Our mother, who passed away in 2002, was a lifelong Democrat. She claimed that F.D.R.'s policies 'saved the family farm'. Since those olden days, however, the Democrat Party has devolved and Mom didn't keep up with the changes. To this day I am still getting mailings from the Party requesting her support. But, Mom's support was based on the character of the old Party and its leaders. These were the leaders who would say things like this:
Devolution of Democrats
"The basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a... government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state."1
The modern Democrat Party has devolved from, "The buck stops here" to, "It's George Bush's (or Janet Reno's) fault." Mom's Democrat heroes, such as Truman, Scoop Jackson, and J.F.K., would today be politically to the right of even many modern Republicans.
1. Quote by Harry S. Truman, documented by David Barton in The Myth of Separation, 1989, p. 200.
Yesterday was Truman's birthday. He would have been 123 years old.