Link of the Day: The Shockingly Supportable 1840 Democrat Party Platform

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1. Resolved, That the federal government is one of limited powers, derived solely from the constitution, and the grants of power shown therein, ought to be strictly construed by all the departments and agents of the government, and that it is inexpedient and dangerous to exercise doubtful constitutional powers.

8 more equally sane-sounding planks at the link above.

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  1. Maybe if we all join the Democrat Party and start nominating people who follow that platform we could win an election.


  2. If anybody really studies history, this is very accurate: the democratic party true roots were to Jackson and Jefferson – they were founded as a small government, individual rights, and state’s rights party. Essentially, the Democrats of the 19th century were a Libertrian party. They radically change in 1896 when William Jennings Bryan won there nomination for President on a “dictatorship of the Proliteriant” program (ie populist/socialist) did they morph into the Big Government/interventionist, Socialist/Progressive, authoritrian party.

    On the other hand, the Republican Party actually has historically been an activist/Big government party since it was formed out of the old Federalist/Whig party……think TR kinnd of big government progressivism… was not until the 1920’s and 30’s it begin to embrace limited government conservatism…….in fact, judging by the number of establishment RINOs that run the GOP even today it aint fully shed its big government roots


  3. And the modern plank?

    1. Resolved, that the federal government shall take from those who’ve earned it and give it to those who haven’t.



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