(NNPA)—One of the best kept secrets over the past 50 years is that, proportionately, Republicans in Congress supported passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act by a much wider margin than Democrats.
As CNN.com reported, “The Guardian’s Harry J. Enten broke down the vote, showing that more than 80 percent of Republicans in both houses voted in favor of the bill, compared with more than 60 percent of Democrats. When you account for geography, according to Enten’s article, 90 percent of lawmakers from states that were in the union during the Civil War supported the bill compared with less than 10 percent of lawmakers from states that were in the Confederacy.”
This is from a report from CNN, not FOX, the network despised by liberals.
There was another interesting tidbit in the CNN report:
“Ohio’s Republican Rep. William McCulloch had a conservative track record—he opposed foreign and federal education aid and supported gun rights and school prayer. His district (the same one now represented by House Speaker John Boehner) had a small African-American population. So he had little to gain politically by supporting the Civil Rights Act.”
“Yet he became a critical leader in getting the bill passed.