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Why is the elephant the mascot for Republicans?
This symbol of the party was born in the imagination of cartoonist Thomas Nast and first appeared in Harper's Weekly on November 7, 1874. An 1860 issue of Railsplitter and an 1872 cartoon in Harper's Weekly connected elephants with Republicans, but it was Nast who provided the party with its symbol. Oddly, two unconnected events led to the birth of the Republican Elephant. James Gordon Bennett's New York Herald raised the cry of "Caesarism" in connection with the possibility of a thirdterm try for President Ulysses S. Grant. The issue was taken up by the Democratic politicians in 1874, halfway through Grant's second term and just before the midterm elections, and helped disaffect Republican voters. While the illustrated journals were depicting Grant wearing a crown, the Herald involved itself in another circulation-builder in an entirely different, nonpolitical area. This was the Central Park Menagerie Scare of 1874, a delightful hoax perpetrated by the Herald. They ran a story, totally untrue, that the animals in the zoo had broken loose and were roaming the wilds of New York's Central Park in search of prey. Cartoonist Thomas Nast took the two examples of the Herald enterprise and put them together in a cartoon for Harper's Weekly. He showed an ass (symbolizing the Herald) wearing a lion's skin (the scary prospect of Caesarism) frightening away the animals in the forest (Central Park). The caption quoted a familiar fable: "An ass having put on a lion's skin roamed about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish animals he met within his wanderings." One of the foolish animals in the cartoon was an elephant, representing the Republican vote - not the party, the Republican vote - which was being frightened away from its normal ties by the phony scare of Caesarism. In a subsequent cartoon on November 21, 1874, after the election in which the Republicans did badly, Nast followed up the idea by showing the elephant in a trap, illustrating the way the Republican vote had been decoyed from its normal allegiance. Other cartoonists picked up the symbol, and the elephant soon ceased to be the vote and became the party itself: the jackass, now referred to as the donkey, made a natural transition from representing the Herald to representing the Democratic party that had frightened the elephant. --From William Safire's New Language of Politics, Revised edition, Collier Books, New York, 1972 Source: www.gop.com
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The origin of the Alabama Crimson Tide's elephant mascot dates back to the 1930s. A sports reporter was writing about the game between Alabama and Ole Miss that was played on …October 8. The journalist wrote how a fan yelled "Here come the elephants" when he heard the Crimson Tide's first team coming on the field. Because of this the elephant became the mascot for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The mascot for the Republican party is the elephant. It began being used as such in 1877 after Thomas Nast began drawing political cartoons using the elephant for Republic…ans and the donkey for the Democrats.
The traditional mascot of the party is the elephant. A political cartoon by Thomas Nast, published in Harper's Weekly on November 7, 1874, is considered the first important …use of the symbol, and popularized the symbol. As symbol of the Republican party, the elephant represented Nast's political sentiments toward his own party, and also some of his despair that some of the qualities associated with that party seemed to be waning. Nast wasn't the first to use this symbol of the Republican Party. His first drawing of the elephant symbol occurred in 1874, but some of Lincoln's campaign materials had a picture of an elephant too, and another cartoon depicting the party as an elephant was popularly viewed in 1872. Nast's initial drawing of this symbol of the Republican Party occurred in a cartoon titled "The Third Panic," and it depicts the elephant as bounding into a pit across broken boards with the words inflation, reform, and repudiation written on them. Nast's drawing represents his view of the party's decline, especially in light of a financial panic at the time. According to Nast, the Republicans were falling victim to scare tactics of the Democrats and abandoning their party's platform. Prior to Nast's use of the elephant, the eagle had been a common symbol of the Republican party, but in part due to Nast' prowess as a cartoonist, the elephant replaced the eagle in short order, and the Republican party officially adopted the large animal as its symbol. Though Nast's depiction was not that flattering and emphasized his own worries about a changing party, the elephant was still a large animal, and thought to have both dignity and strength. These qualities were considered admirable. From the Official Republican National Committee website: "The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. During the mid term elections way back in 1874, Democrats tried to scare voters into thinking President Grant would seek to run for an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper's Weekly, depicted a Democratic jackass trying to scare a Republican elephant - and both symbols stuck."
because the people running the republican party now are occultists. check out bohemian grove, skull & bones, etc --- all occult symbols, just as the upside-down five-pointed s…tar is an occult symbol. check out: www.tavpo.com for the investigation into the upside down stars on GOP elephant
I believe the football team was referred to as "the varsity" before the red elephants or crimson tide
A journalist desribed the offensive line as a line of Red Elephants. The University used that as their nickname and later change it when people started to describe Alaba…ma's players and fans as a Crimson Tide. One account of the mascot's derivation began in 1930, when Rosenberger's Birmingham Trunk Company, whose trademark is a red elephant standing on a trunk to signify the luggage's durability, presented red elephant good luck charms to members of Rose Bowl-bound Alabama.
The donkey was first used in a political cartoon to represent the stubborn Andrew Jackson (who was also known as a jackass...and not necessarily for his political views). … In following cartoons, the donkey was dressed in lion's skins and scaring other animals out of a zoo. Each of these animals represented a different party or idea. Since the only animal more powerful than a lion is an elephant, an elephant was drawn with the words "Repulican Vote" written on it and it was chasing the donkey out of the zoo. It was originally used as a tactic to show the growing power of the GOP and the waning popularity and strength of the Democrats.
The story of how Alabama became associated with the "elephant" goes back to the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a great football team. On October …8, 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the Alabama-Mississippi game he had witnessed in Tuscaloosa four days earlier. Strupper wrote, "That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes. "Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground. "At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity. "It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size." Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as "Red Elephants," the color referring to the crimson jerseys. The 1930 team posted an overall 10-0 record. It shut out eight opponents and allowed only 13 points all season while scoring 217. The "Red Elephants" rolled over Washington State 24-0 in the Rose Bowl and were declared National Champions. http://www.rolltide.com/trads/elephant.html
Delta does not have a mascot. Members collect elephants following the tradition of a founder.
The origin of the mascot dates back to 1930. On October 8, a sportswriter wrote about the previous weekend's Alabama-Ole Miss football game. The writer, using the flair for th…e dramatic common in sportswriting at the time, wrote that an anonymous fan yelled out "Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!" upon hearing the rumble of the first team coming on the field. The name stuck throughout what became a national championship season and beyond.
the answer is because it symbolizes strength and power.
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Alabama's mascot is an elephant because that year when they created the team name, the whole entire team was humongous, so the commentator said, Uh oh. Here come the elephan…ts.
An elephant is the symbol of the republican party. The donkey is the symbol of the democratic party.
Thomas Nast created a cartoon in 1874 depicting the Republican "vote" as being a foolish elephant being scared by a donkey wrapped in a lion's skin. Over time these symbols be…came the identifiers for the two main parties. The elephant for Republicans and the donkey for the Democrats.