It was the democRATs.
What is sad to me is the success of the FDR crowd in getting the pious Christian set to confuse the welfare state with the charity urged to Christians in specific.
Without the Christian context, people would have been saying Hey! This is another flavor of communism! But somehow the “Christian” patina erased criticism. It is a God-gagger.
The only answer I can see will entail evangelists rising up and succeeding in gaining an audience that doesn’t make that mistake.