Dick Gephardt on Civil Rights
Former Democratic Representative (MO-3); Former Democratic Candidate for President
A: I voted for it, but I do believe that this Attorney General, John Ashcroft, is not administering it in a balanced way. I support some of the changes in the act that have been proposed by various members of Congress. I believe these changes may be helpful.
GEPHARDT: We have to look at every possible person to win this election. I will look at everybody. I'll look at women, I'll look at minorities, I'll look at everybody. We need to beat George Bush.
Bill Clay wrote a book called "Permanent Interest." He said African-Americans don't have permanent friends, they just have permanent interest. I think he's right. This party has to earn the vote of African-Americans. This party can't assume anything. We've got to bring ideas and programs for civil rights, for equal rights, for economic rights, for health care rights -- that's the way we're going to win the election, and that's the way we keep faith with the African-American community in this country.
GEPHARDT: This country is a melting pot. It's a fabric. I often quote Martin Luther King, and I say that we're all tied together. I say we are one people. The Hispanic population in this country has defended us. Many, many Hispanic citizens have died in our military without even being citizens of the US. They've won the Congressional Medal of Honor. They work hard. Their families make an enormous contribution to this country.
We're all immigrants unless we're Native Americans. And I'll say it again: We're all tied together. That's my philosophy that I'll bring to the presidency. Martin Luther King said, "I can't be what I ought to be until you can be what you ought to be." That's what I really believe. And when I'm president, we'll have policies that'll make that come true.
A: Even since 9/11, we have found that it is important to strike a balance between liberty and security. The problem is that John Ashcroft, alone, is making decisions about what the law means, and ignoring civil liberties. Bush has put no check on Ashcroft's power. I oppose Patriot II. Bush needs to show a commitment to striking that balance, rather than over-reaching. We must find a way to protect our people while protecting our freedoms.
The problem comes when a group decides that its beliefs are so clearly correct that no disagreement can be tolerated. It’s a short step from intolerance for another’s political views to personal dislike for the person and, ultimately, to bigotry & hatred.
[Groups like the Christian Coalition exemplify intolerance in] political statements about controversial issues like abortion, homosexuality, and school vouchers [when they] identify the Christian Coalition position on those issues as the only “acceptable” position. We should condemn the politicization of their efforts without condemning their basic values and beliefs.
Title: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women. Summary: States that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
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George W. Bush (GOP)
V.P.Dick Cheney (GOP-V.P.)
Sen.John Kerry (Dem.)
Sen.John Edwards (Dem.V.P.)
Ralph Nader (Reform)
Peter Camejo (Reform V.P.)
David Cobb (Green)
Michael Badnarik (Libertarian)
Michael Peroutka (Constitution)