This is what Trent Lott said at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday:
“I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”
And here is what Thurmond stood for in 1948:
“I want to tell you, ladies and gentleman, that there’s not enough troops in the army to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the Nigra race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.”
And via Atrios, here is an excerpt from the State Rights Democratic Party “Dixiecrat” sample ballot from Mississippi in 1948:
A vote for Truman electors is a direct order to our Congressmen and Senators from Mississippi to vote for passage of Truman’s so-called civil-rights program in the next Congress. This mean the vicious FEPC —- anti-poll tax —- anti-lynching and anti-segregation proposals will become the law of the land and our way of life in the South will be gone forever.
Disgusting! This is how far the Party of Lincoln has fallen now. I think, Trent Lott should either apologize profusely, resign or be thrown out as Senate majority leader.