OP-ED from Topeka Capital Journal ..A red state rag
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 11:57am
How Dixiecrats Became Republicans
I'm still shocked (not) at how many Kansans come here to post on political matters and still don't know about the major shift from Democratic to Republican over civil rights matter and other things in the 60's, 70's, and 80's.
It's a matter of history, a matter of record. You can find it all over the internet in reputable areas. It's just a fact.
I grew up and registered the first time into the old Democratic Party, which was a remnant of the old Dixiecrat Party. They hated blacks. They hated Jews. They hated Catholics. I grew up listening to it. I personally knew KKK members. In fact, a boy I dated had an older brother in the KKK (big time Democrats). That older brother's name is online in articles that talk about the Bogalusa Race Riots of the 60's. He had his white sheet on, with at least a half dozen other KKK members that worked for my father and were at our home a lot. He tried to pull a black man out of a car to beat him up and the black man shot him.
You certainly don't have to tell me about the old Dixiecrats. I lived amongst them.
Today those same people I knew who hated black people and Jews and hated everything about civil rights are all Republicans. They're not JUST Republicans, they're far right extremists.
I get their emails almost daily - emails full of lies about Obama, with caricatures of Obama and his family - and so much more. Lies, hatred and ugliness that is hard to imagine that a person can carry around in his or her heart.
Kansas, do a little research and find out how and when they all switched to Republican after the Civil Rights laws came around.
You think Eisenhower's actions mean that the Republican Party is the one for civil rights because you missed a major shift in politics that happened twenty years after Eisenhower. Btw, today if Ike ran for president, the Republican Party of today would not have him. You know it, and I do, too.