Friday, January 14, 2005


Dr. King's Birthday

As we approach Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, it is important to remember these "moral values" presidents:

Ronald Wilson Reagan opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as “humiliating to South”

Reagan never supported the use of federal power to provide blacks with civil rights. He opposed the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. Reagan said in 1980 that the Voting Rights Act had been “humiliating to the South.” While he made political points with white southerners on this issue, he was sensitive to any suggestion that his stands on civil rights issues were politically or racially motivated, and he typically reacted to such criticisms as attacks on his personal integrity.

Source: The Role of a Lifetime, by Lou Cannon, p. 520 Jul 2, 1991

And remember: A great, great many people in this country think of President Reagan as a saint, worthy of being carved into Mt. Rushmore.

How could someone so good and morally upright be so abysmally wrong on such an important moral, civil and political issue?

George H.W. Bush

Career: Political leader. Received the Distinguished Flying Cross for Bravery during World War II; U.S. congressman from Texas (1966-1970), ambassador to the United Nations (1971-1974); Special Envoy to China (1974-1975); Republican National Chairman (1975-1976); Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director (1976-1977); vice president of the U.S. (1981-1989); president of the U.S. (1989-1993).

In 1964, Bush campaigned against the Civil Rights Act. He lost that election but was elected to Congress in 1966 and again in 1968. He was defeated in the race for Senate by Democrat Lloyd Bentsen in 1970.


And to any trolls who will point out that southern Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act: I know that. This isn't about US Senators or US Reps. I'm merely pointing out that these two particular men went on to become president. Did they regret their decision to not support the Civil Rights Act? I don't know. I do know that it didn't hurt them politically.

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