The Republican Party of Dane County is erecting over a dozen billboards in the Dane County area paying tribute to the Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in the states of rebellion on New Year’s Day in January of 1863, the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1865 ending slavery forever, and the new freedoms, political and economic, granted by those actions.
Democrat leadership in our larger cities in America, including Madison, has failed to solve the problems that have been the focus of attention the last several months. Government programs they champion have held minorities down, created huge educational disparities, and destroyed traditional families. The previous Presidential administration, despite its historic nature, only further fanned the flames of division over eight years leaving America more divided than ever.
On the other hand, Republicans are proud of our long Civil Rights heritage, including:
- Formation in 1854 as the Party of abolition of slavery, right here in Wisconsin.
- Passage of the 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution ending slavery forever, all Senate and House Republicans voted in favor. Most of the other party voted against.
- Wisconsin Approved the 13th Amendment on February 24, 1865. The 13th Amendment was ratified on December 18, 1865.
- Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 with almost all Republican votes.
- Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to crush the Ku Klux Klan with almost all Republican Votes.
- Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a greater percentage of Republican votes (around 80%) than the other party.
- Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with a greater percentage of Republican votes (over 80%) than the other party.
Literally, black lives have mattered to Republicans for over 160 years and we continue the fight today.