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    are the ideological and political and many times literal descendants of the rural populists and urban progressives of the late 19th century, who overcame their differences and distrust to come together from 1900-1965 to pass some of the most progressive legislation the world has known.

    In response, the increasingly more craven and conservative GOP sought to divide them along racial and class lines, very successfully, such that rural agrarian and urban working class whites are far more aligned with the GOP than in the past. But it wasn't always so. There was a time when a majority of both were solidly Democratic (or Socialist). It wasn't where they lived that turned them GOP. It was the politics of racial and class division, stirred by the GOP.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:36:50 PM PST

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