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Democratic Versus Republican Party

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:54 am
by Donrus
The United States has two major political parties. The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. Republicans are considered conservative while Democrats are labeled as liberal. Republican Party is the oldest political party in the United States and arguably the oldest party in the world.
The Democratic Party traces its origins to the Democratic-Republican Party, founded by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other influential opponents of the Federalists in 1792. Since the division of the Republican Party in the election of 1912, it has consistently positioned itself to the left of the Republican Party in economic as well as social matters. The economically left-leaning activist philosophy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, which has strongly influenced American liberalism, has shaped much of the party’s economic agenda since 1932.
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. It is often referred to as the Grand Old Party or the GOP. The current U.S. President, George W. Bush, is the 18th Republican to hold office. Republicans currently fill a minority of seats in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, hold a minority of state governorships, and control a minority of state legislatures. It is currently the second largest party with 55 million registered members, encompassing roughly one third of the electorate.
There are many important races going for election in 2008. Out of this, Texas 22nd congressional district is a hotly contested one among the republicans and democrats. There are many known names standing for election in this constituency. This includes former Sugar Land mayor Dean Hrbacek , former Pasadena mayor John Manlove, former John Cornyn Chief of Staff Pete Olson, Family District Judge Jim Squier, State Representative Bob Talton, and NASA contractor Ryan Rowley

RE: Democratic Versus Republican Party

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:50 pm
by Lad
Hello Donrus. Welcome to the forums. Being from the UK I don't know too much about the two parties. I was aware of the above however. Could you tell me your opinion as to how close the two parties are? In the UK we have Labour and the Conservatives as the two main parties and there is little between them nowadays. It is more a question of personality choice or a question of how many mistakes are made while one was in power rather than anything to do with beliefs. The manifestos are quite dull and neither really offers anything overly different from the other.