History shows GOP as champion of civil rights

Democrats keep jiving and minorities keep buying.

Did someone burn the history books, or did schools stop teaching history?How can the Democratic Party claim they’re the true champions of minorities in this and past elections?

Start with the Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, fought to free the slaves. The Southern states resisted, seceded and fought a civil war to preserve slavery. Lincoln’s goal was achieved, but the war cost more than 500,000 lives. Lincoln paid dearly, losing his life shortly thereafter, assassinated by a disgruntled Southern sympathizer.

In the 1950s, the South, the District of Columbia and the U.S. military were segregated. President Harry Truman, a Democrat, issued an executive order in 1948 to desegregate the military, but lacked the political will to enforce it. His successor, President Dwight David Eisenhower, a Republican, made clear his stance in his first State of the Union message in February 1953, saying “I propose to use whatever authority exists in the office of the president to end segregation in the District of Columbia, including the federal government, and any segregation in the armed forces.”Eisenhower succeeded and also signed into law the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960, and used the military to enforce a court order when Arkansas refused to integrate its public school system.

Many Democrats continued to resist desegregation well into the 1960s. Their roll call votes on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 averaged 61 percent for and 39 percent against. The GOP averaged 80 percent for and 20 percent against.

Furthermore, it wasn’t a Democrat who led the fight for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – it was a Republican, Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois. Without his leadership and the GOP’s overwhelming support, the bill would have died.

The axiom, “Failure is an orphan, but success has many fathers,” seems appropriate here. The Democrats take credit for minority advancement, but history paints a different story. Even recently, President Barack Obama failed to introduce a single bill on immigration reform even though his party controlled Congress for two years. It wasn’t a priority until re-election.

Obama and the Democrats keep jiving and minorities keep buying. Why?

No spin here…you can look it up.

A Boston native, Ed Andersson relocated to Durango 12 years ago. He is a pioneer in the field of bar code technology, a Marine Corps veteran and broker and co-owner of RE/MAX Pinnacle in Durango.