Dutch is 100% correct!
We live in another world than the one we lived in growing up. At least in the 60's & 70's Republicans were both liberal and conservative (as the Dems were). Today's Republicans are nothing more than Tea Party thugs that have taken over the Republican Party. They have no morals, worship the 1% and are destroying the country. They have no desire to help or support their constituents only the 1%.
Yea...we also had government sanctioned discrimination, women were unintentionally killing themselves with coat hangers, black people were hanged for sport, and nearly 60,000 American soldiers were killed in a war in a far off land.
Oh, the glory days!
Republicans were both liberal and conservative and Democrats were both liberal and conservative because the definition of liberal and conservative was different back then.
Southern Democrats and Southern Republicans were explicitly racist and Northern Democrats and Northern Republicans were moderately racist, but not explicitly so. That all began to change with the Civil Rights Acts passed in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965, and 1968.
Again - "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it."
I know my history and I lived through it.
No real change in this country has ever been gained by rolling over and turning the other cheek. Violence is what makes people change whether we like it or not.
From the War for Independence, the Civil War, the so called gaining of civil rights for all - everything this country has ever accomplished was obtained by violence against the "oppressors". Today's oppressors just happen to be called "Republicans".
Im not advocating violence I'm pointing out that it's necessary, unfortunately, for progress.
Im sure you have read "A People's Hustory of the United States" by Howard Zinn (probably the best book ever written on the history of the USA) but I suggest you go back and reread it so as to remind yourself how far we have come and how and why violence is sometimes the only answer!