I was born in 1947 to a white Republican family from Iowa, relocated to Missouri.
Anyway - in 1870, after Lincoln's murder
My dad was in World War II with Eisenhower, but not in combat. He'd been a lawyer
I asked my parents why that was. They explained
OK, we were cool with that. More on that soon.
But: only about 1% of the black kids in town knew how to swim. They'd never had a pool before - where were they gonna learn?
There wasn't *any integrated pool* in Kansas
I didn't know. I was a kid. My parents had never said one bad word about
Now I know.
Then LBJ came along. MLK. Bobby Kennedy.
You've seen the video. It was horrible. And LBJ
I'm going to digress here for a moment. Bear with me.
The best man is not necessarily the best President. A President
LBJ was a thoroughgoing asshole, but in most ways he was a good President. Almost a great
Turned out to be longer than that. Nixon invented the Southern Strategy: it's the
People forget all the good Nixon, along with Democratic Congress,
LBJ, amidst all the good he was doing, also got the
LBJ succeeded JFK, won election by a landslide in 1964, and couldn't even get nominated by his own party by 1968.
The next few years are history. Watergate. Ford. The Pardon. Jimmy Carter. Jimmy
Unfortunately, it turned out that
Now Jimmy Carter, although not a great President,
So far it still looks like it's working.
Reagan went down to Mississippi and opened his
And even though the biggest hurricane, in dollar damage, in American history raged through Alabama and Mississippi that
LBJ said, "If you can convince the lowest white man that he's...
So now, following in Reagan's footsteps, the Republican Party not only talks up racism and talks down the government, they
Can we sell against that? Can we say, we'll keep you warm and well fed but you
I'm not confident, but it should be possible.