On America’s Birthday, Here’s a List of Some of the Freedoms Conservatives Have Opposed

It’s America’s birthday.  The day when millions of people grill, spend time at the lake, have a few drinks and set off some fireworks (with safety in mind, of course).

Well, at least that’s what I’ll be doing.

And as we all know, when it comes to “patriotism,” conservatives seem to believe that they’re the only true patriots. You know, because us liberals clearly hate America and our Constitution.

They absurdly believe this even as most of the Republican Party continues to defend and support a man in Donald Trump who’s willing to bash, mock, attack, and belittle anyone and everyone — including U.S. intelligence agencies, American war heroes, former presidents, and our First Amendment — except Russian President Vladimir Putin. The country his campaign is currently under investigation for possibly colluding with during last year’s election — which, if true, could constitute treason.

I must make one point very clear, when I say “conservatives,” I mean conservatives. See, Republicans haven’t always been conservatives. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1950’s and 60’s when the Republican Party decided to embrace the South’s blatant racism, hoping to lure white voters to their side — that’s when they became the “party of Southern conservatives.”

As we all know, conservatives love to point out that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. That’s true, but he wasn’t a conservative.

It’s as if these people willfully ignore the fact that every state that fought with the South during the Civil War also opposed integration and the Civil Rights Act, and now almost every single one of them is strongly Republican.

Clearly the party has changed since the days of Lincoln.

Today the GOP is the party of Trump — an unhinged, pathologically-lying narcissist who can’t control himself on social media and advocates for violence against the media because our Constitution prevents him from ruling like the authoritarian dictator he truly wants to be.

So as we all take a day to celebrate the Fourth of July, let’s take a look at a few of the freedoms Southern conservatives — modern day Republicans — have opposed throughout our nation’s history:

  • Freeing the slaves
  • Allowing women to vote
  • Desegregation
  • Interracial marriage
  • The Civil Rights Act
  • The Voting Rights Act
  • Women’s rights
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Gay rights, in general

That’s quite the list of ignorance, bigotry, racism, and intolerance on some of the most important issues and freedoms throughout our nation’s history.

History shows that it hasn’t mattered if it’s 1860, 1960 or 2017, states like Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina — decade after decade — they all opposed every single one of those fights for freedom listed above.

And every single time they were on the wrong side of history.

Oh, and “shockingly,” every single one of those states is strongly Republican — and fought for the Confederacy.

So, on this Fourth of July holiday, if you happen to encounter one of your conservative family members, or a Trump supporter, and engage them in some kind of political debate, I suggest you reference this article to showcase how ignorant their ideology has been throughout American history.

Have a great holiday and stay safe!

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Kurn

    I don’t even bother engaging abomination supporters in any sort of debate anymore. Not worth the effort.

  • strayaway

    Sorry to interrupt with facts and numbers but Google is my friend:

    In 1919, U.S. Representative James Mann (R-Ill.) re-introduced the 19th Amendment that passed the House by a vote of 304-89. Ninety-one percent of Republicans voted for women compared to only 59 percent of Democrats. It passed the Senate 56-25. Eighty-two percent of Republicans voted in favor of the amendment.

    Eisenhower (R) sent in the 101st Airborne to desegregate Little Rock schools in opposition to Dem. Gov. Faubus. More Republicans voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act than Democrats. The Voting Rights act was passed 47-16 by Senate Democrats, 30-2 by Senate Republicans, 221-61 by House Democrats, and 112-24 by House Republicans. Care to work those numbers by percentage?

