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Virginia Foxx Passed Civil Rights All By Herself, Essentially, In The ’60s

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Unfortunate Rep. Virginia Foxx, who throws words like “tarbaby” around in casual discourse, for some reason said this about the Democrats today: “Just as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the ’60s without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle. They love to engage in revisionist history.”

Well, we think Lyndon Johnson’s signature helped a bit. Many Republicans did vote for the civil rights bills, though! They were rewarded by being voted out, en masse, by the Virginia Foxxes of the world.

[Think Progress]

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  • Harvey Birdman

    See You Next Tuesday.

  • Fox News Light

    silly dixxiecrat

  • vladster

    Yeah, her buddy Strom Thurman, fought it for years as a “Dixiecrat.” Johnson pushed it and signed knowing it might destroy the party at the time. I’ve heard this revisionist crap of late by reptards.

  • AnSnarkist

    Hmm… I didn’t know that Virginia Foxx was the first troll to be elected into Congress. The Internet should be proud.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    She might have voted for it back then, but I doubt if she’d have voted for it now. Crazy, racist, cotton-candy headed old bat.

  • user-of-owls

    Aunt Bee has a real mean streak to her that didn’t come across on the TV show.


    Revisionist history says Democrats and Republicans switched positions on (civil rights and some other things) between 1940 and 1980. Revisionist history is smart.

  • Colander

    It’s worth noting–and conservatives seem to forget this–that many civil rights advancements were made by ‘activist judges’ who were well aware of the slow-moving nature of Congress, and so said ‘fuck it’ and started giving people rights and stuff.

  • 4tehlulz

    >Just as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the ’60s without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle.

    And then Nixon came along and ensured that would never happen again.

  • JMP

    Uh, no; the non-Southern Dems all voted for the civil rights act. Andthe Democrats who voted against it all jumped ship to the Republicans party over the next few years, and are now the party’s base.

  • Cicada

    For the last time: THE CURRENT GOP BEARS NO RESEMBLANCE TO THE GOP OF THE 1960s. The Dixiecrats took you sorry sons-of-bitches over, deal with it.

    Virginia Foxx follows the same party line as Jesse Helms, for goodness sakes! Fucking hypocritical asshole.

  • Brendan M.

    Still not as big a racist as Steve King, but she tries.

  • V572625694

    Can she be this ignorant? There were no southern Republans in the house until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which even Johnson said would turn all the racists southerners into Republans, which was exactly what happened. Yes the southern Dems were odious bigots, and yes northern Republans, who in those days were not insane, helped pass it.

    Is there any hope for this country when crazy grannies like this idiot are in charge of anything more important than the water district?

  • Birdcrash

    [re=462842]AnSnarkist[/re]: She’s not a troll. She’s just naturally ugly.

  • snideinplainsight

    Naughty congresspeople need love too!!!

  • charlesdegoal

    Virginia Fox wants to be declared wild and obscenic too.

  • JMP

    [re=462848]Colander[/re]: Oh, they know it – what do you think the “activist judge” complaints started over? Hell, the other day Diaperman Vitter said he wasn’t sure if he agreed with Loving v Virginia.

  • user-of-owls

    You know who ELSE voted for the Civil Rights Act?

  • Brendan M.

    [re=462843]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: No. No Southern Republicans voted for civil rights legislation. Southern Republicans were more racist than Southern Democrats at the time.

  • Paul Tardy

    I thought civil rights was about making nice with the Negros to keep them from distracting the war in Vietnam with their constant rioting. Or maybe it was to co opt rhetoric from the commies. I guess kids learn it different today.

  • hockeymom

    Why are these people fighting about who did more to pass civil rights legislation?
    Isn’t there anything a bit more current they could be discussing?

  • Mahousu

    Actually, Foxx is correct. The ’60’s civil rights legislation was passed with almost no Democratic votes. The 1860’s civil rights legislation, that is.

  • Click

    Winston-Salem? Jesus christ I thought I smoked that bitch a decade ago.

  • Servo

    They’re trying to shed their Bad Guy image.

  • Godless Liberal

    Maybe by 60s she meant 1860s and by civil rights she meant outlawing slavery, which I guess Republicans kind of did, a little.

