My daughter and I were watching Disney’s Silly Symphonies on Netflix this week and it was great to reminisce about when I was her age watching these same cartoons. I was also reminded just how political these cartoons got sometimes. Chicken Little is probably one of the more powerful wartime propaganda cartoons that I’ve seen. To the unsuspecting viewer, it’s just a cartoon about a timeless story with several explanations. However, Disney’s Chicken Little is much darker and has a message that is timeless even 75 years later.
Earlier this year, I shared a meme about what Republicans and Democrats supported during historic political moments. It went over the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the constitution and compared them to Obamacare in terms of who supported what. I quickly got some angry friends who said, “Hey! We all know that this is ridiculous because there was a political paradigm shift. The south used to be Democratic and now they’re Republican! The parties switched!”
While the part about the south is true, I’ve been asking myself this question for years: When exactly did the political parties shift and switch its ideology? I decided that it’s time to look into it and figure it out.