Today’s post title is taken from a story that appeared this morning about an endangered species—coal-country democrats. At one time, the United Mine Workers of America owned coal-country and through the UMWA, so did democrats. In a recent blog post, I remembered the first time I voted in an election. I didn’t know at the time I was voting illegally. I do remember my father reluctantly indicating that I should follow the order of the union official at the polling place.
Times have changed. Democrat policies since Roosevelt and LBJ have taken their toll. The federal government is horrifically in debt. Personal liberty is a shadow of that possessed in past decades. Our military has been infiltrated by incompetents and political sycophants elevated not for their military skills but for their political allegiance.
But the changes have not all been towards socialism and political tyranny. There have been casualties on the left. In West Virginia, coal-country democrat office-holders are now extinct and that’s a good thing. The struggle between right and left, democrat and republican, communism and individualism continues. What happened in West Virginia could spread to coal-country in other states.