Reader: Letter misleads with statement about GOP
In “Requiring an ID is not voter suppression,” Readers Write, April 28, we are reminded that Republicans were largely responsible for passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with little or no help from Southern Democrats. That is true, however, after signing the bill, President Johnson is reported to have told an aide, “I think we have just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come.”
In fact, that became the focus of the GOP’s very successful “Southern Strategy” in appealing to those Democrats to realign themselves with the Republican Party. Today’s GOP has more in common with the Southern Democrats of 1964 than it does with the party of Lincoln.
KATHLEEN FOWLER, ROSWELL