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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.

And The President Is….

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I was sitting her thinking yesterday about all the people I thought would make good presidents and why and thought I would share them with you.  Every 4 years we get the pleasure of having to choose who we want to run for president then vote for that person.  Sometimes who we want to run doesn’t get chosen for that party sometimes they do.  Then it becomes a 50/50 chance if the person your actually voting for president gets voted in, unfortunately the past two terms I was out-voted but maybe if one of these people had ran it would have been a different story.

The first person on my list is Bill Pullman.  He played the president already in Independence Day so he already knows the stresses that come with the job and having to make the tough choices of war and alien invasions.  Not to mention, his speech he gave just before they went up to fight after planting the virus in the mother ship to which he himself put himself behind the pilot’s seat was, not only moving but one of the most patriotic and uplifting speeches ever.

Morgan Freeman has played the president as well and also knows the pressures of being the president during global disasters not to mention he has that narrator’s voice that is just awesome to listen too.  We can’t forget he’s also played God as well.

Who can forget William Shatner.  “My…Fellow…Amer..i..cans..”  This man’s foreign policy is out of this world.  No one does foreign “relations” like him.  He’d be the first president, beating out ole Bill Clinton, by getting laid on every trip he took to another country in the name of peace.

Gerald Butler!  I mean come on.  He played King Leonidas and led 300 men against thousands of Persians.  He didn’t take any shit from anyone.  This man was a leader and he played him well.

Danny Trejo would just be totally awesome as president.  Could you imagine an ex federal a codenamed Machete as president?  He would totally kick ass.  No one would mess with the U.S.

Bruce Campbell would be another choice of mine.  Shit this man fought the powers of the book of the dead….3 times, even got thrown back to the middle ages once to fight the powers of the book of the dead and prevailed every time.  “Give me some sugar baby”

Michael Douglas is another iconic person who has not only played a president but a cop, a wallstreet savy mogul, and many other rolls and the man likes to get naked.  Bill Clinton set that standard for sex in the White House and I think Michael would fit right in and set that bar even higher.  Hopefully this time they won’t find any boiling bunnies in a pot in the White House kitchen.

Geena Davis is another who played a president on T.V. and though it didn’t do well in the ratings I liked the show and thought she did an awesome job and I would have voted for her not to mention she would have been one sexy president.

Okay this is a last minute update because I thought of it after the fact:

Charlie Sheen and my reason can be described in one word…..WINNING!!!

So that’s my list of presidential hopefuls.  If you have anyone to add I would like to hear them and why you think they would make a good president.

Election Day Freeze

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though this blog is about events that unfolded on election day for myself, I will not be discussing who I voted for or didn’t vote for.  I have found through experience that to many people get pissed when politics is discussed and you disagree with them and refuse to change your mind.  So with that said, it was Election Day yesterday.  Oh Joy.  Can you read my enthusiasm?  NOT!

I get up and go stand in line at the voting area that is literally right around the corner from my apartment.  This seems the logical place to go right?  I live RIGHT beside it.  It is freezing cold, plus the wind is blowing making it that much worse.  I am there for 2 1/2 hours approximately.  Finally my turn, give them my ID, they look and look, call someone else over to look and look.  Ask me if I registered, etc etc.  Finally they say your not supposed to vote here.  You have to go to the library.  It’s after 11am by this time.  WHY THE FUCK TO I HAVE TO GO THE LIBRARY WHEN I LIVE RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD!  I should be able to vote at the closest location.  I’m here NOW,  I want to vote, so my vote won’t count because a nominee can with the popular vote and still lose because it’s the electoral votes that count….okay getting off topic.

So I go to the store, go home.  Then I go to the library.  It’s 1pm.  It’s freezing outside, the wind is blowing.  I’m standing there and finally at 2:30 I get to place my vote that doesn’t count because a person can win the popular vote but still lose the election because it’s the electoral votes that count and in my opinion should be done away with and only the popular vote decide who wins and loses…damn it off topic again.   Sorry.

So anyway I said all of that to say, this system is so screwed up I not only couldn’t vote at the location that was closest to where I lived but I had to stand outside for almost 4 hrs freezing my ass off because it was so cold my balls reseeded back up into my body.  I’m still waiting for them to drop.

