Republican Party

The term Republican refers to an advocate of a republic, a form of government generally associated with the rule of law. In the US, Republicans refer to those associated or on the side of the Republican Party.

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What is the difference between Republicans and Democrats?

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 welfare 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.

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  • To sum it up, Democrats lean toward equality under a large federal government. Republicans lean towards people looking after themselves and their neighbors under small federal government and strong state governments.
  • These are the two dominant parties in our political system. Generally, Republicans are more interested in regulating personal matters and in deregulation of business and economic matters. Democrats are generally more interested in deregulating personal matters and increasing regulation of economic/business matters. Democrats also believe in bigger government and more spending to expand government, while, unlike democrats, Republicans believe in less spending and a smaller government. Democrats believe in lowering the taxes on the poor, and increasing taxes on the rich, while Republicans want to lower taxes on everyone, not just poor people.

    Democrats are liberals while Republicans are conservatives.

  • There is very little fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans in practice. In general (theoretically) today, Republicans support less social freedom and more economic freedom, while Democrats support less economic freedom and more social freedom. Democrats are known as the "big government" party and Republicans as the "limited government" party, but in reality both parties support big government. Government has consistently grown under the power of both parties. Their foreign policies are very similar (interventionist), but each party seems to only support these policies when their administrations are administering them. The root of the Republican Party is limited government, but they generally do not execute this well. Also, what many Republicans defend as "capitalism" and "free markets" is really government-aided corporatism, which is not economic freedom at all. There has however been a backlash in the Republican Party to return to limited government roots, including both economic and social freedoms and a non-interventionist foreign policy.

    As for the terms "liberal" and "conservative", their meanings and connotations have become very confusing. "Conservative" and "Republican", and "Liberal" and "Democrat" have somewhat become interchangeable in today's society. However, "conservative" really means that one believes that things should stay the same, while "liberal" means that one believes things should change. Historically, societies had not been very free, so historical Liberals generally supported increased freedoms. The Founding Fathers of the United States were Liberals during their time, since they supported freedoms that did not exist in their society--they wanted things to change. However, today they would (probably) be considered Conservatives, since they supported limited government. Classifying people's political views today by these words is very confusing. Since today a "Conservative" is generally a Republican, and a "Liberal" is generally a Democrat, how does one classify someone who belongs to a third party? For example, Libertarians support economic freedoms as Republicans do, indicating they are Conservatives. On the other hand, they also support social freedoms as Democrats do, indicating they are Liberals. However, since historical Liberals (not to be confused with today's Democrats) were freedom-lovers, supporting all types of freedoms make Libertarians the ultimate Liberals, right? But then again, Libertarians are the ultimate proponents of the Republican roots of limited government. Libertarians want to limit government (in all areas) far more than Republicans, making Libertarians the ultimate Conservatives. Since one person can simultaneously be classified as super liberal and super conservative (which are opposites), these words do not have very good definitions in today's society and have very different meanings to different people.

  • This is a pretty vague question but I will do my best to answer it. I am a republican so if I sound biased, sorry. Anyway, democrats believe in taxing and spending and republicans believe in saving and waiting or borrowing and spending. Abortion is one of the biggest arguments between the parties. Democrats are pro-choice which means that they want people to have the choice to abort. Republicans are pro-life which means they want to outlaw abortion. Next, is gay marriage. Democrats think that anyone has the right to get married while most republicans believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
  • There are lots of websites that distinguish the difference, just, they are usually biased to the brink. Best to watch the news or look up a dictionary definition.

    Republicans believe people are best taking care of themselves or helping others through private charity. Democrats believe the government is best at taking care of people.

  • Republicans think that everyone can care for themselves on their own they are more independent Democrat is more groups and everyone together, everyone takes care of each other. Obviously McCain is republican and Obama is democrat. They are both explainable beliefs.
  • Democrats: pro-choice, more gun control, more government power - Republicans: pro-life, less gun control, less government power
  • Leaving out any kind of value judgments, the difference in the parties is ideological... Democrats believe in rights. Democrats believe that you have certain rights as citizens, taking it as far as the right to health care. Republicans believe in privilege. Republicans believe that you can have only that which you can afford or earn. That's it in a nutshell but you need to decide which you think is the better ideology. Do you think you should be given things as a citizen or should you have to work for what you get?
  • All of you had valid points. I find myself in between though. I see both sides. When I go to the ballots I find myself wanting to vote for both dem. and rep., but their is another thing that I have noticed. People today do not vote for who they want in office. They vote for who they do not want in office.

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Is Herman Cain a millionaire?

Yes, indeed!

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Who are the only 3 Republican Governors elected in the State of Georgia?

Rufus Bullock, Benjamin Conley and Sonny Perdue are the only 3 Republican Governors elected in the State of Georgia.

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How does one go about getting Rick Scott impeached?

A petition would have to be drawn up with a sufficient number of signatures to qualify it for a referendum, which would go to the voters. Unfortunately, it appears that, even if Scott is guilty of some criminal wrongdoings in his former business dealings, there may be very few legal avenues to pursue, because he probably bought the silence of all the public officials and prosecutors who could have indicted him. The really cynical part is that he did it with the heavy millions he fleeced from the public by defrauding Medicare!

