Oh that Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion fame.
He opened last evening’s show with a comment that so distorts history I can barely believe an otherwise intelligent man would utter it.
After running through a list of mr. Obama’s recent “victories” (Supreme Court rulings and such), he added a final laugh-line saying that “…and Republicans have decided after 150 years that they are finally against the Confederacy…”, or words to that effect.
Yeah, I know — it appears Mr. Keillor forgot that the Republican Party as led by Abraham Lincoln (a Republican) fought against the Confederacy (and mostly Democrats) in a Civil War to end slavery and save the Union.
Republicans then went on to pass several Amendments to the Constitution that clarified the status of blacks who were previously slaves.
Before an amendment can go to the states it must be passed by both houses of Congress, and on June 13, 1866, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. <Wikipedia, link>
Okay, and so are you ready, Garrison Keillor, for the vote tally on H.R. 127, a bill in favor of making former slaves full citizens of the United States?
I don’t think you are, but here is your medicine anyway <govtrack.us, link>:
That’s right, Garrison Keillor, 130 Republicans voted in favor of the 14th Amendment while NO DEMOCRATS — NONE — ZERO — voted in favor of it.
Before leaving this remedial education moment for Garrison, let’s also look at the 1964 Civil Rights Act. What’s that Garrison, you’re tired of this subject? Oh but wait, there is more pain for you, the pain of reality and of learning.
When Congress voted on the Civil Rights Act, fully 79% of Republicans voted in favor of it, while only 62% of Democrats voted in favor. That’s right, 95 Democrats voted AGAINST the Act (38%), versus only 37 on the Republican side (21%) <govtrack.us, link).
So Garrison: which is the party on the side of rights for African Americans?
How dare you distort history on your show, for shame.
And now the bonus round….
Garrison Keillor, WHICH PRESIDENT PASSED THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT, WHICH DEFINED MARRIAGE AS THE UNION OF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN?
BONUS Bonus Round:
Garrison Keillor, WHICH PRESIDENT REPEALED THE GLASS STEAGALL BANKING LAW THAT HAD PROTECTED THE UNITED STATES FINANCIAL SYSTEM FOR OVER 60 YEARS AND THAT, ONCE GONE, PAVED THE WAY FOR THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS?
Oh how the truth hurts when you are Garrison Keillor.