RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Lyin' Bob

Meanwhile, I came across this little snippet from a speech by Bob Kerrey at the Democrat state convention.
It was the Democratic Party, he said, that supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing racial discrimination and the federal law known as Title IX in 1972, which requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding.
A bald-faced lie, of course. Here are the actual numbers on the final version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)
Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)

Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)
Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%)
And, of course, a year later, lyin' Bob voted against desegregating student organizations at UNL, trailing 80% of the Congressional GOP on civil rights.

1 comment:

  1. The leaders of the Democratic Party did as Kerrey describes and with that the party lost its support from the south. Truman started the push for civil rights and Johnson drove it home. With Truman's efforts, the Dixiecrats began the Democratic Party schism. Johnson's signing of the above bill set the stage for its completion and the Republican party succeeded in taking the racist vote ever since.

    The numbers you show don't say much since a strong majority of both parties voted in favor. A more telling picture is the vote by region. An overwhelming majority of southern representatives voted against it and an overwhelming majority of those from northern states voted for it.