Congress did a great thing 50 years ago, but rot from that day has spread and taken root

Summary: 19 June 1964. I believe on this day America took a wrong turn. It was the day we took a large step to closure on the wound opened by the Civil War, another step to atoning for and overcoming the legacy of slavery. The Senate voted to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. But … Continue reading Congress did a great thing 50 years ago, but rot from that day has spread and taken root

Let’s play round 3 of “Name That Liberal”

Summary:  Americans know so little of our own history, our own politics.  So it's fun and educational to play Name That Liberal.  In round 3 we see how the meaning of "conservative" in America has evolved during the past few generations. This man was one of the men who shaped American political doctrine during the latter half … Continue reading Let’s play round 3 of “Name That Liberal”

The evolution of the Republican Party has shaped America during the past fifty years

The evolution of the Republican Party has been one of the great forces shaping American politics since the 1960's -- an amazing transformation from pro-civil rights, isolationism, and fiscal prudence to advocacy of racism, foreign wars, and massive deficits.  Goldwater's decision to vote against the 1964 Civil Rights Act inaugurated the first (a reversal of his … Continue reading The evolution of the Republican Party has shaped America during the past fifty years

What happens to the Republican Party after the election?

A vital opposition party being essential in a two-party system, the fate of the Republican Party will deserve almost as much attention as the activities of the newly dominant Democratic Party.  Here are some guesses about the future. Collapse of the Republican Party Defectors from the Party, foreshadowing doom Door #1:  Purge the Party's membership, keeping only … Continue reading What happens to the Republican Party after the election?