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Alive, America, and Anaconda: Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Follow In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations. Today there are over 185,000 pages, as seen in the Roosevelt Room Today, we CUT THE RED TAPE! It is time to SET FREE OUR DREAMS and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! WH Gov TODAY 0:12 2.55M views 3:35 PM-14 Dec 2017 Joy Reid Ф @JoyAnnReid Following Every one of those pages protects your food from being filled with rat droppings, spoiled meat out of your deli, lead out of your paint, your child's medicine from being defective & corporations from polluting the air you breathe or dumping medical waste in the water you wade in Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations. Today there are over 185,000 pages, as seen in the Roosevelt Room... 0:38 6:36 PM -14 Dec 2017 Joy Reid@JoyAnnReid .22h company becaus profitable to cut corners. And if no one's looking, people cut corners. Deregulation is not so good if you value clean air, water and safe food, medicine and workplaces. Joy Reid@JoyAnnReid .22h Deregulation is designed to do only one thing: make corporations more profitable, by reducing the cost of doing business. Making products cleaner and safer costs money. Making workplaces safe and clean costs money. Keeping the air clean means less drilling, so less money. Joy Reid@JoyAnnReid .22h Donald Trump is a president straight out of the 1920s. Cal Coolidge has nothing on him. 164 880 4.2 feynites: bogleech: themightyglamazon: jumpingjacktrash: oh my god. let me share a memory with y’all. it’s from i guess 1978 or thereabouts. it’s high summer. i don’t remember where my mom was driving me, in our avocado green chevette, i just know there was a traffic jam that turned 35w northbound into a parking lot from horizon to horizon. picture it – wait, you don’t have to use your imagination, this happened all the damn time back then. every one of those damn cars was burning leaded gasoline. there were no emissions regulations. there were no safety regulations. there were just thousands and thousands of detroit steel shoeboxes belching visible smoke as they idled, engines loud and hot, here and there a radiator giving up in the heat, a cloud of burning oil rising. i, a smeet of five or six, was choking on toxic smog. i reckon it was about a half hour into the traffic jam that i first threw up. i remember a blinding headache, i remember being confused, i remember dry heaving with my arms and head hanging out the window, the green metal of the car burning my hands and my chin. i don’t remember passing out, but i’m told i lost consciousness before mom was able to get to an off-ramp, because there were no emergency lanes on the highways back then. i lived. and life went on. what were we going to do, complain? if i’d died, the cause of death probably would’ve been recorded as heatstroke, not carbon monoxide poisoning. i know i’m probably preaching to the choir here on tumblr. but i really wish i could tell that story to the people who think deregulation is no big deal. i wish they’d put themselves in my mom’s shoes. or even just look at some old pictures, then look out the window. ever notice how cityscapes used to have that orange tint and hazy aura? yeah, that’s poison gas. remember how the mississippi river used to be a stinking soup of baby-shit yellow sludge covered with disturbingly stiff rafts of light orange foam? i can’t even find pictures of the sludge and foam, i guess they didn’t end up on the internet. the smell was indescribable. that oily shimmer. the reek of dead things. people didn’t boat on the river for pleasure; it smelled too bad, it was too ugly, and you could get super super sick if you touched the water. and now look at it. i still wouldn’t want to drink it, but if i fell in i wouldn’t bolt for the shower in a panic, you know? if the thieving billionaires get their way, we can kiss those sailboats goodbye, and learn the smell of toxic foam once more. the ultra-rich won’t even feel the extra money, they’ve already got more than they could ever touch, they just stash it in offshore accounts to rot, but the rest of us will return to a time of neverending nausea and weird cancers. a time when every elementary school class had at least one kind who’d been born with no fingers or their heart outside their body, and this was just… the way things were. i’m sorry. i didn’t mean to longpost. it’s just. god. y’all have no idea how CLEAN everything is now, compared to when i was a kid. and these rich old men are counting on that, on people not knowing or not remembering how bad it was before regulation, not realizing how much we need these protections until it’s too late. I enforce federal worker health and safety and pollution regulations.  When I was learning my trade, when my classmates and I were having a chuckle over the “well duh” level of specificity written into the Code of Federal Regulations (try “no hazardous material shall be stored in crew berthing” on for size), I will never forget the silence that followed when our instructor spoke these words: “Your regulations are written in blood.” These regulations were not written on a whim. They were written because someone thought they could cut costs by storing however many more pounds of a radioactive, toxic, carcinogenic, or whatever else material in the same rooms where the human beings they paid to transport those materials slept, and then did that, because no one was telling them not to.  