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Chait writes: "The civil rights movement, once a controversial left-wing fringe, has grown deeply embedded into the fabric of our national story."

Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, and other civil-rights heroes. Not pictured: African-Americans. (photo: NY Magazine)
Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, and other civil-rights heroes. Not pictured: African-Americans. (photo: NY Magazine)

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+34 # davidr 2012-05-23 14:15
Chait gets the story exactly right.

Re white racist votes, didn't Goldwater candidly aver that he intended to go hunting where the ducks were?

And LBJ -- as politically astute as any President ever -- rightly prophesied that Dems would lose the South for generations by enacting the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.

And what happened to Northeastern Republicans, heirs to abolitionist forebears in the GOP? They're all gone, replaced by southerners and westerners.

The Republicans' expressed desire to drown the federal government in a bathtub is nothing more than Nullification revisited. Often known as States' Rights and now Tentherism, the idea is that federal authority is illegitimate when in conflict with the states, that regional concerns properly trump national ones. What regional concerns? Well it turns out that they have ALWAYS been racial -- slavery and Jim Crow. The whole history of the filibuster is writ there, too.

Republicans who tell a different story are fools, or worse.
 
 
-15 # Martintfre 2012-05-24 11:15
http://www.ihatethemedia.com/20-great-moments-in-liberal-bigotry

Cast no stones unless your own slate is clean.
 
 
+8 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-05-24 12:15
Same to you, Martin.
Classic argument of the guilty (if I can judge by my kids) "Hey, I ain't the only one!"
Doesn't make him more innocent.
 
 
-43 # kwiac1 2012-05-23 20:20
I love to read this rsn left leaning site. I enjoy trying to make out what is really being said. Couldn't we all say that civil rights is neither a D o an R owned issue, and that debating this issue of who's the most decent of mankind is pointless in that one intellectual will obfuscate the issue one way and that another will obfuscate it back again tires most people.
We do have a civil rights problem, still, but it "ain't what it used to be". We are making progress, in spite and because of the politicians.
So, intellectuals, quit chasing your tails and quit trying to out obfuscate each other and get focused on solutions for which you might not get a by line or credit.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-05-24 16:36
Quoting kwiac1:
I love to read this rsn left leaning site. I enjoy trying to make out what is really being said. Couldn't we all say that civil rights is neither a D o an R owned issue, and that debating this issue of who's the most decent of mankind is pointless in that one intellectual will obfuscate the issue one way and that another will obfuscate it back again tires most people.
We do have a civil rights problem, still, but it "ain't what it used to be". We are making progress, in spite and because of the politicians.
So, intellectuals, quit chasing your tails and quit trying to out obfuscate each other and get focused on solutions for which you might not get a by line or credit.

Oh, oh, oh-h-h!
Such wisdom takes my ever-left tilted breath away!
Show us where on the right or the owner-media, including PBS, where the real interllecterls hold fo'th in all their quiet, unostentatious modesty between the lengthy commercials (or "grants" in the case of the latter) that sustain them in their modest profundity and scripted "P.C.".
Slap the other wrist ol' dahlin', it's just DYIN' for a wee pat!
 
 
+27 # giraffee2012 2012-05-23 20:48
As we get closer to October 2012 - -the Dem super-packs MUST show the liars/bigots/KK K/ for who they are. I cannot believe the LIES that are coming from the GOP/TP Super-pacs. There must be a law (used to be called libel or something like that) when one tells a lie about you PUBLICALY and when exposed does not retract it. HOLD the GOP/TP responsible!
 
 
+8 # Tazio 2012-05-23 20:49
When Lyndon Johnson signed Civil Rights Bill in 1964 he said, "By signing this, I'm delivering the South to the Republican Party".
 
 
-15 # lnason@umassd.edu 2012-05-23 21:56
Chait does not have the story right. As an older American who was marginally involved in the civil rights movement, our enemies were all Democrats -- they were responsible for Jim Crow, Davis Bacon (which was explicitly sold as a way to keep cheap black labor out of lucrative jobs which should be preserved for whites), and virtually every other evil imposed on black people until Lyndon Johnson. As a New Englander I was appalled at conditions in the south but mixed easily with my black Republican neighbors in East Cambridge.

Lyndon Johnson did have a different attitude and, with the critical help in Congress from Republicans, passed the Civil Rights Act.

