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The Origin and Platform of the American Democratic Party Part I

This is my first blog in a series of blogs to help educate people on the true history of our political parties, government, as well as historical figures.  To bring to light history that has been lost, forgotten, and purposely omitted in our schools to ensure our children do not know the full truth which in doing so prevent them from making truly informed decisions with politics, state rights, individual rights, our countries history, and the truth behind our different cultures and the lies that have been told or rather the truths that have not been told in order to sway our citizens thought processes towards history and matters of race and government.  Furthermore, I want to stress that my political beliefs or bias, and what party I represent play no role in what is written in these forthcoming posts, they are purely for educational purposes only.

It is very apparent today that the Democratic and Republican parties are very much polar opposites with very few party lines that cross a middle ground, but they actually used to be one, single party called the Democratic-Republican Party.  The party was organized by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson in 1791 to stand against the Federalist Party in upcoming elections.  It supported states’ rights and the literal and strict interpretation of the Constitution.  Because of a heightened fear of anything resembling England’s monarchy, they contested elitism.  They hated the Federalists, the wealthy aristocrats who wanted a national bank and increased national governmental power over state governments.  Because of these fears the popularity of the party increased throughout the 1790s.

In 1801, Thomas Jefferson’s election into office successfully brought the Democratic-Republican Party to power.  The Federalist Party lost the majority of support and disbanded after the War of 1812 leaving them without opposition.  However from 1815 to 1832 they started to make mistakes.  They had no pressure from anyone anymore and so States began nominating local electors, with their own personal interest in mind.  The party eventual split up in 1828 into the modern Democratic Party and the Whig Party.  Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren led the Democratic Party along with farmers, urban laborers, and Irish Catholics.  They opposed aristocracy, a national bank and pushed to modernize American industry instead of family-based agriculture.  They also supported the Mexican-American War and expansion into the western territories.  They also opposed anti-immigration legislation and monopolies.  While the Whig Party was not as popular it did have access to more wealth giving to more funding and influence.

In 1848, the Democratic National Committee or DNC was created and General Lewis Cass was nominated for candidacy however he lost to the Whig candidate General Zachary Taylor.  The reason for this win was due to the Free Soil Party of New York.  It was established for one reason and that was to oppose the expansion of slavery into the new western states.  It was made up of both Whig and Democratic members who felt that free men on free soil should remain free.  They also fought for the rights of free men in many Midwest and northern states and because of this division many democrats voted for General Taylor.

In 1850, Democratic members of Congress passed what is known as the Compromise of 1850, which was a set of bills that attempted to prevent civil war over slavery. The Compromise essentially outlawed slavery in the Western states; however, it also included a bill called the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which demanded that slaves who ran away to northern states be returned to their “masters” in the South.

Because of division over issues of slavery and anti-immigration in 1852 the Whig Party disbanded leaving the path for Democrat Franklin Pierce to be elected followed by James Buchanan in 1856.  Those Democrats who opposed slavery eventually left the party and joined those from the Whig Party in the North to form the Republican Party in 1854.

In 1860, the anti-slavery Republican Party had become immensely popular and delivered their message of anti-slavery and how the Democrats were pro-slavery.  This message got Abraham Lincoln elected as the first Republican President.

By the 1900s, the Democratic and Republican parties became the two polar opposite parties we have today.  Despite this it is important to remember they started as the same party with the purpose to create a government that is run for and by its citizens.

This is only the beginning I have plenty more to talk about in regards to the origin and platform of the American Democratic Party.  So stay tuned for future posts.

Lost History, A Time To Be Reeducated

I thought I would sit down and write a quick blog to precede my upcoming blogs in an effort to give everyone an idea of what is to come.  I hear a lot of talk in reference our government, political parties, and historical figures in general, mainly from our millennials that has made me realize more than ever that our education system has truly let them and our children who are still in school down.  They talk a lot about the different political parties or historical figures and groups and it has become painfully obvious they know nothing of the true history of our government, the political parties and so on.  There are many factors to blame for this, our government choosing what to teach and what not to teach our children, people like our millennials, but not exclusively them, not doing the proper research before talking about a topic, then talking without all the facts, and us as parents and grand-parents for not correcting them.

