Let’s talk about the “Big Switch”
Republicans: The Grand Old Party. The party of the Fat Cat Big Wigs. The GOP was once referred to as classical liberalism with ideological stands that were anti-slavery and pro-economic reform. The GOP's political platform supports lower taxes, free market capitalism, free enterprise, a strong national defense, gun rights, deregulation, and restrictions on labor unions. The first and last republicans are Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump.
Democrats: The main opposition to the GOP.. The party that started and wanted to expand slavery to the point of a civil war. The party of 17th president Andrew Jackson, who’s fondness for making and breaking native american treaties led to the single worst episode in America’s history…. The Trail of Tears. Today, the House Democratic caucus is composed mostly of centrists and progressives, with a small minority of conservative Democrats. The party's philosophy of modern liberalism advocates social and economic equality, along with the welfare state. It seeks to provide government intervention and regulation in the economy.
So with the Democrats roots in Slavery, Jim Crow laws, and Indian tears, what happened? This isn’t the platform i hear about today. I always heard about a “Big Switch” as I learned about politics. The idea that republicans and democrats suddenly switched political parties. The once racist democrats are now the racist republicans?
But what is that all about? In my research, i found little evidence that republicans ever owned slaves. (However I did find one instance where Lincoln owned a slave) I found that democrats loved slavery to the point of fighting for it. But that’s not what i hear and see today,
The democratic party in 2018 will tell you that they are on the front lines of social justice, racial equality, civil rights, and above all, Democrats are the party of inclusion. This hasn’t always been the platform of the Democratic party.