Segregationist Democrats did at that point leave the Democratic Party and quickly moved to the Republican camp but it was not because Republicans were racists, but rather because no national party espoused racism and Republicans more closely fit segregationist' s views on economic policy.

Chait is trying to re-write history to fit his preconceived notions of what should have happened. It is true that liberal Democrats also were helpful in the civil rights years but many of us who were unaligned and many Republicans were also needed to overcome the racist tendencies within the Democratic Party.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2012-05-24 06:42
What happened to all of those Democrats who stood in your way? Did you read the article? Honestly!?

Hint: They are now republicans.
 
 
+6 # reiverpacific 2012-05-24 08:35
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
Chait does not have the story right. As an older American who was marginally involved in the civil rights movement, our enemies were all Democrats -- they were responsible for Jim Crow, Davis Bacon (which was explicitly sold as a way to keep cheap black labor out of lucrative jobs which should be preserved for whites), and virtually every other evil imposed on black people until Lyndon Johnson. As a New Englander I was appalled at conditions in the south but mixed easily with my black Republican neighbors in East Cambridge.

Lyndon Johnson did have a different attitude and, with the critical help in Congress from Republicans, passed the Civil Rights Act.

Segregationist Democrats did at that point leave the Democratic Party and quickly moved to the Republican camp but it was not because Republicans were racists, but rather because no national party espoused racism and Republicans more closely fit segregationist's views on economic policy.

Chait is trying to re-write history to fit his preconceived notions of what should have happened. It is true that liberal Democrats also were helpful in the civil rights years but many of us who were unaligned and many Republicans were also needed to overcome the racist tendencies within the Democratic Party.

You can't be "marginally" involved in something as huge as the Civil Rights movement! Margins are safe zones!
"Dixiecrats" sound familiar?
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2012-05-24 18:09
Inason. Nice try, but as you see, we don't by it. The Southerners were racists, that is correct, and they were mainly democrats, also correct,so when Johnson enacted the civil rights law, they switched party and became republicans, and it was surely because of RACIST VIEWS, and has been for years. It has nothing to do with economics.
 
 
+1 # Charlie123 2012-05-28 23:16
Inason, since you are pretending to have been there, I was. Prior to 1948 only the "far" left supported racial equality; beginning in 1948 the liberal wing of the Democratic Party took up the issue and by 1965 had the power to end racial segregation, and did. But Southern Democrats didn't "leave" the party; they were refused seats at the 1968 convntion unless they integrated their delegations. They refused, are were not seated. That is the most a national polical party can do to drive anyone out. Of course, your Republican idols, Richard Nixon and Strom Thurmond, offered them a home--Where, apparently, you comfortably reside.
 
 
+1 # ericlipps 2012-06-06 09:27
It's certainly true that many Democrats in the old days were enemies of back civil rights. Republicans, however, began selling oout blacks as far back as 1876, when in order to win the disputed Southern electors in that year's presidential election they cut a deal with Southerners to terminate Reconstruction and take a hands-off policy toward Southern treatment of blacks--a bargain they honored until the 1950s and even then only cautiously and reluctantly edged away from. Knowing that white Southerners were increasiongly alienated from the Democratic Party, they cynically sought to draw them in while pretending to care about blacks. In private, even Eisenhower was a blatant racist; his 1957 intervention in Little Rock came because he believed the Supreme Court's authority had yo be respected, not because he agreed with its ruling in the 1954 Brown v. Buard of Education case (he didn't, and came to regard his nomination of Earl Warren to head the court as "the greatest mistake of my presidency").
 
 
+12 # redjelly39 2012-05-23 22:19
The Right has gone so far Right that even Reagan would be considered a "Liberal" by today's standards. I am still questioning whether the GOP is trying to throw this election. They are declaring "War" on women who make up 50% of the voting public (if my math is correct)... How do you tell 1/2 of the populace to got F themselves and still think you can win ? Maybe this is just an experiment to see how far their BS will travel. We have 30% of the populace that get all of their information from Faux Newz and we all know what kind of intellect that audience has. Do they believe their "base" is so ignorant that they will get their votes from both male & female anyway ? Or - would this be undeniable proof that our elections are totally rigged ? Either way, if Obama doesn't win by a landslide this election, I will be questioning our intelligence even more than I already do.
How did things ever get to this point ? My prayer is that the Aliens will come save us from ourselves :)
 
 
-19 # Patriot13 2012-05-24 06:28
Hustler with a c#$% in SE cupps mouth and you think the GOP is warring on women when an independent radio commentator{yes he follows conservative views more than progressive views}(not really a D or an R issue) calls someone who needs her birth control so she can have sex at will out side of wedlock (ancient Slang word -s%^$)is someone who should be taken off the air. ?? Come on man get a grip.
 