They were written because people died. Horrifically. Because unregulated capitalism values profit over human life and suffering.  Can I say it again, for those not paying attention?  Unregulated capitalism values profit over human life and suffering. Do we also need to fucking talk about the Radium Girls again who slowly fucking rotted alive because the company they worked for deliberately hid knowledge of radium’s effects on living matter? I’m gonna talk about it. It’s depressing and dark as hell, but if anyone ever thinks to themselves that companies will just regulate out of a sense of civic duty or basic human morality, and don’t need outside enforcement, then they need to keep this story in mind. United States Radium Corporation that knew radium was lethal, and hired factory girls to work at painting watches with glow-in-the-dark radium faces. To emphasize - they knew radium was lethal and dangerous. Scientists who worked with it wore safety equipment and knew better than to touch it with bare skin. The factory girls, on the other hand, were instructed by their employers to keep the tips of their paint brushes pointed by sucking them between their lips. An act that guaranteed that they were ingesting small amounts of radium daily. They were told that radium was safe, and in small doses even good for you - United States Radium Corporation had paid for ‘studies’ and promoted other products which used small amounts of radium, and had branded at as, basically, a medicinal curative that just need to be doled out in appropriate dosages. This was bullshit, and not even bullshit which the company higher ups could reasonably be expected to actually believe on all levels, with the information that they had readily at hand. What they knew was that a small amount of radium wouldn’t kill you right away, and that there was a two year statute of limitations on workers compensation claims. When the girls began dying and the finger was pointed at radium, the president of the United States Radium Corporation had an independent researcher investigate the claim. The research established that the link between the girls’ deaths and radium was clear. The company, not liking that result, covered up the independent research and hired other people to simply state that this was not the case. Of course, by this point there were dying factory workers who were literally glowing in the goddamn dark, whose bones had become so infused with radium that they were visibly radioactive in their autopsies (when said bones weren’t just falling out of them while they were alive, anyway), so of course the company was forced to admit - oh wait, no, they started stealing dead women’s bones from morgues so that they could dispute their causes of death. Like. Let’s be clear. United States Radium Corporation didn’t just fail to keep their workers sufficiently informed, they didn’t just not investigate things well enough, which would have been bad enough on its own. They told their employees to ingest a deadly substance, and when those DYING WOMEN got together with their last breaths to try and make the world aware of what was going on, purely to try and keep it from killing all the other girls who might get jobs in factories (because they were all doomed to painful cancerous death themselves), they paid for hush-ups and cover-ups and fake studies, and stooped to full-on grave robbing to keep people from finding out that they were killing women in droves. There were factory workers giving testimonies as they physically fell apart on their death beds. The company’s response was not to even revise workers’ regulations to be more safe. It was entirely, 100%, to lie about it, so they could keep making money and keep killing their workers. And do you want to know what happened to that company? To the United States Radium Corporation? It eventually became The Safety Light Corporation, and was decommissioned in 2005. The radium girls were dying in the late 1920′s. The company that killed them didn’t even go under with them, didn’t even die when their efforts to raise awareness actually resulted in better and more stringent regulations. So the prospect that better regulations will hurt a corporation are laughable. Even the corporations that deserve to be destroyed by them still manage to do alright when they’re forced to make less money and kill fewer people. Boo hoo, how sad for them. But inadequate regulations will kill actual human people. Full stop. Some companies will still adhere to ethics, sure, some will have people in charge or on various levels who care and can intervene. But not all of them. And the United States Radium Corporation was just ONE company. One company, that had no regulations to hold it accountable, that decided it didn’t care - and so many women died horrible, horrible deaths for it. Do not ever let anyone kid you about the ramifications of deregulation. And do not forget that people who died, with their dying breath, fought to establish regulations to keep you safe. Anyone who takes them away is spitting on their graves.