With it being the holiday’s of course things will not be coming out daily or weekly but over the course of the next few months I will endeavor to help educate every on those things that aren’t being taught, like how the Democratic party created the KKK in response to Abraham Lincoln, our first Republican President, for freeing the slaves, about the first 7 black Americans elected to the U.S. Congress during the period of 1865 to 1877 and how they were all Republican!  How the Republican party used to be a part of the Democratic party, the Democratic – Republican party, then split due to differences in views on state, economic, and minority rights.  All things conveniently left off the Democratic National Committee’s official web page.

I will enlighten everyone on the truth behind the Black Panther Party, the darker side left out when talking about them and unknown to a lot of our younger generation today, as well as many unknown facts about other historical figures such as Christopher Columbus, Paul Revere and so on.

This is not an attempt to cause debate or anger among people but to educate people on historical facts that our government and education system does not inform people of anymore and doesn’t want our people to know about.  It may surprise and even shock a lot of people but ultimately I hope, with an open mind, people walk away a little more enlightened and knowledgeable about our history and our government, further enabling people to have more informed conversations instead of talking about something they know nothing about while using false information and sounding ignorant and foolish.  My first blog in this series will be the history and basic background and principles the Democratic Party was founded on and their overall thought process over the years.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier

the-walking-dead-season-7Wow what an episode.  The premier of season 7 for The Walking Dead was brutal and emotional to say the least. So I thought I would put down to words some things I noticed after re-watching the episode and talk about some things that should be coming and make some comparisons to the comic.  SOOOOOO if you have not watched it yet or don’t want to know what happened in the comic do NOT read further because there could be potential spoilers ahead.

First off what I noticed in this episode.

  • In the opening sequence where they show the actors names and music, they show a fireplace and in it is an iron.  In the comics, Negan uses an iron to burn the side of the faces of those who get out of line, like he did with Dwight, so we will most likely be seeing him use that iron later on in the season.
  • After that in the opening sequence they show Rick’s axe and it is bloody.  Now in the comics the Governor cut off Ricks hand.  In the show Rick still has both hands, however, in this episode they make you think Negan may be the one who will finally chop it off but then they flip the script on us and make you think he is going to have Rick cut off Carl’s hand instead before he stops him.  The fact that it is bloody in the opening sequence and when Rick gets the axe for Negan off the top of the RV and Negan lets him back in and wipes it off and gives it back to Rick saying “I think your gonna need it.  I just got a feeling.  So take it”, he said it in a way that tells me it still gets used in some fashion this season.  Either Rick is still going to lose his hand by Negan or they are going to switch it up and Rick is going to cut of Negan’s hand instead.  This is just my theory.  Everything they put in the opening sequence always has a significance.
  • Before Abraham died he gave Sasha the peace sign.  This was something the two of them would give each other that had multiple meanings.  1) everything is going to be okay, and 2) that they cared for each other without having to actually say it.
  • When Rick is on the roof of the RV Negan says “I bet you thought you were all gonna grow old together sitting around the table eating Sunday dinner living happily ever after.  No it doesn’t work like that Rick, not any more, think about what happened.”  Then at the end you have the dream sequence of them all sitting around the table eating Sunday dinner, Glenn’s child is in his lap, and Sasha looks like she might be pregnant.  Now they are telling you in that dream sequence Maggie is having a boy but are they also telling us Sasha is pregnant with Abraham’s child and doesn’t know it yet or was it just that a what might have been thought?  Remember before Negan’s men caught them driving in the RV he and Sasha were talking and they both said they felt they could have what Glenn and Maggie have and could start a family.
  • When Dwight asked Negan if he wanted him to kill Daryl and he said “No you don’t kill that, not till you try a little” I believe he is referencing fighting Daryl.  Daryl had just popped Negan really hard in the jaw and I think he was saying that Dwight doesn’t get to kill him till he has felt his punch himself.  So it is my opinion that he is planning on pitting the two of them against each other in some sort of cage fight or something to that effect.
  • When Negan hits Glenn with the bat what he looks like with the ye popping out and his head caved in is scene for scene from the comic.
  • When Glenn says “Maggie I’ll find you” after Negan hits him in the head with the bat, I think that has multiple meanings.  First when they got separated at the prison and he was with Tara and headed to Terminus he made a similar comment and when he did find her she burned his picture of her saying he would never need a photo of her again (which I think was foreshadowing that he wouldn’t need it because he would eventually be dead) the second meaning I think was that they were soul mates and even in death his spirit would find her and help guide her.
  • Then when Negan’s men are leaving you see them taking a Polaroid of Glenn which goes back to when they snuck into the building to kill Negan’s men and Glenn made his first human kill and he saw all the Polaroid’s on the wall of the bashed heads.  That was also foreshadowing Glenn’s death and then this episode them closing the loop with his picture being taken.

