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Before the Civil War, we had the Democrats, who reflected rural and agrarian voters, including slave holders, and the Republicans who were anti-slavery but otherwise represented urban and moneyed interests. After the Civil War, we actually had four parties. Southern Democrats (embittered whites), freed blacks who voted Republican, patrician Northern Republicans and northern Democrats who courted immigrants. By the 1884 election, we could see the shape of things to come, when Republicans painted the Democrats as the party of "Rum (lower class vice), Romanism (all those immigrants) and Rebellion" (self explanatory). As long as social policy was purely local, it was perfectly possible to be an economic progressive and a social reactionary (William Jennings Bryan, and perhaps Woodrow Wilson). But with the New Deal, Federal policy increasingly came to affect local policy and the old coalition began to totter. Barry Goldwater's candidacy in 1964 completed the crossover.

So it's true that Democrats supported slavery, but that's as relevant to today as boycotting Ikea because the Vikings raped your great times forty grandmother. The question is, if we tried to restore slavery today, who'd be most likely to support it? Who defends slavery today?

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What was that comment in context. Is this really all this idiot could come up with. I hope this idiot is fired by now. Maybe the da will post THIS comment too.

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Twitches get glitches ?

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"These are not the 'roids you're looking for."

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Don't worry, we'll protect ALL the bunniez!

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Everytime you all post this series I am reminded why no one is allowed to comment - the submitted comments are always so awful.

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Concern spam is the most awesome concept ever.

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Much more entertaining version: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/wat..." target="_blank">" rel="nofollow noopener" title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWNoKIrH7ms">https://www.youtube.com/wat...

And did you mean to link to this? <a href="https://www.youtube.com/wat..." target="_blank">" rel="nofollow noopener" title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx3Letxco0g">https://www.youtube.com/wat...

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<i>"...your beloved gods the Democrats..."</i>

Michelle Obama is my beloved goddess.

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<blockquote>because somebody set up us the balm.</blockquote>

THIS is why I squeeze all your Wonket from the bottom of the tube! FOR GREAT JUSTICE, DOK

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Tell me about the rabbets again, Lennie...

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SUPPORTCONST is acting like a person that is made to LOOK like an asshole, NOT an ACTUAL hole in an ass.

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Shorter Grumpyoldmen - "I'm a pacifist, and if you say any different I'LL KNOCK YOUR BLOCK OFF!"

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Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam.

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Yah, I did a double-take on that one. Must be a good, schizophrenic Xtian. A bit of Thorazine wouldn't hurt.

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