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"“If we except the light and the air of heaven, no good thing has been or can be enjoyed by us without having first cost labor. And inasmuch as most good things are produced by labor, it follows that all such things of right belong to those whose labor has produced them. But it has so happened, in all the ages of the world, that some have labored, and others have without labor enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government.”"
— Abraham Lincoln

Republican Party
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Information
Name Republican Party
Establishment 1854
Symbol Elephant
Color Red
In Control Of: House, Governorships, State Legislatures, Senate, Presidency after January 20, 2017
Highest Ranking Official Speaker, Paul Ryan until January 20, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump after January 20, 2017

Ideology Neo-Conservatism
  • Right-Libertarianism
  • Paleo-Conservatism
  • Classical Liberalism
Party Chair Reince Priebus
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (Majority Leader), John Cornyn (Majority Whip)
House Leader Paul Ryan (Speaker), Steve Scalise (Majority Whip)
Governor's Chair Chris Christie (New Jersey)[1]

The Republican Party, otherwise known as the Grand Old Party, or GOP, is one of the two major parties in the United States and the second oldest. The Democratic Party is older. Indeed, it is the oldest continuously functioning political party on Earth.

History Edit

Origins Edit

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists. Most Americans who joined the party were once members of the Whig Party or the Know-Nothing Party. The GOP first engaged in a struggle with the Democrats over slave rights in the state of Kansas. Democrats, being the Southern racist slaveocrats they were, fought tirelessly to allow slavery in all corners of the Union, whereas Republicans realized what a great tragedy slavery was.[1] The anti-slavery movement of the Republican Party was strengthened when they nominated Abraham Lincoln to be the first successful Republican nominee for the Presidency of the United States. Lincoln won the election and went on to abolish slavery in his presidency, sacrificing his life for the rights of all people.

Progressive Era Edit

In 1896, President William McKinley was elected to confirm the resurgence of Republicans as the dominant force in American politics. McKinley promised that high tariffs would end the severe hardship caused by the Panic of 1893 and that the GOP would guarantee a sort of pluralism in which all groups would benefit. He denounced William Jennings Bryan, the Democratic nominee, as a dangerous radical whose plans for "Free Silver" at 16-1 (or Bimetallism) would bankrupt the economy.[2]

The party continued to dominate the Presidency up to the 1920s, seeing only one Democratic President, Woodrow Wilson (who led the US into World War I). They ran on a platform against high tariffs and special interests. The policies of the Progressive Era Republicans led to a prosperous nation, particularly in large cities such as Detroit Michigan under Mayor Hazen S. Pingree.[3]

Modern Era Edit

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Ronald Reagan produced a major realignment with his 1980 and 1984 Presidential landslide wins. In 1980, the Reagan coalition was possible because of Democratic losses in most social-economic groups. In 1984, Reagan won nearly 60% of the popular vote and carried every state except his Democratic opponent Walter Mondale's home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia, creating a record 525 electoral vote total (of 538 possible). Even in Minnesota, Mondale won by a mere 3,761 votes, meaning Reagan came within less than 3,800 votes of winning in all fifty states.[4] One of Reagan's largest accomplishments was the United States's economic victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War which happened during his term. His successor, President George H.W. Bush attempted to calm tensions between our two nations to prevent a Russian backlash. After Bush came to a Democratic President, Bill Clinton, who lied under the oath about having an extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky.  In 1994, the Republicans regained Congress and passed a successful welfare reform, reduced the deficit, and led the nation to general prosperity. After the Democratic Party was defeated in 2000, President George W. Bush led the world a period of grief after Muslim extremists hijacked United States airplanes and intentionally crashed them into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, the US Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and into a field in the state of Pennsylvania. Bush took immediate heroic action and declared war on Afghanistan and later Iraq, two major terrorist nations. He was unfairly ridiculed for this action. The Democrats later came to power in Congress and drove the nation into an economic recession, the worst since the great depression. They also managed to raise the deficit from a $248 billion deficit to over $1 trillion in just a few years.  Unfortunately, President Bush received the blame and in 2008, the American people made the biggest mistake in generations by electing Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the United States. 8 years later, the Americans realized this was a mistake and Donald Trump was elected President of the United States over Lyin' Hillary Clinton who deleted over 30,000 emails, and now the low-thinker Democrats will have no power in Washington starting on January 20th.

Current Leadership Edit

The Republican Party boasts the strongest activist leaders, bravest members of Congress, and boldest Governors throughout the United States.

