United States
Democratic Party

The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party (GOP). Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest political party.


Along Pennsylvania Avenue, by Murray Rothbard, Faith and Freedom, Jan 1956
Contrasts the attitudes of U.S. participants in the 1955 Geneva Summit with those of their Soviet counterparts; becomes encouraged by the rejection of multiple ballot measures asking for funds for various government programs
"The Democrats hope to make foreign policy a key issue in the coming campaign. ... Unfortunately, the Democrats do not attack the global interventionism of the Administration ... Thus, the Democrats prepare to justify the historic label which unmerciful critics have tried to fasten on them: 'the party of socialism and war.' These critics say that war spending and war inflation give socialism and the bureaucracy a shot in the arm. What's more, they point out, the mass base of the Democratic Party—the labor unions—stand to prosper in the glow of inflation and armament contracts."
Related Topics: Russia, Taxation
Along Pennsylvania Avenue, by Murray Rothbard, Faith and Freedom, Apr 1956
Draws a scoreboard on the issues between the "Tweedledum-Tweedledee parties" in the 1956 elections, most of the rounds going to the Republicans, then wonders why Ike had only worshippers, but ends by leaving the door open for a Democrat win
"Yet the Democrats can present no real issues, because they cannot offer the voters any alternative to present Republican policy. The Democrat promise of 100% parity to farmers is matched by the equally socialistic Republican Soil Bank. All the Democrats can do is complain that the Republicans don't New Deal enough: 'not enough' highways, foreign aid, schools, social security, armament spending, minimum wages, etc. ... The left-wing Democrats ... have seen their views and policies become coin of the realm. But three issues stir them: 'civil rights' for Negroes; civil liberties for Communists; and immigration barriers."
Americans Have Lost Their Country, by Paul Craig Roberts, 1 Mar 2007
Discusses the neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration and the rationale for their actions furthering wars in the Middle East
"When the American people caught on that the 'war on terror' was a cloak for wars of aggression, they put Democrats in control of Congress in order to apply a brake to the regime's warmongering. However, the Democrats have proven to be impotent to stop the neoconservative drive to wider war and, perhaps, world conflagration."
Bad Medicine, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Nov 2003
Discusses the differences between Democrat and Republican policies for government schooling and proposals to add prescription-drug coverage to Medicare
"... the Democrats' program has government providing things to people directly ... The Democrats want government to dispense schooling to the nation's children. They might like the federal government to do it, but they'll settle for the state and local governments, as long as from their Washington perches they can dictate what goes on in the classroom. If parents don't like it, they can lump it. ... Another example is prescription-drug coverage for the elderly. ... The Democrats are honest. They say they want a monster government bureaucracy controlling drug prices and giving orders to the pharmaceutical industry."
Election 2006: A War Referendum: It's all about Iraq, by Justin Raimondo, 16 Oct 2006
"The great advantage of the Jeffersonian Democrat project, however, more than outweighs the negatives. The Democratic Party is out of ideas: ideologically, their leaders and 'theoreticians' are remarkably barren. ... These people need to be educated, and, what's more, many of them are educating themselves: Moulitsas' essay proves that. ... All hail the Jeffersonian Democrats — and let the Democratic reformation begin!"
Give Me Liberty [PDF], by Rose Wilder Lane, 1936
Originally published as an article titled "Credo" in the Saturday Evening Post; describes her experiences in and history of Soviet Russia and Europe, contrasting them with the history of the United States, emphasizing the individualist themes
"In 1933 a group of sincere and ardent collectivists seized control of the Democratic Party, used it as a means of grasping Federal power, and enthusiastically, from motives which many of them regard as the highest idealism, began to make America over. The Democratic Party is now a political mechanism having a genuine political principle: national socialism."
Impeach the American People!, by Butler Shaffer, 17 Nov 2006
Comments on proposals to bring George W. Bush and others in his administration to "justice", observing that most Americans went into a "moral slumber" that allowed the former to "turn America into the 21st century equivalent of 1939 Germany"
"[Most Democrats] throughout these past five years, have done little more than opportunistically await the day that they might recover the White House in order to continue the same statist agenda 'under new management.' You will not find the Democrats proposing repeal of the Patriot Act — or any of the other recently enacted additions to police-state powers — or the dismantling of the Homeland Security system."
Martin Van Buren: The American Gladstone, by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Reassessing the Presidency, 2001
Revised version of the 1999 essay "Martin Van Buren: The Greatest American President"
"... in 1821 ... A new Democratic Party resuscitated the old Jeffersonian alliance between planters of the South and plain Republicans of the North, united behind the charismatic hero of the West, General Andrew Jackson. ... Although the Democracy would stray in significant and reprehensible ways from the principled course he had charted, his imprint still left an enduring legacy. The Democratic Party remained the political alliance with the strongest affinity for laissez-faire, personal liberty, and free trade until almost the turn of the century."
Rebuilding the Democratic Party brand - Back to the future with a return to liberalism's Jeffersonian roots [PDF], by Terry Michael, The Washington Examiner, 9 Feb 2005
"Born in the agrarian era of its founder, Thomas Jefferson, the Democratic Party's original story was of a small central government serving self-sufficient 'little people' ..., prizing and preserving individual liberty -- juxtaposed against the elitist federalists, and their monarchical, big central government ambition."
The Democrats Are Doomed, by Lew Rockwell, 9 Feb 2007
Comments on the slate of Democratic Party presidential candidates for the 2008 election and the general ideology and outlook for the Democrats
