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Has all Liberal government legislation been bad? What about the Civil Rights Act of 1964? The Voting Rights Act of 1965?

Liberals had been fighting for a Civil Rights Act (which banned racial segregation in schools, public places, and employment) and a Voting Rights Act (which ensured that blacks had the right to vote) ever since the 1940's. Conservatives and Republicans had fought them at every step, but by the mid 1960's Democrats had large enough majorities in the house and senate to finally push them through. Can Conservatives admit that Liberals were right about those causes?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:39 PM on Jun. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Dixiecrats don't count. They all switched to Republican anyway BECAUSE of civil rights! They wanted to switch to a party (Republicans) who didn't give a shit about civil rights. I'm talking about the majority of Democrats who led the way on civil rights along with a very brave southern Democrat, President Lyndon Johnson. Don't you recall the Republicans OPPOSING President Johnson on Civil Rights?!! Duh!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:20 AM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • First of all, liberals and conservatives are not the same as democrats and republicans. Dems were the ones fighting in favor of Southern oppression for years, it wasn't until they needed the black vote that the tides started to turn (meaning when blacks were allowed to vote for real, not when the law was written that was never enforced). Same for women's suffrage. The ONLY reason women were finally allowed to vote was because the WASPs were in serious danger of losing a presidential election due to the influx of immigrants. They threw together a plan to get women the vote in exchange for the assurances of the major women's suffrage groups that they would vote for the WASP candidate of choice and help keep the immigrants "in their place." Civil rights in this country have never been "granted." They've been bargained for.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:45 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • Hate to tell you this but they were both republican legislation. The democrats were very much against it. The AA's were not even democrats until Martin Luther King senior told joe kennedy he would get JFK the black vote if he would have Bobby get his son MLK jr out of jail. You better get your facts straight.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:50 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • why do you want "conserv. to admit liberals were right" about something from the damn 1960's??

    how about we talk about something they have done "right" in rencent time?

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 11:50 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • And whats more Johnson signinng these laws pretty much are the main reason he would have been defeated by his own party if he hadn't declined to run again.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:51 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • I know I have been told on here that my history is lacking but...wasn't Lincoln a republican? Why yes he was. OP what point were you trying to make? That repubs were bad b/c of their stances on these issues? ooorrrrr??


    Answer by momof030404 at 11:58 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • Carpy: You are SO WRONG it is just laughable! Conservatives and Republicans were against civil rghts legislation at least since the 1940's!! Liberal Democrats were responsible for the civil rights legislation of the 1960's!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:03 AM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • Republicans did a flip-flop on civil rights not long after Lincoln. That's just a fact.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:05 AM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • AA's went Democrat in 1932 for FDR after President Hoover failed to fulfill many campaign promises he made to blacks in 1928. Blacks have voted Democratic since '32.

    Carpy: Have you ever read a history book or taken a history class before?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:09 AM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • Well anon I wish you would show your face so I would know who I am calling stupid. Lets start with Brown v Booard of Education. then you can continue from there. And of course it was Eisenhower who sent in the guard of course a republican and George wallace a DEMOCRAT wouldnt let them in. and I think now that you know where to start on REAL history you can continue it on your own.

    Answer by Carpy at 12:13 AM on Jun. 7, 2009