Party Leadership Edit

On January 14, 2011, Reince Priebus assumed office as the 65th chairman of the Republican National Committee which is responsible for promoting the Republican Platform, fundraising, and formulating election strategies.[5] Other organizations that have a similar role on a smaller scale are the National Republican Senatorial Committee, chaired by Senator John Cornyn (TX), the National Republican Congressional Committee, chaired by Representative Pete Sessions (TX), and the Republican Governors Association, chaired by Governor Bob McDonnell (VA).

President of the United States Edit

In the near landslide of Trump over Hillary who deleted tens of thousands of emails, Trump has been choosing good, responsible cabinet members who think straight and care about our nation, such as Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation, Ben Carson for Health & Human Service, Reince Preibus for Chief of Staff, and possibly Mitt Romney or Rudy Guiliani for the top ranking Cabinet position, Secretary of State.

House Leadership Edit

Following the 2010 landslide victory for Republicans in the House of Representatives, Representative John Boehner of Ohio replaced Nancy Pelosi of California as Speaker of the House. The new Speaker has struggled to balance comprises between the Democrats and his own party. In the summer of 2011, John Boehner, along with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), correctly warned the President, that raising the debt ceiling without cutting enough spending would result in a credit downgrade. The President and Democrats ignored these warnings and proceeded to do just that- downgrade the nation's credit rating from AAA to AA+. This fall will make it harder for the US to borrow money and effectively hurt each individual American. And then in 2015, he was replaced by Paul Ryan.

Senate Leadership Edit

Republicans are the majority and the United States Senate and are currently led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel. McConnel's daily responsibility is to fight Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, who will retire and be replaced by equally as bad re-elected NY Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer in his attempts to overspend, raise taxes, force unconstitutional mandates on American Citizens.

Caucus Leaders Edit

New to the 112th Congress is the Tea Party Caucus. Chaired by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN), this Caucus is made entirely of Republicans but often breaks from Republican Party lines in votes. Common examples of this are their refusal to over-compromise with the Democrats, an act that Tea Party leader have accused Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor of doing much too frequently. Because of this, there is speculation that the Tea Party may one day form their own party.

Positions and Stances Edit

The following are the positions of the Republican Party's platform. Note that not all Republicans concur with each position.

Fiscal Edit

Jobs Edit

  • Republicans understand that high taxes on those who create jobs will destroy jobs.
  • Republicans want to lower taxes on small businesses
  • Republicans know that Obamacare's unconstitutional mandates will and have destroyed jobs.
  • Republicans will stop the EPA from passing job-killing regulations.
  • Republicans will lower taxes and deregulate to create jobs.

Debt Edit

  • Republicans believe in passing a balanced budget, meaning that they spend no more than what they take in.
  • Republicans believe in cutting spending, capping the allowed amount of spending, and trading to keep the nation's fiscal house in order.
  • Republicans recognized that the failed Department of Education is nothing but a contributor to the debt.
  • Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling if spending cuts are not deep enough.
  • Republicans believe in alternative ways to decreasing the debt other than raising taxes, like ending tax loopholes, ethanol subsidies, and raising the age for retirement benefits to match the average longevity of Americans.

Medicare Edit

  • Republicans are friends of medicare.
  • Republicans want to reform medicare and Medicaid.
  • Republicans have proposed ways to preserve medicare without destroying it.
  • Republicans reject Obamacare and its unconstitutional mandates.
  • Republicans recognize IPAB as ineffective.

Social Edit

  • Republicans are defenders of the lives of the unborn.
  • Republicans recognize abortion as murder, which it is.
  • Republicans believe in the sacred status of marriage between one man and one woman and will fight to preserve that status.
  • Republicans have read the dictionary, which states that marriage is between one man and one woman (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marriage) proof.
  • Republicans have read the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which gives Americans the right to own a firearm.
  • Republicans recognize the "under God" part of the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Republicans believe that "If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will be one nation gone under," per Ronald Reagan.
  • Republicans understand that Americans should be able to choose their healthcare plans.

National Security Edit

  • Republicans believe in a "peace through strength" foreign policy (excerpt from George Orwell's 1984).
  • Republicans will stop at nothing to defend the people of the United States.
  • Republicans will secure the border with Mexico to slow illegal immigration and the smuggling of drugs, guns, and nuclear weapons into the US.
  • Republicans recognize Israel as the greatest Middle-Eastern ally of the US.
  • Republicans will always defend the US and her allies.

See also Edit

Are You a Republican?Edit

If you are a Republican, then place { {RepublicanSupport} } on your profile! The snazzy userbox will look like this:

Republican Elephant This user supports The Republican Party and all its beliefs.

References Edit

  1. The Origin of the Republican Party, A.F. Gilman, Ripon College, 1914.
  2. R. Hal Williams, Realigning America: McKinley, Bryan, and the Remarkable Election of 1896 (2010)
  3. Shafer and Badger (2001)
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