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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.

Republican / Democrat Presidential Face-off

I’m not one who likes to engage it political arguements personally.  Everyone has their personal political preferences and they have that right.  People choose their affiliation based on which party best represents their personal views.  I am a Republican and for many reasons and there are many reasons I won’t vote for a democratic president but it mainly boils down to the fact that they don’t support my views and Republican presidents do.  One thing you won’t find me doing is bashing the democratic party as a whole and talk about how they are all dogs or whatever.  Now I will state specific facts about certain presidents I don’t like and defend with facts about presidents I do like.  So I thought I would list a few FACTS here.  These are not arguements or democratic bashing in anyway, just historical facts only.

First a list of what affiliation each of our presidents were associated with.

No Affiliation

George Washington

 Whig Party

William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore

Federalist Party

John Adams

Unionist

Andrew Johnson

Democratic-Republican Party

Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams

Pre-Civil War Democratics

Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
James K. Polk
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan

The Democratic Party split just before the Civil War began; there is only a slight connection between the Pre-Civil War Party and the modern Democratic Party.

Modern Democratic Party Members

Grover Cleveland
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Jimmy Carter
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama

If you start the list of Democrats with Andrew Jackson, then none of the first six presidents were either Democrat or Republican. Nor of course, were the Whig Presidents WH Harrison, Tyler, Taylor and Fillmore. So ten in all.

Democrats sometimes confuse the issue by claiming to be lineal descendants of Jefferson’s “Democratic Republicans”. If you take that seriously (don’t) then Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and perhaps JQ Adams should be omitted from the list.

Andrew Johnson was elected VP as a “Unionist”, but this was just the Republican Party with a few pro-War Democrats added on, so he doesn’t really count. As president, his administration was entirely Republican.

Republican Presidents

Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Benjamin Harrison
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William H. Taft
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert C. Hoover
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Richard M. Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Ronald W. Reagan
George H. Bush
George W. Bush

Now that are presidents are listed by affiliation lets list some facts about a few of them.  I’m not going to get into all of them and all the facts about them.  I’d be typing forever if I did.  If you want to know more you can google them.

Abraham Lincoln a Republican President freed the Black Slaves of America along with the rest of the Republicans that fought for the North.  The Democrats were for continuing the blacks as slaves even the Democrats that lived in the Northern states.  It was the Confederacy that succeeded from the Union and started the Civil War when Lincoln won the election because they knew Lincoln would push Congress to abolish Slavery in the USA.  Lincoln was the first Republican President.  The Republicans have always been against slavery and for human rights for all races and still are.  As a side note, Shortly before his father was assassinated, Robert Lincoln was at train station where he fell between the platform and the train as the train began to move.  He was pulled to safety by a prominent actor of the time named Edwin Booth.  Edwin was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who would later assassinate President Lincoln.

Theodore Roosevelt a Republican bought the Panama Canal zone from the French and built the Panama Canal.  Teddy also started the National Park system of the USA and the first National Park in the whole world, was Yellow Stone National Park.  Teddy gave Yellow Stone Park to all citizens of the USA.  Now many countries all over the world have started National Parks.  Republicans were the first party for the environment starting with Teddy.  Teddy also delivered the “Square Deal and regulation of industry”.  This helped the working classes.  BTW it was Jimmy Carter a Democrat President that gave away the Panama Canal zone for nothing.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson a Democrat President led America into WWI.  Warren G. Harding a Republican President led us from WWI into “normalcy”.  President Harding led the country away from Wilsons socialistic views and returned it to the Capitalistic systems and the freedom we all love, with the greatest landslide Presidential election victory in USA history.

Franklin D. Roosevelt a Democrat President led the USA into WWII.  Dwight D. Eisenhower a Republican President as General and Commander of all the Armed forces of the USA led the USA to victory over Germany and Japan so America could keep the freedom we now have.  Roosevelt died before WWII ended but Eisenhower won the war anyways.

