Something, something, something about the Southern Strategy.
I'm glad to see that much stuck. Go back and read that article that I linked again. It ties in with what Nam said. The GOP was getting creamed in elections. They had no constituency other than rich motherfuckers in Connecticut and Wall Street. They saw wide disaffection with the Civil Rights Act, particularly amongst white Southerners, but also white blue collar men everywhere. So, they made racism the core of their strategy.
Just because you supplied an answer doesn't mean I understood it. I may be able to communicate effectively from time to time, I may even come across as somewhat rational and reasonable but I am slow when it comes to complicated matters.
Well, then maybe you should withhold strong opinions and refrain from making proclamations with such certainty and without context? It seems like it would prudent to tread more cautiously. You should "pump the breaks," as the kids say these days.
This is stupid, Mr Blackwell. Trying to tie the KKK and the confederacy to the modern democratic party. That's just not reality and it is entirely without context. Do better.
It's not stupid.
Oh, it's stupid alright. And it is stupid for the exact reason I gave: it is entirely without context. That context is what you came right out and said you did not understand.
It's the plain truth but I wasn't connecting it directly to the modern democratic party ...
Since you appear to have such a love affair with the right wing, it is difficult to not see your statement as such. You throw out a one-liner and expect people to think things, and they do. But since you gave no further explanation or context, they will think things you may not have intended.
And what other conclusion are we supposed to draw? Why is it important for us to remember that bit of information? You do not say.
I don't think it was a coincidence that the party that fought tooth and nail against racial equality and civil rights in the 1960's suddenly changed their fucking tune after the republican party secured the Negroes right to vote.
Did republicans - the original ones, back in Lincoln's time - seek to abolish slavery only to get votes? Is it possible for politicians to do something because they think it is the right thing to do? I am not completely cynical in this regard. I think it is possible that they do things because they think it is right. I think Lincoln's repubs did that. I think congress did that when passing the CRA.
And let us examine this claim that the republican party secured the CRA.
who voted for it?
136 out of 171 repub representatives and 27 of 33 repub senators. Note, there were only 33 repubs in the senate. An indicator of their political situation.
But who else voted for it? 153 of 233 democratic representatives, and 46 of 67 senators. So, in gross numbers, more dems voted for it than repubs. It never would have passed without the repubs, but it would not have even come close without the dems. And who signed it? A democratic president.
A better way to look at it is who voted for it based on Union/ Confederate affiliation. Of the former union states, 353 of 391 congressfolks voted for it. Of the former traitors, 9 of 124 voted for it. So it was less about political affiliation than it was geographical. There is a nice chart in that link that controls for both geography and political affiliation. Dems & repubs from the north were way more likely to vote for it than dems & repubs from the South. In fact, more southern dems voted for it (9 of 112) than southern repubs (0 of 12).
So that claim is a lot of hot air.