from Gary Arneson "Issues", Vice Chairman
Third District Republican Party Wisconsin
On March 3, 1854, the "Popular Sovereignty" bill was passed in the U.S. Senate. Senator Steven Douglas of Illinois introduced the Kansas-Nebraska bill based on "Popular Sovereignty" in January 1854. It allowed settlers to choose whether slavery would exist in their territories.
A Ripon, Wisconsin attorney, Alvan Bovay called a meeting to protest the extension of slavery into the Kansas and Nebraska territories. He went door to door to homes in Ripon. On the night of March 20, 1854 a group of men and women met at the schoolhouse and formed the Republican Party. They dedicated themselves to fight the spread of slavery. In 1860 they elected Abraham Lincoln, who ended slavery. Democrats supported slavery. They called Republicans radical then as they falsely call them extremists and racist today.
A higher percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Al Gore Sr. and President Clinton's mentor Senator J. Wm. Fulbright, an unapologetic segregationist who was presented the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Clinton voted against the Civil Rights Act.
In 1923 a star was added to the Arkansas State flag in memory of its membership in the confederacy. It stayed there throughout Bill Clinton's five terms as governor.
In Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, Democrat governors called out the National Guard to prevent the integration of schools. One of those was Democrat George Wallace of Alabama who ran for president in 1968.
Robert Byrd for his days as a Ku Klux Klan Grand Kleagle never resigned. During World War II he said he would never fight "with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds." Two years ago he said "there are white n-----s. I've seen a lot of white n-----s in my time."