The entire history of the Democratic Party is one of crime and corruption, according to former Time magazine associate editor Michael Walsh.
In a radio interview with WND’s Greg Corombos, Walsh provides a detailed analysis of the party’s dark past – from Aaron Burr’s building of Tammany Hall and how Democrats tried to defeat Abraham Lincoln’s re-election bid to Franklin Roosevelt’s rise to the presidency and the Chicago machine connected to the Obama administration.
“What distinguishes them is a real desire to win,” he explained. “They’re the oldest party in the country obviously. …
“They’ve stayed because they know how to win, and they’re willing to change at the drop of a hat. They’re willing to change their policies. They’ve gone from being the party of slavery and segregation to now claiming to be the party of civil rights laws passed in ’64 and ’65, when, in fact, those were passed with greater Republican support than Democrat support. But they’re always mutating and trying to grab the moral high ground. And it seems to me they don’t have any moral high ground.”
Walsh detailed what he believes is a history of corruption in the Democratic Party, going all the way back to Aaron Burr.
“He founded Tammany Hall, which turned into, over the course of its 150-year existence, the prototypical big-city political machine: corrupt, in league with the most violent gangsters in New York during its heyday and the source of patronage and power on which the Democratic Party rests,” Walsh explained.
“I think what’s interesting about the Roosevelt era – if you go back to the ’20s and ’30s when you have basically Hoover and Roosevelt – it’s also the time of the great gangster empires in America,” he said. “It’s when organized crime was really founded. That occurred in 1929 in Atlantic City, when every great gangster from all the ethnic groups came to Atlantic City and they split up the country into zones of influence. But they were very political as well, and the gangsters tended to be Democrats. Except for the Republican mayor of Atlantic City, ‘Nucky’ Johnson, it’s hard to think of a gangster who was not a Democrat. They were very influential in getting Roosevelt nominated.
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