The Republican Party used to be largely the party of Wall Street and Large
After the civil rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965
enacted by Lyndon Johnson and a Democratic congress, most of the racist southern
Democrats were pursued and welcomed by the Republican Party into its ranks in
what became known as the its southern strategy. As a result the party lost over
90% of its black supporters, but the "solid south" became solidly
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In the nearly half century since, the Republican Party has cobbled together
a kaleidoscope of single-issue malcontents each supporting its own specific
agenda; anti-abortionists, anti-government anarchists, skin-head fascists,
anti-tax extremists, anti-feminists, homophobes, gun enthusiasts, religious
fundamentalist extremists, and an endless list of would-be macho tough-guys and
Through all this the one constant has been the dominance of the plutocrat
class over the economic policies of the party. It is understood by everyone that
the Republican Party will always vote in the interest of the wealthy and will
seldom go to bat for workers.
The class distinction of the two parties couldn't be clearer than it is in
the current election campaigns. Obama is black, of humble origins and has
proposed and instituted programs that benefit ordinary people, e.g. the
Affordable Care Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
By contrast Romney is the son of a
corporate CEO, inherited millions and through financial schemes has amassed a
fortune of nearly a billion dollars (perhaps more) and has proposed more tax
cuts for the wealthiest 2% (including himself). He is the arch-typical
The gap between the richest 1% and the rest of us is the greatest it's ever
been and growing. Yes, there is class warfare and the obscenely rich are
Bob is a retired engineer and lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He contributed significantly to the post-Challenger redesign of the solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle.
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