29 May 2010

And you studied history

So you must know what you're talking about.

One major caveat with that rant. All those segregationist Democrats from the 1960s, many, if not most, of them are Republicans now (including a number of political figures who deliberately switched parties over that span). One ought to wonder why that is if you are a Republican who claims to be concerned with civil rights and flagging polling among minorities (Latinos, blacks, Jews, etc). What Democrats did in the 1960s in the South is probably not likely to influence very many voters now today, particularly since most such Democrats are not any longer, in fact, Democrats. Just as what Rand Paul's position on the Civil Rights Act is unlikely to be very useful other than as a thought experiment for libertarians and private property rights relating to private discrimination (of any kind) and, crucially, state sanction and support for such actions. This would also be like saying that Abraham Lincoln's emancipation of slaves should influence black voters today, ignoring whatever it is that distances them from supporting Republican policies or candidates in today's atmosphere, almost 150 years and massive political shifts later.

Or we could just say that you are yourself more interested in playing a game to score political points (ie, blame the Democrats!) instead of educate people. Which is what any good cynic would do.
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