posted on May, 14 2011 @ 06:21 AM
I would not have voted for it either. The problem here is that there was earlier legislation proposed under Kennedy that would have provided civil
rights for all without the steep government intervention. Democrats and Republicans both supported this legislation heavily except the Southern
Democrats. What had happened was that Lyndon Johnson wanted further government interference in private affairs which alienated many of the Republicans
from the legislation.
Arguably Johnson's intentions were to drive the Southern Democrats out of the party so they would join with the Republicans which the Liberals were
able to label against Civil Rights which was baseless and untrue. When he signed the legislation it sealed the death of the Democratic Party in the
South paving the way for the liberals to take over all the ranks of the party. At the time Republicans were definitely not anti-civil rights they were
just anti-government intervention. And why? They remember over the same issue, race, when their party interfered with private property 100 years
before a Civil War broke out.
So by the Republicans not voting for the legislation which would have expanded government control into private property they were seen as the more
welcoming party for Southern Conservatives when in reality they really weren't. It was all politics being played with the civil rights of an entire
race of people.
Liberals wanted Southern Conservatives out of the party so they proposed legislation which expanded government knowing Republicans could not honestly
support it this way the Southerners would see the Republicans as the party more aligned with their views on civil rights issues. Once again that could
not be furthest from the truth.
Republicans had fought tirelessly for women's suffrage, Native American voting rights, African-American rights, to drive out the KKK, and until the
New Deal the Republicans were the party of minorities. Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) was the President who started segregation of the federal government
to which Republicans could only try and relax so as to not cause another Southern uprising. Then 50 years later Johnson expands the federal government
again, just like Wilson, except to do the opposite and reverse his policies.
It was a game, pure and simple. All politics and all power.