  • Suds McKenzie

    I cant wait until she has fallen and can’t get up.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Bless her heart, and I’m sure Vagina Fukks is made of meat just like the rest of us. Only she’s from the well-past-it’s-sell-by-date, rancid, e. coli riddled batch that really should’ve been carted off to the landfill by now.

  • GuyClinch

    The woman is dumb as a stick. A vile, evil stick.

  • user-of-owls

    [re=462884]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Needs more hookworm.

  • user-of-owls

    [re=462886]GuyClinch[/re]: Must be from a sycamore. That’s what Bull Connor used to tell his dogs when he set them loose on the Negros.

  • Extemporanus

    Like many Olds, she belongs to the Party of Lincoln Town Car.

  • digibal235

    What a trollup. When Civil Rights was introduced and passed, both chambers of congress and the white house were Democratic. And by trollup, I mean cunt.

    Jesse Helms once filabustered for 18 days to prevent MLK day from becoming a federal holliday. And he loved cock.

    But that’s me and my love for revisionist history. One of those facts is true. The least reprehensible one is to love cock, but let’s pretend we could revise history to choose one of those things as Helms’ legacy and discard the other. Which would you choose, Representative Foxx?

  • MLHencken

    I think Virginia Foxx should have spent more time with Redd Foxx.

  • Sweet Baby Cheeses

    The Muppets have really gone downhill since Henson’s death. This “Virginia Foxx” thing is the worst.

  • Hooray For Anything

    Things Virgina Foxx has also said the Republicans were responsible for-

    -Ending slavery
    -passing medicare
    -creating fantasy football
    -writing “Stairway to Heaven”
    -Godfather I and II (Godfather III, of course, was a Democratic movie)
    -the Revolutionary War
    -introducing the McDonald’s Happy Meal

  • Jim89048

    “We have lost the South for a generation.”
    LBJ July 2,1964

    That was like, what–three generations ago, now? Get over it…

  • Franklin Pierce & Pierce

    Just like right now, how the Republicans support Gay Marriage and Universal Healthcare.


  • Carrie_Okie

    Civil Rights / Civil War. Tomatoe/To-mah-toe. (Also 1860’s/1960’s -pretty much interchangeable).

  • germansteel

    There’s a nursing home in the Washington D.C. area that’s missing a resident from the Alzheimer’s Unit. Tell them she’s on YouTube.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=462900]Sweet Baby Cheeses[/re]: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find an experienced puppeteer willing to stick their hand up that thing?

    Let’s just say that there’s a reason why its voice sounds like muffled retching…

  • norbizness

    The original 80s TV series starring Jack Warden was called “Crazy Like a Foxx” until she forced them to remove the extra x due to it infringement on her trademark craziness.

  • coolcatdaddy

    I live just outside her district.

    Too bad – if I did live in her district, I’d be circulating a petition for a recall vote. She’s downright embarrassing.

  • econdave

    Yes, you’re right Representative Fox. That would explain the 90% share of the Negro vote that the Republican Party gets every election.

  • iantenna

    this is the weirdest conversation about a trout fishing stream in oregon i have ever heard.

  • Sweet Baby Cheeses

    [re=462921]Extemporanus[/re]: DO NOT CROSS FRANK OZ. (or else you get to be “Virginia Foxx” next!)

  • user-of-owls

    [re=462923]norbizness[/re]: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Sanity Clause.”

  • Oldskool

    Not so long ago she was a school teacher around here… one case when our childrens were left behind and are better off for it.

  • ph7

    Leave Red Foxx’s widow alone.

  • JSDC007

    Dumb, old, racist Dixiecrat Virginia Foxx probably swore never to vote for the Democratic party seconds after LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act. Well, maybe, she waited until her Daddy, his Daddy, and his Daddy swore never to stop using the N-word. Then she walked down to the old Court House and became a Goldwater Grannie.

  • OCKerouac

    Sooooo…. To clarify… Democrats back THEN were EEEEEvil for acting like…. Republicans now? Whattever you say Scary-Betty-White…

  • Click

    Yes, Virginia, there is an Equal Protection Clause.

  • OCKerouac

    [re=462899]MLHencken[/re]: Virginia! You big dummy!

