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Virginia Foxx: The gift that just keeps on giving

According to the national policy blog, Think Progress, North Carolina’s most embarrassing member of Congress is at it again.

“Foxx: Republicans ‘Passed Civil Rights Bills back in the 60′s without Very Much Help’ from Democrats

During a debate on the House floor today over designating 21 miles of the Molalla River as “wild and scenic,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who opposes the legislation, tried to claim a progressive environmental record for her party.” Actually, the GOP has been the leader in starting good environmental programs in this country,” said Foxx.

Foxx then extended her claims of the GOP’s progressive history to the issue of civil rights. “Just as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the ’60s without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle,” said Foxx.”

Click here to read the rest of the story and to see how Congressman Dennis Cardoza of California got the fun task of acquainting Foxx with that strange concept that almost always eludes her: the truth.

9 Comments

  1. Syd

    November 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    oh good gravy. This woman has got to GO! She’s flat out crazy.

  2. TT

    November 20, 2009 at 8:26 am

    She is a reflection of the people that vote for her and
    I find that to be even more troubling!
    Of course….we must remember that the old north state
    sent Jesse Helms to Washington numerous times,so
    maybe it isn’t too surprising that Foxx succeeds in
    getting re-elected.
    I still love this old state even if pathetic people like
    Foxx and others are able to reel in most of the
    uneducated,undereducated,and ignorant types in
    our NC.

  3. Alex

    November 20, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Yesterday Foxx was on CSPAN1 and Burr on CSPAN2 I switched back and forth trying to decide who bends the truth more. Foxx just sounds ignorant.

  4. AdamL

    November 20, 2009 at 10:13 am

    If she’s a gift I’d like to make a return.

  5. IBXer

    November 20, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Vote by party:

    The original House version.

    Democratic Party: 152-96 (61%-39%)
    Republican Party: 138-34 (80%-20%)

    Cloture in the Senate.

    Democratic Party: 44-23 (66%-34%)
    Republican Party: 27-6 (82%-18%)

    The Senate version.

    Democratic Party: 46-21 (69%-31%)
    Republican Party: 27-6 (82%-18%)

    The Senate version, voted on by the House.

    Democratic Party: 153-91 (63%-37%)
    Republican Party: 136-35 (80%-20%)

    It is just a fact of history that the Democrats controlled both chambers and the Civil Rights Act would have NEVER been passed without Republicans.

    The 1961 Civil Rights Act was an update of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 that was written by Republicans and struck down by the Supreme Court. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Republican Party introduced several bills in Congress to advance civil rights. Kennedy and Johnson entered their own Civil Rights bill out of fear that blacks would leave the Democrat Party and return to the Republicans.

    In the Senate, the primary people who took responsibility for lobbying for the Civil Rights Act were Republicans Everett Dirksen and Richard Nixon. The chief opponents of the bill were Democrats Sam Ervin, Albert Gore Sr., and Robert Byrd.

    Those are just the facts.

  6. TT

    November 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    The numbers showing Republicans voting for civil rights
    legislation is outdated,misleading,and represents a time
    long ago when ideals in both parties were quite different
    from today. C’mon and get real! History presents a dynamic
    change in policies of both parties from 1964 to 2009.
    The Democratic and Republican parties of today are not
    our Grandfather’s parties. This is 2009….and the parties have
    reversed roles in the area of civil rights….plain and simple. No
    big deal….the Republican party of 2009 is filled with hate
    and anger….and mainly fear! We all know this is true!

  7. LA

    November 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    This is just too funny…. This woman has no sense. She makes us look oh so bad.

  8. Jack

    November 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Hear, hear TT!

    Here’s a scary thought. What if Sarah Palin can reel in enough people?

  9. IBXer

    November 24, 2009 at 9:19 am

    TT, I am a Republican because I believe the government should treat everyone EQUALLY. That means no special rules and laws for someone just because of the color of their skin. It is the Democratic Party that wants the government to have special rules and regulations that treat everyone differently because of their skin color and that puts everyone in competing interest groups.