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Some right-wingers love to cite the role of Democrats in the segregationist South of yore
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July 23, 2014 5:05 p.m.



Hypocrisy rating

Every once in a while, I get a comment on my blog from some conservative who thinks a clever point is made by recalling the days when the Democratic Party was dominated to a certain extent by Southern segregationists.

Such comments seem oblivious to the fact that the Democrats long ago cut their ties with segregationists. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he privately said to an aide: “We have lost the South for a generation.”

LBJ’s prediction was borne out in part by the extent to which the Democratic and Republican parties gradually traded places on matters of race and states’ rights. The GOP, which once had a healthy moderate-liberal wing, long ago adopted the so-called Southern strategy and now finds itself reduced to mostly a Southern party.

Remember, it wasn’t for nothing that Strom Thurmond and so many of his fellow segregationists switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. By the same token, does anybody seriously think that Abe Lincoln would feel at home in today’s GOP?

All of this comes to mind with a right-wing magazine’s publication this week of a column highlighting the Democratic Party’s past support of racial segregation.

But that same magazine also supported Southern segregationism back in the day.

Can you say “hypocrisy,” boys and girls?

The story is HERE.

 

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