 
+11 # GeeRob 2012-05-24 08:35
I wish it was only an "independent" radio commentator who was waging a war on women instead of 31 American states. That blowhard was voted an honorary member of Congress in 1994 and to date, not one Republican has ever stood up to Rush.
As far as the topic of Sandra Fluke is concerned, you are woefully uninformed. This doesn't surprise me. Your belief on this is "...so she can have sex at will outside of wedlock..." is breathtaking. Let me know if the 18th century has returned your embrace.
 
 
-1 # wwwes 2012-05-28 04:00
Gee, I never saw it that clearly before... Oh, MOD-erator...
 
 
+8 # elmont 2012-05-24 07:00
I don't think that elections are rigged, but rather that they are decided by a very small sliver of the electorate. When W was re-elected in 2004, after clearly demonstrating that he was he was even worse than President Buchanan, I decided that anything could happen in a national election. Polls show Romney about even with the Big O, which demonstrates the power of the winger noise machine--and shows that a whole lot of people just aren't paying attention.
 
 
+4 # redjelly39 2012-05-24 12:34
You have much to learn Elmont :) The Diebold voting machines use a database called "GEMS". There are only a handful of people that have access to this database and it works just like an Excel spreadsheet. The votes from the machines are datafilled into GEMS and then displayed in columns. If you highlight column A and change that number from 1000 to 5000 and hit "save" the vote has just been changed. Do the opposite for column B so that the total votes cast do not outnumber the total registered voters in that county and it all looks legit. This is what happened in Ohio in 2004. Bush received 5000 more votes than there were total registered voters in a specific county. Ooops - someone screwed up when they changed those numbers.
The same was seen in several counties all across Florida in 2000 - where predominantly democrat counties were showing a majority of votes going to Bush. This was so obvious it was scary to think they might actually get away with it..... And they Did !!!
These were the easy ones to spot, if they do this more discreetly they could make small changes and have the same affect and without raising red flags. The overwhelming part of the 2004 election was the fact that the exit polls had Kerry winning but when the votes were counted, they went to Bush. NEVER have the Exit Polls been that out of whack. And - dont forget, Bush Sr job at the CIA was to fix elections in other countries so they could put in the puppet regime that they wanted.
 
 
+2 # X Dane 2012-05-24 18:23
redjelly, you just put your finger on it. We should pay very close attention to the exit polls. If they differ markedly from the voting results we need to scream bloody murder. And w also should DEMAND A PAPER RECEIPT.
Florida 2000 did have paper ballots....reme mber the hanging chads??. The problems was that they were not all COUNTED. Bush had the SCOTUS stop the counting.
 
 
+4 # Cassandra2012 2012-05-24 10:19
Today's Repugs are not 'conservatives' at all --- what are they really 'conserving'?
What they are are right wing RADICAL [as in pulling things up by their ROOTS ] extremists ....
 
 
+4 # X Dane 2012-05-24 18:24
Cassandra. They are reactionary, not conservative.
 
 
-12 # brucbaker 2012-05-23 22:44
I have a question .. WHERE IS THE POINT ... THE LINE .. WHERE WE CAN SAY... WE HAVE ACHIEVED CIVIL RIGHTS EQUALITY!

Seriously ... can you tell me the parameters of that Civil Rights Equality and what happens when it is finally met? Will I be FREE of all the B.S. that goes along with the march towards it.. someday saying ... look how ridiculous those people used to be when it was so simple ... we just have to do it and stop marching towards it?
 
 
+1 # wwwes 2012-05-28 04:02
We'll know it when we see it. You might not.
 
 
+6 # pstamler 2012-05-23 23:42
Williamson's article is of course nonsense. But it's worth remembering that once upon a time, there were quite a few pro-civil-right s Republicans. Everett Dirksen (who helped write the version of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that was passed), Jacob Javits, Kenneth Keating, Charles Percy, Thomas Kuchel and of course Edward Brooke, the first post-reconstruc tion black senator.

Republicans in the House voted 138-34 for the bill. In the Senate, they voted 27-6 for it. The divisions, in both the House and Senate, were not by party, but by region -- the representatives and senators from the south voted Nay, pretty much unanimously.
 