Harry S. Truman a Democrat President was vice-President under FDR and took over the Presidency when FDR died in office.  Truman gave away most of Eastern Europe to Russia at the end of WWII.  The USA won the war but Truman was too soft and inexperienced, so Truman faced an international crisis at the end of WWII, he couldn’t handle it and he lost most of Eastern Europe to Russia in negotiations, which started the cold war with Russia. Then just a few years later Truman led the USA into the Korean War.  “The war remained a frustrating stalemate for two years, with over 30,000 Americans killed, until a peace agreement restored borders and ended the conflict.  In the interim, the difficulties in Korea and the popular outcry against Truman’s sacking of MacArthur helped to make the president so unpopular that Democrats started turning to other candidates.” wikipedia.org

Lyndon B. Johnson a Democrat President led the USA into the Vietnam War.  Richard Nixon a Republican President led the USA out of Vietnam and ended the Draft. Nixon also opened the doors to trading with China.

Reagan and George Bush both Republican Presidents won the cold war against Russia and freed Eastern Europe, which Truman gave away to Russia, without firing a shot.  They built the “big stick” which included the Military Machine we have today including the Stealth Bombers and fighters, again so we Americans can all be free instead of bowing to a Communist Dictator like Castro or Stalin. Reagan and George Bush also improved the economy to great and new heights that was totally destroyed under Jimmy Carter, a Democrat President, with Carter’s extremely high taxes and the running of the printing presses that caused runaway inflation.  (This is why many see Barack Obama as another Jimmy Carter; it has already been tried in the USA and failed miserably.  This is neither change nor nothing new.  It is just a return to the failed policies of Jimmy Carter)

George Bush also won the Gulf war against Iraq and Sadam Hussein, freeing Kuwait, One of the shortest wars America ever engaged in.

George W. Bush a Republican President has won the war over Sadam Hussein, toppled his radical dictatorship, stopped the terrorism that Sadam’s Regime trained and financed with Al Queda in Iraq.  George W Bush has won that war with the “Surge” and has placed a new Iraq Democracy in the Middle East with hopes to grow that democracy in other countries, thereby ending the Radical Muslim strongholds of Al Queda and others, and bring freedom to the good Muslims that live there.  He took a stand against the tyrannical terrorists, Al Queda after they attacked us in our own country, killing thousands of American citizans and took the fight to them.  The Economy was great under George W Bush for his first six years with only 6% unemployed, but then the Democrats took over Congress and the Senate the last two years, and the economy has went into the tank under the Democrats leadership with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Ried along with Barny Frank that destroyed it.  The market meltdown all started with subprime loans that Obama and Acorn and Bill Clinton all democrats thought were a good idea.  So Bill Clinton, a Democrat President deregulated the banking system so they would make loans to people who couldn’t qualify nor pay the payments.  And Obama with Acorn pressured those banks to make those subprime loans that caused this market meltdown.

One thing that has gotten under my skin is Obama saying he killed Osama Bin Laden.  I’m sorry but he did not kill him, he gave the order for the Navy Seals to complete their operation to go in and kill him.  It was the Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden, lets give credit where credit is due.  It was also Bush who made the decisioin to go after him in the first place after we were attacked on 9-11 after so many prior attacks that went unpunished under Clinton’s presidency.

In summary:  Did you notice that it was the Democrats:  Wilson that led us into WWI, FDR that led us into WWII, Truman that led us into the Korean War, and LBJ that led us into Vietnam, and all those wars were fought with huge losses of drafted American Soldiers lives.  It was the Republicans that led us out of and won the wars the Democrats put us into and also ended the draft.  The two Bushes won both of their wars with less human losses in comparison.

As, I stated these are just facts, not a bashing of any kind.  Hopefully you enjoyed your history lesson and remember when voting look at the historical data before casting your vote.  One thing I didn’t show was the democrats have a history of downsizing our military and removing our presence in other countries (A VERY BAD THING) which only leaves us vulnerable to attack and cutting pay raises to our already underpaid military members, where as the Republicans have a history of supporting our military and giving higher raises to our military members.