The Democratic party currently exists in name only. My background is very similar to yours Shouldazagged. I would probably still be a Democrat if it had not been taken over by the Socialists. The "Democrats" have adopted every plank of the old Communist Party Platform and deem the Constitution to be a relic. I am a fiscal conservative and believe the Constitution to be one of the Greatest documents ever written. I see to many infringements already and the Democrats in control of the party seem to want to destroy our freedoms. I went Republican because there was no other viable option. I would love to see a viable new/other party. There are very few "Leaders" out there and an awful lot of "Takers" along with a lot of "Control Freaks".
Things started to go wrong when the Socialists developed a long range plan and inserted themselves into the education system. They were able to indoctrinate (brainwash) our youth and now we are seeing the results mostly in the large population centers (cities). Our current volunteer military and the great men and women that serve show that the Socialists were not entirely successful but where are the preponderance of these men and women coming from. I doubt it is from the inner city.