Of course parties change platforms. You could pretend that today is exactly as everything was for all time in the past but that’s naive and incorrect.
I’ve never been Democrat *or* Republican – always independent (like that deserves a prize), but I’ve usually been left or liberal leaning (take your pick).
At one time, democrats = skilled labor. But as the people of skilled labor began to feel abandoned by their own party they began to switch to Republican and the demographics of each party began to shift, being reflected in their platforms.
Republicans were always big business but now both parties are big business.
As far as the statues go? If they are indeed “owned by the Democrats” why would Republicans want to save them?
Of course. But it assumes a start from equal footing. Takes time to get equal footing and there’s often a backlash by the prevailing culture against other groups getting equal footing because THEN they have to actually compete to keep their positioning.
Sure it is. Some start from 0. Some start from -3. Some start from -5. Some might start from 2 or 3.
Looks like the same foot race once it starts.
Equal opportunity is ultimately impossible of course. But obvious flaws are easily fixed.
Systems keeps changing. We’re not in the same systems as 10 years ago or 50 years ago or 500 years ago. Gotta stay nimble.
Had a great job I didn’t want as systems analyst for a pharm company 15-18 years ago. Made great money I didn’t need and learned to invest/save/got a house, etc. Worked out fine.
But can I go into there TODAY with the same skillset? Nope. Who cares about Microsoft Excel wizards in 2017. There’s a place, sure, but if I wanted to compete, I’d have to upgrade my skillsets as “lone hacker type” isn’t what people are buying now.