The ignorant maintain the Dixiecrats became Republicans shortly after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, cway's moronic lie.<quoted text>
He expressed the facts poorly, but has a point.
What was left out was Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign speech against civil rights. Then on election night, something happened which had not been seen since before the Civil War. Five Southern states bolted from traditional Democrat ranks and ended up in the GOP electoral column.
The reason is obvious. Those states hated the Civil Rights Act and saw in Goldwater and the Republican Party a possible saviour. It was not an acccurate view, but it was their perception just the same.
The entire South did not swing into the Republican camp overnight. But by 1988, it was voting as a solid Republican block.
Now to be fair, the GOP did take on the Dixiecrats during the Civil Rights battles in Congress. But like it or not, the same Dixiecrats gradually became an integral part of the new GOP, injecting it with their attitudes.
The GOP of the 1980s and onward was not the same party of Eisenhower.
Dixiecrats Richard Russell, Mendell Rivers, Clinton's mentor William Fulbright, Robert Byrd, Fritz Hollings and Al Gore Sr. and many more, remained Democrats till their dying day you idiot.
Democrats created the Dixiecrats, when the civil rights movement succeeded by the Republicans, Dixiecrats returned to their racist Democratic fold. It was not till much later, with a new, younger breed of Southerner and the thousands of Northerners moving into the South, that Republicans made gains in the south.
In the age of information...Your ignorance and running on dumbass is still cway's best choice.