The entire history of the Democratic Party is one of crime and corruption, according to former Time magazine associate editor Michael Walsh.
In a radio interview with WND's Greg Corombos, Walsh provides a detailed analysis of the party's dark past – from Aaron Burr's building of Tammany Hall and how Democrats tried to defeat Abraham Lincoln's re-election bid to Franklin Roosevelt's rise to the presidency and the Chicago machine connected to the Obama administration.
"What distinguishes them is a real desire to win," he explained. "They're the oldest party in the country obviously. ...
"They've stayed because they know how to win, and they're willing to change at the drop of a hat. They're willing to change their policies. They've gone from being the party of slavery and segregation to now claiming to be the party of civil rights laws passed in '64 and '65, when, in fact, those were passed with greater Republican support than Democrat support. But they're always mutating and trying to grab the moral high ground. And it seems to me they don't have any moral high ground."
Walsh detailed what he believes is a history of corruption in the Democratic Party, going all the way back to Aaron Burr.
"He founded Tammany Hall, which turned into, over the course of its 150-year existence, the prototypical big-city political machine: corrupt, in league with the most violent gangsters in New York during its heyday and the source of patronage and power on which the Democratic Party rests," Walsh explained.
He said the Democratic Party's win-at-all-cost attitude led to the creation of political machines that ran big-city politics for years.
"I think what's interesting about the Roosevelt era – if you go back to the '20s and '30s when you have basically Hoover and Roosevelt – it's also the time of the great gangster empires in America," he said. "It's when organized crime was really founded. That occurred in 1929 in Atlantic City, when every great gangster from all the ethnic groups came to Atlantic City and they split up the country into zones of influence. But they were very political as well, and the gangsters tended to be Democrats. Except for the Republican mayor of Atlantic City, 'Nucky' Johnson, it's hard to think of a gangster who was not a Democrat. They were very influential in getting Roosevelt nominated.
"In 1932, Al Smith had thought he had their allegiance, but they double-crossed him and they thought they'd get off easy with Roosevelt, who then promptly double-crossed the gangsters and sent Tom Dewey after them in the great clean-up of gangs in the '20s and '30s.
"But the party has always been in bed with this sort of criminal element, and sometimes a seditious criminal element. That was also true in the Roosevelt administration, where a number of Roosevelt administration officials turned out, subsequently, to have been Soviet agents of influence. Again, it's not a pretty sight."
Walsh said President Harry Truman, when he came up in politics in Kansas City, was the bag man for the great criminal Irish gangster who ran the city, Tom Pendergast.
"Truman never lost his affection for Pendergast," he said. "Even after he was finally brought to justice and sent to jail, Truman admired him very much."
He said the father of John F. Kennedy had been very much in league with gangsters, including Owney Madden, the biggest bootlegger and politically influential gangster in New York City.
"There's always this sub current running underneath the Democratic presidents," Walsh said. "The party got seized in 1968 in the streets of Chicago during the riots … and is now basically turned into the McGovern-Alinsky group that runs the country today."
In his book, "The People v. the Democratic Party," Walsh writes, "With Obama in office, all Washington is a skating rink on which characters like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd turn triple-Lutzes while their media cronies applaud like the Harvard-trained seals that many of them are."
In the WND interview, Walsh indicted his former colleagues in the mainstream media for doing little more than carrying water for their preferred candidates and issues.
"What's left of the mainstream media is a pretty hard-core group of leftists whose life's work and ambition is to promote their agenda," he said. "And they're doing a good job of it. It's just that they're losing their influence, and I think they'll continue to lose it as the public realizes they're not playing straight with them anymore."