The Big Switcheroo And Other Democrat Fairy Tales

Democrats love their stories. You can call them narratives, myths, fables or fairy tales, but they are just stories with one thing in common: they are all lies. Oh, there often may be some truth in them, but, taken in totality, the stories are not true.

The Democrats built their party on lies.

One of the most popular fairy tales that the Democrats tell is the Big Switcheroo. That fairy tale is the one they use to explain how the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, and segregation is the party of civil rights. According to this urban legend, when LBJ pushed thru the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, enraged racists abandoned the Democrats and raced into the welcoming arms of the Party of Lincoln.

Some people actually believe this.

Dinesh D’Souza does an authoritative dismantling:

What dividends this explanation pays for progressive Democrats! In effect, it erases most of their history and gives them a Get Out of Jail Free Card. Democrats have never publicly admitted their role over nearly two centuries of being the party of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, racial terrorism, the Ku Klux Klan, and also fascism and Nazism.


We still have one final mystery to clear up. If it wasn’t because of white supremacy, how did the South—not just the Upper or Peripheral South, but also the Deep South—finally end up in the Republican camp? This question is taken up in political scientists Byron Shafer and Richard Johnston’s important study, The End of Southern Exceptionalism. This work, relatively unknown and with an admittedly strange title, provides a decisive refutation of the whole progressive theory of the Southern Strategy and the big switch.

The key to Shafer and Johnston’s approach is to ask when the South moved into the GOP camp, and which voters actually moved from Democratic to Republican. Shafer and Johnston show, first, that the South began its political shift in the Eisenhower era. Eisenhower, who won five Peripheral South states in 1956, was the first Republican to break the lock that the FDR Democrats had established in the South. Obviously, this early shift preceded the civil rights movement and cannot be attributed to it.

Shafer and Johnston, like Kevin Phillips, contend that after the postwar economic boom of the late 1940s and 1950s, the increasingly industrial “new South” was very receptive to the free market philosophy of the Republican Party. Thus Shafer and Johnston introduce class as a rival explanation to race for why the South became Republican. In the 1960s, however, they cannot ignore the race factor. Shafer and Johnson’s ingenuity is to find a way to test the two explanations—race and class—against each other, in order to figure out which one is more important.

Shafer and Johnston do this by dividing the South into two camps, the first made up of the wealthier, more industrial, more racially integrated South—this is the New South—and the second made up of the rural, agricultural, racially homogeneous South; this is the Old South that provided the historical base of the Democratic Party. Shafer and Johnson sensibly posit that if white Southerners are becoming Republican because of hostility to blacks, one would expect the Old South to move over first.

But, in fact, Shafer and Johnson find, through a detailed examination of the demographic data, this is not the case. The wealthier, more industrial, more integrated New South moves first into the Republican Party. This happens in the 1950s and 1960s. By contrast, the rural, agricultural, racially homogenous Old South resists this movement. In other words, during the civil rights period, the least racist white Southerners become Republicans and the most racist white Southerners stay recalcitrantly in the Democratic Party.

Eventually, the Old South also transitions into the GOP camp. But this is not until the late 1970s and through the 1980s, in response to the Reaganite appeal to free-market capitalism, patriotism, pro-life, school prayer, family values. These economic and social issues were far more central to Reagan’s message than race, and they struck a chord beyond—no less than within—the South. In 1980, Reagan lost just six states; in 1984 he lost only Walter Mondale’s home state of Minnesota. Obviously, Reagan didn’t need a specific Southern Strategy; he had an American strategy that proved wildly successful.

Reagan’s success, however, was made possible by the sharp leftward move by the Democratic Party starting with the nomination of George McGovern in 1972 and continuing through the 1970s. This swing to the left, especially on social and cultural issues like school prayer, pornography, recreational drugs and abortion, receives virtually no mention by progressive scholars because it disrupts their thesis that the trend in the South to the GOP was motivated primarily by race.

