Did you ever wonder who made up the color designations of blue for Democrats and red for Republicans?
Most people, under the age of 50, would answer that it’s because R is an easier letter to remember as in Red and Republicans. They would be wrong.
Historically, there was often a shift but during the Cold War until the last election, the color red to define a person, group, or party was a derogatory term.
The following paragraph is a quote from an October 12, 2015 Smithsonian Magazine article:
“For years, both parties would do red and blue maps, but they always made the other guys red’, said Chuck Todd, political director and chief White House correspondent for NBC News. “During the Cold War, who wanted to be red?”
Indeed, prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union, “red was a term of derision”, noted Mitchell Stephens, a New York University professor of journalism and author of A History of News.
Meanwhile back at the ranch….
Remember that inconvenient word “liberal” that Democrats used to use to define themselves (until about four years ago)? Do I mean until the meaning of “open to the ideas of other people” became too inconvenient? Yup that’s it!! That’s when. Yup, that’s when liberals decided for two reasons to change the name liberals to progressives.
You see, in the olden days, of as recently as four years ago, liberals were thought of as open to the thought of socialism (and socialism is linked to Marxism and then that slippery slope gets you right smack dab into the mud of communism, which ironically, dispenses with all liberal ideas).
And as you will remember “they always wanted to make the other guys red” and “red was a term of derision” because of the color of the artistic rendition of the communists’ symbol (the hammer and sickle).
If this wasn’t planned, then why not keep the color red? And why the shell game of changing the name liberal to progressive? Could it be that liberals hope to pretend that the ideas of socialism, Marxism, and Communism, or red as their team color, don’t really exist? And, if the Liberals can call themselves by the bright and shiny, new name, of Progressives, perhaps their handlers hope to game themselves to victory in two ways: one, liberals can dispense with having to be open to anyone else’s ideas and just plod on with their progressive agenda which is whatever’s good for the cause, (torpedos be damned!) and now that they have a new name, they can also give themselves a new color -as in true blue patriotism. And, if it’s only a game (or is it?) they only have to play the part of true blue patriots, not really believe as they do. And, erasing any trace of their original political meaning and color will absolutely scrub clean any “remembrances of” (nasty) “things past”.
In fact, better yet, boys and girls, we can really mix things up and give that other group that nasty color. Who wants it anyway, as the commentators asked. And, if it’s only a game the Republicans would be really petty, poor sports, to squawk about such a silly thing as a group color.
The problem now is the Republicans should have been really petty, poor sports, because had they been, then, the nee’ progressives, would now be wearing their original color of red (which is actually their “true blue” color).
But with the Republicans having been, now being, good sports, about such a seemingly “silly” thing, which wasn’t, and isn’t, silly at all, in political PR parlance, the way it is, now, we’re all sort of in the middle of an Orwellian Universe. Remember George Orwell’s 1984? That’s the book that told us to be very afraid when the meanings of symbols and their ownership, facts that you thought were, aren’t; and all of the facts that you thought weren’t, are?
Mixed up? Just think how conservatives feel about having their true blue patriotism given to the real Reds. And how the real reds are hoping to laugh their way to victory because so many of them think its all just a child’s coloring game, when it’s really a deadly game and the color red will once again belong to the hammer and sickle of the communists, who hope, at the finish line of the “game”, to finish off democracy here and in Israel.