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  •  He Also Invented "Nixon's" Southern Strategy nt (7+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:31:39 AM PST

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    •  No, Goldwater did not invent the Southern Strategy (7+ / 0-)

      He was just the first Presidential candidate to run on it, in 1964. Harry Dent, Sr. invented it, and Lee Atwater perfected it.

      Harry Shuler Dent, Sr. (c. 1930 – October 2, 2007) was an American political strategist and father of financial prognosticator Harry S. Dent, Jr.. He is best known as the architect of the Republican Southern Strategy. The elder Dent worked for Strom Thurmond, Barry Goldwater, and Richard Nixon during the realignment of the Democratic and Republican parties starting in the Civil Rights era, and for Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush later on.[1]

      In the 1950s, Mr. Dent joined the staff of Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who was then a Democrat and had run for president as a segregationist Dixiecrat in 1948.

      Mr. Thurmond became a Republican and campaigned for his new party’s presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, in 1964. Goldwater was beaten overwhelmingly by Johnson, but he did carry five states in the Deep South. He had campaigned in part on “states’ rights,” and he had voted against civil rights legislation, facts not lost on vote-counters in either party...

      Mr. Dent has been described as having helped articulate the Southern strategy. Its detractors call it racism cloaked in code words like “law and order.” Its advocates call it a legitimate appeal to people left on the sidelines while other groups benefit from affirmative action and government aid programs.

      where "legitimate" is defined to apply to what we do, not what you do. In the current terminology, IOKIYAR.

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:34:37 AM PST

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      •  No one could have "invented" the southern strategy (2+ / 0-)
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        shaharazade, elwior

        without the history of slavery and racism. I am disgusted by those who, given the history, start poor mouthing how they were left on the side by affirmative action (somewhat more controversial because it does attempt to right one wrong by giving another group which has been and is still kept out of the "american" community an "edge") and (of all things!) government programs which were fought for by regular workers (not just blacks!).  The degree of innocent, self righteous racism still amazes me!

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