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Yes today is a very historic day. Unfortunately your analysis betrays an obvious liberal slant to your weblog.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed on a vote of 71 -29. Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act 27 -6. Democrats voted for it 44 -23. That means 82% of Republican senators and 65 % of Democratic senators voted for the '64 Civil Rights Act.

The importance of the Republican votes should not be misunderstood. In 1964 it took 67 votes to cut off debate in the Senate. Without Republican support the Civil Rights Act never would have been heard for a vote.

Republican leader Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois held his party together to vote for cloture then to vote to pass the legislation. Republican votes assured passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

You might also want to recall a few other important contributions of modern Republicans in correcting past injustices against black Americans.

It was President Nixon who began Affirmative Action in Philadelphia to stop discrimination against blacks in the construction unions.

It was President Ronald Reagan who signed yesterdays Martin Luther King holiday into law.

It was the first President Bush who appointed the second black Supreme Court Justice. President Clinton in his eight years never nominated a black for the Supreme Court. Neither did the second President Bush but he did appoint the first and the second black Secretary's of State.

We've come a long way. We should all wish our new president well. I just wanted it noted that it was Obama's party that fought for slavery and segregation and that it was Lincoln's party that fought for abolition and equality.

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