As far as congressional House and Senate seats are concerned, the South didn’t become solidly Republican until 1994. Again, this was due to the Newt Gingrich agenda that closely mirrored the Reagan agenda. Leftist historian Kevin Kruse lists the Gingrich agenda—reducing taxes, ending the “marriage penalty,” and more generally reducing the size of government—and then darkly implies that “this sort of appeal” also had a hidden racial component. But everyone who voted for the Contract for America, and one suspects, Kruse also, knows that this is not the case. Small-government conservatism is not racism.

Finally, we can figure out the meaning of the title of Shafer and Johnston’s book. We are at “the end of Southern exceptionalism” because the South is no longer the racist preserve of the Democratic Party. The South has now become like the rest of the country. Southerners are Republican for the same reason that other Americans are Republican. And black Southerners vote Democratic for the same reason that blacks everywhere else vote Democratic. For whites no less than blacks, economic issues are predominant, foreign policy and social issues count too, and race has relatively little to do with it.

We can sum up by drawing two lines in the South, the line of racism and the line of Republican affiliation. When we draw these lines we see that they run in opposite directions. Survey data show that racism declines dramatically throughout the second half of the 20th century, and precisely during this period the South moves steadily into the GOP camp. Thus as the South becomes less racist, it becomes more Republican. The progressive narrative is in ruins.

Correlation is not causation.

The rooster crows and the sun rises. The two things might seem to be connected. But you would get laughed at if you claimed that the rooster’s crowing causes the sun to rise. A more obvious explanation is that the lightening of the eastern skyline right before dawn triggers the rooster to crow. But that hypothesis would still be subject to proof.

The more attenuated to events are from each other in time and/or space, the less likely it is that they are connected, or that one caused the other. We also have to consider other possible factors.

If LBJ’s signing of the CRA and VRA caused racist Democrats to migrate to the GOP then one would expect this to be reflected in voter registration records. Did large numbers of Democrats in the South reregister as Republicans in 1964-1966?

Answer: Nope

Did the GOP suddenly start winning elections in the South?

Answer: Nope

One thing that D’Souza doesn’t mention is the passage of time. As each year passes, some young people become old enough to vote. At the same time, some old people die and stop voting. (In the South that is, up North they don’t let a minor detail like death stop people from voting.)

Every person who was eligible to vote in 1965 is either old or dead. The vast majority of Southerners today were either born after or came of age after the Civil Rights Movement. What evidence is there that they are continuing the old racist legacy of the Democrats?

The KKK is just as dead in the South as it is everywhere else. Racial hate crime reporting shows that the majority of them allegedly take place outside of the South, even though more black people reside in the South than anywhere else. School desegregation took place in the South before it started in the North. There were busing riots in the mid-Seventies in Massachusetts.

So what explains the realignment of the parties? The truth is not black and white, it is left and right.

Once upon a time there were liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats. Both parties were a mixture of Left and Right. As the Democrat party began moving farther and farther left, conservative Democrats began switching to the GOP. As conservatives began to dominate the GOP, liberal Republicans switched to the Democrats. The GOP did not become more extreme, it basically stayed where it was while the rest of the country became more liberal.

What were the issues that caused people to change? Lets’ see, Vietnam, OPEC, the Cold War, the economy, inflation, taxes, drugs, abortion, gay rights, No Nukes, the environment, Iran Hostages, The Fall of Communism, 9/11, Women’s Liberation, the Sexual Revolution, gun control, and immigration. That’s off the top of my head.

Southerners tend to be more conservative than Northerners and Westerners. This is true of black Southerners as well. That is a legacy of their Protestant religion – Baptists are notoriously opposed to having fun or spending money. If you are a conservative you will gravitate towards the party most closely aligned with your views.

In order to believe that the GOP is the party of racism and White Supremacy you would have to believe that all Republicans are part of a conspiracy to conceal their racism from the world. Republicans have all been taught a secret language of coded speech, winks, nudges and dogwhistles.

Translation: Cross . . . burning . . .tonight. Bring . . .your . . .own . . . bedsheets.

To believe that Donald Trump is a racist you have to believe that he not only concealed his hatred for black folks for decades, but that a rich guy from Queens somehow learned to communicate in the secret language of racists.

