By Randy Deabay
America began with the dream and promise of a life filled with freedom and the liberty to practice our beliefs as we wanted, speak our minds, and pursue happiness as only we could understand. Today, every change in a politician and every new election brings the hope of the once great idealisms of America’s forefathers to once again reign supreme.
Technically, the Democratic – Republican Party was founded by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jefferson and Madison were ardent supporters of the French Republic, as were these Democratic-Republican societies. It was a natural fit, and Jefferson and Madison built their party on the foundation of the pro-France anti-British Democratic-Republican societies. Many of the party leaders came from the local D-R chapters. Thus, the foundation of the Democratic Party was built on the work of a rabble-rousing Frenchman who was too much of a coward to go back and face his accusers in France. So you see, a French coward laid the foundation of the political party that is now the current American Democratic party, which is truly antithetical to the revolutionary fight within the souls of every true Patriot of America.
The Federalist party was one of the first two political parties in the United States, and thus in the world. It originated, as did its opposition, the Democratic-Republican party, within the executive and congressional branches of government during George Washington’s first administration (1789-1793), and it dominated the government until the defeat of President John Adams for reelection in 1800. Thereafter, the party unsuccessfully contested the presidency through 1816 and remained a political force in some states until the 1820s. Its members then passed into both the Democratic and the Whig parties. The party drew its early support from those who for ideological and other reasons wished to strengthen national instead of state power. Until its defeat in the presidential election of 1800, its style was elitist, and its leaders scorned democracy, widespread suffrage, and open elections.
By February 1854, anti-slavery Whigs had begun meeting in the upper midwestern states to discuss the formation of a new party. One such meeting, in Wisconsin on March 20, 1854, is generally remembered as the founding meeting of the Republican Party. This was formed from the original Federalist party, while the democratic party came from The Democratic Party which was formed in 1792 when supporters of Thomas Jefferson began using the name Republicans, or Jeffersonian Republicans, to emphasize its anti-aristocratic policies. It adopted its present name during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson in the 1830s.
Today, we see the aristocratic arrogance in the Republican party being on full display by Donald Trump and the weak-kneed pacifists that equal that of the original Democratic party with a huge sprinkling of the Federalist party. One of the biggest sins of American politics is the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), or simply the Klan, which is the name of three distinct movements in the United States that have advocated extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, and, especially in later iterations, Nordicism, anti-Catholicism, and antisemitism, which fought to defeat the Republicans after the Civil War. Today we see these same qualities in the Republican extremist and specifically the followers of the Nationalist agenda of Donald Trump. In a likewise fashion, the Democrats have taken hold of the Republican Party’s support high tariffs to promote economic growth, high wages and high profits, generous pensions for Union veterans, and (after 1893) the annexation of Hawaii.
We see fake walls, rights for specialty groups and abortion as just some of the differences each party advocates and this is creating much confusion, animosity and civil unrest between majorities and minority groups. Many of the laws that the Democrats advocate are more able to be proposed and supported at the state level, which is where they should be, while the Republicans want to take away all ability of the people to speak openly, advocate difference, and demand honesty within American politics.
American’s see both parties forgetting the first and second Amendments to further their own self-desires and greed, while each degradation of these two amendments takes away the solemn oath of independence that the American Revolution was fought for. We watched as what most Americans agree were the worst two choices for President and with pompous arrogance tossed them in the face of honorable, integrity driven Americans. Neither Hillary Clinton, nor Donald Trump had any redeeming qualities that would muster the true approval of either party, and one only needs to look at the small voter turnout that ended in less than 2% difference in the voter choice difference. America was robbed of any true integrity driven Principled candidate, and with the power of these two parties, the laws are stacked against any other candidate from running a successful campaign. America has been rocked by criminal acting political leaders for way too long.
Today an American finds it hard to find the freedom to live peacefully with the promised liberties of the Constitution. We see rules and regulations that control a person from what they can eat, to if they should or should not buy health insurance. We see cities and states fighting the second amendment, and a President trying to demean and lessen the ability of the first amendment to have the desired impact given at its inception. We see arguments about what a business should pay workers to what limits American Presidents can place upon the immigration of the world’s populace to America. America in the year of 2017 sees two parties lacking in all respects to representing either the American populace of today or the Revolutionary ideals of the founding fathers. Equally, Both parties are unacceptable.