posted on Oct, 11 2009 @ 03:22 PM
Many people do not know that the civil rights movement was first started by Republicans. Professors and the media today gloss over the fact that when
Republicans freed the slaves under President Lincoln, it was Democrats standing opposed. When the vote came to Congress on Emancipation Proclamation,
every single democrat voted against it, while every republican voted in favor of it. It was republican principles, ideals and blood that was spent to
free the slaves. It was republicans that lead the effort to pass the 13th Amendment officially making slavery constitutionally outlawed. It was the
Democratic Party that stood opposed. Republicans passed the first Civil Right Act legally extending citizenship and equal right to all, regardless of
race. The Republicans passed the 14th Amendment requiring all states to give due process of law, and equal protection of the laws to all races. Every
single Republican voted in favor, while every democrat opposed.
Every single African-American Congressmen until 1935 was a Republican. The first African-American governor was a republican. Colin Powell was the
first African-American National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Condoleezza Rice was the first woman to serve as the National Security
Advisor. The first Hispanic governor was a Republican. The first Hispanic US Senator was a Republican. The first Asian American US Senator was a
Republican. The first Asian American Federal Judge was a Republican. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican. Secretary of Labor Elaine
Chao amazingly was the first Asian American woman in any president’s cabinet. The first women allowed to be delegates to a national convention were
Republicans. The first Republican Supreme Court Justice was republican Sandra Day O’Connor, who before that was also the first woman in any state to
be the Majority Leader in the Legislature.
Republicans led the movement for women’s right to vote, and as a party the democrats opposed this right. Every leader of the early feminist movement
were Republicans, including Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Two of the leading African-American suffragists, Ida Wells
and Mary Terrell were Republicans, and also were co-founders of the NAACP.
It was Republicans that integrated professional sports. Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey was an outspoken supporter of race integration
and Republican, as was Jackie Robinson. Those most outspoken to sports integration were southern democrats.
The Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision was written by a Republican Chief Justice appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower.
That Republican Chief Justice, Earl Warren, was a three-term Republican Governor in California, and was the Republican nominee for Vice President of
the United States in 1948. Roughly three years after this Supreme Court ruling, President Eisenhower won passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The
important thing to note here is that Eisenhower was the first Republican President in four administrations. Democrats controlled the White House for
four administrations and did not pass a single civil rights bill. Not one. It was U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen that authored and introduced the 1960
Civil Rights Act. Individually he was the most responsible for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as he was the Republican leader who
crafted the strategy that overcame long odds and tenacious Democratic opposition to the Bill. After all, it was entirely democrats that filibustered
the Bill and it was Dirksen that overcame them. When the Bill was finally passed it received significantly more support from Republicans than
In 1976 it was republican President Ford who repealed democratic President F. Roosevelt’s now infamous executive order interning 120,000 Japanese
Americans during World War II. None of the numerous democrat Presidents before him felt it necessary and democrats role in the interning has been
Amazingly, Democrats have been widely credited as the leaders of the civil rights movement and the torch bearers of equal rights. How did this happen?
The fundamental difference is Republicans believing in freedom of opportunity while most democrats believe in equality of results. While a basic
republican principle is that every individual should have the freedom and opportunity to make of themselves what they choose, democrats take it a step
further and try to legislate actual outcomes. Slowly over generations democrats created a welfare state where sadly they have made many people
dependant on the government. They have fostered the idea within minority groups that Republicans want to keep them poor and want to take away
government assistance. Republicans are losing this war of words and ideas. Republicans need to explain why they oppose a system of perpetual
government assistance. Republicans need to better illustrate why their principles unshackle people from government assistance and allow the human soul
to sour with the pride of success and self dependence.
Democrats have now elected the first African-American President. And while we do not support his policies, this achievement is something Republicans
should be proud of. For his achievement was made standing on the shoulders of many Republicans. Republicans laid the foundation for an America where
all races and sexes could elect an African-American President. Republicans should be proud and tell people about their history leading the civil
rights movement. Let people know that it was Republican ideals that freed slaves, gave all races the right to vote, lead women’s suffrage, and gave
all races and sexes equal protection of the laws and due process.
[edit on 11-10-2009 by johnny2127]