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121 Responses to The Big Switcheroo And Other Democrat Fairy Tales

  1. DeniseVB says:

    The Fairy Tales continue…..

    • lyn says:

      Beto is a moron. It’s hard to believe he almost beat Cruz.

      • Woke Lola says:

        Have you been to El Paso? Filled with idiots with about 4th grade education and I would bet 90% believed he was Latino based on his nickname and tan.

        A ton of illegal immigrants get organized to vote down in TX too. They almost have enough to beat out the actual Texans. We have to do something about illegal immigration for the voting irregularities, tho it will cure a lot of other problems as well.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      None of the people talking about racism ever identify as racist. It’s always someone else.who is racist. No one is defending racism or White Supremacy besides a handful of fringe lunatics. There is no public place in the country where White Supremacists can get together without a sizeable contingent of police there to protect them.

  2. Dora says:

    So, who does he look like?

  3. DandyTIger says:

    Remember everyone, secret meeting tonight at old Wilson’s field. Bring your sheets. Don’t tell the black folk.

  4. lyn says:

    Soulless Democrats only have hate labels.

  5. DandyTIger says:

    Great post. That party switch myth lives on. Like most things, life is very complicated. When you see the actual numbers it’s clear the changes were about conservative vs. liberal. It’s good that the Dem party has shed its past. Though they do seem to be the party of racial division. Hmmm. What’s fascinating though, in a party full of people triggered by words and history and statues, that the party of slavery, segregation, jim crow, and the KKK hasn’t changed its name. You’ll think people would be triggered by that name.

    • 1539days says:

      It took 100 years for Black voters to become a 90%+ voting block for Democrats. As the Democrats become more and more beholden to different interest groups, I suspect that unanimity will break down.

      • Constance says:

        Democrats seem to prefer niche demos lately. They are chasing the Blacks, Latinos and Union demos away with their neglect and crazy and running after groups with fewer votes like trans people. Of course Dems can always count on the Dead demo.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Chuckles needs to know we can solve Hong Kong by switching out our Anitfa and whacky Dems for their patriots 😀

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

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  8. DeniseVB says:

    Liawatha LOL !

  9. 1539days says:

    The problem with the race based theories is that they are based on the Black population, not White voters. After Reconstruction, they were not allowed to participate in any Democratic Party conventions until 1924. By the time FDR was elected, African Americans were an economic underclass and FDR’s promises (even though they didn’t deliver) were a potential solution to unemployment during the Great Depression.
    For the next couple of decades, the Black vote followed the majority of the population. When LBJ signed Civil Rights legislation, the Democrats used that to claim they were the party of African Americans. Ironically, the Civil Rights Act mostly served to protect Black people in the South from the actions of Democrats in political office.

    Real civil rights has been the domain of the Republican Party. Democrats didn’t win a presidential election until 1884, 24 years after Abraham Lincoln was elected. When women got the vote in 1920, they largely voted for Republicans. After the 1960’s, most of the “rights” Democrats championed involved putting a bubble around people of various sexual persuasions and giving them the ability to sue other people that didn’t like them enough.

    No one has effectively used the “I’m the most racist candidate” strategy to win elections. Instead, liberals try to reverse engineer Republican victories into a series of “code words” which can only be interpreted by Democrats and their racist brains into something sinister. For example, Democrats can’t tell the difference between legal and illegal immigrants. When President Trump talks about actions against illegal immigrants, Democrats only use the “immigrant” part. FDR also had this problem when he detained legal Japanese immigrants and citizens and put them into internment camps.

  10. Woke Lola says:

    I’m just bored with this line of erroneous uncritical thinking from progrossives. It’s such transparent propaganda I dont even care to argue about it. I used to be offended to be called a racist just because I could agree with some GOP policies and ideology. Now I just don’t care and I’ll spend the energy I used to waste on this shit to organize for disempowering these asshole any way I can. Nothing hurts more than being ignored into oblivion.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Good advice. There used to be a healthy strategy of not “feeding the trolls”. I’m trying my best to follow that. 🙂

    • lateblum says:

      You are so right. I feel the same. The first time I was called a racist – by my sister no less – I was shocked. I felt absolutely betrayed. Now, she denies ever having said it. But I can tell you where I was, what I was doing. Now, I don’t even acknowledge the accusation. It is a waste of time and energy. I will drop a statement or two to refute things I hear about PDJT or policies, but won’t go further. The same people who name call are the same people who have nothing else.

