Romney and the New Republican Party
In 1854, Ex-Wing Party and Free Soil Party activists wanted to stop the expansion of slavery. Together they founded the Republican Party and first came to power in 1860. They successfully elected Abraham Lincoln as President and acquired control of the Congress and northern states. Their early ideology was centered around the slogan “Free labor, free land, free men” and during 1861 – 1877 they managed to preserve the Union, end slavery, oversee the implementation of equal rights to all men as a result of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Even to this day it was and still remains a difficult period in history for many Americans to reflect upon. The term “free labor” used by Republicans represented their opposition to slave labor and belief in businessmen and independent artisans. “Free land,” referred to their opposition to the plantation system that allowed wealthy people to buy up all the good farmland and work it with slaves, and leave free independent farmers with whatever was left over. Containing the expansion of slavery, causing the collapse of “Slave Power” in the south and expanding freedom was the central purpose and goal. Some might even suggest the founding party members stood on principle to effect long-term change.
Now a new Republican Party spearheaded by Tea Party activists with libertarian and conservative viewpoints is emerging to once again effect change in American politics and society. It’s still debatable on whether it was Ron Paul during his 2007 presidential campaign along with anti-tax/ anti-war protestors or tickerforum.org user Gmak that founded the organization, which is loosely based on the theme of America’s “Boston Tea Party.”
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With this perspective in mind fast forward to the recently concluded 2012 Republican presidential primary race and the mean spirited rhetoric with undertones of racism, sexism and over the top support for the super rich. You have to ask yourself how Republicans strayed so far from their initial principles of supporting the common man. A party that continually refers to the Constitution and free enterprise should know that history, not revisionist history, truly matters.