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America, Bad, and Cars: Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Follow In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations. Today there are over 185,000 pages, as seen in the Roosevelt Room Today, we CUT THE RED TAPE! It is time to SET FREE OUR DREAMS and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! WH Gov TODAY 0:12 2.55M views 3:35 PM-14 Dec 2017 Joy Reid Ф @JoyAnnReid Following Every one of those pages protects your food from being filled with rat droppings, spoiled meat out of your deli, lead out of your paint, your child's medicine from being defective & corporations from polluting the air you breathe or dumping medical waste in the water you wade in Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations. Today there are over 185,000 pages, as seen in the Roosevelt Room... 0:38 6:36 PM -14 Dec 2017 Joy Reid@JoyAnnReid .22h company becaus profitable to cut corners. And if no one's looking, people cut corners. Deregulation is not so good if you value clean air, water and safe food, medicine and workplaces. Joy Reid@JoyAnnReid .22h Deregulation is designed to do only one thing: make corporations more profitable, by reducing the cost of doing business. Making products cleaner and safer costs money. Making workplaces safe and clean costs money. Keeping the air clean means less drilling, so less money. Joy Reid@JoyAnnReid .22h Donald Trump is a president straight out of the 1920s. Cal Coolidge has nothing on him. 164 880 4.2 jumpingjacktrash: oh my god. let me share a memory with y’all. it’s from i guess 1978 or thereabouts. it’s high summer. i don’t remember where my mom was driving me, in our avocado green chevette, i just know there was a traffic jam that turned 35w northbound into a parking lot from horizon to horizon. picture it – wait, you don’t have to use your imagination, this happened all the damn time back then. every one of those damn cars was burning leaded gasoline. there were no emissions regulations. there were no safety regulations. there were just thousands and thousands of detroit steel shoeboxes belching visible smoke as they idled, engines loud and hot, here and there a radiator giving up in the heat, a cloud of burning oil rising. i, a smeet of five or six, was choking on toxic smog. i reckon it was about a half hour into the traffic jam that i first threw up. i remember a blinding headache, i remember being confused, i remember dry heaving with my arms and head hanging out the window, the green metal of the car burning my hands and my chin. i don’t remember passing out, but i’m told i lost consciousness before mom was able to get to an off-ramp, because there were no emergency lanes on the highways back then. i lived. and life went on. what were we going to do, complain? if i’d died, the cause of death probably would’ve been recorded as heatstroke, not carbon monoxide poisoning. i know i’m probably preaching to the choir here on tumblr. but i really wish i could tell that story to the people who think deregulation is no big deal. i wish they’d put themselves in my mom’s shoes. or even just look at some old pictures, then look out the window. ever notice how cityscapes used to have that orange tint and hazy aura? yeah, that’s poison gas. remember how the mississippi river used to be a stinking soup of baby-shit yellow sludge covered with disturbingly stiff rafts of light orange foam? i can’t even find pictures of the sludge and foam, i guess they didn’t end up on the internet. the smell was indescribable. that oily shimmer. the reek of dead things. people didn’t boat on the river for pleasure; it smelled too bad, it was too ugly, and you could get super super sick if you touched the water. and now look at it. i still wouldn’t want to drink it, but if i fell in i wouldn’t bolt for the shower in a panic, you know? if the thieving billionaires get their way, we can kiss those sailboats goodbye, and learn the smell of toxic foam once more. the ultra-rich won’t even feel the extra money, they’ve already got more than they could ever touch, they just stash it in offshore accounts to rot, but the rest of us will return to a time of neverending nausea and weird cancers. a time when every elementary school class had at least one kid who’d been born with no fingers or their heart outside their body, and this was just… the way things were. i’m sorry. i didn’t mean to longpost. it’s just. god. y’all have no idea how CLEAN everything is now, compared to when i was a kid. and these rich old men are counting on that, on people not knowing or not remembering how bad it was before regulation, not realizing how much we need these protections until it’s too late. edit: replaced the last pic because i accidentally grabbed lake calhoun instead of the river. now it’s the mississippi.
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Abraham Lincoln, Al Gore, and America: DEMOCRATS HARRY TRUMAMARGARETBANGER THE PARTY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS FDR PLANNED PARENTHOOD ITHINE ONEMANG0OD SI ACCEP TO TALK REFUSED TO SUPPORT ANTI-LYNCHINGLAMS LBJ ANOTHER AS LONG ASHES NOT ANGGEROR CHINAMAN SENATORROBERTBYRD TO THEWOMANS BRANCHOFTHE KKK BILL CLINTON ON BYRD KLANSMAN I'LLHAVE THO SE V" G GERS VOTING DEMOCRATIC FOR 200 YEARS I SHALLNEVER FIGHT IN THE ARMED FORCES TWITH ANEGROEBY MY SIDE HE WAS TRYING TO GETELE CTED BEING LIBERAL IGNORANCE oF HI WHEN EXCUSES AND STORY MATTER MORE THAN THE FACTS www.facebook.com/SockPuppetProphets <p><a href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/38361846083/prior-to-2010-the-following-is-what-readers-got" class="tumblr_blog">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Prior to 2010, the following is what readers got when they clicked on the Democrats.org “History” button….