 
+9 # pstamler 2012-05-23 23:45
Continuing:

Well, that was a different era. The Percys and Kuchels were run out of the Senate by the radical anti-civil-righ ts concervatives, led first by Goldwater but followed by Nixon's strategists in 1968. That contained its own paradox, because Nixon's campaign employed the "southern strategy" of appealing to white southern voters with thinly-disguise d racism, while his administration, once in office, actually acted in a progressive way on race. They kept up the rhetoric which was effectively anti-black, while inventing affirmative action and continuing to press desegregation lawsuits. As one of Nixon's minions remarked, "Watch what we do, not what we say."

By the time Reagan was nominated, the civil rights Republicans had been driven from the party or politically neutralized. It had become the party of white backlash and resentment; it hasn't changed since.
 
 
-16 # Patriot13 2012-05-24 06:50
Are you as stuck in your liberal view of things as you accuse the republicans of being in theirs? we are all individuals and would do this country and our selves a great service if we stop lumping things into R vs D. There are cross overs on both sides and I bet most of us have the same goals and can "prove" our point on how right we are. Opposing a law because it discriminates against whites is not RACIST it is calling for equal justice under the law, One of the founding principles of this country that made us as great as we were. As we continued to be even more inclusive by amending the constitution To accept full women's rights and full race Rights etc., we continued to prosper. Since we have been going in the direction of correcting these issues by passing laws that now discriminate against other groups: Men, Whites,Wealthy, etc.(affirmativ e action, hiring race-quotas) we are declining rapidly.Under what form of Government has which country given more individually and collectively to the betterment of mankind around the world??
United states of America under the constitution of The united states which protects individual liberty and property and the right to seek ones own happiness, with only the responsibility that you not interfere with others because they (all of mankind)also have the same rights.
 
 
+8 # MJnevetS 2012-05-24 13:41
Quoting Patriot13:
Since we have been going in the direction of correcting these issues by passing laws that now discriminate against other groups: Men, Whites,Wealthy,etc.

Patriot 13, It's a good thing this is typed, because unless you are a true sociopath, you could not possibly say that line with a straight (and no, I don't mean heterosexual) face! Really?! This country discriminates against wealthy white men? You may want to check your water supply, because there are some major psychotropic drugs being fed to you if you honestly believe that statement. Words can only fail to express the preposterous mendacious audacity of that statement. When a hedge fund manager (15% TAX ON CAPITAL GAINS!) is taxed at MORE THAN double my tax rate of 35% (as I am currently taxed at more than double his rate) for as many years as he has been receiving his tax holiday, then we can first talk about equality; but discrimination? ! Unless you run a hedge fund, look in a mirror, because YOU are part of the mindless, ignorant Republican flock of sheep that continually vote against your own self interest based upon the color of your skin. WAKE UP!!!
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2012-05-24 18:29
As much as I disliked Nixon, he did some good things, he started the EPA, pretty remarkable.
 
 
+9 # Interested Observer 2012-05-24 01:53
Every so often one hears the phrase "the party of Lincoln". The GOP franchise on that phrase became absolutely and undeniably null and void the day it accepted Strom Thurmond as a member. Not so long ago Trent Lott affirmed this fact in his notorious open praise of Thurmond to say how much better things would have been had America heeded Thurmond's "wisdom" back in the Dixiecrat days.
 
 
-10 # Martintfre 2012-05-24 11:09
//The GOP franchise on that phrase became absolutely and undeniably null and void the day it accepted Strom Thurmond as a member. //

and exactly where was KKK recruiter Robert Byrd seated till his death in 2010?

Or is blind hypocrisy ok?
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2012-05-24 16:47
Quoting Martintfre:
//The GOP franchise on that phrase became absolutely and undeniably null and void the day it accepted Strom Thurmond as a member. //

and exactly where was KKK recruiter Robert Byrd seated till his death in 2010?

Or is blind hypocrisy ok?


The late Sen' Byrd spoke openly -and quite touchingly- about his former KKK involvement -almost a default requirement in WV and other Dixie states in his time as a white male youth. He also openly regretted it, as did the former Gov' Wallace "Separatism for ever" before his death.
Thurmond NEVER changed his stance and therein lies the difference which illustrates you own selective declamation on history to make specious point (at best).
Are you saying that we are not supposed to change and should be stamped with out past mistakes, blunders and stupidity for the rest of our lives? Then fall all of us!
Methinks you casteth a stone which is bouncin' back at ya mate!
You never say much about y'r own stances on these things.
 
