While it is true that the Republican party used to be the party of Lincoln, and that a higher percentage of Republicans voted for the 1964 civil rights bill than Democrats, modern day Republicans are very different.

In 1964 Democrats from northern states voted almost unanimously for the civil rights bill, Democrats from the south voted almost unanimously against it. The Democrats who opposed civil rights were southern conservatives, they would be Republicans today.

Strom Thurmond was a Democrat, he left the Democratic party in 1964 specifically because he opposed civil rights for blacks. Charles Pickering, the conservative judge appointed to a federal appeals court by GW Bush during a senate recess was a Democrat and switched to the Republican party in 1964, specifically because he opposed civil rights for African Americans. Many Republicans who supported civil rights became Democrats in 1964.

Look at a map of former slave states and compare it to a map of the 2004 electoral college results. Notice a pattern? Ohio, Indiana and Iowa changed from free states in 1861 to Republican states in 2004, Maryland and Delaware changed from slave states in 1861 to Democratic states in 2004. Except for those 5 states, the maps match up exactly.

2004 Electoral College Map:
1861 Slave State Map:
Not all Republicans are racist, but all racists are Republicans.
by j05h May 14, 2005
a person who believes in

1) rewarding hard work
2) not punishing people for being rich
3) giving opportunities to people because they work hard, and not because they want to appear multiracial
4) who believes that babies are more important than trees
5) someone who uses logic and knowledge to solve problems
"see that republican?"
" ya he thought before he acted! AMAZING!"
by greatkhan85 March 12, 2010
the good, sensable political party of the United States. (opposite of democrat)
John McCain
George Bush
Abraham Lincoln. these are all republicans

by NOBAMA 08' August 14, 2008
Republicans are typically patriotic and aren't as concerned about political correctness as liberal hippies are.
Isn't it funny how the word republican is usually associated with being a patriot?
by thepoe December 05, 2006
A member of the more conservative of the two main political parties of the United States. Typically don't believe that the government should provide everything for them. They can understand the difference between murdering an unborn child and executing a convicted murderer as a form of punishment. Also don't believe in electing a president based on their skin color rather than their qualifications. However they can unfortunately rival democrats in their ability to f*#k up this nation.
Ben voted Republican in the 2008 election.
by Honor480BC November 07, 2009
A person who believes that all people should support him/herself. While knowing that the world is a tough place and not everyone has the same opportunities. Therefore it should be in the good graces of the common people to help each other and not a government regulated agency who taxes many of the very people who need help. A republican believes that if all where disciplined a government would not be required to centralized power into one person or committee but instead give the power on to the people.
An Example of a republican is some one who helps some one else instead of voting socialist and hope that they deal with it!
by Levi G July 15, 2005
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