An important point to note is that the Republican party is no longer the party it was following the Civil War when it catered to big business, big money and East Coast Intellectuals. Today the Republican Party is composed mostly of folks who come from the other end of the economic spectrum.
Now you might say, yes I know Archie Bunker is a Republican, but organized labor is in the Democrat camp. However, recall that labor is not equivalent to union. Also, with only 7 percent of workers in unions these days, unions are not as dominant as they once were in the working classes. In addition, many union members are white-collar.
Allen thinks the major difference between the two political parties is tied to differences in faith.
Another article in today’s Post is about Black ministers in Maryland who oppose gay marriage. Many of them were involved in the Civil Rights movement but don’t think Civil Rights include marriage. Now I am not about to get into the middle of that argument, but I will point out that there are those who oppose gay marriage who are not homophobes.
If you consider yourself an intellectual, I ask you this question. Do you think the best way to heal the divisions in this country to constantly insult those who oppose your viewpoint? Aren’t we intelligent enough to find a better way?