I realize that this is your answer to anything that you cannot refute, but I am curious as to what you find funny about #4. As Coulter writes:
Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble
“Like them, the Ku Klux Klan was, of course, another Democratic undertaking, originally formed to terrorize Republicans, but later switching to terrorize blacks. It was Democratic juries that acquitted Klansman after Klansman. It was Democratic politicians who supported segregation, Democratic governors who called out the National Guard to stop desegregation, Democratic commissioners of public safety who turned police dogs and water hoses on civil rights protesters.”Is there anything there that is false? Was it not Democrats who imposed and perpetuated segregation, Jim Crow, etc.? And not just conservative Democrats. Woodrow Wilson was a progressive (i.e., liberal) Democrat and he was the one who instituted segregation in the federal civil service and in Washington DC, and FDR refused to sign anti-lynching laws. JFK was, at best, ambivalent about civil rights (while Ike was the one who federalized the National Guard in Little Rock and sent the 101st Airborne in to enforce Brown Vs. Board of Education). And Nixon was the one who desegregated public schools, not just in the south, but nationwide. From PBS (yes, that's right, PBS):
Also: “Democrats only came around on civil rights when blacks were voting in high enough numbers to make a difference at the ballot box – and then they claimed credit for everything their party had ferociously blocked since the Civil War.”
In 1969, despite civil rights reforms like the landmark decision declaring that segregated schools where unconstitutional, the 1964 Civil Rights bill and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, many African Americans lived without the full protection of the law, equal access to public facilities, or equal economic opportunity. Nixon viewed this situation as not only unfair to African Americans, but as a waste of valuable human resources which could help the nation grow.In other words, Nixon's legacy on Civil Rights was superior to FDR's, JFK's Wilson's and certainly a number of Democrats who remained in office long after the 80's. Fritz Hollings, for example, was the Senator who, as governor of South Carolina, put the Confederate flag in the state flag, and don't get me started on Robert Byrd, D-KKK.
Among the most pressing civil rights issues was desegregation of public schools. Nixon inherited a nation in which nearly 70% of the black children in the South attended all-black schools. He had supported civil rights both as a senator and as vice president under Eisenhower, but now, mindful of the Southern vote, he petitioned the courts on behalf of school districts seeking to delay busing. Meanwhile, he offered a practical New Federalist alternative -- locally controlled desegregation.
Starting in Mississippi and moving across the South, the Nixon administration set up biracial state committees to plan and implement school desegregation. The appeal to local control succeeded. By the end of 1970, with little of the anticipated violence and little fanfare, the committees had made significant progress -- only about 18% of black children in the South attended all-black schools.
As for 2., I wasn't aware that Thurgood Marshall held King in such contempt. I have disagreed with Marshall on a whole bunch of issues, but I've always respected him. It's a disturbing piece of information.