Sunday, September 09, 2012

TODAY'S G.O.P. IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S G.O.P.





Wow...  if this is real, I have to ask myself "What happened?"

Sounds like they used to really care about our society and how to keep things working.

Today they seem to care primarily about a handful of Americans and they want to keep things (and people) from working.

What's their problem?

4 Comments:

Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Yes, it's real. The GOP was in a very different mode in those days. From 1932-1952, they couldn't get a president elected. Coolidge, Harding and Hoover followed by the Great Depression left a bad taste in millions of mouths. The probably wouldn't have gotten any other Republican in the White House in '52 either, if anyone besides Dwight Eisenhower had run on their ticket. He was a war hero, exceptionally well qualified and virtually everyone liked him. Democrats tried like hell to get him to run on their ticket, but for some reason he wouldn't.

Republicans thought for sure they could get Tom Dewey into the White House in 1948, with beloved FDR out of the way, but Harry Truman proved to be an exceptional campaigner, and much better qualified and more likable than Dewey.

So, Republicans were very mindful of the need to play nice and not push agendas such as destroying New Deal programs and policies people had come to depend on.

BTW, on his radio show, Tom Hartmann has played radio blurbs from that era by none other than Ronald Reagan. Reagan was a New Deal Democrat then, and in the promos he waxed enthusiastic about Truman, about protecting New Deal programs and reforms, and about organized labor.

You could say Reagan was for being progressive before he was against it. :)

(BTW, I'm on my seventh try at getting the Captcha puzzle right. It's getting to the point of not being worth it on Blogger because I almost always have to do the Caoptcha multiple times.)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

The Republican Party platform from 1956 was very similar to the sentiments in that poster. It was much more progressive than today's Democratic platform, let alone the Far Right platform of today's GOP.

As far as that spam gizmo is concerned, I got rid of mine a few months ago and I hardly get any spam comments. My e-mail shows that I've gotten jillions of them, but Blogger seems to be automatically deleting about 99% of them.

5:25 PM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

Funny how Eric Cantor couldn't even give workers Labor Day. Instead he dedicated it to business owners.

5:26 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

jim marquis, FWIW, I don't credit Cantor with the smarts to keep straight which end of him gets the toothpaste and which end gets the Preparation H.

9:12 PM  

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