"For now, suffice it to say that party elites among the Democrats regard regular Americans as the problem and not the solution, so it is no surprise that they continue to have problems finding candidates for whom people are willing to vote. ... Let us remember that the core problem, in the end, is ideological and not personal. Uproot the underlying anti-liberal assumptions of the Democrats, make them Jeffersonian once again, and you would have a viable party."
Related Topics: Bill Clinton, Government, Socialism
The Future of an Illusion: Kerry's Tax Policy, by Charles Adams, 21 Sep 2004
Discusses presidential candidate John Kerry's proposal to tax "the rich" and provides several historical examples of how the wealthy avoid being affected by higher rates
"Kerry, in keeping with the Democratic Platform in Boston, said they would tax the rich, those making more than $200,000 a year, and thus it would not be necessary to increase taxes on the middle classes. ... This has been a longstanding Democratic strategy for getting votes, but that is all it is good for. It won't raise revenue even though on its face it should, but in the real world, it is just a political ploy. ... If Kerry is elected and is able to get Congress to go along with this latest Democratic plan ..., we can expect a flood of deferred compensation plans covering earnings above that figure ..."
Related Topics: Ronald Reagan, Taxation
The Mugging of Murtha: Congressional Democrats betray the antiwar movement, by Justin Raimondo, 17 Nov 2006
"... nothing would be better if we could hand the job over to the newly installed Democratic Congress and relax as they extricate us from the Iraqi quagmire. Yet that clearly is not happening: instead, the Democrats, content with purely symbolic measures, are abstaining when it comes to Iraq ..."
Related Topic: Politicians
The New Deal and Roosevelt's Seizure of Gold: A Legacy of Theft and Inflation, Part 1, by William L. Anderson, Future of Freedom, Aug 2006
Discusses the economy of the United States in 1933 and the measures taken by the Roosevelt administration in an effort to reduce unemployment and preventing deflation, namely restricting production and destroying crops, as lead-up to inflating the dollar
"In a recent discussion on the economy with a faculty colleague, I reminded her of some of the absurdities of New Deal economic policies ... She reminded me that Franklin D. Roosevelt is a 'hero' to her and other Democrats, which, translated, means that the New Deal cannot be criticized in any form. ... Democrats today may think of themselves as belonging to a 'modern' political party, but Roosevelt still is its central figure and any policy 'innovations' that come forth from party intellectuals ultimately must be in line with the New Deal."
The New Deal Made Them 'Right', by Damon Root, Cato Policy Report, Sep 2009
Discusses how various "prominent liberals" (Mencken, John T. Flynn, Al Smith, Burton K. Wheeler and Nock) found themselves categorized on the political right as a consequence of their opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal
"That collision came on January 25, 1936, when [Al] Smith delivered a fiery anti–New Deal speech before the Liberty League, a mostly conservative group organized in opposition to Roosevelt's policies. ... Deriding FDR and his brain trust for their 'betrayal' of the Democratic party's principles, Smith declared: 'It is all right with me if they want to disguise themselves as Norman Thomas or Karl Marx, or Lenin, or any of the rest of that bunch, but what I won't stand for is to let them march under the banner of Jefferson, Jackson, or Cleveland.' Unfortunately for Smith, most Democrats saw things differently."
The Real 'Existential Threat': War with Iran augurs a global conflict, by Justin Raimondo, 30 Mar 2007
Comments on media coverage of the Iranian seizure of British Royal Navy personnel in the Persian Gulf and subsequent political maneuvering
"The moment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to strip out a provision in her omnibus 'antiwar' bill that would have required the President to come to Congress before attacking Iran, the Iranian chapter of this long and bloody saga was semi-officially opened. ... Isn't that just like the Democrats: they come out against the Iraq war only when it's too late – and even as they signal the adminstration to go ahead with the next war."
Related Topics: Iran, War
The Repudiation of Bush, by Sheldon Richman, 10 Nov 2006
Comments on the results of the November 2004 U.S. elections and on the first George W. Bush administration
"In the voters' view, they had only one group to turn to: the Democrats. But even if this was largely a negative vote, it doesn't mean people won't warm to Democrats' activist agenda. Americans, sad to say, are not opposed in principle to activist government. ... Why shouldn't they applaud the Democrats when the new majority begins promising expanded middle-class entitlements?"
Related Topic: George W. Bush
They Deserved to Lose, by Jacob Hornberger, 8 Nov 2006
".. this is not to say that the Democrats are any better. Their political cowardice and fear of being called 'terrorist-loving cowards who hate America' has dissuaded them from opposing consolidation of federal power by the Republicans. But while Republicans and Democrats share the same big-spending, big-government philosophy ... Democrats make no bones about being advocates of big spending and big government ..."
Related Topic: Republican Party
Why I Am Not a 'Conservative', by Vin Suprynowicz, 13 Jun 2006
"A conservative is someone who wants to keep things pretty much as they are, dubbing any major shift in direction a 'risky scheme.' By that definition, who in Washington today are more conservative than the so-called liberal Democrats, yapping like protective bitches, should anyone approach their overgrown brood of social welfare programs?"
Related Topic: Republican Party
Will the Democrats Become Part of the Problem?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 10 Nov 2006
Discusses the outcome of the 2006 U.S. mid-term elections and offers recommendations primarily for congressional Democrats
"If the Democrats are to make a real difference, their first task is to repeal the Orwellian-named 'Patriot Acts,' the torture legislation, the detention without court evidence legislation, and the right-to-spy and invade privacy without court warrant legislation. ... Can Democrats restore American liberties and leadership, or will a lust for power corrupt them, too, and cause Democrats to retain the police state powers Bush has created?"

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Democratic Priorities, by Ted Rall, 27 Nov 2006
IN THE FUTURE the Republican Party is dead ..., by Ted Rall, 30 Nov 2006
Related Topic: Iraq War (2003)
The Democrats' Plan to Win the War, by Gary Varvel, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar 2007

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