The Democratic Party

A History of Protecting and Expanding Civil Rights in America

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“Every American should have the opportunity to succeed and to live the American dream. Discrimination has no place in a nation founded on the principles of freedom from persecution. While America has made great strides toward true equality, much remains to be done and too often the progress we’ve made comes under attack.“

Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry

The Democratic Party has led the fight to pass every major piece of Civil Rights legislation to come before Congress including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. 

Just 45 days after the September 11 attacks, with virtually no debate, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act. Many parts of this sweeping legislation take away checks on law enforcement and threaten the very rights and freedoms that we are struggling to protect. For example, without a warrant and without probable cause, the FBI now has the power to access your most private medical records, your library records, and your student records... and can prevent anyone from telling you it was done.
The Department of Justice is expected to introduce a sequel, dubbed PATRIOT II, that would further erode key freedoms and liberties of every American.

[US Patriot Act, American Civil Liberties Union]

"With my signature, this law will give intelligence and law enforcement officials important new tools to fight a present danger,"

George W. Bush Signing Patriot Act into Law, White House Website

“You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists.”

— George W. Bush, White House Website

The Democratic Party:
Protecting America, Defending Her Freedoms