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When politics were a little more sane in this country the regretable Ronald Reagan’s veto of sanctions against a racist regime could be over-ridden by a Congress in which Republicans even opposed him.
” Reagan’s veto was attacked harshly by anti-Apartheid leaders like Desmond Tutu who said Reagan would be “judged harshly by history”. In the week leading up to the subsequent vote, President Reagan enlisted South African foreign minister Pik Botha to call Republicans on the fence, though this was seen to backfire.
Reagan’s veto was overridden by Congress (by the Senate 78 to 21, the House by 313 to 83) on October 2. This override marked the first time in the twentieth century that a president had a foreign policy veto overridden. Apartheid opponents in America and South Africa applauded the vote…”
Yes, as recently as 1986, Ronald Reagan voted against the economic boycott of the Apartheid regime of F.W. DeKlerk and his institutionalized racism in support of the white minority, racist government in South Africa.
And when I say racist, I mean they had a graduated system for measuring someone’s blackness and therefore, the appropriate level of government restrictions on their movement and other opportunities.
Late October 1986 – not so long ago really:
“31 Republicans, including many conservative allies of Mr. Reagan, were not persuaded by his arguments.
A good example was Mitch McConnell, a first-term Republican from Kentucky, who said he was casting his first vote against the President on a foreign policy issue with ”great reluctance.” But on this question, the lawmaker said: ”I think he is ill-advised. I think he is wrong. We have waited long enough for him to come on board.”
Senator Lowell P. Weicker Jr., a Connecticut Republican, expressed a common feeling when he told the Senate that Mr. Reagan had failed to sense quickly enough the moral and emotional tide that had been rolling across the country on the apartheid issue.
”For this moment, at least, the President has become an irrelevancy to the ideals, heartfelt and spoken, of America,” he said.” http://www.nytimes.com/1986/10/03/politics/03REAG.html