Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Party aka gop

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    e_dawg
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    Taking us history class. Just a courisity, Theodore Roosevelt was a republican president. He created the national parks, the predecessor to food & drug administration, the labor laws, and advocate flee big governments. That was the Republican Party back then. How did the republican party today became the opposite of the of the Republican Party 19th and early 20th century? Republican Party today, deregulation of government, corporate rights and social morale.

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    Deane Johnson
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    It was needed then, it’s out of hand now.

    #5992
    Brianl
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    Teddy Roosevelt might be our most progressive president ever. He would stand no chance in today’s GOP.

    Hell, Nixon and Reagan wouldn’t stand a chance in today’s GOP.

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    duxrule
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    Nixon would probably be OK. Today’s right-wingers seem to gravitate toward lying liars and snake oil salesmen like Tricky Dick.

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    edselehr
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    TR was the beginning of the shift of the Republican party from the party of the North to the party of the South. Originally Republicans were originally both pro-business and pro-government – they saw government as facilitating big business and industry. North and Southern blacks were Lincoln Republicans. But TR saw what industrialization was doing to society and to the environment, and stepped in to use the power of govrenment to mitigate some of these effects.

    When the private sector was unable to resolve the Great Depression through free-market economics (the depression was so deep it was “stuck” in a deflationary morass) the Democrat FDR applied Keyensian economics to elevate the role of the government in the economy. This made government an economic competitor to business, so the alliance between government and business dissolved. Republicans stayed pro-business but now became more anti-government. The Democratic capture of the poor and Southern blacks as a result of FDR’s New Deal programs that gave assistance to those groups further distanced Republicans from those groups. Finally, civil rights legislation in the ’50s and ’60s sealed the deal – Republicans has morphed into defenders of private enterprise, individualism, and traditional values.

    Interestingly, these values were strongly in alignment with what had been Southern Democratic values all along, but the Southern Democrats could not – would not – use the title of the “Party of Lincoln” to describe themselves for many generations, so they called themselves Southern Democrats or “Dixiecrats” through the 1980’s. This had the interesting effect of keeping the Democratic Party in the majority in Congress for decades, though the actual ideologies of those Democrats ran along a broad spectrum (which explains the turmoil the Democratic party experienced within it’s ranks for so many years)

    Now that those Dixiecrats have finally outgrown their loathing of Lincoln, they have come out of the closet (since the early 1990’s) and run as Republicans. This has allowed Republicans to win more and more federal elections. Notice that the regional politics haven’t changed that much, just that the South has relabeled itself and now contributes to Republican Party victories rather than Democratic Party victories. Also note that the infighting that the Democrats experienced through most of the 20th century can now be found in the Republican party – thanks to conservative “tea party” Southerners.

    (a sidenote: the South has always fancied itself the “revolutionaries” of the states, asserting their right to do as they please without oppressive federal control. In a way, they’ve never stopped fighting the Civil War.)

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