Democrats rode the Newt Gingrich wave with Bill Clintons political skills. The Rush Limbaugh/ Fox News factless assault on truth abetted by the Koch bros and their like has continued.... The Democrats (Hillary for example..) put their feet in the swamp and got more and more sucked into the morass while the Republicans live there. They are happy there. Democrats held their nose and got along somewhat. Along comes Trump and suddenly the Democrats get all the blame.
Now I like Wendell Berry. BUT...his rebuttal is beside the point however eloquent.