The Major Issues the Republican Party Faces

The Major Issues the Republican Party Faces

The Republican Party also called the Grand Old Party (GOP) is the second oldest active party in the United States of America and was established in 1854 by a coalition of former Whigs, Northern Democrats, former Liberty Party activists and Free-Soilers with the sole aim of opposing the spread of slavery and dreams of forming a united and modern America. Ripon, Wisconsin and Jackson, Michigan lay claim to the birthplace of the party. Abraham Lincoln is the first Republican to be elected President in 1861 and the GOP till date is also referred to as ‘party of Lincoln’. The party presided over the ‘American Civil War’ and ‘reconstruction’, major events which shaped America’s political and economic destiny. The color red has come to be recognized as the color of GOP though it has not been officially adopted by the party.

Republicans are known for their conservative platform – a curious blend of economic libertarianism and social conservatism leaning towards religious right. Their positions on issues of major importance are outlined below :

The support a robust version of federalism with greater limitations based on federal power and a larger role reserved for the states.
They strongly believe that making law is the prerogative of the legislature and that judiciary should not legislate from the bench, a case in point being the Roe Vs. Wade abortion ruling. Towards this end, they have supported various bills in the last decade limiting the courts ability to hear certain types of cases thereby restricting judicial activism and review.
They favor free-market system and limited government regulation. The have formulating policies supporting businesses, economic liberalism and economic freedom.
They favor lower income tax rates and believe that graduated tax rates (higher income tax rates for high income earners) unfairly target those who create jobs and wealth.
They do agree that a ‘safety net’ should be provided for those who are needy and less fortunate but

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  1. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great documentary of the amazing and proud history of the Republican party, December 4, 2012
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    Paul C. Johnson (Richland, MI United States) –
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    This review is from: A History of the Republican Party (Kindle Edition)
    Yes, proud. No groaning allowed. Nor revisionist history. To the shock of anyone who relies on major media or public education for their opinions on the Republican party, this turn of the 20th century recount is an eye opener. The Republican Party was formed over a single issue: abolition of slavery. In 1860 the party got it right with the nomination and election of Lincoln. In 1861 with The Emancipation Proclamation they got it right again. And again in 1865 over vehement northern Democrat opposition, they got it right with the 13th Amendment in abolishing slavery (The South was a given opposition but could not vote as they had seceded).

    The book is a very interesting read, written when the history was fresh on the mind of its author (George Washington Platt). Further, though a century old, it couldn’t be a more timely companion piece to Spielberg’s very outstanding recount in “Lincoln”.

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  2. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Dated, But Still Useful, March 25, 2015
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    This review is from: A History of the Republican Party (Kindle Edition)
    First off, this is a dated work. It was written in 1903, so that it carries the history of the Party up to the election of 1900. It is also a highly partisan work. At the same time, it is still useful in many ways. In particular it includes verbatim copies of all the Party platforms and a lot of information about divisions within the Party.

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  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very interesting, April 27, 2013
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    Obviously written early in the 20th century, this is an interesting history of the period. It is also a good way to get a more contemporary vision how the day to day activities and how they differed from now. Lots of stats that I find interesting but that could be a little boring to most, but they are easily skimmed it you prefer.

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