At the time of the 1963 march, there were moderate Republican leaders who publicly supported the civil rights movement. That is not true today. In fact, the GOP had their own commemoration for Martin Luther King. Republicans came to the conclusion that had MLK been alive today, he would have belonged to their 'Tea Party'. Where the GOP gets it's delusional view of our World, we can only guess. So much for reaching out for more minority voters. The GOP may feel they don't need more constituents to get elected. They have the only people's money and support that really matters these days- corporations. After all, aren't they now 'people'? "If Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had seen 50 years into the future, he might have been tempted to add "Democrats and Republicans" to the historically antagonistic pairings — "black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics" — who, in his "I Have A Dream" speech, would one day hold hands and sing, "Free at last." The parties have seldom seemed so far apart as they did Wednesday, on the 50th anniversary of King's speech and the March on Washington. Not a single Republican elected official spoke at the "Let Freedom Ring" event at the Lincoln Memorial, site of King's 1963 speech, though some were invited. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio attended an earlier march commemoration on Capitol Hill, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was traveling in Ohio and North Dakota, according to reports explaining why they had declined invitations. Former President George W. Bush was invited by event organizers, but declined because of recent heart surgery. Whatever the reasons, the absence of any prominent past or present Republican official in a speaking role at the commemoration is unlikely to help the party's outreach to minorities. The hulking marble presence of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, didn't really make up for the absence of living, breathing GOP officials." Complete story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/08/28/216580613/something-was-missing-from-the-march-on-washington-anniversary
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