- For Democrats, there are tons of issues on the ballot, but for Republicans there’s really only one issue: race. Or, more specifically, maintaining the dominance of white people over every other racial group in America.
- Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote, “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.”
- The famous Texas oilman H. L. Hunt was an avid supporter of the white supremacist John Birch Society, whose rally signs often warned that “Race mixing is communism.”
“For Democrats, there are tons of issues on the ballot. Climate change, free college, expanding Medicare, family leave after giving birth, Pre-K education, middle-class tax cut, child tax credit, the minimum wage, the right to unionize, and literally dozens of other less high-profile ways to expand democracy and rebuild our middle class after 40 years of assault by neoliberal Reaganomics.
For Republicans there’s really only one issue: race. Or, more specifically, maintaining the dominance of white people over every other racial group in America, and the survival of political and economic white supremacy.
Forty years ago, Republicans pretended they stood for something other than white supremacy, although they knew they needed white supremacists to win electoral victories just as Democrats had before they “gave away the South” by passing and signing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1964/1965.
Republicans used to talk about slow-and-steady improvement of society, of reasonable-but-not-excessive benefits for American citizens, of the need to hold the country and our democratic institutions together for future generations.
Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for example, wrote a letter on December 8, 1954 to his rightwing brother Edgar, who’d recently complained that “liberal” programs like Social Security were just “socialism” and would destroy America…”
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