rights. The facts are inarguable, they’re set in stone and just have to be accepted. Like Germany had to accept Hitler in their history, Democrats need to accept that they were the RACIST, LYNCHING, JIM CROW, POLL TAX, SEGREGATION, AND THE KKK PARTY. The way they skirt around it today, is instead of chains, they use welfare, instead of lynching they use planned parenthood to control the population encouraging abortion. They let black on black crime control population never reporting or acknowledging it exists. They have they’re house boys Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Tavis Smiley, the Congressional Black Coucus, etc all of them sold their soul for personal gain the whole time they lie to fellow black people. Instead of cages they have public housing where they keep their voting block only releasing them come campaign season. Since Democrats have been the champion of black people, poverty, abortion, drop out, out of wedlock birth, single mothers, illiteracy, rape murder, gangs, FAMILY STRUCTURE and other social detriment have all gone up. That’s RACISM. Democrats and liberals policies have destroyed the black community yet they continue to vote for the same hurt over and kier again. Do you actually think a man who is a preacher, who is anti-abortion, who is against same sex marriage and homosexuality period would be accepted by Democrats? Who preaches against victimhood and entitlement society. A man who preaches against out of wedlock birth and holds black people accountable and encourages education. That kind of man, is against everything liberals stand for, that man would be demonized and slandered all over the place if he had started his ministry today, that man is Martin Luther King Jr. MLK stood against everything liberals and the Democrat party stands for. MLK was a registered Republican (Alabama state records show). Democrats would destroy MLK today. That’s the Dixiecrats that’s the Democrats.