There have been decades when the Democrats were facing the right direction. The New Deal and the Great Society, for example, were policies toward greater prosperity and the common good. The Civil Rights era, and support for the early labor unions. We can dispute whether those strategies worked, in hindsight, but we can all agree that Democrats had wholesome reasons for what they did. They gave us some great visionary leaders, like James K. Polk, FDR, and John F. Kennedy.Thunktank wrote: ↑06 Jun 2022, 11:17You do know that Democrats have arguments for the common good, natural rights and all that too, right? Lol!Del wrote: ↑06 Jun 2022, 06:27
It is amazing to me that the Democrat Party is always the one on the wrong side of the natural law and natural rights. A large political party is supposed to be a coalition of good citizens seeking good policy for the common good. Somehow the Democrat party keeps getting taken over by elite special interests -- Slave-owners, union mobsters, abortion lobby, sexual deviants. It doesn't have to be like this.
Or do think that no one else is paying attention?
I'm just saying that when America got it very wrong -- slavery, segregation, abortion, mainlining LGBT into schools, CRT -- the Democrat Party leaders scored 100% for the anti-natural side. It appears to be a systemic problem.
My guess: Democrats have a long history of putting their faith in elites and experts. Jackson founded a populist party, but it was quickly overtaken by aristocratic plantation owners. Later, Woodrow Wilson established a Party of arrogant experts. Ivy League credentials, people who know better than the rest of us. Occasionally they will let dolts like Jimmy Carter or Joe Biden win a nomination, but only because such milquetoasts are easy to control. Harry Truman was a fluke that they wouldn't tolerate again.
For many decades, Republicans haven't had an agenda to speak of or the spine to assert any policies. Their saving grace is that, every so often, they would allow a populist bumpkin like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, or Donald Trump win the nomination. Such men were not respected by the Republican establishment (and positively despised by the Democrat establishment), but people prospered as their natural rights and populist enthusiasms were restored.
In the 19th century, Democrats were the conservative party and Republicans were Progressive -- abolishing slavery was a very progressive policy. Teddy Roosevelt is a patron saint of progressivism, busting trusts and championing grand projects like the Panama Canal.
I think the streams crossed in the 1960's, when Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass the Civil Rights Act. The "Solid South" was entirely Democrat, because Southern Democrats were the party of racism, segregation, and Jim Crow. As American culture changed swiftly, nobody wanted racism anymore. The South became solidly Republican, as the Republicans became the new conservatives. The South wanted to remain conservative without the racism, and the Democrat Party (the new Liberal/Progressive Party) left them behind.