There was a time (a long time ago now) when the Democrat Party characterized itself as the party of the little guy. They had the unqualified support of organize labor. In those days, you could have called it the “Labor Party” or the “Worker’s Party”, and wouldn’t have been wrong. I will part from the opinion of many of you who read this blog and will support organized labor of the 1930’s through the 1980’s. No, I don’t defend the current teacher’s unions, etc. However, organized labor, despite the mafia’s greasy claws in the pension funds, did help to give the working men and women of America a chance at a better wage, better working conditions and better retirement options than they would otherwise have. You can call it socialist if you want to, but helped to elevate the lives of many people.
President Johnson’s Great Society was a departure from the “old machine”, and was designed from the outset to keep a particular group of people poor and indebted to the New Democrat Party. Somehow that morphed into a weird mixture of a party steeped in racism, the unqualified support of sexual deviates and a variety of income distribution that would have made Marx proud – but was not ever part of the labor movement of America up through the Reagan years.
Today President John F. Kennedy would be considered to be an ultra-right wing extremist. Things changed, and they changed uncomfortably as a species of corrupt thug replaced representation of the American working class.
Today, the working class put President Donald Trump in the White House in an effort to defeat the creature that Washington had become. It is a creature that despises “fly over country” as a gaggle of “low lifes and deplorables”. That was not the old Democrat Party.
And in truth much of the core of the GOP is every bit as corrupt and rotten as the Democrat Party is.