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Tag: political parties


GOP: Political parties have changed over time

A recent letter writer (TNT, 1-21) made claims about Republicans and Democrats that need to be put into historical context.

The Republican Party in 1854 that proposed abolishing slavery is not the Republican Party we know now. And the Democrats who historically initiated poll taxes and reading tests to suppress black votes are not the Democrats of today.

In fact, the Republicans of today are far to the right of those in the pre-Civil War era. A major factor in this shift is that following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Democrats in the South, in large

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POLITICS: Parties got us into this mess

Are the Democrats and Republicans even capable of fixing our nation’s fiscal situation? I mean, aren’t they the ones who got us into this mess to begin with?
Voting for the two old parties is like rehiring the plumber who flooded your house.

Many of us vote Democrat or Republican simply because of our family upbringing. Most people who say “I’m a Democrat” or “I’m a Republican” don’t actually belong to those parties; they simply vote that way.

Maybe Mom and Dad were wrong.


POLITICS: What difference do labels make?

Re: “Pew‘s America: 9 sets of beliefs in a 2-party system” (Peter Callaghan column, 5-8).

The Pew Research Center quiz was interesting, and I agree that we are not a polarized either-or nation. However, what difference does it make if the person elected does not fulfill the promises he or she made during their campaign and they are either unwilling or unable to enact the legislation that their supporters were expecting?