So Much For That Idea…

August 8th, 2008at 07:18am Posted by Eli

You know the one: That senators and congresscritters in Republican states and districts have no choice but to be hawks and corporate shills, and we just have to grit our teeth and put up with it when they sell us out again and again.  (If you want to depress yourself, go here and filter on Senate Democrats, then sort in descending order by “Pres. Support.”)  Not so.  Check out the record of former red-state Senator Birch Bayh, father of milquetoast Senator Evan Bayh (who voted with Bush 57% of the time):

~ In 1962, narrowly won a Senate race in a big time red state against a Republican incumbent in 1962 through a “dynamic grassroots campaign”

~ helped draft and pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act

~ led the effort to defeat Nixon’s appointment of two segregationist judges — Clement Hanyesworth and Harrold Carswell — to the Supreme Court

~ earned a place on the Nixon “enemies list” (I still am an avid fan, however, of Nixon’s foreign policy — and many of his domestic policies)

~ drafted and helped secure passage of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution establishing rules for presidential and vice-presidential succession

~ drafted and helped secure passage of the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age in the nation to 18 from 21 years of age

~ by drafting and passing two Amendments to the Constitution, Birch Bayh became the first American to author more than one amendment since the Founding Fathers

~ helped sponsor and nearly passed the Equal Rights Amendment that narrowly failed to secure ratification by the states

~ authored and helped secure passage of Title IX of the Higher Education Act that prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender in the classroom and athletic field

~ authored the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

~ He was a co-author of the Bayh-Dole Act which allowed US universities, small businesses, and non-profit organizations to retain intellectual property rights of inventions developed from federal government-funded research — probably one of the most significant triggers of new university-based innovation in US history

Funny how none of that ever made him toxic to the Republican-leaning voters of Indiana.  Maybe integrity counts for something after all – I can think of some Democrats who should look into it.

Then again, maybe sellouts like Landrieu and the Nelsons aren’t selling out to win red states – maybe they’re just selling out to get paid, and using the redness of their states as an excuse.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Politics,Wankers

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