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Old 02-20-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Up until the early 1960s, the Republican Party was the party of racial progressiveness (if you can call it that ... no one was really all that progressive about these matters). We all know that. I love how this long laundry list stops at that period except for one date in 2001. (Liberating women from the Taliban? Really? Invading a country to kill our enemies, which happens to lead to the building of a few girls schools that have since been burnt down, is what now qualifies as an achievement in Republican circles?)

Had this list been compiled by an honest man and not a scoundrel from the 1960s on the Republicans would have been marked down for such laudable actions like: opposing the creation of MLK Jr. Day as a national holiday, fighting racial intergration in schools, championing "states rights" in conscipicious places like Alabama but not in California , fighting to keep the Confederate battle flag as state flags, opposing women's access to contraception and abortion, and on and on.
Liberals try to rewrite history but the truth is out there if one takes the time to research and avoid the BS like you just provided.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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The Republican party of then, is not the Republican party of today.
I might add that "back then" African Americans voted for Republicans in the same manner that they vote for Democrats today.

The election of Roosevelt in 1932 marked the beginning of a change. He got 71 percent of the black vote for president in 1936 and did nearly that well in the next two elections, according to historical figures kept by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. But even then, the number of blacks identifying themselves as Republicans was about the same as the number who thought of themselves as Democrats.

It wasn’t until Harry Truman garnered 77 percent of the black vote in 1948 that a majority of blacks reported that they thought of themselves as Democrats. Earlier that year Truman had issued an order desegregating the armed services and an executive order setting up regulations against racial bias in federal employment.

FactCheck.org : Blacks and the Democratic Party
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Yes. The Republican Party used to be the liberal progressives and the Democratic part used to be the conservative reactionaries.

But that's pretty much ancient history at this point.
Wish we could go back to 1863.

Have to go back that far to find the halcyon days of this country, and there was no partisan media 24/7.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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Liberals try to rewrite history but the truth is out there if one takes the time to research and avoid the BS like you just provided.
And still we wait for you to explain your statement about the Republican Party 1800-1850.....

If you truly took "the time to research and avoid the BS", you would never have made such a statement.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Despite liberals trying to rewrite history, it is clear that the republicans have helped minorities and women far more than the democrats:

1.The First Hispanic Governor was a Republican, in 1863, Romualdo Pacheco of CA
2.Republicans freed the slaves,Republicans passed the 13th Amendment unanimously against nearly unanimous Democrat opposition
3.Republicans passed 14th Amendment to defend African-Americans from their Democrat oppressors in the post-Civil War South.
4.In 1869, the Republican-controlled 40th Congress passed the 15th Amendment, extending to African-Americans the right to vote. Nearly all Democrats in Congress voted against the 15th Amendment. The 15th Amendment was ratified the following year, but using intimidation, poll taxes, registration fraud, and literacy tests Democrats prevented most African-Americans from voting for nearly a century.
5.In 1869, the Republican-controlled 40th Congress passed the 15th Amendment, extending to African-Americans the right to vote. Nearly all Republicans in Congress voted in favor, though a few abstained, saying it did not go far enough. Nearly all Democrats in Congress voted against the 15th Amendment. The 15th Amendment was ratified the following year, but using intimidation, poll taxes, registration fraud, and literacy tests Democrats prevented most African-Americans from voting for nearly a century.
6.The First African-American Senator was a Republican, in North Carolina, Hiram Revels.
7.The 1871 Civil Rights Act effectively banned the Klan and enabled Republican officials to arrest hundreds of Klansmen. The KKK did not rise again until the Democratic administration of President Woodrow Wilson.
8. Republicans passed the 1875 Civil Rights Act that banned racial discrimination in public accommodations. Though struck down by the Supreme Court eight years later, the 1875 Civil Rights Act would be reborn as the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
9.Republicans gave woman the right to vote. In 1878, U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduced in Congress the proposed 19th Amendment, according women the right to vote. Over the next four decades, it was primarily the Democrats who would oppose the measure. Not until 1919, after the Republican Party won majorities in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, did Congress approve what would become the 19th Amendment.
10.A Former Slave Chaired the 1884 Republican National Convention, John Lynch.
11.Bertha Landes, a Republican, was the first woman to serve as mayor of a large American city.
12.A Republican President Appointed the First Jewish Cabinet Secretary, Oscar Straus.
13.In 1924, Republican President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, granting citizenship to all Native Americans. The law had been written by Rep. Homer Snyder (R-NY)
14.The First Hispanic U.S. Senator was a Republican, Octaviano Larrazolo of New Mexico.
15.The First Asian-American U.S. Senator was a Republican, Hiram Fong of Hawaii.
16.In 1940, the Republican National Convention approved a plank in its platform calling for racial integration of the armed forces. Not until 1948 did President Truman finally comply with the Republicans' demands for racial justice in the U.S. military.
17.Judge Tuttle, a Republican, in 1962, ordered the University of Mississippi to admit its first African-American student, James Meredith.
18.In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The author of Brown v. Board of Education was a Republican, Chief Justice Earl Warren.
19.Republicans Passed the 1957 Civil Rights Act against the filibustering democrats. The GOP improved upon this landmark legislation with the 1960 Civil Rights Act.
20.Republicans Ended Racial Segregation in Little Rock. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops to the state, where they escorted African-American children to school against the will of the Democrat governor.
21.After 911, under Bush leadership,the U.S. military, together with forces from Britain and other allies, destroyed terrorist camps and ousted the Taliban, liberating 27 million people from Taliban oppression, including giving girls the opportunity to attend school and giving women the right to vote.

