Al Gore is continuing the Democrats' brainwashing of blacks for their votes.
National Review magazine reported that Vice President Gore recently told the NAACP in a speech that his father, the late Tennessee Senator Albert Gore, Sr., lost his re-election bid in 1970 because he supported civil rights legislation. His black audience believed him.
The Sacramento Bee reported Vice President Gore, while addressing the Progressive National Baptist Convention, lauded his father's "battle" through the 1940s, 50s and 60s for civil rights. His black audience believed him. "He supported the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and lost his re-election," said Gore of his father. "But his conscience won, and he taught me that was more important than any election." Yeah, right.
What is the truth? What is a myth? And what is a bald-faced lie? The truth is that Albert Gore, Sr. did vote for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (see the Congressional Quarterly voting records, May 28, 1965). The myth, which is implied, is that Republicans unilaterally voted against the Act. The truth is that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 received overwhelming support from Republicans (more so than from the Democrats) in both houses of Congress - with 82% Republican support in the House of Representatives and 94% in the Senate.
The Senate vote for the Voting Rights Act was 77 to 19, with Democrats voting 47 to 17 in favor and Republicans 30 to 2 in favor. Among those voting against the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were 17 southern Democrats, including President Bill Clinton's political mentor, J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.
Now for the lie, which is definitely implied by Vice President Gore: that Albert Gore, Sr. voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The truth is that the elder Gore was a key player in the 74-day filibuster that delayed and intended to weaken the Act. As a matter of fact, all of the southern Democrats voted against the Act in the Senate, and all but 11 of 103 southern Democrats in the House.
The Republicans don't always get the credit they deserve when it comes to civil rights. Civil rights activist Andrew Young wrote in his autobiography An Easy Burden that "The southern segregationists were all Democrats, and it was black Republicans... who could effectively influence the appointment of federal judges in the South." Mr. Young admitted that the best civil rights judges were Republicans appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, and were "among the many unsung heroes of the civil rights movement."
Another implied myth is that Republicans unilaterally voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The truth is that, without the Republicans' efforts, no such bill would have been passed. Congressional Quarterly reported that, in the House, 61% of Democrats (152 to 96) voted for the Act as opposed to 80% of Republicans (138 to 34). In the Senate, 69% of Democrats (46 to 27) voted for passage along with 82% of Republicans (27 to 6).
One of the reasons Gore, Sr. lost his election to Republican Bill Brock may have been Gore's vote against amending the Constitution to permit prayer in public schools. As far as his record on civil rights goes, Gore, Sr. was definitely not the martyr for black rights as his son tries to portray him. By Andrew Young's own account, the elder Gore was a segregationist and not a champion for civil rights.
Here is Albert Gore Sr.'s legacy on civil rights: He did vote for the Voting Act of 1965, but was against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ostensibly, it was acceptable for black people to vote for him, but not to eat at the same restaurant with him.
Al Gore, Jr. knows he has to perpetuate the civil rights deceptions and outright lies to ensure that blacks will continue to be used to further the socialistic and secular humanistic agendas of the Democratic Party. God forbid if blacks knew the truth about what the party really stood for.
Think about it. If the Democratic Party has to continue to
lie and deceive you for your support, what has it to hide? A lot,
my friend - a whole lot.
(R.D. Davis is a member of Project 21 and a writer and radio
talk show host in Huntsville, Alabama.)
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