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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

English Democratic Party and its struggle for the nation

English Democratic Party and its struggle for the nation

The English Democratic Party is a syndicate of English federalists who formed a party that is committed to the formation of a new Parliament that is devolved. This Parliament enjoys similar grant of power as is designated to the Scottish Parliament. This party somehow does not subscribe to the independence of the English. Considering themselves equivalent to the other existing parties of Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party, this party has the moot point of proving their slogan which is “Not left, not right, just English”. The English Democrats had won the local election in 2009. English Democracy is still strong in popularity among the Englanders.

English Democratic Party was first formed in 1998 by Robin Tilbrook. Responding to the calls of assignment of power in Wales and Scotland, Tilbrook formed and named the party as the English National Party. This party was actually a reformation of what was formed in 1960. However, since the older party became dysfunctional due to corruption and unfavorable circumstances, the need to restore its glory was necessitated. Fortunately, Tilbrook’s party included members from the pressure group of Campaign for an English Parliament. The Campaign party was entitled to lobby in favor of the devolved English Parliament. English Democracy was launched through the promotion of this party in the month of September, 2002.

The English Democratic Party merged with several other smaller parties prior to the launching program. In 2004, it made its first big merge with the Reform UK Party, even though the party was a minute splinter group. Finally, the party underwent its final merging activity with the New England Party in the month of February, 2007. English Democracy was thus reinstated after a long period of time. Since this land is dwelt by people who do not mingle into political matters, only a section of the people tends to take politics seriously, only so that it can

The Republican Party and Blacks

The Republican Party and Blacks

My good friend, Timothy Johnson, Ph.D., was recently honored by the Buncombe County Republican party. Timothy Johnson has been elected party chair. It did not go unnoticed that he is the first black elected party chair in Buncombe County – Republican or Democratic. In an interview with the Weaverville newspaper, Tim commented on how many blacks are “ignorant” of the bedrock beliefs of the Republican Party. Dr. Johnson believes that the ideals of the Republican Party line up very well with the ideals of the Black community.

Before I go on any further, I would like to say that no one and no party has cornered the market on ethics or morality. There are bad and evil people that are motivated by greed and power in both parties. But, with that being said, I think we can look over the past 40 years and honestly begin to evaluate which party truly benefited Blacks and continues to benefit minorities and the underprivileged. Let’s look at a few issues.

Civil rights. This one is easy. There is no contest. In the 60s the Democrats stood with Blacks. Southern Democrats there were opposed to integration did not like the direction of the party and slowly but surely left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party. Were there individual Republicans who believed that integration was inevitable? Were there individual Republicans who believed that segregation was an abomination? I think the answer is yes on both counts. Did the Republican party change their platform in 1964 and 1968 to appease Southern Whites? Yes.

The Economy. Republicans like to talk about cutting government spending. I lived in Texas most of my life. Republicans rule in Texas. I saw the state government cut so deeply that some regulatory agencies had to stop regulating. They had to fire some government workers because there was no more money. Republicans stood back and smiled but when you go to the DMV and have to wait 2 or 3 hours just to talk to someone before you can begin the process of getting your license? Please think of those cuts. When you get a brand new tatoo which gives you a skin infection or possibly even hepatitis because there was not enough inspectors to regularly inspect that parlor who’s smiling now?

When Ronald Reagan took office he promised to cut the size of government and to cut government spending. Conservatives talk eloquently about how masterful Reagan was with the budget. They forget to tell you that the budget deficit grew during the Reagan years. No matter how the Republicans like to sugar coat their policies, the fact that under Reagan, Bush and now, George W. Bush the budget deficit has grown completely flies in the face of fiscal responsibility. Even the conservative Cato Institute, in an article by Chris Edwards states, “Reagan’s failure was that he did not control federal spending growth. By 1989, federal spending was up 69 percent from 1981. The deficit widened.”

In my own book, A Letter to America, I criticized the Bush administration for its tax cuts for the rich. I believe that your tax policy should reflect your morals beliefs. The budget process is more than pushing numbers around. The process should reflect the hopes and dreams of America. Take for example, a small and simple program like LIHEAP (low income heating and energy assistance program), this program provides assistance to the poor for heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Who can be against this program? The Bush administration. Bush tried to cut funding for this program several years in a row. In 2003, it took a Senate vote (88-4) to force the Bush administration to release the funding. You can’t tell me that this helps Blacks, minorities or the poor.

Race. When President Reagan increased the low interest rates on student loans, it was clear that he really did not understand the needs of working Americans. When Ronald Reagan stood by and supported Apartheid well that’s a completely different story or is it? You don’t have to take my word for it, take Bishop Desmond Tutu’s. In 1984, while on Capital Hill, Bishop Tutu blasted Reagan’s support of South Africa, “In my view, the Reagan administration’s support and collaboration with it is equally immoral, evil, and totally un-Christian. . . . You are either for or against apartheid and not by rhetoric. You are either in favor of evil or you are in favor of good. You are either on the side of the oppressed or on the side of the oppressor. You can’t be neutral.”

