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Chet, TJ, and Schmidt:
All of you are a hell a lot smarter than Trump, who is still clueless about the incoming train wreck.
During one of my "senior moments" I published two articles about this topic with the same title, "those were the days". The first one popped up on 9/8/18, and the second on 8/25/19.
Heather Cox Richardson also covered the topic again last night. Since she tends to be a bit wordy, I'll just list a couple of her main points:
"On Monday, Trump will release his 2021 budget. It contains $800 billion worth of cuts in Medicaid over the next decade. On January 22, in an interview on CNBC when he was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, when pressed on the enormous budget deficits his policies have created—he has added almost $3 trillion to the national debt-- he suggested that he is considering cutting Social Security and Medicare in his second term.
.... his administration is currently asking the courts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) entirely, a decision the Supreme Court has put off until after the 2020 election.
These cuts to both social programs and taxes are the end game of a movement that started in the 1930s. It is designed to take American government back to the 1920s, when Republicans led by Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge turned the government over to businessmen in the belief that they alone truly knew what was best for the country
Republican President Hoover assured Americans that the economy simply needed a self-correction. He refused any large-scale government programs to steady the nation, insisting that such government activism would destroy the “rugged individualism” that lay at the heart of the national character.
(this is the same argument that Perdue used to justify cutting food stamps).
His Democratic opponent in the 1932 election disagreed.
Americans embraced the New Deal programs that helped them find work, offered new Social Security for the elderly and disabled, and built new roads, schools, airports, libraries, roads, and bridges all over the country. When this newly active government went on to fight and win against the Axis Powers in WWII, popular support for the new government system was cemented.
So secure was it, in fact, that Republicans themselves adopted it. When Dwight Eisenhower entered the White House in 1953, he offered his own version of the New Deal, calling it the “Middle Way”
(for reference, read the 1956 Republican National Platform )
But some Hoover Republicans resented government regulation of their businesses...
This system infringed on their liberty, they insisted. It was socialism.
It was not socialism, of course; socialism is a system in which the government owns the means of production. The new US system was regulated capitalism,
They had little luck convincing voters to join them in destroying the popular system. But in 1954, the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision requiring the desegregation of public schools enabled them to harness racism to their argument.
Two events the next year caused the African-Americans to be more assertive about their rights.
On August 28, Emmett Till was murdered in Money Mississippi, but his murderers were not convicted. Then on December 1, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery.
In 1957, the "Little Rock" nine registered to attend a previously all-white school.
The Greensboro lunch counter sit in occurred in 1960.
The Freedom Riders started their campaign in 1961.
Martin Luther King gave his most famous speech on August 28, 1963.
3 civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi in 1964.
The march to Montgomery started from Selma, Alabama in 1965, and the Voting Rights Act was signed on August 6 of the same year.
In American politics, the Southern strategy was a Republican Party electoral strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to racism against African Americans. As the civil rights movement and dismantling of Jim Crow laws in the 1950s and 1960s visibly deepened existing racial tensions in much of the Southern United States, Republican politicians such as presidential candidate Richard Nixon and Senator Barry Goldwater developed strategies that successfully contributed to the political realignment of many white, conservative voters in the South who had traditionally supported the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party. It also helped to push the Republican Party much more to the right
(In 1960, the South was still heavily "blue".
In 1964, the entire country was "blue", except for 5 southeastern states and Arizona.
In 1968, most of the country was "red" - but Texas was still "blue". George Wallace captured 5 states in the deep South.
In 1972, the Democrats only won ONE state - Massachusetts.
In 1976, the Watergate scandal allowed the Democrats to win heavily in the South, as well as the Eastern half of the country.
In 1980, the Iran embassy takeover, the oil embargo, and hyper inflation turned everything red again.)
With this appeal to racism, Movement Conservatives broke what had become known as the “liberal consensus.
At long last, it seems, the dreams of the Movement Conservatives are on the verge of coming true. Trump is already saying he will make "socialism" the centerpiece of his reelection campaign. But our American system is not socialism; it is the regulated capitalism that has stabilized our economy for almost a century.
(That last paragraph explains why I always been leery of having Bernie as the nominee. )