So, it all officially began on March 20, 1854—the recognized birth of the Republican Party. Of course, as anything that is born, the real work started long before; and, while the precise gestation period is unknown, there are some contributing facts that are known.
The Whig Party, formed in the early 1830s and named for the American Whigs of the Revolutionary Era, was the era’s opposition party to Andrew Jackson’s democrat party. The Whigs selected their name from the Whigs of the Revolutionary period, who were known for opposing tyranny. After two decades of existence, the Whig Party was internally destroyed over the question of whether to permit the expansion of slavery to the territories. In February of 1854, the northern, anti-slavery Whigs began meeting in upper Midwestern states to discuss forming a new party. During one such meeting, in Wisconsin, on March 20, 1854, the Republican Party was born.
“Anti-slavery? REPUBLICANS? Really?”
Indeed. And, this fact would make itself more and more evident over the coming century as Republicans would author and present every piece of Civil Rights legislation in the United States Congress that would eventually become law.
“But, I had always learned that democrats were the anti-slavery party.”
So had I – and everyone else, too. However, when our children spend eight hours a day in elementary, middle, and high schools that have become little more than indoctrination centers for leftist thought, it’s easy to see how the impact of leftist unions and curricula can impact our children. Institutions of *ahem* “higher learning” are worse, because we pay exorbitant fees to be force-fed anti-Christian, anti-Conservative, pro-Socialist (or worse) dogma from the “church” of secular humanism. (Hint: THERE’s the REAL ENEMY…) Given the democrats actual documented abysmal record on Civil Rights and actively working against freeing slaves, it only stands to reason that, since they figuratively (and, almost literally) run the education system in the United States, they would do whatever it took to ensure that Republicans would always be cast in a negative light. (On a side note, given that leftists do run the educational system, it is easy to see why it is in such a state of disrepair—but that’s just one man’s humble observation.)
The southern United States was nearly exclusively the bastion of the democrat party, which, ironically, was the region of the young nation where the impact of slavery was strongest. Free blacks and slaves of the era, recognizing that the democrats who controlled the south had no interest in their freedom, gravitated to the newly formed, anti-slavery Republican Party. This fact would make itself evident as blacks would run for, and were elected to, the United States Congress as early as 1868. Their party affiliation? Republican.
“But, why would blacks become Republicans, if the Republicans were the racists the democrats claim they are??”
Exactly. If the democrat party was truly the party who had the best interests of blacks and slaves at heart, would it not make perfect sense that blacks and slaves would clamor to identify themselves with democrats?
“Shouldn’t modern day blacks take immense pride in the fact that blacks were elected to the United States Congress—including thirteen former slaves—as early as the late-1860s?”
One would think, now, wouldn’t one? Unfortunately, modern day blacks don’t take pride in the ascension of modern day blacks to positions of national significance unless they happen to be democrats. And, in fairness, they probably did not learn any of this from their schools either, because, well, it casts Republicans in a positive light as anti-slavery from way back, and the leftist education system can’t have that now, can they?? Given that Republicans were the anti-slavery party, someone had to be the pro-slavery party. Enter the democrats.
“What?! The democrats wouldn’t be pro-slavery! They’ve been working for blacks since there were blacks! I mean, seriously, if democrats were pro-slavery, blacks would never vote for them! That’s the kind of hate blacks only have for Republicans…”
Things that make you go, “hmm…”
Life for blacks and slaves of the day would get worse in the mid-1860s, with the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Ah-ha! I knew those racist Republicans would slither into history somewhere to drag blacks down—and THERE they are, right?!”
Ah, no. The same culprits who have been pro-slavery and anti-black all along still hard at work.
Now, that the question of the purpose and origins of the Republican Party had been put to rest, what they did afterwards as a party would cause my heart to swell with pride.