Remembering What the Republican Party Is


The Republican party is in dissolution over internal disagreements. However, they have been around this block before and came back stronger than ever.  Lewis D. Campbell once declared in the election of 1852 when the party couldn’t agree on the issue of slavery, “We are slain.  The party is dead, dead, dead!”  It was then the Whig party, but reborn years later into the Republican Party that destroyed slavery.  

Today, Republican leaders are fighting Donald J. Trump, their nominee.  However, those who believe in Trump strongly stand behind him. Now that Trump has made it clear he’s taking over, he tweeted on the 11th of October, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

This party was built on great presidents like Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan. 

Trump and Republican Party Accomplishments

The difficulty is that Donald Trump is a unique presidential candidate.  How can the Republican party deny a man who has defeated 16 rivals for the Republican presidential nomination?  He doesn’t follow the book.  

The Republican party has lost the last two presidential elections. However, they have been very successful in congressional races and they are the majority of the congress, the largest since 1928.  They have been able to block laws and keep the President in place.  They also have control over 2/3 of the 50 state legislatures.  This gives them the power to influence many of the large American culture wars such as guns, abortion, and marijuana.

Remembering Where They Came From

Origins of the Republican Party
Origins of the Republican Party

With everything in turmoil, it’s hard to remember where the party came from.  Back in the times of the Civil War, the Democratic Party supported slavery.  Today they are die-hard advocates of the black lives matter movement.  Yet, the Republicans were against slavery, and today they are considered as not being supportive of black rights.  

The Republican party is worried because at this point, you either really like Trump or hate him.  For example, Mr. Kristol, a conservative commentator said, “If you look at your average stump speech, they do not sound like Trump.”  He believes that Trump’s candidacy is “a bit of a fluke” due to the fact that he is not very supported by the Republican party in his methods. 

On the other hand, you have people like Avik Roy who say, “Our views — the Republican intellectuals and think-tank people — differ from a significant chunk of the electorate.  And it’s the electorate that decides.”  Roy is simply stating the obvious that the odds are stacked against Donald Trump.  

Trump has done as much as he could do to win the presidency at this point.  Now he needs the support of the Republican party and for Hillary Clinton to self-destruct.