I see this same basic moronic "history lesson" at TH over and over again. It is indisputable that many Southern Democrats (NOT liberals) were racist a**holes. But guess where they ended up in the late 20th century? Do you think Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms were always Republicans? The party shift in the South benefited the Democratic Party by cleaning out the trash and did much to turn the GOP into the shamefully stupid party of reactionary lunacy.