Accidental Comedians: Democrats and Civil Rights

nullThe Clintons were in the south over the weekend trolling for the black vote. Hillary even adopted a fake southern accent for one speech — which perfectly matched her fake New Yorker status, fake warmth, and fake love for her husband.

In Selma, Alabama, Hillary, Bill and Barack Obama led the way during a recreation of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

In speeches at churches in the area, much was said about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — but even less wasn’t said. Bill Clinton said that without the legislation combined with the marches, southern Democrats like himself and Jimmy Carter never could have risen to the presidency. But let’s not hold that against the marchers.

What the Clintons, and other Democrats for that matter, conveniently forget to tell their audiences (and the audiences don’t care to learn) is that the civil rights legislation was opposed mostly by southern Democrats. That never seems to come up in these speeches.

H.R. 7152, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed the House of Reps. on February 10, 1964. The legislation was opposed by 34 Republicans, and 96 Democrats. Most of the opposing Democrats were from southern states — those very people who Democrats credit with saving blacks from lives of misery and oppression.

When the bill reached the senate, it was vehemently opposed by a group called the “southern bloc.” This consisted of, you guessed it, mostly Democrats — 18 Dems and one Republican. They and their allies pushed consideration for the bill back into June of that year. In the end, six Republicans and 21 Democrats opposed the Senate’s final version of the Civil Rights Act. Those Democrats included Al Gore’s father, Albert Gore, Sr. This was of course 16 years after Al Gore, Sr. created one of the world’s most gaseous carbon emissions — Al Gore, Jr.

Here’s something else that people who automatically lap up Democrat drivel should chew on: In the twenty-six major civil rights votes since 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80% of the votes. The Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96% of the votes. Yet blacks vote overwhelmingly Democrat. Heck, the Democrats are the only one of the two major parties to have an ex KKK member in a high leadership position. When Robert Byrd says, “check under the hood,” he’s not talking about cars.

You have to hand it to Democrats politicians. They have indeed, figuratively speaking, become a huge success at selling ice to Eskimos. Heck, Bill Clinton is even considered by many to be the “first black president.”

Bill Clinton was inducted into the “Arkansas Black Hall of Fame” in 2002. Bill was so excited to receive this recognition that he almost immediately leveled an historic landmark, the Choctaw Terminal, built in part by craftsmen who were former slaves, a building which was truly a piece of black history, to make room for his presidential library.

Can you feel the love for, and from, minorities? It’s unbelievable, but somehow Democrats can.

Here are some facts about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If Democrats loved black people any more than this, slavery would be legal in Fargo by now.

Author: Doug Powers

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