It’s Not Democrats or Republicans – It’s Conservatives That are the Biggest Damn Problem

1620434_768512473177344_1370247274_nDemocrat, Republican, Libertarian – they’re all just labels people use to make voting easier.  Political parties themselves will become whatever they feel their particular voting base wants them to be.  It wasn’t too long ago gay marriage was still unpopular for most Americans and Democrats stood against its legalization.  Times have changed, society has changed and people who vote for Democrats have changed.

The same can go for Republicans, too.

It’s clear to anyone who even knows basic history about our political parties that they’ve changed drastically over time.  In fact, they’ve basically swapped sides.  This is an argument Republicans often use to make a lazy attempt to bash Democrats.  They’ll proudly profess that, “We’re the party of Lincoln!”  Then they’ll point to the racist history of the Democratic party.

And they’re right.  Decades ago, Democrats were often the party associated with racism.

But what’s also true is that was during a time when Democrats were supported by southern conservatives.  You know, the same southern conservatives who are now strongly Republican.

I’ve covered this transition before – it’s commonly called the “Southern Strategy.”  When the Republican party specifically targeted the racism of southern whites to attract voters to their party.

But when you look at history, even back to the days of slavery, one ignorant common denominator has remained a constant – the southern conservative.  Well, now it’s conservatives in general, but traditionally it’s been southern conservatives.

See, Republicans are right when they say Democrats once were the party of racism and segregation.  But again, that’s an argument made by a lazy person who either doesn’t know their history or refuses to accept it.

It’s easy to simply say, “No, Republicans aren’t ignorant and racist – Democrats supported segregation!”  But the fact of the matter is, it was southern conservatives who supported things like segregation.  The same southern conservatives who now so proudly support the GOP.

And that’s the problem.  It’s not Democrats or Republicans, it’s ignorant southern conservatives – and it always has been.

Heck, just look at the states which fought for the south during the Civil War.  Then go look at the states which supported segregation the longest.  Then look at which states are “strongly Republican.”

They’re almost identical.

Every time our country pushes forward to advance ourselves as a society, it’s conservatives that are always there holding us back.

Liberal ideology is what’s built this country, not conservative.

Ending slavery, giving women the right to vote, ending segregation, passing the Civil Rights Act, Social Security, Medicare – these were all things that bucked the “traditional” values Americans had lived with before.  You know, “conservative values.”

And each time our nation has tried to evolve from its ignorance (such as on these issues I listed above) it’s been conservatives (typically southern conservatives) who’ve opposed that evolution.

But no matter how many times these conservatives have been proven to be on the wrong side of history, they still continue to believe that this time they’ll be right.  And that’s created what may be the biggest damn problem that we face politically as a nation.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Sandy Greer

    Three thumbs up, Allen.

    The election of our first black president has brought all the Hate, Bigotry, and Racism on The Right from beneath their white sheets into the light of day. We can all take a good, long look at the Ugliness, and decide whether we want to give rise to it…or bury it…once and for all.

    Vote ’em the Hell outta Dodge!

    • Lance

      Obama is NOT Black. He’s physically half-half. Though effectively more White than Black as he was raised with more “white privilege” than most “White” people.

  • MLR

    You know who else I blame? The media. Now don’t get me wrong, I have tremendous respect for good journalists but the media in general doesn’t call out conservatives when they straight up lie. There is a difference between being objective and calling out a lie when it’s a lie and the mainstream media doesn’t do it. I remember during the Anthony Weiner scandal CNN went after him hard (not that I condone what he did) but compare that to what Chris Christie is allegedly involved in and CNN seems to be in la la land, interviewing people like Michael Grimm (who we just got a glimpse of who he really is) and taking his word in defending Christie. Don Lemon and John King seemed to actually believe it was a traffic study and actually had the nerve to suggest it was a Dem witch hunt and were very dismissive about it, then they put up a poll comparing Christie’s numbers to Hillary’s, which at the time he was ahead. MSNBC is the only one who always seems to have breaking news about this subject. Now I know they lean left, but still, compared to CNN, and depending who the anchor is, they do seem to call out liars more than CNN does. You know what the most amusing part was about the Don Lemon/John King assumption? They don’t seem to notice that Dems weren’t that afraid of Chris Christie because they know the Tea Party hates him and he would of never made it through a primary.

    • white trash religious teaparty

      I want mike grim to say those EXACT words to me when no one is around

    • Lance

      The “main stream” media lie as much, if not worse, than any politician.

  • There’s a good book that discusses this phenomenon in greater detail. It’s called “Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession,” by Chuck Thompson. The only part of his thesis I don’t agree with is that he thinks we shouldn’t include Texas in the Southern states to get rid of. Nowadays, Texas is by far the greatest offender.

    Honestly, I’m starting to wonder if kicking Southern states and Southern conservatives out of the Union might not solve a lot of our problems. (Followed by blanket amnesty and citizenship for any African-American in those states who wants to emigrate, of course.)

    • Karkadann

      Would be really cruel to all non-whites, non-conservatives, non-christians, women and non-straights living there.
      Many wouldn’t immediatelly leave, before it’s too late.

  • DemDave

    You can add Child Labor Law reform to that list as well.

  • Lance

    Democrats always were and still are the party of racism. They were anti-black until the Republicans succeeded in empowering the black vote. Then they swung the other way and became overtly pro-Black (still racist) though only in appearance for the sake of fooling the black vote to their party. They benefit by keeping the Black community down, so play on the victim mentallity so they can perpetually be the “heroes” fighting for the underdogs. Make no mistake, Democratic leadership do NOT want Blacks to succeed.

  • Lance

    Democrats should just accept their history and stop trying to blame shift. Oops, if they were honest they’d no longer be Democrats.

  • Lance

    Though many people like to fix hard labels to things, like saying Republicans are Conservative and Democrats are Liberal, it’s simply not that cut-and-dried. Though ecological preservation is now considered a Liberal platform concern, “conservation” is by definition a conservative outlook. The parties did not swap, issues concerning different platforms have simply been redefined to more conveniently fit labels.


    This shit sites a joke. Makes sense that yer in “take it up the ass progressive” Austin Texas.