Voting Rights Act of 1965: A Letter to a Silly Democrat
Both the Civil Rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965 only passed with the help of Republicans like Senator Everett Dirksen Look at the voting tally for the 1965 Voting Rights Act – notice that the Republican positive % was higher in both chambers of Congress.
· Democrats: 47–17 (73%-27%)
· Republicans: 30–2 (94%-6%)
· Democrats: 221–61 (78%-22%)
· Republicans: 112–24 (82%-18%)
Finally it was Republican George W. Bush who reauthorized the Voting Rights in July of 2006.
Lyndon Johnson, when he was not misleading the American public about the War in Vietnam can take credit for pushing both the Civil Rights act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through Congress but don’t deny the history of the Republican Party when it come to civil rights.
As to revising section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, let a calm and deliberative debate ensure with a vitriolic assault on one party.