I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read Bob Meade writing that 80 percent of the Republicans in Congress voted for the Civil Rights Act in 1964. It's political false advertising — like putting a 767 next to a biplane and saying that all airplanes are the same. Where are those 80 percent to be found in today's Republican party? They're not. Those congressmen and senators couldn't even be nominated in today's version of the party. If they were already in office they would lose primaries to opponents from the knuckle-dragging wing which currently holds the entire party by its shorthairs.
This ain't your daddy's Republican party. Look at last year's presidential primaries. In 2012 clownish buffoons like Bachman, Cain, Trump and Perry were all front-runners. 40 years ago they would have been laughed off the debate stage by fellow Republicans.
Oh, and those one-third of Democrats in Congress who voted against the Civil Rights Acts? Like ole Strom Thurmond and his fellow Dixiecrats, many of them became Republicans and formed the base of the new GOP in the late '60s.
This aint your daddy's Republican party. It isn't Dwight Eisenhower's or Teddy Roosevelt's or Abraham Lincoln's either.