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The Problem with the National Republican Party

Updated on July 29, 2013

What would Abraham Lincoln say about today's Republican Party

The beginning of the Republican Party

The national Republican Party grew out of the People’s Party which, ironically, started with people who opposed slavery. The People’s Party included anti-slavery activists who wanted to move to western United States territory where they would not have to pay taxes for land.

“The name “Republican” was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party.”

Freedom Fighters

Abolition. Free speech. Women’s suffrage. These were all causes the Republican Party adopted early on. So, too, were reducing the size of government, streamlining bureaucracy, and returning power to individual states. With a core belief in the primacy of individuals, the Republican Party, since its inception, has been at the forefront of the fight for individuals’ rights in opposition to a large, intrusive government.

http://www.gop.com/our-party/our-history/

Lily White Movement - not a wisecrack - this happened

Social and economic issues from the Reconstruction Period

After slaves were freed, the real problems started. During the Reconstruction Period, the Republican Party grew larger and developed “factions.” After Reconstruction ended, White Republicans allowed Blacks to participate in governance in a minor way. The more important jobs were reserved for Whites. This sounds like, “I want you to be free but you are not equal to me.” This is already a human emotion but then when it crosses color lines, resentment and limitations turned into racism.

Why Blacks shun the Republican Party

The Republican Party should shed the baggage of people who spout racist poison on social media. It is one thing to dislike Obama and not like his policies but it is another to make statements about his race and speak of him in terms of race. This is the element that is a cancer to the Republican Party. Many Blacks and Hispanics have conservative values and positions but cannot, or will not, associate themselves with those who want to disenfranchise them. Social, economic, and character issues should not be laced with racist tirades and frequent use of the “n” word and comparison to apes. There are racists websites popping up on the Internet daily that ridicule minorities, fabricate information to support their racists views, and recruit other people who have similar beliefs.

A magnifying glass might help

I am a conservative Independent


I attempt to stay out of discussions on politics because many people would be shocked to know that I disagree with them on multiple issues. I like to make my own decisions, issue by issue. I watch, read, and listen to both liberal and conservative media. It is apparent to me that news media is reporting editorialized news. It is very clear whom the news agencies support. Somewhere between all of the news, I get enough information to do further unbiased research.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican

Republican Party needs to shed haters

My intent is to tactfully and truthfully address the elephant in the room. Most Republicans are not racist; however, those who are racists let themselves be known often and openly.

The Republican Party needs to shed the baggage and develop meaningful dialog and relationships with all ethnicities.

Romney embarrasses the Republican Party

I hope the Republican Party will seriously consider how to reach out to people beyond its current base. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt; however, I was offended by these statements from Romney:

“The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift,” Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday. “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/15/tp-romney-says-obama-won-by-catering-to-voting/

This is a classic case of stereotyping and fanning the racial flame. I didn't even vote for Obama. When will I receive my gift?

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The Problem with the Republican Party

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    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Bless you CJ. Sometimes I am not able to comment either. I thought it was me! You have a special gift from the Lord. If you have a website with your work, let me know. Our church brings in Christian comedians all the time. I'd love for them to hear some of your work. The evolution piece is priceless!

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      CJ Sledgehammer 

      5 years ago

      Dear Diane:

      I tried leaving a comment yesterday, but each time I pressed "post comment" it shot me back up to the top of your fine essay.

      I also want to thank you for leaving a nice comment on my hub on evolution, but for two days now there has not been a comment box for me to respond back to you. I really don't know what to think.

      Anyway, I liked what you have written here, and I would like all my Christian friends to know that Christ Jesus would not choose to follow the Republican agenda (or any other political party), so they probably should not either.

      God's finest blessings to a fine lady - C. J. Sledgehammer

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      This will not work in Heaven, the Land of No More!

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      PnkPoodleBohannon 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the historical information regarding the Republican Party. I have voted both Democratic and Republican in past Elections depending on the issues. However, the tone of this Election caused me to go into a self-induced coma. This Country is so divided, it will take million of years for the hatred to disappear like the Dinosaurs disappeard.

      Hatred is like taking poison, it can't be good for you.

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      i scribble 

      6 years ago

      Good article. I like the way you think for yourself. I try to do the same. We are all Americans. (Well, not all on Hubpages, but you know what I mean!) We are all citizens of the world. We should strive to come together for the greater good.

      I like the history lesson you've included!

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      graceinus 

      6 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      That's one of the great thing's about our Lord, His is willing to get His hands dirty by reaching down into the mess we make to pull us out.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      I feel the same way graceinus. It's like having a relative you have to invite to holiday dinners because you are related. You know the relative gets drunk and says and does stupid things. My deceased brother-in-law was just such a person. Relatives would tell my sister to come but leave him at home.

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      graceinus 

      6 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      I do wish this world didn't have all it's current problems. Racism has raised it's ugly head far to many times throughout all of history. It is the root of far to many of our problems.

      God Bless dianetrotter, see you in the next HUB.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      Who of us is without fault? This is a difficult topic and I realized that you misunderstood. Let's have a great discussion. Have a blessed day!

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      graceinus 

      6 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Thank you for your answer, as I said I'm looking forward to more of your HUB's.

      After I reread my first comment it did sound as if I implied you were a racist. By the time I reazied it, it was too late to change the comment. I am deeply sorry.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      I used "Lily White" because there was a Lily White Movement in the Republican Party.

      LILY-WHITE MOVEMENT http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles... If you will Google it, you will find many references. It's hard to look at I know and is offensive. This Movement supports my point.

      I am not a racist and do not engage in racial epitaphs or innuendo. As I did research I saw info on the movement.

      Democrats seem to be working well with their racists. The Republicans must figure it ut.

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      graceinus 

      6 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Thank you dianetrotter, I hope to see more of your HUB's.

      P.S. I hope you're recovering well and your back on your feet.

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      6 years ago from Fontana

      No graceinus. I agree that there are racist in both parties, independent, AND in other races. The point of my article is to address the Republican Party's problems.

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      graceinus 

      6 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Before you misunderstnd what I'm trying to say in my above comment I want to make it VERY CLEAR that I believe racism in ANY form and from ANY person is ugly, evil and dangerous. This world would be far better off without it.

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      graceinus 

      6 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      O.K. let ASSUME for the moment that you are correct; that the Republican Party have racist. You sound as if the Democrates and Independents don't have their fair share of racist. For example; what exactly do you mean by the term

      Lily White

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