True dat. All the obituaries in our old family bible say "He was a democrat through and through". I used to think "WHAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?" until someone enlightened be about the political shift. When would you say that shift occurred?
Don't know when it happened. Dad was always a die-hard Democrat, even though he always voted Republican. I was a registered Democratic until my only choice in the primary for US Senate was John Tunney or Tom Hayden. I think that was back during the Watergate mess, so while Republicans were fleeing their party because of corruption, I fled my party because of Communists.
My little conservative town here in California's central valley actually had more American Independents than Republicans back in George Wallace's heyday.