The real truth about civil rights
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In reference to your recent editorial, "Equality: Never-ending Struggle," there are still many of us around who lived through the struggles Dr. King and his followers went through to bring forth equality for all people. Your editorial does injustice to Dr. King's struggle. Let's review true history.
The Emancipation Proclamation was the result of a Civil War whose Commander-in-Chief was a Republican. President Lincoln, like Dr. King, was gunned down by a Southern bigot, lived and died for the struggle for equality of all mankind. History will also show that the Republicans as a congressional minority passed the Civil Rights Act. Those historical facts are: The Congressional House vote on the Civil Rights Act was 80 percent of Republicans voting for the legislation. Only 61 percent of Democrats supported this legislation. In the Senate, 82 percent of Republicans supported this act. Only 69 percent of Democrats voted for this legislation. The Civil Rights Act which went back to the Senate for a final approval, was supported by 63 percent of Democrats while 80 percent of Republicans voted for passage. These are facts that cannot be refuted. And, lest we forget, the late democratic Senators Al Gore Sr. (Tennessee) and Robert C. Byrd (W.Va.) tried to table the Civil Rights Act by filibuster. Again, conservatives came to the rescue.
Your journalistic profession knows very well why conservatives were not invited to celebrate Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Leftists celebrate this event as a "political rhetoric concert" by the NAACP or left arm of the Democrat Party. This leftist organization gave center stage to Jimmy Carter (perhaps one of our worst presidents since Andrew Johnson), Bill Clinton (an impeached and disbarred president) and President Barack Obama (following the footsteps of Jimmy Carter) to resurrect Jim Crow as a fear-mongering tool to divide instead of pulling the country together as one. This should answer your question of why a conservative speaker was not welcomed or offered a speaking platform at the 50-year anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act and the march on Washington.
Vote for Tennant is a vote for Reid
A vote for Natalie Tennant is a vote for Harry Reid. After the November election in 2014, one of the first things senators will do is vote for their leader in the chamber. If Democrats retain a majority in the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid will still be the top dog. It is safe to assume that Natalie Tennant, if elected, will cast a party-line vote for Reid.
Harry Reid supports the Environmental Protection Agency's crusade against coal. He has made his stance on coal clear -- it "makes us sick." This struggle with the EPA has prevented the opening of mines, and hundreds of jobs in this state have been lost due to the agency's regulations, and more will be lost still. It is inevitable that if Natalie Tennant were elected, she would become part of a group that continues to vote to pass these wretched policies, and the working people of West Virginia cannot afford for it to continue.