    • Island Girl says:

      Perfect. I wasted a whole weekend reading about this crap, pissed off!

  11. Alessandro Machi says:

    The Racism accusations are designed to cover up the Democrat Ageist Policies that are throwing Baby Boomers and older under the bus by calling them racist if they support any idea that protects their share of the earned entitlement pie.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Nobody’s throwing this Boomer under the bus 🙂 That sh*t stopped for me in 2008 when fellow Boomer Hillary was not only thrown under the bus but backed over many times. The Democrat Party has been circling the drain ever since.

    • Constance says:

      Yes, they would just love to merge Medicare in with everyone of all ages so they could start rationing care to “old” people. Letting us die younger would solve the Social Security shortfall too, for them.

  12. DeniseVB says:

  13. 1539days says:

    So, Rashida Tlaib wants people to boycott Bill Maher. Who do I root against in that one?

  14. Woke Lola says:

  15. Mothy67 says:

    I am gay. I grew up in a nearly 100% dim area. No Republican has ever beat the shit out of me or pissed on my face. I cannot say the same about democrats. I had to take a bus home from my dishwashing shift. Beating up the fag was almost a sport. I learned how to run. I sure as hell never made the news. Boys picked on a boy that appeared weaker. Yes it was horrible. I didn’t shoot up my school or hang myself.
    Perhaps Anthony remembers how. devestating HIV was. I lost 12 friends in one week. Several took a suicide path. There was little hope in 1990 and treatment was absurdly expensive. People forget how dark it was. I mostly remember Joan Rivers from those days. She personally did God’s Love We Deliver. They delivered food to sick dying people. I was in New York City. I lived on Ridge and Rivington in the heart of the Lower East Side. Young latina girls were getting HIV at obscene rates.There was silence from all political spectrums because there was no political capital at stake. Once ACT-Up started things changed and the dims attempted to own gay rights as they do civil rights.
    I want Denise to go to Joe Allen for dinner. She loves Broadway. There is nothing more Broadway than Joe Allen and he is an unsung hero. 55 or 56 years ago Joe was a struggling actor. He opened up his place as a bar. His friends had no money. They were struggling actors. He let them run tabs. An actor can lose money by quitting a day job to be in the chorus. He took a risk on his friends let them run tabs if they got in a show. He still honors the same tabs. Al Pacino goes in all the time and eats a caesar salad. He signs for it just like he did in 1967.
    There is a flop wall. Posters from shows that ran less than a week. Way back in 1965 a show closed after a few days they asked Joe to let it hang for one night. A tradition was born. It’s called the flop wall.
    When Curtis Silva started Guardian Angels Joe provided food. I worked for him for 5 years. I was this kid from a steel town that he thought was funny. I delivered magnums of champagne to the worlds greatest actors on Broadway. I got paid to drink champagne with legends. My job????
    There is Joe Allen in London and one in Paris.
    A guy I worked with got sick. This was around 1998. He did not want treatment. Joe put up his entire family for nine months. Paid for everything. I ache for Denise to go there. It’s such an amazing place. The place sells burgers. One day I was working with a very young girl Patricia Kennedy Lawford came in and seconds later Arthur Miller. She had no clue and sat them next to each other. I said wow Marilyn Monroe she said who is that???? Oy. I used to sit with Liz Smith all the time there.

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  18. Anthony says:

    That moment when you find out that “HEIST” is the name of the jewelry store and not a suggested activity. One adult and three ‘children’ arrested after owner beats the fuck out of sledge hammer wielding wannabe thugs

  19. Dora says:

    Believe nothing from the media. Nothing!

