Presidential hopeful Herman Cain made an appearance on ABC’s The View this week and had to deflect staggering ignorance from host Joy Behar. Discussing Cain’s assertion that some blacks are “brainwashed” not to consider any conservative ideas, the very first sentence out of Behar’s mouth was “The Republican Party hasn’t been black friendly over the many centuries in this country.”
Sadly, the coffee klatch program is what passes for as “intelligent” conversation on TV these days. Behar’s blather is ignorant in a million ways and indicative of the historical illiteracy of the far left in this country.
First, of course, this county hasn’t even been a country for “many centuries.” We are only about 235 years old as a nation! Most people don’t claim two as “many,” but only as “a couple.”
Second, the Republican Party has also not been around for “many centuries in this country.” The party is only about 155 years old.
Third, when the party itself was started it was derisively called the “Black Republicans” by Behar’s beloved Democrats because it was so friendly to America’s blacks. The party was founded with a pro-black agenda, its primary goal being the abolition all blacks from slavery and assuring them civil rights. In fact, for many decades after the Civil War and on into the 1900s most black Americans were Republicans, not Democrats. The very first blacks elected to Congress ran as Republicans. Blacks being Democrats is a relatively new development in our history.
In fact, if it wasn’t for the Republican Party the Civil Rights Act of 1964 could not have passed. It was GOP votes that pushed that bill into law, not Democrat support. More Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act than Republicans. The truth is that the 1964 Civil Rights Act saw strong Republican support. Of the total number of Republicans then serving in Congress, support never dipped below 70% on any of the final vote counts. The original House version got 80% GOP support, the Senate version got 82% and the final vote in the House was 82% of Republicans in support. On the other hand, Congressional Democrats never saw higher than 69% of its membership in support of civil rights for blacks.
One of the leading voices in favor of the bill’s passage was Illinois Senator Edward Dirksen, a Republican. In comparison, Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, was a leading voice against civil rights; he filibustered the act for fourteen hours and yet, for years afterward, was celebrated as the Democrat’s best man.
If it were up to Democrats in 1964, the Civil Rights Act would never have passed. Hollywood entertainer Joy Behar reveals her ignorance and defaults to lying about the GOP’s history in a transparent effort to derail the campaign of a beloved black Republican candidate .