Originally posted by shrike071
Originally posted by Carseller4
One is a derogatory term and the other is proper english.
Sorry - you're mistaken. Since the dawn of our republic, it has been the Republican party and the Democratic party.
The dawn of the United States republic dates back to September 17, 1787 when the Constitution for the United States of America was adopted at the
Philadelphia Convention. At that time there was neither a Republican party nor a Democratic party. Indeed, there were no true political parties at
this time, although there was what would become known as the Federalist party which was staunchly opposed by what would become known as the
Anti-Federalist party. The Federalist party experienced early success in the "dawn" of the republic but saw its demise in 1801 with the election
of Thomas Jefferson, a Democratic-Republican. The Democratic-Republicans were also known as the Republicans and was founded by both Jefferson and
James Madison in 1792 and from 1800 to 1824 was the dominant political party until it split into competing factions, one of which became the
Democratic party that we know today.
In today's vernacular the Democratic party is often referred to as the party of Jefferson while the Republican party is often referred to as the
party of Lincoln. While Jefferson often referred to his own party as the Republican party he also would refer to it as the Democratic party. When,
in 1824, the Democratic-Republican party split into different factions, as a war of personalities emerged between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson
who were both running for president. While both men viewed themselves as "Republicans", the split between them came down to the "Adams men" and
the Jacksonian men".
The Jacksonian's, at their first national convention, referred to themselves as the "Republican party" which was in 1832 but by the mid 1800's
they began referring to themselves as the "Democratic party". Henry Clay, who had been a staunch supporter of John Quincy Adams, which became known
as the Adams/Clay alliance formed the basis of what would be called the "National Republican party", but after Jackson defeated Clay in the 1832
Presidential election, that party was absorbed into the "Whig party".
It was not until 1854 that fiercely anti-slave politicos formed what is now known as the "Republican party." So, while 1792, that being the year
that the Democratic-Republican party, sometimes known as the "Republican party" and at other times known as the "Democratic party", was just five
years later than the forming of the U.S. republic it could be argued that it was indeed the "dawn" of that republic. However, at that time there
were not so much Democrats and Republicans as there were Federalists, Anti-Federalists and Democratic-Republicans.
Perhaps I am just quibbling, but it is worth noting, in my humble opinion, that there has been a long rich history to political parties in the U.S.
and that this richness has not necessarily been for the betterment of the people. Indeed, George Washington, considered to be a Federalist, in his
farewell address made a dire warning about the dangers of political parties and urged the people to avoid the seductions and inevitable pitfalls that
come with them. It is too bad we the people did not heed his warnings as there is certainly no Constitutional requirement that mandates political
parties and in this modern age where both parties clearly favor expansion of government it is dubious exactly what is meant by the "opposing