Republican Party
Decade - 1920s

Were the Republican administrations the most important factor in bringing about an economic boom in the 1920's?

Yes and no.

The Republicans had been the party of the common people until Teddy Roosevelt took office. He changed the party into an Anglophile imperial party, much like the Democrats had long been. So both parties became tools of the ruling class. His cousin, Franklin Roosevelt later changed the Democratic Party into a party of the common people, so the parties switched roles by the 1930s.

So the Republicans had promoted policies up to 1901 and somewhat beyond that improved the economy tremendously, starting with Lincoln's administration. Up until Lincoln, the economy had been declining badly for several decades. Some of the policies that contributed to economic prosperity were: 1. high import tariffs, which made it profitable for domestic businesses to pursue major manufacturing with mass production, which lowered prices; 2. low or no taxes on American citizens; 3. large-scale infrastructure projects, like the intercontinental railroad, which greatly increased the size of the market place and made improved conditions for trade across the country.

Such policies made the U.S. the world's most prosperous nation up until at least the early 1970s. Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy had promoted such policies, but most other administrations since 1901 rolled back such policies in favor of policies promoted by the British ruling class.

The boom of the 1920s was partly a result of the previous prosperity policies and partly due to market manipulation by the Anglophile Wall Street, which promoted speculation, building a large economic bubble, which began to burst in 1929. Similar bubbles have been building since the 1970s, which are now bursting.

Answer: They weren't important at all. Even today people exaggerate the influence that the federal government has over the economy and in the 1920's it had far less power and financial influence than it does now. Besides that, in the 1920's the presidency was comparatively less important in the government than it is now. Congress tended to shape legislation and policy with much less input from the president than is common now.

Politics and Government
Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings
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Why is the elephant the symbol of the Republican party?

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."

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Same-Sex Marriage

Does the Republican Party support same-sex marriage?

The Republican Party officially opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage. The state and national platforms of the Republic Party have language stating that position. Many Republican elected officials and candidates publicly oppose same-sex marriage. Very few have spoken out in favor of it. A growing trend among Republican elected officials is to avoid addressing the issue because of its divisiveness and/or inevitability and focus instead on other issues of interest to their constituents.

Republican Party

How many registered voters in Missouri?

As of October 20, 2010 4,137,545

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Is Gerard Way a Republican?

Gerard says he's a little bit of everything, and it doesn't really matter what party he is.

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Is the governor of Virginia democrat or Republican?

Is the current governor of Florida a Republican or a Democrat

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Is Kris Kristofferson a Democrat or republican?

I'd like to know the answer to that question. It looks like he's a liberal democrat to me.

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Political Parties

Why did the Republican Party break from the Whigs?

They didn't, exactly. The Whig Party evolved from the National Republican Party (a splinter of the Jeffersonian Democratic-Republicans established around 1824), then split into the Free Soil and Know-Nothing Parties in the 1840s. The new Republican Party was established around 1854, and consisted largely of former Whig, Free Soil and Know-Nothing Party members.

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What proves that we have a republican form of government?

Democracy vs Republic

A democracy is rule by the majority. What many people fail to realize about a democracy is the minority always loses. You have no rights in a democracy. You merely have privileges which are granted to you by the will of the majority. In a democracy, 51% of the people may vote to take away the property of 49%. The founding fathers loathed the idea of democracy, often referring to it as tyranny of the majority.

A republic is rule by law. The founding fathers understood the importance of establishing a republican form of government. The purpose of a republican form of government is to protect the rights and property of each individual citizen, or the minority. In a republic, one person and the law will overrule 300,000,000 votes. If it's not your property, you may not vote on it. This is why a republic is so vociferously essential in a free society. We are still able to vote. However, there is a balance of power between the people and state. We have representatives and senators, as well as an electoral college who all take the feel of the people and vote accordingly. If the United States were a democracy, we would go to the polls and directly vote on every issue by majority rule. Clearly this isn't the case.

Some proof of our government

The pledge of allegiance states, "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republicfor which it stands, one Nation under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Article 4, section 4, clause 1 of the United States Constitution states, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government."

Quotes from the founding fathers

Alexander Hamilton said at the Constitutional convention in 1787, "We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments."

James Madison wrote in Federalist paper #10, "Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."

Alexander Hamilton said in a speech urging ratification of the Constitution on June 21, 1788, "It has been observed that a pure democracy, if it were practicable, would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies, in which the people themselves deliberated, never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity."

Samuel Adams wrote in a letter to John Taylor on April 15th, 1814, "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide."

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Are Federalists like Democrats or Republicans?

Neither, is the best answer.

The questions of the era were different and the tools of the time were different.

You could stretch the major issues around a bit to make them appear as modern question such as; Federalists were more in favor of a central government, particularly a central bank. But although that exercise ends up making them appear more like Democrats the fact is that you'd be hard pressed to find Republicans who want to seriously get rid of the Federal Reserve, with the obvious exception of Ron Paul (who technically isn't a Republican at all but a Libertarian.) And while Republicans embrace State's Rights which would put them outside of Federalists in actuality Republicans embrace State's Rights as everybody else does; when it suits their politics. In fact at the time of the Federalists even they would be supportive of State's Rights. Nobody was suggesting that there be no states and everybody, practically to a man, identified himself as a Virginian or a New Yorker or a Georgian. Nobody called themselves a or whatever a person from DC. would be called. We don't even do that today.

