NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER: Harry Reid Forgets He Belongs To The Party Of Jim Crow

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) likened Republicans who oppose healthcare “reform” to “lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago”:  

 

"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"

 

Instead of backing down or apologizing, Reid defended his analogy the next day:

 

"At pivotal points in American history, the tactics of distortion and delay have certainly been present," Reid said. "They've certainly been used to stop progress. That's what we're talking about here. That's what's happening here. It's very clear. That's the point I made - no more, no less. Anyone who willingly distorts my comments is only proving my point."

 

It is Reid who is doing the distorting, and who needs to get on the “right” side of history. This pop quiz should clarify things for him:

 

1. In 1864, which party ran on the platform of ending the Civil War ASAP and restoring the union?

 

2. Which party’s platform became the basis of the 13th Amendment?

 

3. Which party introduced the Civil Rights Act of 1865?

 

4. How many years did it take until the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1865 were enacted?

 

5. Which party introduced the Civil Rights Act of 1866?

 

6. President Andrew Johnson, who assumed office after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Was he a Republican?

 

7. To which political party did the following anti-slavery and civil rights pioneers belong:

a) Frederick Douglass

b) Harriet Tubman

c) Sojourner Truth

d) Booker T. Washington

e) Jackie Robinson

f) Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Answers

 

1. The Democratic Party Platform presented a plan of "Compromise with the South", which became known as "The Chicago Platform".

 

2. When the Republicans convened their National Convention in Baltimore to nominate Lincoln for a second term, the party platform included a proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish slavery. Over the strenuous objections of Dems, Congressional Republicans passed the 13th Amendment seven months later.

 

3. Two Repubs, Sen. Charles Sumner and Rep. Benjamin F. Butler, introduced the Civil Rights Act of 1865. The legislation, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by Republican President Ulysses Grant, was subsequently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1993.

 

4. Many of the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1865 were eventually enshrined into law a century later with passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act.

 

5. Repub Sen. Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which conferred U.S. citizenship on former slaves - and its benefits, including right to own property and sign contracts - and nullified the Dred Scott decision, in which seven Dem Supreme Court Justices ruled that blacks did not have Constitutional rights.

 

6. Johnson was a Democrat. Republicans had the votes to override the veto, and the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 formed the basis of the 14th Amendment.

 

7. They were all Republican.

 

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