Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I guess that's technically true

From the Conservative Daily Facebook page
• Today's Republican Party has virtually nothing in common with the party of Lincoln's era. (That alone accounts for almost every "fact" on this graphic.) Lincoln today would be considered a pragmatic centrist and Frederick Douglass a liberal. Neither stood for the right-wing politics of today's GOP. 

• Martin Luther King Jr. was not a Republican, refusing to publicly endorse parties. It is known that he privately supported John F. Kennedy.

• The Democrats who most directly attempted to thwart the Civil Rights Act included Strom Thurmond and other conservative, southern Dixiecrats who defected to the Republican Party once the act became law.

• There have been only eight black U.S. Senators in history, with the first Democrat assuming office in 1993, not 1999. Of the four Republicans, two served during Reconstruction and one was a liberal Republican in the 1960s and 1970s. That leaves Tim Scott, who rode tea party support to the Senate in January 2013. So really, the GOP can claim seven months of black Senate representation in the past 34 years. A deceiving statistic overall (and not one that flatters either party).

• The first 23 African-Americans in the House were indeed Republicans — 22 of them serving from 1868 to 1901, and one from 1929-1935. Again, this was when the GOP wasn't the right-wing party it is today. In the 78 years since then, a whopping five black Representatives have been Republicans, counting Scott and the Virgin Islands' onetime at-large Congressman.

Graphics like these backfire terribly because they only highlight the contrast between what the GOP claims it is, and how it actually once was that. Even worse, it makes clear that the party's current guiding principles are what opposed such progress in the past. And that they'd rather live in the past and cook statistics instead of earnestly addressing the issue.

Good Republicans deserve better. Hell, everybody does.

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