Republicans: Not all badSome of the guys I talk to down at the local burger joint tell me I’ve been pretty hard in my criticism of the Republican party. I guess I have. We owe the Republicans a lot.
Some of the guys I talk to down at the local burger joint tell me I’ve been pretty hard in my criticism of the Republican party.
I guess I have. We owe the Republicans a lot.
President Eisenhower got us our freeway system. Republicans worked diligently for decades from the end of the civil war, though the reconstruction years, well into the 20th Century for black civil rights. In the 1930s, socially progressive Democrats from the north joined Republicans in the venture.
After World War II, Republicans and northern Democrats continued to work for civil rights together. It was Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, an Eisenhower appointee, who shepherded on some of the most important civil rights rulings in our history. Of course, these rulings in favor of integration riled up racist southern whites who denounced Warren, the liberal press, Republicans and progressive Democrats for sticking up for the coloreds.
President Lyndon Johnson predicted, after signing the voting rights act, the Democrats would lose the south for decades. How right he was. The racist branch of the Democratic Party jumped ship and became Republicans.
Opportunistic Republicans, like presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, saw an opportunity to grab southern states away from Democrats. The Democrats went from being the party of slave owners and segregationists to the party of civil rights, and the Republicans went from being the party of civil rights to the party of racial code words like food stamps and welfare queens, and hostility towards minorities. Now with the addition of the Tea Party to Republican ranks, they’ve widened the scope of their hostility to include not just minorities but also the unemployed, the poor, the sick, students and the elderly.
The Republicans were once a noble party, but they are no longer the party my dad and grandfather voted for, not the party of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt or Honest Abe.
These days they’ve morphed into something those good people wouldn’t recognize, a party of hate, intolerance and greed.
New Richmond, Wis.