The Southern strategy is a Democrat conspiracy theory that alleges Richard Nixon carried Southern states in the 1968 presidential election in the wake of the bi-partisan 1964 Civil Rights Act. In fact, the South was carried by Democrat renegade George C. Wallace. In 1972, the Democrats for the first time in 40 years did not have a Southern on the ticket, and Southerners overwhelming rejected two Northern liberals at the top of their ticket. In 1976, 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012 the South returned to the Democrat fold. After the end of Jim Crow laws in the mid 1960s, the South became increasingly Republican as it became less racist. The War on Poverty enticed Blacks onto the Democrat plantation.
In the movie Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?, Dinesh D'Souza points out that this alleged strategy was actually one of winning the support of the Sun Belt rather than the Deep South.
Liberals, repeatedly unpopular in the South, have tried to attribute this alleged strategy to racial politics. The reality is that liberals have always played the racist card far more often than Republicans do. Examples of this racialization are the terms "Welfare state" and "Welfare queen", even though the original welfare queen Linda Taylor was a white woman.
The pairing of Northern liberals with Southern Democrats on a presidential ticket has long been the strategic cornerstone of the Democrats' appeal to the racist vote. The promise of government handouts is appealing to many racist Democrats, irrespective of what region of the country they reside.
|1932||Franklin Roosevelt (North)||John Nance Garner (South)|
|1936||Franklin Roosevelt (North)||John Nance Garner (South)|
|1944||Franklin Roosevelt (North)||Harry Truman (South)|
|1948||Harry Truman (South)||Alben Barkley (South)|
|1952||Adlai Stevenson (Midwest)||John Sparkman (South)|
|1956||Adlai Stevenson (Midwest)||Estes Kefauver (South)|
|1960||John Kennedy (North)||Lyndon Johnson (South)|
|1964||Lyndon Johnson (South)||Hubert Humphrey (Midwest)|
|1976||Jimmy Carter (South)||Walter Mondale (Midwest)|
|1980||Jimmy Carter (South)||Walter Mondale (Midwest)|
|1988||Michael Dukakis (North)||Lloyd Benson (South)|
|1992||Bill Clinton (South)||Al Gore (South)|
|1996||Bill Clinton (South)||Al Gore (South)|
|2000||Al Gore (South)||Joe Lieberman (North)|
|2004||John Kerry (North)||John Edwards (South)|
|2008||Barack Obama (Midwest))||Joe Biden (South)|
|2016||Hillary Clinton (North)||Tim Kaine (South)|
The Southern racist vote is vital and foundational to the Democratic party. The fact white racists vote with blacks for the same Democrat candidates to receive entitlements for whites only disguises their racism.
- D'Souza, Dinesh (August 23, 2018). The myth of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’. The Hill. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
- Missouri became a slave state as a result of the Dred Scott decision.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Delaware is a Southern state. Delaware lies south of the historic Mason-Dixon line.