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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.

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.

 

Sunshine Award

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I want to thank Karen for nominating me for the Sunshine Award.  This means a lot and if you don’t already follow her I highly recommend it, she always has great posts.  I know it’s been 3 weeks and I’ve only done one post, I’ll admit I have been lazy, sorry people, I get going here soon I promise, starting with a wedding post, my step-son’s 16 B-day, and my anniversary.  I am currently at work so I don’t have time to go through and find people to nominate but I will go through and answer the questions real fast.

The rules for the Sunshine Award are:

1) Post the Sunshine Award logo (above).
2) Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator (me).
3) Answer the questions.
4) Nominate ten other blogs (or sites) and inform them of the award.

And here is my Q & A:

  • What is my favorite color:  Blue
  • What is my favorite animal: Cats
  • What is my favorite number:  69 for obvious reasons
  • What is my favorite non-alcoholic beverage:  Sweat tea
  • What is my favorite alcoholic beverage:  Crown and coke
  • Do I prefer Facebook or Twitter:  Facebook
  • What are my passions:  Reading, writing (though I haven’t been doing it much lately, movies, cooking, zombies, and my wife and kids.
  • Do I prefer giving or receiving gifts:  Both
  • What is my favorite city:  I don’t really have one
  • What are my favorite TV shows: The Walking Dead

It’s Been A Year

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Anniversary Trouble (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So WordPress informed me yesterday that I have been on here blogging for 1 year.  I can’t believe that it has really been that long since I first started this blog.  I can say there have been some ups and some downs as I chronicle what comes into my brain and I want to thank each and everyone one of you who follow me, like my posts, and even comment.  I didn’t know where I would go with this when I started and it’s been a great ride and for the next year I think I’ll just keep my eyes closed, hands off the wheel, and foot on the pedal and see where I go for the next year.  I also want to thank my wife for encouraging me and supporting me, even grammar checking me.

Thanks again everyone for being here for me this past year.

Rob

The Beautiful Blogger Award

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Well http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com nominated for several awards.  The reality award, The versitile blogger award, and the beautiful blogger award.  She said we could accept them all or pick one, since I have gotten the others a number of times I chose to accept the beautiful blogger award.  I want to thank her very much for this, she has an amazing blog that everyone should check out.

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website

2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award

3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers

4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself – totally optional ;)

The nominees

http://southernbarbiedoll.wordpress.com/

http://openyourlips24.wordpress.com/

http://errinspelling.wordpress.com/

http://unistudentsoutlook.wordpress.com/

http://ambivalencepersonified.wordpress.com/

http://sarahk18.wordpress.com/

http://webofworlds.wordpress.com/

http://thesirenstale.wordpress.com/

http://lyricsandsentiments.wordpress.com/

http://wordsbath.wordpress.com/

http://vanitydiaries12.wordpress.com/

http://lifessweetbittersurprises.wordpress.com/

http://lethargicsmiles.wordpress.com/

http://analavinia.wordpress.com/

http://bigbuttbitch.wordpress.com/

Holy Crap Batman

I don’t know what the hell happened but my view shot through the roof on Thursday and Friday.  Why those two days they were so huge I don’t know.  I looked through Freshly Pressed and as usual no post of mine was there but for some reason I went from 103 views on Wednesday to 2,594 views on Thursday and 2,231 views on Friday.

Honestly I can’t explain it but I do want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by my page on those two days and checked out my blog.  It means a great deal to me.  I have since dropped back down to my normal views but that’s okay.  I think this is great and if people are getting pleasure from what I write then that alright by me.

 

Rob

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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So I was nominated as a Very Inspiring Blogger by saved in drafts, whom herself is also a very inspiring blogger.  I want to say thank you to her and everyone who follows my blog.  I have done a number of these so forgive me if I skip some of the rules.  I am going to list them for those I nominate though.

Here are the ‘rules’

*Display the award on your blog *Link back to the person who nominated you *State 7 things about yourself

*Nominate 15 bloggers

http://thesirenstale.wordpress.com/

http://analavinia.wordpress.com/

http://sensualnslutty.wordpress.com/

http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/

http://absolutefrankness.wordpress.com/

http://chellek10.wordpress.com/

http://tipprblog.com/

http://perfectanxiety.wordpress.com/

http://hisbelovedsubmissive.wordpress.com/

http://drawingroomdays.wordpress.com/

http://artisticmilestone.wordpress.com/

http://theglowingheart.wordpress.com/

http://thebutterflyhatch.wordpress.com/

http://theinnerwildkat.wordpress.com/

http://lessonsfromtheendofamarriage.com/