States Rights Democratic Party and the Dixiegraphic Shift

Dixiecrats Poster
Dixiecrats Poster (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

There’s a constant shift in politics and the right-wing umbrella is now leaving some in the Party of Lincoln out in the rain. But before we go into that and what it means for today, let’s take a brief look at how we got here.

Dixiecrats left the Democratic Party to join the Republicans. Thank you election of Harry Truman.

Good riddance.
Sorry GOP but you can have them.

“Sixty-five years ago, the Dixiecrats spearheaded a movement toward the G.O.P. The Tea Party is an echo of that same movement, save for one distinction: in 2013, the rebels have nowhere left to go..” –  

Dixiegraphic Shift

Dixiecrats, also called States’ Rights Democrats, were members of a right-wing Democratic splinter group in the 1948 U.S. presidential election organized by Southerners who objected to the civil rights program of the Democratic Party.

Thurmond carried Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Strom Thurmond and the Civil Rights Act of 1957
The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was introduced and strongly supported by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX). It passed in spite of a filibuster led by Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC, who switched to R-SC in 1964), during which Thurmond spoke for a Senate record of 24 hours 18 minutes. – PBS

Dixiecrat platform back then said,

“We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race; the constitutional right to choose one’s associates; to accept private employment without governmental interference, and to earn one’s living in any lawful way. We oppose the elimination of segregation, the repeal of miscegenation statutes, the control of private employment by Federal bureaucrats called for by the misnamed civil rights program. We favor home-rule, local self-government and a minimum interference with individual rights.”

The platform went on to say:

“We call upon all Democrats and upon all other loyal Americans who are opposed to totalitarianism at home and abroad to unite with us in ignominiously defeating Harry S. Truman, Thomas E. Dewey and every other candidate for public office who would establish a Police Nation in the United States of America.”

Southern Strategy

In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to a Republican Party strategy of gaining political support for certain candidates in the Southern United States by appealing to racism against African-Americans.  Since these ridiculous folks in the US needed a new home, the Southern strategy was Richard Nixon’s campaign strategy to win the Southern United States for the Republican Party during the 1968 and 1972 elections.

Civil Rights

“Though the “Solid South” had been a longtime Democratic Party stronghold due to the Democratic Party’s defense of slavery before the American Civil War and segregation for a century thereafter, many white Southern Democrats stopped supporting the party following the civil rights plank of the Democratic campaign in 1948 (triggering the Dixiecrats), the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, and desegregation.” – Wiki.

Civil Rights laws passed in the 1950s and especially in the 1960s, were championed by NATIONAL Democrats, but caused splits in the Democratic Party. Many in the South switched allegiance to the Republican Party which was seen as more conservative. With Reagan the shift in the South was fairly complete.-  LUCINDA


There’s a constant shift in politics and the right-wing umbrella is now leaving some in the Party of Lincoln out in the rain. Funny what’s happening today. Ironically, Moderate Republicans are leaving the GOP/TeaParty to join the Democrats– sick of the bullcrap that these neo-Dixie folks bring with them.

See Texas Republican Judge Switches Party, Denouncing GOP as Party of Bigots and Hate-Mongers.

“A Republican Judge from San Antonio, Texas, has announced he is quitting the GOP and will seek re-election as a Democrat, saying that he can no longer be part of political party whose identity is based on hate, bigotry and destroying people’s lives.” –  Steven Rosenfeld

And NPRs, Moderate Republicans Lost In GOP’s Official Platform,

“Two moderate Republicans — former congressmen Mike Castle of Delaware and Tom Davis of Virginia — wonder whether that wing of their party can survive. In years past the party had a component referred to as “Rockefeller Republicans” — named after former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. The group tended to work well with middle of the road Democrats.” – Robert Siegel

Charlie Crist Plots His Comeback As A Democrat,

 “The man who once identified himself as a Ronald Reagan Republican is preparing for another gubernatorial bid, this time as a Barack Obama Democrat.” – MICHAEL J. MISHAK

Republican Councilmember Peter Koo Switches To Democratic Party

 “As a new Democrat, I hope to better use my immigration experience and business acumen to help shape and brighten a brighter future for this great city,” he declared.

Jean Schodorf, Outgoing Kansas State Senator, Becomes A Democrat

“It seems that the Democrats are creating jobs and solving the problems of the debt and keeping our nation solvent,” Schodorf said.

And Jason Thigpen:

“After raising almost $43,000 as a republican candidate for North Carolina third Congressional District, Jason Thigpen announced on October 31, 2013 that he is switching to the Democratic Party.” — Randa Morris

Seems Republicans don’t need the Dixiecrats as much as the Democrats don’t need them. It’s like these guys have cooties.

The idea of whether or not Democrats should embrace the rebranded moderate Republicans–who are now right-leaning Democrats– is a subject that is or should be controversial, however, I haven’t heard either party complaining all that much.

Terry Gresham


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