Growing up in Louisiana, there was a term known as “Conservative Democrat” or Blue Dog Democrats. Having been raised in the same general neighborhood as Britney Spears’ parents and the family of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, we all knew what it meant to be fiscally conservative, have quality public health care, and we knew how to care for our environment to protect hunting, fishing, farming, and tree cropping.
Governor Edwards won re-election. Did I think he would win? Yes, and it had nothing to do with Trump. As a matter of fact, the overwhelming winners statewide in Louisiana were republicans in recent elections where one statewide Republican candidate beat the Democrat by 250,000 votes 59%-41% (WAFB9, n.d.).
In the end, John Bel Edwards only needed a fraction of the Republican or Blue Dogs to vote to win 51-49. Because of Governor Edwards’ credentials from the military and other right of center issues such as being pro-life (Bridges, 2019), he is a natural candidate for traditional & centrist Louisiana voters. Thus, anyone saying that Trump helped Edwards get elected is a political buffoon if they see the facts.
So, what is the moral of the story? Do I think that Democrats will begin running “pro-life” veterans in all of the states to capture power in the elections? The answer is no because to win the nomination and the primary, the candidates need to appease the 33% hard core leftist voters who have some fairly extreme litmus tests to follow. However, Governor Edwards is being labeled a DINO Democrat in Name Only. Honestly, that is not a bad label to get these days.
Since the Republican party has become the home to the working families or labor voters, it may be best for the Republican Party to operate more like the old Farmer Labor party of Minnesota (“Minnesota Farmer–Labor Party,” n.d.). Today. it seems that the Farmer Labor Party selects the best candidates to be supported by the Larger Democratic Party of Minnesota. For Republicans to replicate this process, it may be best for the Republicans to enter and take over the Democrat party from the inside and begin to approve the best candidates internally with the conservative democrats during a one party primary rather than put up republicans that can’t win. That is the way it was in Louisiana before Reagan anyway.
Once the Republican party fills up the Democrat party, then the old republican party could be morphed in to a Worker, Teacher Farmer Labor Reform Party which nominates the best candidate within the Democrat Party. Thus, the country will be a one party system and conservative worker voters would control the democrat party for the next 80 years. This would force the democrat party to nominate candidates who are best for ALL the people instead of just 1/3rd or 1/4th of the people who control the democrats today.
In this way, all voters could be registered in the Democrat party, and it would immediately begin to lean to the center right for the next 80 years. The reason it would lean right is that if all the working families were in one party, they would be able to outvote those who just want political control to fleece the people and the government.
In the case of Gov. John Bel Edwards, he only needed 4-6% of the Blue Dog or republican vote to take the statewide election. However, the sad news is that when governors like Edwards win, the spoils tend to go almost exclusively to the democrat party leftist-loyalists while the vast majority of entrepreneurs, small business and working folks who are not registered democrats are cut out of influence and leadership.
Before the re-election of Edwards, I spoke to an UBER driver in New Orleans at length, and the democrat party was primarily unified on one issue which was Medicaid expansion. Medicaid is not Obamacare. Thus, Obama crashed the free Louisiana Health Care System that worked for the most needy, and now, Medicaid expansion is the only way to keep the least fortunate covered and happy. Medicaid pays for health care for more than 74.5 million people nationally (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 2019a). Although participation is optional, all 50 states participate in the Medicaid program. As crazy as that sounds, Medicaid may be the only issue that holds the democrats together that they can all agree upon.
The moral and ethical problem of having a one party system is that many Republicans of today left the democratic party years ago because the democrat party leaders of the past were involved in: segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK and other natural law violations like slavery, lynching, and the loss the Civil War (O’Donnell, 2018). Thus, if everyone moved over to the “one party system”, it would be best to have a vote to repudiate the old party and it’s complicity in the crimes of the past, fold the Democratic party in the same way the NAZI party had to be “shut down” after WWII, and then create a new party name for the ‘one party system”.
Similar to Louisiana Governor Edwards, a conservative labor oriented leader like President Trump who is focused on working families will also defeat Democrats every time against a liberal because Trump only needs a small percentage of Reagan Democrats or Trump Democrats to win.
Maybe it would be best to just have one new party called the: TWF or “Teacher, Worker, Farmer Party”. Then we can avoid costly elections altogether, save the money, and whoever wins the TWF nomination will end up being the elected official?
George Mentz JD MBA CWM Chartered Wealth Manager ® is a licensed attorney and CEO of GAFM ® global education, which is an ISO 29990 Certified professional development company operating in over 50 nations. He is an award-winning author and advisory board member to several companies around the world in education, charities, and FinTech Companies.