How things change


Do present day Republicans in the US not feel any shame when they recall that

the party of Lincoln was the party most closely associated with respect for contemporary science, liberalizing trends within Protestantism, and the separation of church and state.

That the GOP was the party of Ingersoll and was pro-abolition and all, while the Democratic party couldn’t give Ingersoll a nomination for a political seat because of his anti slavery and anti religious sentiments.

How things change!

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

34 thoughts on “How things change

  1. Arkenaten says:

    The key, as always, is to follow the money …

    Liked by 2 people

    • makagutu says:

      I should have known.
      It is interesting though. It sounds like they have finally changed positions

      Liked by 1 person

      • Arkenaten says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t a graph somewhere showing just this!

        Liked by 1 person

        • makagutu says:

          Maybe Swarn or Robert should find us this information.

          Liked by 2 people

          • Arkenaten says:

            They are the likely candidates, I agree.

            Liked by 1 person

          • Republicans were the party of Lincoln up through the 1920s when the Progressive Era was in bloom. Then, the Great Depression hit America extremely hard and changed the prevailing political dynamics. FDR took control of the Democratic Party and the nation which eventually resulted in the Dixiecrats (i.e. Southern Democrats) revolting in 1948 against the advancement of civil rights. When LBJ and the U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and Voting Rights Act in 1965, that racist faction supporting the former Confederacy said “eff you” to the Democratic Party and joined the GOP where they’ve been ever since. In the 1968 presidential election, Republican candidate Richard Nixon employed his “Southern Strategy” to exploit this division within the Democratic Party. He was successful. However, the GOP’s embrace of white supremacy was kept a dirty little secret until Donald Trump came along. Now, it’s out in the open.

            Regarding the political activation of Christian fundamentalism, that occurred with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980; and, again, it has been solidly Republican ever since.

            Liked by 3 people

  2. We got the House back yesterday. A good thing. There’s a stop-gap on tRump now. Today’s GOP is concerned ONLY with $$$$–their OWN money. Like Emperor Constantine, they use Christianity as a powerful weapon to smash their opponents. They’re vile, despicable creatures without souls or empathy, but they have a base of religious zealots, many who think that the earth is not only only 6 thousand years old and flat. These loving Christians don’t care how vile or evil Repukelicans are as long as they push an extreme Christian theocracy for America. It’s shameful. They also have a massive racist, white base that empowers them because, well, because they’re racists themselves. They’re a dangerous enemy to democracy, freedom, and minorities. That we won the House back after EIGHT years of Repukelican control, is a step in the right direction. This is going to be a long, agonizing fight, but I’ll not give up until I breath my last. Fuck Repukelicans! Hard!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. things do change and the GOP keeps claiming it is the party of Lincoln in order to lie. that ship sailed long ago.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. shelldigger says:

    I was casually watching the returns come in last night, going back and forth between one show or another, I didn’t want to get too keyed up and was concious of taking it in, in bits and pieces instead of non stop coverage. I will tell you I went to bed with a sinking feeling in my gut, I was not liking what I was seeing, I just decided Id rather get up this morning and see what the outcome was.

    The Dems took the House! Halle- freaking-lujah! Question now is how much damage can the R’s do in the next month before the Dems get the gavel?

    The other question is, how many fucking morons have we got voting for the party of despicable? Who the hell are these people? Can they not see how they are being blatantly lied to and manipulated? I think that may have been more than one question, but in a reasonable world much of this race would not have been this close. Not even a liitle bit this close.

    The Dems need to look at gerrymandering, and draw up districts with equal opportunities, then pass a bill making it against the damn rules to get away with that shit. As well as voter suppression tactics. A Fair Voting Act.

    Then we need to investigate. All avenues worthy of investigating tRumpwise.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Nan says:

      Can they not see how they are being blatantly lied to and manipulated? Simple answer: No. They can’t.

      This tends to happen when all you watch is Faux News, follow @realdonaldtrump on Twitter, and (if capable) read conservative newspapers.

      Liked by 2 people

      • I don’t think they even care. They just like watching things burn around them and tRump is the fire.

        Liked by 3 people

      • basenjibrian says:

        There is a difference between “can’t” and “won’t”. My own damn brother, an educated professional who lives in the Bay Area sent me a series of e-mails full of right wing nuttiness. “Soros does this, Antifa does that.” In 2016 he told me that Hillary sold nuclear secrets to the Chinese in order to fund her campaign (as if Hillary, a total Wall Street tool, needed much cash anyway) and that is why North Korea has nuclear weapons.

        Again…he is an intelligent man. He is educated. He is just a bit….cray cray. So…I hate to say it about my own family, but his politics are somewhat…evil.

        Liked by 1 person

      • basenjibrian says:

        There actually are a few “real conservatives” out there that I can selectively follow. R. Emmett Tyrell was a bit nuts himself, but The American Conservative has a columnist who, despite some failings (League of the South membership???!!) is scathing toward the foul doings of The War Party(ies) and the constant propensity of the United States to drop bombs on people. (They have an interesting urban planning blog, too)

        Liked by 2 people

      • makagutu says:

        I think they must believe trumpsky is the chosen one.
        I have seen some of my countrymen and women say he is.

        Liked by 1 person

        • basenjibrian says:

          AI think they are slobbering for the end of the world. They see Trump as enabling Armageddon. They are looking forward to floating around praising their evil deity while watching every one else burn and burn and burn. Yet we are told that Christianity is the only source of morality. Wickedness, I say.

          Like

    • makagutu says:

      How did the issue of immigration play in the elections?
      And trumpsky has a new AG

      Like

We sure would love to hear your comments, compliments and thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s