Why I Am a Republican
March 1, 2011
Why do we have two political parties, Mr. Grant? I have been asked that question many times. If I were to go into the history of how this came about, I suspect I would bore you to tears, so let me edit out all that I could include, and try to get down to the basic issue, which is today in America.
First of all, there is no rule which says there can be only two parties. We think of only two parties because they are the major parties. George Washington was not a member of the Democrat Party, and, he was not a member of the Republican Party.
In 1789 neither party existed as we know them today. The term republican was used more than the term democrat because we were people who opposed the monarchy and created a Republic. So, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, etc., were republicans.
Jefferson, for example, who is mistakenly described as the first democrat president, was, by his own definition, a democratic republican. There also were federalists who were people who believed that the states had the authority to all that was not given to the federal government and therefore had what we have — state’s rights.
The Founding Fathers did not look upon states’ rights as something evil, but something that was to be cherished and respected. Remember Article 10 of the Constitution says all authority not codified in this document shall be given to the individual states. Ah, but I am doing what I said I didn’t want to do, and that was to go into over 200 years of history.
The Democrat party of today really came into being when Andrew Jackson became our seventh president. Jackson was a hero of the War of 1812 and they say saved New Orleans from the British. But President Jackson is on our $20 bill for other reasons having to do with these fiscal policies. In any event, the names of the two major parties in America today are the Democrat party and then in 1856, John C. Freemont became the first presidential candidate of the brand new Republican Party.
This party came into being because it was dedicated to the abolition of slavery. Freemont lost to the segregationist Democrat, James Buchanan. But in 1860 the republicans won with their nominee being our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. And although third-party candidates have come along in virtually every election cycle, only the Republican Party and the Democrat Party have any hope of winning.
In future columns, I will write more on this subject, but I think it must be obvious to you who read www.BobGrantOnline or listen to the Bob Grant Show on WABC, I am a proud member of the Republican Party because they represent most of my views, and I believe represent the best hope to return to the ideals of our Founding Fathers.