The Modern Democratic Party was founded on the Principles of liberalism and socialism. Putting aside the racist element, they did not believe in the concept of oligarchy, fascism or totalitarianism. They subscribed to a democratic freedom which at the core was the belief the duty of a country or nation is to see to the welfare of its citizens. That is the root ideology of the Democratic Party. They ran on issues like universal healthcare, strong unions, and consumer protection. Democrats believed in reigning in corporations and bankers to ensure they do not prey upon the people with fraudulent transactions in what amounted to nothing more than robbery. They believed in oversight because they understood the nature of man. America, through her rich history, served as the perfect laboratory in which to study human behavior. The Founders understood the extent to which humans will go in order to take advantage of one another and over the years regulations and laws were put in place to measure the deficiencies, we are after all a society and without rules we don’t have a society. Democrats fought to protect citizens from the very same issues we are struggling with today like predatory lending and abuse by corporations, low wages and substandard education. They understood and respected our relationship with nature and knowing we needed air to breath they protected the environment and fought to preserve land and keep forestry so we can have the beauty of green spaces and parks and you know – trees.
Then came Martin Luther King leading the fight for Civil Rights, the struggle for equal opportunity for all citizens particularly the African-Americans who was then and continues today to be blatantly discriminated against. While the national Democratic Party debated Civil Rights, in the south it was clear – no debate. Rank and file southern Democrats were mostly white, mostly males most of them overtly racists. It was the Democrats who passed the Jim Crow laws and implemented racial segregation. Blacks had a history of difficulty registering in the south, the Democrats allowed blacks to register as long as they registered and vote the democratic ticket. To ensure this bands of white males showed up on voting day near polling sites with rifles. After boycotts and bombings, marching and screaming Congress finally passed and President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and with this Democrats secured the black votes. The legislation was signed into law by a Democratic President, but it was also necessary because of the southern democrats. Somehow the establishment understood one could lose the white male vote in the south, and successfully contest the presidency. It was a win-win for the Democrats. The donkeys have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to control and power and ideologically they did have the upper hand. Even though they still practiced blatant discrimination against African-Americans by passing the Civil Rights Act they cemented their reputation of being a progressive party. Continue reading