- Nov 2008
- Washington state
So if my parties past becomes ugly I can just say they were Democrats back then. I’ll remember that.that is such a simplistic and untrue version of history, in context of how it is today 60 years later and all those democrats you seem to dislike ARE NOW REPUBLICANS....because of the national democratic party supporting and pushing thru Civil Rights acts signed by a southern democratic president. get it? who cares what party anyone was in 150 years ago when now those two parties are not even close to what they were then? even 60 years ago, even most southern racist state democrats were against civil rights, and when it was forced on them by other democrats, they began leaving the party....here is something you need to try and remember for next time- not one republican from any southern racist state of the Confederacy voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964....not one....in the House or Senate....and the democrats were so totally in control of the south, there was only one republican Senator from any of the 11 original confederate states...and only 10 republican house members from the racist south!!! and not one voted for the law, but many democrats did, which means in the south- the democratic party was way less racist and bigoted than the few republicans who lived in these racist states!! It also means the democratic party pushed through Civil Rights KNOWING IT WOULD MEAN THE END OF THEIR CONTROL OF THE RACIST SOUTH....A BIG BIG POLITICAL LOSS.....BUT THEY DID IT ANYWAY, PUTTING DOING WHAT IS RIGHT OVER BEING A POLITICAL COWARD, like most repubs are today when it comes to admitting the truth about Trump.
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%)
It is therefore curious, in a town where Republican indiscretions have no practical shelf life, that Byrd’s partisan allies and the Washington press corps repeatedly refused to delve into his activities as a long ago member of the Ku Klux Klan other than to acknowledge it as a “youthful indiscretion” and move on.
In its obituary, the Washington Post went into surprising detail as to just what those activities consisted of and how they might have shaped his career and early record as a legislator. For example:
As a young man, Mr. Byrd was an ‘exalted cyclops’ of the Ku Klux Klan. Although he apologized numerous times for what he considered a youthful indiscretion, his early votes in Congress--notably a filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act--reflected racially separatist views.
The point here is not that Byrd ended his life as a closeted racist--I never met the man--but that, because he was a Democrat, the people who make judgments about what is and what is not newsworthy chose to give him a pass, failing to subject him to a thorough discussion of his past each time he said or did something that might have alluded to it. This was obviously the case after he used the phrase “white niggers” in a television interview on the subject of race relations in the United States during the Bush presidency--at just about the same time Mississippi Republican Trent Lott was being driven from the Senate leadership in a never-ending barrage of criticism following an unfortunate but provocative comment he made at a birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond, the one-time Dixiecrat candidate for president of the United States. One can only imagine what the consequences would have been for Byrd’s career had he been a Republican with a similar record. https://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2010/06/30/byrds-kkk-history-shows-partisan-double-standard