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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 01:31 PM
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George H W Bush voted against the Civil Rights Act
I read this yesterday and would like a link for the article.

Things don't change much over time, the Neo-Fascists still don't want Black people to vote.
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 01:34 PM
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1. Which one?
I think there several "Civil RIghts Act" - 57, 60, 64
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 01:36 PM
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2. 1964, H W was a Congressman at the time.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 01:45 PM
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3. Disinformation
Edited on Fri Sep-24-04 01:52 PM by TahitiNut
"George became interested in politics like his father and began dabbling in local Republican politics in Houston. Defeated when he first ran for the United States Senate in 1964, he went on to become the first Republican to represent Houston in the House of Representatives in 1966 and served two terms. As a freshman legislator, he was named to the Powerful House Ways and Means Committee. While in Congress Bush supported some liberal causes such as giving 18 year olds the right to vote and abolishing the military draft. Despite the unpopularity of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 with his constituents, he voted for the Civil Rights Act in 1968. Giving up his seat in the House in 1970, Bush ran once again for the United States Senate. His opponent, Lloyd Bentsen, won easily despite campaign help from President Richard M. Nixon. Nixon rewarded Bush for his Senate campaign efforts with an appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations. In 1973 Nixon named Bush Chairman of the Republican National Committee. A succession of other prestigious appointments followed including Chief of the United States Liaison Office in the Peoples Republic of China and Director of Central Intelligence Agency. In his position as Director of the CIA, Bush needed to appease angry legislators and restore employee morale. The Senate confirmed the appointment only on the condition that he not be chosen as a running mate for President Ford in the next presidential election."
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On a personal note ... I think it's extremely important to not fight falsehoods and lies with more falsehoods and lies. A wholesale stampede from the truth and integrity is surely a plunge over the cliffs of fear to the death of democracy on the rocks of fascism below.

We cannot have a democracy if we do not deserve it! If we lose it, we deserve to lose it.
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 01:55 PM
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4. I read that in an article yesterday, it sounded fishy then but I wanted
to read it again.

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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 02:01 PM
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5. Hay half the Dem party left when civil Rights started. They are now called
Republicans. It was a wonder Truman ever won after he got that stuff started. Best thing he did but it is still costing the party a lot of votes. Stuff like that dies hard.
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 02:42 PM
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7. Not exactly...
... he might have voted for it when finally in Congress, but when he ran for Congressman in 1964 (a campaign he lost), he campaigned against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Generally, looking at G.H.W. Bush over the years, especially when he was subservient to the Republican Party for political jobs to plump his resume, he went with the prevailing winds. In 1964, Goldwater was running an anti-civil rights campaign, and Bush followed along, largely because he was one of the party faithful. He very much believed that being "on the team" got one ahead.

Nor was he sufficiently interested in minorities when he pulled the race card in the "Willie Horton" ads in 1988--then, it was matter of winning a prize he'd wanted for forty years, and civility be damned.

It's fine to be accurate in the instance, but it's also necessary to look at the longer view. Like all the Bushes who have been driven to seek public office, George H.W. said and did what was necessary to achieve his own aims.

He's done just about anything required for money and power, and I, for one, certainly don't give him much credit for having the courage of his convictions beyond what he wants for himself.

Cheers.



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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 02:49 PM
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8. That article doesn't tell the whole story, according to Kitty Kelley.
Yes, he eventually voted for it in 1968 but he opposed it every time before that. I'm listening to the book on cd so I can't look up the passages but he was very much opposed to the civil rights act and campaigned on that opposition. I can't recall right now what caused him to vote for it in 1968 but like other Bushes, he later acted like the whole thing was his idea!

By the way, she this up by quoting his own diary and other correspondence.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 02:26 PM
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6. I thought that sounded a little bit too early nt
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