Opinion | Hamilton: Politics today: The Algorians vs. the Vulgarians
Whatever happened to the Democratic and Republican parties? As we prepare for a new year in which the so-called Democratic Party will control the House of Representative and the so-called Republican Party will control the U.S. Senate, using the term “so-called” seems appropriate. For sure, neither party resembles the traditional political parties of yesteryear.
There was a time when the Democratic Party was the party of the “working man.” (Until World War II, women were often at home raising children.) Depression-era working men tilled the fields, fixed up old cars, mined coal, raised cattle, worked as oil-field roughnecks, installed in-door plumbing, and ran Rural Electrical Administration wires (REA) into homes that never had electricity before. Most everyone, especially the Baptists, went to church at least once a week and no one, except maybe some of the Episcopalians or high-church Presbyterians, held with infanticide, as abortion was known in those days.
If any thought at all were given to Republicans, they were perceived as country-club coupon clippers who, when not talking with their stockbrokers, were playing golf and tennis and riding polo ponies. If any of their young women got “in the family way,” they went off somewhere remote, but pleasant, to find a home for the out-of-wedlock child, never to be mentioned in polite company.
But, somehow, since the 1960s, the two major political parties began to switch roles. Instead of being the party of the “working man,” the party of blue-collar Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans, Italian-Americans, and just American-Americans, the Democrat Party stopped being the party of the men and women who were doing America’s “dirty jobs.” Instead, the Democrats became the party of abortion, radical feminism, transgenderism, white guilt about race, anti-Zionism (veiled anti-Semitism), pro-Palestinianism, open borders, sanctuary cities, man-made climate-change, tree-hugging environmentalism, and, most lamentably, intolerance for those with whom they disagree.
Highly educated elites living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, or on America’s Left Coast or within left-leaning Academe took charge of the Democratic Party. Under new party rules, the newly created Super Delegates were not blue-collar workers or farmers who were once the backbone of the Democratic Party. Instead, and led by Al Gore, the Democratic Party began to worship at the altar of Our Lady of Perpetual Warming, giving rise to the cult of Algorianism (Credit the term to a retired Navy Captain friend of mine.)
For a time, the Republicans stepped into the well-worn work shoes vacated by the Democrats and, under President Ronald Reagan, the Republicans became the political party of America’s working men and women. That, however, did not last long. When the family Bush came along, the Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, flavor of the Republican Party was cast aside in favor of “if-we-tax-and-spend-like-liberals-they might-like-us,” Republican-in-name-only-ism.
But then, in 2016, blue-collar conservatives began to abandon the Bush-family, country-club GOP, forming a new political party which we will call: the Vulgarians, in the Latin sense of Vulgate, meaning plain spoken, without artifice. To the dismay of the MSM, the rough-talking, plain-spoken, America-first, President Donald J. Trump, leads the Vulgarians.
Which of the reformulated parties will prevail? Or, will there be a revolution from which a vastly different America might arise? You decide.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Hamilton is the author of “The Wit and Wisdom of William Hamilton: the Sage of Sheepdog Hill.”
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