Now for some comic insight and my thoughts on what is too come.  In the comics Andrea is alive.  Carol died at the prison and Sofia is still alive.  When they get to Alexandria Andrea and Rick become an item.  Maggie takes over Hilltop and Michone for a brief time hooks up with King Ezekiel.  A new threat, The Whisperers also come into play as well, a group who hid among the zombies by wearing zombie skins who their leader a woman named Alpha has a daughter who ends up staying with the Alexandrian’s then going with Carl to the Hilltop.

Now for the show, Andrea and Sofia are dead, Rick and Michone are an item, Carol is alive and they have set it up for Maggie to go back to Hilltop to take over as their leader.  I believe Carol is going to take Michone’s role in the comic and hook up with Ezekiel.  If you look at IMDB in the synopsis for Episode 5 it says Carl and Enid head to the Hilltop.  Is Enid Alpha’s daughter and what they showed about her parent’s dying a false story or are they switching it up again.  Also on IMDB in the synopsis for Episode 6 it says a mysterious new group is introduced and the picture is that of zombies but if you look close it looks more like people wearing zombie skins.  The Whisperers!  It’s earlier than what I expected but hey.

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Finally to address a few things I noticed people saying about the first episode and trying to be sympathetic at the same time.  This episode was tragic, brutal, and emotional.  Those of us who have followed it since season one, we grow attached to characters, and those of us who read the comics have some insight as well as what to expect.  Even still reading the comic and seeing it on the show are two different things.  You know it’s coming but don’t want it to at the same time.  With that said, it’s still a great show and you have to accept the fact that at some point your favorite characters are going to die.  This is the zombie apocalypse.  Not everyone is going to live forever.  A lot of people got really pissed about the brutality of the episode or the fact Glenn died and said they would never watch it again or said they were rage quitting the show.  WHY?  It’s just a show.  Sure we love these characters but it is just a show and it is a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SHOW.  PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE at some point.  If it were real and if anyone has read my blogs you know I believe someday it will happen, the truth is out there, your friends and family aren’t all going to live forever.  There will be some who die by either zombies or those living who have taken advantage of no rules and no laws.  Are you going to rage quit life because your best friend or your husband had their head bashed in with a bat or was torn apart by zombies?  Not how real life works people.  Now this is a show and not real life so lets treat it as such.  Expect the unexpected.  Expect people to die to include your favorites and accept it and admit, despite the devastating loss of the characters we love, it is still an awesome show.

 

Addison Rose

As of 2:38pm EDT, July 13, 2015, Addison Rose was born.  She was 7lbs 10oz and 20 1/2 inches long.  She is the daughter to my oldest daughter Kaitlyn and her husband Chris.  She effectively made me a grandfather and my wife a step-grandmother.  Or as we will be otherwise known as Pa-paw and Gigi.