  20. elliesmom says:

    The person who started the “theory” where all of the racist Democrats left the party and became Republicans is a misinformation propaganda genius. In one fell swoop it absolves the current Democrats of their party’s racist past, and it labels the Republicans, the party that actually ended slavery, as racist. At the same time it gives the folks in the North, the part of the country that has never acknowledged its racist past or present, support for looking down on folks in the South, that part of the country that has acknowledged its racist past, cleaned up its act, and has moved on for the most part. I don’t know if this “theory” was born in ignorance or deceit, but it has taken hold with the same fierceness as the idea Columbus sailed to prove the Earth was round. No amount of beating that idea with a large cudgel in middle school science class can kill an idea propagated in elementary school. Unfortunately, whichever idea gets planted in our brains first becomes “the truth”, and any attempt to dislodge it can border on heresy if the person holding the idea wants to believe it. And there’s no doubt millions of people want to believe the racists live in the Republican South.

  21. Angie says:

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    • DandyTIger says:

      As for examples, more jobs, less unemployment (historic low for blacks), more pay (first working class raise in 40 years), and less racism since Obama years.

      • lateblum says:

        Those aren’t the interests of the “slow black guys”. Just ask the White woman. She knows better because she is a “liberal left winger” according to her twitter bio.

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  25. lyn says:

    This is fun. Found out my hubby’s sister donated $500 to Beto The Moron last year.

  26. Dora says:

    This is such a happy scene that if makes me want to cry. If that makes any sense. 🙂

  27. lateblum says:

    This woman will test and modify her positions until the day of the election. Her initial position was Medicare for all and elimination of private insurance.

    I purposely did not make mention of any other position she has taken on her way to public life…

  28. helenk3 says:

    Is anyone else sick of the bs on the story of omar and her grandmother and Isreal? Why would you let a poisonous snake into your house? Even knowing how she hates their country they said ok come visit your grandmother but anti-Isreal bs. Instead of visiting grandma, she used it as an anti-Isreal propaganda stunt.
    What is it with muslim dems and their grandmothers? backtrack left his in the morgue while he campaigned not even bothering to bury her until he got around to it. This one uses grandma for an anti-Isreal PR stunt.
    they really are twisted people

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  30. helenk3 says:

    for the first time ever, I agree with backtrack on something

  31. lateblum says:

    OT… is $20 too much to pay to see Haley Reinhart? Never seen her, but I think I remember someone here talking about her. She’s at Ravinia next week. I’m thinking about going.

  32. helenk3 says:

    tell me again how sanctuary cities and states protect anyone from the criminal that the give sanctuary

  33. Dora says:

  34. helenk3 says:

    Barr appoints new leadership at bureau of prisons.

  35. helenk3 says:

    You could not pay me enough to be a cop in NYC. No one in government stands up for them and would knife them in the back for political purposes

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  37. DandyTIger says:

    Trying to eat healthy

  38. John Denney says:

    lateblum, you asked a few threads ago where I am in the Midwest. Finally got a chance to catch up a bit.
    I was in southeast Iowa until yesterday; now I’m in southwest Missouri. I’d love to meet up with you and Cisco, but I doubt that will happen. My brother is coming to Iowa from Minnesota next week-end for his HS reunion. By then I’ll be back in Iowa, and the two of us will go to the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant.
    We lived there as kids, and the Old Threshers is little boy heaven – massive steam powered tractors having parades and pulling competitions and so on. The air is fragrant with the aroma of burning coal and hot steel, and as these behemoths roll by, kids run up behind and ask, “Hey! Can I ride?” , and the driver usually says, “Sure kid, hop up here.”
    And there’s antique cars, and blacksmithing and wool spinning demos, effectively a giant swap meet of antiques, lots of which are tools and machinery, and food booths with Iowa specialties.
    Then I’ll be driving back to California. Chicago would be a bit of a detour.

    • lateblum says:

      I guess it’s not in the cards for this trip.😟 I hope your trip to the Old Threshers’ Reunion is everything you remember and want. Have a lovely visit with your brother. Next time you’re in Iowa, let us in Illinois know you’re coming.
      Safe travels!

    • Constance says:

      That sounds like a fun festival! I should visit my Iowa relatives more often.

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