Perhaps the only thing that I agree with Michael Lind on this is that America has moved politically since the 1930s New Deal. That back then we were moving into a progressive big government era and I don’t say that to be insulting, just factual. Where government was expected to solve a lot of our own problems for us with all sorts of Federal Government programs. Like Public Housing for people who can’t afford their own home, Food Assistance for people who don’t have enough money for food, Unemployment Insurance for people who are out-of-work, Social Security so no one wouldn’t have any retirement income, etc. I can go down the line, but in your interest and mind I’ll spare you the rest, for now. That we wanted a big centralized Federal Government and we wanted and trusted government to solve a lot of our problems for us and this big government Progressive Era was with us really until Gerald Ford became President of 1974. Because President Nixon continued the progressive revolution as far as government regulations President, as well as supported a lot of them.
America had already had started changing by the mid 1960s as progressive big government and the high taxes to pay for it, started becoming unpopular. And Barry Goldwater running for president in 1964 as a Conservative Republican highlighted a lot of that. But didn’t have enough political support in 1964 to get elected or come even close. But progressive big government was still losing popularity for the rest of the 1960s and into the 1970s. And you get Gerald Ford as President followed by Jimmy Carter. One a Conservative Republican, The other a Liberal Democrat and especially with President Carter recognizing that the era of progressive big government was over and that he and the Democratic Party needed to adjust. Or deal with the political consequences of a conservative revolution, which what came in the. 1980s with President Ronald Reagan and Republican Senate for the first time since 1952. Plus the fact that Jimmy Carter wasn’t a New Deal or FDR-Democrat, but a New Democrat in the liberal sense someone who wanted people to be able to do as much for themselves as possible.
Bill Clinton being the smart politician that he was recognized this and that for Democrats to be successful and win back the White House they not only needed a new message to combat the Reagan Revolution, but they needed a new message a vision to combat the Progressive Revolution from the 1930s, with what he called the Opportunity Society. Which is what I believe at least is the closest thing we saw to a Liberal Revolution at least in the. Twentieth century that wasn’t anti-government or pro-big government, but believed that government had a role to see that all Americans had a real shot at living in freedom and to empower people to empower themselves. And be able to do as much for themselves as possible and be able to live in freedom. And what they are able to do with those opportunities is up to them, but it was no longer the job of government to take care of people and make most of their economic and personal decisions for them.
The Democratic Party today essentially falls into three political factions. The Occupy Wall Street movement, this Socialist-Anarchist movement that first emerged in the late 1960s. What is left of the New Deal FDR Progressive-Democrats being the second faction. And the third faction that I come from being the New Democrats. Liberal Democrats who aren’t anti-government, but recognize the limits of what government can do for the people and want people to be able to do as much for themselves as possible. But we are no longer in the FDR New Deal Progressive Era and right now the country is between the Reagan Revolution and the Clinton era.