If you have 15 minutes or so to spare, this speech by Representative Allen West on the occasion of Black History Month is superb.
In addition to setting the record straight, Rep. West performs the additional service of a much needed spinal infusion for those on the right who grow weak-kneed when the advocates of dependency launch their ridiculous attacks:
It was a Senate minority leader, Everett Dirksen, a Republican, who helped write the first Civil Rights Act of 1964, widely regarded as the most influential of them all. And in recent years, it’s been the Republican Party that has fought to prevent African Americans from being trapped in a permanent underclass through dependence on government handouts.
Rep. West closes:
With a core belief in the supremacy and the sovereignty of the individual and the unconditional dignity of every human life, the Republican Party is, always has been, and forever shall be the party of equality of opportunity. Happy Black History Month.