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Posted By: pdq
01-Sep-07 - 02:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
Subject: RE: BS: history of USA Presidential elections...
If you want to understand the current political division in the United States, you need to go back to 1932. Franklin Delano Roosefeldt carefully separated-off every group possible and put them as members of his coalition. The vast majority of people he did not reach out to were White, Christian and middle class. The very rich are only about 1% anyway and despite being a huge source of campaign money, they are almost as likely to be Left politically, often Socialist.

William Jenning Bryan illustrates why the Democrats couldn't win a job as dogcatcher from about 1860-1932 (yes, Wilson won, but he did not start the trend toward the Left). Bryan was a religious zelot was fought for Creationism (and won) in the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial". He was a Socialist, which is what most liberals want remembered, but he was also one of the loudest voices for prohibition which was eventually accepted. It was a huge disaster.