Democrat, 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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