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Political party shift and more in Thursday's Forum

June 21st, 2013 8:45 am by Staff Report

Political party shift and more in Thursday's Forum

Republican disagreement with the Democratic Party began in the 1850s over expansionism, states rights and abolition. During the Antebellum Era, the Democratic Party believed in a small central government, fixed responsibility and states’ rights. Southern Democrats still believe these things.
Beginning in 1912, northern Democrats came to believe in big, activist government. During the Republican Progressive Era of 1860 to 1920, there were only three Democratic presidents — Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson. Beginning in 1920, the Republican Party began to move to the right.
During the Great Depression, the Republican Party did not believe the government should help the common people. But the Democratic Party did. So the Democratic Party created the social safety net which the Republican Party still opposes.
During the 1960s, the Democratic Party progressive movement reached its zenith. From 1968 to 2013 there have been only three Democratic presidents — Carter, Clinton and Obama.
The presidency is not an entitlement program for any party. There is no economic, political or religious test. The Constitution does not say only a white male, capitalist and conservative protestant can be president.
Since 1828, the Democratic Party has progressed from the party of slavery to the party of civil rights and now to the party of equal social rights. Since 1854, the Republican Party has gone from radical to radical as the great opposition party.
JIM PENNINGTON
Johnson City
Home-schooled athletes
Robert Houk is absolutely right in his column of June 9 criticizing state Rep. Timothy Hill’s bill requiring public schools to allow home-schooled students to participate in their interscholastic sports programs.
There’s another point to be made. In our part of the country, “home-schooled” is (with exceptions) code for being given a “Christian” education at home, versus an evil secular education in a public school.
Thus Hill’s ulterior motive is to force public education systems to sponsor religious education by proxy, in the form of subsidizing the sports activities of students whose education is entirely “Christian.”
It is a foot in the door.
FRED WAAGE
Johnson City

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