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Bradford Hewitt & Paul Martin

Bradford Hewitt & Paul Martin

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Senator Richard Russell, was one of the leading Dixiecrats in Congress for almost forty-years. He was the Chairman of Southern Caucus in Congress and led the opposition to every civil rights bill in Congress in the 1950s and 1960s. To be honest with you, as a Liberal Democrat, I’m glad he would a Republican today and that he is a big reason why Senate cloture rule was changed in 1975. So that instead of needing 67 votes to end debate, now the Senate needed 60. Because Senator Russell, was in Congress at the height of the civil rights battles in the 1950s and 60s. And those laws could have been passed faster without Russell and the Dixiecrats in Congress.

What is a Dixiecrat? They’re almost gone and out of the Democratic Party now if not gone all together. But today Dixiecrats are Southern right-wing Republicans. Both conservative libertarian, like with Representative Walter Jones from North Carolina and a whole host of so-called Religious-Conservatives in Congress, in the House and Senate. Senator Jeff Sessions, from Alabama, would be an example of a Religious-Conservative Republican in Congress. But from the end of the American Civil War, if not farther back, Dixiecrats were right-wing Democrats. Who believed in states rights and were strong Federalists, as am I. But they believed federalism gave the states the right to deny their residents access based on race. I do not.

In 1952, when this interview was done, the civil rights movement was really just under way. Even though it had already won a big battle in the 1940s with President Harry Truman desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces. Senator Russell, ran for president in 1952 and was a Dixiecrat. And a true Federalist and part of his federalism was that the states could handle their own domestic issues entirely. And even force their residents to be separated by race and allow for business owners to deny people access to their business based on race. And force African-Americans to sit in the back of the bus and go to rotten schools and you can go down the line. So the Dick Russell you see in 1952, is the same Dick Russell that fought against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. And other civil rights laws and help for poor people of all races from the Federal Government.
Public Resource: Longines Chronoscope With U.S. Senator Richard Russell

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This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Joe Pyne to the left of Lester Maddux in this interview. Which just goes to show you that there’s a certain point for smart right-wingers as far as how they’ll go even when it comes to how we treat criminals and convicted inmates when they say, “enough is enough, these people are people to and deserve to be treated like human beings. Criminals and inmates sure, but that doesn’t mean treating people even inmates like animals, but people in prison that deserve the respect of being treated like a human being”.

Arizona Chain Gang

Arizona Chain Gang

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Source: Guy John- Governor Lester Maddox D, GA

Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Times

Lester Maddux who unless I’m mistaken was Governor of Georgia at one point, but him saying that denying African-Americans service to his business “is not about race”, reminds me of the famous bank robber Willy Sutton saying that robbing banks “is not about the money”. Who are they trying to fool? Of course the racial discrimination that came about in the form of denying African-Americans service was about race. And it was also about skin-color as well. The Anglo-Saxon South lost the ability to treat Africans as property thanks to them losing the Civil War in the 1860s. Their response was that “if we can’t treat them like property, we’ll do the next best things. Separating the Africans from the Caucasians. And denying them the same quality of service that we give ourselves and for the ability for African-Americans to achieve any type of education in life that will allow for them to be successful in America”. They lost all of those battles and losing the ability to deny service to African-Americans, I guess was Lester Maddux’s last straw.

Guy John: Governor Lester Maddox Says It’s Not About Race

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Source: Firing Line-William F. Buckley & Governor Leander Perez, D, Louisiana

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

I never heard of Leander Perez from Louisiana before I saw this video. But apparently he was both Governor of Louisiana and a judge in Louisiana and this interview was done in 1968. And they were talking segregation and the civil rights laws. And the Governor telling Bill Buckley that he’s not a racist even though he says Negros (which is what African-Americans back then were called) are morally inferior to Caucasian-Americans. And Perez saying that he’s being honest and that is the truth, “why hide it”? With Buckley replying “so you are an honest bigot”.

This video is called The Wallace Movement, but very little if any mention at least in this short video of Governor George Wallace of Alabama. Who was a Dixiecrat, a right-wing (at least on social cultural issues) Nationalist who was basically still fighting the Civil War and wanting to lead Confederates in that war. Not ready to perhaps even see African-Americans as people, let alone as Americans deserving of the same rights and protections, as well as responsibilities as European-Americans. Bill Buckley was a Conservative. And one of the conservative values is treating individuals as exactly that. And not treating people as members of groups. Worst or better simply because of their race.

The so-called Wallace Movement of the South of the 1960s and 1970s, was different. And more of a racially based nationalistic movement of Southern Caucasians, predominantly Protestant and perhaps even Anglo-Saxon. Who felt having African-Americans in their community was some type of an invasion. When the fact was and still is that Africans are just as American as Europeans and as such deserving of the same rights as European-Americans and every other race in America. The Wallace Movement simply saw African-Americans as inferior. And not deserving of the same rights and protections.
PBS: Firing Line With William F. Buckley- The Wallace Movement

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Mr. Senator

Mr. Senator

▶ U.S. Senator Robert Byrd's Speech Opposing Iraq War 3/19/03 – YouTube.

I wish more people had listened to Senator Byrd in the beginning. Especially in Congress but in America as a whole when the war was popular. Because Senator Byrd was right all along and had more people listened to him who wasn’t an isolationist or pacifist. Or some other extremist on the Far-Left, we would’ve saved a lot of lives and money in America and Iraq. And not had gone to war over weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there when we went to war in 2003.

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Robert ByrdSource: Black Blog: Robert Byrd Former Terrorist

A terrorist organization which of course the Ku Klux Klan is without a doubt they are the Al-Qaeda of the Far-Right in America who want to destroy people who are not Anglo-Saxon Protestants. And Robert Byrd was a member of this organization while he was still Congress. Up until I believe the 1970s when he became a Leader of Senate Democrats. First serving as Assistant Leader in the mid 1970s and then became Leader of the Senate in 1977. And served as Democratic Leader until 1989.

But to be a member of a terrorist organization and actually be directly involved in terrorist operations, are two different things. And there hasn’t been any evidence reported that Bob Byrd was directly involved in KKK terrorist activities. As a member of that organization. What we know, is that he was dues paying member, even while in Congress in the 1950s and 1960s and went to Klan meetings. But that is different from being involved in terrorist activities. Like blowing up African-American churches and murdering African-Americans simply because of their race.

Bob Byrd, was against the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. And just didn’t vote against the civil rights laws that Congress passed in the 1950s and 60s, but was one of the leading filibusters in the Senate. Along with Senator Strom Thurmond, Jim Eastland, Dick Russell and several other Southern Democrats or Dixiecrats in Congress. And these are very big stains on otherwise a very good Congressional career that Senator Byrd put together both in the House and Senate. But that is different from actually being a terrorist.

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Kingfish

Kingfish

Source: C-SPAN: LCV Cities Tour Baton Rouge- Governor Huey Long

Huey Long was all about power for his entire political career.

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