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To Addison Rose,

I want to say you are such a beautiful little baby girl and I know I live far away from you but I plan to do my best to spoil you as much as I can.  I know you will grow up loved, happy, and into a beautiful young woman.  I hope you excel in all you put your mind too, excel in school, work, and that you know no hardships in your future, only joy, love, and financial success.

Love,

Pa-paw and Gigi

Being Brave

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There’s a quote I saw the other day and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. “Brave men may not live forever, but cautious men do not live at all.” The quote is commonly attributed to Timothy Luce who said it after graduating college in the 90’s but actually it was originated from an unknown author in the 1980’s. Another common use for this quote was in the movie “The Princess Diaries” when Amelia’s father wrote her a note stating “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.”

Another similar quote goes “Success is for the BRAVE! TRUIMPH awaits to those, that are brave enough to undergo through the trials and tribulations!” – Philip T.M.

The quotes, I believe, have significant meaning because they tell us if you go through life being cautious, you’ll never really live life and if you’re brave enough to live life and put yourself out there even in times of trials and tribulations, despite any fears you may have, you will find that in the end you will find success and it will be more satisfying than if you had sat on the sidelines waiting for the storm to pass.

The past 7 years has been nothing but struggle, trials, tribulations, and full of fear of what will come next and they aren’t over and won’t be for quite some time. But I and my wife have pushed forward, we have been brave in the face of that fear, we have done everything except be cautious and wait for the storm to pass. We have made decisions in the hope that they were the right ones to help us move forward in life, sometimes they were the right ones, sometimes they were the wrong ones. We continue to learn from our mistakes, we continue to struggle each day but most importantly we continue to be brave. We may not live forever but we know we will have at least lived and not erred on the side of caution, alive but dead on the inside.

I leave you with this quote “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

A Special Mother’s Day

I know I already posted a Mother’s Day post but I wanted to do a separate post for my oldest daughter who on July 14 will become a mother for the first time.  She will be having a daughter and I’m sure they will see as she grows that their little girl is just like her mother in some ways and just like her father in others.

Becoming a mother for the first time can be scary, a parent for that matter can be scary.  Not knowing if your doing things right, making the right decisions or the wrong ones.  You can read all the books, listen to the advice of your parents, but the best thing you can do is learn what works best for your child.  Not every technique works for every child.  You have to tweek things.  You have days you are filled with stress and others filled with joy.  You have good days and bad.  In the end though, nothing compares to loving that child or children and seeing them grow and filling your heart with pride as they succeed in life.

I know she will be a wonderful mother and a great parent as will her husband and as a new Pa Paw myself, even though I live several states away, I plan to spoil that child as much as I can.  So good luck in a new chapter in your life and Happy Mother’s Day tweety.

Love Dad.

Happy Mother’s Day 2015

Mothers Day

So today is Mother’s Day.  I want to first say to everyone that this day isn’t just for “your” mother but if you are married and have kids, it’s for your wife too because she is a mother as well, the mother of your children.  I remember last year hearing on the radio women calling in saying their husbands said they weren’t doing anything for them because they weren’t “Their mother” and I think that is total bullshit.  They expect something done for them on “Father’s Day”.  Why is that any different?

So Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.  She truly does love me no matter what and even if at times it can be annoying she still to this day tries to call me at least once a week if not every two weeks depending on my work schedule.  Not many people can say they do that in today’s society.

To my wife, Happy Mother’s Day, she is the mother to my two step-children and step-mother to my three children.  My step-son (her son) just turned 18 and my step-daughter (her daughter) is 12.  She’s had a hard life as a mother and despite her feelings on how she did and is doing, I can say she has been a great mother to her children.  She has done everything she could within her limits and has always provided for them what they need.  They may not always get what they want or what she wants to give them but their needs are always met and that is what is most important.  Those are the life lessons they will take with them as they go through adulthood.  That is what is important.

To all the other mothers out there again Happy Mother’s Day.