</p> <blockquote> <p>Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws</strong>, and every law that protects workers. Most recently, Democrats stood together to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act.</p> <p><strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.</strong> We support vigorous enforcement of existing laws, and remain committed to protecting fundamental civil rights in America.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is the kind of BS spewed by Democrats on a daily basis, and unfortunately the media and other so-called watchdogs are so apparently ignorant of American history, Democrats continue to LIE through their teeth to their constituents, and via academia, to our kids. Despite the truth being out there for years, it’s probably not going to explode until some big shot news anchor gives us an “explosive expose” bringing us all those facts <em>first, </em>so he/she can proudly receive a Pulitzer…</p> <p>While I have only scratched the surface of civil rights history, here’s an except from yet <a href="http://stoprepublicans.blogspot.com/2006/05/history-of-republican-evil.html">another</a> list of historical bullet points that dispute Democrat claims of civil rights support. As you read through it, remember, Democrats claim they <em>“are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws”</em>…</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>October 13, 1858</strong><br/> During Lincoln-Douglas debates, U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas (D-IL) states: <em>“I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever”</em>; Douglas became Democratic Party’s 1860 presidential nominee</p> <p><strong>April 16, 1862<br/></strong> President Lincoln signs bill abolishing slavery in District of Columbia; in Congress, 99% of Republicans vote yes, 83% of Democrats vote no</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>July 17, 1862<br/></strong> Over unanimous Democrat opposition, Republican Congress passes <a href="http://www.civilwarhome.com/confiscationact1862.htm">Confiscation Act</a> stating that slaves of the Confederacy <em>“shall be forever free”</em></p> <p><strong>January 31, 1865</strong><br/> 13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. House with unanimous Republican support, intense Democrat opposition</p> <p><strong>April 8, 1865</strong><br/> 13th Amendment banning slavery passed by U.S. Senate with 100% Republican support, 63% Democrat opposition</p> <p><strong>November 22, 1865<br/></strong> Republicans denounce Democrat legislature of Mississippi for enacting “<a href="http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USASblackcodes.htm">black codes</a>,” which institutionalized racial discrimination</p> <p><strong>February 5, 1866</strong><br/> U.S. Rep. Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) introduces legislation, successfully opposed by Democrat President Andrew Johnson, to implement “40 acres and a mule” relief by distributing land to former slaves</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>April 9, 1866</strong><br/> Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Johnson’s veto; <a href="http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAcivil1866.htm">Civil Rights Act of 1866</a>, conferring rights of citizenship on African-Americans, becomes law</p> <p><strong>May 10, 1866</strong><br/> U.S. House passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens; 100% of Democrats vote no</p> <p><strong>June 8, 1866</strong><br/> U.S. Senate passes Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens; 94% of Republicans vote yes and 100% of Democrats vote no</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>January 8, 1867<br/></strong> Republicans override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of law granting voting rights to African-Americans in D.C.</p> <p><strong>July 19, 1867</strong><br/> Republican Congress overrides Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto of legislation protecting voting rights of African-Americans</p> <p><strong>March 30, 1868</strong><br/> Republicans begin impeachment trial of Democrat President Andrew Johnson, who declared: <em>“This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men”</em></p> <p><strong>September 12, 1868</strong><br/> Civil rights activist <a href="http://www.footstepsmagazine.com/issues/2004/09/2004-09-more.html">Tunis Campbell</a> and 24 other African-Americans in Georgia Senate, every one a Republican, expelled by Democrat majority; would later be reinstated by Republican Congress</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>October 7, 1868</strong><br/> Republicans denounce Democratic Party’s national campaign theme: <em>“This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”</em></p> <p><strong>October 22, 1868</strong><br/> While campaigning for re-election, Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds (R-AR) is assassinated by Democrat terrorists who organized as the Ku Klux Klan</p> <p><strong>December 10, 1869<br/></strong> Republican Gov. John Campbell of Wyoming Territory signs FIRST-in-nation law granting women right to vote and to hold public office</p> <p><strong>February 3, 1870</strong><br/> After passing House with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition, Republicans’ 15th Amendment is ratified, granting vote to all Americans regardless of race</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>May 31, 1870<br/></strong> President U.S. Grant signs <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_enforce.html">Republicans’ Enforcement Act</a>, providing stiff penalties for depriving any American’s civil rights</p> <p><strong>June 22, 1870</strong><br/> Republican Congress creates <strong>U.S. Department of Justice</strong>, to safeguard the civil rights of African-Americans against Democrats in the South</p> <p><strong>September 6, 1870</strong><br/> Women vote in Wyoming, in FIRST election after women’s suffrage signed into law by Republican Gov. John Campbell</p> <p><strong>February 28, 1871</strong><br/> Republican Congress passes Enforcement Act providing federal protection for African-American voters</p> <p><strong>April 20, 1871</strong><br/> Republican Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act, outlawing Democratic Party-affiliated terrorist groups which oppressed African-Americans</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>October 10, 1871</strong><br/> Following warnings by Philadelphia Democrats against black voting, African-American Republican civil rights activist Octavius Catto murdered by Democratic Party operative; his military funeral was attended by thousands</p> <p><strong>October 18, 1871</strong><br/> After violence against Republicans in South Carolina, President Ulysses Grant deploys U.S. troops to combat Democrat terrorists who formed the Ku Klux Klan</p> <p><strong>November 18, 1872</strong><br/> Susan B. Anthony arrested for voting, after boasting to Elizabeth Cady Stanton that she voted for <em>“the Republican ticket, straight”</em></p> <p><strong>January 17, 1874</strong><br/> Armed Democrats seize Texas state government, ending Republican efforts to racially integrate government</p> <p><strong>September 14, 1874</strong><br/> Democrat white supremacists seize Louisiana statehouse in attempt to overthrow racially-integrated administration of Republican Governor William Kellogg; 27 killed</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>March 1, 1875</strong><br/><a href="http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAcivil1875.htm">Civil Rights Act of 1875</a>, guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race, signed by Republican President U.S. Grant; passed with 92% Republican support over 100% Democrat opposition</p> <p><strong>January 10, 1878</strong><br/> U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage; Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it 4 times before election of Republican House and Senate guaranteed its approval in 1919. Republicans foil Democratic efforts to keep women in the kitchen, where they belong</p> <p><strong>February 8, 1894</strong><br/> Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland join to repeal Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled African-Americans to vote</p> <p><strong>January 15, 1901</strong><br/> Republican Booker T. Washington protests Alabama Democratic Party’s refusal to permit voting by African-Americans</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>May 29, 1902</strong><br/> Virginia Democrats implement new state constitution, condemned by Republicans as illegal, reducing African-American voter registration by 86%</p> <p><strong>February 12, 1909</strong><br/> On 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, African-American Republicans and women’s suffragists Ida Wells and Mary Terrell co-found the NAACP</p> <p><strong>May 21, 1919</strong><br/> Republican House passes constitutional amendment granting women the vote with 85% of Republicans in favor, but only 54% of Democrats; in Senate, 80% of Republicans would vote yes, but almost half of Democrats no</p> <p><strong>August 18, 1920</strong><br/> Republican-authored 19th Amendment, giving women the vote, becomes part of Constitution; 26 of the 36 states to ratify had Republican-controlled legislatures</p> <p><strong>January 26, 1922</strong><br/> House passes bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) making lynching a federal crime; Senate Democrats block it with filibuster</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong><br/></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>June 2, 1924</strong><br/> Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs bill passed by Republican Congress granting U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans</p> <p><strong>October 3, 1924</strong><br/> Republicans denounce three-time Democrat presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan for defending the Ku Klux Klan at 1924 Democratic National Convention</p> <p><strong>June 12, 1929</strong><br/> First Lady Lou Hoover invites wife of U.S. Rep. Oscar De Priest (R-IL), an African-American, to tea at the White House, sparking protests by Democrats across the country</p> <p><strong>August 17, 1937</strong><br/> Republicans organize opposition to former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black, appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Klan background was hidden until after confirmation</p> <p><strong>June 24, 1940</strong><br/> Republican Party platform calls for integration of the armed forces; for the balance of his terms in office, FDR refuses to order it</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>August 8, 1945</strong><br/> Republicans condemn Harry Truman’s surprise use of the atomic bomb in Japan. The whining and criticism goes on for years. It begins two days after the Hiroshima bombing, when former Republican President Herbert Hoover writes to a friend that “The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”</p> <p><strong>September 