Just remember, friends -- this is YOUR Democrat Party, led by the father of Democrat Vice President Al Gore, the mentor of Democrat President Bill Clinton, and a Kluxer hailed as the conscience of the Senate by Barack Obama.
On this day in 1964, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), the Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate, condemned the Democrats’ 57-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Leading the Democrats in their opposition to civil rights for African-Americans was Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd, who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, spoke against the bill for fourteen straight hours. Democrats still call Robert Byrd “the conscience of the Senate.”
In his speech, Senator Dirksen called on the Democrats to end their filibuster and accept racial equality.
In addition to Byrd (the only Senator to vote against both African-Americans to serve on the Supreme Court) Senator Al Gore, Sr. was one of the filibustering senators. So was Arkansas Senator Fulbright, who gave Bill Clinton his start in politics. While a handful of Republicans opposed the bill on federalism grounds, all of them had otherwise strong records on civil rights and based their objections to specific provisions of the bill, while the Democrats who sought to kill the bill did so on the basis of their longstanding opposition to equality for African-Americans. That all but one of those Democrats remained Democrats in good standing for the rest of their lives, right up to the Obama Administration, let there be no doubt that the Democrat Party remains the party of slavery, segregation and the Klan and has not rejected it racist heritage.