longitudinal voting patterns of America.

It seems that in a lot of ways, the more things “change,” the more things remain the same. How do we break this cycle of ignorance?

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10 comments

  1. G

    That is a lazy argument. From 1975 to 2007, the southern states lost 13 million people who migrated from their states to other regions. However, during that same time period, they saw an influx from the other regions to the tune of 19.7 million people. Not to mention the fact that since 1950, the population of the United States has more than doubled, increasing by over 150 million people. Claims that geography holds some residual power over one’s stance on race is ridiculous.

      • G

        You mean the war that was caused after the Republican Party was formed to abolish slavery in the states and the first Republican President was elected, Abraham Lincoln, causing some states to leave the Union? Then after winning the war, the Republicans were able to free the slaves, give them citizenship, and due process of law against heavy Democrat opposition? Even though the militant arm of the Democratic Party, the KKK, was out intimidating and sometimes killing blacks and Republicans? If you mean that war, then yes, I’ve heard of it. Further evidence that Republicans are the party of freedom and the Democratic Party is the party of slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow.

      • Mr. Alkebu-lan

        When did the discussion become about which political party was/is the party of “freedom” and which one is the “party of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow”? You’re confusing me. At the end of the day, global white supremacy is bigger than one’s political party affiliation. Both parties operate under a white supremacist structure — and one has always been more blatant and obvious about it than the other. This can be demonstrated by observing the voting patterns of the South post-Civil Rights Act of 1964. Following the passage of this landmark piece of social legislation that was intended to provide equal opportunity for African Americans, the racist, southern Democrats merely switched to the Republican party and as evidenced by the last 48 years, this region’s loyalty to whichever party is the most blatantly racist has not changed.

      • G

        You brought up the Civil War, but then when that argument was inconvenienced by facts, you attempt to move on. Too bad facts again get in your way… Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 with 92% of Republicans supporting the bill and only 54% of Democrats voting for it. The Democrats attempted to filibuster the bill from coming to a vote. Voting against the ’57 Civil Rights Act was one John F. Kennedy. Lyndon B. Johnson had a spotless record of voting against all former attempts at Civil Rights legislation, but his political ambitions persuaded him to change his mind on the issue. The ’64 CRA that was passed under LBJ was voted against by 22 Democrat Senators. Only one became a Republican later on.

        As for “voter patterns”, they had begun to change years before. Republicans had been making inroads in the south prior to Nixon running for President and the south was trending Republican for years, just as America was trending towards freedom and equality for years and dragging the Democratic Party with it. In 1952, President Dwight Eisenhower (R) won three southern states, and won five in 1956. In addition, Eisenhower won the popular vote in the souther states and narrowly missed winning a sixth state, North Carolina, that would have carried a majority of the southern states. Nixon (R) picked up North Carolina 12 years later to continue the trend that had been around for two decades.

  2. Mr. Alkebu-lan

    I’m glad you know that information and all, but what are you really saying? How does that dispute what the graphs show: consistency in voting behavior over a span of 155 years, particularly between the North and the South. Are you saying the Republican party today is pro-civil rights and we should have voted for Mitt Romney? If not, then I don’t understand your point….

    • G

      The Republican Party has always been for civil rights. Always. In the words of one great Republican, Martin Luther King Jr., we want people to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

      What I am saying is you can show a map from three separate periods of time to show anything you want it to show if you cherry-pick the years to create your narrative. In 1976, Jimmy Carter (D) won all the former confederate states except VA. But, in ’72, Nixon (R) won all of them, and in ’80 Reagan (R) won all but one – of course, both won in a landslides nation wide. Eisenhower (R) won five in ’56, Kennedy (D) won six in ’60, LBJ (D) won six in ’64, Nixon (R) won five in ’68, Clinton (D) won four in ’92 and ’96. Obama won three in ’08 and two ’12.

      To draw conclusions based on cherry picked correlations is either disingenuous or intellectually lazy.

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