Thank you America!

Ramble On

I was sitting here thinking about what to blog about and had a bunch of different, random thoughts pop into my head.  Not being able to narrow things down I thought I would just blog about a couple of them.

First, why oh why do people argue over politics or human rights such as abortion?  I don’t get it.  Yes I said argue because that is what always happens.  Oh sure you start out talking about it, stating your views why you hate that guy, why this guy is better, but eventually it turns into an argument, things get heated and your now yelling at each other about how obtuse they are being.  This is why I always try to avoid anything to do with these subjects, to include religion as well.  I have no interest having a 30 minute argument when I know for a fact you have your point of view and nothing I say is going to make you see that your wrong and I have my point of view and nothing you say is going to make me change my mind and believe something that is wrong.  The only people that can ever have what they think about these topics swayed one way or another are those who say “I don’t know” or are on the fence so to speak.  I have written one blog about politics.  I wasn’t stating my political thoughts and affiliation, what I did was list what party all our presidents belonged too and then listed  a few Republicans and Democrats and the bad things those particular democratic presidents did and the good things those particular republicans did.  That was all.  All fact, no opinion.  It’s still caused a stir anyway.

Then there is the art of arguing period.  Why do we feel when we are angry or when we disagree with someone like say our spouse or significant other or parent the only way to communicate is to argue and raise our voices and yell?  I’m not saying I don’t because I do.  I just think we the people, in order to form a more perfect union, could resolve our issues so much quicker and easier if we just remained calm, talked, stated our side, and worked out a compromise.

Then you have people who believe that your family is nothing more than a trophy that you show off at parties.  You should put in a minimum 18 hrs a day at work and then bring work home to do as well, instead of, depending on your job, keeping the work hrs to 8 – 12 hrs in a day, leave work at work, go home and actually spend time with your family.

Just some random thoughts I figured I would share.

Showing Support

First I want to say thanks to everyone who follows my blog and supports me.  I appreciate it, because you are the ones who make it all worth doing.  So keep looking, keep liking, keep rating, and keep commenting, I will always reply back.  Because you are so kind to support me and my blog I thought I would do the same and dedicate this blog to you.  Now, I can’t possibly put everyone on here so if you’re not mentioned, I do apologize I will try to endorse you on the next one.  I also hope by me endorsing your site on here that I by no means upset or offend anyone, because that is not my intent.  I am here to give praise to your site and hopefully bring more people to them.

http://shanson3871.wordpress.com/

First and foremost we have my wife’s page.  She has some outrageous stories, great poems, and emotional and moving moments that I think everyone should read, so go by her page, click follow and start reading her posts, I guarantee you will like what you see.

http://valhallaentertainment.wordpress.com/

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead TV series then this site is for you.  They are the official site for promoting conventions and interviews for The Walking Dead TV series.

http://aileenpettigrew.wordpress.com/

She is a UK writer and very good at it.  I definitely recommend you check out her site and her published books.

http://chelseanewsletter.wordpress.com/

Do you want to know the latest on sports?  Well Chelsea has it.  Go check out her site and you won’t be disappointed.

http://ladyromp.com/

This site is dedicated to women’s health, motherhood, and inspirational women.  Every day she posts someone new who she feels is an inspirational woman.  So women check her site out, you’ll be inspired I’m sure.

http://expertofnone.com/

Her name says it all, Jill of All Trades, is just that, she has a variety of things she blogs about and is a wonderful blogger.  With the Olympics going she has been following the medal count for everyone as well.

http://gilwilson.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/doctor-who-the-runaway-train-by-oli-smith/

If it’s book reviews you’re looking for this guy has them.  Check him out and follow his blog your sure to find a review of a book your looking for.

http://briannagorman.wordpress.com/

Remember when you were young and going off to college?  Maybe you are that person now.  Well this blog is just that, just an everyday blog about life and adjusting to those changes.  Follow and support her as she forges a new path in her life and career.

http://poeticdaydreams.wordpress.com/

Oh what can I say about this guy?  LOL he is a poet first and can I say political antagonist second?  LOL just kidding.  Though we may not always see eye to eye on our political views he does have them and he does write great poetry as well.  I employ you to check out his site, read his poetry, and engage in political commentary….IF YOU DARE!