  • Click

    She’s damned good at teasing, I’ll give Ginny that much. Few silvertips are skilled enough to create that illusion of fullness with only 3 hairs and a can of spray paint.

  • McDuff

    Foxx must have read that in the National Midnight Star.

    (Extra points if a picture of John Candy as the “expert in a white lab coat” pops into your head.)

  • betterDeadThanRed

    [re=462848]Colander[/re]: I’m old enough to remember the “Impeach Earl Warren” bumper stickers.

  • Rascalcat

    “Virginia Foxx Passed Civil Rights All By Herself, Essentially, In The ’60s”.

    I remember it like it was yesterday. Rep Foxx was a sprightly and ambitious Southern politician who had just turned 60. I guess that makes her about 115 now. Yeah, that’s about right.

    Good times.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Note to Ginny:

    The ones you call RINOs were the GOPers who helped with the Civil Rights thing, you know the New England Effete types who you mock for their edumkashun and old money. The Party of the South who joined the GOPers after LBJ signed the civil rights laws and killed Jim Crowe? Not so much.

  • zenferret

    [re=462862]Brendan M.[/re]: Yeah in the house and senate true.

    But well Virginia was kinda funny.

    In 1966, the Virginia Democratic Party under Governor Mills Godwin of the Harry Byrd Machine was segregationist and opposed to the civil rights movement. Godwin was sorta softening on segregation though.

    Four years later the Virginia Republican Party under Governor Linwood Holton was very much for the civil rights movement.

    Four years later the Virginia Republican party under Governor Mills Godwin of the Harry Byrd Machine was segregationist and opposed to the civil rights movement.

    Holton opposed letting the dixiecrats into the VA GOP.

    Former Republican Gov. Holton supported Obama last year.

    His daughter is married to Tim Kaine.

    Now the funny Virginia is that kindly old bigot gramma from North Carolina.

  • LeonardHatred

    I liked Ms. Foxx better back in the eighties – her song “Touch Me (I Want To Feel Your Body)” was awesome. Time has apparently not kind to her, however…

  • DangerousLiberal

    I’m ashamed to live in the same state/time zone/country/continent/hemisphere/planet /solar system /galaxy /local group /universe as this half-wit dope.

  • DangerousLiberal

    [re=462984]Rascalcat[/re]: Good times? No, Virgina Fox was in Sanford and Son, silly. Heard she worked blue in Vegas before making it big on tee vee.


    Actually Ms Foxx, Jesse Helms was busy at Capital Broadcasting Company as a pundit during the 1960s, basically bemoaning the lack of respect the uppity Negros had for law and order.

    Not that broadcast pundits have any effect on politics, or anything.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=463055]DangerousLiberal[/re]: You heard right.

  • bitchincamaro

    ‘Cuz Thursday is opposite day.

  • Holybalheadedchrist

    Her eyes are sexy. I mean, the way they spin and all.

  • aleks

    GOP: The Democrats are the real racists and blacks only vote for them because they’re stupid.

  • Cicada

    [re=463113]aleks[/re]: That’s an unfair simplification of the GOP’s stance on this issue. The GOP really thinks that the Democrats are the real racists and blacks only vote for them because they’re stupid, lazy, and on welfare.

  • BeWoot

    Just one complaint, please: Tarbaby is a superb metaphor; the Brer Rabbit stories were superb, timeless allegories/fables. Nothing racist about them. JC Harris was the American Aesop. Leave Tarbaby alone. And please don’t throw me in de briar patch.

  • Radiotherapy

    There’s a ‘War on Virginia Fox’,

  • Cicada

    [re=463209]BeWoot[/re]: Tarbaby is also a derogatory term for black people. Too bad the racists had to fuck up a metaphor you like, but there it is.

  • LowerdPeninsula

    [re=463251]Cicada[/re]: No, not also. It’s primary definition, these days, is the racist one. I just want to make that crystal clear for those that argue the word has more than one meaning. Quite a few slurs have more than one definition, and overtook the original definition of the word.

    Foxx’s argument sounds a lot like Israel and South Africas “We treat(ed) our Arabs/blacks better than anyone else.” Bravo, Foxx. Encore.

  • Dorje Chenpo

    Just because your name happens to be Fox doesn’t mean you have to tell outrageous lies to try to make the Republicans look good.

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