In the end whether Federalists morphed into modern day Republicans (who didn't come into existence before Abraham Lincoln and don't look like Lincoln's party today (they don't even look like Eisenhower's party today,)) or they became Democrats (who have a much more distinct line back through Jackson and to Jefferson,) it doesn't really matter and the entire question is simply for bored academics who haven't got anything better to do.

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Do democrats or republicans support curfew?


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What do Republicans stand for?

Republicans are considered more conservative than Democrats. However, there are liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats. The Republicans tend to favor less government when dealing with domestic problems, and individual and states' rights. Republicans tend to favor economic laws that regulate as little as possible. They tend to favor ways to help the states and local governments, and allow private charities to help individuals in need instead of federal programs. Republican tend to favor more defense spending and to be against funding for abortions. They favor enforcement of immigration laws and are against giving voting rights to illegal immigrants. They want to balance the budget and find a way to slowly reduce the national debt.

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Elections and Voting

How do I change my registration as Democratic to Republican?

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.

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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:

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Is Mississippi a democrat or republican state?

Because the state of Mississippi does not offer registered voter statistics by party, we must judge either from primary elections (to see how many voters their are from both parties) or from general elections. Through primary elections we conclude that Mississippi is a state dominated by the Democratic Party. In the 2007 Mississippi Governor election, the Democratic Primary had a total of about 450,000 voters compared to about 197,000 voters of the Republican Primary. Also, in the 2008 Presidential Election, the Mississippi Democratic Party Primary had a total of about 429,000 voters compared to about 145,000 voters of the Republican party. Whereas in general elections we conclude that Mississippi is a state dominated by the Republican party. In the 2008 Presidential election the Republican candidate (John McCain) received about 725,000 votes while the Democratic candidate (Barack Obama) received about 555,000 votes. The total voter turnout for the election was about 1,290,000 voters. This is significantly larger than the voter turnout for state primaries such as the primaries for the 2007 Governor election where there was a total of about 650,000 voters, which is almost half the amount of voters that voted in the presidential election. This would support the theory that the state of Mississippi has a larger voter turnout in general elections because voters do not have to vote in affiliation with a party; evidently showing how it is more likely that there are more unaffiliated or independent voters in the state of Mississippi than there are Democratic and Republican voters.


Math and Arithmetic
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Can you do a cheerleading group with only three people?

yes u can do a stunt with only 3 people... but make sure that you have spotters... you need a flyer and then 2 bases... but the bases have to be stong or the flyer has to be light and carry her own weight...

History of the United States
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US Senators and Representatives

How does independent differ from republican and democrat?

If you are a true independent in politics, you do not vote for the party, you vote for the individual that comes closest to your ideas and beliefs. On the average, the Democrats are considered more liberal and the Republicans are considered more conservative. However, there are liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats. The Republicans tend to favor less government and the Democrats tend to favor more government, when dealing with domestic problems and individual and states' rights. Republicans tend to favor economic laws that regulate as little as possible. Democrats favor legislation that regulates industry for the protection of the consumer. Democrats tend to favor some sort of government aid for those individuals who need assistance. Republicans tend to favor was to help the states and local, private charities help individuals in need. Libertarians believe in a strong support of individual civil liberties, private property and the free market economy with little government intervention. They favor the least amount of government interference. They believe the individual should be left alone to do as he/she wishes, as long as there is no harm to any other person or group.

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Is george will a democrat or Republican?


History of the United States
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George Washington
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Was George Washington a Democrat or Republican?

Those parties didn't exist yet. But there was the anti-federalist and federalist party. He was a federalist. So, if he really had to choose a side, he would probably pick republican.

Neither. He was a Federalist.

George Washington was a member of the Federalist Party. The Federalist Party eventually was succeeded by the Republican Party.

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How many democratic presidents have there been and how many republican presidents have there been?

There were 5 Jacksonian Democratic presidents before the Civil War.

There have been 9 modern Democrats since the Civil War. (The Democratic Party split over slavery in 1860 . After the Civil War ended a new Democratic Party emerged in opposition to the Republicans. ) Some people add the 5 and 9 to get 14 Democratic presidents.

There was one president, George Washington, before parties came into being.

There was one Federalistm John Adams,

There are 4 Whig presidents.

There are 4 Democratic-Republican (Jeffersonian) presidents.

John Quincy Adams had ties with the residue of the old Federalist party and later was a leader in the Whig party. He did not really belong to a national party when hew was elected.

There were 18 Republican presidents , counting Andrew Johnson, who ran as a Republican with Lincoln but had been a Democratic Senator and joined to the reformed Democratic party after he was President.

Summary: 18 Republican, 13 Democrat, 4 Whig, 4 Democratic Republican, 2 unaffiliated, and one National Union Party (Andrew Johnson).


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