Now that their Galluping polling gods increasingly show Florida, North Carolina and Virginia out of President Barack Obama's electoral reach, Democrats are now free to add sectional bigotry to their class envy-based re-election strategy. Led by ABClinton's George Stephanopoulos and the previously non-cartography enthusiast Andrew Sullivan, the Democrat Party is increasingly focused on winning the Buckeye State, which was the hub of the antebellum Underground Railroad for runaway slaves:
I think America is currently in a Cold Civil War. The parties, of course, have switched sides since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The party of the Union and Lincoln is now the Democratic party. The party of the Confederacy is now the GOP. And racial polarization is at record levels, with whites entirely responsible for reversing Obama's 2008 inroads into the old Confederacy in three Southern states. You only have to look at the electoral map in 1992 and 1996, when Clinton won, to see how the consolidation of a Confederacy-based GOP and a Union-based Democratic party has intensified - and now even more under a black president from, ahem, Illinois. I find it troubling - and interesting.
Yes, the Democratic Party that waged a hot Civil War against the Union from 1861-1865 and turned their cold Jim Crow shoulders to freed slaves and their ancestors for the next 100 years, did switch sides after the assassination of JFK. They joined the side of civil rights that the Party of Lincoln has been on since its inception. Sadly, soon after deciding that Rosa Parks would no longer have to give up her bus seat at the whim of those with at least 16/17 of Caucasian blood in their veins, Democrats determined that their definition of equal rights actually meant affirmative action to kick the Black man out the house, make Uncle Sam daddy and enslave millions on their Welfare State plantation that were not aborted by their mothers.
Meanwhile, Republicans, who had been thwarted for over a century of attempts to pass civil rights legislation by Democrats and who voted in greater percentages for the 1964 Act that Sullivan cites as seminal to the "parties" switching sides, welcomed a number of former segregationists into their ranks. Curiously though, one will search in vain for any Republican president or Congress before or after 1964 that ever tried to pass a law denying civil rights to Blacks or anyone else that was not a member of al Qaeda.
Sullivan bemoans the fact that the likely electoral college map of the Election of 2012 will show every state that was a member of the Confederate States of America voting for Mitt Romney. This circumstance he conflates with "racial polarization" born of the fact that the Democrat at the top of the ticket is Black, conveniently forgetting that Barack Obama was also Black in 2008 and garnered more white votes than pasty white Bill Clinton ever did. Somehow, this supposedly translates into a Cold Civil War between a solid blue Democrat North and West Coast for "Union" against the red GOP South, whose solidarity was achieved by turning Fort Sumter cannon against the Old Dominion, Tar Heels and the Sunshine State.
Blacks fled slavery and segregation for Cincinnati and other points north when Dixie was solid Democrat. Since the 1970s, Blacks have been migrating away from northern civil rights unity Meccas named New York, Boston, Chicago and Detroit for place names below the Mason-Dixon line such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Birmingham and Dallas. Coincidentally, the Great Black Migration coincided with the Southern metamorphosis away from McGoverns, Mondales and Kerrys and their weak on defense, Big Government and towards Reagans, Newts and Bushes and their tax cuts and social conservatism.
Want to see some interesting maps not considered by Andrew? Look at those Eisenhower electoral maps from 1952 and 1956 and notice the beginnings of the Republican conversion of former slave states when the GOP was sending federal troops to Little Rock to save Black children from the non-tender mercies of White Democrats that were also blocking their civil rights bills in Congress.
This Southern White conservative Republican, whose parents helped integrate Dixie, also finds electoral maps troubling, especially the ones that departed from the wisdom and unity of 1984. Or were all those Yankees and Californians for Ronald Reagan just a bunch of racists? How about all those White South Carolinians that chose Tim Scott over Strom Thurmond's son in 2010?
Win their feet and hearts and minds will follow!
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