I’M A Democrat. I’ve voted for Democrats since I was old enough to vote. I have never voted for anyone other than a Democrat. I voted for the first time in 1971, the year I turned 21. I was drafted in 1969. I was not old enough to vote in 1968. I was old enough to place my body in harms way in1969 but I couldn’t vote until 1971. I would have voted for the Democrat in 1968 if I was old enough to vote.
Democrats have not always been on the side of what is best for America. All America and not just a few…
The Democratic Party has not always been on the side of what is best for all Americans… or humanity…
I used the term “Remember the Alamo” in a comment about Texas standing up for voting rights and some one pointed out to me that many of the defenders of the Alamo owned slaves. Yes, many of the defenders of the Alamo were flawed. Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were flawed. Many of the authors of the American Constitution were flawed, the reason why we have amendments and the first 10 are called the Bill of Rights.
“Friendly reminder that if you support the Democrat Party, you support the party that founded the KKK and start a civil war to keep their slaves,” claims an image of a tweet Instagram user @snowflake.tears shared June 19.
There is some truth to this statement. Most Southerners who were slave owners and supported succession were Democrats.
The party that freed the slaves is now the party of Trump.
And Remember the Alamo isn’t all bad…
The Democrats nominated “Monkey Trial” prosecutor William Jennings Bryan in the 1896, 1900 and 1908 presidential elections, and he lost every time.
The Democratic Party is the oldest existing political party in America. Which isn’t saying much since there are only 2 main political parties in America. The Democratic Party has it’s origins in the early days, the beginning days of America itself. The Democratic Party has roots in much of the darkness that is American History, like many of the events that make America what it is. A flawed country that hasn’t learned much from the mistakes of history.
The Democratic-Republican Party, also referred to as the Jeffersonian Republican Party and known at the time under various other names,[a] was an American political party founded by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the early 1790s that championed republicanism, political equality, and expansionism. The party became increasingly dominant after the 1800 elections as the opposing Federalist Party collapsed. The Democratic-Republicans later splintered during the 1824 presidential election. The majority faction of the Democratic-Republicans eventually coalesced into the modern Democratic Party, while the minority faction ultimately formed the core of what became the Whig Party.
ANDREW JACKSON FIRST PRESIDENT AS DEMOCRAT
The Democrats represented a wide range of views but shared a fundamental commitment to the Jeffersonian concept of an agrarian society. They viewed the central government as the enemy of individual liberty.
Their definition of the proper role of government tended to be negative, and Jackson’s political power was largely expressed in negative acts. Early Democrats Democrats tended to oppose programs like educational reform and the establishment of a public education system. Jackson A DEMOCRAT did not share reformers’ humanitarian concerns. He had no sympathy for American Indians, initiating the removal of the Cherokees along the Trail of Tears.
With President Martin Van Buren, the Jackson policies were kept, such as Indian removal and the Trail of Tears. Van Buren personally disliked slavery but he kept the slaveholder’s rights intact.
The 1840 Democratic convention was the first at which the party adopted a platform. Delegates reaffirmed their belief that the Constitution was the primary guide for each state’s political affairs. To them, this meant that all roles of the federal government not specifically defined fell to each respective state government, including such responsibilities as debt created by local projects. Decentralized power and states’ rights pervaded each and every resolution adopted at the convention, including those on slavery, taxes, and the possibility of a central bank. Regarding slavery, the Convention adopted the following resolution:
Resolved, That congress has no power under the Constitution, to interfere with or control the domestic institutions of the several states, and that such states are the sole and proper judges of every thing appertaining to their own affairs, not prohibited by the Constitution: that all efforts of the abolitionists or others, made to induce congress to interfere with questions of slavery, or to take incipient steps in relation thereto, are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences, and that all such efforts have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people, and endanger the stability and permanency of the Union, and ought not to be countenanced by any friend to our political institutions.
From 1860 to 1932 in the era of the American Civil War to the Great Depression, the opposing Republican Party, organized in the mid-1850s from the ruins of the Whig Party and some other smaller splinter groups, was dominant in presidential politics. The Democrats elected only two Presidents during this period: Grover Cleveland (in 1884 and 1892) and Woodrow Wilson (in 1912 and 1916).
The ability to block a measure through extended debate was a side effect of an 1806 rule change, and was infrequently used during much of the 19th and 20th centuries.
In 1789, the first U.S. Senate adopted rules allowing senators to move the previous question (by simple majority vote), which meant ending debate and proceeding to a vote. But Vice PresidentAaron Burr argued that the previous-question motion was redundant, had only been exercised once in the preceding four years, and should be eliminated, which was done in 1806, after he left office. The Senate agreed and modified its rules.Because it created no alternative mechanism for terminating debate, filibusters became theoretically possible.
White Democrats had regained political power in every Southern state. These Southern, white, Democratic Redeemer governments legislated Jim Crow laws, officially segregating black people from the white population. Jim Crow laws were a manifestation of authoritarian rule specifically directed at one racial group.
Jim Crow laws and Jim Crow state constitutional provisions mandated the segregation of public schools, public places, and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains between white and black people. The U.S. military was already segregated. President Woodrow Wilson initiated the segregation of federal workplaces in 1913.
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