 
-1 # wwwes 2012-05-28 04:05
Have you ever heard of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black? You should read about him. When a person is sincere in his or her heart, the change shows. No, we are not blind, nor are we timid.
 
 
+2 # kyzipster 2012-05-24 03:30
The Southern Strategy is alive and well, now that even a hardcore conservative cannot make a racist statement without some backlash, the hatred is directed at Hispanics, Muslims, the LGBT population, all Democrats, urban liberals, 'abortionists', the 'other'. There's still plenty of racism directed at African Americans out there but it seems complicated. A conservative voter might support Rush Limbaugh's racism while voting for Herman Cain if given the chance. As long as Fox News and Limbaugh endorse a candidate or point of view, they do not question it much.

Progressives play their part by dismissing red states as inhabited by uneducated Neanderthals. The media is full of this bias and it only helps the GOP. In reality we have an urban/rural divide, not a blue/red state divide. This is revealed when looking at a detailed electoral map, it's even true in most of the South. It's also true in CA and NY, most rural areas are as 'red' as Indiana. Only states with huge urban populations are 'blue'; California, New York, Illinois, etc. It's a game of percentages and Republicans have mastered the game.

I don't know what the solution is but we need to move past the nonsense of the culture war which only benefits conservatives and consequently the wealthy and corporations. As long as Democrats also remain in the pockets of corporations, people will vote on social issues.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-05-26 11:16
You forgot, the main 'other' = women.
 
 
-8 # Patriot13 2012-05-24 06:19
@#giraffee2012: I am open minded on this topic and would like to be educated. Please site for me a list of racist comments and actual incidents, with some way to verify them, of T.E.A. party members or leaders speaking or acting in a way that is racist.{there really are no T.E.A.party leaders because the whole premise is that we are all our own leader}As posted on the national coordinators site-OUR MISSION: ... to restore America’s founding principles of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionall y Limited Government and Free Markets.
With the lack of actual incidents at any rallies I have personally attended, or have seen reported about larger national TEA Party events, how did you arrive at calling the TEA Party movement RACIST. While I know people that are personally prejudiced in some degree, as I am sure you do as well,I don't see any of them wishing harm or unequal justice to any person just based on their skin color or sexual orientation.My personal stance on race is that color of skin has no relevance,As per MLK-Character is how I judge a person as to weather I choose to have them in my circle of friends.I Imagine you do the same.I am a strong Tea party principle supporter and am opposed to edu.and job race quotas because they send the message that blacks-women-xy z group, can't make it on their own. Enforcement of racial or sex discrimination is illegal and needs to be prosecuted and punished. Blacks ARE capable and don't need quotas!
 
 
+10 # kyzipster 2012-05-24 07:31
Besides the fact that you could answer your own question by spending a few seconds Googling 'Tea Party racism', many of us wonder why you remained silent during the Bush years when we were racking up the bulk of the $14 trillion in debt we're facing. It's also curious that you ignore the fact that Obama is responsible for the smallest increase in government spending since Eisenhower. It's clear that you only have a problem with government when a so called 'liberal' is in the White House, facts be damned:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obama-spending-binge-never-happened-2012-05-22?pagenumber=1
 
 
-6 # Martintfre 2012-05-24 10:49
I have been at a variety of Tea party events and racism is not part of it -- I assume people like kyzip don't care about my reality - but I do care enough to mention if it was about racism I and every one I know would not be involved.

It is soo much easier to protect falsehoods and lie and talk about others then it is to have an honest discussion with others.

Apparently When I complained about Big Brother government under Bush - I was a mal content fighting for individual rights, BUT when I complain about Big brother government under Obama I am a racist... stupid hypocrisy - like parties are more important then policies and people.
 
 
+3 # kyzipster 2012-05-24 11:18
I didn't call you a racist. I simply pointed out that the racism that has cropped up in the movement that you identify with is easily available in the media if you're curious, and you claim to be.

Not every Republican or Tea Partier is a racist but practically every racist has joined the conservative cause and that is by design.
 
 
0 # ericlipps 2012-06-06 09:33
Quoting Martintfre:
I have been at a variety of Tea party events and racism is not part of it -- I assume people like kyzip don't care about my reality - but I do care enough to mention if it was about racism I and every one I know would not be involved.


