Political Realignment for Dummies

Political Realignment for Dummies

what kind of behavior do you call this wait a minute you say we hold on this is the kind of behavior I might've expected of you all I do is leave the room for a few minutes and what do I find Computers at the border hey guys welcome to a lecture for AP American government learn some ideas about two awesome words and here they are the alignment and realignment so let's look at these two words and how they're gonna appear on an AP exam and some two examples that you couldn't write about so when we're talking about the alignment and realignment we're talking about political parties the people that belong to those political parties generally when we look at a political party if you think of it kind of like a like a ball of junk put together right and each crumpled piece of paper forms this big crumpled ball and that is the Republican Party in the center of that ball is the base it's like the group that ain't going nowhere the ones that make up the ball so let's say back in the late 1800s the base of the Republican Party is generally a pro-business party and African Americans support African Americans were freed by the Republican Party so they're part of that base as is the kind of lays a fair manufacturing northeast base and together they form the center of that ball but on top of that you have other groups of voters so for instance you also have let's say northern workers people that work in factories they're part of the Republican Party because the Republican Party is the party of the north and that's what won the civil war and that's why they're Republicans so they belong to that party but not for the same reasons that the the very center groups do so de lineament occurs when something happens in politics normally a third party comes up and attracts that clump on the outside to peel itself off that's called D alignment so for instance the populist party in the 1890s the Progressive Party these are parties that appeal to that worker they appeal to that worker because the Pro Union therefore the or work day there against child labor therefore government regulation to make their job safe so we don't have you know huge industrial accidents therefore basically the government having a role in regulating big business in order to create safe working conditions and a livable wage and you know those sorts of things so when the populace come along with William Jennings Bryan and you know big populous they're attracted to that so they deal line from that ball the Republican Party realignment is when usually ten twenty thirty years down the road usually the other party attracts them to reattach themselves so when do you think that would occur when with that you know intercity worker who ain't gonna be a Republican right but he doesn't want to be a member of the Democratic Party it's still the party the south and the party of you know leaving the Union and the the party of the Klan he's not all for that really so who comes along and basically he's gonna like ring the dinner bell for that guy you know congratulations it's FDR in 1932 the New Deal coalition that's when that former Republican voter gets realigned with a Democratic Party and over the long run that's why we see Democrats in northern cities in New York and Chicago and Boston and because of that that realignment of that Union worker to eventually the Democratic Party 1932 so let's do another example then we're gonna shut this baby down so again we're talking about movement of voters demographics political parties all good gravy for the AP exam so the next concept of the same magnitude we've let's say we'll do the other party let's take Democratic voters in the South right now I hope you don't get offended by my terror a little southern outside but I'm a Democrat because my daddy and my granddaddy were Democrat were for states rights and we're for you know the southern states and we're definitely for states rights and we don't like that the federal government right so eventually that Democrat is gonna even stick with the New Deal coalition even though he's not for a big government because that Democratic Party represents his interests in 1932 along with that black guy and along with that city worker the New Deal coalition is gonna provide jobs and you know opportunity for that southern Democrat so he belongs to the party he sticks with it he doesn't deal I'm quite yet when does he do I he deal mines right around the 1950s when the Democratic Party begins to become the party of civil rights and when that occurs that southern voice right and I'm not definitely not saying all southerners back then a racist but a chunk of white voters of the Democratic Party those members of the Ku Klux Klan that are in the Democratic Party they're gonna have nothing to do with this new Democratic Party that is eventually going to elect JFK and sign the 1964 Civil Rights Act LBJ signing that so they D align the American independence party to dixiecrats the nineteen forties in 1950s they sucked themselves away come on the alignment from the Democratic Party and then they kind of hang out and those third parties generally don't do very well for very long many of them were single issue parties or just kind of flashes in the pants and then around nineteen what let's say we could say 1968 with Richard Nixon he runs a law-and-order campaign you know based on you know put criminals in jail and let's do police to power to do their job and to that white southern voter that sounds attracted so they begin to align themselves on law and order in 1968 the silent majority with Richard Nixon but it's really done in 1980 when Ronald Reagan runs the Republican Party more into a values kind of platform talking about abortion and not gay rights but that concept of religion and bringing that back traditional values and that sort of thing and that really tickles the fancy say tickles of fancy that really gets the goat that I say get the goat that really real lines right that once democratic voter in the South to the Republican Party so if you understand those 2d alignment realignment schemes whether we're talking about the Republican becoming a Democrat or the Democrat becoming a Republican both of them have some things in common they both revolve around some kind of third parties sometimes I'll explain it like third parties or like an elevator that brings you from one maybe an escalator that brings you from one party to another party but the other idea is you know signal electoral map switch and how once upon a time Republicans lived in the north and Democrats lived in the south and now Democrats live in the south and Republicans Democrats up in the north remo because of the south I was busted up you busted up all right we hope that you understand alignment and DL I'm in a little better and then you have some great examples to read that on your exam so giddy up go down go do well save the neighbor rescue a cat thing

12 thoughts on “Political Realignment for Dummies

  1. shame as of today this video only has <8k views… republicns have been skating on this ignorance for years

  2. Thank you for explaining this concept so well. I learn more from you than I do my college government professor.

  3. o the blacks went to the democrats cause of workers rights? yea ok, more like they went there for handouts. anyone who wants the real reason there are huge amount of low information voters that are democrats should youtube search the vote pump by bill whittle.

  4. Wow, that was the best explaination of political dealignment and realignment. In under 10 minutes no less! Bravo sir.

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