The Problem with the National Republican Party
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.”
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.
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.
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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