WASHINGTON. A political problem has a different name, depending on which viewpoint one takes. The problem for conservatives is they think they are allied with Republicans. The problem with Democrats is they are infected with child-like minds.
The Democrats’ Lord of the Flies progress
Today’s Republicans are no more conservatives than today’s Democrats are adults. They are both political parties looking to the public trough for lifetime employment and ever-increasing net worth. In many respects, they are working hand-in-hand toward a globalist uniparty that will take complete control.
George Wallace, Democrats and a history of segregation
During his 1968 presidential campaign, Democrat George Wallace told us “There isn’t a dime worth of difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.”
Wallace, again a lifelong Southern Democrat, is often cast aside for his segregationist views.
I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.- George Wallace (Democrat)
However, a Northern segregationist like Louise Day Hicks, a Boston Democrat, will hardly get a cursing blip on the radar from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. After all, she didn’t mean to be mean. Like the Kennedys, she tacked when the wind blew against her. She was purely a Northern opportunist. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.
Wallace, on the other hand, sincerely meant what he said about segregation. But Wallace, the Southerner, was long ago cast into the dust bin of history. He was the same as Hicks, only different.
However, he was right about the “difference” between the political parties
A modern conservative is anathema to today’s Democrats
Today, Dinesh D’Souza and Mark Steyn, authors and Republican spokespeople respectively, speak with scholarly authority. They are teaching that Democrats and Republicans were from the beginning the only political parties delivered by the founders in 1787.
Pretty simple history unless you are a grad of the liberal school of thought. In a way, D’Souza and Steyn are correct. But the situation is more complicated than that.
Our present-day political parties began to evolve shortly after the happy and glorious (except for the Whiskey Rebellion and poor Hamiltonian advice) eight years of the universally loved George Washington. Although nominally a Federalist, Washington was deeply suspicious of political parties. He felt that once they’d established deep roots and a recognized hierarchy, they would pay more attention to their own power, wealth and philosophy than they would to their constituents. He was right. But what eventually became our two dominant political parties soon began to coalesce anyway.
John Adams, Revolutionary hero and a Federalist party member, was our Vice President under Washington, succeeding Washington as our second president. Calling himself a Democratic-Republican, Thomas Jefferson served as the country’s Vice President. Jefferson defeated Adams in the next election, ascending to the presidency with Democrat-Republicans Aaron Burr as his first V.P., and George Clinton as his second terms V.P. Burr, as you may remember, was unable to serve a second term due to the nasty business of a duel with Alexander Hamilton.
A sequence of political parties finally coalesced into the two parties we know today. Just in time for the American Civil War
After the presidency of James Monroe, the two relatively established parties began to splinter and morph into other parties, with the controversial Andrew Jackson determining the direction of what we now know as the Democratic Party. Others, including some Federalists and Democratic-Republicans (eventually known simply as Republicans), gradually coalesced to the loosely affiliated Whig Party, which briefly flourished, then faded away. Mostly northern, anti-slavery former Whigs and other anti-slavery allies rebanded into what became America’s modern Republican Party, electing their first president, Abraham Lincoln, in 1860.
In 1860-61 there were actually four choices for electors in the election of 1860: Northern Democrats (Stephen Douglas), Southern Democrats (John Breckenridge), Constitutional Union (John Bell) and Republicans (Abraham Lincoln). With Lincoln in the White House, America’s ever-morphing political party identities finally took on the identities they still hold today.
Are Democrats and Republicans splintering as their predecessors did prior to the 1860 Civil War?
Both modern parties, Democrats and Republicans, are claiming to fight for the American people. But, as in the 19th century, they are actually fighting among themselves for power and dominance. Their constituencies matter only in election years. As more voting citizens begin to understand this, both parties will find themselves in danger of splintering into other parties, perhaps with entirely new agendas. The situation is vaguely similar to what happened in the run up to America’s Civil War.
Today’s Democrats believe they can magically, by force of will, proclaim one one of their 20 or 30 presidential candidates as president in 2020, enabling them give everybody everything they want for free.
The Republicans believe they will save our lives by making war on anyone. That way, they are defending us so we don’t have to fight our enemies “over there.” Wherever “there” is.
But most Republicans will end up “protecting” everything. Everything except Donald Trump’s continued attempts to secure America’s Southern border. That’s where an invasion that really is our business is currently underway. Republicans feel they can sell conservatism by waging war abroad. After all, wars always produce heroes, and traditional Republicans love to sell heroes. Although they lack the heroics to be heroes themselves.
Meanwhile, today’s Democrats still don’t want to sell anything. They want to give it for free. Finding the funds to pay for this, however, is a matter TBD.
Washington is rolling over in his grave.
— Headline image: Border wall photo by Tomas Castelazo (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html): or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.