, SheldonS wrote

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 I don't normally get into political discussions but I felt I had to correct this one.  It is actually the Republican party that fought for civil rights and to end slavery.

Reread what I wrote.  I said exactly that. 

What I am _also_ saying is that the attitudes of the people who make up the southern republicans TODAY would be the same attitudes of people you'd find in the southern democrats 150 YEARS AGO.