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In 1792 the 2 parties were formed.
The Democratic-Republican Party was founded by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson as an opposing voice to Alexander Hamilton's Federalists. The party consisted of many peo…ple identified as Anti-Federalists during the Constitutional Convention.
The Republican and Democratic parties exist due to the strikingly contrasting ethnic and cultural differences of each. Though both parties originally lacked ideological differ…ences, they were clearly separated by difference of beliefs in regards to issues of morality and liberalism. Democrats believed that the country's government should hold the power to set one concrete moral standard for the entire country. Contrarily, Republicans believed that the government had no place in regulating the moral affairs of society and called for more privacy on such issues. As religious and moral affairs touched Americans more personally than political matters might have, these differences caused an uproar of passionate competition and resulted in the formation of the Republican and Democratic parties. It is worth noting that the founding fathers of the United States, especially George Washington, opposed the creation of political parties. Washington felt that political parties were very negative for a democracy. The US Constitution does not mention political parties. There are two answers to the original question, depending on what the asker was after. If the answer being sought is "Why is there a Republican Party and a Democratic Party now?" - i.e. why do the US really only have two political parties - the answer lies in the practical consequences of the design of how we elect out representatives. All Federal elections in the United States are "winner-take-all" - that is, there is only a single office contending in a given election, and the "first-past-the-post" method of voting determines the winner. There is no runoff for candidates who don't get an absolute majority, nor is does the US use any sort of preferential voting system. All that counts in that the winner must get the absolute largest sum of votes of any candidate in that election. This form of voting means that the only real effective strategy of winning is to have a party which appears to the largest number of voters. There is no benefit in forming alliances with other parties, as only a single winner can be chosen, and votes can't be transferred. Thus, a party should espouse ideas that appeal to a large number of voters, while avoiding those which alienate large numbers. Generally speaking, that means that both parties will try to appeal to the middle 80% of a voter base, ignoring the outer 10% on the political idea spectrum. This means that there really can be two major parties, since a candidate needs to win the plurality of any election - a party realistically needs to be able to pull at least 40% of the vote to have any say in the Federal government. For example, let's say there are three parties: A which pulls about 45% of the vote, B which pulls 35% of the vote, and C which pulls 20% of the vote, averaged across all individual elections being run. Given that different areas have variable distribution of the above percentages, with winner-take-all elections, that means that the President will always be selected from either A or B, and Congress will most likely consist of at most 5% C, and 55% of A and 40% of B. Thus, while C is reasonably popular, it has virtually no political power. Also, in the above scenario, party B will find it highly profitable to find the most important issue for party C, and, if that issue isn't objectionable to it's normal membership, start promoting it. It will then be able to co-opt a large percentage of the normal C voters, increasing it's power. By doing this, the actual voting percentage moves to C = 5%, B = 50%, and A = 45%. This leads to a situation where any new idea or political movement is absorbed (and usually heavily moderated) by one of the two major parties. In addition, the local political process in the USA means that any party requires a very significant political organization to even get on the ballot, and the media generally refuses to give much attention to "fringe" parties, further reinforcing the 2-party system. If the answer being sought is "Why were the Republican and Democratic Parties formed?" - i.e. what's the history behind the creation of the Republican and Democratic Parties - then a bit of historical background is needed. The Democratic Party was originally founded as the Democratic-Republican Party in the early 1790s by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, to oppose the Federalist Party which had been founded a few years earlier by Alexander Hamilton. The D-R Party espoused what are known now as classical Jeffersonian Democracy views - isolationist, pro-agrarian, smaller central government. The Federalists favored a much stronger central government, what would now be called "internationalism", and were more pro-merchant. The D-R Party ended up splitting into two around the time of the 1824 presidential election; one faction, now called the Democratic Party, supported Andrew Jackson's candidacy, while the other faction, originally called the Republican Party (but soon changed its name to the Whig Party), opposed Jackson. The modern Democratic Party is a direct descendant from this Democratic Party of 1824. The modern Republican Party is also a descendant of this factionalization of the old D-R Party. In the 1850s, the Whig Party was split over the issue of slavery - in effect a very public North/South split inside the Party. The Northern branch of the Whigs became the Republican Party, with Abraham Lincoln as its first Presidential candidate. The Republican Party received a huge boost in power by being the dominant pro-Union/anti-slavery party of the 1860 election, and thus being the leader of the Union effort in the Civil War.
The Democratic-Republican Party was originally created by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. It was founded in response to opposition to the Federalist Party.
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The Democratic-Republican party favored strong state governments, an economy based on agriculture, strict interpretation of the constitution, and opposed protective tariffs an…d a national bank.
The Whig Party was a major political party from 1834 to 1856. There are several other political parties in the United States, including the Green Party, the Libert…arian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party, the American Independent Party, the Revolutionary Communist Party, and many more.
President Obama is not a party. He is a member of a party. In America, there are two major (and several other minor) political parties. Mr. Obama is a member of the Democratic… Party-- so, we would say he is a Democrat.
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The Democratic Party was founded in 1792 by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, sixty-two years before the Republican Party was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists and m…odernizers. Democrats are generally more liberal. They believe in a larger federal government, and often implement tax plans to try to help the less privileged. They tend to believe the government must look for the greater good above the individual person in terms of well-fare and do what is necessary to make the populace more "equal". They assert that the values our country holds must evolve over time, and, therefore, tend to support such controversial choices as Pro Choice and gay marriage. Republicans are generally more conservative. They believe that the answers do not lay with the government generally, but rather with the people. They want less government interference and tend to believe more strongly in property rights and less strongly in well-fare rights, holding economic equity above equality. Many republicans are religious and tend to hold to the morals characterizing the Founding Fathers, which results in general disapproval of abortions and, for some, gay marriage.
The platform is what they believe in.
They wanted to limit the federal government's power
Then you can either be a member of a "third party," or you can bean independent, not affiliated with any party.
Visit your County Recorder and fill out the form to change your party. The change will affect your registration during the next election. Every state has different cut off… time to make the change, and it matters for the presidential primaries.
So, sometime between the 1860s and 1936 , the (Democratic) party of small government became the party of big government, and the (Republican) party of big government became… rhetorically committed to curbing federal power.