How many modern Republicans know that the party was formed primarily to end slavery? How many modern Democrats know that? Abraham Lincoln and the early Republicans pushed through the 13th and 14th amendments, abolishing slavery and granting full civil rights to former slaves. Does anyone think it’s ironic that 100 years later, it was the Democrats (Southern Democrats not included) who pushed for Kennedy’s Civil Rights Act? I don’t. Guess which party is really and truly FOR racial equality? The party that’s currently willing to offer the most to disenfranchised minorities. It’s a matter of buying votes.
Years ago, I read a wonderful book called “...And Ladies of the Club,” by Helen Hooven Santmyer. 1400 or so pages long, and the author was not happy with her editors, who insisted she pare it down from several hundred more. Then I read it again, almost once a year for about ten years. Yes, it’s that good. It chronicles the life of a woman in post Civil War Xenia, Ohio – her family and her friends, their relationships, their work, their religions, their politics. Somewhere along the way, I started to wonder why I was a Democrat, because the Republican ideals as described in the novel were so sensible!
Of course I was a Democrat because my mom is one, and so was her father. Grandpa was a good man, a moral, hard working union man, whose job provided a modest but decent living. Plus back in the 70’s and 80’s, the “tax and spend” Democrats were always being criticized by “borrow and spend” Republicans. I was not impressed. At least the Democrats made a pretense at compassion. Right?
I have finally reached the point where I wonder why any intelligent citizen is loyal to either party, because neither party is loyal to the citizens. Both parties are loyal to whichever Special Interest Group can give them the most power. How many people in either party, run for congress with the intention of serving a few terms, then returning home to their previous careers? You can count them on your fingers, even if you’re missing a few. Congress is no longer a place to serve; it’s a career.