On This Day in 1964, Democrats Filibustered the Civil Rights Act

Kane Fernau 2012/06/11 17:32:58
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Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, June 10, 2012, 7:11 PM

June 10, 1964, was a dramatic day in the United States Senate. For the
first time in its history, cloture was invoked on a civil rights bill,
ending a record-breaking filibuster by Democrats that had consumed
fifty-seven working days. The hero of the hour was minority leader Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (R-Ill.).

On June 10, 1964, Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act.

Grand Old Partisan reported, via DANEgerus:

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.

Michael Zak wrote about this in his book Back to Basics for the Republican Party and reminds us that Democrats, the party of Slavery, Secession, Segregation and the KKK… fought against equality.

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  • happyday49 2012/06/12 05:30:39
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    Thaz acting like they were taught/raised!!! It is the heart of the matter! If you change the heart then things will change.
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/06/11 19:03:04
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    Ron in Oregon
    Every person has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
    If you do not like the politics in the area you live in move to an area that you agree with.
    If you do not want to move run for office and change the policies in the area in which you do live.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/06/11 18:35:46
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    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    For 57 days they fought equal right and did it with pride and gusto - now they claim they carried the mantle and try to rewrite history. Republicans have always been (and still are) for equal rights since their inception - only those who do not know history claim they are racists
  • happyday49 Jackie ... 2012/06/12 05:25:34
    P.S. Lyndon Johnson also gave Ike a rough time when Ike tried to pass a civil rights act in 1957. Johnson and the Dems watered it down!!!
  • happyday49 happyday49 2012/06/12 05:26:52
    I am sure that there were a Repub or two, however, mostly Dems.
  • American☆Atheist 2012/06/11 17:40:41
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/06/11 17:37:47
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    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    DIXIECRATS - do some reading

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