    • Jeremy Dunckel

      well the writer does make the point that this wasn’t about Repubs vs. Dems, but conservatives. The 1919 republicans were the liberals. The change really began under Franklin Roosevelt, but wasn’t fully completed until the Southern Strategy in the late 60s early 70s. Eisenhower would be considered a centrist (or hell since George W. and the Tea Party, Eisenhower has become nearly liberal by comparison). During that transition period, Democrats were split. Northern Dems since about Roosevelt became the party of the left. But they had also the old Southern Dems, who were still the confederacy Dems. The south was very conservative, but it voted Democratic due to it’s working man position and it’s history of bigotry in the south. I would say that Eisenhower was a centrist, more conservative fiscally, more liberal socially and even militarily, Faubus was flip, but was also a centrist. Faubus though still held with the southern bigotry. Eisenhowers push in little rock was supported by the majority of republicans and by northern dems. Hard to say that was conservative vs. liberal (so i do take issue with the article there) but was merely a push of north vs. south or new age vs. old. By 1965 the power of Dems was liberal, but it still had southern dems. This was a fight of conservative vs. liberal, but LBJ had the death of JFK to push the vote for the civil rights act. LBJ was an interesting president as he was a liberal democrat but from Texas (so a first example of a liberal southern dem) even though he personally had issues with race due to a life as a white texan, but philosophically, he believed in the new view of equality for all. Along with his overpowering personality (and physical size, even) he was the perfect person to push the Civil Rights Bill through. Few (even those against JFK) wanted to vote against that bill, at the time is was almost disrespectful to do so. But hold outs were persuaded by LBJ (of course, it was also a time when dems held both congress and white house and had a period of some of the highest level of successfully signed in bills, including the Civil Rights Bill). The Dems that voted against the civil rights bill were by and large old timey southern Dems. In fact, it was this bill and those old time Dems who felt left by their own party, that the republicans were able to use to be successful in the Southern Strategy. Within a few short years, the Republican were able to galvanize that old southern bigotry to flip the south completely to republican, and it has stayed that way ever since. By the early 1970s the absolute switch of the parties was complete. And republicans became the true conservatives, and the democrats became the true liberals (or at least right and left of center with each parties radical wings being the liberal nuts of the dems. and the conservative fascists of the repubs.). In general this article is correct. The liberals were usually on the right side of history. And republicans have gone down with the conservatives. Your sheer numbers though accurate do not tell the true tale of the fight between the left and right.
      What is really shown with those numbers is how the parties used to cross the aisle and find allies both for and against some of the biggest bills. That hardly happens now. The parties have become nearly lock and step within their ranks. And simply vote against each other. There are hardly any individually thinking members in congress that will vote based on their own positions and not the parties, and that is freezing and gridlocking congress.

      • chasdurham

        sad but true. as a life time repub, g w bush turned me into a permanent independent. i totally believe the g o p left me rather than the opposite. bush, a draft dodger puts 5 time draft dodger chaney on the ticket was almost treason. there is no way to describe the greediness and hatefulness of present day members of the g o p. being an independent is the only way to go, neither party deserves our membership…

      • strayaway

        I agree that neither party deserves our membership. Policies go back and forth. As was pointed out, Lincoln was the liberal in his day. Jeremy Dunckel makes some good points along those lines characterizing President Wilson Democrats as being the conservative of their day. I don’t know if I completely agree with that but there is some substantiation for his point. It is curious that in the Wilson era, as today, Democrats were the pro-immigrration party collecting immigrant votes while carrying out Wall Street’s corporatist agenda. I’m thinking it’s ‘deja vu all over again’ as Yogi Berra put it. As we saw in this last election, significant neocon luminaries and globalists abandoned the Republican Party to support Hillary. Reagan Democrats/the white working class abandoned Democrats as the Democratic party prioritized globalist interests over those of working people – at least of white working people. The transfer is not complete but Democrats seem to be returning to the Democratic Party while Republicans become home to populist nativist radicals.

      • noah vail

        i agree 100%…Indie here and proud to think for myself instead of becoming a party hack to be taken for granted…

      • noah vail

        they are not “true conservatives” just racists who vote…if you look at the fiscal morass, ( most if not all of the southern states are literally living on government handouts because they are stone cold broke), you can see that either they are lying about the wonders of conservatism or are just plain stupid and their racism overrides their own best interests…

    • noah vail

      before 1964 the republicans were the liberals and the democrats were the conservatives, with rare exception…