I'm less worried about your racism than by your remark about "[your] reality." Creating a separate version of reality was a hallmark of the Bush administration, and accounted for a lot of the mess Dubya left behind.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2012-05-24 10:28
cite
 
 
+8 # humanmancalvin 2012-05-24 06:57
The GOP party of Civil Rights is the one & same that produced Reagan & his Welfare Queen. And Newt who would have minority children mopping the floors of public schools. Lets also remember candidate Romney's church that completely excluded blacks from entering their temples because they are a lesser race of people. Governor Perry's N----r rock at the entrance to his property is another move forward for folks of all races. But in all fairness the Republican party has civil right stalwarts at the helm: the radical Black Panther Herman 999 Cain & the Huey Newton clone Allen West who will seek out anti rights groups as soon as he is finished rooting out the Red Commies in the distinctly racist Democratic party. It is but a mere coincidence that our Democratic president happens to be a Black Man because Fox Fair & Balanced News tells us that the Democrats are the party that will drag our country back to owning Africans as a way of life.
Oh (sighing) Dear.
 
 
+4 # Cassandra2012 2012-05-24 10:31
Nowadays what we have is Rightwing radical support of Corporate Welfare 'Queens' ....
subsidies to oil companies who rake in taxpayer dough to supplement their overpriced oil products.
 
 
-8 # Martintfre 2012-05-24 10:42
So Cassandra - how do you spin away the fact that the DEMS had total control 3n4 years ago and now they still control 2/3rds of government and the corporate welfare is worse then ever?

How can that possibly be only republicans fault?
 
 
+3 # X Dane 2012-05-24 18:44
Martintfre....T oo easy.... when the opposition constantly jam a stick in the wheel, with, NO, NO, NO, THERE IS NO CONTROL.

The republicans did not want to do ONE POSITIVE THING. They were dead set on defeating Obama. That was their ONLY goal.
 
 
+6 # hillwright 2012-05-24 06:59
It was Jesse Helms who conceived the new Southern Strategy for the Republican Party and, with some difficulty, finally convinced Nixon to take this path. And,the rest is history.
 
 
+4 # redjelly39 2012-05-24 07:09
Well stated Kyzipster,
The problem IS the divide of Red vs Blue. This is a military tactic called Divide & Conquer and it works like a charm especially when they can get Red vs Blue pointing their fingers and screaming at each other. Look how much $$ you can steal along with their rights when they are preoccupied with each other.
The problem is actually much larger and less controllable. The Banks own the Corps that own our Gov't that pass the laws and enforce control over We the People. The corporate media plays by a script to keep the divide and flame the fires while selling us a load of BS and the latest electronic gizmo (that will keep our little Brains busy for a while)... Occupy may be our last & best way to restore some sanity & wrest control back from becoming a complete totalitarian state. Watch the movie "Thrive" (Google it). Its a free online movie that explains who & how our Energy, Education, Food, Health, Rights & Financial system is being controlled by a very few men on a global scale.
http://www.thrivemovement.com/the_movie
 
 
+6 # Rich Austin 2012-05-24 07:11
You can lead a horse to water....

Draw a line from the southern tip of Nevada all the way across the country to Norfolk, and then toss in West Virginia and Kentucky. In every state south of that line (with the exception of Florida) childhood poverty is over 20%, and in some counties in some states surpasses 65%.

Of the 47 Republicans in the Senate, 22 of them come from the fourteen states south of the line.

There is another statistic worth noting. Disproportionat ely, more “entitlement” money flows to those fourteen states as compared to the rest of the nation. Even with that, childhood poverty is rampant.

With all the ranting and raving they do about family values, you’d think the GOP would see to it that “their” children received better treatment.

Thus marks two of the many glaring contradictions between what the GOP practices versus what it preaches. The sad thing about all this is that the “good ol’ boys” buy the crap their selling. And those “boys” can evidently afford NASCAR races, but not food for tots.

In reality, those southern men are being treated as stooges by their white, racist overlords. Ditto for their wives, ya’ll.
 
 
+2 # cordleycoit 2012-05-24 07:52
Race appears to be a problem for the elderly, the fearful and the poorly educated (that is the largest growing minority.) If one understands demographics those listed criteria appears to be a portrait of the Tea Party. The
resegregation of America is coming from the corporate side which will be an economic-racial beast rather than the old line Black White B.S.Our masters in Singapore and points East are pointing us that way.
 
