Monday, August 6, 2012
Today in history August 6th, the two news stories that jumped out at me, are President Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act. And President Harry Truman dropping the Atomic Bomb on Japan in 1945, an attempt to end World War II the bloodiest war in World History. With millions of people dying in Russia alone, what's interesting about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Is the photo of Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, the Senate Republican Leader right next to President Lyndon Johnson. As President Johnson is signing the bill, because without Minority Leader Dirksen, both the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts don't get signed. This was actually when the Republican Party was still the Civil Rights Party, where there were Liberal Republicans in the Northeast. Who were Liberal on Social Issues and would vote with Liberal Democrats in Congress. President Johnson and the Democratic Leadership doesn't pass these Civil Rights Laws without these Liberal Republicans. Because the Democratic Party was basically made up of three parties back then, Liberals, Progressives and Southern Conservatives. The Southerners saw the Civil Rights Laws as Unconstitutional.
The Atomic Bombing of Japan in 1945 was a trickier issue, because of the hundreds of thousands or millions of people. That were killed as a result, the thinking being either drop the bombs so to speak or risk losing hundreds of thousands of American Soldiers with more battles on the islands of Japan. What President Truman was essentially doing was picking his country America over Japan, his people over the Japanese People, which is a horrible decision. Because no decent person wants to see innocent people killed, whether they are in battle or not. And President Truman knew that dropping these Atomic Bombs on Japan would result in thousands of innocent people being killed. But did it to save the lives of thousands of his own Soldiers, which is why he dropped them and had he not of done that. He would've probably risked Congressional Investigations in why he didn't and lost all of those Americans as a result.
In 1945 President Truman drops Atomic Bombs to prevent thousands of more Americans dying in World War II. And on this date in 1965 President Johnson with the help of Congressional Republicans and Liberal Democrats was able to sign into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. So that millions of African Americans would finally have their Constitutional Right to vote enforced by law.