Read more: Political News: American Achievements: Political Achievements | RNC: Republican National Committee | GOP (http://www.gop.com/index.php/issues/accomplishment/#ixzz1mw6ORYyt - broken link)
... and nothing of note in the last 50 years?!?!
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: North America
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Gonzales was the first Hispanic Attorney General in U.S. history, by Bush.
Colin Powell the first black Secretary of State, by Bush. Condi Rice the first black woman Secretary of State, by Bush. Justice Thomas is the second black justice, by Bush 1.
Current enough for you.
Putting people into cabinet offices is not really striking a blow for civil rights. I mean clinton put the first woman into the position of sec state but you don't hear me trumpeting that.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:13 AM
 
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Liberals try to rewrite history but the truth is out there if one takes the time to research and avoid the BS like you just provided.
Please get me started on this research project. Provide me with examples of how Republicans championed the rights of women and minorities in the 1960s and beyond. Explain to me how the "southern strategy" engineered in response to LBJ's signing of the Civil Rights Act wasn't launched at all. I'd love to hear this "forgotten history" about how the Republicans valiantly fought for minority rights in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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Wish we could go back to 1863.

Have to go back that far to find the halcyon days of this country, and there was no partisan media 24/7.
That's too funny. Back in the "halcyon days" newspapers were owned lock stock and barrel by the various political parties there was no such thing as non-partisan journalism.

On your way back to the "good ole days" check out the partisan acrimony in the press during Jefferson, Jackson's election campaign. It makes today's politics look like a game of touch football.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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... and nothing of note in the last 50 years?!?!
Did you miss the "one" date in 2001? The one where our military strategy just happened to nicely dovetail with a good international PR move?

Come on folks. The silence on this 50-year period is defeaning. There is nothing to note for the GOP in this time because the GOP spent these years aggressively fighting racially progressive policies.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Please get me started on this research project. Provide me with examples of how Republicans championed the rights of women and minorities in the 1960s and beyond. Explain to me how the "southern strategy" engineered in response to LBJ's signing of the Civil Rights Act wasn't launched at all. I'd love to hear this "forgotten history" about how the Republicans valiantly fought for minority rights in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
There's never a response to the southern strategy or the mass exodus of South Democrats (the backbone of the opposition to Civil Rights Movement) to the Republican side post CRM.
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