book "Spoiled Rotten" Jay Cost lays out historical context for why he
says the Democratic Party has strayed from its founding principle: that all
people were created equal, and the government's job is to ensure that equality.
Cost explains to Judy Woodruff how Democrats have fallen off course, and what
to do about it.
Like the Democratic Party, The Party of Lincoln was also founded on the establishment, extension and preservation of equal rights.
Currently, however, the GOP - supposedly the party that preserves tradition - has departed radically from tradition, admitting that people are only born equal, but from then on the development of inequality, particularly economic inequality, is to be applauded and preserved. The end result of this "developmental inequality" is the absurd notion that "corporations are people," a conservative Supreme Court pronouncement that establishes plutocracy over democracy, which - as Aristotle understood originally - was "Rule by the Needy," quite the opposite of "Rule by Wealth."
Americans may no longer believe in democracy and, as a nation, we can choose to replace democracy with plutocracy (or theocracy).
But that choice should be conscious, not a Trojan Horse brought through "The City Gates" by ideological subterfuge and Supreme Court "activism" (to quote a core "conservative" grievance).