Right wing Republican think tanks have been working on trying to reverse affirmative action for over 30 years. Affirmative action is fundamental to the progress that we have seen recently. From Justice Clarence Thomas to Barack Obama, affirmative action has begun to equalize the playing field. Thomas came from a small town in Georgia. Why would Holy Cross take him in 1967? He wasn’t a great student from a small Georgia town. In college, he did well then went on to Yale. Remember before affirmative action, colleges would simply pass over Blacks and other minorities. Whether they were qualified or not. No matter how some folks try to spin affirmative action, it is an excellent program that has benefited Blacks, Whites, Latinos … Americans.

Education. This is the great equalizer. You can lift someone out of poverty by giving them the winning lottery ticket or by giving them an education. There are no guarantees in life but an education maybe the closest thing. Everyone has seen the numbers that the average income for someone without a high school diploma is about $ 23,000. The average income for someone with a college degree is $ 52,000.

With student loans harder and harder to come by and college tuition going up faster than the price of gas, college students need some help. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has had none to offer. There is no major program that the Bush administration has designed to help college students.

No Child Left Behind. The fact that the program has never been fully funded should be considered a crime. The whole concept of teaching to a test just never sat well with me. There is no data suggesting that testing equals learning which is the whole basis of NCLB. As a matter of fact, I think that the opposite happens. When focusing on the information for a test, students and teachers miss great learning opportunities.

Reagan, Bush, Sr. and Bush, Jr. have trying to suck funding out one of the only government programs that has been universally praised – Head Start. This program has been credited for helping minorities get out of poverty. We need more programs like it and not less. We need a Head Start like program for middle school and for high school, so our children can get ahead and stay ahead.

One of the best hoaxes played on the American people are school vouchers. The Republicans have been pushing this idea from coast to coast for some time. The idea is if your public school isn’t performing well then you should be able to take your child out of public school and place your child in some other school using public funds. It sounds great. Of course, if you pull funds out of failing schools how are those schools going to get any better. Actually, these cash strapped schools should get increased funding if they are failing. We need better teachers and better books and facilities in these schools. The other side of voucher hoax is where are you going to try to put your child? Is there a good school that has a bunch of openings for kids from failing schools. No. School vouchers are just another way to cripple the public educational system.

Tim Johnson, I congratulate you on your new position but I don’t think that the Republican party has been friendly to minorities in general or Blacks in particular. I saw Senator John McCain, the Republican party’s presidential nominee, last week speak in Kenner, La, just outside New Orleans. He spoke in front of an almost completely White crowd. Outside of Governor Jindal, I was unable to see any face of color in the crowd. I have watched the video several times. I think that’s telling. You can’t tell me that you can’t find a Black face in Southern Louisiana. Tim, I wish you good luck hopefully you can change the Republican party for the better.

Finally, I must say something about Barack Obama. Wow. It is simply amazing. A Black man is the nominee of the Democratic party. This Black man isn’t running for dog catcher or mayor or even governor, but for President of the United States. I didn’t want to get my hopes up but it was a thrill to see him win in Iowa. I was crushed when he didn’t win in New Hampshire. He then won and won big in South Carolina. It was after South Carolina, I knew something different was happening. I watched him rake in money over the internet. No one has ever done this. No one. 1.6 million donors!?!? I watched his speeches but I also watched the enthusiasm that he generated. I just knew something bad was going to happen. Something awful. Something like he never paid his taxes, ever or he used to drown baby seals. I didn’t know. I just felt something was going to trip him up. He racked up 13 victories in February and the Democratic race was really over. Yes, there was “bitter-gate” and Reverend Jeremiah Wright but Barack Obama turned negatives into positives and kept on going. Finally, there was a Democratic Presidential candidate that I enthusiastically run to polls and vote for. Barack Obama, Democratic nominee for president. Man, oh, man. I just wish my father had lived to see it. For the first time, last Tuesday night, we would have cried, together.

Dr. Errington C. Thompson, MD, is a surgeon, scholar, full=time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats. Through this book, he hopes to share his thoughts and reflections on the current political landscape.

Dr. Thompson was educated at Emory University and Southwestern Medical School and currently resides in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Views of the Alaskan Democratic Party

Views of the Alaskan Democratic Party

The Alaska Democratic Party is a representative of the diverse heritage of the state. They believe in working with all types of groups, including religious, social and economic, just to name a few. They are also seeking to make sure people get their families taken care of, have better living areas and work together as one.

The Alaska Democratic Party believes that all residents of the state should have their civil rights protected. The Party also feels that every person in the state is entitled to equal rights. They are against discrimination of any kind, including disability, origin, status or ethnic group.

The Party is in favor of privacy protection for all residents of Alaska. They feel that all residents of the state should be free to be decision makers regarding things that affect their everyday lives. Some of these things include religion, medical care, marriage and whether or not to start a family.

