Yesterday, I mentioned the morning floor statement of Christopher Cox concerning Republican vs. Democrat votes to eliminate slavery.
Well, here's the actual transcript.
Mr. COX. Mr. Speaker, this is the 150th anniversary of the Republican Party. Over a century and a half from the abolition of slavery to the establishment of women's rights to the freeing of millions of people in the Soviet Union, Afghanistan and in Iraq, the Republican Party has been the most effective political organization in the history of the world in advancing the cause of freedom.
So that all of us can learn more about the achievements of this fundamentally American institution, the House Republican Policy Committee has published the 2005 Republican Freedom Calendar. Each day, a civil rights milestone in the history of the Republican Party is listed. Yesterday was the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. President Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation sparked howls of protests from Democrats in Congress and across the country, but it was based on legislation passed in this Congress just 2 months before. Every single Republican voted for freeing the slaves, and every single Democrat voted against it.
I guess I should also take this opportunity to point out that not only did Al Gore vote against the Civil Rights Act, but that he was also a member of the Klu Klux Klan. Of course, some think reminding people of this is nothing more than kicking a bunch of old guys around. If thats the case, then let me be the first to throw one more kick in their face.