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Republicans' role in Civil Rights movement

Published: January 4, 2013
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I had the opportunity to see the movie “Lincoln.” I was surprised how historically accurate it was, especially given the topic the movie focused on, which was the true beginning of the civil rights movement. Given the situation our country finds itself in now, Republicans need to know their history and be proud of it. They need to regain the gumption and steadfastness that those brave men had in passing the 13th Amendment. That act took keeping the party together and fighting with strong leadership.

The movie also brings forth another interesting concept. Democrats were vehemently against the 13th Amendment in the 1860s and remained against civil rights through the 1960s. Most of the opposition to the Civil Rights Act came from Democrats, with Sen. Robert Byrd leading a 14-hour filibuster in the Senate against the bill. Eighty percent of the Republicans in the house and in the Senate voted to pass the legislation. Bipartisan leadership finally broke the back of the opposition and passed the legislation.

Republicans need to regain the arrogance, leadership and swagger it took to pass the amendment and the leadership it took to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We're the party of individual rights. Democrats have been against individual rights since the 1860s and still support slavery in the form of dependence on the government.

Matthew Dukes, Midwest City


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