Yet then, as now, the Democratic Party represented the best hope for common people suffering the losses of the Depression, calamity, and exploitation by the wealthy. Ironically, people today have better access to education, and to information in general, yet they seem to be less aware of who best represents their interests. They still harbor a lot of the same racial prejudices which would have made Roosevelt's election impossible if he'd had Obama's ethnic background. They are subjected to a propaganda machine, closely tied to the evangelical Christians, which has been able to take advantage of their religiosity and self-serving version of patriotism, and their disinterest in learning about government and public policy, filling the void with disinformation. They are several generations removed from forebears who benefited from Alphabet Agencies created under the New Deal, which stimulated the economy, created jobs and built utilities and the interstate highway system, growing the infrastructure that all of modern society sprang from. Furthermore, that era marked the growth of government involvement in science, preserving the environment, developing soil conservation measures and building up the national parks and wildlife preserves. And of course the modernization and protection of banking and investments, the evolution of economics as a science, and the development of strategies to curb inflation and recession, were also born under that infrastructure. Having forgotten all of this, having forgotten their family lore, and/or having slept through history class--while enjoying the public education not so widely available in 1932--they are prone to identify these successes of the New Deal as Big Government, a euphemism for oppression. Crucial among these errors in thinking is their antagonism of the Fed for its application of lessons learned from the crash of '29, and the many advances in the field of economics since, preferring to call these the failed policies of an incompetent elite, rather than to expend the effort to actually take a course in economics, or to download the data from government sites and study the trends and statistics for themselves, or else to rely on experts, the same way they trust the plumber of mechanic to fix what they can't understand. Thus, Big Government is a fabrication of Right Wing pundits, spoon fed to a child-like constituency that needs a good bedtime story to coddle them out of their tantrums and put them to sleep. Big Government becomes a transference of all their anger and frustration for their own personal shortcomings, which probably began with a lousy early educational experience, broken dreams of Easy Street, and the sense of asylum among others similarly situated--crying in their beer about how they haven't put away as much, or lived better than, their parents. In short, this generation of Republicans represents a failed experiment in citizenship. They are, and will likely continue to be, the voice of anger and obstruction to the very programs designed to help them help themselves. They will likely continue to appeal to ignorance, to exploit primal fears (xenophobia/racism, misogyny and the decline of the WASP) and to pander to the evangelicals, cynics and conspiracy theorists with the same lies and hyperbole that will go down in history as one of the worst campaign strategies in recent memory. And this is the back story, in brief, of how the map turns from blue to red. No doubt there will be tomes and dissertations on it for years to come, which will certainly give the salient points better justice than I can.