http://damnquemala.wordpress.com/

Do you like great photo’s?  Well she has them.  Her site is pretty much dedicated to the posting of some pretty outstanding photos.  I highly recommend you check it out and follow.

http://melisaschow.wordpress.com/

Melisa is a very good friend of mine so follow her on her journey after surgery.  I don’t want to give anything away so you have to follow her and read her updates to get the full scoop.

http://talinorfali.wordpress.com/

She is pretty much straight forward.  She blogs about life, about what she feels, and what is happening to her.  There are some moving things, and hey you may even find a few things you can relate too so check her out.

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

Are you an adventure junkie?  Do you like to travel?  Well follow Lesley on her adventures and let me tell you she has many.

http://jodiambroseblog.com/

Another outstanding author.  I thoroughly enjoy reading her posts.  But beware, she’s not for the faint of heart LOL……so please check her site out, click follow and check out her books as well.

http://josalynnlh.wordpress.com/

Here is another great site with many inspirational and thought provoking blogs.

http://madeforvictory.com/

Are you looking for an inspirational blog?  Someone to take you on a journey that may be somewhat religious?  Well this one is for you.  Like I said it is religious but not preachy and she blogs about herself and her journey as well so check her out.

http://theladyjournal.wordpress.com/

This author has many great stories and her journal is definitely one to follow.  I highly recommend you follow this one.

http://peoplehavedreams.wordpress.com/

Do you have a dream?  Something you aspire to be or do?  Well follow this site and share your dream with him.  This site is all about sharing your dreams.  Not the ones you have when you sleep but the dreams you hope to achieve.

http://thewritingcorpofficial.wordpress.com/

Another site who’s writer does poetry and writes.  I encourage everyone to check her site out.

http://simplepolitiks.wordpress.com/

Again the name says it all.  It’s all about politics.  You can agree or disagree it doesn’t matter, it’s still a good site to follow, comment, agree or disagree with in your comments.

Midnight In Paris

In 2005, while I was still in the Air Force, I worked for International Affairs.  We basically were the guys who would shake hands with the other countries, say hey, we are your friends, if you agree to be our allie we will sell you a plane.  Of course there is a lot more to it than that, that was just the really quick version.  Anyway, in 2005, we had an air show in Paris.  Another one of those opportunities to show off our airpower and shake hands with the government.  Let me say, for the two weeks there I did enjoy myself.  I am glad that I went.  But it was not what everyone makes it out to be.  It’s not ALL that.  After 2 weeks I was ready to leave.  Now I have been to other locations around the world where I never wanted to leave but though I enjoyed Paris it was not a place I would want to stay for any extended length of time.

What got me first was how late they ate supper.  A lot of places didn’t even open till 7pm to serve food and by then my stomach was eating its self.  Now I did get to see the Arch, the Notre Dame, the Mona Lisa, and even was envited to a party on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

I always enjoy seeing monuments and historic items and Paris has them to be sure.  When I was in the Notra Dame, it is set up so that you can walk around the outside and look at everything while in the middle services are held.  It was very interesting to say the least.  The museum was interesting as well.  There was a lot to see and I took quite a few pictures.  The Mona Lisa was very well protected but at the same time you are able to get surprisingly close so you can get pictures like the one below.

As I stated earlier, myself and several others who were there to meet with the government leaders were invited to a party in the Eiffel Tower.  This was pretty cool to say the least.  Not a lot of people can say they partied there.  The plan was me and a buddy would go, show our faces, eat a little, drink a little, then leave and hit the bars.  What happened was something different.  A captain we were with was at the party and was getting really wasted, really early.  Before we could even leave the party, she was extremely toasted.

Now for a brief second we thought about letting her get herself back to the hotel but we quickly realized she wasn’t going to be able to, so we decided to ensure she got there instead.  By the time we got her back to the hotel unfortunately it was too late to get back on the metro, back into town to hit the bars.  So we ended up staying at the hotel.  Needless to say our plans were ruined but despite that we can still say we partied in the Eiffel Tower.