This is just a short article I decided to write after doing a bit of reading and some research on the Republican Party.
An excerpt from the Introduction of a book by Francis Curtis, titled "The Republican Party" states:
"It is true that the Republican party became an associated body of earnest and humane men with the chief purpose of preventing the further extension of Slavery."
Further in the Introduction we find this statement:
"The Republican party is constructed on the principle laid down by Abraham Lincoln..."
Then the first Chapter of the book opens with this:
"'Resolved, That, postponing and suspending all differences with regard to political economy or administrative policy, in view of the imminent danger that Kansas and Nebraska will be grasped by Slavery, and a thousand miles of slave soil be thus interposed between the free States of the Atlantic and those of the Pacific, we will act cordially and faithfully in unison to avert and repeal this gigantic wrong and shame."
"Resolved, That in view of the necessity of battling for the first principles of Republican government, and against the schemes of an aristocracy, the most revolting and oppressive with which the earth was ever cursed or man debased, we will cooperate and be known as "'Republicans" until the contest be terminated."
This is just a few excerpts from one book There are many books on the start of the Republican Party and all agree on the point that it was started in opposition to the Democratic Party which was for slavery (which, by the way, was introduced to America by Dutch slavers before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock and was encouraged by England).
I admit that the Republicans seem to have "lost their way". At the same time I also find it ironic that if it had not been for the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, our first "Black" (or African-American) President may not have ever been elected.
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