■ Robert C. Koehler / Contributed The Democrats have been in turmoil for the last half century and then some, when they abandoned their racist base and supported the civil rights movement. Revved up by the spirit of the 60s, the party began opening itself to further change, even daring to push beyond the financial interests of its controlling oligarchs and declare an opposition to war. “I have no secret plan for peace. I have a public plan,” George McGovern said during his 1972 presidential campaign – and that was that. After his crushing defeat, at the hands of Richard Nixon and his “Southern strategy” the Dems quietly retreated. Their prevailing
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