Richard Nixon was the most maligned president in U.S. history until Donald Trump came along. Democrats still hate Nixon because he opposed communists in America early and often. He knew Moscow funded the American Communist Party four decades before the press admitted it
This is one of your most important pieces of work, Donny Boy. Pay attention, People.
Mark Felt, butthurt federal employee, leaked to the press leading to 'investigations'. James Comey, Chris Wray or ANY OTHER PERSON IN OUR EXECUTIVE SERVICE LEADER position today. Fundamentally corrupt. All of them.
Woodward was CIA. Do not forget it.
The Democrats are the party of Slavery, KKK , Jim Crow laws and against civil rights. Your article points out several truths: the press has always been biased, our country is moving left, and elections when not rigged, were responsive to voters feelings at the times.
Your factual analysis hits the target. If it weren't for the democrats and race hustlers push through their media hangers-on the donkey party would not survive. Class warfare is their bliss. Lately it seems race war is their goal.
The Red Wave in the South didn't really take place until Ronald Reagan whipped the pants off either the second or third worst POTUS in history, Jimmuh Cahtuh. Sky high interest rates, double digit unemployment, and the Iran fiasco had a lot to do with that.
Speaking of Strategy:
China brokers deal to restore Diplomatic Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Embassies between the 2 countries coming soon.
U.S./D.C. Warmongers start and accelerate war in the Ukraine at risk of Nuclear War.
See the difference. ? Even the Communist Dictatorship in China looks good in comparison to the crazed Pirates in the DC Cesspool.
"Besides, he knew was the South had other issues..." Seeing as he made a lot of them happen, that strikes me as the kind of "experiential, hands-on" knowledge too many fools are after these days. Reminds me of Micah 7:3:
Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well;
the prince and the judge ask for a bribe,
and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul;
thus they weave it together.
The problem is that most of the Rs who replaced the Ds were drawn from the bottom of the same barrel.
It was a happy day when the state and local conservatives in Mississippi finally became republicans. It was an embarrassment to vote in the democrat primary (we declare which primary we want to vote in on primary Election Day). Some counties still have not flipped and the stigma remains.
If you have never read the book "The South Was Right" you might want to pick it up or order it the next time you are in a bookstore. it pretty much deals with what is being brought up in this article.
One thing I am wondering about is why and how the U.S. political media, in particular, is so left-wing and has been for decades. There was a time when the education system was more conservative and of a higher quality. So I don't think I can blame decades of journo leftiness on their education. Where does this nasty strain of leftism/socialism/Communism come from in your country? Some of it came from Herbert Marcuse, I think, and his followers but that does not explain this leftist strain before the Second World War. I must say I am always surprised by this in your Land of the Free. I expect commies where I live, but not so much in your country.
Again, I would like to vote for 2 choices in your daily poll. Of course we now can see that segregationists haven't died out - the pendulum has swung again!
Very good yet again! 👏 Not all racists were segregationists. Not all segregationists were racists. Only 99.9%.
Thanks so much for this timely piece. I can't remember how many years ago, probably the late 90s, but I got curious about the Nixon Southern Strategy and looked into it. Of course your's is more detailed but generally I found the same. I don't recall where but last week, might have been at American Prospect a Lefty E-magazine that started showing up in my in box, repeated the so called Southern Strategy (SS) describing it as Nixon gleaning only the most racist elitists for his new Republican Minority Hating RNC, knowing that this would broaden the Republic appeal to all Haters. I will download this and use it for a cudgel whenever I see it raise up again. Oh it's so true, "The Lies," have been piling up and it's past time they go!
I am always surprised, maybe even mystified, when people still willingly vote for the Democrats. Do people not know their history or is it just overlooked because enough voters hate the Republicans (which is understandable at times)? I come from a multi-party system and I have switched up my vote over the years depending on a particular party's platform and what appealed to me. Of course, in Canada there is only left and lighter left. I am sad to say I voted for the NDP (socialists) as a university student and that was due to stupidity. I think having only two parties gets voters too entrenched in their habits and hatreds. A multiparty system also gives fledgling parties a chance to grow and eventually govern. That has happened in my province. I participated in voting for a fledgling party over the years that is now the governing party. I like that. I do not know how you, as Americans, get untrenched. Both sides seem to be so dug in I don't know how you can come together. Good column, Don.
The group that really needs to understand this great part of our history either can’t read or have trouble understanding what it means. Both can be traced to our very bad public school system, which has found new ways to make their students drones of Communism.
Whenever Watergate is mentioned, "Bob Woodward's Sins Of Omission" ought to be mentioned, too. In 2016, James Rosen published this expose' of Pentagon intelligence agent Woodward's role in torpedoing President Nixon and re-purposing the work of journ-o-lists in the United States. It's a great read: https://www.commentary.org/articles/james-rosen/bob-woodwards-sins-omission/
I think the role of the...air conditioner is vastly under-rated, or completely skipped in the way the South evolved. Seriously.
If you look at the population change: https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/dec/popchange-data-text.html
Compare the populations of the country, and the breakdown of the 4 Regions:
Northeast, Midwest, South and West (numbers below will be population/percentage of the US population)
1940: 36M/27%, 40M/30%, 41M/31%, 14M/10.6% (all numbers rounded off).
2020: 57M/17.2%, 69M/20.8%, 126M/38%, 79M/23.8%.
As you can see, the Northeast and Midwest grew, but did not even double in population over 80 years, whereas the South grew by 3 times, and the West by more than that. Additionally, their percentages of the total population diminished, as South and West grew.
Obviously, there were other factors like population density/crowding, expansion of industrialization and job opportunity, the West was positively impacted by things like Hollywood, Silicon Valley (later, obviously) and the like.
But what on earth would draw people to the OBVIOUSLY RACIST South??
It was not simply changing attitudes in the country, though that was obviously a factor. But, new immigrants arrived on our shores, existing populations moved, and even the "Great Migration" of Blacks fleeing the segregationist South slowed, and as of 1980, have started to return.
Having said all that - the difference an air conditioning unit makes for making life comfortable for living in states like Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, George, South Carolina and Florida cannot be overstated. Ditto states like Arizona, New Mexico, etc. (Though, one generally doesn't have to argue why someone would move to Arizona...)
It also calls into question the veracity of the "Southern Strategy". Given the huge influx of new people into the South over the preceding 40 years, there's little chance the "Southern Strategy" could even work. What, all those former Northerners and Midwesterners who sought a milder climate, combined with the immigrants from other countries...turned racist so that they could vote Republican all of a sudden?