Let's all take a minute and appreciate the 150 year Republican contributions to civil rights in America. An excellent history is available at http://policy.house.gov/2005_calendar/history.cfm, a publication of the House Republicans.
Its a great read, but it overlooks a few things. Let's see, Republican Theodore Roosevelt used Federal power to break the back of the Klan and dined at the White House with Booker Washington while Democrat Woodrow Wilson screened "Birth of a Nation" in the White House, and then spoke approvingly of its content.
Democrat governors stood in the doorways of schools when Republican President Dwight Eisenhower federalized their National Guards and forcibly implemented the desegregation decisions of the Republican Supreme Court.
Let's put the lie to the urban myth of "Nixon's Southern Strategy". Nixon won a few southern states in the 1968 election, not by appealing to segregationists, Democrat George Wallace had that constituency locked up, running on a straight segregationist ticket and all, but by holding Republican minorities in those states together. Nixon won those states by pluralities down in the 30-40 percent range because Wallace and Humphrey split the Democrat majority vote.
Why have we allowed the liberals in politics, the press and academia to define racism as opposition to affirmative action and the welfare state? Hope you can contribute some more examples 'cause if you've had it, help fight the culture war on the message front!
Rumsfeld is the biggest stud in America!