This week Ann Coulter appeared on the view pushing her new book. During the interview the topic of the “Southern Strategy” came up. During the interview Woopie Goldberg played the bullshit card. It is time that I play the bullshit card.
She also got into a heated argument with Whoopi Goldberg, who demanded that Coulter explain how much she actually knows “about being black.” Goldberg got bleeped at one point as she seemed to call Coulter’s claims “b*llshit.”
Coulter also said: “I don’t think liberals ever cared about black people. Five minutes after the Civil Rights Act of ’64 passed, they start calling everything that has nothing to do with black people a ‘civil rights issue.’”
Coulter failed to mention that “liberal” President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while his Republican opponent Barry Goldwater opposed the law.
While it is true that Goldwater opposed the 1964 Civil rights act he did it on Constitutional grounds. The Civil rights act of 1964 declared private property “public accommodation” a violation of the fifth amendment and the 14th amendment which share the following clause. “. . . nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The 14th amendment added the following, . . . “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
So yes it is true that Goldwater opposed the 1964 civil rights act, but he did so on Constitutional grounds. If you look at his record he championed civil rights and voted for such rights the vast majority of the time. What most people ignore is that the “Jim Crow Laws” violated the very same provision of the Constitution by telling business owners that they could not cater to blacks.
The Civil Rights Act of 1875, introduced by Charles Sumner and Benjamin F. Butler, stipulated a guarantee that everyone, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude, was entitled to the same treatment in public accommodations, such as inns, public transportation, theaters, and other places of recreation. This Act had little effect. An 1883 Supreme Court decision ruled that the act was unconstitutional in some respects, saying Congress was not afforded control over private persons or corporations. With white southern Democrats forming a solid voting bloc in Congress, with power out of proportion to the percentage of population they represented, Congress did not pass another civil rights law until 1957.
In Brown vs the Board of Education the laws were declared unconstitutional on public property but did nothing to rectify the problem on private property.
Determined to succeed, Marshall pushed ahead. NAACP lawyers worked furiously to present the best possible case. In 1952, Marshall presented the legal argument that resulted in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court announced its dramatic unanimous decision: Segregation of children in America’s public schools, when authorized or required by state law, violated the U.S. Constitution, specifically the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the law. Chief Justice Earl Warren relied on scientific evidence in concluding that segregated schools promoted feelings of inferiority in black children. Because this reduced their motivation to learn, Warren and his fellow justices determined that segregated educational facilities were inherently unequal.
The 1964 Civil rights act also violated the “equal protection clause” of the 14th amendment by creating what is now known as a “protected class” which is afforded more rights not equal rights. Those that know me are aware of my active role in fighting the smoking bans. This abuse of the “protected class” has been abused to the point to force smoking bans on the owners of private property. My response to this prompted a response directed at me. My response can be found here. As I pointed out this bastardization of the Constitution is taken right out of George Orwell’s animal farm. From my previous blog post.
Like the pigs In George Orwell’s Animal Farm you would deface the constitution and the equal protection clause in the 14th amendment to read some are more equal then others. Like the pigs did by altering “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL” to “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS ”
Your version of the equal protection clause now reads.
“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws unless you are a member of a protected class as some people are more equal then others.”
So as you see Goldwater’s belief in upholding the Constitution is legitimate and is documented in newspaper articles. His voting record is also well documented.
Although majorities in both parties voted for the bill, there were notable exceptions. Republicansenator Barry Goldwater of Arizona voted against the bill, remarking, “You can’t legislate morality.” Goldwater had supported previous attempts to pass Civil Rights legislation in 1957 and 1960 as well as the 24th Amendment outlawing the poll tax. He stated that the reason for his opposition to the 1964 bill was Title II, which in his opinion violated individual liberty and states rights.
Here he is in his own words.
Equally false is the altruistic motivations of the Democratic Party, President Johnson who pushed for the 1964 civil rights act said the following.
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”
He was even recorded on Airforce one saying the following.
So while there are civil rights violations associated with both parties like Bush’s “Patriot Act” the so called Southern Strategy is an out and out lie.
More on Goldwater
Update, on this very issue Rachel Maddow grilled Rand Paul and he held his own.
It was interesting to note that Rachel didn’t have too much to say about Rand’s question about carry weapons on private property because it was classified “public accommodation” or even freedom of speech issues. The question is and was do you believe in private property and property rights or are those rights subject to the whims of the politicians in power?
Supreme court revisiting affirmative action.
Judge Andrew Napolitano discusses how both the Jim Crow laws were unconstitutional as are the reverse discrimination laws.