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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-21-10 11:41 PM
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18. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.
Edited on Tue Sep-21-10 11:43 PM by Ozymanithrax
This is not surprising, since Truman did not make Civil rights a Democratic ideal until 1948, causing Strom Thurmond to leave and run on a Segregationist ticket. Former slaves were loyal to the party that freed them. After 1948, Republicans became more and more the party of big business, until Nixon originated the Southern Strategy, making racism part of the Republican appeal. Reagan finished the change, leading to the south, formerly a Democratic stronghold, to switch to Republican.

Now that I've straightened that out.

Reid today put DADT up for a vote, and the Republicans filibustered a Defense Authorization bill rather than even discuss it. Reid certainly stood up for civil rights today, even if the Republicans won this round.

So I think there is still room in the tent.
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