 
-9 # Martintfre 2012-05-24 10:39
I love how the revisionist are making the party of Jefferson Davis and the KKK and twisting them into the heros of civil rights

- Fact it was only AFTER the democrats finally came to the table set by the Republicans for 100 years (Ya know Lincoln, MLK) and grudgingly modernize did civil rights pass.
 
 
+1 # MJnevetS 2012-05-25 07:38
Quoting Martintfre:
(Ya know Lincoln, MLK)
As to the allegation that King was a M.L.King was a republican, this came from Republican propaganda. While it is (sadly) true that Dixiecrats were anti civil rights (it split the democratic party between North and South and the Southern Democrats switched party in droves, bringing their racist sentiments to the Republican party which unfortunately fully embraced them (the neoconservative s) According to Politifact, MLK's son
"[denies] he was a Republican, as do respected academic experts and former King associates and friends. The record shows that as a civil rights leader, King avoided partisan identification.

We rate the statement False." http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2011/jan/17/raging-elephants/houston-group-says-martin-luther-king-jr-was-repub/ Martintfre, I know, being a Republican, you probably don't believe in evolution, but things do evolve nonetheless. Many Southern Democracts, along with Southern Republicans were racist. It split the Democratic party and there was a mass exodus of Dixiecrats who joined with the racist faction of the Republican party, where their beliefs were embraced. THAT is where the Republican party of today has evolved from.
 
 
+1 # ericlipps 2012-06-06 09:38
Quoting Martintfre:
I love how the revisionist are making the party of Jefferson Davis and the KKK and twisting them into the heros of civil rights

- Fact it was only AFTER the democrats finally came to the table set by the Republicans for 100 years (Ya know Lincoln, MLK) and grudgingly modernize did civil rights pass.


Lincoln was a Republican, all right--and Republicans have been sobbing for forgiveness from the white South for generations.

And even Lincoln hoped to kick the freed blacks out of the country after emancipation and was dissuaded only when it became obvious that was impractical. Lincoln also favored restricting the vote only to so-called "very intelligent" blacks, while allowing any white moron to exercise the franchise as always.
 
 
-7 # Martintfre 2012-05-24 11:02
Proper role of government is to protect all rights equally. No one has a right to the life of another.

Rights are not granted or revoked because of your race,gender,rel igion they are inherent, part of being human.

The whole division philosophy is collectivist - your rights, or lack of them is deemed by which gang your a member of. That thinking - core to racism and core to modern progressive thinking is anti-individual anti-freedom.

It is core to slavery where some have a special right to the life of others and that can be imposed by government force -- sadly that has been the nature of governments through out history till The Decoration of Independence, till the individuals rights to their life was enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Rather then looking at the incomplete execution of that ideal - and focusing on the historical hold overs such as slavery - the goal should always be the completion of freeing all individuals from any form of oppression by others be they individuals, gangs or government.

A just government respects the rights of all people equally and grants special favor to none.
 
 
+4 # MJnevetS 2012-05-25 07:40
Quoting Martintfre:
The Decoration of Independence
Nice Freudian slip, the Decoration of Independence. That is the true conservative belief, it is mere window dressing for the 99%!
 
 
0 # redjelly39 2012-05-24 16:52
I say what I mean as It is my responsibility to call out our corrupt politicians and their immoral laws & ideals whenever I see a conflict with OUR Constitution. Why is it that we elect these clowns who swear to uphold the Constitution and then we spend all of our time trying to hold them to it ? We need an amendment stating if a Senator, Congressman or President tries to bend or break our Rights per the Constitution & Bill of Rights, they need to be immediately dismissed... Do not pass Go and Do Not collect $200 --- and dont let the door hit you in the A$$ on your way out either. Thats my .02 & I am sticking to it.
 
 
+2 # ginaD 2012-05-26 17:18
I spent so much time working on the last couple of presidential elections...her e's the truth...until we get rid of those damn electronic machines (many of which have WIRELESS CARDS on board that are NOT in the SPEC)...you aren't going to have honest elections in this country. THE ANSWER TO RED JELLY SHOULD BE OBVIOUS: wE AREN'T ELECTING THEM. gO READ ALL THE COVERAGE AT bLACKBOXVOTING. It has been repeatedly proven that the machines are rigged. We did a study after one round and demonstrated that in some states, there were counties with more VOTES than VOTERS. Now, that is patriotic voting after dying!
 

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