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"We had a sweetheart deal with the National Democratic Party. 'We’ll go along with all your programs, if you’ll go along with our segregation.' But once that Civil Rights Bill passed in 1964, then Lyndon friend became Lyndon the enemy," says Hollings.
"And now, the Republican party is white, and the Democratic party is the majority black, I would say [in South Carolina]. And in Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia. You can just go right across the spectrum."
"What are you saying? That all of these folks that keep voting Republican are racist," asks Wallace.
"Not quite. They are conservative. They honestly don't believe in government, like we do in the Democratic Party," says Hollings, laughing.
"We believe in feeding the hungry, and housing the homeless, and educating the uninformed and everything else like that. They believe in private education, a privatized Social Security, privatized energy policy -- privatize, privatize. They don’t believe in 'We the people' in order to form a more perfect union.”
Originally posted by curme
That democrats had to wheel and deal with racists in the south in order to feed feed the hungry, house the homeless, educate the uninformed and everything else like that?
Originally posted by curme
So what's the big deal? That democrats had to wheel and deal with racists in the south in order to feed feed the hungry, house the homeless, educate the uninformed and everything else like that? Politics deal with 'give and take'. If only politicians still compromised for the good of the American people. Now it's either 'us or them'. Black or white.
But in the Senate, the one vote he cast that he knew was wrong, and that he's always felt guilty about, was voting against putting Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court. Why did he do that?
"I couldn't get re-elected. That’s the honest answer," says Hollings. "And if I had voted for him, I might as well withdraw from the race. It, I mean, it was political."
Originally posted by frayed1
I've got news for you......pre 1964 both sides were pretty much pro segregation. When the democrats (Kennedy, Johnson, etc) came out in favor of intergration and civil rights....they alienated many of their own party and the republicans 'gained' some of these who were less happy with the direction of the democratic party....( I believe some made a detour via the 'dixie-crats' before completely going over to the 'other' side)
This is the most direct statement of a plan by democrats to conspire to keep racist policies in place prior to the civil rights legislation of 1964 which passed with republican help.
Fritz continued a tradition of hypocracy among democrats with this classic double speak, ......
Fritz continued a tradition of hypocracy among democrats...
Originally posted by Bout Time
All of the morally corrupt DixieCrats immediately became Republicans, so what exactly is your point? The only "double speak" is coming from the poster in the attempt to say the Civil Rights Bill, born of Democrat mind & passed overwhelmingly with Dem, underwhelmingly with Repub, was somehow championed by Republicans.
I guess the high number of Black Republican Senators today vetts that out, no?
The ex-Klansman later filibustered the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act -- supported by a majority of those "mean-spirited" Republicans -- for more than 14 hours. He also opposed the nominations of the Supreme Court's two black justices, liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas. In fact, the ex-Klansman had the gall to accuse Justice Thomas of "injecting racism" into the Senate hearings. Meanwhile, author Graham Smith recently discovered another letter Sen. Byrd wrote after he quit the KKK, this time attacking desegregation of the armed forces.