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PostDemocrats, Republicans, and Will Rogers (Robert Whealey, USA, 12/05/16 1:41 pm)
The better quote from Will Rogers is "I don't belong to an organized party, I am a Democrat."
The Republican Party became the voice of bankers and corporate leaders after 1865. The Democratic Party since the Civil War served a variety of minority factions: the working class, the South, recent immigrants, Blacks, Hispanics, and women.
The White South was solidly Democratic from 1865 to 1948. Richard Nixon captured the White South for the Republicans because of the complex aftermath of Hitler, the Chinese Revolution and its military fallout in Korea and Indochina. The corporations from 1948 to date bought up the farms, and most of the declining, independent self-employed middle class.
The slogan "there is not a dime's worth of difference between the two parties" sounds like "vote for the lesser of two evils." I hope Michael Moore put those cliches to rest in the last campaign. His latest film posits that "Hillary was bad, but Trump is worse." The spirit of democracy has been in decline since 1948, and the US is becoming an authoritarian state.
JE comments: I always thought the Democrats lost the South for one simple reason: the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Isn't that exactly what LBJ predicted?
Here are some excellent Will Rogers quotes on politics. Note what he said about Henry Ford. In 2016, Rogers would have been a Trump man.