Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Why did the Republican party drop the Democratic word in their name?

The party use to be called the Democratic Republican party. Do they not believe in democracy anymore? Is that why they call American a republic and not a Democratic representative republic which is what is on the books. Should we just fallow father figures that think they know best and just do as we are told?

12 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    The democratic republican party was started by jefferson and madison. At the time it competed against the federalist party, which favored a strong central govt while jefferson and madison supported states rights. the dem repubs went by either name until the civil war. at that time, the party split on views and was renamed democrats. the whig party was the other major party at that time. Lincoln led a smaller republican group to power and they challenged the democrats for control. the republican party got its name as a tribute to Jefferson. Ironically Jefferson's original party was for small fed govt but is now about big govt. The republicans support states rights.

  • 4 years ago

    So, sorry, but you have it backwards. The two original parties were the Hamilton led Federalists and the Jefferson led Democratic-Republicans. The Federalists had a decided pro British slant (the Democratic-Republicans were similarly pro-French) and the War of 1812 proved to be the Federalists undoing, leaving the Democratic-Republican party as the sole viable party. This split into several splinter parties the most important of which was Andrew Jackson's American Democracy branch. This was a decidedly Jacksonian conservative party, with Jackson being very much a modern hero of the right wing. The liberal branches coalesced into the Whig Party which lasted for a few years until breaking up over abolition. In the wake of the demise of the Whig party came the decidedly Lefty Republican Party which promoted such socialist schemes as the Morrill Act, the Homestead Act, and the Trans-Continental Railroad.

  • 1 decade ago

    The United States is a Constitutional Republic. The word democracy is not in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, or the US Constitution, not even once.

    "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." Thomas Jefferson

    "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." John Adams

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner." Benjamin Franklin

    Source(s): Look It Up!
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In the ONLY book that matters, the US Constitution, Article IV Section 4 guaranties each state a republican form of government. There is no mention of democracy in the entire document.

    "Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death."

    James Madison


    When you say

    "Democratic representative republic which is what is on the books"

    I'm wondering what "books" you are talking about?

    8th Grade US Revisionist History for the New Globalist Century?

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  • Matt W
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Read your history. The Democratic Republican party is the one started during Jackson's election that ultimately turned into the Democratics Party. Darn, lost a great rant didn't you?

  • 1 decade ago

    The term is an oxymoron. In the US our form of government is representative republic. Liberals don't understand what is meant by the term "democracy.' It never has applied to the US.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would hope they wouldn't believe in democracy. If America were a true democracy, nothing would get done and there would probably be civil war.

    You do know the difference between a democracy and a republic, right?

  • 1 decade ago

    do they teach anything in school anymore other than encouraging baseless rhetorical games in lieu of substantive thought?

    if you're really interested in learning and not just making a puerile point, do a little homework on Abraham Lincoln and see if you can pick up a common thread in terms from that time such as "Party of the Republic" and "Army of the Republic" ...

  • 1 decade ago

    Democrats want Americans to follow father figures (big government) and just do what they're told. At least that's what Biden said during the election.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Democratic Republican party split into two different parties.

    So, do the Democrats not believe in the Republic????????

    All hail Hussein.

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