Wright Patman and Larry McDonald shared a majority of their positions and opinions with Ron Paul. By today's standards they would be more libertarian than the Cato Institute and their ilk by a country mile.
And they were Democrats.
Meanwhile, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and many more of similar melatonin levels were Republicans back then.
There's good and bad in both parties. Always has been. Who gives a _____ what letter is in parentheses next to anyone's name? Let's get this #@$% fixed! It's results that count, and protecting individual liberty is all that matters. Let's end these parties (actual "parties" at our expense in the literal sense) forever.
(I also think part of the allure of the seemingly oxymoronic term is that it pokes fun at the "System".)
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