18th December 2016
The regular commenter gang over at House of Eratosthenes often had great fun with what we called the Great Magic Party Switch of 1964. This, as every liberal knows, is when all the racists who were NOT in the Democratic Party — no siree, no way, nah ah, negative — left the party they weren’t part of and became Republicans, because the Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act.
You see, Democrats can’t be racists. And since, for liberals, history begins anew every time the sun rises, that means the Democrats were never racists (which also follows from the fact that Republicans are racist. It’s a two-party system, so if the Democrats ever were racist, that means the Republicans weren’t racist. Which is impossible). Everything is what it is, what it was, and ever shall be, world without end, amen. The casuistry gets gruesome fast — cf. here, where the Guardian informs us that if you “control for religion,” and geography, and (probably) the designated hitter and the fact that vests have no sleeves, you see that the Republicans are the real racists when it comes to voting for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Because of course they are. Meanwhile, all the Democrats who voted against it, tried to filibuster it, etc., aren’t racists. By definition, because Democrats can’t be racists. Haven’t you been paying attention?