As far as education is concerned, the Alaska Democratic Party believes there should be equal access to education for all residents of the state. They also believe that education should be endowed with funds. The education programs should be representative of the different cultures in Alaska. They should also represent a quality of life for all and also promote a well-rounded economy.

Within Alaska’s education system, it should include a quality educational opportunities for all of Alaska’s children. It should also include vocational training classes and other things that include graduate and research programs. In order for these programs to be effective, there must be studies and activities the liberal arts, sports and other related things.

The Alaska Democratic Party is interested in a health care system that provides equal health care treatment to all residents of Alaska. They also want for residents to be able to afford the health care treatment. In addition to that, people that need assistance for substance abuse of any kind should seek methods that promote prevent addiction.

The Party is also in favor of different treatment methods other than incarceration. Any type of abuse, whether it’s physician, sexual or emotional, will not be allowed. If there are people who are suffering from any of these, they should be provided assistance.

The Democratic Party of Alaska is in favor of rural areas and their culture. They respect their way and quality of life. In addition to that, the Party favors rural residents having equal education and current technological programs.

They should also be able to live in rural areas where their sewer and electrical systems are operating on a normal basis. In addition to that, the rural residents of Alaska should also have access to public safety and health care services.

These beliefs and principles, along with many others are what the Party stands for. These are part of their core beliefs that every resident of Alaska should be entitled to. No one should be left out because of race, gender, ethnicity, disability or anything else that could keep someone from achieving their potential in life.

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Current Political Trends – The Changing Tide Of National Party Politics And The Return Of Second Chances

Current Political Trends – The Changing Tide Of National Party Politics And The Return Of Second Chances

Now that we let President Barak Obama have a full years go at it we’re now at a point where this is now supposed to be an election year that’s supposed to bring a political sea of change.  There are quite a few veteran ex-lawmakers dusting off their campaign signs and running to get their old jobs back.  The question, why?

Some of the news articles have the following to offer:

“Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich this week became the latest ousted official to throw his hat back in the ring. The Republican — whose single term was marked by bitter clashes with the Maryland press and Democratic legislature — is expected next week to launch what will surely be a nasty rematch against Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, who beat him in 2006.

Ehrlich will become at least the fifth ex-governor to try for a sequel this year — along with former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa and former Democratic Govs. Jerry Brown of California, Roy Barnes of Georgia and John Kitzhaber of Oregon. Former Republican Sen. Dan Coats is bidding for his former seat in Indiana. And former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee is running as an independent for governor in Rhode Island. “

Due to the lackluster and rather stymied results the American public has received, plus the divisions across the nation that the Health Care Reform Act has caused the Democrats appear to be facing a tougher battle to reclaim their seats.  Not withstanding, we have a new party growing:  The Tea Party Movement.  So now for Republican ex-officials, the motivation seems clear:

They now have a fair set of wind and tide running in directions that could very well be in their favor.  They may actually win a round here.

“Republican candidates for two cycles had to run with the wind at their face, and now they finally get to run with the wind at their back,” said David Avella, director of the Republican recruiting arm GOPAC.

Jeremy Mayer, public policy professor at George Mason University, said candidates like Ehrlich are great for their party, and their odds, because they come with a built-in fundraising base. He said the national mood is a boost.

Across the nation, polls have shown Republican minority candidates in pre-election polls, running ahead just shy of 20 points or so.

A lot of the veteran Republicans are stating that they decided to step back in because they got fed up watching President Obama and congressional Democrats “push their far-left liberal agenda” on the country and to no reasonable effect thus far.  The economy has gotten worse and jobless rates remain altogether too high not mention many other items on the Presidents to-do list that affect the very core of our daily lives.

“In Iowa, Branstad is giving Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, who is suffering from low approval ratings, a run as well. Recent polls have Branstad up by 16 points. And in Rhode Island, Chafee is leading both Democratic and Republican candidates for an open seat. “  As reported by one major news network.

In another preview of the race to come, the Maryland Democratic Party has already posted an ad on its Web site slamming one Republican for going into the law and lobbying trade after leaving office.

Some of the returning candidates had issues of a political and public relations nature that caused them an ouster out of their political office. However, some left voluntarily, with high approval ratings, after four terms. And they’ve been keeping plenty busy. They have the skills, talents and years of experience that the last tide didn’t justify, in my mind, their ouster as had happened in my state.  Altogether too much of mob-mentality may have gone into the unintended firing of some fine leadership.

It may be a hard go for newcomers to enter the political game — what with the fundraising disadvantage and the invasive media treatment afforded to any un-vetted novice — but the old pros, even if they’ve had their time in the spotlight, seem to live for the battle and the spotlight as well.

“F. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives. But in truth there are second and sometimes third acts. Just look at Richard Nixon,” he said. “It’s what brings boxers and tennis players out of retirement. They want to be in the arena again. They want to hear the crowd and maybe achieve something they didn’t achieve last time.”

So I hope that with some more adjustments to our leadership, and this case starting at the state level, we can begin to turn the tides around that are affecting the great ship The United States of America.  “Of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. One Nation, under God, with Liberty and justice for all.”

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