My title may seem very ambitious, but I think it will be a political reality if not an anomaly in our nation. For the uninitiated, a Yellow Dog Democrat is a lifetime Democrat who would vote for a yellow dog before voting for any Republican. Consequently, they would never split their vote.
The south has been full of them for a hundred years.
I grew up in West Virginia in a family of multigenerational Yellow Dog Democrats. I was nourished from birth at my mother’s bosom with Democrat milk; however, it made me politically puny. Growing up near the coalfields, I remember the almost constant battles, even killings, as the head of the coal miners’ union John L. Lewis, President of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960, led miners to resist orders from owners to go back to work. During World War II, he called a strike of coal miners that impeded the national economy and the war effort. But even then, the Democrats supported him.
Ironically, Lewis was a Republican (!) who publicly supported Herbert Hoover for President in 1928. When the Great Depression lashed the face of America, he quietly supported Franklin D. Roosevelt instead of giving Hoover a second term. Roosevelt won in 1932 and was elected four times to the Presidency, dying shortly after taking office in 1945. Roosevelt is given credit for ending the Great Depression, although his policies gave more authority to the government. He started America down the Road to Socialism (and serfdom) with his numerous government agencies that gave enormous power to the federal government. The depression was ended by our entrance into the war, not by Democrat policies.
Unions have grown as they had the support of Democrats who pitched themselves as the voice of the “working man.” While millions of workers increased their income with help from the unions, they also surrendered many of their rights and gave extraordinary power to union bosses.
Excessive power is not safe in any human hands, Democrat or Republican. Politicians of all parties must be rebuked, restrained, and regulated by laws.
While I believed then and now that a man has a right to join a union, he also has a right not to join a union without persecution or prosecution. Moreover, a man should not be forced to pay union dues if he chooses not to join. Furthermore, no government entity has a right to tell a man how to run his business, although reasonable safety laws should be the norm. I remember the killings and constant threats of miners and mine owners. While I sympathized with mineworkers’ desire for reasonable pay and safety conditions, I thought the workers telling the owners (who started and financed the business) how to run their business was unfair.
I still do.
So when I was eighteen, I began to feel queasy about Democrat principles, policies, and people. I became enamored with General Dwight Eisenhower when he ran for President in 1952 when I was a high school student. Eisenhower was basking in the success of the War in Europe, although few knew then and few know now of his astounding mistreatment of German civilians, not only German troops, after the end of the war. He had an abnormal hatred for all Germans.
When Eisenhower was elected in 1952, the North Koreans, the Chinese Communists, and the Soviet Union (though not officially a belligerent but supplied pilots and jets) were slaughtering our soldiers on the mountain slopes and valleys in North Korea. That’s when this Yellow Dog Democrat became a Republican. It was a crisis in our family and was accelerated many years later when I ran and was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1976 as a “Reagan Republican.”
I became an Independent during the George Bush administration because the GOP left me standing in right field.
Even my father, a charter member of the Yellow Dog Democrats, voted for Reagan in 1980! Wow, maybe a leopard can change its spots, after all.
All that to say, Georgia Democrats who would never vote for Republicans during normal times will vote for a Republican in the vital Senate races in January. Honest Yellow Dog Democrats have had to massage their principles over the years as they try to put out of their minds that Democrats have butchered millions of unborn babies, often at taxpayers’ expense. They have pretended that same-sex “marriage” isn’t that big a deal while their conscience screams otherwise. They don’t wish to even think about the abnormality of boys pretending to be girls with the right to use female restrooms and locker rooms.
They know it is insane to think vast immigration (legal and illegal) will not fatally pack our public schools, bankrupt our hospitals, destroy our health care system, and take jobs from lifetime Americans. Open borders mean they will be left with a shoeshine kit and instructions on how to say “please” and “thank you” in Spanish.
Or, maybe Arabic.
But they can resist their conscience and common sense no longer. Honest Democrats know if their radical, leftist crowd (not the traditional liberal Democrats of the last generation) gains control of the Senate via the Georgia runoff, as they already have the House and maybe the White House, it means the Socialists will destroy our nation. With control of the Senate, they will remove the filibuster, make Puerto Rico and D.C. states each with two additional Democrat Senators. Adding four more Senators, they will pack the Supreme Court, fight additional wars (they are known traditionally as starters of wars while Republicans are known for ending them), cuddle up to Muslims and vastly increase immigration, tear down the wall and have open borders, and recognize homosexuality as acceptable, even admirable and by no means abnormal.
Honest Democrats are concerned with the vast spending that has been going on since Reagan’s administration. They know, as do honest Republicans, that no nation can owe 25 trillion dollars and continue to spend money the way the last few administrations have done. Our economy would be far worse if President Trump had not insisted that NATO nations pay their fair share of Europe’s defense, demanded reasonable trade regulations, and ended the never-ending wars in the Middle East. They know nations have been destroyed by the stupid spending policies. They also know that continued spending of trillions of dollars will not permit us to collect golden eggs if we kill the goose that lays them.
Even a poorly informed person knows if a nation is destroyed by misspending and raids on our treasury, the nation will fall.
Yellow Dog Democrats may not admit that Democrat leaders are rabid revolutionaries and empty quacks, but we can count on them to be Americans and return Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to the U.S. Senate. I am not suggesting that all Democrats like Stacey Abrams will switch her vote since that would conflict with her pretend position as Georgia’s Governor.
In the unlikely event, I am wrong and have too much confidence in Georgia Democrats, our vision of the future is a boot stamping on a human face—forever.