I have never been a democrat. My family, growing up, was. My father having been murdered, and my first step dad dying of a heart attack when I was 13, resulted in our family having a lot of financial struggles. I remember being a teenager growing up on the “wrong side of the tracks,” living in a trailer park. Yet, I still had conservative leanings even though my public high school was already teaching a semi-liberal agenda in the latter part of the 1980’s. I always had a love of country and knowing what was right even though I often erred on the side of wrong in my own personal life. It was also before the era of conservative talk radio; Fox News; and the internet sites that promoted conservatism. I always wondered where the conservatives were. Perhaps they were out there and I just did not know them.
I remember though, at that time, there were a lot of Democrats in church and in my extended family. Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts; people that identified as Democrats. Their philosophy was built out of the “labor union” mentality. They believed that the Democrats were the party that were protecting worker’s rights and against harmful climate problems such as (do you remember these) destruction of the ozone layer, acid rain, and the onset of global cooling and a return of the ice age (that’s what they were teaching in grade school in the 70’s). They also thought that the government should help those that are struggling and were often upset with big corporations. At the same time, those democrats were very moral: they were against abortion; they were for the sanctity of marriage (didn’t need to be defined back then); having children out of wedlock was not the norm; corporal punishment was the norm; homosexuality was still defined as reprobate; and your word was still your bond.
But now the progressive liberal agenda has destroyed what was once a socially conservative and fiscally liberal democratic party and has made it liberal in both aspects. I can appreciate the argument of a union man in protecting worker’s rights to some level; I can even respect the motive of caring for the poor and helpless of our society (though I don’t agree with how it is often accomplished or the political motive of today’s liberal democrat politician). I do know that on the grass level most democrats are still morally conservative.
My grandfather on my mom’s side was truck driver most of his life, and did very well financially in Ohio. My grandpa on my dad’s side was coal miner from the late 40’s to the 60’s in West Virginia and never had much. Both were democrats and both have long passed on. I don’t think either of them would want to be a democrat today. I’m sure that if they were to awake from the slumber today and look at the present political situation and the immorality running rampant in society and in government – they would wonder what happened to their democratic party.