The Populism of Teddy Roosevelt and Huey Long--The Key to Republican Victory

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    Columnist Timothy Carney advocates a hybrid of the populism advocated by Huey Long and Teddy Roosevelt:


    Republicans need a new coalition and a new message. The heart of that coalition should be the White Working Class. The message should be populism.

    Carney expects that Republican efforts to build more substantial margins among well-educated affluent whites will fail:


    Upscale white suburbs have steadily trended Democratic. Montgomery County, Maryland, was one of the first. Westchester, New York, and the North Shore of Chicago followed. Philadelphia’s white-collar counties and Northern Virginia soon joined the club. In 2008, Obama made huge gains in the suburbs, pulling in 60 percent in Fairfax County, for instance, and winning the vote of those voters earning over $100,000, according to exit polls.

    Carney writes that in 2012, “Republicans couldn’t have picked a candidate better suited for highly educated, upper-middle-class suburban voters. Romney was successful, risk-averse, smart and non-ideological,” but his “suburban strategy fizzled.”

    These setbacks suggest that it “is time to give up on building majorities on a suburban foundation.” Instead, the Republican Party, in Carney’s view,


    needs to play to the disaffected. The disaffected are not the wealthy, an obvious point that conservatives can’t seem to understand. The wealthy got wealthier under Obama, and corporations earned record profits while median family earnings fell. Obama uses these facts to defuse the charges he’s a socialist. Republicans should use them to show that Obama’s big government expands the privileges of the privileged class.

    Carney’s views are shared, at least in part, by a wing of conservatism that includes Ross Douthat, who, along with Reihan Salam, a contributing editor at National Review, in 2005 proposed a “downscale” or “Sam’s Club” Republican strategy in The Weekly Standard, an argument which they elaborated upon in a 2008 book “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the White Working Class Vote and Save the American Dream.”

    Carney’s proposal would require an upheaval of the Republican hierarchy. Currently, the party has substantial support from the white working class, but its agenda, particularly its economic agenda, is set by an elite with century-old ties to corporate America. At the policy-making level, the Republican Party has represented the interests of society’s winners, not its losers.
     
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    The message should be the entire working class and populist.

    No white nationalism needed or required or wanted.

    Step along, guys.
     
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    Is this damn racist fool still posting here?
     
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    Just moments before Teddy Roosevelt gave this speech...he was shot by an attempted assassin. The bullet had to go through several pages of Teddys Manuscript before it entered his chest...by that time the bullet had lost so much velocity that it failed to kill Teddy Roosevelt...after realizing he was not killed he went ahead and gave the speech much to the chagrin of his closest friends who wanted to rush him off to the hospital.


    Here's The Famous Populist Speech Teddy Roosevelt Gave Right After Getting Shot... - Business Insider
     
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    Huey Long (1893-1935) was Louisiana's legendary populist Governor, U.S. Senator and favorite son. Poised to run for president on his “Share Our Wealth” platform, Long was assassinated in 1935 at the age of 42.

    Long was revered by the masses as a champion of the common man and demonized by the powerful as a dangerous demagogue.



    A vocal critic of corporate greed and government incompetence, Huey Long's "Share Our Wealth" political movement swept the nation during the Great Depression, garnering millions of supporters and threatening the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
     
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    STFU...Stupid.............bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    You mouth the sort of ignorance that has brought this nation to its knees. The White Working Class is the only segment of our population with the numbers and the ability to elect a republican if they are treated fairly.

    The minorities are a waste of time....they will never vote republican...so forget about them. They are not need or wanted.....except by you democrats and you can keep them.

    Now if you are a politically correct republican(not much different than a democrat) you are part of of the problem and definitely not a part of the solution. If the politically correct, fat cat, elitist, east coast establishment retains control of the organs of the Republican Party then all you will get is another defeat......which is all idiots like you deserve.

    Hopefully the Reagan Democrats....aka The White Working Class will manage with the help of Ted Cruz to rip the levers of power away from the Elitist East Coast Fat Cats and lead the Republican party to a victory and restore America to its Greatness.

    Now take your political correctness, shove it up your ass and get the hell of my thread. bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
     
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    The appeal for moderate republicanism by idiots like Starkey is ridiculous. The failure of the moderates has been demonstrated all too well...romeny just being the latest example...Mitt Romney who is on the long list of the kinds of presidential candidates favored by the Republican establishment– nice, moderate losers, people with no coherently articulated vision, despite how many ad hoc talking points they may have..

    If the Republicans ever want to win again they must reject such stupidity.
     
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