- Open to debate
- An evolutionist
- For free-market capitalism
- For the rights of man
- For progress
- For the constitution
- Against Affirmative Action
- Against extreme taxes
- Against Obamacare, but for social healthcare
- Against Communism
- Against Fascism
- Against racism, slavery, oppression
- A world traveller
Up for Discussion
In the new United States, there were two primary parties: The Federalists (associated with Hamilton, Adams) and the Democratic-Republicans (associated with Jefferson). The Democratic-Republicans (I will refer to them as D-Rs) were what we may consider "liberals" in today's terms, and the Federalists were what we would often consider "conservatives."
- Supported weaker central government and stronger state governments - noted by Jefferson's general policy that any power not specified by the constitution should be denied to the Federal government.
- Supported freedoms of man
- Supported Slavery
- Against heavy Federal taxes
- Supported the Articles of Confederation (AoC) more strongly than the Federalists
It should be noted that the legacy of the D-Rs (the Democrats) were those who seceded the union, which resulted in the American Civil War.
- Strong central government - noted by Hamilton's general policy that any power not specified by the constitution should be granted to the Federal government.
- Restricted some of the rights of man (Speech, Religion, Assembly, Press, Expression, etc) - noted by the Alien and Sedition acts
- Supported free-market
- For federal taxes
- Supported creation of the constitution over the AoC
Today, the left-wing Democratic party primarily:
- Supports heavier federal taxes
- Supports a stronger federal government
- is against slavery (noted by strong support for equality such as Affirmative Action)
- is tied to the Atheist/Agnostic/less-strictly-religous population of the USA
The remaining constant is the ideal of the rights of man above all.
Today, the right-wing Republican party primarily:
- Supports a central government which interferes little with the economy (Adam Smith's theories)
- is against affirmative action and other government-legislated attempts to "force" equality
- Support lower taxes
- is tied to the more strict Christian population of the USA
The remaining constant is the ideal of free-market capitalism.
First of all, please correct any incorrect claims I have made by discussing on my talk, and I am fully aware that the short list of ideals above does not fully encompass every ideal represented by each respective party. Secondly, I'm looking to discuss what caused this change - near reversal - of ideals. There is a section on my talk where this can be discussed.