30, 1953</strong><br/> Earl Warren, California’s three-term Republican Governor and 1948 Republican vice presidential nominee, nominated to be Chief Justice; wrote landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education</p> <p><strong>November 25, 1955</strong><br/> Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel</p> <p><strong>March 12, 1956</strong><br/> Ninety-seven Democrats in Congress condemn Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and pledge to continue segregation</p> <p><strong>June 5, 1956</strong><br/> Republican federal judge Frank Johnson rules in favor of Rosa Parks in decision striking down <em>“blacks in the back of the bus”</em> law</p> <p><strong>November 6, 1956</strong><br/> African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President</p> <p><strong>September 9, 1957</strong><br/> President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>September 24, 1957</strong><br/> Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orval_Faubus">Orval Faubus</a> to integrate public schools</p> <p><strong>May 6, 1960</strong><br/> President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republicans’ Civil Rights Act of 1960, overcoming 125-hour, around-the-clock filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats</p> <p><strong>May 2, 1963</strong><br/> Republicans condemn Democrat sheriff of Birmingham, AL for arresting over 2,000 African-American schoolchildren marching for their civil rights</p> <p><strong>September 29, 1963</strong><br/> Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies order by U.S. District Judge Frank Johnson, appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, to integrate Tuskegee High School</p> <p><strong>June 9, 1964</strong><br/> Republicans condemn 14-hour filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who still serves in the Senate</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. <strong>That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws… </strong>On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight.”</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>June 10, 1964</strong><br/> Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) criticizes Democrat filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Act, calls on Democrats to stop opposing racial equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced and approved by a staggering majority of Republicans in the Senate. The Act was opposed by most southern Democrat senators, several of whom were proud segregationists—one of them being Al Gore Sr. Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen, the Republican leader from Illinois, to get the Act passed.</p> <p><strong>August 4, 1965</strong><br/> Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL) overcomes Democrat attempts to block 1965 Voting Rights Act; 94% of Senate Republicans vote for landmark civil right legislation, while 27% of Democrats oppose. Voting Rights Act of 1965, abolishing literacy tests and other measures devised by Democrats to prevent African-Americans from voting, signed into law; higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats vote in favor</p> <p><strong>February 19, 1976</strong><br/> President Gerald Ford formally rescinds President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious Executive Order authorizing internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII</p> <p><strong>September 15, 1981</strong><br/> President Ronald Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to increase African-American participation in federal education programs</p> <p><strong>June 29, 1982</strong><br/> President Ronald Reagan signs 25-year extension of 1965 Voting Rights Act</p> <p><strong>August 10, 1988</strong><br/> President Ronald Reagan signs <a href="http://www.children-of-the-camps.org/history/civilact.html">Civil Liberties Act of 1988</a>, compensating Japanese-Americans for deprivation of civil rights and property during World War II internment ordered by FDR</p> <p><strong>November 21, 1991</strong><br/> President George H. W. Bush signs <a href="http://www.legalarchiver.org/civil.htm">Civil Rights Act of 1991</a> to strengthen federal civil rights legislation</p> <p><strong>August 20, 1996</strong><br/> Bill authored by U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) to prohibit racial discrimination in adoptions, part of Republicans’ Contract With America, becomes law</p> </blockquote> <p>And let’s not forget the words of liberal icon Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood…</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population….</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>So the next time any Democrat claims they’ve been supportive of civil rights in America (and been so all along), ask them to explain their past. “We’ve grown” is not gonna cut it, considering they continue to lie about their past to this day, and only someone lacking in common sense would believe two distinct political parties could juxtaposition their stances on civil rights seemingly overnight.</p> <p>And I’m tired of the recitation that <a href="http://www.black-and-right.com/2010/03/19/the-dixiecrat-myth/">Southern Democrats became racist Republicans</a> and took those tendencies with them. Even today, it never takes long for a Democrat to play the race card purely for political advantage.</p></blockquote>

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